Monday, March 11, 2013

Just Because It's Edible...

JUST BECAUSE a food is edible doesn't mean it's fit for human consumption. A large and still growing number of items that comprise a modern person's diet simply no longer fit into the orthodox classification of foods. The "non-foods" offer almost no nutritional value and many of them are harmful as well. Below is a list of 10 of these foods that are virtually excluded from an alkaline diet and the reasons why.

1. Coffee-Coffee produces a great deal of acid in the body, and high amounts of caffeine act as a stimulant. Coffee is of no food value. If you enjoy the taste of coffee, natural food stores carry a variety of delicious grain coffees that are caffeine-free.

2. Drugs- Including prescribed pills, paracetemol, asprin, birth control pills, etc. cause high acidity and if you want to stay balanced, they are not recommended.

3. Canned and processed foods-Almost all commercially prepared foods contain preservatives and additives, not to mention artificial coloring, artificial flavorings, chemical fillers etc. Most sugar coated breakfast foods are created in scientific laboratories by chemists; even synthetically enriched or fortified foods cannot successfully replace fresh foods, for the body cannot always absorb the chemical substitutes which were designed to imitate nature.

4. Dairy products-While some animal foods (fish, occasionally eggs or fowl) are included in a diet that encourages alkalinity, dairy products are almost completely eliminated. The cow's milk available today has been altered by pasteurization which destroys natural enzymes, leaving a poor quality food. All the other nutrients found in milk can be obtained in much higher proportion in foods such as seaweeds (which contain 3 to 14 times as much calcium) and leafy green vegetables. Milk by-products-butter, yogurt, cheeses and cream-contain saturated fats as well as dyes, artificial colouring and preservatives which interfere with digestion.
If you are strongly drawn to dairy products, goat's milk (or raw cow's milk from a trusted source) is preferred to regular supermarket.

5. Meat-Most meats today are filled with chemicals-residues from antibiotics, hormones, and tranquilizers that were shot into or fed to cattle, dyes added by man, and pesticides from foodstuffs consumed by the cattle. Processed meats contain numerous other non foods, eg. stabilizers, preservatives, fillers and artificial flavorings. Meat takes a long time to digest; it requires tremendous effort on the part of the digestive and circulatory systems to get rid of the toxins and poisons we consume when we eat flesh.

6. Refined oil, margarine and hydrogenated vegatable oils-Oil is very important in our cooking. When we eliminate saturated animal fats from our diet and replace them with quality vegetable oils, we must be careful in selecting oils that will supply us with nutrients and unsaturated fatty acids. All hydrogenated oils should be avoided since these are heavily altered, chemically treated products. The best quality oils of vegetable origin are available through natural health store. Choose oils that are unrefined, deep in colour and smell exactly like the plant they came from. The are full of impurities, but these "impurities" are actually vitamins-vitamins A, E, F and elements like natural lecithin.

7. Soft Drinks and diet colas-While the exact formula of coc-cola and dr pepper remain a secret to the world, it can easily be established through chemical analysis that colas contain caffeine, tannic acid, theobromine, glucose and sugar as well as substantial amounts of phosphoric acid and artificial flavouring agents, sweeteners and preservatives. If you have ever spilled a soft drink on fabric or furniture you are aware the damage it can do if left untreated-imagine what it does to your body!

8. Sugar-White sugar is not a whole food, merely an extraction from a plant. It is heavily processed. During the refining treatment, lime, phosphoric acid, and diatomaceous earth all come in contact with the cane or beet. The end product is pure-to the extent that everything possible has been removed.

9. Tap water-Everyone is aware that our natural resources have suffered through man's carelessness. Water is just one of the many essential foods that man has effected and misused to such an extent that good water is becoming scarce. Tap water is loaded with undesirable trace compounds, minerals and chemicals. Inexpensive and highly effective filters are recommended if you find it difficult to source a good spring water. If you are using spring water make sure you get it tested as spring water from rural areas are prone to contamination from farming. Contamination is not always detectable to the nose, taste buds or naked eye. Treating tap water may sound extreme to some but the difference to your health can quickly be observed in a few days. The hard compounds in water place an extra burden on the kidneys which have the job of filtering them out and often mineral deposits simply collect in the various organs. Hydro Fluoro Silicic Acid (H2SiF6), is a listed poison, and it is still being added to tap water in some countries. Also trace chemicals in water have a definite effect on food-bread made with tap water cannot rise naturally because the chemicals in the water actually inhibit or kill the natural yeasting agents.

10. GMO products- "The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM)  reported that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system." Institute for Responsible Technology

Eat the way nature intended you to! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

20 ways to look and feel beautiful

  1.  Eat healthy - this means eating whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables. It also means staying away from processed foods and refined sugar. Drink a freshly made green smoothie every day. You can use nettles, spinach, kale, rocket, parsley, coriander, lambs lettuce, romaine lettuce, lollo rossa, wheatgrass, dandelion greens, mint, and fruits such as melon, banana, kiwi, pear, apple, orange, mango, grapes and strawberries. Use a balance of 60% fruit to 40% leafy greens. Use water and not milk or yogurt. Always drink immediately.
  2. Get lots of fresh air - this seems obvious but these days we forget to get fresh air. Going out in the car doesn't count.
  3. Drink fresh water whenever you are thirsty - some people believe that they should be drinking 2 liters of water per day. However there is also a belief held by macrobiotics that drinking water when we are not thirsty puts a strain on the kidneys by overworking them. They also believe that it 'dilutes' the person.  Drinking when thirsty and listening to your body is the best advice. However this works only when coupled with a healthy clean diet, that includes sea salt and excludes chemical table salt and processed foods.
  4. Drink white tea, roseroot tea and cistus tea daily - this will really boost those antioxidant levels as well as helping you to stay relaxed.
  5. Drink a glass of fresh water plus 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar each day - apple cider vinegar will flush out your system and help your skin to stay healthy and glowing.
  6. Eat plenty of good oily foods like fish, olives, avocados, nuts, seeds etc - these will help your skin to stay plump and moisturized from the inside. Forget slathering on moisturizer, you need to oil from within.
  7. Take a kelp supplement or eat sea weed every day - eating kelp is an ancient beauty secret. It helps your body to stay clear of built up toxins and will brighten your complexion. It is rich in minerals and vitamins that will help your skin to look and feel great.
  8. Take MSM and a natural Vitamin C such as Ester C - MSM and Vitamin C are needed for rejuvenation. Remember that.
  9. Drink alcohol only in moderation - Alcohol is ok in small doses but is toxic in large amounts. If you binge drink, your skin will soon pay the price. Preferably don't drink alcohol at all.
  10. Relax more - really should be number one beauty secret. Relaxing is one of the keys to wrinkle free skin.
  11. Meditate more - meditate on beautiful things. As within so without.
  12. Use clay masks - the best treatment you can do for your skin is to use a natural clay mask. Choose one that is right for your skin type.
  13. Use virgin coconut oil - forget everything else and use virgin coconut oil on the skin. It will be readily absorbed and will feed, nourish and moisturise. It is also good for firming, toning and reducing wrinkles.
  14. Don't expose the face to the sun for more than ten minutes a day - ten minutes is good, sans sun screen. This will allow enough time to absorb the healthy rays that will give you vitamin D and it is not long enough to do any damage. After ten minutes - cover up and not with sun screen, just wear a hat! Sun screen prevents us from absorbing the suns valuable rays and it is not recommended.
  15. Massage the face daily - using the fingertips massage the skin on the forehead, cheekbones, chin and jaw bone. Move the skin over the bones. This will stimulate circulation and make your skin look more alive.
  16. Think young - this is a big one - think young - stay young.
  17. Smile more - look in the mirror and notice what happens to your face when you smile. Now need I say more.
  18. See your dentist regularly - keep your teeth white and good.
  19. Be kind to others - this will help you to cultivate your inner beauty and it will show in your eyes.
  20. Last but not least love love love - this will make you feel and look beautiful. It's like a medicine for the body and mind. Give and be open to receive lots of it, it's guaranteed you will feel and look amazing.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Natural Health and Beauty - The Nutrition

Studies have shown that food children eat as babies can change the shape of the face, bone structure and skin and hair health. Stuff you think is genetic is not always.

Eating foods rich in sulphur and vital minerals and vitamins will ensure that your skin, hair, nails and teeth will be healthy and clear. If you eat foods that lack these vital nutrients you will look tired, dull, and feel awful.

So what sort of foods do we need to stay healthy and beautiful? What can we eat that will make our eyes sparkle, our hair shine and our skin glow?

These are super health & beauty foods so make sure to eat a few from every group every day.
Group 1
  • Fish liver oils, especially cod and shark.
  • Cantaloupe melon
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sweet potato
  • carrots
  • mango
  • spinach
  • turnip greens
  • apricots
  • kale
  • parsley
Group 2
  • collard greens
  • papaya juice
  • barley
  • oats
  • alfalfa
  • wheat germ
  • wholegrains
  • peas
  • asparagus
  • red clover (herbal tea)
  • brown bread
Group 3
  • salad greens
  • nuts
  • sesame seeds
  • molasses
  • bran
  • lentils
  • oats
  • wheatgrass
  • seaweeds
  • yogurt
Group 4
  • green leafy vegetables
  • almonds
  • avocados
  • fenugreek
  • rosehips
  • nettles
  • fish
  • brown rice
  • bananas
  • licorice
Group 5
  • sunflower seeds
  • chickpeas
  • peanuts
  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • oranges
  • limes
  • lemons
  • kiwis
  • grapefruits
Group 6
  • black currants
  • strawberries
  • guava
  • papaya
  • mangoes
  • pineaple
  • green peppers
  • bean sprouts
  • apple cider vinegar
Group 7
  • dandelion greens
  • cayenne pepper
  • butter
  • vegetable oils
  • cauliflower
  • spinach
  • peppermint
  • oatstraw
  • bancha tea
Group 8
  • corn
  • burdock
  • horsetail
  • evening primrose oil
  • sage
  • milk thistle
  • brazil nuts
  • cashews
  • garlic
  • kelp
  • coconut
Group 9
  • mushrooms
  • black cohosh
  • hawthorn berries
  • peanut butter
  • onions
  • brussels sprouts
  • grapes
  • raisins
  • apricots
  • dandelion root
Group 10
  • carob
  • chocolate no sugar
  • chickweed
  • skullcap
  • beets
  • hops
  • raspberry leaf
  • flaxseed oil
  • borage oil
  • black currant seed
If you do this you will be supplying your body with all it's nutritional requirements.
Fats, protein, vitamins and minerals to stay healthy and beautiful.

Eating some foods from each of these groups everyday will provide you with a plentiful supply of: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Niacinamide (Niacin), PABA, Inositol, Choline, Biotin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zin, Selenium, Sulphur, Iron, Copper, Manganese, and EFA's

You need to get off your arse and get some daily exercise, the type that brings you out in the fresh air and get's you moving. Going out in the car doesn't count.