Importance of Good Diet
Enzymes are the key to your health
Your food choices each day affect your health how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively.
Physicians also realize that patients who eat a low-fat diet, which includes at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily, enjoy further health benefits. These include:
- weight loss
- a decreased risk of diabetes
- a decreased risk of heart disease
- a decreased risk of almost all cancers
- a decreased risk of high blood pressure
- a decreased risk of elevated cholesterol
- an enhanced immune system
- an increased sensitivity to insulin
- increased energy and ability to concentrate
Let’s face it: a healthy diet is a win/win situation!
The Impact of Nutrition and Vitamins on Your Health
I strongly believe that there are significant health benefits in taking high-quality nutritional supplements, even if you are in excellent health. Put simply, the basic health benefits of nutritional supplements are:
- an enhanced immune system
- an enhanced antioxidant defense system
- a decreased risk of coronary artery disease
- a decreased risk of stroke
- a decreased risk of cancer
- a decreased risk of arthritis, macular degeneration, and cataracts
- the potential for a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, asthma, obstructive lung disease, and many other chronic degenerative diseases
- the potential for improving the clinical course of several chronic degenerative diseases
It is not unreasonable to think that over the last millions of years the human body has adjusted somewhat to the food that was available and was eaten, so that the amounts of various nutrients in the food might be an indication of the optimum intakes of these nutrients. During the past few years paleontologists, anthropologists, and other scientists have obtained a great amount of information about the foods eaten by primitive human beings during the period from forty thousand years ago to the development of agriculture ten thousand years ago. Studies have also been made of the few hunter gatherer societies that have survived until recently or until the present time. A review of the subject of paleolithic nutrition was published in 1985 by Dr. S. Boyd Eaton and Dr. Melvin Konner of the School of Medicine and the Department of Anthropology of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. This article has provided much of the basis for the following paragraphs.
Water-soluble content (mg) of 110 raw natural plant foods (referred to amount giving 2500 kcal of food energy).
Nuts and grains: almonds, filberts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, barley, brown rice, whole grain rice, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, wild rice, wheat.
Fruit (low in vitamin C, less than 2500 mg): apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, cherries (sour red, sweet), coconut, dates, figs, grapefruit, grapes, kumquats, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, crabap- ples, honeydew melon, watermelon.
Beans and peas: broad peas (immature seeds, mature seeds), cowpeas (immature seeds, mature seeds), lima beans (immature seeds, mature seeds), mung beans (seeds, sprouts), peas (edible pod, green mature seeds), snapbeans (green, yellow), soybeans (immature seeds, mature seeds, sprouts).
Berries (low-C, less than 2500 mg): blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, loganberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, tangerines.
Vegetables (low-C, less than 2500 mg): bamboo shoots, beets, carrots, celeriac root, celery, com, cucumber, dandelion greens, eggplant, garlic cloves, horseradish, lettuce, okra, onions (young, mature), parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, rhubaib, rutabagas, squash (summer, winter), sweet potatoes, green tomatoes, yams.
Intermediate-C foods (2500-4900 mg): artichokes, asparagus, beet greens, cantaloupe, chicory greens, Chinese cabbage, fennel, lemons, limes, oranges, radishes, spinach, strawberries, swiss chard, ripe tomatoes, zucchini.
Understanding the Effects of the Body’s pH Level
The pH level of the body has the ability to affect every single cell of the body. When the blood has an alkaline pH instead of an acidic pH, it will have a positive effect on how every bodily system functions. The brain, circulatory system, nerves, muscles, respiratory system, digestive system, and reproductive system can all benefit from a proper pH level. On the other hand, when the pH of the body is too acidic, it is susceptible to many diseases and problems. Weight gain, heart disease, premature aging, fatigue, nerve problems, allergies, muscle disease and cancer are all more prevalent when the body’s pH is not optimal. Because these problems are all more likely to occur when the body’s pH is too acid, it makes good sense to eat a diet rich in alkalizing foods. The primary goal is usually to eat approximately 75-80% alkaline foods along with only about 20-25% acidifying foods.
Choosing Foods for an Alkaline Diet.
A GOOD DIET
1. 85-90% Plant-based foods:
- 50% whole grains, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, barley, cereals, whole grain bread & beans including soybeans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, pinto beans, pigeon peas, black, white & pink beans
- 30% green and yellow vegetables and root vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, yams and beets, and sea vegetables
- 5-10% fruits, seeds 8c nuts
2. 10-15% Animal-based proteins (no more than 3 to 4 oz per day):
- Fish any type but preferably small fish as the larger fish contain mercury
- Poultry: chicken, turkey, duck — small amounts only
- Beef, lamb, veal pork — should be limited or avoided
- Soymilk, soy cheese, rice milk, almond milk.
Foods to add to your diet:
- Herbal teas
- Seaweed tablets (kelp)
- Brewers yeast (good source of B complex vitamins and minerals)
- Bee pollen and propolis
- Enzyme supplements
- Multivitamin & mineral supplement
Foods & substances to avoid or limit in your diet:
- Dairy products such as cow’s milk, cheese, yogurt, other milk products
- Japanese green tea, Chinese tea, English tea (limit to 1-2 cups per day)
- Sweets and sugar
- Fat and oils
- Regular table salt (Use sea salt with trace minerals.)
Additional Dietary Recommendations:
- Stop eating and drinking 4-5 hours before bedtime.
- Chew every mouthful 30-50 times.
- Do not eat between meals except for whole fruit (If hunger keeps you awake a piece of whole fruit may be eaten one hour before bedtime as it digests quickly.)
- Eat fruits and drink juices 30-60 minutes before meals.
- Eat whole, unrefined grains and cereals.
- Eat more food raw or lightly steamed. Heating food over 118 degrees will kill enzymes.
- Do not eat oxidized foods. (Fruit, which has turned brown, has begun to oxidize.)
- Eat fermented foods.
- Be disciplined with the food you eat. Remember you are what you eat.
2. GOOD WATER
Water is essential for your health. Drink water with strong reduction power that has not been polluted with chemical substances. Drinking “good water” such as mineral water or hard water, which has much calcium and magnesium, keeps your body at an optimal alkaline pH.
- Adults should drink at least 6-10 cups of water every day.
- Drink 1-3 cups of water after waking up in the morning.
- Drink 2-3 cups of water about one hour before each meal.
3. REGULAR ELIMINATION
- Start a daily habit to remove intestinal pollutants and to clean out your system regularly.
- Do not take laxatives.
- If the bowel is sluggish or to detoxify the liver, consider using a coffee enema. The coffee enema is better for colon detox and for full body detox because it does not release free radicals into the blood stream, as do some dietary detox methods.
4. MODERATE EXERCISE
- Exercise appropriate for your age and physical condition is necessary for good health but excessive exercise can release free radicals and harm your body.
- Some good forms of exercise are walking (2.5 miles), swimming, tennis, bicycling, golf, muscle strengthening, yoga, martial arts and aerobics.
5. ADEQUATE REST
- Go to bed at the same time every night and get 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
- Do not eat or drink 4 or 5 hours before bedtime, If you are hungry or thirsty a small piece of fruit may be eaten one hour before retiring as it will digest quickly.
- Take a short nap of about 30 minutes after lunch.
6. BREATHING AND MEDITATION
- Practice meditation.
- Practice positive thinking.
- Do deep abdominal breathing 4 or 5 times per hour. The exhale should be twice as long as the inhale. This is very important as deep breaths help to rid the body of toxins and free radicals.
- Wear loose clothing that does not restrict your breath.
- Listen to your own body and be good to yourself.
7. JOY AND LOVE
- Joy and love will boost your body s enzyme factor sometimes in miraculous ways.
- Take time every day for an attitude of appreciation.
- Live passionately and engage your life, your work, and the ones you love with your full heart.