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A Common-Sense Approach To Health
By Christian Domergue

Considering the tremendous amount of pain associated with diseases and "avoidable" premature deaths, I humbly offer on this page, my thoughts and suggestions based on many years of a very good and healthy life... so far!
Many of our customers have heard me say "Despite my age, I have yet to visit a medical doctor." For the average American this is unheard of! I think I am blessed with a robust constitution but also with a sense of balance when it comes to my day to day life. This includes the way I think, pray, love, eat, have fun, exercise and control stress! Always grateful -daily- for who I am and for the blessings I continuously receive.

Health in general
What we need to know

To be and stay healthy is not that complicated it is a matter of common sense really. All it takes is a basic knowledge of what is required by our body to function as it is supposed to.
We need to understand that we are the result of what we eat, digest, assimilate, eliminate daily and how healthy our gut is! Please note that that a family medical history can identify people with a higher-than-usual chance of having common disorders, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers, and diabetes (10 to 15% of us)!

1. What we eat
Your body does not and cannot use a low grade food (just like a car engine needs the proper gas to run properly). By low grade food I mean: All processed and junk food, sugary and carbonated drinks in particular.
Processed food and refined carbs (white flour, white bread, white rice, pastries, sodas, snacks, pasta, sweets, breakfast cereals and added sugars.), do cause "internal inflammation" with long term negative consequences on our health.

Salt
Cellulite & buttocks: "salt makes your body hold on to fluid in the fat cells and tissue, which creates this puckered and sort of inflamed look," explains Stefanie Mendez, R.D.
Blood pressure: Eating salt raises the amount of sodium in your bloodstream, reducing the ability of your kidneys to remove the water. The result is a higher blood pressure due to the extra fluid and extra strain on the delicate blood vessels leading to the kidneys.

Sugar
Dr. Martin classified refined sugar as poison because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals. What is left is pure, refined carbohydrates.
The body cannot effectively utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present. When we eat sugar in absence of the nutritional factors necessary to help its digestion, metabolism and elimination, incomplete carbohydrate metabolism results. As a consequence:
a. Pyruvic acid accumulates in the brain and nervous system, and the abnormal sugars accumulate in the red blood cells.
b. These metabolites interfere with the respiration of the cells. They simply cannot get sufficient oxygen to survive and function normally. In time, some of the cells die.
c. This interferes with the functioning of that part of the body and is the beginning of degenerative disease.
Blood sugar formula is recommended (for people with a very sweet tooth!) as it inhibtis sugar absorbtion in the small intestines... and helps regulate sugar metabolism in the liver!

 

2. What we digest
Digestive enzymes break down ingested food into vital proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to provide optimal nutrition for the body. As we age the body becomes less efficient at generating the necessary digestive enzymes. As a consequence the body’s digestive functions greatly diminish, leading to gas, bloating, partially digested food, nutritional deficiencies, and inflammation. To alleviate these health issues one advanced formulation I recommend is Food Enzymes from Nature's Sunshine.

3. What we assimilate (at the cellular level)
Read carefully what follows: We live and die at the cellular level. Our trillion of cells generate the "energy" necessary for the thousands of chemical actions taking place in our body but also the energy required for you and I to think, move, work love, pray, think etc. The only source of nutrients our cells require daily to create that energy comes from the food we eat, nowhere else! What cannot be processed by our cells (processed food and junk food/drinks) is rejected and transformed into waste residues, fat, toxins. That is why at the very minimum we need to cleanse our intracellular fluid from time to time. Cellular Detox is a product I would recommend.

4. What we eliminate
Keeping the colon working smoothly is often the key to better health. Autointoxication (if less than one bowel movement a day) from the waste products in the colon is an underlying cause of numerous diseases. Problems in the colon begin “upstream” in the stomach. If food is not digesting properly, it creates waste that builds up downstream in the colon. You can cleanse the colon all day long, but if you don’t fix what’s happening “upstream” in the digestive organs it will just get polluted all over again. Food enzymes work “upstream” to keep the colon healthy.
If however you feel that your colon needs help now, then I recommend LBS II... it will keep "things" moving!


5. The so important Gut!
Unhealthy food can lead to unhealthy gut, weakening its lining, so “holes” develop in the barrier. The result is that toxins and bacteria can leak into the body. This can trigger inflammation in the gut and throughout the body and cause a chain reaction of problems, such as bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, fatigue, headaches, and joint pain, to name a few.
The gut is no longer seen as an entity with the sole purpose of helping with all aspects of digestion. It’s also being considered as a key player in regulating inflammation (as we all know, inflammation is the common factor for virtually all disease in the body) and immunity (responsible to prevent diseases!).
Your gut and your immune system are very closely linked, and 70 to 80 percent of your immune tissue is situated in your digestive tract. Our intestines forms a protective barrier between our bloodstream and the external world.  The gut has to deal with the pathogens in everything you ingest and therefore needs to have an effective immune system in place to ward off attacks and prevent illness.

Maintaining a healthy gut (and a solid immune system) requires a balance of good and bad bacteria in our intestines.
How? Simply by taking a probiotic formula morning and night. I prefer to recommend taking those first thing in the morning in a glass of room temperature water and at night just before retiring (1 capsule A.M. and 2 caps at night).
Product recommended: Eleven Elevated (for the first month then switch to Probiotic Eleven).