Introduction Why the (Good) Food Movement
is Unstoppable by Jonathan Latham, PhD
September 2016, Independent Science News
Excerpt: … over the long run of history, the most effective opponents of excessive wealth and privilege have not normally been city dwellers, workers or unions. Instead, they have usually been those with close links to food and the land, what we would now identify as the food movement. Even today, in more than a few countries, food is the organising principle behind the main challengers of existing power structures. ...
Miguel Ramirez recently explained:
"We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers’ social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist agricultural model that oppresses farmers." >>> more
“Let thy food be thy medicine” – Hippocrates
Toxins are one of the main factors that contribute to various diseases, so controlling them is essential. A regular intake of fruits and vegetables, which help to actively detoxify the body, should be the focus of a healthy diet plan.
The simplest way to maintain good health, for children and adults alike, is to focus on WHOLE organic foods – foods that have not been processed or altered from their original state.
– Make the effort to find a reliable source for organic
and Bio-Dynamic vegetables, fruit, grains.
– Grow your own sprouts– they are so easy to grow!
– Eat raw or very lightly cooked veggies.
Many vegetables can be grated into a salad or cole-slaw.
– Juicing is a great alternative to complex recipes.
All non-organicly grown foods should be washed in pure water (1 part apple cider vinegar - 5 parts water), drain and let sit for 10 minutes and rinse.
Nowadays, most people buy their food in supermarkets, but no matter how convenient that may be, most of these 'foods' have been processed, which eliminates all living organism in them: They are full of artificial flavourings, toxic fillers, preservatives, and other harmful additives. Medical School Teaches Doctors How to Cook
Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans is the first dedicated teaching kitchen to be implemented at a medical school. Interview with Dr. Timothy Harlan, executive director at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane: "We know from the literature that when people go home and start cooking from real ingredients for themselves that their health improves. We also know that they don't really know how to do that.">>> more
There's an APP for better food choices
The Chemical Maze was written to make it simpler and easier to recognise additives and ingredients in foods and cosmetics.
Follow a chemical-free diet.
Consume freshly prepared foods - avoid processed foods and soft drinks. (Choose from restaurant menues carefully.)
Eat only free-range or organic meats.
Drink "green drinks" and freshly squeezed vegetable juices (e.g. carrots, celery, red beet, etc.) on a regular basis.
Use natural sweeteners such as honey, grape juice, stevia.
Use high-quality unbleached sea salt.
Drink 6 to 8 large glasses of filtered water every day.
Avoid the following
Tap water and bottled water, and use fluoride-free products
Hydrogenated oils, GM soy products, and canola oil.
Commercial salad dressings, toppings and mayonnaise.
Added sugar and artificial sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup.
Chlorine compounds: white bread, white rice, white sugar, white salt, white flour.
Commercial cleaning agents: choose 'alternative' soaps, bleaches, and detergents from health food stores
Brain food: Clever eating Nature, International weekly journal of science
Excerpt: Beyond simple measures of micronutrient intake, individual requirements are also influenced by a person's genetics. So far, much of the research has focused on how people process omega-3 fatty acids, chiefly DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are crucial for human cognitive health. ... So the key question becomes how much meat should a cognitive-health-conscious person eat. Too little can delay development and cognition. But too much, particularly if it is low quality and mass produced, is associated with other health concerns, such as heart disease and cancer, along with memory problems later in life. A person's life stage matters: pregnant women need more iron, as do babies and children. Genetics also play a part, but we don't yet know all the particulars. All these caveats make for a murky takeaway. >>> more
2016-03-10 03:12 AM
Margarita McElroy said:
This article comments that,
"Hosking found no correlation between the volunteers' test performance and their consumption of meat as children."
However, the abstract of the 2014 paper by Hosking et al (reference 5 in this article), contains the following statement, which indicates that such a correlation does indeed exist:
"The 'vegetable and non-processed' pattern negatively predicted simple/choice reaction time, and the 'traditional Australian' pattern positively predicted perceptual speed and retrieval fluency."
2016-03-30 05:32 AM
Gabriel Perren said:
"So the key question becomes how much meat should a cognitive-health-conscious person eat."
How about none? The real question is: why haven't we produced better plant-based food supplements to help people with dietary deficiencies?
Producing meat is known to be a large (and increasingly larger) contributor to many issues, most notably climate change. Plant-based alternatives are cheaper, infinitely more eco-friendly, and, if done right, healthier.
'Speed eating' or gorging and binge eating contributes to unhealthy weight gain and indigestion.
Unchewed food particles are not welcome in your stomach Parents often encourage the gulping-down habit by telling their children to hurry up and finish their meal. Leptin, ghrelin and cholestokinnen hormones, which signal satiation, reach their peak about 30 minutes after food is ingested.
Sloppily chewed food promotes intestinal bacteria, causing flatulence, bloating, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea. Chewing increases the surface area of foods while saliva lubricates with chemicals that bind with starch-containing simple sugars, and begin digesting carbohydrates in preparation for breakdown by enzymes. Saliva also contains lingual lipase, a fat metabolising enzyme, which breaks down fat before it reaches the stomach, thus preventing digestion problems.
On the importance of HCL (stomach acid):
Having enough HCL (hydrochloric acid or stomach acid) is crucial for good digestion and immune health. Withoug adequate HCL food is imcompletely digested and failure or asimilation occurs.>>> more
Develop good eating habits Feeling good about our capacity to maintain good health is a huge step toward celebrating the joys of being alive. Start by cleaning up your diet and eating real food and real fats and not the pretend food that can sit on a shelf for 6 months to 2 years. What kind of a food takes two years to go bad? Nothing that will give health to your body.
Studies prove saturated fat does not raise your heart disease risk,but excessive consumption of non-vegetable carbohydrates does raise heart disease risk.>>> more
Eliminating sweet beverages and all processed foods are the two most powerful strategies you can implement to take control of your health.
If you’re healthy, keep your fructose consumption below 25 grams per day. If you have signs of insulin resistance, consider limiting your total fructose to 15 grams per day until your condition has resolved. >>> more
It bears repeating: Valuable nutrients are destroyed during refining processes which can include heating, bleaching, deodorizing, and the addition of artificial flavors, fillers, and chemical preservatives.
SKIN Our skin is a reflection of the internal health of our body.
It is our largest organ, performing many functions and is constantly being replaced. We shed about 1,000,000 dead skin cells every hour. Most household dust is made up of dead skin cells: we vacuum up our selves! Our skin has about 100,000,000 pours, so we're meant to sweat out toxins through exercise and replace the toxic sweat with clean water.
"If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin." This saying is a good guide when selecting body care products. (Are your soaps, lotions and detergents edible?) Non-Toxic versions of many of the commercial cleaning and hygiene products are available, but those who live a healthy lifestyle don't need most of those products. The best deodorant is a clean diet: drinking lots of pure water and eating a diet of water rich fruits and vegetables. Processed foods are difficult to digest and can sit in your stomach for days and it will start to rot, causing body odours.
"Superficial fascia, the adipose layer at the hypodermal level just beneath our skin, is a whole body endocrine organ, a whole body lymphoid organ, a sensory system, a metabolic regulator...."
– Dr. Gil Hedley
When it comes to the body, nothing is as simple as it seems on the surface --- it's always far more complex. A prime example of this is fascia. Not only have I talked at length about the ENDOCRINE SYSTEM on this site (HERE and HERE and many others), but I have shown you that your body fat as well as the bacteria that live in and on your body act as secondary endocrine systems as well (HERE and HERE respectively). Today I want to talk a little about connective tissues --- and particularly FASCIA --- as still another endocrine system. Before we begin, let's answer a simple question: what is the endocrine system and why is it important? The endocrine system consists of hormones, the parts of your brain that originate the signals to create said hormones, as well as the actual glands where they are manufactured. . . . >>> more
Indigestion can lead to constipation, bloating, wind, nausea, acidity, acid-reflux and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
IBS can be caused by stress, unbalanced meals, eating on the run or too fast. When any of these symptoms occur together, they can lead to a weaked immune system which makes the body vulnerable to infection. And we mustn't forget that antibiotics kill all gut flora - good and bad.
Drowsiness after meals
Halitosis (bad breath)
Joint pain & muscle pain
Depression or anxiety
If you have less than 4 of these symptoms, your toxic load is a level 1.
If you have 4 to 8 your toxic level is 2.
If 8 or higher it is a level 3 toxic overload.
Levels 2 and 3 are very significant
Even at level 1 treatment may be necessary, according to this overview.
What is ileocecal valve syndrome?
The ileocecal valve (ICV) is the sphincter muscle 'doorway' between the small intestine and the large intestine. When the ICV remains open, 'waste' can flow back from the large intestine (the body's sewage system) into the small intestine, causing a wide variety of symptoms–including headaches, joint and back pain, diarrhea, and arthritic symptoms– especially when there is a parasitic infection and intestinal bacteria in the body. Swallowing fiberous food before it is fully chewed can be a cause.
EarthClinic offers good insight on ileocecal valve syndrome:
Additionally, ileocecal valve issues may cause a sudden stabbing pain in the low back or leg, a standing curvature, sharp or dull headaches, migraines, chronic sinus infection, allergies, dark circles under the eyes. Loose bowels, colon syndromes, burning leg pain, asthma-like symptoms and general GI discomfort may also be caused by ileocecal valve dysfunction. >>> more
Your Gut Health is Essential to Your Well-being Dr Joseph Mercola Interviews Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride,
• Your gut serves as your second brain, and even produces more serotonin—known to have a beneficial influence on your mood—than your brain does. It is also home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health—physical, mental and emotional.
• Most disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve.
Any dysfunction of the brain is usually connected to what's going on in the digestive system. ...Hippocrates made a statement that all diseases begin in the gut. The more we learn now with all our modern scientific tools, the more we realize just how correct he was. ...we're talking about all forms of autoimmunity and inflammatory diseases and conditions, such as: Multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Lupus, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic skin conditions, Kidney problems, Urinary conditions, Allergic and atopic conditions, Degenerative conditions, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), Inflammatory bowel diseases.
Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and once you make your digestive system healthy and working properly again, you'll be surprised how many various symptoms in your body originated from your digestive system. Most [symptoms] start disappearing, because the health and the disease are usually born inside your digestive system. That's where they originate from."
– Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride >>> more
Highly recommended report on Cholesterol - and it's FREE Author’s disclaimer: I am an independent researcher and have paid all my research by my own money. No part of my research, including my websites and my books, was funded or influenced by any governmental, industrial or charitable organization. – Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD
The idea that too much animal fat and high cholesterol are dangerous to your heart and vessels is nothing but a myth. Here come some astonishing and frightening facts.
You can find the references to most of the papers that I mention on these sites from my book.The first and most detailed one, The Cholesterol Myths, is for free on the web and you can even get it for free as an e-book from Smashwords or from DropBox.
1. Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals. There are no such things as good or bad cholesterol, but mental stress, physical activity and change of body weight may influence the level of blood cholesterol. A high cholesterol is in fact beneficial, probably because it partake in our immune system. . . .
2. A high blood cholesterol is said to promote atherosclerosis and thus also coronary heart disease. But many studies have shown that people whose blood cholesterol is low become just as atherosclerotic as people whose cholesterol is high. . . .
Plant polyphenols are the most important part of our diet. Key words: polyphenols, antioxidants, bioavailability, human diseases
Abstract: Polyphenols are secondary metabolites of plants and are generally involved in defense against ultraviolet radiation or aggression by pathogens. In the last decade, there has been much interest in the potential health benefits of dietary plant polyphenols as antioxidant. Epidemiological studies and associated meta-analyses strongly suggest that long term consumption of diets rich in plant polyphenols offer protection against development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases.>>> more
Phytochemicals boost metabolism
– the building blocks of bio-energy!
Here is a specific study on anti-diabetic and anti-oxidant properties in mulberries.
According to a 2011 Food Research International report (pdf), phytochemicals inhibited the formation of advanced glycation end-products by scavenging reactive carbonyls.
"Phenolic phytochemicals were extracted from blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, and Noble muscadine grapes. These extracts were purified to remove free sugars ... Results in this study suggested that sugar-free phytochemicals extracted from berries were effective carbonyl scavengers and protein glycation inhibitors. These phytochemicals could be beneficial to prevent AGE-related chronic diseases." >>> more
Health benefits in various oils According to a Polish study the active elements in flaxseed oil kills cancer cells while bypassing healthy white blood cells. A French study found that low levels of alpha-linolenic acid (found abundantly in flaxseed oil) were a predictor of increased risk of breast cancer.Dr Mercola was one of the first to promote krill as an exceptional source of animal based omega-3 dietary fats: "Krill Oil: This Almost Perfect Natural Oil Could Slow Down Your Aging Clock". And here is an interesting Canadian comparison study of fish oil, flaxseed oil, and hempseed oil.
COLD PRESSED OR EXTRA VIRGIN OILS: Always choose COLD PRESSED oils:
Most manufacturers extract oils from plants using extremely high temperatures and chemical products.
Olive oil, sunflower seed oil, flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, macadamia oil, sesame oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, cod liver oil, caster oil, etc. Each type of oil has a distinct taste and contains vital characteristics to oxygenate the cells. They are best ingested raw, as a dressing or in a shake.
Coconut oil controversy. According to some dieticians, the only oil that should be used for cooking is coconut oil. Here is an interesting recent study: "The Truth About Coconut Oil and your Heart" (June 2017) "Smoke points matter when cooking with oil"
According to Leslie Beck: Beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals found in many unrefined oils are destroyed when the oil is overheated. Overheating also creates harmful free radicals. >>> more
Old-fashioned remedies 11 Benefits of Cod Liver Oil: The Anti-Inflammatory Disease Fighter People living in parts of northern Europe have been using cod liver oil for centuries to enhance immunity and protect them from dark, long winters. They have also used cod liver oil as a natural solution for rheumatism, aching joints and stiff muscles. >>> more
Oil pulling, aka, "kavala" or "gundusha," is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health. See more info: How To Guide and AskTheDentist
Caster oil packs are known to reduce inflammation, heal arthritis, colds, constipation, stimulate the lymphatic system, and more.
6 Reasons to End Your Love Affair with Himalayan Rock Salt 1. Himalayan Rock Salt is mined Excerpt from a report by Australian environmental scientist Laura Trotta (Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and Masters of Science (in Environmental Chemistry).
Himalayan Rock Salt is extracted from the Khewra salt mine in Pakistan, not sourced from the pristine Himalayan Mountains like the name implies. This involves using conventional mining methods (with their associated environment impacts including land disturbance and greenhouse gas emissions) to extract a non-renewable resource, which leads to the next point. ...
What is a better alternative?
If you're after a mineral salt, it's worth researching the growing range of Australian salts produced from naturally-saline surface and groundwater resources.
In addition to being jam-packed with trace minerals essential for health, they also taste amazing and are a gorgeous pink colour. If you choose mineral salts produced in the Murray-Darling Basin your purchase also helps to combat the environmental issue of inland salinity in Australia's Food Bowl. >>> more
Iodine vs Iodised salt
1. Iodine and "Ageing"
Some Iodine deficiency Symptoms:
Low energy or depression: Memory loss:
Reduced alertness, fatigue, apathy, insomnia Dry skin: Cold hands and feet:
Much More than "Ageing"
By Ralph Campbell, M.D.
"ageing" is another convenient category to collect conditions for which we have little curiosity about their true cause.[2-6] Chronological age doesn't describe an older person justly. An improvement might be a description of the different aspects of ageing, much like the way we recognize different types of genius. An older person may have a lousy body along with a brilliant mind, or the opposite may be true. There may be several overlapping causes that do not originate directly from ageing. Let us compare the signs and symptoms of iodine deficiency with those of ageing. Since there is such an overlap, I fear that the older reader will conclude that their symptoms suggest a diagnosis of iodine deficiency. >>> more
2. Iodine is an essential micronutrient. Learn more about iodine chemistry, with comprehensive research listing, here. E.g. 8.2 Evaluations: provisional maximum tolerable daily intake of 1 mg iodine/day (0.017 mg/kg bw) from all sources.
Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental defects in the world today. “Iodine is an essential constituent of thyroid hormones and is essential for normal growth and development. Iodine deficiency causes goiter and hypothyroidism in children and adults, and cretinism if present during fetal development. Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental defects in the world today. Cretinism and goiter are completely preventable by iodine supplementation. Iodine toxicity is rare, but high dietary intake may be responsible for iodine induced hyperthyroidism. Iodine intake has not been linked to liver injury.” Source: LiverTox
3. Comparison of the effects of iodine and iodide on thyroid function in humans. Excerpt: Concerns have been raised over the use of iodine for disinfecting drinking water on extended space flights. Most fears revolve around effects of iodide on thyroid function. iodine (I2) is the form used in drinking-water disinfection. Risk assessments have treated the various forms of iodine as if they were toxicologically equivalent. Recent experiments conducted in rats found that administration of iodine as I- (iodide) versus I2 had opposite effects on plasma thyroid hormone levels.... [human tests indicated] there should be some concern over the potential impacts of chronic consumption of iodine in drinking water. >>> more
4. How Salt Can Boost Your Metabolism ... Excerpt:
– As your salt intake increases, your glucocorticoid hormone level rises, causing greater water availability (hence lower thirst) and increased fat and muscle breakdown.
– A high-salt diet will not increase your risk of heart disease. Having the correct potassium to sodium balance influences your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease to a far greater extent than high sodium alone.>>> more
How to Heal the Thyroid By Don Tolman
Thyroid disorders are one of the most misdiagnosed conditions out there - heavily targeted at women over the age of 40 to sell toxic, lifetime drugs like "Thyroxine".
An 'over' or 'under' active Thyroid means that there is a hormonal imbalance causing symptoms in the body such as rapid weight gain, sluggish metabolism, mood swings or irritability.
To perform at it's highest functional capacity, your Thyroid relies on a naturally occurring nutritional component called . . .
So, to heal the thyroid you need to consume a diet concentrated in iodine-rich foods, together with some other important steps: Which foods and steps will naturally restore lost Thyroid function?
Find out here >>> more
What are FODMAPs FODMAPs is an acronym (abbreviation) referring to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are complex names for a collection of molecules found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people.
Melbourne-based pharmacist & naturopath Glenda Johnson's insights
It has been found that besides there being an imbalance of bad bacteria, parasites or fungi, a range of foods called the FODMAPS have been implicated in many digestive disorders as well. So just what are these? and why have they gained popularity as one of the supportive measures in the management of those diagnosed with IBS. These nutrients are very prevalent in much of our foods. Here are a few of them:
• Oligosaccharides, such as fructans/fructo-oligosaccharides (found in grains and vegetables) and galactans/galacto-oligosaccharides (found in legumes)
• Disaccharides, such as lactose (found in milk and dairy products)
• Monosaccharides, such as fructose (found in fruit and honey)
• Polyols, such as sorbitol (found in sweetened products)
Why should we take notice of FODMAPS?
Susceptible people can experience intestinal symptoms from the eating of FODMAPs because of the way they act in the digestive system.
• Firstly, these carbohydrates are not well absorbed into the body and remain in the digestive tract for longer periods than expected.
• FODMAPs draw water into the intestines, which can increase bowel motions and promote diarrhoea.
• These carbohydrates can be metabolised by the bacteria that normally reside in the bowel, producing gases like hydrogen or carbon dioxide, which cause excessive abdominal bloating, abdominal discomfort and pain and flatulence.
These symptoms are similar to those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and could include diarrhoea, vitamin and mineral deficiency, bloating and flatulence, abdominal cramping, headaches and nausea. When someone presents with IBS symptoms, leaving out FODMAP foods can be useful.
To find out if FODMAPs might be contributing to your IBS symptoms, the most effective strategy is to eliminate all FODMAP containing foods and observe your symptoms. However, if you are having limited success with the FODMAP diet, you may need to check for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, parasite infection, food sensitivities and stress hormone abnormalities, all of which can contribute to IBS symptoms.
So you can see that there are many factors that need to be taken into account when addressing IBS symptoms.
A word of caution here, mind you, It is not generally recommended that you follow a low FODMAP diet for life; restricting the dietary intake of a wide array of foods should generally be avoided if possible to reduce the risk of nutrient deficiencies.
FODMAPs are a normal part of the diet and have benefits for health, such as providing fibre and probiotics for gastrointestinal health. Because of this there is a special method used in finding out which FODMAP is the culprit, if at all!
If you are one of those struggling with IBS, why not make an appointment with one of our practitioners as soon as you can to direct you as to how to best find out which of the FODMAP categories are a problem and how best to follow the FODMAP diet.>>> more
What Are Enzymes?
BBC Science "enzymes are made by living things, they are proteins, and not alive."
How enzymes work: RSC (Royal Society for Chemistry)
For two molecules to react they must collide with one another. They must collide in the right direction (orientation) and with sufficient energy. Sufficient energy means that between them they have enough energy to overcome the energy barrier to reaction. This is called the activation energy. … Each enzyme works within quite a small pH range. There is a pH at which its activity is greatest (the optimal pH). This is because changes in pH can make and break intra- and intermolecular bonds, changing the shape of the enzyme and, therefore, its effectiveness.>>> more
pH and enzymes Changes in pH alter an enzyme’s shape.
Different enzymes work best at different pH values. The optimum pH for an enzyme depends on where it normally works. For example, intestinal enzymes have an optimum pH of about 7.5. Enzymes in the stomach have an optimum pH of about 2.>>> more (Read about the importance of maintaining-pH-balance.htm here)
Autism Spectrum Disorder Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.>>> more
How to help and heal a child with Autism. “not all individuals with autism are alike. In fact, very few people with autism have the exact same issues. Very few individuals with autism are affected with all the issues specified below.”
What is Autism? What are its common traits? Excerpt:
Good health is, to a very large degree, dependent on a well functioning digestive tract.Digestion is the process of changing food into a form that they body can absorb into the blood, nourish cells and provide energy. Of all of the bodily functions, digestion has the greatest influence on our mental state. In other words, the belly rules the mind. …
Digestive Enzymes A major factor in good digestion relies on the amount of digestive enzymes in our bodies. Different enzymes are needed to break down different types of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Enzymes are found in all raw foods, plants and fruits.
The brain's chemicals-neurotransmitters (such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine) are dependent on proper digestion. Therefore if digestion is inadequate, the production of neurotransmitters involved in our brain function and attention will also be inadequate. That is why probiotics, fermented foods and digestive enzymes are so important. They help assimilate and break down nutrients as well as remove toxins from the body.
Stress, environmental pollution, illness and chemicals diminish the body's ability to effectively produce enzymes. Children with Autism usually have low levels of certain enzymes or less active enzymes, and often both. There is also a link between a lack of enzymes and inflammation of the gut and brain. >>> more
Eat more raw organic foods locally in season and use only light heat and even more important you must include enzyme rich cultured foods to many of your meals to assist you for more nutrition and absorption of nutrition. Drink your beverages between your meals and not at your meals . You need strong hydrochloric stomach acid production for good absorption. Sprout your grains legumes and seed for best digestion and for increasing your food enzymes and this really is essential for senior citizens that are deficient in body enzymes in comparison to the younger generation. Mostly raw plant based eating is a longevity practice for many communities around the world .
– Holistic Chef Barry Anderson "Your Good Earth Chef"
and Kidney Stones Can What You Eat Give You Kidney Stones?
Quick overview>>> more
An easy to follow overview from Wholefoods:
Oxalates and health
Two aspects of oxalates have been extensively studied from a health perspective: their relationship to kidney stone formation and their relationship to calcium absorption and metabolism. . . .
Cooking has a relatively small impact on the oxalate content of foods.. . .
For the vast majority of individuals who are not at special risk of calcium oxalate kidney stone formation—or do not have any of the rare health conditions that require strict oxalate restriction—oxalate-containing foods should not be a health concern. Under most circumstances, high oxalate foods like spinach (including both baby and larger leafed mature spinach) can be enjoyed either raw or cooked and incorporated into a weekly or daily meal plan. For persons with health histories that make kidney stones a health concern, we recommend consultation with a healthcare provider to develop a diet plan and take other steps that can lower individual health risks. >>> more
What is Nephropathy?
Nephropathy is a broad medical term used to denote disease or damage of the kidney, which can eventually result in kidney failure. The primary and most obvious functions of the kidney are to excrete any waste products and to regulate the water and acid-base balance of the body – therefore loss of kidney function is a potentially fatal condition.
Nephropathy is considered a progressive illness; in other words, as kidneys become less and less effective over time (with the progression of the disease), the condition of the patient gets worse if left untreated. This is the reason why it is pivotal to receive adequate diagnosis and treatment as early as possible. >>> more "Diabetic nephropathy can be reversed by a relatively simple dietary intervention. Whether reduced glucose metabolism mediates the protective effects of the ketogenic diet remains to be determined." – Poplawski, et. al. (2011), Reversal of Diabetic Nephropathy by a Ketogenic Diet, PLoS One. 2011; 6(4): e18604. >>> more
New study warns of potential kidney damage due to overdosing on 'juicing' with high oxalate foods.
"Green Smoothie Cleanse" Causing Acute Oxalate Nephropathy (2017).
Makkapati S, D'Agati VD, Balsam L.
Excerpt: Given the increasing popularity of juice cleanses, it is important that both patients and physicians have greater awareness of the potential for acute oxalate nephropathy in susceptible individuals with risk factors such as chronic kidney disease, gastric bypass, and antibiotic use.>>> more
Excerpt: I know you are all looking for THE list. Here is one from a reliable source. We have downloaded one version on their site to a separate document so it opens with one click a useful table of oxalate foods. Get yourself acquainted with it. It will tell you much of what you need to know. A lot of it will even surprise you. You are not as restricted as you think you are or as you have been told.
A more dramatic list is the 180 high oxalate foods distilled out of the big list. Here are culprits! Not on this list? Probably not very high in oxalate so far as we know – with perhaps a few exceptions. Note that quantity is critical. For example black pepper is high in oxalate but the amounts used are small enough that total oxalate intake from it is negligible. >>> more
Probiotics, Prebiotics & Fermented Foods Using dairy products is controversial today, mainly due to the quality of the milk and processing methods. Purchase only plain natural yoghurt (avoid fruit yogurts and other additives), preferably BioDynamic or organic yogurt. (Look for 'natural' yogurt made from fresh milk rather than reconstituted milk powder.) If using antibiotics, take acidophilus two hours after each antibiotic dose to restore a healthy digestive environment.
L. acidophilus, L. Lactis
Histamine Histamine is a chemical which occurs naturally in certain foods: a chemical neurotransmitter in our immune system, digestion, and central nervous system. Histamine intolerance is part of an allergic reaction process, causing typical symptoms of alergy such as itching, sneezing, wheezing and swelling.
"We all have an enzyme (diamine oxidase) which breaks down any histamine that we absorb from a histamine-containing food. When we eat a food which contains histamine it does not affect us. However, some people have a low level of this enzyme. When they eat too many histamine-rich foods they may suffer ‘allergy-like’ symptoms such as headaches, rashes, itching, diarrhoea, and vomiting or abdominal pain.
This is called histamine intolerance." Alergy.uk Excellent 1-page analysis and advice here
Learn about the four known Histomine Receptors, H1 - H4 here
What is a Probiotic?
Neutral pH allows ‘living’ probiotics to get to the intestine alive, so it makes sense to alkalize stomach acids before taking probiotics.
Probiotics may help:
• Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
• Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
• Treat irritable bowel syndrome
• Speed treatment of certain intestinal infections
• Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu. >>> more
The human gastrointestinal tract (GIT), including the mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestines, is home to an incredible population of beneficial bacteria responsible for the complex, symbiotic network, which maintains regularity and balance in our digestive and immune systems. This microflora is introduced at birth and continues to develop as we age, as long as our diets are balanced to provide proper nourishment. In this way, we might think of ourselves as individual ecosystems relying on a probiotic population to keep us healthy. Aside from promoting balance, these bacteria defend against the illness and infection caused by harmful bacteria which may thrive where beneficial colonies are lacking. >>> more
– Eat a high-fibre breakfast cereal
– Add a few tablespoons of unprocessed bran or psyllium husks to cereal, soups, casseroles, yoghurt, smoothies, dessert and biscuit recipes
– Add nuts, dried fruits and seeds to cereals
– Eat wholegrain breads
– Eat fruit and vegetable skins, don’t peel them
– Snack on fruit, nuts, and seeds.
– Read food labels and choose foods that are higher in fibre
– Add legumes and lentils to soups, casseroles and salads.
– Eat legume or lentil based dishes a few nights a week, for example felafels, chickpea salad, dhal or lentil soup
– Eat fruit instead of drinking fruit juice or soft drink
A probiotic a day may keep stress at bay New study from Griffith University, Queensland, Australia:
“Interest in the gut-brain axis and emerging evidence that the intestinal microbiota can influence central nervous system function has led to the hypothesis that probiotic supplementation can have a positive effect on mood and psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety."
There are over 400 species of bacteria in your belly right now that can be the key to health or disease. The genomes of the bacteria and viruses of the human gut alone are thought to encode 3.3 million genes.
“consumption of probiotics may have advantageous effects on mental health by lessening the psychological symptoms of perceived stress, depression and anxiety. . . .
Published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the study reviewed the results of seven previous studies which tested for symptoms in over 300 healthy volunteers both before and after supplementation with a probiotic.
“We combined the data from a number of clinical trials to conduct a powerful analysis of probiotic research,” says dietitian Dr Natalie Colson from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland.
“The overall result was significant in demonstrating that taking probiotics in some form, for example tablet or yoghurt, can help alleviate symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety in otherwise healthy people.
“The research into the relationship between the gut and the brain is reasonably new however we are now starting to better understand this ‘gut brain axis’.
“We can see that if the gut microbiome is not operating at an optimal level, and it communicates with your brain, then it may well negatively affect the way that you feel and think. Therefore by adding what we believe to be a mixture of good ‘multi-species’ bacteria to your gut microbiome, this may reduce those negative feelings.”
Dr Colson says that more studies need to be conducted to determine if the consumption of probiotics could also assist with symptoms of diagnosed clinical depression.
“We don’t know yet how far this could be used in the treatment of depression, however the gut microbiome presents as a potential target for the treatment of cognitive and mood disorders.
“But it does appear that generally healthy people who are going through stressful periods could certainly benefit from adding probiotics to their diet.”
Further studies may allow for the development of novel probiotic treatment strategies for gastrointestinal-related disorders that are associated with impaired communication between the gut and brain, says Dr Colson. >>> more
Fermentation Fermented foods optimize the bacteria in your gut There are a lot of fermented food choices (besides apple cider vinegar), such as kefir, yogurt, tempeh and miso, kimchi, kombucha. Most are easy to make at home. E.g. Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) is rich in beneficial bacteria and at the same time tastes good.
Fermented foods and drinks may only contain 'live cultures', that are not categorised as probiotics, because the numbers of probiotic microbes in them are not high enough to satisfy the World Health Organization's definition of probiotics. It is true that products that say 'live cultures' on the label may or may not contain enough beneficial microorganisms to be statistically significant in scientific studies. It is also true that sometimes saying 'live cultures' is a marketing strategy to lure you into buying a product.>>> more
NPR: Probiotics 101 Acidophilus, in the form of yogurt and kefir or as a supplement, supports concentrated oxygenation and is an anti-inflammatory aid in cooling and alkalizing the digestive system. Beneficial bacteria help us digest food, make vitamins, even help protect us from harmful pathogens. "Researchers are studying the ability of beneficial micro-organisms - or probiotics - to treat a range of conditions from eczema to inflammatory bowel disease. ... Nailing down the specific benefits of probiotics will take years and much more research. And this includes an interesting line of inquiry into a gut-mind connection, exploring the idea that we might be able to change how we feel by changing what's in our guts. >>> more
Study 1: The Effect of Probiotics on Lactose Intolerance (ClinicalTrials.gov) Probiotics are live microorganisms that are commonly used in order to prevent or treat a disease.The current definition by the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization: "Live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host." These microorganisms are a heterogeneous group, they are nonpathogenic and produce beta- galactosidase or lactase intracellularly that may assist in the digestion of lactose. Studies have shown that people with lactose intolerance tolerated the lactose in yogurt better than the same amount of lactose in milk. The assumption was that the presence of lactase producing bacteria in the yogurt, especially Lactobacillus acidophilus, contributed to the digestion and absorption of lactose. It was also found that the presence of Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus alleviate lactose intolerance through their ability to produce lactase enzyme. Finally, in another study it was found that consumption of milk containing Bifidobacterium longum resulted in significantly less hydrogen production and flatulence as compared to the consumption of control pasteurized milk. Based on the mentioned data, the investigators speculate that the administration of probiotics may assist with the consumption of dairy products containing lactose.>>> more
Kombucha Tea – an elixer of life 80% of our immune system is in our GUT. Kombucha Tea is an anti-aging probiotic digestion aid which strengthens the immune system and lowers blood pressure. It is high in glucaric acid, contains glucosamines which help prevent joint pain and arthritis, and increases seratonin which improves brain function and relieves stress. >>> See recipe here Kombucha also has antioxidant properties, thanks to a compound
called D-saccharic acid-1,4-lactone (DSL) The protective effects of D-glucaro 1,4-lactone (1,4-GL) against oxidative/nitrative protein damage (determined by parameters such as levels of protein carbonyl groups and nitrotyrosine residues) to human plasma treated with peroxynitrite (ONOO−) or hydroperoxide (H2O2) were studied in vitro. We also investigated the effects of 1,4-GL on the level of total free thiol groups and low-molecular-weight thiols (glutathione and homocysteine) in plasma treated with ONOO− (0.1 mM).>>> more
Excerpt: The kombucha mother closely resembles a vinegar-making by-product, mother-of-vinegar, and is composed of many of the same organisms; indeed, some analysts have come to the conclusion that they are exactly the same.
Kombucha has inspired much polarised debate, with claims of dramatic curative properties matched by dire warnings of potential dangers. My own conclusion is that both sets of claims tend to be exaggerated. Kombucha is neither panacea nor peril. Like any ferment, it contains unique metabolic by products and living bacterial cultures that may or may not agree with you.
– Sandor Ellix
Katz, 2012, p. 167
Vitamin and Mineral supplements Monoculture farming methods cause chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides to be absorbed into the soil, to the point where the topsoil is depleted of its mineral content. Quick facts: >>> more
"Vitamins are organic compounds that our body needs in small amounts to perform a range of functions (metabolic processes). It is best to get vitamins from eating a varied diet [and time in the sun]. People who may need vitamin supplements include women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, some vegetarians, people who drink large quantities of alcohol, drug users, and the elderly.">>> more
Calcium Thyroid glands and parathyroid glands are NOT related, but they are both part of the endocrine system. Parathyroid glands control calcium absorbtion in bones and in blood. It is the most important element in our bodies and the ONLY element / mineral that has its own regulatory system. Malfunctioning parathyroid glands can lead to depression, fatigue, kidney stones and osteoporosis. FAQ here and here Zincplays a vital role in the immune system: in cell division, clotting, healing wounds, DNA synthesis, and protein synthesis. Natural sources of zinc are wheat, oats, pumpkin seeds, eggs, milk, oysters, nuts, meat, and peas. Quick facts: >>> more
Zinc Deficiency due to inadequate dietary intake is common.
Zinc is essential to protecting against oxidative stress and helping DNA repair.
“A moderate increase in dietary zinc reduces DNA strand breaks in leukocytes and alters plasma proteins without changing plasma zinc concentrations."
Excerpts: “We were pleasantly surprised to see that just a small increase in dietary zinc can have such a significant impact on how metabolism is carried out throughout the body,” said Dr Janet King, Senior Scientist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) and lead researcher in the study.
“These results present a new strategy for measuring the impact of zinc on health and reinforce the evidence that food-based interventions can improve micronutrient deficiencies worldwide.”
Background: Food fortification has been recommended to improve a population’s micronutrient status. Biofortification techniques modestly elevate the zinc content of cereals, but few studies have reported a positive impact on functional indicators of zinc status. . .
Conclusions: A moderate 4-mg/d increase in dietary zinc, similar to that which would be expected from zinc-biofortified crops, improves zinc absorption but does not alter plasma zinc. The repair of DNA strand breaks improves, as do serum protein concentrations that are associated with the DNA repair process. >>> more
Zinc deficiencies a global concern “Zinc deficiencies have been somewhat under the radar because we just don’t know that much about mechanisms that control its absorption, role, or even how to test for it in people with any accuracy,” said associate professor Emily Ho, at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, and an international expert on the role of dietary zinc.>>> more
Magnesiumis known as the ‘master mineral’ because it is involved with over 300 metabolic processes in our bodies. Absorption of Calcium into our bones requires silica, vitamin K, vitamin D, and magnesium. Natural sources of magnesium are pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, black beans, cashews, spinach, squash, sesame seeds, almonds, okra. Quick facts: >>> more
Silicais the cell salt of the skin, the hair, the nails and the connective tissue.>>> more
Seleniumfunctions as an antioxidant and in redox reactions and thyroid metabolism. … The potential role of selenium in cancer prevention has been assessed in humans. >>> more
B Vitaminshelp the body use fats and protein and are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly and help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy.
Niacin is one of the safest and most effective ways to control cholesterol. Niacin is cheap and non-prescription. Drugs are much more dangerous and considerably less effective. Niacin improves circulation and reduces the cholesterol level in the blood; maintains the nervous system; helps metabolize protein, sugar & fat; reduces high blood pressure; increases energy through proper utilization of food; prevents pellagra; helps maintain a healthy skin, tongue & digestive system.
How to Obtain the Benefits of Niacin It is available from a wide variety of foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, and beans and nuts. As an inexpensive and safe supplement, niacin is widely used for its effects on increasing HDL (good cholesterol) to lower cardiovascular risk, to prevent the pain and inflammation of arthritis, and to treat a variety of psychological disorders including anxiety and alcoholism. When used appropriately, niacin is very safe.
To obtain the benefits of supplemental niacin without the niacin flush, you can start by taking niacin at a low dose once a day and slowly increase the dose day by day. This allows the body to adapt to the increasing doses, which largely prevents a flush. An appropriate starting dose is 25 mg taken once per day with food. To obtain 25 mg doses, a good form to purchase is a tablet of 100 mg pure niacin. Break the 100 mg tablets into four pieces and take one every day for several days. Then increase to two 25 mg doses per day, taken in divided doses in the morning and evening with food. Gradually increase the dose over the next few weeks. Using this method, it is possible to achieve a dose of several hundred mg of niacin, taken as divided doses with meals, without noticeable flushing. If an occasional niacin flush occurs, reduce the dose by a small amount. You naturally should consult with your physician to discuss appropriate forms, cautions, doses, and benefits of niacin. >>> more, from the University of Maryland Medical Centre
Vitamin C Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid, or simply ascorbate.
Most animals can synthesise vitamin C from D-glucose but humans and other primates, together with guinea pigs, fruit bats, some passeriform birds, some fish and some insects, are exceptions. Humans and primates lack a key enzyme, L-3 gulonolactone oxidase, necessary for the biosynthesis of vitamin C (Nishikimi et al 1994). Vitamin C is a reducing agent (antioxidant) and it is likely that all of its biochemical and molecular functions relate to this property. In humans, vitamin C acts as an electron donor for eight enzymes, >>> more
Fact Sheet for Health Professionals Ongoing research is examining whether vitamin C's ability to limit the damaging effects of free radicals through its antioxidant activity, might help prevent or delay the development of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and other diseases in which oxidative stress plays a causal role. In addition to its biosynthetic and antioxidant functions, vitamin C plays an important role in immune function  and improves the absorption of nonheme iron , the form of iron present in plant-based foods. Insufficient vitamin C intake causes scurvy, which is characterized by fatigue or lassitude, widespread connective tissue weakness, and capillary fragility.>>> more
Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid
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"We have quantitated the ability of adequate amounts of vitamin D to prevent all types of invasive cancer combined, which had been terra incognita until publication of this paper... These findings support an inverse association between 25(OH)D and risk of cancer, and highlight the importance for cancer prevention of achieving a vitamin D blood serum concentration above 20 ng/ml, the concentration recommended by the IOM for bone health."
The Raw Alkaline Green Smoothy has powerful cleansing and alkalizing properties.
Preparing a Raw Alkaline Green Smoothy
It is better not to use a juicer that will separate the juice from the pulp. A blender will chop everything into a fine pulp, which will require a little chewing. Chewing is important because the saliva or digestive juices that flow into the mouth during chewing are very important in the digestion process.
NOTE: Even with the addition of raw green food to the diet, consuming sugar, coffee, alcohol, meat, etc. will cause acid pH.
green smoothie recipe for two servings
1 rib celery
1 handful parsley
1/2 green apple
1 handful spinach
or coconut water
We've been using the NutriBullet blender for a couple of years now and love that it can juice the whole food, skin and all, including hard veggies, e.g. beetroot.
We also have one of those great old-fashioned juicers, but they remove the nutrient full pulp.
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