Defining Ketosis

What is Ketosis?

By Dr. Andrea Eenfeldt

The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”.

This is an alternative fuel for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar).

Ketones are produced in the liver, from fat. They are then used as fuel throughout the body, including the brain. The brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day, and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose… or ketones.

On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat. Insulin levels become very low, and fat burning increases dramatically. It becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them off. This is obviously great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits, such as less hunger and a steady supply of energy.

When the body produces ketones, it’s said to be in ketosis. The fastest way to get there is by fasting – not eating anything – but nobody can fast forever.

A keto diet, on the other hand, can be eaten indefinitely and also results in ketosis. It has many of the benefits of fasting – including weight loss – without having to fast.

Click Here for a what to eat/not to eat guide for your Ketogenic Diet!

Article by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt

Holiday Gifts for $30 or Less! (updated November 2018)

Christmas is right around the corner, so we figured we’d help some of you figure out gifts for your friends and family with this handy Rebekah’s Health & Nutrition Holiday Gift Guide! So let’s get down to it!

Great Gifts for Under $30!

Bath Bombs

We are super excited to announce that we’ve started carrying Bath Bombs here at Rebekah’s! Each bath bomb fizzes for a short amount of time, leaving you with a relaxing, wonderful smelling bath. And the best part is, they’re locally made! (Actually, the best part is the price, they’re only $9.99!) These make a great stocking stuffer, or a great way to treat yourself!

USB Car/Desk Diffuser

We’ve got these wonderful USB powered Essential Oil Diffusers! They fit in cup holders just fine, so you can take it in your car with you, or if you just want a small diffuser for your desk, the USB power supply allows you to charge it at your computer, or with most phone chargers. And they’re only $26.99!

Garden of Life Small USB Diffuser (New 2018!)

These are new this year! The USB plug lets you power it with a phone charger if you just want a small diffuser for the bedroom, or if you want to plug it into your computer for your desk at work or at home! And it’s only $14.99! Or, if you buy the Garden of Life Essential Oil starter kit for $49.99, you get the Garden of Life Diffuser with it for free!

Essential Oil Starter Kits by Now

If you need some Essential Oils to get started with, these starter kits are perfect! Each one comes with 4 different NOW essential oils, and all for $22.99 per kit!

Dirty Girl Farms

 

Salt Lamps

Our Salt Lamps make an excellent gift, they purify the air, and combat the blue light from cell phones and tablets to help you get a better night’s sleep! Not to mention, they just look nice! Our salt lamps start at $20.99, and all of our smaller, USB powered salt lamps are less than $30!

Good Stuff Cacao

Need a gift for someone that love chocolate? Our Good Stuff Cacao is made from raw cacao, and sweetened with honey, and it tastes great. Only $19.99 for a big 16oz bag, give in to your dark (chocolate) cravings. Also, it’s locally made in Metamora!

 

This should be a good start for some gifts on a budget! Check back in a couple weeks and we’ll have another Holiday Gift guide for you with some new ideas!

-Cody

 

What a Salt Lamp can do for you

Reasons To Have A Himalayan Salt Lamp In Every Room Of Your Home
1. Cleanse & Deodorize the Air
2. Reduce Allergy & Asthma Symptoms
3. Eases Coughing
4. Increase Energy Levels
5. Neutralize Electromagnetic Radiation
6. Better Sleep
7. Improve Mood & Concentration
8. Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder
9. Reduce Static Electricity in the Air
10. Environmentally-Friendly Light

How do Salt Lamps Work Actually?
Salt lamps do not generate negative ions themselves. They are “hygroscopic,” which means that they attract moisture… humidity… airborne water molecules; it is a natural property of sodium chloride (hygroscopy). Since they do not generate the negative ions, they need a heat source (in this case, heat from an incandescent bulb) to accelerate evaporation, which does produce negative ions. In more humid regions, an unlit salt lamp will eventually “cry,” even creating puddles of water at its base. It is this evaporation that generates the negative ions, which are beneficial to our health.
Besides Ions, What Else are Salt Lamps Used For?
Numerous customers have purchased our salt lamps as a beautiful light source “ they can be sold as living energy sources which emit a healthy glow, ranging in color light-waves of oranges, yellows, reds and apricot. The ambient light creates a soothing ambiance that helps with relaxation, stress, attention deficit and more.

What You Need to Know about (NAC): N-Acetyl Cysteine

For more than three decades, a safe, low-cost compound has provided millions of people relief from the coughing, wheezing, and thick phlegm associated with cold and flu. Of course, pharmaceutical companies long ago co-opted it for profit by incorporating it into various patented drugs.

The sad consequence is that most aging individuals have never heard of it. Even many doctors remain unaware of its potential role as a front-line defense against some of today’s most deadly public health threats, including:

  • Acetaminophen toxicity and acute liver failure: the number one cause of acute liver failure in the United States.1
  • Influenza: whose victims are primarily aging individuals—three quarters of all flu-related deaths occur in the elderly.2
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States (includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis).2
  • Helicobacter pylori: the bacterial culprit behind stomach ulcers, and a potentially lethal pathogen closely linked to malignant gastric cancer, the second most frequent cause of cancer death worldwide

Other benefits of NAC

  • Long relegated to infrequent use in unusual circumstances, the amino acid-derived compound N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) has drawn increased scientific attention.
  • NAC replenishes levels of the intracellular antioxidant glutathione (GSH), which is often deficient with advancing age and in chronic illness.
  • NAC also regulates expression of scores of genes in the pathways that link oxidative stress to inflammation.
  • These dual effects give NAC a unique role in the prevention and treatment of many common diseases, both acute and chronic.
  • NAC can protect against avian influenza and more common seasonal flu symptoms.
  • NAC reduces the frequency and duration of attacks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and may slow the clinical course of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
  • NAC protects tissues from the effects of exercise-induced oxidative stress, adding value and safety to your workout.
  • NAC improves insulin sensitivity in people with some of the most difficult-to-treat metabolic disorders.
  • NAC blocks cancer development at virtually every step in the process, and through multiple mechanisms, making it an important cancer chemopreventive agent.
  • NAC fights the stomach infection Helicobacter pylori on two fronts, inhibiting the organism’s growth while reducing production of inflammatory cytokines that can lead to gastritis and cancer.
  • Though most individuals gain benefits from 600-1,800 mg/day, clinical studies have found that doses of up to 2,000 mg/day are safe and effective. A recent study demonstrated the safety of 2,800 mg/day for 3 months in patients with COPD.

For the entire article on N-acetyl Cysteine by Julius Goepp, MD click here

 

 

 

Silkworm Cardiology?

Ask your cardiologist about Proteolytic enzymes. Unfortunately this may be a lot like ordering Chinese at a French restaurant. They probably don’t know what it is so they’re definitely not putting it on the menu. The term “Proteolytic Enzymes” refers to a group of protein dissolving enzymes that eat away dead undesirable deposits like scar tissue, arthritic joints or the calcified crud that builds up in our arteries. This amazing stuff is produced by silkworms to eat their way out from their cocoons.What does this mean to you?  It means lower blood pressure, reduced joint pain, increased joint mobility, improved memory, uterine/breast fibroid reduction or elimination and lower inflammation levels to name a few benefits.

For more information on Serrapeptase- click here

Our choice for Serrapeptase? Serretia Located behind the Consultation Station at the store