A SAFE & SANE WAY TO EAT
The Root of All Disease Chapter 13
We would all prefer to be able to get our nutrition from our food chain without the need for supplementation. Unfortunately, this is impossible due to our foods’ depleted mineral status and losses during processing, storage, and cooking. However, if you want optimal health, supplementing is necessary. I recommend you establish a regimen to consume a full spectrum of minerals daily because vitamins, enzymes, and other specialty nutrients are more effective after you have the minerals your body needs. I agree with Michelle Tonkin, a Naturopathic Doctor who recommends ten superfoods that improve health and vitality. She says they can help us increase energy, enhance immunity and invoke positive change.
SPIRULINA is a microalga found in sunny climates and alkaline waters worldwide. It is high in Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Vitamin B-12, Iron, Essential amino acids, Nucleic Acids, RNA and DNA, Chlorophyll, and Protein. In addition, Spirulina is a naturally digestible food that aids in protecting the immune system as well as cholesterol reduction and mineral absorption. Those suffering from unstable glucose levels may also benefit from taking Spirulina because of its high protein levels. All in all, Spirulina provides the body with a powerhouse of nutrients needed for strength and energy.
COLOSTRUM is a thin, yellowish fluid secreted by the mammary glands of mothers in the first days after giving birth before the production of milk begins. Colostrum contains high levels of growth and immune factors and protein that helps to protect the newborn against infection. The best supplemental colostrum is from cows that have been organically fed. Supplemental colostrum can boost the immune system, help the body to burn fat, and build lean muscle. It also has been shown to accelerate healing and increase stamina and vitality.
CHLORELLA is tiny, single-celled water-grown algae that contain an enormous amount of readily available chlorophyll. It contains protein, carbohydrates, B vitamins, vitamins C and E, amino acids, and rare trace minerals. Chlorella is one of the few edible species of water-grown algae. Like Spirulina, it is almost a complete food by itself.
FISH OIL is a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs), and vitamin D. Omega-3 is important as the body requires EFAs for rebuilding and producing new cells. These EFAs also help the production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that act as chemical messengers and regulators in various body processes. Vitamin D is essential for the body to properly absorb calcium and magnesium, which are necessary for the health of every living cell. EFAs are becoming more popular as people understand the need for essential and proper healthy fats.
MAITAKE is a mushroom that grows wild in Japan and in wooded areas in eastern North America. Maitake is an adaptogen that helps the body adapt to stress and normalizes bodily functions. In laboratory studies, it was shown to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors, kill the bio-weapon that is HIV and enhance the activity of key immune cells. It may also be helpful for diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, and high blood pressure. Maitake can either be eaten as a food or taken in a supplement form.
Green papaya is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It naturally contains more vitamin A than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges, and an abundance of vitamins B and E. The enzymes that papaya contains help digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Eaten with or after a meal, green papaya helps to lighten the burden on the body’s digestive tract and increases energy.
GARLIC is a superfood that can be found in almost any grocery store. It contains many sulfur compounds, a tribute to its healing properties. It helps to protect the body against infection by enhancing immune function and has also been reported to help regulate blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation. Raw garlic is best, but odorless supplements are also available.
GREEN TEA is widely used in Asian culture. It is becoming increasingly popular in the United States and other countries as it contains powerful antioxidants that help to protect the body against free radical damage. It also lowers cholesterol levels, stimulates the immune system, helps regulate blood sugar levels, combats mental fatigue, and shows promise as a natural weight loss aid.
ROYAL JELLY is a thick, milky substance secreted by nurse bees’ glands between their sixth and twelfth days of life. When honey and pollen are combined and refined by nurse bees, the substance that makes up ‘royal jelly.’ Royal jelly also contains amino acids, minerals, enzymes, antibacterial and antibiotic properties, and vitamins A, C, D, and E. It is useful in liver disease, pancreatitis, insomnia, stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, and strengthening the immune system.
RED YEAST RICE
RED YEAST RICE is a food product that ferments rice with the Monascus purpureus red yeast strain. It has long been used in China and Japan as a remedy for digestive problems and poor circulation. Recently, red yeast rice extract taken in supplemental form has been found to improve the ratio of “good to Bad” cholesterol. The cholesterol-lowering compounds found in red yeast rice are better known as statins. Studies have shown that statins lower cholesterol levels and may reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. But the jury is out on that claim.
In addition to the superfoods, you should consider licorice. It is one of the world’s oldest known medicines. The root of the licorice plant has been prescribed since antiquity. Historians describe its use in treating colds and asthma and healing wounds. Herbalists in China and India add licorice to their compounds and their over-the-counter remedies for some sore throats. Scientists worldwide are testing its potential. One team found that glycyrrhizic acid, a compound in licorice, kills cells infected with the virus that causes Kaposi’s sarcoma. It also inhibits the growth of the SARS coronavirus virus (Covid-19) and has been tested with success against Japanese encephalitis, chronic hepatitis, and HIV.
improve your health without supplements
You can undoubtedly improve your health, even without supplements, if you choose your foods wisely and consume them in reasonable amounts. For example, you could begin by adhering to the following suggestions:
- Eliminate, to whatever degree possible, White Sugar and White Flour products and products to which salt has been added.
- Avoid fried foods as much as possible.
- Your diet should include two or more fruits per day, but be sure to wash the fruit thoroughly to remove the insecticide and pesticide residues. Fruit and vegetables should be cooked minimally by steaming. However, microwaving fruit and vegetables remains controversial. But if you must use the microwave oven for the speed of cooking, use glass bowls or dishes instead of plastic ones. Do not use plastic or styrofoam containers in the microwave because toxins may contaminate the contents.
- Trim meat fat before cooking. Since the fat in poultry is in the skin, remove the skin before consuming. Hamburgers and other ground meat should be purchased as fresh as possible, used as soon as practical, and should be bought in the lowest fat form available. NEVER freeze hamburgers unless absolutely necessary! All fats are calorie dense and carry some risks besides obesity. Try to keep your total daily fat intake to 30% of your total calories.
- Eggs provide good nutrition and should not be neglected. Forget the bugaboo that eggs raise blood cholesterol. Eggs cooked without breaking the yolk sack do not materially raise bad cholesterol levels. However, scrambled eggs or eggs cooked as an omelet should be avoided because the scrambling supposedly creates harmful free radicals.
- Vegetable Oils are essential. The seed vegetables should supply this. However, consuming one tablespoon (1/2 ounce) of fresh safflower oil each day ensures that you get essential fatty acids. Safflower is arguably the best, but there are other alternatives.
- Sea Salt is better than regular table salt. Herbal mixtures are available, which enhance flavor.
- Avoid margarine and all hydrogenated fats. These fats interfere with the body’s synthesis of essential prostaglandins and alter cell metabolism. According to Dr. Gary Price Todd, people who consume hydrogenated fats have a remarkably increased risk of cancer and a stroke or heart attack.
- Butter is okay as it is only dairy milk and not hydrogenated. Mono-unsaturated fats (olive oil, peanut oil) are very safe. Avoid high consumption of polyunsaturated extracted vegetable fats. They are not natural for humans, especially in partially hydrogenated form.
- Fruits and vegetables are necessary, and you should consume two generous servings per day of dark yellow or dark green vegetables or fruit. The especially good ones are spinach, broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash, peaches, apricots, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Each of these is an excellent source of beta-carotene, which has been proven to help prevent cancer. Include at least one serving of the cabbage family each day, either raw or lightly cooked. These include cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, turnips, rutabagas, and cauliflower. Also, include onions and garlic as much as possible. Two bulbs of garlic a day may keep your neighbor or the local vampire away, but it will also keep some diseases away!
- Seeds and grains that reproduce themselves should be eaten AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. These include beans, corn, peas, peanuts, other nuts, sunflower seeds, wheat, barley, pumpkin seed, and so forth. Many seeds, such as mung beans and alfalfa, taste better sprouted and are used in a salad. When you buy your breakfast cereal, try to get those that contain several grains. Beans are best cooked as a mixture of bean types since each has a slightly different blend of amino acids, so a combination of beans provides a more complete source of protein. If you garden, grow soybeans and pick them when full before shelling. Soybeans freeze well and taste like a cross between boiled peanuts and lima beans.
- Meat should be included in your diet AT LEAST ONCE a day. I have no objection to red meat, but I recommend that the fat be trimmed, even before cooking. As mentioned previously, hamburgers should be purchased FRESH and cooked as soon as possible, and do not freeze hamburgers before cooking. NEVER eat fast food burgers. Liver and kidney meat should be eaten at least once weekly to boost your vitamin A. If you don’t want to eat liver, take a cod liver oil tablet of liquid daily or a supplement supplying at least 10,000 IU of Vitamin A daily. Vegetarians will choose to avoid meat. However, they can still get the needed protein if they eat various vegetables and nuts. Since poultry is an excellent source of protein, it should be eaten often. Poultry has fat in the skin, so always remove as much skin as possible. Baked chicken is much better for you than fried chicken.
- Fish should be eaten at least two or three times per week. It is best baked or broiled rather than fried to reduce fat. Fish grill very well, just like hamburgers. Certain oily fish provide an essential fatty acid that appears to reduce the risk of heart disease. These include tuna, pilchards, skippers, salmon, trout, sardines, herring, cod, haddock, and mackerel.
- Dairy Products should be served one or two times per day. I will not endorse homogenized milk since there is evidence that the small fat particles in homogenized milk may pass through the intestine into the bloodstream without digestion, possibly causing allergic reactions, according to Dr. Gary Price Todd. Ideal dairy products include yogurt, cottage cheese, and regular hard cheese. Hard cheese has less fat and more protein.
- Water is often neglected as a nutrient. Ideally, your water should be either pure spring water or well water from aquifers that fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, or industrial wastes have not contaminated. So, use water filters if you can to reduce chlorine, fluoride, THMs, PCBs, insecticides, pesticides, and general classes of toxic organic compounds. Filters also remove heavy metals and poisonous minerals and reduce lead and cadmium.
- House water filters are essential as far as bathing is concerned. Few people understand this, but your skin is your largest organ and absorbs nearly everything it contacts! I have viewed tests whereby a 200-pound man would absorb four to five pounds while sitting or swimming in a pool for thirty minutes. If the pool contained chlorine, you can bet some chlorine was absorbed along with the water. I am not an advocate of chlorine, but I realize it is necessary for use in municipal water systems because their water lines are old and filthy. Chlorine must be used to ensure the water is bacteria and virus free by the time it reaches your tap. It needs to be removed at this point, and efficient filters will remove it in large volumes. For health reasons, you should never drink or bathe in Chlorine-saturated water, period! I don’t recommend distilled water for extended periods. Drinking distilled water daily is potentially dangerous as it is very active because the dissolved minerals have been removed, so it is seeking minerals and will literally leach minerals from your bones! It is excellent for short periods because it will actively absorb toxic substances from the body and eliminate them while cleansing the body. Fasting, using distilled water, can also be very dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium. These deficiencies can cause heartbeat irregularities and high blood pressure. Never cook food in distilled water because it pulls the minerals out of the food and reduces the nutrient value. Good water is a catch-22 today. I have tested several national bottled water brands and PROVED they were contaminated when purchased from the store. Do your best and drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Water is necessary, along with minerals, to detoxify and provide the catalyst for our blood.