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So many Americans are left with no choice but to accept chronic disease as their inevitable fate. They don’t have access to the natural means of healing and prevention that can help put them on the path to good health.
The Renew H.O.P.E. Foundation is on a mission to make natural and integrative health care options available and affordable for those in need. Our nation is struggling with several health crises, and topping the list is affordable care. Insurance benefits are becoming increasingly stringent as far as the alternative treatments they’ll cover–that is, if we have health benefits at all. At the same time, and partially due to this health crisis, the nutrition and natural health fields are growing faster than ever with new research breaking daily on the life-changing benefits of proper nutrition and natural health modalities.
Renew H.O.P.E (Health, Options, Prevention, and Education) has several programs in place to help change all that:
- The H.O.P.E. To Health program offers educational and financial assistance to those in need of essential dietary information and supplements. This program empowers its members with the tools and supplements they need to turn their health challenges around and share this information with others.
- The Nutrition for Hire program is an affiliation of natural health care practitioners and professionals dedicated to educating communities and transforming community members’ health through lectures, consultations, and events.
- The On Your Way program works one-on-one with qualified individuals to get them the integrative health care and education they need. This program offers financial assistance and expert referrals to the alternative health care practitioners best suited to them.
Renew H.O.P.E. was founded by renowned natural health and digestive care expert Brenda Watson as a means to reach out to communities and individuals in need. As a non-profit organization, Renew H.O.P.E. depends on donations to keep offering assistance. Find out how you can donate and get involved in one of the today’s most exciting and groundbreaking health foundations.
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“Your health is your greatest asset and our greatest priority.” —Brenda Watson, President Renew H.O.P.E.
Brenda Watson’s acclaimed Heart of Perfect Health PBS health exposé is airing throughout March on PBS stations nationwide and in it she talks sugar. Most of us don’t link heart and cardiovascular disease risk to our sugar intake, but it turns out that blood sugar levels affect far more than just your risk of diabetes.
High blood sugar is a major sign of the underlying cause of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other conditions. This risk factor is silent, causes no pain, and most people have no idea if it’s happening to them or not. It’s called silent inflammation and it starts in the gut.
The two types of inflammation:
- Acute inflammation happens when you smash your finger and blood flow rushes to the site, healing the injury.
- Silent inflammation happens internally and often originates in the gut as a result of a leaky gut, or intestines that have become too permeable due to a poor diet, lack of gut-healing nutrients, stress, and other factors. Silent inflammation does not heal itself. You can’t feel silent inflammation or see it.
The signs of silent inflammation include high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. High blood sugar makes blood vessels stiff and weak, increases blood pressure and harmful cholesterol, weakens immunity and digestion, and causes weight gain. Most importantly high blood sugar is a major preventable risk factor for heart disease, yet very few of us are checking our fasting blood sugar levels regularly.
How Much Sugar Should I Eat?
The best way to begin lowering your fasting blood sugar/glucose levels is to monitor your daily sugar intake. Your fasting blood sugar should be no higher than 85 and you should be consuming no more than 10 teaspoon of sugar each day. That’s total sugars, including the pastas and breads you eat that are converted to sugar. You may be surprised to learn that many of us are consuming over 37 teaspoons of sugar daily!
Packaged foods are labeled according to grams of sugar and carbohydrates, not teaspoons. Use this quick sugar conversion formula to find out exactly how much true sugar is in your food:
Total grams of carbs – Total grams of fiber ------------------------------------------------ = Total teaspoons of sugar 5
That’s the total grams of carbs minus the total grams of fiber listed in the nutrition facts, all divided by 5. This will give you the total teaspoons of sugar in a serving of that food. It’s important to take the total grams of carbs, not total grams of sugar when you are doing your conversion. That way, you are taking into account the sugars that break down from carbohydrates in addition to sugars themselves.