Friday, October 16, 2015

Why Am I Always Cold?

Ever meet those people who complain about the cold even though it's only 65 degrees outside? They wear so many layers even in moderate to warm temperatures yet nothing ever seems to warm them up? And of coarse a full Heater is a definite must have for any of these  creatures of the arctic even when they are indoors.

The aspect of this phenomenon that I find most interesting is that most people don't find this to be odd. Actually it's quite the opposite. They take pride in saying that they are cold all the time as if it's a badge of honor for each layer of clothing you decide to wear that day.

If you have been reading my past articles you can already tell that I couldn't disagree more about being prideful or boastful about ones inability to generate heat, keep warm and tolerate colder climates. This is a sign of disfunction not a super power. Despite popular belief, you are not Mr. Freeze or Iceman, that is unless you can produce ice from your body in which case we should hang out(call me #winkyface) , you are instead an individual in need of some metabolic tweaking to get rid of these nasty symptoms you call normality.

Metabolic tweaking? what on earth are you talking about? Do you want me to do Meth?

No, no, no, well No Meth involved just some lifestyle and dietary changes I think you may find to be counter-intuitive but it works in most cases over the long run.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Is it Adrenal Fatigue or a Sluggish Metabolism?

Lebron Cramping up...maybe he has adrenal fatigue????
Many people seem to be under the impression that exhaustion should be reserved for the "hyper" elite individuals who are really pushing their bodies to the brink. Intense amounts of exercise, accomplishing grueling feats but in reality, exhaustion can manifest itself in many different forms. Everyone has a different breaking point and not all of us can be the best basketball player in the world. Our conditioning will vary so what may be stressful to some may not be stressful to others.

However one thing will always hold true. Everyone posses a breaking point in which energy needed to complete a task is supremely lacking and breakdowns happen. Anxiety attacks, nervous breakdowns, unwillingness to exercise, constant muscle soreness, cramped muscles, lack of appetite, constant migraines, digestive issues etc. They can happen to the best of us.

Overtime continued exhaustion can turn into a lasting sense of fatigue. To some, it feels permanent. They begin to search the Internet for answers to their problems and come across the theory of Adrenal Fatigue:

"Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia. As the name suggests, its paramount symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep but it is not a readily identifiable entity like measles or a growth on the end of your finger. You may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or "gray" feelings. People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day." - (1)

Not really a good definition huh? seems very bland? like a soup with not enough spice? But there was one line up there that I did highlight. 


Monday, January 12, 2015

The Candida Hoax Part 3

Wiseman: "When you removed the Necronomicon from the cradle, did you speak the words?"

Ash: "Yeah, basically."

Wiseman: "Did you speak the exact words?"

Ash: "Look, maybe I didn't say every single little tiny syllable, no, but basically I said 'em, yeah."

Wiseman: "Dung-eating fool!  Thou hast doomed us all!  When thou misspoke the words, the Army of the Dead awoke!"

A dung-eating foll indeed. To review where we are so far in this series, I have linked to parts one and two below for your convenience.

The Candida Hoax Part 2 -- Sophomore Effort

The second part of the section discussed the basics of how energy works and why candida is not the source of your large pants woes. There are some arguments that people will make about hunger and candida but most of these can be quickly dismissed.

"Well of course the candida makes you fat, because it eats all the sugar and causes you to always feel hungry and overeat."

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

All or Nothing Mentalities

"To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is."
- Bruce Lee

Practicing discipline and self control are by far the hardest thing for most people to master. And why is that? I could chalk it up to pure human laziness or our perpetual need to feel special and march to the beat of our drum while smirking at the common folk but It's probably more so the latter, being perspective issue. The ability to practice discipline does not need to be as hard as we romanticize it out to be.   

When someone trys to bring self control into their life, they  typically thrust themselves off the deep end into "over control".

The rational is this. I have no control, I need discipline thus I will put the pedal to the metal and straighten myself out immediately. There are two variables here that can be adjusted.

-- Time --

-- Degree of control --

Trying to bring change over Long periods of time while putting the pedal to the metal everyday results in a burn out that takes an equal amount of time to recover from

Even more so, trying to bring change in a short amount of time with too little or too much effort yields little to no results as the time period was not long enough.

There is healthy medium where degree of control and time are in sync and the organism can correctly adapt.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Carbohydrate Monster Under your Bed Part 8

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”  - Plato

If you have not gotten chance to read the first 7 parts of this series, I strongly suggest you do so otherwise the rest of this material will not make as much sense as it should. For those of you who have been reading I realize this is getting tedious and at times redundant but there are so many counter points about this carbohydrate myth that require such painstaking explanation that they have become necessary and I dare say pivotal to clearing up this dogma.

Any who, Think of this series like a book. You don't just start reading the middle chapters unless your some type of then again only a weirdo would dedicate hours of his or her time writing essays for no financial compensation. What the heck then, Start reading here if so choose. So to Cliff notes (gonna call it Carb Notes) the first 7 segments for you here we go:

Carb Notes (TM pending):
  • Many people are under the impression that carbohydrates are solely responsible for their adiposity ( i.e ther body fat) 
  • They blame them so much that they read a bunch of books about "Carb Shaming" where the authors regurgitate the same "this is how you get fat and sick" logic over and over again. 
  • The logic goes like this: Eat Bread -> Blood Sugar Rises -> Your Muscle cells Become "carb resistant" because of spiking your blood sugar over and over again and the Carbs subsequently get stored as fat. 
  • What most people don't realize is that any form of macro-nutrient (i.e carb, fat or protein) can be stored as fat, with or without the actions of insulin
  • Diabetes is sign of lack of sugar in your cells and failure to thrive, not too much and "over thriving"

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Candida Hoax Part 2

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"Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason." - Oscar Wilde

A lot of fuss has been made over the diagnosis more commonly handed out in the natural healing community known as candida overgrowth. It is the it "diagnosis" of the last couple years.

Thus, the reason I am writing about this yet again is because of all the posts on my blog, the one that has gotten the most views and attention is related to candida and the many symptoms it is associated with causing. Based on the traffic towards this page, I have decided for once to cater towards my readers/ future readers and expand upon my views on this diagnosis that gets so liberally tossed around like a throw pillow in a high rise Manhattan apartment.

First off, Is their Validity to these claims about candida and weight? How about the the evil toxins it produces that cause headaches, muscle aches, Acne, bad breath, brittle hair and nails, sluggishness fatigue and just an overall feeling of malice and these really hold any weight?