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

The New Hidden Hunger

In 2009 Nicolas D. Kristof wrote in The New York Times:   “…  one of the great Western misconceptions is that severe malnutrition is simply about not getting enough to eat. Often it’s about not getting the right micronutrients — iron, zinc, vitamin A, iodine — and one of the most cost-effective ways outsiders can combat poverty is to fight this “hidden hunger.”

Over 5 million children under the age of 5 die every year from the devastating effecrts of malnutrition.  Lack of proper nutrition in the early development years is to blame for issues such as stunted growth, retarded brain development and poor health in the lives of 55 million children worldwide.

Malnutrition affects more than 925 million people globally, including developed countries.

Although the picture that immediately comes to mind when malnutrition is mentioned is people with skinny arms and legs and ribs showing, the new face of malnutrition includes people in developed countries who eat plenty, but consume a diet of mainly fast food and processed foods.

Approximately 90% of the money Americans spend on food is used to buy processed food.  In the 1990’s we started putting “engineered proteins” in food stuffs and children’s food allergies went up 300%.

“young children are so susceptible to malnutrition because what they eat lacks essential vitamins and minerals to help them grow, remain strong and fight off infections.” – Dr. Susan Shepherd, Doctors Without Borders

“Nutritional deficiency has now become epidemic right here in America, where a significant amount of the money we spend on food is used to buy processed foods.  A recent national survey reports that “nearly the entire US population consumes a diet that is not on par with [MyPyramid] recommendations”. – The Journal of Nutrition1401832-1838, 2010 “Americans Do Not Meet Federal Dietary Recommendations”  Continue reading The New Hidden Hunger

Your Body the Car

Person checking oil in carTypically, most people maintain their cars far better than their own bodies.  This is puzzling considering the comparative value of our cars vs. our health.  We will never have more than one body whereas we will probably own several cars in our lifetime.  When our body breaks down, we can’t replace it with a new one.

 People want reliable performance from their vehicles while at the same time wishing to avoid unexpected and costly breakdowns.  They take them for regular service and periodic inspections so that vehicle systems like steering, braking, and cooling are working properly.

They monitor and maintain important fluids like oil and gasoline. If they want high performance from their cars they use high performance, high octane fuel.  With most people it is also a matter of personal pride to keep their vehicles looking good.

But what about taking care of our body’s health?  Sadly, we don’t use the same standard of care when it comes to our own health.  Just like a car our bodies require care, maintenance, and fuel to function properly.  It’s essential that we maintain our body if we want it to last a long time without periodic or serious break downs.

In the same manner that vehicle systems must be maintained, our body’s systems; circulatory system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, etc. have to be maintained.

A Five Point Maintenance Program for Our Body  Continue reading Your Body the Car

3 Great Tips to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits,vegetables,nuts,smoothiesSeems like a pretty obvious answer but the difficulty is that most people simply don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet.  I believe that most North Americans get an average of 1.5 servings per day.  That’s pretty insane considering that the recommended daily consumption is between 5-10 servings .

With that in mind, here are 3 surefire ways to help you at least double the quantity of plant-based foods you consume each day .

1. Adopt a Mono Meal Mindset.

I’m not saying that you need to follow a raw food diet (although you would greatly benefit from doing so) but instead I’m suggesting that you adopt the practice of eating several of one type of food at a time.

 As an example, if you’re already going for the apple as a snack, try having 2 or 3 in one sitting.  There’s no down side to eating too many fruits and vegetables.

So the idea with mono meals is to eat any particular fruit or vegetable to the point of satiation. Since these foods are lower in calories, you’ll be able to eat more of them before you get full.

Mono meals also facilitate digestion because you are eating simply and your digestive system doesn’t have to work over time breaking down complex food combinations.

2. Liquify Your Meals.

I love smoothies. They are such an easy and convenient way of getting more fruits and veggies into your body. There are so many different smoothie recipes that you can enjoy and the beauty is that any given one can almost provide your entire fruit and vegetables requirements for a single day.

All you need to liquify your meals is a juicer and some tasty recipes.  I highly recommend this juicer and you can get some great recipes free here.  

For instance, I frequently like to make this smoothie.   Continue reading 3 Great Tips to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables