Eat More Carrots And Pumpkin!

Pumpkin Carrots

You may have heard about the benefits of raw foods, and all of that is still it true. But what is equally true is that some nutrients are more bioavailable when the food has been cooked.

Carotenoids are a good example of this. Carotenoids are a group of mainly yellow, orange, or red fat-soluble pigments, including carotene, which give colour to plant parts such as ripe tomatoes and autumn leaves. These pigments play an important role in both plant and human health.

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Why Gut Health Is So Important To Weight Maintenance

Gut Health

What’s going on in your gut has become an increasing area of interest within the health and medical fields and we thought we would share why having a healthy gut is an important aspect of focus at MiracuLoss.

The health of your gut has a huge impact on how you feel within your daily life and how the rest of your body functions.  Our gut is home to approximately 100,000,000,000 (100 trillion) microorganisms which develop in our first two years of life. A healthy gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all the cells in your entire body and is made up of over 400 known diverse bacterial species. A healthy gut comprises more than 75% of our immune system, provides protection from infection and regulates metabolism (which is critical to healthy weight maintenance).

An important function of our gut is to prevent foreign substances from entering the body. When gut flora is compromised our intestinal barrier can become permeable, commonly known as Leaky Gut Syndrome, in which large undigested protein molecules escape through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream causing a raft of health problems.

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Diabetes – The Silent Epidemic

Diabetes

Thousands of New Zealanders have high blood sugar levels – and many don’t know it.  Maybe you’re often thirsty or need to urinate frequently. Perhaps you have cuts that are slow to heal or you are unusually tired. Or, far more likely you have no symptoms at all.

Yet raised blood sugar is very bad news. It speeds up the aging process, leads to type 2 diabetes and increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. An epidemic of diabetes is engulfing the world.

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Bad Cholesterol Helps You Live Longer

British heart specialists have called for National Health Service guidelines to be overhauled completely. They question whether the millions of people who are prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are being wrongly medicated.

“The truth has always been out there: that the cholesterol hypothesis is wrong,” Malcolm Kendrick, a GP and co-author of the study, said.

“What we found in our detailed systematic review was that older people with high LDL levels — the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol — lived longer and had less heart disease. Many of us suspected this may be true but the consistency of the results was astonishing. The diet/heart cholesterol hypothesis has been called the greatest scam in the history of medicine. It seems that is right.”

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Why Drink Broth?

health boosting bone broth

Winter ailments are around in force, so it’s really important to look after our immune health.  Bone broth is a good old fashioned nutritional tonic that is making a comeback!  There are many proven health benefits of regularly drinking good quality bone broth…and it’s easy and inexpensive to make.

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Is your fast paced life slowly killing you?

fast paced life stress

Whilst stress is a normal part of life, it’s not healthy to live in a constant state of mental, emotional or physical stress.   The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. But when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between events, stress becomes damaging.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggest stress is the most serious health problem affecting society today.  And it’s not just the major crises in our lives that are the culprit. Our brain interprets ‘constant busyness’ as stress, depleting the body of important nutrients and increasing the production of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.  When stress hormones are constantly flooding the body, all our tissues and organs are damaged over time. One of the most common effects of long term stress is unwanted weight gain.

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Congratulations Doug’s – 115kgs Lighter!

Doug's weightloss before and after

When Doug Olds made the decision to lose weight he began a journey that has has been life changing. Swimming was the best choice of exercise as it took the stress off his joints, so Doug became a regular at the pool and had some initial success. But he soon realised that he needed a different approach if he was going to succeed long term.

Describing himself has “the biggest skeptic ” Doug was a little unsure if the MiracuLoss weight loss programme would be right for him, but after learning more about it, he decided to give it a go. Here’s what Doug has to say about his journey.

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Vicky’s Lost 34 kilos – doesn’t she look great!

Vicky before loosing weightVicky after loosing weight

After 12 weeks of weight loss Vicky has lost an amazing 34 kilos! She described the process as surprisingly easy, “Seeing the results each day on the scales was what really motivated me, I’ve done other weight loss programmes and you don’t get the same daily results, this was entirely different!” Vicky is enjoying her new weight, she is now blown away by all the complements she receives by friends and family. For anyone out there who would like to loss weight in 2016, Vicky says “I’d encourage everyone to do this! It’s entirely worth it, it’s just life changing!”