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Nutrition

"Guidelines for making good nutritional choices”

"Live to Eat or Eat to Live?"

Guidelines for making good nutritional choices

"Let food be your medicine" - Hippocrates

Diet and lifestyle changes can prevent 70-90% of certain common degenerative diseases.   Among U.S. adults, more than 90% of type 2 diabetes, 80% of coronary artery disease (CAD), 70% of stroke, and 70% of colon cancer are potentially preventable by a combination of not smoking or being overweight, having some moderate physical activity and a healthy diet, and moderating alcohol consumption.

Healthy version of nutritional food pyramid

The nutrition pyramid above is more healthful than the usually promoted pyramid, which has grains at its base.

These are the time-tested recommendations when choosing your food and drink:

Good food:

•   Natural, unprocessed and organic (chemical/GMO-free).     "Organic" - What does that mean?

•   Grown in your native environment.   i.e. locally grown and seasonal.

•   Try to eat at least 1/3 of your food raw;   Raw food contains enzymes, which are destroyed by heat. Some nutrients are made more bioavailable by heating, some are destroyed.  How to cook to preserve nutrients.

Healthy fats (It is of utmost importance that we obtain a sufficiency of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats). 

 In addition to saturated fat (includes grass-fed animal fats), you also need monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats (We usually get plenty of omega-6 fat, but are desperately short-changing dietary Omega-3 fat).   Eliminate expeller-pressed, typical grocery store polyunsaturated vegetable oils (e.g. soybean, corn, canola, cottonseed oils) and margarine - they are toxic, even more so when used in high-heat cooking. This is a complicated topic, but to help you understand which fats to eat and why:

  Food Fats and Oils           EFAs - Fats of Life          Some healthy recipes

Importance of body's balanced presence of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats - Today's "HOLY GRAIL" of Health

Antioxidants

•   Vitamins.  Water-soluble B and C, and fat-soluble A, D, E and K vitamins

•   Phytonutrients.   Carotenoids (e.g. beta-carotene in carrots, lutein, lycopene in tomatoes) and polyphenols  (e.g. resveratrol in red wine, anthocyanins in sweet cherries and epicatechins in green tea / chocolate, quercetin in red onion)

•   Other antioxidants.   E.g. CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid

Antioxidants

Probiotics

 More than 2/3 of your immune system is on your gut and depends on a healthy presence of microflora.

Probiotics

Foods containing high-energy electrons

Sufficient mineral intake.     Of the 92 naturally occurring elements on earth, we need 40 of them of which most are the major and trace minerals. Some minerals are no longer present in sufficeint amounts in today's typical diet, including possibly magnesium, sulfur, selenium, zinc, manganese, which may need to be supplemented.

Foods containing high-energy electrons

Minerals

Minerals

Fiber

Fiber

 UNpasteurized dairy products (if you can find them) and fermented foods

 UNpasteurized dairy products

Protein

A crucial body-building nutrient.   Comprised of 23 amino acids, of which 15 are called essential amino acids, meaning they must be consumed in our diet because our body can't make them

Carbohydrates

Glucose

Required to make cellular energy.  The body can obtain glucose from carbohydrates, proteins and fats

Nutritional Supplements

Unfortunately, in today's world, numerous factors have caused a depletion of available nutrients in our food supply.
Therefore, unless you have food sources from reliable nutrition-minded food producers, or are responsibly growing your own food or keeping animals and birds for meat and eggs, it has become necessary to include some daily supplements to ensure needed nutrients:

Daily Nutritional Supplement Chart

Some foods / drinks should be moderated, minimized or avoided altogether

Consume little or no added sugar.    Except such as a small amount of honey, maple syrup or molasses or use alternative natural low/no caloric sweeteners such as erythritol or stevia; avoid unhealthy artificial sweeteners, such as Nutrasweet™ and Splenda™.

Sweeteners

 Antinutrients.   Particularly lectins and phytate in IMPROPERLY prepared WHOLE grains, seeds, nuts and legumes. Lectins can cause a "leaky gut" / inlflammation leading to IBS, allergies, asthma, arthritis, anemia, obesity, +++ ; Phytate can cause malabsorption of magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, and zinc;

Antinutrients

Other substances to avoid / minimize

Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

GMOs

Caffeine

Alcohol

A note on bible references mentioned in this website

This author believes that Christ's sacrifice on the cross abolished the need for anyone to obey the O.T. law.   Since now being under grace, God has given us freedom to determine our own action. However, by studying the O.T. law, it is soon realized that there is evidence that the law was not just a list of arbitrary instructions, but rather was intended as a blessing to protect and enhance spiritual, emotional, social and physical health. As such, a wise person would evaluate the wisdom given in those instructions.

Bible References to Health

What do we actually eat?

It is a shocking fact that ~90% of the money spent on food in the U.S. is spent on processed foods (Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, 2002, Penguin Books).  Most of us eat and drink only for enjoyment and sustenance, giving little attention to whether we are obtaining needed nutrients in the correct balance to maintain health. Although America is the richest country in the world, it takes the “prize” for having the highest obesity rate (30% of the population). With some effort, however, it is possible to make healthy choices that also fulfill our desire for pleasure when filling our tummies.

The average American eats almost 1 ton of food per year.  According to 2011 USDA data; note that this includes leftovers (food bought, served but not eaten); and although our average American consumes 415 pounds of vegetables, a high proportion of these are starchy corn and potatoes.

What foods are we eating in the U.S.?

Photo credit: Daily Infographic

 

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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMFT)

   Electrotherapy

       "The medical kit of the future"

The Body Electric

General electrotherapy health benefits.   Used systemically and/or locally at specific problem areas of the body, its effective application has many benefits:

Detoxification Wellness / Healthy aging Pain relief 
Relief from insomnia Immune system restoral Anti-Inflammatory
Maximizes cellular energy production Accelerated tissue /bone
/scar healing
Stress Reduction
Muscle relaxation / rehabilitation Increased blood oxygen
/ circulation
+++

There are several reasonably affordable electrotherapy devices available for personal use. The following electrotherapies are those that have received a significant amount of positive feedback:

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) applies specific frequency patterns to the head area, with the following benefits:

Balances neurotransmitters Relieves pain Treats depression
Substance abuse withdrawal Relieves insomnia Relieve stress / anxiety
Anti-Inflammatory Fibromyalgia +++