Coach Alicia Fong

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Health tip for week Jan 17th

  • Avoid Soy at all cost

Soy has been linked to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid function, infertility, cancer (especially breast cancer), heart disease, and brain damage.  A good book to read about the myth and the truth about soy is “The Whole Soy Story” by Dr. Kaayla Daniel.


Here are some of the reasons of why soy is so bad for you:

1.      91 percent of soy grown in the US is genetically modified (GM). The genetic modification is done to impart resistance to the toxic herbicide Roundup. While this is meant to increase farming efficiency and provide you with less expensive soy, the downside is that your soy is loaded with this toxic pesticide. The plants also contain genes from bacteria that produce a protein that has never been part of the human food supply.

Per Dr. Mercola, GM soy has been linked to an increase in allergies. Disturbingly, the only published human feeding study on GM foods ever conducted verified that the gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of our gut bacteria and continues to function. This means that years after you stop eating GM soy, you may still have a potentially allergenic protein continuously being produced in your intestines.

Even more frightening is the potential for GM soy to cause infertility in future generations, which has been evidenced by recent Russian research.

2.      Soy contains natural toxins known as “anti-nutrients.”

Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens. Some of these factors interfere with the enzymes you need to digest protein. While a small amount of anti-nutrients would not likely cause a problem, the amount of soy that many Americans are now eating is extremely high.

3.      Soy contains hemagglutinin.

Hemagglutinin is a clot-promoting substance that causes your red blood cells to clump together. These clumped cells are unable to properly absorb and distribute oxygen to your tissues.

4.      Soy contains goitrogens

Goitrogens are substances that block the synthesis of thyroid hormones and interfere with iodine metabolism, thereby interfering with your thyroid function.

5.      Soy contains phytates.

Phytates (phytic acid) bind to metal ions, preventing the absorption of certain minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc — all of which are co-factors for optimal biochemistry in your body. This is particularly problematic for vegetarians, because eating meat reduces the mineral-blocking effects of these phytates (so it is helpful—if you do eat soy—to also eat meat).

6.      Soy is loaded with the isoflavones genistein and daidzein

Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, which is a plant compound resembling human estrogen. These compounds mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen, and have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. Soy phytoestrogens are known to disrupt endocrine function, may cause infertility, and may promote breast cancer in women.

Drinking even two glasses of soymilk daily for one month provides enough of these compounds to alter your menstrual cycle. Although the FDA regulates estrogen-containing products, no warnings exist on soy.

7.      Soy has toxic levels of aluminum and manganese

Soybeans are processed (by acid washing) in aluminum tanks, which can leach high levels of aluminum into the final soy product. Soy formula has up to 80 times higher manganese than is found in human breast milk.

8.      Soy infant formula puts your baby’s health at risk.

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. infants are now fed soy formula, but the estrogens in soy can irreversibly harm your baby’s sexual development and reproductive health. Infants fed soy formula take in an estimated five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day.

Infants fed soy formula have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen in circulation as those fed other formulas!

There is also the issue of pesticides and genetic modification.

Soy foods are both heavily sprayed with pesticides and genetically modified (GM). More than 80 percent of the soy grown in the United States is GM. And more than 90 percent of American soy crops are GM.

Since the introduction of GM foods in 1996, we’ve had an upsurge in low birth weight babies, infertility, and other problems in the U.S. population, and animal studies thus far have shown devastating effects from consuming GM soy.

You may want to steer clear of soy products for no other reason than a commitment to avoiding GM foods… unless you wish to be a lab animal for this massive uncontrolled experiment by the biotech industry.


January 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Health tip for week Jan 10th

Knee Pain:  what can you do?

Knee pain is usually a symptom.  The cause can be many, from lack of glute function, tight muscles surrounding the knee like the quads, calves or iliotibial band, patella is locked, and many other reasons.

Here are few things you can do to release some knee pain:

  • Foam roll your tight muscles, start with your calves and follow by iliotibial bands (ITB) and lastly quads.  Make sure you find spots that hurts and hold the painful spots for at least 30 seconds.  This is important because finding the spots is finding the trigger points in the muscles which is usually causing the muscles to shorten and therefore feels tight. Tight muscles will cause pain in the knee area.  Here is 2 videos of how to do self myo-fascial release including foam rolling.
  • Mobilize the patella.  Watch the video for this.  It’s easier to learn this by watching.
  • Do lots of glutes exercises. Glutes stabilize the knee.  When the glutes are not functioning, the knee has to do more work, creating more stress on the knee.
  • Rest and stop high impact exercises like running and jumping.  If you need to do something cardio, go biking or lift weights.  Lifting weights can be as much cardiovascular as running.  Just keep the weights low and do your set with less rest periods.  It will keep your heart rate elevated.
  • This is for the ladies:  Stop wearing high heels.  The heels put tremendous pressure on the knees.  Foam roll your calves.  Your calves will be tight from wearing the heels.
  • And of course, if none of the above steps help, then seek help professionally.  Go to a therapist.

I hope any of the above tips help.  Thanks for reading.

January 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Health tip for Jan 1, 2011

5 Health tips to get you started in the new year

Don’t forget strength training, involving both the upper and lower body. Too many people neglect resistance exercise, especially women for whom it’s crucial for preventing muscle and bone loss with age. Lift weights for at least 20 minutes, two- to three-times per week and make sure you warm up properly prior to lifting weights to prevent any injuries.

Sleep 8 hours a night. A number of recent studies have confirmed that you really do need at least 8 hours a night. Among the many benefits: Adequate sleep makes you feel better, decreases risk for cardiovascular disease, boosts memory and balances your hormones including adrenal and thyroid.

Keep sugar and caffeine to a minimum. It’s hard to believe, but decreasing sugar actually increases people’s energy, by minimizing the highs and lows that sweet foods triggers. Different people react differently to caffeine, but most of us are probably overstimulated already — adding a stimulant just adds to things like road rage and suppresses your adrenals.

If you smoke, quit. There is nothing good about it. If you’re having trouble quitting, start smoking less today — smoke only half a cigarette, and skip as many of your usual smokes as you can — and get help right away. Get some guidance about why it is you smoke to figure out how best to stop doing it. Smoking cessation groups can be extremely helpful and supportive, and medications like a nicotine patch can help decrease the cravings. Acupuncture may also be useful. And there are also herbs you can take to reduce the cravings which are healthier than nicotine patch.

Don’t focus on dieting. Focus on eating. If you’re hungry, just eat.  The trick is what you eat, not how much you eat.  Starving is not healthy and will most likely result in overeating and eating anything including junk food.  Having a proper meal (eating healthy food) will help you control your hunger and your energy will be up.  When your body is satisfied from the nutrients absorb from the food, you will not stuff yourself later and the best part is you will lose body fat.

January 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment