FOR IMPROVED HEALTH, AVOID:
1. Fast foods, processed foods, and junk foods
2. Meat derived from animals that were not fed their natural, non-genetically modified diet
3. Dairy products derived from grass-fed cows and free-range chickens that are not organic
4. Farmed as well as wild fish caught in polluted waters
5. Sugar, especially in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
6. GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
7. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
8. Artificial sweeteners in the form of aspartame
9. Commercial vegetable oils and fats that have been processed, refined, and hydrogenated
10. Municipal water, as well as water sold in plastic bottles
12. Excessive alcohol consumption and use of recreational drugs
13. Fluoride that is primarily found in municipal water and toothpaste
14. Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)
15. Environmental pollutants
It is our responsibility to become informed and empowered consumers who will make better choices and the necessary lifestyle changes. Doing so will leave the powerful agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporations and giant food companies with two choices: either go out of business or start offering natural, health-promoting foods and beverages.
THE BEST DEFENCE IS PREVENTION.
Good health is best achieved by preventing the onset of bad health. If you are not yet ill but have only a general feeling of malaise, some aches and pains, an unexplained weight problem, mental fog, low energy, or digestion problems, time is on your side. Preventive action will allow you to change that path to one that promotes health.
Improved health is not complicated but simple and straightforward. As humans, we are meant to consume what Mother Earth provides; nothing added and nothing taken away. Mother Nature did not make mistakes when it created healing and life-promoting foods. The moment we tinker with them, we interfere with the positive properties of these foods. Throughout our lives, we weaken our ability to have good health with an unhealthy diet, a sedentary lifestyle, excessive stress, and exposure to too many environmental pollutants. These factors cause the manifestation of degenerative and chronic diseases and what we perceive as the inevitable signs of aging. The good news is that our bodies have the innate ability to heal themselves if given half a chance.
Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." The best time for food to be your medicine is when there is still time to take preventative measures today for a long-lasting healthy life tomorrow.
GOOD HEALTH IS NOT ONLY ABOUT FOOD.
Good health is also dependent on being active, getting adequate sleep, reducing or eliminating the consumption of alcohol and recreational drugs, living in a low-pollution and electromagnetic radiation environment, getting enough exposure to the healing rays of the sun, learning how to deal with stress through meditation and positive thinking, and being in a loving relationship. Emotional stress, regardless of whether the cause is real or not, will manifest itself with a long list of symptoms ranging from headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and depression, to more serious ones like an increased risk of heart attacks, digestive and reproductive system problems, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar levels. The prolonged release of stress hormones like cortisol will also trigger a weakened immune and endocrine system. Lastly, laughter is said to be the best medicine. Having a good sense of humor and laughing often will boost your immune system, lower your stress hormones, release your body’s natural feel-good chemicals, and improve your cardiovascular system.
IMPROVE YOUR DIGESTION WITH GOOD FOOD COMBINATIONS.
A good combination of foods will go a long way towards improving digestion and the absorption of nutrients. For this, there are a few simple rules we can implement into our eating habits.
Different foods require different digestive processes. Starchy vegetables like wheat, rice, corn, and potatoes start their digestion in the mouth and work their way down to the intestines where nutrients are absorbed. The one of the animal-derived proteins starts in the stomach instead, with the aid of hydrochloric acid, which breaks them down into individual amino acids. When these two different food digestion processes operate at the same time, they cause problems like gas, indigestion, bloating, and a diminished ability to absorb nutrients.
It is therefore best to consume proteins separately from starchy foods. Poor food combinations can prolong the digestion process for as long as 12 hours.
1. Animal proteins combine well with each other and with raw or cooked non-starchy vegetables.
2. Starchy vegetables combine well with each other, legumes as well as raw or cooked.
3. Nuts and seeds combine well with each other and with dried fruits.
4. Fruits combine well only with other fruits and should be thought of as a snack instead of a meal.
The exceptions to this rule are enzyme-rich fruits like pineapple, papaya, and mango. They can not only be combined with all other foods, but will also aid in digestion.
Each group of foods has a different digestion transit time. Fruits take the shortest time (20-30 min) and animal proteins the longest (3-4 hours). However, if you were to eat a fruit like an apple after a protein meal, it would sit for hours in the digestive tract (instead of minutes), causing gas, bloating, and digestion problems. This is due to the fermentation of the sugars it contains. If you are, therefore, having a meal with all the food groups, you can reduce digestion problems by simply consuming the foods with the shortest transit time first. The rule of "light to heavy" should be applied, meaning consuming fast transit-time foods prior to heavier ones.