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Grounding, also called earthing, is a scientifically-supported health practice that has been largely ignored by mainstream medicine despite a body of evidence for its effectiveness. Grounding is simply placing your bare feet on the ground to avail your body of the electron-enriched earth.
Why does grounding have positive health effects? Because undesirable free radicals in your body are positively charged while the electrons received from the earth through the soles of your feet are negatively charged. As a result, free radicals are neutralized by grounding, and studies have shown this can often happen quickly.1
In published medical research, grounding has proved effective against chronic inflammation (likely by thinning the blood), pain, stress and sleep difficulties. It has also shown effectiveness in improving the important balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Heart and respiratory benefits are also being explored as are grounding’s ability to help people lose weight.
Now, a new documentary “Down to Earth — The Earthing Movie,” in which I am fortunate enough to appear, explains the science behind grounding and how the practice of grounding has dramatically improved the lives of patients.
A chemical disaster leads to new interest in grounding
Rebecca and Josh Tickell are acclaimed film makers known for their 2012 documentary film, “The Big Fix,” which explores the effects of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on human health. The film also investigates BP’s aggressive use of the controversial oil dispersant Corexit, which kept the world from knowing the extent of the spill.2
Rebecca Tickell herself suffered from exposure to Corexit, she says in “Down to Earth,” which she narrates. She experienced adverse effects, including a cough and pronounced skin rash. Doctors warned her the exposure might mean she would have trouble conceiving or bearing children, but the Tickells accepted the risk and tried to have children. Rebecca suffered a miscarriage.
When Rebecca conceived again, doctors said the baby might be born with birth defects but, luckily, was fine. However, for two years the Tickells’ daughter Athena struggled with chronic illnesses and was constantly in and out of hospitals.
The Tickells explored all possible treatments, both traditional and alternative. Nothing worked until they were given a copy of the book, “Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?” The premise of the book, says Rebecca, is that “by planting your feet on the ground your body will begin to heal itself.”
More effects of deepwater oil spill on humans
The Tickells were not the only humans to suffer from the chemicals used in the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Jamie Griffin, who fed hundreds of cleanup workers in the Gulf Mexico, had extreme reactions to chemicals like the dispersant Corexit, Grist reported:3
“Within days, the 32-year-old single mother was coughing up blood and suffering constant headaches. She lost her voice. ‘My throat felt like I’d swallowed razor blades,’ she says. Then things got much worse.
Like hundreds, possibly thousands, of workers on the cleanup, Griffin soon fell ill with a cluster of excruciating, bizarre, grotesque ailments. By July [two months after the spill], unstoppable muscle spasms were twisting her hands into immovable claws.
In August, she began losing her short-term memory. After cooking professionally for 10 years, she couldn’t remember the recipe for vegetable soup; one morning, she got in the car to go to work, only to discover she hadn’t put on pants.
The right side, but only the right side, of her body ‘started acting crazy. It felt like the nerves were coming out of my skin. It was so painful. My right leg swelled — my ankle would get as wide as my calf — and my skin got incredibly itchy.’
‘These are the same symptoms experienced by soldiers who returned from the Persian Gulf War with Gulf War syndrome,’ says Michael Robichaux, a Louisiana physician and former state senator, who treated Griffin and 113 other patients with similar complaints.”
Animal and ecological effects from oil spill
As the Tickells point out in the “Big Fix,” the use of Corexit hid the overt signs of spilling oil and made the public and news media think the spill was minor. Yet, in 2015, Live Science reported:4
“Up to 10 million gallons (38 million liters) of crude oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has settled at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, where it is threatening wildlife and marine ecosystems, according to a new study.
The finding helps solve the mystery of where the ‘missing’ oil from the spill landed. Its location had eluded both the U.S. government and BP cleanup crews after the April 2010 disaster that caused about 200 million gallons (757 million liters) of crude oil to leak into the Gulf.”
Moreover, the dispersants produced shrimp with no eyes or eye sockets, eyeless crabs, crabs with soft instead of hard shells, shells with no spikes and clawless crabs. “They look like they’ve been burned off by chemicals,” fishermen told news media.5 Tragically, the spill also killed an estimated 800,000 birds and 65,000 turtles, yet few remember the spill today or hold BP responsible.6
Grounding’s only skeptics are those who haven’t tried it
Many have been, and continue to be, skeptical about grounding. Even Clint Ober, considered the founder of the earthing theory, admits in “Down to Earth” that he questioned the theory for 20 years because “it just didn’t make sense” and “sounds absurd.”
The discovery of synthetic shoe soles in 1960, which began the sneaker revolution that is now the running shoe revolution, “accidently disconnected us from the earth,” says Ober, but at that point no one knew the consequences of “losing our ground.” Our love affair with shoes, and especially synthetic soled shoes, has caused the proliferation of inflammation related health disorders we see today, he says.
Ober says he was so intrigued by this theory, he sold all his worldly goods and pursued a back-to-the-earth lifestyle. He found an anesthesiologist in San Diego who agreed to help him with a clinical trial, mostly to “humor” him since the anesthesiologist was sure grounding would prove ineffective.
The anesthesiologist and Ober grounded 60 patients, and there were dramatic results. Inflammation, pain, premenstrual syndrome and temporomandibular joint dysfunction all but disappeared. “Everyone slept better too,” says Ober. The hypothesis was gaining ground, pun intended.
The human body is electrical
Part of our skepticism about grounding might come from the fact that people do not think of their bodies as electrical. Yet, it is electricity that allows your nervous system to send signals to your brain, transmitting from cell to cell in almost instant communication. Electricity also controls the rhythm of your heart, the movement of blood around your body and your circadian rhythms.
People realize that electrical activity is what makes defibrillators work and restore heart rhythm, but the body can also harness the electrical charge of the Earth as “Down to Earth” demonstrates. In a dramatic example, Ober stands barefoot on the ground holding an electrical meter that shows his body is conducting energy.
Next to him, wearing tennis shoes, is a man who is not conducting energy, according to the same meter. Yet, when Ober, who is grounded, touches the man in tennis shoes, he receives the energy from Ober and the meter lights up.
There is another likely benefit to grounding. It seems to reduce the unwanted voltage induced on your body from electricity in your environment, such as that from power stations, Wi-Fi networks and the electromagnetic fields that have become ubiquitous in developed countries.
A medical doctor discovers grounding
Dr. Laura Koniver, a general practitioner, discovered grounding by accident, she says in the documentary. Her recently born baby had become very colicky — always crying — but when she brought the baby to pediatricians they were unable to help.
Koniver found when she was carrying the baby while she was outside and barefoot, the baby calmed down and relaxed. Yet, when she put shoes back on, the colicky and crying behavior almost immediately came back. It seemed to be a demonstration of one human conveying the electron energy to another, as Ober showed with the man wearing tennis shoes.
Moreover, says Koniver, the calming effect of grounding could not be explained by the placebo effect because the baby could not possibly have known whether or not Koniver was wearing shoes.
More benefits from grounding
There are other compelling stories in “Down to Earth”: A teacher who says her autistic pupil could not sit for a few seconds but when “grounded” was able to sit for seven minutes; a man’s 92-year-old mother whose peripheral artery disease improved so much she was actually playing tennis again.
But there is also strong scientific support for grounding, such as this 2011 study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine, which states:7
“Earthing of an electrically insulated human organism during night rest causes lowering of serum concentrations of iron, ionized calcium, inorganic phosphorus, and reduction of renal excretion of calcium and phosphorus.
Earthing during night rest decreases free tri-iodothyronine and increases free thyroxine and thyroid-stimulating hormone. The continuous earthing of the human body decreases blood glucose in patients with diabetes.
Earthing decreases sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, total protein, and albumin concentrations while the levels of transferrin, ferritin, and globulins ?1, ?2, ?, and ? increase. These results are statistically significant …
Earthing the human body during relaxation and during physical activity is responsible for the increasing glucose utilization by the cells in NIDDM. Lack of contact with the Earth may cause opposite effects and may be the reason for several disorders (diabetes, obesity, and hypertension).
Our experiments have shown that contact of the human body with moistened surface of the Earth via a copper conductor can influence calcium–phosphate homeostasis. The effect of earthing of the human body in a recumbent position on calcium–phosphate homeostasis is opposite to that which occurs in states of weightlessness.”
Happy ending for the tickells
As their daughter Athena began to ground more and more, the Tickells noticed “a dramatic shift in her health,” and the little girl did not go to the hospital for a year for the chronic breathing problems that had plagued her.
Meanwhile, a progressive doctor suggested Rebecca try grounding herself, and “everything changed,” she says. She began to sleep through the night, her energy levels shifted and she reclaimed her libido. After six months of grounding, Rebecca lost an astounding 50 pounds.
The weight loss is not a surprise, said Ober when he visited the Tickells. The first effect of grounding is quieting the sympathetic nervous system, which allows the adrenals to recover from adrenal fatigue. When pain, stress, irritability and depression are ushered out of the body through grounding, the correct hormones can surface, says Ober, and energy and metabolism rise.
The Tickells have come a long way since their exposure to the oil dispersant Corexit during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon. Luckily for them and those who view “Down to Earth,” the experience helped them to discover grounding.
About the Director
I believe in bringing quality to my readers, which is why I wanted to share some information about the filmmakers, Josh and Rebecca Tickell, from “Down to Earth.” Here is a little more about the Tickells and what went in to making this film. Thank you to Josh and Rebecca for sharing with us.
What was your inspiration for making this film?
Our daughter struggled with croup for the first few years of her life. Her throat would become inflamed to the point she could not breathe. All of this led to many emergency room and hospital visits, not to mention two frazzled parents.
When we met Earthing pioneer Clint Ober, things began to change. He introduced us to the concept of Earthing and showed us how to stop inflammation by connecting our bodies to the Earth. After that we never went back to the ER with our daughter for croup again. Once we learned the science behind Earthing we realized how important this subject is. We were compelled to share the story in a way that could reach millions of people and transform their lives for the better.
What was your favorite part of making the film?
A big surprise to us was that after I (Rebecca) began Earthing, my hormones balanced, lifelong depression was lifted and I lost 80 pounds! It was incredible to be studying a subject that was directly impacting me in such a major way.
Where do the proceeds to your film go?
The proceeds go toward spreading awareness of Earthing.
Warts are benign skin growths that occur when a virus infects the top layer of skin. Viruses triggering wart growth are from human papillomavirus (HPV). Although warts are contagious, most come in contact with HPV repeatedly but only some develop warts.1
The common wart appears as a small, grainy skin growth, usually on the fingers or hands.2 It may take as long as six months to develop a wart after you’ve been exposed to the virus. The common wart is usually harmless and eventually disappears without any treatment. It’s more likely the warts will disappear in children than in adults.3
Of the 200 currently known strains of HPV,4 only 10 trigger skin warts. Others are involved in the development of anal warts and genital warts. Although some sexually transmitted types of HPV may cause cervical or other genital cancers, most strains causing skin warts are not linked to cancer.5
Warts appear more often when the top layer of skin has been broken. Common warts are often skin colored and feel rough but may have small black dots in the center, sometimes called “seeds.”6 Other types of warts may appear flat and smooth or may be large and disfiguring.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology,7 although most warts are harmless, dermatologist may choose to treat them. While there is no cure for the wart virus, there are methods of removing the current wart. However, since the virus stays within your body, it may return at the same site or appear in a new spot.
Try duct tape for wart removal
There are few reliable population-based studies evaluating the incidence of nongenital warts. It’s likely the incidence varies between different age groups and populations. Two past studies found rates of 0.84% in the U.S. and 12.9% in Russia.
Prevalence is highest in children, and two school age population studies8 showed warts in 12% of 4- to 6-year-old children in the U.K. and 24% in 16- to 18-year-olds in Australia. Cryotherapy, or the application of liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart and destroy the cells, is a conventional way of getting rid of warts quickly. However, it often requires repeated treatments and leaves a blister.
A study9 done in 2002 compared the efficacy of duct tape to remove warts against cryotherapy. The researchers used a prospective, randomized control trial in a general pediatric and adolescent clinic at a military base.
They enrolled 61 patients from 3 to 22 years, of which 51 completed the study. The main outcome measurement was complete resolution of the wart being studied. The group was divided into two groups; 26 were treated with duct tape and 25 were treated with cryotherapy.
Results showed the simple application of duct tape was more effective than cryotherapy in the treatment of a common wart. They also discovered warts responding to duct tape typically demonstrated partial resolution after two to three weeks of treatment, and those that were unchanged in appearance by three weeks were unlikely to respond.10
Benefits of duct tape over cryotherapy
The results of this study, which had an 85% cure rate using duct tape,11 compared to 60% in the cryotherapy group, was much higher than a systematic review of literature published in the British Journal of Dermatology12 in which the researchers concluded:
“The results of the pooled analysis found a cure rate of 23% (5-73%) in placebo trials, 52% (0-87%) in SA (salicylic acid) trials, 49% (0-69%) in cryotherapy trials, 54% (45-75%) in aggressive cryotherapy trials and 58% (38-78%) in the combined cryotherapy and SA trials.
Aside from the use of SA and aggressive cryotherapy there is insufficient evidence from RCTs to support the use of other therapies. Higher quality evidence is needed to evaluate other therapies.”
In addition, there were other potential benefits for using duct tape over cryotherapy as it’s more practical for parents and patients to use at home, requires less clinical visits, is less painful and more cost-effective.
In the featured JAMA study, the researchers found although many tolerated the cryotherapy, children younger than 6 years typically remembered the previous applications as painful and one child vomited in fear of pain before each application. The only adverse effect in the duct tape group was a minimal amount of local irritation.
Some patients found keeping the duct tape in place to be difficult and there may be cosmetic inconvenience of using duct tape on the face. The researchers found though there are many therapies to eradicate warts, duct tape appears to be safe and nonthreatening and more effective than cryotherapy with few adverse side effects.13
Common types of warts
There are three common types of skin warts that appear on your hands, feet or anywhere outside of the genital area. The common wart has a raised rough surface that may be light in color to gray brown and appearance.14 These are found mostly on the hands, around the fingernails or toenails. However, they may also appear on the face or anywhere else on the body.
Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet and are clustered, sometimes called mosaic warts.15 They’re rough and spongy in appearance and are kept flat as you walk on them. They may be gray or brown. The dark dots sometimes seen are called seeds but are actually clotted blood vessels. They often cause pain or tenderness when you’re walking or standing on them.16
Flat warts are found mostly on the face, hands and shins and are much less common than others.17 However, when they do appear, they often come in large numbers, sometimes in clusters of 20 to 200.18
Although they are called flat warts, they may sometimes be slightly raised and are usually smooth and pink, smaller in size than other warts. They’re often hardly visible and not painful. More often than not, they occur in children and are sometimes referred to as juvenile warts.19
Five activities that increase your risk of warts
Skin warts are not highly contagious, although they may spread from person to person through direct contact, mainly when there is a break in the skin. According to Harvard Health Publishing,20 you may theoretically pick up a wart from locker room floors or showers but there is no way to evaluate how often this happens.
Although most come in contact with HPV repeatedly, each person’s immune system will respond differently, so not everyone develops warts.21 However, there are several activities that may increase your risk:
• Age — Children and teens are at higher risk of warts, especially common warts, plantar warts and flat warts.22 HPV is more easily contracted when there is a break in the skin, which might explain why children and teens are at greater risk as they often incur more cuts than adults.23
• Nail biting — Nail biting or pulling at hangnails increases your risk of contracting periungual warts located at the base of the nail bed and spreading those warts to the mouth or other areas of the skin.24 These types of warts may raise the nail, cause abnormal growth of the nail and be a source of pain, disfigurement and embarrassment.
• Shaving pubic hair — Men and women increase their risk for HPV infection-causing warts by shaving pubic hair.25 Researchers examining individuals at a private skin clinic found 93% of those who had Molluscum contagiosum, a mild sexually transmitted disease, also had removed their pubic hair through waxing, shaving or clipping.26 Warts were also found and may easily be spread to the area during sex or from scratching the open and irritated skin, transferring the HPV.
• Weak immune system — The immune system may be weakened by poor nutrition, lack of sleep, certain medications or by diseases.
• Sexual activity — The more sexual partners you are engaged with the higher your risk of contracting genital warts. If you have sex with a partner who has a high number of sexual partners, this also increases your overall risk for contracting genital warts from HPV.27
Other effective home remedies for warts
Common warts may go away on their own, especially in children. However, if you would like to get rid of them quickly, there are several other strategies you can try, depending on your condition or your health care provider’s advice.
It’s important to remember these treatments are only applicable for common warts and not those found on your face or genitals. In these cases, seek medical advice to avoid complications.
Salicylic acid — This product comes in patches, ointments and pads to help remove layers of the wart.28 Before application, immerse your wart in warm water and file dead skin with an emery board or pumice stone. It may not remove the virus causing the wart, however, and may result in recurring warts.
Cantharidin — This is a topical vesicant or blistering agent that may effectively help remove warts.29 One meta-analysis30 found it was effective on warts on the feet when combined with salicylic acid and podophyllotixin, a plant derived product used to help remove venereal warts.
Garlic — Antiviral properties in garlic may help fight the virus and support your immune system. Apply the garlic to your warts but do not leave it in contact with your skin overnight, since this may cause a burn.31
Banana peel — The inside of a banana peel may be placed in direct contact to the wart and taped in place for a few days. Remove it and replace with a new banana peel until the wart disappears, which may take up to three weeks.32
Pineapple juice — Apply the juice directly to the wart on a cotton ball or put a small slice of pineapple on the wart and cover it with a bandage for three to five minutes. Repeat two to three times a day.33,34
Aloe vera — Dab a cotton ball with aloe vera gel and place it in contact with the wart, taping it in place to leave it on for a few days. Reapply every aloe vera every few hours.35
Genital warts are different
Although genital warts are also caused by HPV, they are usually sexually transmitted and are not treated the same as the common or flat wart. Genital warts should never be treated at home and require medical care as some HPV strains are linked to cancer.36
Genital warts will appear as a flesh-colored small bump or a group of bumps in the genital area and may look like cauliflower. Some are so small you can’t see them. Symptoms may include itching, burning and discomfort. While there is no cure, they may be removed using prescription-only treatments.37
As with other types of warts, they are spread by contact with an infected person. There are more than 40 strains of HPV specifically affecting the genital area. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly all sexually active individuals will become infected with one type or another of HPV at some point during their lives.38
Your risk of HPV infection of any type increases by having unprotected sex with multiple partners, having another sexually transmitted infection or having sex with a partner whose history you don’t know.39 Genital warts may also cause problems during pregnancy as they change the ability of the vaginal tissue to stretch during childbirth and may bleed during delivery.
Reduce your risk of getting warts by supporting optimal immune health
You may reduce your risk of warts and improve your ability to fight the infection by supporting your immune function. Those with a weakened immune system have an increased risk of getting warts as the body may not be able to eliminate the virus.
Your immune system is dependent on several factors including your nutrition, quality of sleep, vitamins and your gut health. Each of these strategies will help to support your immune system to fight not only warts but also other illnesses. Find more tips and strategies in my previous article, “Top tips to boost your immunity.”
Sugar is one of the most harmful and addictive substances that you can consume, as it’s associated with various metabolic diseases.1 Nowadays, it’s found in almost everything you eat.
In fact, the average American consumes around 17.4 teaspoons of sugar per day — that’s more than 5 teaspoons higher than the average sugar intake recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020.2 A 2015 article from The Washington Post states that the U.S. even ranks first in the countries that consume the highest amount of sugar.3
According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, around 75% of packaged foods sold in supermarkets contain added sugar. This includes processed foods like sweet snacks, cereals, energy drinks, fruit juices and baked goods. It’s even present in infant food and baby formula, exposing children to numerous health issues at a very young age.4
But avoiding sugar is not as simple as skipping sweet foods, as savory foods, like salad dressing and pizza, contain this ingredient as well. Sugar hides behind 61 different names in food labels, the most common of which include sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, maple syrup, glucose, maltose, lactose and fruit juice concentrate, among others.5,6
What makes sugar so addicting?
When you eat sugary foods, the reward center of your brain, known as the nucleus accumbens, is stimulated through increased signals of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in your perception of pleasure.7
Because eating sugar makes you feel good, you’re likely to eat it often. As you consume excessive amounts of sugar on a regular basis, your body’s dopamine signals become weaker and you develop tolerance, so you have to eat more sugar to get the same level of reward, eventually resulting in sugar addiction. This is why manufacturers use sugar to drive your behavior.8
There have been many studies regarding the addictive potential of sugar.9,10 For instance, a 2018 review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine states that “sugar has been found to produce more symptoms than is required to be considered an addictive substance.”
It exhibits drug-like effects such as bingeing, craving, tolerance, withdrawal, cross-sensitization, cross-tolerance and cross-dependence.11 Another study published in the journal Neuroscience states that intermittent bingeing on sucrose and abusing drugs can both increase extracellular dopamine in the nucleus accumbens.12
60 ways sugar can ruin your health
Excessive sugar consumption is associated with chronic metabolic problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease.13 Aside from these, there have been numerous studies spanning decades that demonstrate the other ways in which eating too much sugar can lead to detrimental effects to your health. I counted 60 of these health risks, divided into four categories:
Nutrient imbalance or deficiency
- Upsets the mineral relationships in your body14
- Causes chromium deficiency15
- Interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium16
- Increases total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels17
- Decreases good cholesterol levels18
- Lowers vitamin E levels19
- Leads to addiction and intoxication, similar to alcohol20,21
- Increases hyperactivity22 and depressive symptoms23
- Causes difficulty in concentrating and drowsiness24
- Reduces learning capacity and can cause learning disorders25
- Increases the risk for antisocial behavior26
- Decreases emotional stability27
- Increases the risk for alcoholism28
Increased risk of diseases
- Promotes cancer cell growth29
- Increases fasting levels of glucose30,31
- Increases blood pressure levels32
- increases platelet adhesion, which could put you at risk of arterial thrombotic conditions33
- Leads to formation of kidney stones and gallstones34,35
- Promotes excessive food intake through rapid sugar absorption36
- Increases the risk for obesity37
- Decreases insulin sensitivity, leading to high insulin levels and eventually diabetes38
- Causes reactive hypoglycemia39
- Triggers dizziness40 and headaches, including migraines41
- Makes you more prone to gastrointestinal tract problems42
- Promotes chronic degenerative diseases43
- Causes atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases44
- Causes cataracts and nearsightedness45
- May lead to autoimmune diseases like arthritis, asthma and multiple sclerosis46
- Increases the risk for lung cancer47
- Contributes to osteoporosis48
- Promotes the progression of Parkinson’s disease49
- Increases the risk of gout and Alzheimer’s disease50,51
- Increases acidity of the saliva and causes tooth decay and periodontal diseases52,53
- Promotes uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infection)54
- Leads to toxemia in pregnancy55
- Worsens symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)56
- May lead to epileptic seizures57
- Impairs metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual58
- Suppresses the immune system, which increases risk of contracting infectious diseases59
- Reduces tissue elasticity and function60
- Leads to weaker eyesight61
- Accelerate aging62
- Increases advanced glycation end products wherein sugar molecules attach to proteins and end up damaging them63
- Impairs DNA and collagen structure64
- Alters collagen structure65
- Worsens signs of skin aging66
- Lowers the ability of your enzymes to function67
- Promotes fat accumulation in the liver68
- Increases the risk for kidney and pancreatic damage69,70
- Contributes to salt and fluid retention71
- Affects urinary electrolyte composition72
- Impairs normal function of the adrenal glands73
- Compromises lining of capillaries74
- Weakens your tendons75
- Can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which results in the inability to think clearly76
- Causes hormonal imbalances77,78
- Increases free radicals and oxidative stress79
- Leads to substantial decrease in gestation, with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age infant80
- Causes dehydration among newborns81
- Affects carbon dioxide production when given to infants82
How to manage sugar addiction
It’s never too late to kick your sugar-loading habits to the curb. Here are some of my recommendations to help manage or limit your sugar consumption:
1. Limit your sugar intake — Sugar in its natural form is not bad provided that it’s consumed in moderation. Generally, your total sugar consumption should be below 25 grams per day from all sources, including sugar that you get from whole fruits. However, if you have insulin or leptin resistance, it’s ideal to limit your fructose intake to as little as 15 grams per day until you’ve normalized your insulin and leptin levels.
2. Avoid high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) — This sweetener is made from corn and found in many of the food items that you eat and drink today. It’s considered to be dangerous not only because of the amount of sugar that it contains, but also because of the health risks that it can cause, most of which are mentioned above.83
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3. Increase your consumption of healthy fats — Healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, saturated fats and monounsaturated fats, are your body’s preferred source of fuel. The best sources of these include grass fed butter, coconut oil, free-range eggs, wild-caught Alaskan salmon, avocado and raw nuts like pecans and macadamia.
4. Add fermented foods into your diet — Eating fermented foods like kimchi, natto, organic yogurt and kefir may help reduce the negative effects of excessive sugar on your liver by supporting your digestive function and detoxification.
5. Drink pure water — Instead of drinking sweetened beverages like soda and fruit juices, I recommend that you rehydrate your body with pure, clean water.
6. Try the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) — Food cravings are sometimes triggered by an emotional need, such as wanting to relieve stress or feel a little happier after a tiring day.84 EFT is a simple and effective psychological acupressure technique that could help you manage the emotional components of your cravings.
It has been proven to help relieve emotional traumas, ease phobias and post-traumatic stresses, break down food cravings and lessen physical pain and discomfort. What EFT entails in its practitioners is to have the right mindset when going on a diet or just taking steps to improve on their health. If you’re already curious, you can browse through the basics of EFT here.
Aside from the recommendations mentioned above, I recommend exercising every day, along with optimizing your vitamin D levels, getting enough sleep and managing your stress levels. These strategies may help minimize the effects of excessive sugar intake. Exercise in particular is known to improve insulin sensitivity,85 reduce stress levels,86 suppress ghrelin (the appetite hormone),87 speed up metabolism,88 strengthen bones89 and boost your mood.90
It can be quite difficult to say no to sweets, especially if you have been consuming them on a daily basis, but once you feel the effects that lowering your sugar intake has on your body, it will all be worth it.
Washington, D.C. on Thursday claimed oil tankers heading for Japan where damaged by Limpet mines planted by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Iran’s reply: “The U.S. and its regional allies must stop the warmongering and stop […]
By Dr. Rev. STEWART A. SWERDLOW,
Dr. Rev. STEWART A. SWERDLOW has already become rather legendary within the field of conspiracy and truth research, and is known for his decade-long work to expose the truth as he sees it, and enlighten people in the field of alternative science, spirituality, therapy, mind control deprogramming and truth research. This new AGE OF TRUTH TV production features Stewart Swerdlow in an in-depth hard-talk conversation with AOT TV presenter and interviewer, Lucas Alexander.
A famous survivor of the dreaded and infamous MONTAUK PROJECT, Stewart Swerdlow was one of the so-called Montauk Boys, who were put under Mind Control experimentation and compartmentalisation along with being used for Occult Sexual Magic at Satanic Rituals performed by dignitaries and elitists at the Montauk Military Base on Long Island, New York. Stewart Swerdlow is an experiencer of Extra-Terrestrials and according to himself, been part of alien experiments. He witnessed seeing Reptilian and Greys aliens, and claims that these aliens are working with the Deep State Military factions of the U.S. Government and Governments around the world.
At Montauk, Swerdlow was told and taught a very alternative and different version of WORLD HISTORY and our galactic and alien connection, which he claims is the true history of the world. It is a fascinating and mind-blowing tale of our universe, the galaxy, the history of the Earth, the Moon and the planets in our solar system. What really happened and why are we told a completely “wrong” version of the origin of life and Earths civilisations?
Stewart Swerdlow go into details about this secret knowledge, which is intensely eye-opening. SELECTED TOPICS DISCUSSED: – Swerdlows Soviet, Communist and KGB Family History and bloodline. – THE MONTAUK PROJECT (Swerdlow as one of the “Montauk Boys”).
– Aliens / Extra-Terrestrials / Inter-Dimensional entities and races: REPTILIANS, GREYS, NORDICS, ANNUNAKI, INSECTOIDS etc. – The Galactic Alien connection to Planet Earth and alternative history. – The MOON, SATURN, MARS – PLANET MALDEK and NIBURU. – The ILLUMINATI and The New World Order Global Government Agenda. – Satanism, SATANIC RITUALS and the sinister “reason” behind sacrifices! – 5G and the A.I – Artificial Intelligence DNA human take-over. – The CERN Agenda and the Notré Dame fire in Paris. – WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE (the reincarnation soul trap). – Religions and the Vatican. – SPIRITUALITY and HOPE FOR THE FUTURE!
“You can decide”! ……all this and much much more as Stewart Swerdlow takes you on a extraordinary journey into the unknown, questioned in a dynamic interview/conversation with Age Of Truth TV presenter Lucas Alexander.
5G (5th Generation) is now being actively rolled out in many cities around the world.
Simultaneously, as awareness over its horrific health and privacy impacts is rising, many places are issuing moratoriums on it or banning it, such as the entire nation of Belgium, the city of Vaud (Switzerland) and San Francisco (USA).
Radiofrequency radiation (RF or RFR) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) are being increasingly recognized as new types of pollution – environmental pollution.
Here are 13 reasons exposing the 5G danger, which could turn into an unmitigated health and privacy catastrophe if enough people don’t rise up to stop it.
When you think of industries with the worst environmental footprints, the and automotive industries may come to mind. Yet, the pharmaceutical sector has received little attention in terms of how their manufacturing processes are affecting the Earth.
An eye-opening study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production has changed that, however, revealing the carbon footprint of the global pharmaceutical industry — and it's a large one.1
One of the study's authors, Lotfi Belkhir, associate professor and chair of eco-entrepreneurship at McMaster University in Ontario, stated in The Conversation, "Rarely does mention of the pharmaceutical industry conjure up images of smoke stacks, pollution and environmental damage … One immediate and striking result is that the pharmaceutical sector is far from green."2
Big Pharma has higher emissions than the automotive industry