Solving our body by stepping into plant-based diet while building strength, one step at a time.

Month: April 2019

Why You Should Not Quit Your Plant-Based Diet

Why You Should Not Quit Your Plant-Based Diet

I am currently at the stage where I want to quit certain parts of my daily work. Well to be honest, office work in general. While this process feels super convenient, it’s not a long-term solution. No one wants to be tagged as a quitter. […]

Your Body Needs A Week Off

Your Body Needs A Week Off

It’s been 9 days since I last train my body. Some might say this is procrastination, some may say pain avoidance. While half of it is true, our body still needs to rest a full week. Why is this important? Let me tell you why. […]

The High Glycemic Foods And Acne Connection

The High Glycemic Foods And Acne Connection

I believe that our body outer manifestations are the result of what we do physically and what ingest daily. All throughout my years I never give mental thought of what I eat. My personal mantra was to “eat whatever currently available on the table”. Over time, it grew into a massive ball of habit that’s difficult to change. Now, one of the manifestations I am experiencing is back acne. No one wants to admit they have one, neither do I. My girlfriend noticed it as well so it adds to my suspicion that it has a direct link on what I eat. However, I claim to eat clean foods as much as I can, any loopholes I am missing? Yes, I eat too much rice.

The study that sealed the deal

According to a study led by Jennifer Burris, MS, RD, of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University:

high glycemic index/glycemic load diet…are the primary factors in establishing the association between acne and diet.

www.medicalnewstoday.com

This study that solidifies the notion that foods with high glycemic load have a direct correlation with acne in general. As a cherry on top, according to another study from the American Academy of Dermatology:

A study of 23 Australian males ages 15-25 who followed a strict, low-glycemic load (LGL) diet provides the strongest evidence available of an association between glycemic load and acne. Specifically, this group of males experienced significant improvement in acne severity by adhering to an LGL diet. However, the participants in the LGL group also lost weight, which means the LGL diet may not solely be attributed to the outcome.

www.aad.org

The obvious thing to do moving forward

Cut down rice intake per day. No questions asked. Besides lowering the body’s glucose load, you are also minimizing any acne associated with consuming those foods. Ready to take this challenge? Let me know!

To your amazing health,

Migs


Reference:

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/256664.php
  2. http://www.adajournal.org/home
  3. https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/growing-evidence-suggests-possible-link-between-diet-and-acne
The Perfect Derma Roller Size For Hair Growth

The Perfect Derma Roller Size For Hair Growth

Earlier today I had my summer haircut done. However, the “side hairs” that are keeping my top head is now 100% exposed. Now, I want to say that this is not purely intentional but a bit caused by a miscommunication between me and the hairstylist. […]

Sleep Deprivation And Loss Of Strength

Sleep Deprivation And Loss Of Strength

We all know how it felt to wake up feeling groggy out of lack of sleep. There are times that we have to “reason out” our lack of sleep to maximize our daily work. But we all know that’s counterproductive. However, didn’t you know that […]

Help Relieve Anxiety With Yoga

Help Relieve Anxiety With Yoga

We need to build our body’s strength. Period. However, due to our modern lifestyle, our stress levels may sometimes reach its highest peak. Then, all sorts of feelings may creep into your brain like anxiety, regret, fear, and sadness. If you are feeling the “blues” right now know that you can escape it. However, it’s hard to think that way if you are already consumed by it. As for me, it also affected my work and mental health that I am constantly affirming negative thought in my mind. Hence, continuing a downward spiral or errors, mistakes, and regrets that I don’t want to be a part with. As I watched a Joe Rogan Experience podcast with the former UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping, I was surprised how this flamboyant trash talker from London also experienced this negative self-talk, doubts, and failures, most especially before his 2 weeks notice fight with the then-current champ, Luke Rockhold.

So I told myself if these champions are experiencing these so-called “blues” or “funk”, how can I match up?

Youtube and Yoga

While watching the JRE podcast, I suddenly realized that I want to get out of this funk right now. I can’t wait for happiness to land on my lap and say “ta-dah” you’re happy now! I have to trigger it. Why? Because I’ve been feeling these feelings all day and I want to snap out of it. Also, there’s this feeling of strange “enjoyment” that makes me want to stay on this feeling, which I don’t like because it’s going to drag me down the rabbit hole. So, I found this youtube video about yoga and anxiety and I want to try it out.

Yoga for anxiety by Adriene

The exercise

The level of anxiety, stress, overthinking, on my brain right now is 8 out of 10. Now, I am going to try this 17 min yoga exercise and will see the results.

Done!

After training, I kinda say, it relieved my feelings of uneasiness and anxiety. From 8/10, I can say its 4.5/10 right now. I feel more relaxed and calm. Even though the anxiety crept in while doing the exercises, it retreated back to where it came from. My favorite part is the 1 nostril breathing, which helped me relaxed my overthinking mind even more.

Bonus part

I did a headstand as a cherry on top of the cake and I gotta say, the rush of blood flow to my brain added to the needed relaxation to my body. I can only hold it for about 30 to 45 seconds max, but it still feels great. Stress and anxiety level, 4/10.

Call to action

I highly recommend following these yoga exercises when you want to get out of the “blues” quick. Doing so will help you ease your mind, and will help you reward yourself for a job well done.

To your amazing health,

Migs

The Amazing Anti-Oxidant Abundance Of Beans

The Amazing Anti-Oxidant Abundance Of Beans

Beans are an amazing type of legumes that are currently heralded as one of the most nutritious foods in the world. Besides its cancer-fighting properties, it has a ridiculous amount of anti-oxidants that’s out of this world. According to Dr. Ronald Prior’s anti-oxidant measure study […]

Flouride In Toothpaste, The Silent Killer

Flouride In Toothpaste, The Silent Killer

Flouride, marketed as an important ingredient to help fight cavities, promotes fresh breath and cleans the teeth. But, have you ever thought if that’s really the case? If not, is there any side effects to our body? Let’s find out! Flouride danger Flouride, in its […]

Removing Soap & Shampoo For Health

Removing Soap & Shampoo For Health

For months I am still using shampoo and soap to cleanse my hair. It’s like I can’t let go of this soapy feeling that I am used to for so many years. There’s this sense of cleanliness as well after I bathe, which mostly came from chemicals and artificial fragrance. Conditioning through societal pressure sometimes makes us think that smelling like a fragrant shampoo or a soap correlates to cleanliness. Anything less than that is deemed as bad odor. Besides, no one wants to smell bad to another person, right?

Have you tried to remove shampoo, Migs?

Yeah, I tried it on and off but to be honest, it is hard to remove any soapy substance on my hair as of the moment. It is like an addiction I can’t remove. When I successfully removed a certain type of shampoo I then resorted to a less harmful soap to cleanse my hair. I am doing this 5 times a week to make way for 2 days hair rest. Eventually, I have to cut down hair cleansing from 5 days down to 3 days to make sure my hair has time to rest. The only downside of it is, I am a bit conscious about the smell. Since I use a cap all throughout the day, the hair can accumulate bacteria coming from sweat. Eventually, the cap will be smelling like used clothes throughout the week. That’s why it is important to clean any cap often to cancel out any bacteria build-up that can be transferred to your hair.

Negative effects of shampoos

Besides the myriad of chemicals your hair going to endure, these chemicals may seep into your skin thus absorbed by your body. As I realized it, for 30 years I am a human soap sponge, absorbing all the soapy chemicals I personally enjoyed, never thinking about all the chemicals I am actually consuming indirectly. For many years I used Vaseline Shampoo to “cleanse” my hair. I am using it because it’s the only available shampoo on our home. Vaseline Shampoo contains the following ingredients: BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CARBOMER, CETYL ALCOHOL, CLYCERYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, DISODIUM EDTA, DISTEARLYDIMONIUM CHLORIDE, DMDM HYDANTOIN, ETHYLENE BRASSYLATE, WATER, and XANTHAN GUM. To be honest, the only recognizable ingredients for me here are water, chloride, and gum. 2 of my favorite chemicals listed above are: BUTYLENE GLYCOL, which is derived from petroleum, that may cause skin irritation, dryness of skin, depression, and even drowsiness. And second, DIMETHICONE, which is made out of silicone (yes, you read it correctly!) that can be found in various products, including condom as lubricants (ok that’s too much but it’s the truth). This ingredient also causes skin irritation if used often. No one wants all of it on your hair and body but there it is!

Is there a substitute?

Yes. And that is Liquid Castile Soap. Liquid castile soap is made out of natural ingredients that are super gentle to your body and hair. Some liquid castile soap is made out of coconut base, which has an almost odorless smell. You can mix this up with your favorite peppermint oil to make it fragrant and refreshing to your scalp. The best thing is, it’s vegan!

A call to action

Don’t waste another day by absorbing all the chemicals found in most shampoos and soaps. Use only the most gentle cleansing agent that’s good to your overall health. Are you ready to remove your chemical ridden shampoos into a more subtle and gentle soap? Let me know by leaving a comment down below!

To your amazing health,

Migs


Reference: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/f121/0edf2376ec7fd546cc12af8f6496ffeaa067.pdf | https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polydimethylsiloxane | https://www.orgaid.com/blogs/news/82910919-top-10-harmful-chemicals-to-avoid-in-skin-care

Bone Broth For Collagen?

Bone Broth For Collagen?

The hair equilibrium course by Will Hartfield is an amazing book if you want to restore your hair. Though I haven’t proved its efficacy yet, I believed in most of its concepts. However, in module 1, Will recommends taking bone broths to restore our collagen […]