How To Eat To Stay Healthy
Nutrition is a very important aspect of our daily well being. It is connected to both our physical and spiritual health. The Bible communicates that it is God’s will that we not only prosper spiritually but that our bodies prosper as well (see 3John). The importance of the two working together synergistically is certain, but often overlooked. We are honor our Maker when we treat ourselves well (1Corinthians 6:13-19). Godly living is the most important aspect of life, but physical exercise does have some value also.
Some of the doctors which I would like to acknowledge and thank for their contributions to this article are: Dr. Richard DuBois, an infectious disease researcher, specializing in HIV/AIDS, and Dr. Russell Blaylock, Neuroscientist, Jackson, Mississippi. Special acknowledgement also goes to several doctors from which the majority of the dietary recommendations in this article have come. Dr. Humbart Santillo, author of the book Food Enzymes the Missing Link and inventor of “Juice Plus+” fruits and vegetables in a capsule. Dr. Mitra Ray is a Biochemist for the American Cancer Society and a Stanford University graduate who is acknowledged in the medical field for discovering an enzyme.
Nutrition consultants outline key components required for excellent health. The following is a list of what we want in our diet: Carbohydrates, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals, Fat and Fiber. In contrast, here is what we don’t want: Sugar that is not mixed with fiber, fat that is derived from sugar, or hydrogenated fat (fat from cooking and deep-frying).
The average person should consume five to ten servings of raw fruits and vegetables per day (according to the Canadian Cancer Society). We also need to eat a wide variety of different ones. It is also recommended that we should not consume vitamin pills as the method of providing daily nutritional requirements. Vitamin pills separate the antioxidant from the natural food source.
As a product of the natural elements from which we are created, we should feed ourselves with the unprocessed whole food source as much as possible. Whole foods, with their proper balance of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, enzymes, and fiber is what’s best for our bodies. Without long explanations, here are the highly recommended fruits: apple, orange or grapefruit, pineapple, cranberry, peach, and cherry. The vegetables that we most benefit from according to science are: broccoli, spinach, kale, tomato, parsley, carrot, and beat. These combinations give us all the vitamins from A to E.
Unfortunately we must now be careful with leafy greens and fish products as of 2011… Because of the Tsunami in Japan and radiation that continues to spew (which Globalist propaganda mongers have said is safe) radioactive isotope levels are actually at dangerous levels within Pacific seafood and also leafy green vegetables, where radiation tends to bioaccumulate. Dairy products are also being affected. Talk to Chris for suggestions on how to mitigate this concern.
Carbohydrates will be discussed briefly in this next passage. Contrary to some dieting philosophies, carbs are essential. Carbs coming from fruits and vegetables are great because generally they mix refined sugars with adequate levels of fiber. This is important because fiber slows down the movement of sugar to the blood serum. This fiber lessens the sudden “impact” of sugar to the body. Sugar without fiber causes a “high glycemic index”. Eating foods which are high glycemic index causes blood sugar levels to be thrown off balance, causing a high release of insulin, until eventually, the body can no longer create insulin on its own. This is how diabetes occurs.
High glycemic index foods also cause cancer. Non-refined sugar (pure white or brown sugar) kills white blood cells in the blood. White blood cells are our cancer fighting cells and they fight cancer daily. Here is a list of carbohydrate foods to stay away from: white pasta, white or brown bread and white rice. All of these foods are high glycemic index, which means they are low in fiber. If you are athletic you can get away with eating a little of these foods, otherwise, they will be stored as excessive fat. Obviously, candies and other processed sugar snacks are probably the worst things we could eat. Sugar is your enemy. Anything, which contains added sugar, should be avoided. This means almost everything that the average North American eats. Here are some things you should not be consuming on a regular basis: many frozen juices from concentrate, flavour crystals (pure sugar), ice cream, cakes, potato chips and many salad dressings.
The next consideration is fiber. Fruits and vegetables, again, is the best thing we can eat. They contain lots of fiber, especially dense leafy ones such as broccoli, and spinach. It should be noted that broccoli and spinach also contain vitamin E and calcium, which is especially dangerous to take in a pill form. A study in Finland showed that taking vitamin E and Beta Carotene in a pill form could actually cause cancer. This is because they are not water soluble in a pill form. The human body requires about thirty grams of fiber per day. All bran flakes, muslix, or all grain bread are also good sources of fiber.
Regarding minerals that your body requires, other than the ones found in the above-mentioned vegetables, the most important one to consider is extra calcium and magnesium. Calcium is found in broccoli, kale and spinach and, of course, dairy products. Likely around 75% of the North American population is low in magnesium (as of 2008). However, organic all grain breads, made without traditional flour, are high in magnesium, as are some bottled spring waters.
Another thought in connection with calcium for discussion is the controversy surrounding dairy products. Dairy products, depending upon whom you speak with are either good or bad. One thing that is certain, however, cow’s milk is really not good for adults (as we get older, we lose the lactic enzyme that our body needs to break down cow’s milk). Instead of cow’s milk, we can drink Soymilk for women (high in estrogen) and for men, they may consider having fresh-squeezed orange juice with added calcium, instead. Conventional Soymilk is extremely high in protein and calcium. This should, however, be non-GMO Soy (non-genetically modified soy bean). Some other sources of calcium might be cottage cheese, or yogourt (these cultured dairy products are easier to digest).
It is interesting to note that our body really does not need to intake high amounts of calcium, contrary to some popular belief. The reason why many individuals suffer with osteoporosis may be because we often eat too much protein. High protein intake creates high uric acid levels in the body, which, in some popular theory must be neutralized by calcium. One study shows that the Eskimo Indians, who have a high percentage of osteoporosis, consume 2000 milligrams of calcium a day. The problem is, though, they also consume 240-400 grams of protein per day from fish, Whale, and Walrus meat.
Another interesting study comes from the “Journal of Clinical Research” in the mid 1980’s from researchers at Michigan State University. It showed male vegetarians over the age of 65 had only a 3% average measurable bone loss, while their meat-eating counterparts had 18%. For women it was even more critical. The women vegetarians had 7%, while those who ate meat had a staggering 35%! The type of protein (whether it is from animals or not) is why Naturopath, Doctor Humbart Santillo, for example, does not recommend getting protein from any type of meat, cheese, or dairy products. This type of protein seems to be the type, which especially leads to high uric acid levels in the body. However interesting this research may be, it might also be a bit unrealistic for the average person to pursue.
Protein is still a very important aspect of our diet. We should eat a little bit of protein with every meal. One common belief is that it should be about the size of the palm of our hand. Protein contains necessary amino acids. Proteins create enzymes in the body, which cause chemical reactions, stimulating the body. The body cannot produce amino acids on its own. It is essential, then, that we consume enough protein. And the more a person does exercise, the more protein they will also require, especially if muscles are being strained. The egg contains the perfect amino acid profile for the human body. Some other good sources of protein are soy products, tofu, textured vegetable protein (TVP), cottage cheese, fish, chicken, and turkey. Once more, some nutritionists discourage the use of any meat (including chicken) and any dairy products (including yogurt and cottage cheese), but opinions vary. Red meat, however, should not be eaten, generally, on a daily basis. Once or twice per week may be sufficient. Red meat is a good source of iron that cannot be obtained alternatively.
Fat is also a very important and, sadly, very misunderstood topic. Obviously, obesity is something that ought to be avoided. It should be noted, though, that some individuals simply have a larger bone structure and, hence, are bigger individuals. They may give the illusion of being fat, but one must consider different body types that exist and that having a larger or smaller bone structure, gives different appearances.
A common belief some years ago was that if a person eats “low fat” foods they will necessarily lose weight. This is not true. Of course, eating lower fat amounts is helpful, but if we deprive ourselves of all fat, the body will think there is a famine and will store the fat that it has. Fat is an important part of our diet. Some good fat are ones that come from raw nuts, seeds, and from fish. Salmon, or Omega 3 fish oil pills are excellent and can be taken on a daily basis. With Japan spewing radiation (as of 2011) it it recommended that your fish oil come from Scandinavia. Fish oil acts as an anti-inflammatory and can also help with constipation. This may be common knowledge, but still a good reminder- hydrogenated fats obviously should be avoided (fats that are cooked, especially deep fried foods). Cooked fats, be it from Macdonald’s, or even roasted nuts, clog the arteries and cause heart complications.
Exercising is the other part of the equation when attempting to deal with obesity or even being overly skinny or “gaunt” looking. It is also recommended that we drink a glass of red wine each day. Drinking red wine in moderation is a way to clear out clogged arteries without consuming all the added sugar that we find in conventional frozen grape juice.
The last consideration, albeit, a very important one, is that we always want to eat as much of our food raw as possible. This is especially true regarding fruits and vegetables or fruit and vegetable powders. The fruit and vegetable powders that are available from health food stores are “freeze dried” (a product called Juice Plus+ can be taken instead). Freeze-drying destroys the enzymatic benefit of the powders. Another interesting fact is that cooking foods over 120 Fahrenheit destroys all the enzymes in the food. Food with no enzymes is dead food. This makes the food very hard to digest and causes the body to send out stored enzymes from the pancreas to break down food proteins, bringing a depletion in the body. While we have just eaten the food to gain some enzymatic benefit we have just lost the enzymes we already had. The only other way to combat the problem of overprocessed and overcooked food is to take a digestive enzyme in a pill form, available at your local health food store.