Thursday, June 6, 2013

Does More Protein Equal Bigger Muscles?

 Here is another article I came across from doTERRA's Dr. Parker.  A great myth buster! 

“A common myth is that you can eat some specific thing and it will only affect a specific part of your body.  On fist look, this sounds reasonable.  Eat protein and your muscles will grow.  Eat more protein and your muscles will grow bigger.  So why is this a myth?

In the study of nutrition we learn about all the physiological movements and chemical changes a food goes through before it even makes it to your blood.  One aspect of this is that your body always breaks down everything you eat into the simplest form then rebuilds it in a way that the body wants it to be built, based on its need at the time.

If you were to eat a house, your body would turn it back into bricks, boards, electrical, etc., move them through the body, then begin to rebuild that house of a different shape or form.  If the house you originally ate was larger than the one your body wanted to build, it would not store extra material in the garage hypothetically, but it would throw it in the trash, or turn it into something it can store efficiently, such as stacks of bricks (fat).  Since we rarely eat any one thing in isolation, the boards from the many houses you ate would get intermixed, with no way of knowing where they originally came from.  Even if we eat just one food item for an extended period of time, our body is sloughing off the remaking cells (houses) and secretions (plumbing) constantly, so it would get mixed with those things regardless. 
Once this great mix of building components gets into the blood, there is no way to direct it to just one organ.  A cell (construction site) may send out a signal (supplies request) when it needs certain supplies, but this happens everywhere.  You cannot help but affect the rest of the body, no matter what you eat.  In the case of a vitamin or mineral, there is nothing wrong with this.  But on many occasions, a nutrient or supplement that is thought to be healthy for one part of the body, say, the fingernails may be harmful to another organ, especially if the dose were too high.

As mentioned that if we eat too much of one thing for the houses the body was building, our body would get rid of excess material.  Weightlifters commonly fall prey to this scenario.  Unfortunately, trainers to often have little to no nutrition training, exclusively to weight training; routinely recommend to their clients that they should take up to 200 grams of protein a day, when about 100 grams a day is sufficient to build muscle at the same rate.  When the liver and kidneys are healthy this is not usually harmful, although it does place some burden on those organs.

Here is why: After digesting and absorbing all that protein very efficiently (we absorb 95% or more of all protein, fat, and carbohydrates we eat), it then moves to the liver.  The liver is presented with a problem.  There is way too much protein (think of it as a single building material, such as boards) for the houses in the plans to be built.  So the liver proceeds to immediately break down more than 50% of the protein, turning it into carbohydrates or fat.  In fact, the liver breaks down 50% of the protein you eat even in the range of 50-100 grams of intake, which is typical for non-exercisers.  That is an expensive and inefficient way to get carbs and fat.

doTERRA takes a sound nutritional approach with the products we provide.  We consider the physiology and chemistry of the body.  We don’t focus on any one thing as being a cure-all or exaggerate its benefits.  We recognize the variety nature offers and focus on educating how to best use a particular product when appropriate.  For example, our Lifelong Vitality Pack targets the needs that are most requested- energy, pain, immunity and mood.  We care about meeting your needs and not just providing a single ingredient because we know it will not meet your true nutritional needs."

Dr. Parker recommends doTERRA Trim Shake used for a balanced diet that provides a perfect dose of protein along with the Lifelong Vitality to treat the whole body, not just one part.

I use doTERRA essential oils as an everyday part of my life.  I am excited to talk about them and introduce them to people.  However I am not Doctor, hence why I will occasionally post an article I have read from an experienced medical professional. I don't know about you, but sometimes I like to know what the doctor has to say.  Hope you enjoyed the read! 

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Dr. Parker holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences.  
Article came from doTERRA Living magazine p.30-31

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Which Essential Oils Are Crucial For First Aid

When you think of first aid, what is it you first think of?  I used to think of a band aid, just strap it on and off I went.  A band aid at one point in time was all I ever needed.  If you have children your probably familiar with this.  I have adventurous children and seems like there is always a cut and a bruise.  What about Tylenol for those random body aches, pains, headaches or even hangovers?  How about Advil PM or Tylenol PM for those long days of restlessness?  Or Pepto-Bismal for the upset stomach?  These symptoms all require first aid.

I use to be a fanatic about having the proper medicine in my medicine cabinet, always the PM's they DayQuil, Neosporin, Children's medicine, cough drops, etc..  Not only that I found my self spending more than I really should be.  Always with a cough or a cold and let me tell you kids in daycare do not help, all those germs coming into my home from only who knows where.  Being always with some type of cold and never being able to sustain being healthy with zero issues was not only frustrating, but costly.  Than I came to a point to where their had to be other options for me.  So I began my research and personal studies of trial and error.  What works for my family and what does not work.  Soon after discovering dōTERRA essential oils I began the journey of reinventing my medicine cabinet.

I was introduce to what is called the Family Physician Kit.  This kit contains 10 essential oils that were able to literally replace all of the things that I went to the Pharmacy for.  Containing Lavender, Melalueca, Lemon, Peppermint, Oregano, Deep Blue, Breathe, On Guard, Digestzen, and my favorite Frankincense.  Each one of these essential oils having its purpose and giving immediate relief.  These 10 essential oils have changed my view and expectations on modern medicine dramatically.

  1. Lavender- Sleep aid, Insect bites, Burns, Bruises, Cuts, Scrapes
  2. Melalueca- Anti fungal, Athletes foot, MRSA, Antimicrobial
  3. Lemon- Disinfectant, Sore throat, Neutralize odors and bacteria
  4. Peppermint- Headache, Fever, Stomach pain, Joint pain, Sinus congestion
  5. Oregano- Flue, Pain Killer, Infections, Antibiotic
  6. Deep Blue (essential oil blend)- Pain, Bruises, Carpal Tunnel, Inflammation, Migraine, Arthritis
  7. Breathe (essential oil blend)- Asthma, Bronchitis, Congestion, Cold, Flu, Cough, Anything Respiratory
  8. On Guard (essential oil blend)- Sore Throat, Immune System Boost, Mold, Anti-Viral
  9. Digestzen (essential oil blend)- Constipation, Diarrhea, Heartburn, Indigestion, Food Poisoning
  10. Frankincense- Sciatic Pain, Nervousness, Anxiety, Depression, Skin conditions, Infections

After realizing all the chemicals they put in over the counter medicine I began to wonder about the future and the affects it would have on my body, my families bodies.  In search of something natural and effective I was presented with dōTERRA's essential oils.  These essential oils have reached and exceeded my expectations in every way to the point where I now call it our medicine and when my kids see a dōTERRA essential oil bottle they want it on them.  For that I could not ask for more, the days of forcing poor tasting toxins into my children are over.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Essential Oils And Allergies

Seems that every year it hits that time where watery/itchy eyes, congestion, scratching throat, head feels as if you been taking deep breathes of helium all day, it is what I call the allergy season.  Worst time of the year for me as well as for my family members.  After spending years on Benadryl and Clartin it seems that nothing worked efficiently and effectively, not to mention the harmful toxins employed on my body.  I always found that I would actually feel worse than I did before and it came to the point to where I would just rather deal with the symptoms rather than feeling like a floating balloon for a few days.  Until I began to use essential oils which are not only safe and 100% natural, they were effective immedialty.  Since joining with doTERRA I have been able to discover all different sorts of remedies for multiple symptoms including allergies. Just read this article from doTERRA Living Magazine.  I wanted to share it with everyone!
The body produces histamine to defend itself against potentially disease-causing agents such as bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders.  In addition to its role in controlling vital body processes and defending against foreign invaders, histamine is a key mediator in the symptoms of an allergic reaction. However, when the total body level exceeds the catabolic enzymes capacity to break it down, symptoms of histamine excess occur, resulting various symptoms of an allergic reaction. An allergic response occurs when immune system proteins (antibodies) mistakenly identify a harmless substance, such as tree pollen and the invader.
According to the centers for disease control and prevention, 16.9 million adults and 6.7 million children were diagnosed with hay fever in the past 12 months.  Substances that often cause reactions are pollen, dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander.  Prescription drugs and over the counter medications (OTC) used to help treat symptoms can cause side effects such as drowsiness, nose bleeds, headaches, loss of smell and taste, and on a more serious scale, harmful chemicals contained in some OTC nasal sprays can damage membranes within the nasal passage, leading to chronic nose bleeds.
Essential oils have proved beneficial for use in allergy treatment and hay fever symptoms without the use of chemicals. A study conducted in 2004 at the Department of Organic and Bio-organic Chemistry at Lund University in Sweden showed the effectiveness of a Nasal Spray formulated with the essential oils of eucalyptus, lavender, and cypress.  After administration of the nasal spray, all patients experienced a rapid and significant relief of nasal symptoms, comparable to the effect of antihistamine.  The effect was present within 5 minutes after the administration and lasted for several hours.
 The same substances that trigger your hay fever symptoms may also cause asthma signs and symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. 

Helpful Tips!

  • Lavender acts as a natural antihistamine.
  • Peppermint helps with sinus related headaches.
  • Wild Orange helps clear a stuffy nose.

Essential Oils That Are Perfect For Allergies:

  • Eucalyptus                 
  • Patchouli                   
  • Melaleuca         
  • Lavender                                            
  • Melissa
  • Lemon
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Peppermint

(All information is factual and been published in doTERRA Living magazine)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How To Use Essential Oils

One thing that I truly like about the use of essential oils is that I can use them anywhere, anytime and as much as I need, as well as however I need to.  Whether I use them topically, aromatically or internally there are no limits with doTERRA essential oils.

Topically- applying the oils directly to the skin.  This is one of the most common ways to use essential oils, you would just use a drop to the skin massage/rub it in and your off.  Due to the fact that doTERRA's Essential Oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, you would need less drops than more to achieve your desired results.  The oils are highly concentrated and as I have mentioned in my other writings these oils have the ability to be in the blood stream within thirty seconds and the ability to take affect on our entire body with in twenty mins.  They are extremely potent.  When using them always remember "just a little is enough".  However in other cases that you feel you would need more, than by all means apply more if needed.  These essential oils are for us to benefit from, as well as enjoy. 

Aromatically- diffusing the oil into the air.  Aromatic intake of the essential oils is actually quite relaxing.  Me personally I enjoy the smell of essential oils.  I definitely prefer the natural aromatic scent in my home verses a Glade Air freshener.  Benefits of using the essential oils aromatically you are not having to inhale the toxins that are in the air fresheners that we purchase at the store, not to mention your health is benefiting from breathing in the diffused oils.

Internally- to take the oil orally.  Now there are a few different ways to intake 100% pure grade essential oils.  1. You can just drop the oil on the tongue. 2. You can added it to your drinking water. 3. You can use vitamin E capsules. 4. You can add it to your cooking recipes.  Personally I enjoy a glass of ice water with a drop of oil, my wife prefers to use a vitamin E capsule.  Its all preference!

The oils can be used on children, I use them on my children.  It is recommended and I do this, mix the oil with some coconut oil.  Due to young children's skin being sensitive it may or may not irritate the developing skin. I strongly suggest mixing the essential oil with some coconut oil when applying them on children.  Another helpful word is that due to the fact that oil and water do not mix, if you should ever gain any discomfort from the oil getting into your eye use a coconut oil to help soothe and dilute to calm the irritation.