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

Back Pain and Extra Fat – Reduce with Yoga.

Yoga for weight lossBack pain can be a quite common problem, and you may even have experienced this pain at one point in your life.   Athough it may be a slight problem and it can be relieved to a small degree by a little bit of rest, it may become severe if it’s terribly frequent.

Back pain, typically experienced as a short-term low back pain, generally lasts for a short time and in some cases for a few days and weeks. There are several reasons for this pain within the back.

Sometimes if one stresses his body an excessive amount, that may directly have an effect on the rear and cause severe pain within the muscles.  This pain may even be caused by any injury or stress within the back joints. There are other symptoms of back pain.

Sometimes one also can feel the strain within the back or inability to face straight.  Back pain is additionally referred to as as chronic back if it doesn’t disappear after an interval of three months.

Changing life designs raising issues

Peoples’ lives have changed drastically in recent years.  Life has become much more stressful with prolonged operating hours, leading to neglection towards health.  Most people are avoiding exercise and are turning their back on nutritious food. Continue reading Back Pain and Extra Fat – Reduce with Yoga.

Who Decides Who Lives and Who Dies?

The short answer to the question “Who decides who lives and who dies?” is God.  But it turns out that the answer to the question is a little bit more complicated.

Human beings have inserted themselves into the decision-making process on this issue.  Witness the actions of concentration camp overseers in World War II or people today who choose to abort their babies.

Our involvement in making life and death decisions for ourselves appears to be completely appropriate whereas others making such decisions for us is alarming. 

For instance regarding our health, we can choose a healthy lifestyle which can give us a long and enjoyable life.  Eating a nutritious diet, being active, avoiding toxins, getting enough sleep, and other healthy habits are part of this choice.  Rightly, this is a choice that we make ourselves about our own health.  For more healthy lifestyle tips download our 10 Step Health Guide on this site.

Maintaining our own health appears to be more important than ever, given the formation of the Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research here in the U.S.  The U.S. Government through the health care bill passed in March, 2010 has gotten into the act of deciding who is to live and who is to die.

The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research was created and funded with 1.1 billion dollars as part of the stimulus bill.  The 15 members of this health “rationing” board were appointed by President Obama within 3 days of the stimulus bill passing.  Continue reading Who Decides Who Lives and Who Dies?

Strategies About Subway Diet

Jared Fogle lost weight for vibrant health.Mention the diet that relies on eating sandwiches in place of two meals a day and people will instantly recognize Jared and the Subway Diet. If you ever wanted to know how this whole thing got started, keep reading.

Jared Fogle worked his way through college by working at an adult book store.  Like many people he sat around too much and ate too many snacks – his habits causing him to balloon to 425 pounds.  Jared realized his weight was critical and so started looking for a way to drop some pounds.

He tried and failed with many diets because he had too much time and too much temptation to cheat.  One day he noticed a Subway sandwich store about a mile and a half from his apartment.  Unknown to Jared he was about to take his first step towards the Subway diet.  Jared changed his daily diet to nothing but a sandwich, baked chips and a diet soda for lunch and dinner, walking the 3 mile round trip for each meal.  His caloric intake plummeted from about 10,000 calories each day to only 900, with 6 miles of walking added for good measure.  The result of Jared’s personal Subway diet was a loss of 245 pounds in only a year.

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You don’t have to walk three miles to and from Subway and eat there every day to lose excessive weight.  The OsoLean Diet Plan combines OsoLean, eating right, and daily activity to burn fat and keep the lean muscle.  In addition it carries a 6 month guarantee.

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How did this Subway diet become a national ad campaign for the Subway chain?  After losing the weight Jared ran into a friend who worked with the school paper.  After Jared told him how he had lost so much weight, this guy turned it into a feature for the paper.  Someone at Men’s Health magazine read about Jared and decided to include his diet in a feature about crazy diets that work.  A subway franchisee in Chicago brought the story to the attention of his advertising people who talked to Jared to make certain it was legit.  The local agency brought the idea to Subway’s national ad agency, but they hated the idea, so the local guys paid out of pocket for Chicago commercials featuring the Subway diet.  Continue reading Strategies About Subway Diet

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

Is There A Magic Bullet For Good Health?

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Astoundingly, most of the world’s population is still searching for the magic bullet for their health problems and eschews lifestyle factors, the only things that have ever proven effective in supporting good health. 

I came across this great article on the subject at Healthy Science by Dr. Stephen Boyd. 

Here’s the article:

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Natural Remedies vs. Drugs

Natural health products  are gaining popularity all the time.  People use them as preventatives to stay healthy and to achieve and maintain optimal health. 

Time was when natural remedies were the only choice available.  But with the dawning of chemicals and drugs the medical profession largely abandoned natural remedies.  Procedures shifted to treating virtually all sickness and disease with pharmaceutical drugs and surgery.  Pharmaceuticals are big business, and we are subjected to a daily marketing barrage telling us to “ask your doctor about (insert some drug name here).”

The practice of modern medicine follows the “sickness” paradigm, prescribing drugs or procedures to cure people after they get sick.  This paradigm is the opposite of the “wellness” paradigm which concentrates on maintaining or getting back good health through the use of natural remedies and a healthy lifestyle.

Why are people desiring alternatives to standard medical treatments?   Continue reading Natural Remedies vs. Drugs