A. C., Armstrong

Twenty-two years ago, my husband & I moved to the North Okanagan from the Peace country – from one large standard grain farm, to 127 acres along the Shuswap River. He had the drive to work, but was not feeling right and was not able to make day to day decisions. We went to the medical profession and went through a battery of tests. The results – “no Alzheimer’s, but we don’t know what the problem is , so go home and get your papers in order”. Through a series of God-given events, we found Dr. Swetlikoff. His tests showed toxic levels of copper, lead, and mercury! With careful guidance and good cleansing programs, and choosing to farm organically, 20 years later, my husband is doing well – not perfect, but well, at the age of 73 – and just now retiring – maybe!

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    Coffee…Not All Bad!

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     Coffee: As one of the most consumed beverages in the world, coffee data continues to evolve.
    Research is shedding new light on the benefits of regular, but moderate coffee consumption. Here are a few highlights….

    Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that quench “bad” free radicals. Also, a reasonable source of vitamins B1, B5, B3 and minerals magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

    Caffeine certainly contributes to many of the properties we associate with coffee. It can increase energy, memory, mood, reaction time and physical performance. It inhibits the brain chemical adenosine, which makes us sleepy and relaxed, but increases dopamine and norepinephrine, which are “feel good” chemicals. Caffeine stimulates fat burning and increases metabolism by 3-10 %. Consequently, it is found in all supplement “fat burners”.

    Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of getting some diseases. They are: type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Parkinson’s, liver cirrhosis, depression, stroke and liver/colorectal/prostate and uterine cancers.

    Not all people do well with coffee. Some are allergic to the roasted bean, which can cause stomach cramping, diarrhea, headaches and just a sense of feeling unwell. Others, it may temporary raise blood pressure and heart rate, increase anxiety and restlessness and worsen insomnia. Coffee should not be drunk late at night and ideally, not when pregnant.

    Dark roast coffee has less caffeine in it than lighter roasts. Drip coffee has more caffeine in it than espresso. Black coffee is best, minus the sugar, dairy products and flavorings.

    Buy high quality, fresh, organic whole beans when possible. Grind the beans before use. Like all things in life, moderation is best.

     

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