Sunday, September 14, 2014

What Constitutes Good Nutrition?

Aren't these carrots beautiful?  The color is so vibrant, the texture is so alive, and they are full of healthy nutrients which can increase your wellness and enhance your energy circulation.  In general, the more colorful the food, the more vital nutrients it contains.  See our foodlist to learn which of your favorite foods and spices have the highest levels of antioxidants available.

There are some tips for choosing healthy foods:

1.  Grow your own food.

2.  Shop the outer aisles of your grocery store.  These contain fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy. Foods in their most natural form. When you buy from the inner aisles, you are buying dried, processed, preserved or genetically-modified foods. Well, I can't really even call them "food"...since they have no live enzymes.

3.  The biggest and most important thing you can do for your health is avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. Most people think that avoiding fat is the most important thing to do, but sugar is much more detrimental to your health. Chronic high carbohydrate intake depletes your body of B-Vitamins, Magnesium, Chromium and others, increases your blood homocysteine levels, which causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, you name it. High homocysteine levels are linked to just about every major disease.  Also, because almost everything these days is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, you should know that most of this corn syrup comes from genetically-modified corn, which has dangerous health implications, discussed elsewhere on this website.  High fructose corn syrup has the same effect on the liver that alcohol does, but you are not aware of the effects because fructose does not cross the blood/brain barrier like alcohol does.  You are aware that alcohol is having an effect on you because you feel intoxicated.  You do not get that feeling with fructose, but it's effects on the liver are the same. Avoid ANYTHING that says high fructose corn syrup on the label. Take a B-Vitamin Supplement to lower homocysteine.

4.  Having said that high carb levels are more dangerous than fats, I must say that natural fats are OK, it's TRANS FAT that is dangerous.  This is a manmade fat.  Saturated fat and cholesterol are NOT your enemy, it's transfat, combined with refined sugars, which cause heart disease. Eliminate both transfats and sugars (which includes white flour, it turns to sugar in your digestive system) and you will go a long way to improving your health.  Click here for a description of how trans-fats are made (margarine, shortening, and partially-hydrogenated fats used in processed foods), why transfat is bad for you and why natural saturated fats are good for you. This lecture is by a cardiologist who does coronary bypass surgery for a living and he is telling us that natural saturated fats (butter, lard, coconut oil) are NOT bad for us, it's the trans fat we should avoid.

5.  Eat foods in as close to raw state as possible. Buy fresh or frozen, avoid canned, dried, or preserved.  The live enzymes in the foods are necessary for good health.  A good rule of thumb is, eat 80% raw, 20% cooked.

6.  Eat at least 9 vegetables and/or fruits each day.  "If I eat that, I won't have any room for anything else."  Precisely!  You need the live enzymes and antioxidants in these live foods.

7.  Eat organic foods. Pesticides are extremely dangerous, and by eating organic you avoid the risk of eating genetically modified foods.  Click here for more about why you should eat organic.

5.  Find out your metabolic type.  Some people's bodies were designed to eat more protein, some more vegetarian. It depends on your metabolic type. To find out  yours, try Dr. Joseph Mercola's Total Health Program

7.  According to the Department of Agriculture, our food supply is almost completely devoid of the Glucose Tolerance Factor, a niacin-bound chromium necessary to regulate blood sugar.  This is one reason for the outrageous increase in the number of diabetes cases.  Also, the more carbs you eat, the more you deplete the B-6, B-12 and Folic Acid needed to lower your homocysteine.  The only nautral source for B Vitamins is nutritional yeast tablets.

9.  Visit our Recipe section to see some great healthy meal ideas. Browse through the cookbook section of our store.

10.  Eating healthy foods helps remove energy blockages which keep your body in a state of disease and disharmony.  Learn more about energy blockages here.

11.  Learn about how to help kids learn to make healthy food choices here. 

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