Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables

A friend of ours in the grocery business brought by a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables the other day.  Apples, lemons, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pears, lemons, grapefruits, bananas, potatoes, strawberries, oranges, and pineapple.

He had come by for a detox session using our Aqua-Chi detox foot bath.  He believes like we do that it’s healthier  to put the good stuff in and get the bad stuff out.

Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health. Eating a balanced diet is an important part of good health for everyone. The kind and amount of food you eat affects the way you feel and how your body works.

What are Nutrients?

Nutrients are ingredients in food that help you:

* Grow

* Repair body tissue

* Build new muscle tissue.

No single food will provide you with the right amount of nutrients. By combining foods from all the different food groups, you can meet your body’s daily needs.

The most nutrient-rich foods are fresh fruit and vegetables.  Most of us don’t eat anywhere near enough of these!

Sadly, even our ‘fresh’ produce loses many nutrients due to soil depletion, genetic modification, time taken in transport and storage, and preparation and cooking losses.  Furthermore, farming and processing methods fill our food with ‘foreign’ chemicals which are toxic to our bodies.

Even if you could eat the recommended 10-13 servings a day, nutrients are depleted due to corporate farming techniques, genetic modification, soil depletion, and green harvesting and more nutrients are lost in processing and food preparation.

It’s little wonder we’re suffering from an epidemic of lifestyle malnutrition.  Fast food, junk food, and processed food have placed edible “food-like” substances at the top of most peoples’ menus.

We have a real problem with our food today.  Even those people who are trying to eat right by including raw fruits and vegetables in their diet can find their goal sabotaged by the lack of nutrition in the food available at the market.   How bad is the problem with our food?  In the 1950’s a woman could get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A from two peaches.  Today it takes 58 peaches to satisfy the requirement. Continue reading Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables

Alcohol And Exercise

alcohol and exerciseAt the end of the work week, you’re probably thinking about hitting the bar with a couple of buddies to wind down .  Even though you  may think you deserve to go out and have a few drinks, there are some things that you should certainly keep in mind.

Like any other day, tomorrow is going to be a day for exercise for fat loss, and since you are exercising on a regular basis, a few drinks of alcohol won’t really hurt anything, right?  Before you decide to rush out to the local bar, there are a few things below that you should think about before you make your choice about going out to drink some alcohol.

Research has proven that even small amounts of alcohol will increase muscular endurance and the output of strength, although these types of benefits are very short lived.  After 20 minutes or so, the problems will begin to surface.  All of the negative side effects attached to alcohol will easily outweigh any possible benefits that it can have. 

No matter how you look at it, alcohol is a poison that can really harm your body if you aren’t careful.

Consuming alcohol negatively affects your body’s strength, endurance, aerobic capacity and even muscle growth .  Alcohol will also have an effect on your nervous system and brain.  If you use it long term, you can cause severe deterioration of your central nervous system.   Even with short term use, nerve muscle interaction can be reduced which will result in a loss of strength.  Continue reading Alcohol And Exercise

Detoxify to Stop Disease, Reverse Aging, and Improve Health

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All the wealth in the world is useless if we’re unhealthy. We can’t enjoy our life if our body is weak and unable to function properly.  We can miss all the wonderful things offered by our world today.  Too exaggerated?  Well, not likely. As much as we want to enjoy our life to […]

Detoxification, how does it work?

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When we are overworked it is easy to overindulge and throw all the diet rules out of the window. Rich and/or processed foods also come with a substantial price tag like, indigestion, constipation, gas and acid reflux.  So, how can you restore your body back to health?  Simple, the first thing to do […]

Household Cleaners Linked To Breast Cancer In Women

Household cleaners linked to breast cancer in womenA study recently published in the magazine “Environmental Health” found a greater incidence of breast cancer among women who frequently used household cleaners.  Julia Brody, PhD, executive director of the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass., who led the study, and her fellow researchers conducted telephone interviews with 787 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and 721 women who did not have breast cancer.  The women were asked about the frequency of their use of household cleaners.

The links between breast cancer and household cleaners was found to be the greatest among women who used combined cleaning products (many different products used together).  The risk of breast cancer was about twice as high for the women who used many different products compared to women who said they used the least.

“The use of air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control were associated with increased risk” according to Dr. Brody.

Several household products contain synthetic chemical ingredients linked to cancer or other health problems.  You can find a list of hazardous ingredients in household products here .

Indoor air pollution is one of the nation’s most pressing personal health concerns according to the EPA.  They found peak concentrations of 20 toxic compounds to be 200 – 500 times higher inside some houses than outside according to a study that tested 600 homes in 6 cities.  Some of these compounds can be found in household cleaning products.

What are some of the symptoms caused by chemicals in household products?  Indications include runny nose, skin rash, a scratchy throat, respiratory infections, itchy eyes, dizziness, fatigue, and headaches.  Continue reading Household Cleaners Linked To Breast Cancer In Women

Cancer Panel Fingers Toxic Chemicals

householdchemsThis post on the link between toxic chemicals and cancer from 2010 has been updated on 9/19/2016 to include a link at the bottom to the most recent report from The President’s Cancer Panel.

In a report from the mainstream of scientific and medical thinking, the President’s Cancer Panel released a report in May, 2010 declaring that chemicals threaten our health.  This validates the concerns that many people have had about the effects of toxins on our health.

The panel is not some environmental fringe group with an agenda.  Established in 1971, the panel reports directly to the president and is comprised of 3 distinguished experts who review America’s cancer program.

In their 200 page report, the Cancer Panel recommends a much more vigorous regulation of chemicals, concluding that chemicals can have a far-reaching impact on our health.

We are exposed to toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, and in the food we eat.  The proliferation of chemicals in water, air, foods, and household products is suspected as a factor in the increase in some cancers, particularly in children.  Continue reading Cancer Panel Fingers Toxic Chemicals