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47. No more cans! Fresh is the way to go!

| Articles | April 30, 2009

Buying food items in cans lack in nutrition and are usually loaded with salt and preservatives in today’s food markets. The process of freshness goes from fresh fruits and vegetables, to frozen foods, and down to canned foods. Last on the list, these canned items are slowly becoming a thing of the past.

When the canned foods go through the cooking process, this heating process destroys about one-third to one-half of the vitamins A and C, riboflavin and thiamin. And then the sit on the shelves as they are stored, losing an additional 5% to 20% . But the remaining vitamins only decrease their values slightly.

A lot of produce when picked for harvest will begin to lose some of its nutrients. If it is handled properly and canned quickly, it can be more than or as nutritious as fresh fruit or vegetable. This fresh produce will lose half or more of its vitamins with the first two weeks: but if not kept chilled or preserved, the fresh vegetable or fruit will lose nearly half of its vitamins within the first few days. The average consumer is advised to eat a variety of food types each day as compared to only one type of food.

The thing to remember is everything depends on the time between the harvesting and the canning and freeing process. Generally, the vegetables are picked immediately and taken to canning or freezing divisions when their nutrient contact is at its peak. How the food is canned affects the nutrient value also. Vegetables boiled for longer than necessary and in large amounts of water lose much of their nutritional value as compared to those only lightly steamed.

When we pick fresh vegetables or fruit at the farm, they are always more nutritious than canned or frozen – this is a fact. If you cannot buy fresh, at least buy frozen.

Comments Off on 46. Find natural Alternatives for flavor!

46. Find natural Alternatives for flavor!

| Articles | April 29, 2009

Alternative seasonings are becoming very familiar in the kitchens in today’s world. Rows after rows of organic or alternative spices now line the cupboards in our kitchens as compared to the few we grew up with. We had salt and pepper, and maybe some garlic or onion salt. Slowly this changed to garlic powers or onion powders. We learned that the corn cooking oil we used was bad for us, and moved to olive oil and canola oil. We learned to educate ourselves on a daily basis.

Organic kelp granules are a wonderful salt alternative with low sodium and have iodine in it. Low temperature dried and untoasted kelp granules spice up the kitchen dishes in a healthy way with a unique flavor. I like to boil spinach pasta and add it as a flavoring. There is only 45 mg of sodium per 1/2 tsp that is very good for me also. The main ingredient is organic raw kelp.

Butters are becoming a thing of the past we have all grown up with. High fat content, it possibly contains residues of pesticides along with environmental toxics which both tend to concentrate in the fat. When we walk down the dairy counters at the grocery store, we have many choices available to us. At one time it was a choice between butter and margarine; now neither is totally good for us. Peanut butter is now made from whole peanuts, as compared to the original peanut butter made from sugar and salt. This healthy peanut butter avoids hydrogenated fats, which will add years to our life and our heart can maintain its low blood pressures along with normal pulses.

Red wine vinegarette dressings on salads and honey as sugar are just a few of the changes in the alternatives we have today for our kitchens. The old fashioned meals we ate at our grandmother’s table are gone – what is available are meals with health in mind. Even pancakes made out of wheat is covered with pure maple syrup instead of the sweetened corn Karo syrup we grew up with.

Comments Off on 45. The next best alternative to ice cream? Easy to make homemade sorbet. (fresh fruits)

45. The next best alternative to ice cream? Easy to make homemade sorbet. (fresh fruits)

| Articles | April 28, 2009

Probably one of the best desserts you can eat yet is tremendously good for you is Sorbet. It is a frozen dessert made from iced fruit puree and any other ingredient you would like to add for a light dessert. It is sort of a gelato that has no milk in it so is very good for lactose free individuals or milk allergies. Some sorbets contain alcohol that lowers the freezing temperature and makes it slightly softer. It is very dense and flavorful, matching ice cream for quality and taste. The Villa Dolce, makers of Italian gelato, are one of the best producers of sorbet on the web.

Sorbet has a history behind it that says the Roman Emperor, Nero, invented it during the first century AD. The story said Nero had runners along the Appian way, passing buckets of snow to the mountains to his banquet hall, where it was mixed with honey and wine. Other countries also laid claim to the original invention, but the mixture of snow, juice and fruit pulp is delicious. The French served it traditionally between the starter course and the main course, and is served as a non-fat and vegan alternative to ice cream.

Sorbet is made from water, and fruit puree. It is an excellent source of Calcium and Vitamin C, and is naturally fat free and low in calories. They make excellent fruit smoothies and are good for you in health aspects. They would be similar to fruit whips where you put ice, fruit, and some light flavoring in a blender to whip a light and airy, non dairy drink. Very tasty, natural, and healthy.

Comments Off on 44. Why you should reconsider consuming soy milk often? Soy is the Most mucous forming food on the planet.

44. Why you should reconsider consuming soy milk often? Soy is the Most mucous forming food on the planet.

| Articles | April 27, 2009

Most milk is mucous forming. When a cold develops or pneumonia sets in, the last thing offered should be a milk product due to the mucous in it. Soy is still milk, even though it is called a “vegetable milk.” Children under two years of age are being advised not to drink cow’s milk due to the high protein in it. Yet soy milk is high protein also, and is seriously being promoted for children today, especially those who have had milk allergies. The soy milk is curdled and hung in a cheese cloth, this forms a sold curd which is called tofu or soy cheese. Processed soy products is the most mucous forming food on the planet!

It has been proven in Japan that soy has goitrogens in it, which depresses thyroid function. It also is high in phytic acid and is 99% genetically modified, plus having one of the highest percentages contaminate of pesticides there is. Scientists are beginning to agree that grain and legume based diets high in phytates are helping spread mineral deficiencies in 3rd world countries.

Soy has come to us from the Orient where it is called “the meat without a bone.” Tofu is a very natural protein based product from soy that replaces meat in the Orient. Traditionally, it was eaten by the Japanese as part of a mineral-rich fish broth. Recent studies show vegetarians who eat tofu and bean curd as meat substitutes for dairy products and meat, are at risk for mineral deficiencies. Supplements need to be added to compensate for this deficiency. Vegetarians who consume tofu and bean curd as a substitute for meat and dairy products risk severe mineral deficiencies.

The Chinese did not eat soybean as other legumes and lentils. They felt that the soybean contained large amounts of harmful substances. Many reasons are cited for it, but soy products continue to grow in the United States at an alarming rate. Chocolate soy milk and vanilla soy milk are just a few products that we find in our grocery stores today.

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43. Why you should not drink cow’s milk?

| Articles | April 26, 2009

Many people are firm believers that cow’s milk is the “perfect food” and you will never be able to change their minds. But parents need to educate themselves about milk allergies and lactose intolerances with their children in mind to be forewarned. One main reason why cow’s milk isn’t that great for you is that it was made for cows, not humans. Secondly, if you are not consuming magnesium along with cow milk, you are not benefiting from the calcium. Thirdly, if you consume something with iron in it, your body also cannot uptake calcium at all. So, red meat and a glass of milk, is not a great idea.

The reaction of the immune system to milk proteins and milk products is a milk allergy. These are signs and symptoms that will appear while the child is an infant. This affects the digestive system along with skin and airways. Milk allergies can be life threatening to infants if not recognized and something done about it. Infants who develop milk allergies are usually put on soy milk by the family doctor.

Lactose intolerance shows up a couple of years later and is caused by the body not being able to break down the milk sugar lactose. This affects the digestion only, and causes symptoms such as bloating, gas and loose bowels. This occurs only after drinking milk or eating dairy products. This is not a serious intolerance and many people can still drink milk or dairy products in small amounts and not really feel any symptoms.

If a child or adult is found to be milk-allergic, it is best to know that not all “milk-free” labels are misleading, and they still can have milk protein in it. Some of the soy cheeses that are labeled as milk free can still have some milk in it, so read the labels very carefully.

Many nondairy foods can be substituted for milk or milk products. Be aware, however, that just because a food is labeled “nondairy,” it does not necessarily mean that it is milk free. Even a “milk-free” label can be misleading. For example, some soy cheeses claim to be milk free but may still contain milk protein. That’s why it’s always important to read all food labels when you have a milk-allergic child.

Comments Off on 40. Why you should only take sips of water during mealtime? Large glasses of water impedes the digestive process by diluting the gatric juices.

40. Why you should only take sips of water during mealtime? Large glasses of water impedes the digestive process by diluting the gatric juices.

| Articles | April 24, 2009

Taking several sips of water at a mealtime as compared to drinking a couple of large glasses per meal seems to be a personal preference unless there is a medical reason or a weight loss is desired. Several sources say that at the present time there is no proof at all that water aids in the digestion process. There is enough water in the fruits and vegetables to supply this.

But what I noticed is that an excessive amount of water consumed at a meal dilutes stomach acid concentration. This is very necessary for food breakdown of protein and other nutrients. I also noticed that the body couldn’t handle large amounts of water at one time because most water at a meal usually has ice in it. If water is drunk lukewarm or at room temperature, it will not interfere with the body’s temperature as much as ice water does. If a person has a medical condition like a hiatus hernia, too much water at a meal will trigger it.

Water drank between meals, not during meals, is the most important time for its consumption regarding health issues. To remove toxins and waste products from the body, water is needed for the flow of their elimination. It also is important for the circulation of our body’s fluids and temperature regulation.

In 1910, a study was done on a young man who drank 3 liters of water with his meals for five days in a row. The findings showed: an increase in body weight of two pounds in the five days; increased amount of excretion of urinary nitrogen; increased output of ammonia, due to an increased output of gastric juice; decreased excretion of feces and of fecal nitrogen; and a decrease in the quantity of bacteria excreted daily.

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40. Drinking a daily vitamin packed drink of your choice that includes romaine lettuce, celery, stalks kale, apples, lemon, and fresh ginger (or make your own drink)

| Articles | April 23, 2009

To eat healthy we need to eat daily one pound of raw vegetables for each 50 pounds of body weight. By juicing this amount, it is very easy to get 50% of your body weight’s requirement of raw vegetables. Raw food is important to our body because when it is consumed, it does not raise our white blood cells like cooked food does. It did not change when raw foods or low temperature cooked foods were consumed.

Health juices are not a new thing over history. Limejuice cured scurvy in the16th century, saving thousands of sailor’s lives. But our generation has only recently discovered the nutritional and biochemical properties of fruit and vegetable fresh juices. Juicing is the cheapest and most economical method to maintain the health of the individual in our time today. It was discovered that the best time to take a juice drink is in the morning and during the evening.

Freshly squeezed juices from vegetables and fruit contain more vitamins and minerals, along with enzymes, than any canned or fresh juice. When making your juice, always include a dark leafy vegetable such as spinach, broccoli, cabbage, or beet tops. It was discovered that the best time to take a juice drink is in the morning and during the evening. Within ten minutes after consuming the drink they are absorbed into the bloodstream. This is an advantage to drinking freshly juiced vegetables as compared to eating fresh vegetables and fruit. Eating solid foods take several hours to digest, while a fresh fruit or vegetable drink is absorbed quickly into the system. The fiber is lost due to the juicing process but a higher amount of nutrients goes into the body and its system.

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39. An Enema will also Keep the system clean and fresh, detoxified.

| Articles | April 22, 2009

When an enema is given, there are specific purposes for it. They are a form of colon cleansing, so other than warming and cleansing the colon through a series of enemas, the system needs to be alkalized, any foreign protein is removed from the colon, and the bowel system is hydrated. Tap water or soapsuds dilates the bowel and stimulates peristalsis. It also lubricates the stool and feces to eliminate toxics in the lower area of the intestine.

Enemas are used as a treatment for constipation, a colon cleansing therapy, or for any other health reasons person is suffering from. The colonic uses more water than the traditional enema to cleanse and flush. An alternative to an enema is the herbal colon cleanser that is taken by mouth in the form of a drink or capsule. Many individuals find it more hygienic than the enema, with immediate results within the first two hours.

When a person needs an enema and is full of toxics, they feel out of energy and excessively tired, depressed and bloated … and not entirely in that order. We are designed to have anywhere from two to four bowel movements a day, but if our system is not working properly, constipation will begin to form. When the bowel begins to get impacted problems will arise such as colon cancer. Symptoms of these problems are headaches, bad breath, allergy symptoms, depression, exhaustion and fatigue, bloating and chronic infections.

An oil retention enema is used in the same manner but in a lesser amount to soften the hardened stool inside the bowels, allowing for a normal bowel movement. Another type enema is for the delivery of mediation to the immediate bloodstream. Steroid enemas solutions are given for individuals with ulcerative colitis or antibiotic enema solutions for localized bacterial infections.

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38. Why would you consider getting a colonic as a part of your detoxify program?

| Articles | April 21, 2009

Approximately two million people in this country have colon problems such as colitis, ileitis, and diverticulitis. A colonic, or colon hydrotherapy, is a cleansing of the colon using a warm water flush that lasts about 45 minutes per session along with 15 gallons of water. The primary purpose of the colonic is the rid the body of waster through a series of muscular contractions known as “peristalsis.” This colonic cleansing removes toxic waste that has been left in the colon, which would have been reabsorbed into the bloodstream resulting in illness or disease.

I would consider cleansing of the bowels essential to improved health. Over the years most of us have developed toxics in our body due to improper eating habits, environmental pollution, medications, recreational practices and anything else associated with our lifestyle. What is lining our colon due to this is impacted dried mucus, which forms a wall similar to plastic lining on the inside of the bowels. Our bloodstream picks up any and all toxic particles, which will eventually seep into our blood through this colon if left unattended.

The toxic colon is the primary cause of disease and death, degeneration, aging and premature death of individuals who died only because of a toxic colon that inhibited digestion and normal bowel movements. Many didn’t even realize that there were such a thing or they had the option to cleanse it. But due to our lifestyles, we have about 10 to 25 pounds of dried fecal matter in the intestine. This fecal matter causes body imbalances and eventual death.

Comments Off on 37. You can get plenty of calcium from green leafy vegetables; cow’s milk isn’t the best for your body..

37. You can get plenty of calcium from green leafy vegetables; cow’s milk isn’t the best for your body..

| Articles | April 20, 2009

For excellent food therapy, calcium derived from dairy products, leafy greens, some nuts, and any calcium-fortified products are much better than through supplements. If the body assimilates more than the needed intake of calcium, it will flush out what it doesn’t need. Calcium is important for building bones but organic calcium does the job better than the inorganic calcium does in the form of supplements. A juice made from fresh green leafy vegetables and fruits maximize this intake of calcium. The chlorophyll that is found in green plants and vegetables contains magnesium, which is very important in the “uptake” of calcium. Elaine Bruce, experienced naturopath, homeopathic and director of the UK Centre for Living Foods, said, “The chemical composition of chlorophyll and blood is very similar which further facilitates this uptake.”

All vitamins and minerals work together as a unit. A synergistic combination of two or more vitamins is used together to form a stronger unison. But this type of unisons can work against each other. When we take antibiotics for infections and illnesses, we reduce greatly the Vitamin C absorption within the body, which protects against infection itself. The National Institutes of Health recommend the dosage of calcium per day as 1,000 to 1,500 mg. If calcium carbonate is taken instead of calcium, it contains only 40% calcium; a 1,500 mg tablet of it provides only 600 mg of calcium.

Cow’s milk is not as good for the body as we have been led to believe. Its protein content is extremely high and creates acidic residue. By continuing large amounts of milk, or acidic food consumption, a loss of alkaline minerals will develop from the bones. By losing these minerals, bones will become weak and prone to fractures.

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