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Healthy Foods – So What Should I Eat?

What are healthy foods?

Healthy FoodsIf you have been following the news for even a few days, it seems everything you eat is bad for you. Some studies show that even food that is universally accepted as “bad” may in fact have some benefit, although what some consider “good” is questionable. The biggest question I am asked after a person gets an awareness of how toxic their diet may be is : “So…what do I eat?”

Many of the foods we have held sacred and close to our hearts we now know are leading to our demise. The milk we were forced to drink back in the school cafeteria helped lead to the osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease that is now epidemic in our society. The hydrogenated oil-based cookie and cake filling we would suck out of the middle of our snacks is now found to be loaded with free radicals. These free radicals are draining the vital alkaline nutrients from our bodies making our bodies more acidic and thus a welcome environment for many diseases to prosper. With all this gloom and doom, what’s a person to do? Read More→

13 Good Reasons for Avoiding Dairy Products

Avoiding Dairy Products – The Why

  1. Avoiding Dairy ProductsPesticide Residues
    Dairy products have high pesticide residues, 6 times higher than the average of non animal food products. (Diet for New America by John Robbins, pg. 327)
  2. Antibiotics
    Routinely added to feed of cows, this comes through in the milk and meat. It can also upset the natural balance of intestinal flora in the body and may be related to candida albicans problems so widespread today.
  3. DES and other Female Sex Hormones
    Routinely administered to cows. Residues are transmitted to people. Possible consequences of this are cancer, earlier sexual maturation of girls and boys, higher estrogen levels, an expanding assortment of sexual aberrations indicating that human hormonal systems are being affected and unbalanced.

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Food Related Allergies – Part One

Food Related Allergies – Wheat

Food Related AllergiesMany people suffer from food related allergies. One of the most common allergies is to gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Symptoms of a gluten allergy include runny nose, gas, diarrhea, and bloating. In children, it can also cause ear infections. The best way to test if you have a gluten or other food allergy is to totally avoid the suspected food for five days. On the fifth day, eat a serving or two of those foods, and if you get a reaction you will know which foods to avoid.

Food Related Allergies – Dairy

Dairy is one thing that all humans are allergic to at some level. Contrary to the ads for dairy digestive aids, lactose intolerance isn’t something that happens to just a few of us. It’s estimated that at least 75% of human beings are lactose intolerant. If that isn’t a loud and clear, neon-signed message that we should be avoiding dairy, I don’t know what is. Read More→

Food Allergies – Part Two

Could you have food allergies and not know it?

Food AllergiesLet’s begin by defining what food allergies are. Food Allergies happens when a specific food or foods affects the immune system and triggers the production of an antibody known as IgE to fight it.

When the immune system responds in this manner, symptoms can occur within a few minutes or not show up for several hours. A person may experience mild to severe or even life threatening reactions, anything from a skin rash to swelling of the throat and tongue (known as anaphylactic shock).

A much more common negative reaction that people have is a food intolerance. This can be similar to food allergies, but the immune system does not produce the antibody IgE. Just like food allergies, the symptoms can appear very quickly or be delayed several days. If the reaction is delayed, it can make the intolerance more difficult to detect. A runny nose on a Tuesday may be hard to relate back to eating a sandwich on the previous Sunday. Food intolerance reactions are not life threatening, but can make life miserable. Read More→

Healthier Lunches – What’s for lunch?

Healthier Lunches - Nut ButtersWho Doesn’t Want Healthier Lunches?

Mid-day fatigue happens most often because of what you had for lunch.

What did you have for lunch yesterday? If you are the typical American, you had something along the lines of a burger, fries, chicken, soda, pizza, etc. Now, let’s consider another question. What is the number one complaint of my patients and people who attend my lectures? Across the board, the answer is fatigue. It seems almost everyone I encounter would like to have more energy.

So, what does this have to do with lunch? When questioned, most people say they are more fatigued after eating lunch then before. One of the major reasons for this is most lunches contain large amounts of fats. Fats, especially saturated fats found in animal products (meat and dairy), cause red blood cells to clump together. Red blood cells carry oxygen in the body and when the red blood cells clump together they are not very effective in carrying oxygen. This lack of oxygen causes the body to get tired. Read More→

Excitotoxins – A Word You Need To Know

What are Excitotoxins?

ExcitotoxinsExcitotoxins are chemicals either added to food or found in food that cause an overstimulation of the nervous system which can cause the cells to be destroyed. These chemicals are found in almost all processed foods.

The most common excitotoxins are aspartame (an artificial sweetener) and monosodium glutamate (commonly known as MSG).

The way they cause damage to the body, in a nutshell, is these chemical stimulate glutamate receptors. Glutamate receptors are part of the nerve complex that is stimulated by glutamate (an amino acid), and aspartic acid, which is found in aspartame. If these receptors get overexcited, the nerve cells can virtually excite themselves to death. These receptors are found abundantly in the brain, but are also found throughout the body. Glutamate is one of the most abundant neurotransmitters (chemicals that make nerves function) in the brain. It is used to keep the brain alert. The glutamate receptors play a role in learning, memory, endocrine system control and emotions. When we get too much of it is when the nerves become overexcited and can start to malfunction. Read More→

Dr. Joe’s Ginger Tea

Here’s a simple formula to make Ginger Tea.

Ginger Tea.
Use all organic ingredients if at all possible for best results.

Two Simple Ingredients:

  • 1 large piece of ginger root (about the size of your hand)
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  • Lemon juice

To prepare ginger tea:
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Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Here are some healthy lunchbox ideas…

Healthy Lunchbox IdeasReplacing even a couple of items can help you maintain control over your lunches while you’re at work or play.

  1. BFL (Breakfast for Lunch): A toasted whole-grain waffle or pancake sandwich spread with almond butter. A variation: vegan cream cheese and maple sugar, stevia, raw honey or grade B maple syrup (Grade B is taken from the tree at the end of the season and has more nutrients). Add some fresh fruit on the side.
  2. Tomato sandwich. Coconut or soy yogurt in a single-serve container, a baggie full of granola or other high-fiber cereal, a package of dried fruit or fresh berries and a spoon.
  3. The Californian: spread a spinach or whole-wheat wrap with vegan cream cheese, shredded carrots, and your choice of raisins, shredded raw spinach, chopped black olives, and cooked black beans. Roll back up and enjoy.
  4. Chef Salad: Layer bite-size pieces of romaine lettuce and as many chopped veggies as you please: carrots, celery or mushrooms, halved cherry tomatoes, cooked beets, green beans, bell peppers. Add a little salad dressing to a cup and pack in lunch box. Fruit or wholesome cookies for dessert.

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Nutrition for Athletes

Nutrition for athletes and athletic performance go hand in hand, especially for the endurance athlete.

Nutrition for AthletesWhat you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat can determine your level of success.

Proper nutrition can help alleviate digestive issues, muscle fatigue and joint damage that many athletes face. Determining the proper foods and timing of meals, to optimize maximum performance and recovery can be tricky.

HEALTH POINTS TO CONSIDER

  • Do not compromise your health in the name of athletic performance. A decision you make today to enhance your performance will have an impact on you the rest of your life.
  • You have to eat anyway; you might as well eat the proper foods to provide you optimum health and optimum performance.
  • You must have the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water and micro nutrients on a regular basis.
  • It’s not just what you eat, it’s also what you don’t eat that will determine how well you perform and recover from an athletic event.
  • Listen to your body! Pain that does not lessen in three days, fatigue, brain fog, digestive problems, irregular or lack of menstrual cycles could be signs of a health issue that may require professional help.
  • Learn to read food labels. Many foods have added ingredients that you don’t want in your body. Added sugar is a big culprit. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, don’t eat it!
  • Just because a food is labeled “healthy,” “gluten free,” “low carbohydrate” or “low fat,” doesn’t necessarily mean it is good for you. Many foods with these claims have undesired added ingredients to make them taste better. The fewer ingredients on a label, the better. Keep it simple!

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