Archive for the ‘Nutrition’ Category

The Amazing Chia Seed

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Most people think of chia as the figures that grow hair by watering them. This is because the chia seed forms a think gel holding the chia seeds together.
But there is a more important use of the chia seed.
Studies have shown that chia (Salvia hispanica) is an all around nutritional source. It provides protein, magnesium, phosphorus, and essential fatty acids. It is also the richest vegan source of omega-3.
Chia, which is Mayan for “strength”, is a desert plant native to Central America.
It’s one of today’s super foods.

Chia for weight loss
Hunger is an enemy of weight loss. So here comes the chia seed. Chia seeds quickly absorb liquid to create a gel. Hence the terra cotta Chia Pets which appear to grow hair overnight. The gel coating from chia seeds tricks the stomach into thinking it is full. And the seeds absorb 12 times their weight with very little added calories.
Add two tablespoons of chia to your diet and get 10 grams of fiber – a third of your daily requirement.
Check this out at the January 2015 issue of Life Extension.

Nutrition

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in our health. Without proper nutrition we wither and die – or get diabetes, cancer, or cardiac arrest.
Our low fiber diet creates the feeling of being hungry. Fiber slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and reduces cholesterol. Fiber comes mostly from plant foods like fruits and vegetables. That’s one reason why anyone interested in their health keep reading we need more fruits and vegetables in our diet.
Dr. Mark Hyman points out that new science has shown that food literally speaks to our genes. “The information your body receives from the foods you eat turns your genes on and off. This provides your body with instructions on how to control your metabolism from moment to moment and day to day, every time you take a bite of food. This is the science of nutrigenomics” p.83
“Dr. Dean Ornish showed that after three months on an intensive lifestyle program including a whole-foods plant-based diet, over 500 genes that regulate cancer were beneficially affected, either turning off cancer-causing genes or turning on cancer-protective genes. There is no medication that can do that.” pp.83-84

Quantity at the Price of Quality

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

“The USDA figures show a decline in the nutrient content of the forty-three crops it has tracked since the 1950s. In one recent analysis, vitamin C declined by 20 percent, iron by 15 percent, riboflavin by 39 percent, calcium by 16 percent. Government figures from England tell a similar story: declines since the fifties of 10 percent or more in levels of iron, zinc, calcium, and selenium across a range of food crops. To put this in more concrete terms, you would now have to eat three apples to get the same amount of iron as you would have gotten from a single 1940 apple, and you’d have to eat several more slices of bread to get your recommended daily allowance of zinc than you would have a century ago.” IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, Michael Pollan

Plants grown with industrial fertilizers are nutritionally inferior to the same varieties grown in organic soils.

This results in poor nutrition which translates into poor health. You can see the declining quality and thus more sickness. Studies have shown that 70 percent of our diseases come from poor nutrition.

What are your thoughts?

Monoculture Farming

Friday, February 11th, 2011

With the rise of industrial agriculture we have basically limited ourselves to just a few grains and vegetables. This leads to a simplification of our diet to mostly corn and soy. Even half of all broccoli grown commercially today comes from a single variety – Marathon. The vast majority of commercial chickens in America are one hybrid – the Cornish cross, and 99 percent of turkeys are Broad-Breasted Whites.

When farming corn and soybeans it helps that the government subsidizes the farmer to grow corn and soy. Then most of that goes into the feed of our animals (which is unhealthy) and the rest into processed food (again unhealthy).

Today the four crops of corn, soy, wheat and rice account for two-thirds of the calories we eat. Then the way these grains are raised leave the soil deficient. In stead of the many nutrients you find in organic soil you will only find a half-dozen from commercial fertilizers. You will get the macronutrients but not the micronutrients which sustain life.

With today’s commercial fertilizers you must eat organic if you want to eat healthy and get all the nutrients that you will only find in REAL food.

The Western Diet

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Did you know that four of the top ten causes of death today are chronic diseases linked to diet: coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

The “Western Diet” is the elephant in the room when it comes to health and diet.

The chronic diseases that now kill most of us can be traced directly to the industrialization of our food. The culprits are: highly processed foods, refined grains, chemicals on and in our plants and animals, and plants and animals in monocultures. Add to that cheap sugar products, pop, soda, candy, etc. And we narrow our choices to  a tiny handful of staple products, namely wheat, corn and soy. What’s missing is vegetables, fruits and whole grains (which by the way are recently making a comeback).

When a group of doctors and medical workers, early in the 20th century, were stationed overseas, they saw people of the world with their diverse diets become sick with the “Western Diet”. With that followed the Western diseases: obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer.

There is a solution!

Eat plant based foods, fruits and vegetables, range fed animals without all the pharmaceutical medicines pumped in them to make them fatter, faster and less healthy. Stay away from processed foods and sugars.

Today we have a choice to eat healthy. Use your freedom of choice to be healthy.

Nutrition for the Body

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Dr. Campbell, in his book THE CHINA STUDY, emphasizes that “nutrition” is a combination of many food substances. As the saying goes: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. He states:

“The main message I’m trying to get across is this: the chemicals we get from the foods we eat are engaged in a series of reactions that work in concert to produce good health. These chemicals are carefully orchestrated by intricate controls within our cells and all through our bodies, and these controls decide what nutrient goes where, how much of each nutrient is needed and when each reaction takes place.

“Our bodies have evolved with this infinitely complex network of reactions in order to derive maximal benefit from whole foods, as they appear in nature. The misguided may trumpet the virtues of one specific nutrient or chemical, but this thinking is too simplistic. Our bodies have learned how to benefit from the chemicals in food as they are packaged together, discarding some and using others as they see fit. I cannot stress this enough, as it is the foundation of understanding what good nutrition means.” (p. 228)

Processed food has most of it’s nutrients removed in the process. Sometimes some nutrients are replaced but never all.

Obese, Overweight, vs Healthy

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Obese individuals (body mass 30 and above) make up over one-third of Americans today. Another one-third is overweight (body mass 25 – 29). This very fact makes Americans subject to degenerative diseases, a position which our healthcare system cannot afford. [Life Extension, October 2010, p.8]

According to the US Department of Agriculture Americans consumed an extra 331 calories a day in 2006 compared to 1978. That amounts to 2,317 calories each week or 120,000 extra calories a year. This translates to about 34 pounds of stored body fat.

A young person can eat a reasonable amount of food and efficiently convert these calories into energy with minimal residual fat storage. As this same person ages there are many body changes. This means if we don’t consume a single calorie more at age 45 than we did at 25 our aging physiology will have us gain weight.

The encouraging news is that science has shown us many ways to change that. Our problem is we don’t want to give up those morning donuts or that extremely fat dessert after dinner. Being a couch potato has become addictive in our society.

So if we want to return to maximum health we need to change. And believe me it’s not easy. When I had my cardiac arrest at age 71 I had recently started exercising again, I had lost 35 t0 40 pounds, and still my heart stopped. But with proper exercise and a change in diet my wife and I were climbing mountains in China three and a half months after my cardiac arrest.

It’s never too late to change your lifestyle and eating habits. You’ll live longer.

Protecting Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s Dementia

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases are on the rise. The pharmaceutical companies have not found a drug that cures a person. What’s the answer?

It’s so simple that most people don’t know about it. It’s getting proper cellular nutrition.

Studies have shown that one of the largest if not the only cause of neurodegenerative diseases is oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is simply the damage made to our cells by the normal process of metabolism, which creates free radicals.

Antioxidants to the rescue. But some antioxidants don’t pass through the blood brain barrier and then the cells begin to die. To keep a healthy brain we need a good diet, exercise and quality nutritional food supplements. A major factor in the death of brain cells are the statin drugs which take the cholesterol from the body. Without cholesterol, Co-Q10 and other nutrition, the brain cells die and the loss of mental capabilities sets in.

Studies today are showing with proper supplements which will pass through the brain blood cells some of the damaging effects can be reversed.

Again, eat good nutritious food, meditate, exercise regularly and take quality supplements.

Brain Medication

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Quality nutrition is something lacking in the majority of Americans today. Each processed food lowers the quality of the food you’re eating. Also, quality nutrition could replace 95 percent if brain medication used today. And there would be no side effects and a great savings in money. The two things which are in shortest supply today is good nutrition and regular exercise.

Do yourself a favor – read the labels and buy fresh produce and lean meats. Exercise three or four times a week. We can’t get our nutrients from plants grown in nutrient poor soil so for most of us high quality food supplements provide the proper balance.

Maximize Nutrients

Friday, September 25th, 2009

The way we prepare food has a lot to do with how we obtain the best nutrients from those fruits and vegetables.

Tomatoes

Tomato sauce gives more lycopene than raw tomatoes. The heat makes the lycopene molecules more bioavailable,

Carrots

Boiling is the best way to increase a carrot’s bioavailability of carotenoids.

Bell Peppers

Are rich in vitamin B6. To preserve most nutrients, steam, roast or stir-fry.

Broccoli

An Italian study showed that cooking broccoli in water best preserved antioxidant and glucosinolate content.

Read the whole article in Dr. Andrew Weil’s August 2009 Newsletter.