Auditions can be nerve wracking, and the last thing you want to worry about is sweat! Dr. Karlfeldt shares tips for eliminating that worry. Also he shares how microwaving food can be hazardous!
Why is microwaving food not good for you? – Darrell E. Wichita, KS
Zapping your food is a bad idea if you want to maximize the nutritional content of your food and protect yourself against cancer. Microwaves heat the food by causing water molecules to vibrate at a very high frequency. Shaking the molecules at this high rate causes the chemical structure of the food to change into a structure that the body has a difficult time recognizing as food, turning it into a non-food. You may feel full after eating it, you just won’t fully benefit from its nutritional content. Our bodies require a continual intake of nutrients to repair tissue, produce vital enzymes, and for a healthy metabolism. These processes are negatively impacted as the body uses precious resources to digest the microwaved food without the benefit of receiving the needed nutrition. An additional danger is when you microwave food in a plastic container. This allows cancer-causing substances to leach out into the food, putting you more at risk for especially hormonal-related cancers such as breast, uterine, ovarian, testicular, and prostate cancer.
I am diabetic. I thought I was doing a good thing by drinking diet sodas instead of sugared one, but a friend told me that is bad, too. Why? – Lauren M., Austin, TX
The chemicals in diet sodas alter brain chemicals and nerve signals, which leads to anxiety, headaches, insomnia, and pain syndromes. A 2013 animal study found that rats that drank diet soda had damaged cells and nerve endings in the cerebellum—the part of the brain responsible for motor skills. How about for weight loss or controlling your blood sugar? A 9-year study found that adults who drank diet soda continued to pack on belly fat. Additional research showed that it increased your chances of becoming obese in the next decade by 65%, and a study published in Diabetes Care found drinking diet sodas daily caused an increase in metabolic syndrome—obesity, high blood-pressure, high triglycerides—which leads to heart disease and diabetes. If you are diabetic, try stevia as your sweetener. It is a natural substance from a leaf that is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. One packet of stevia, which is equivalent to 2 tsp. of sugar, provides 5 calories and 1 g of carbohydrates. Stevia extract, which is a liquid form of the sweetener and often sold in health food stores, contains no calories. On the other hand, 2 tsp. of sugar provides 30 calories and 8 g of carbohydrates.
When I go to auditions, I sweat profusely. Any suggestions? – George S., Jefferson City, MO
The stress and anxiety of going to an audition can trigger excessive perspiration. Choose clothing made of breathable natural fiber. Eating sour foods have a very cooling quality to prevent excessive perspiration. Examples of sour foods are lemon, lime, pickles, sauerkraut, apple, sour plum, leek, blackberry, raspberry, tangerine, and peaches. A good habit is to drink freshly squeezed, room temperature lemon water first thing in the morning. In addition to assisting you with perspiration, it helps to mineralize, detoxify, and alkalize your body. To prevent the lemon acid from impacting your enamel, drink it with a straw.
Apple cider vinegar has astringent property and changes the pH of the skin to control the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Nightly, apply apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball to the armpits before going to bed. Leave it overnight and wash it off with water the next morning. If you experience any irritation, just dilute it with water.
Drinking an ounce of wheatgrass juice in the morning neutralizes toxins in the blood to reduce sweating.
Taking the herb passionflower and/or the mineral lithium orotate before the audition can greatly reduce the stress and anxiety.
– Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, Ph.D
Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, Ph.D, is a Board Certified Naturopath (CTN® ) with expertise in IV Therapy, Applied Psycho Neurobiology, Oxidative Medicine, Naturopathic Oncology, Neural Therapy, Sports Performance, Energy Medicine, Natural Medicine, Nutritional Therapies, Aromatherapy, Auriculotherapy, Reflexology, Autonomic Response Testing (ART) and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Michael Karlfeldt is the host of the popular TV show True.Health:Body, Mind, Spirit. Dr. Karlfeldt believes in the innate intelligence and healing power of the body and if properly supported spiritually, emotionally and nutritionally it can find its way back to health.
The views expressed by Dr. Michael Karlfeldt are his own and shall not be construed as advice from The Karlfeldt Center. We encourage you to seek professional advice or care for any problem which you may have.
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Last modified: November 13, 2017