What are vitamins?
The name ‘vita’ meaning life was first used by Polish chemist Casimir Funk in 1912.
Vitamins are made up of organic compounds which our bodies need to function. Our bodies can do many things but can not make vitamins (with an exception of vitamin K) so we need to receive them via our intake on foods or supplements. There are 13 major vitamins; A,B,C,D,E and K. Vitamin A,D,E and K are fat soluble so are able to dissolve in fats and oils but not in water. As a fat soluble they can be stored in the body and can be used when needed. Vitamins B and C are water soluble meaning that our body can not store them but is excreted. Vitamins aid in balancing the body, but once we come across an illness or incorrect eating our bodies are not getting the sufficient nutrients needed for our bodies to function correctly.
What are minerals?
Minerals are inorganic compounds and are based on 25 elements. The most common minerals would be iron and calcium which is needed in small amounts. Other elements as copper and fluorine the body relies on for the breakdown of chemical reactions along with enzymes and proteins. Minerals are the bodies source of utilizing energy. Our bodies bones and teeth are composed of this main material and well as minerals help to control fluids in and out of our cells. Like vitamins, minerals need to become balanced in order for our bodies to maintain good health.
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Colors in Our Food and Their Benefits
Red and Pink
Red fruits and vegetables contain lycopene which promotes colon health.
Berries are a great for our immune system and have a antiviral and antibacterial quality.
Provides protection against cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Yellow and Orange
Carotenoids provides our bodies with Vitamin A which is essential for eyes and skin.
Food that are rich in the orange color are to reduce certain cancers, immunity and bone health.
Lutein is the component for a healthy vision and cancer preventative.
Purple and Blue
Flavonoids promote heart health and aid circulatory system.
Improves a healthy urinary tract and improves memory and ageing.
Protects our bodies against inflammation.
Phytonutrients which kills harmful bacteria and protect the capillaries.
Mushrooms and cauliflower protect against heart disease, digestive and obesity.
Oats and flaxseed help to lower cholesterol and balances our hormones.
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Many people are troubled with back pain, we all think it just occurred however it is usually gradually accumulated! a little back irritation ignored and then one sudden shock to make you gasp and it is out!! Whether you are working at a desk job or a builder with heavy lifting, a mother juggling small children and piles of unbalanced shopping, even very fit people running or exercising with imbalances in the muscles causing postural problems due to weakness of some muscles and tightness of others affecting our strength, mobility and coordination. The gait mechanics of the core are key to good health and a strong back!
When your pelvis is in a neutral position, the load on your spine is evenly distributed. Think about those toy snakes as an example of our spine..when you move the lower spine then the upper spine will naturally move freely, however, when there is tightness it prevents this free flowing movement and parts of the spine may be pushed out of place and need adjustment! Think about the muscles that surround the spine holding it safely in place and protecting the spine to prevent it shrinking and creating worn discs and how important it is to keep these muscles strong and elongated and balanced.
If we run with tight hip flexors and tight quadriceps the pelvis will tilt forward and this can increase compression of the vertebrae if you then imagine the added impact of running miles on an ungiving hard road surface you can see how easy it is to strain your back, another common scenario for runners is tight gluts which can lead to a tucked tail bone and so the pelvis will tilt backwards!
Continually lifting and carrying on one side of the body will create scoliosis, which is a twisting of the spine, eventually one pressure point may give way and then the spine can be put painfully out of alignment.
A common culprit of backache in the office is a comfy chair that you can slump into and a desk where you have to bend over to type and hook your neck up to view the computer screen! This can be corrected with the purchase of a stable upright stool that encourages you to sit forward and up right and repositioning the computer on the desk plus stopping for an occasional stretch of your shoulders, back and rotation of your neck and hips. A similar problem can strain the back with comfy car seats on long journeys!
At Feel Good Studio, 27 Front Street, Hamilton, Bermuda we have a unique combination of Pilates and Toning beds to keep the spine in perfect alignment while we ask you to mindfully concentrate on isolated muscles that are engaged during the motion and all the time engaging your core and relaxing into your breathing.
When we talk about core strength we want to develop a strong muscular structure for your back, hips and stomach to stabilize the spine.These muscles need to be balanced to produce the powerhouse of all movements of the body and will incorporate the deeper muscles of the pelvic floor. The complete circuit of 6 Toning beds will naturally bring balance to the body and mobilize the joints. Amanda is our Massage Therapist and she offers a deep and stretching massage to ease discomfort, unwinding knots in the muscle tissues for our introductory special to introduce you to Amanda we are offering 30 mins for $50 or 60 mins for $100 through September.
Please call 292.5201 for a free trial of our Powertone Pilates Toning Tables and view our web page for more information at www.feelgoodbermuda.com
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Do you often feel tired, fatigued or lacking in energy around 11am? Does this affect your work? This is not usual. The main reason for this happening is your blood sugar levels have dropped. Your body requires refueling, and it is very easy to crave that chocolate biscuit or packet of crisps. So how can we avoid that slump? Here are a few tips that may help.
1. Avoid cereal and toast for breakfast. They are carbohydrates that digest quickly into sugar and although they initially fill you, they leave you hungry very quickly and encourage sweet cravings around 11.
2. Ensure you have a good protein based breakfast. Eggs are a great source of protein and I advise free range as they are more nutrient-based and less likely to contain antibiotics. Seeds and nuts are also a good source mixed with oats to make a muesli, porridge or bircher can stand you in good instead for the morning.
3. “But I’m not hungry at breakfast time,” you may say. This is not uncommon and is usually due to stomach acid being low in the morning. Try taking a glass of water with lemon or apple cider vinegar, which may help to stimulate stomach acid.
4. Some people feel they do not have time for breakfast. Making time is essential for optimum health throughout life. Perhaps ensuring a good sleep pattern may help or getting expert advice on better quality sleep might benefit you. Bircher can be prepared the night before and will be ready for eating as soon as you are. Making a green smoothie containing good fats and/or seeds before bedtime or having a layer of fruit, natural yoghurt and a sprinkling of homemade granola in a jar ready to eat may help. Or boil eggs and store them in the fridge until you need them.
5. If you still hit the hunger pangs at 11ish then ensure you have something healthy to hand such as a handful of nuts or seeds, a piece of fruit or some veggie sticks and hummus to tide you over until lunchtime.
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Take a look at the following ideas to help bump up your fruit and vegetable intake:
add a portion of mushrooms or tomatoes with scrambled egg on toast
add some chopped fruit or berries to cereal, porridge or yoghurt
have a glass of unsweetened fruit juice with your breakfast
enjoy a smoothie made up of different fruits and veg
add spinach and pepper to a breakfast omelette.
add some vegetable crudité to your lunch-time meal
add some salad to your sandwich
finish off your lunch with a fruit pot
add some mushrooms and peppers to a stir-fry
enjoy a salad made up of different vegetables.
add some vegetables to your main meal
replace potatoes with sweet potatoes
have a side-salad
enjoy some fruit for dessert
add a handful of beans/pulses to soups or sauces.
dried fruit makes for a great on-the-go snack
enjoy fresh fruit as a snack
have some carrot/cucumber sticks dipped in hummus
add cucumber to cream cheese on crackers
try vegetable crisps.
It is recommended that we drink six to eight glasses of fluid a day. This includes water, tea, coffee and sugar-free drinks. Like all things nutrition, water intake depends on the individual and the lifestyle they lead.
We need water to survive – we all know this – but it has many other benefits. Water acts as our body’s solvent. It carries waste, nutrients and other important components around our body, as well as keeping our skin and hair in good condition. Professionals suggest aiming for around two liters of water a day, though they advise listening to your body and monitoring the color of your urine. Dark colored urine suggests your kidneys are conserving water due to dehydration, whereas pale-yellow urine indicates a well-hydrated body.
If you find you don’t drink enough water, consider investing in a one liter bottle and keeping it with you at all times. Be sure to fill it in the morning and again at lunch time, if you haven’t been drinking enough, this will help you keep track. Alternatively, set hourly reminders on your phone and if you’re not keen on the taste of plain water, add some lemon slices.
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To maintain good health, your body needs whole foods and regular physical activity. If you are interested in adopting a more balanced diet, understanding the basics will make the change seem less daunting. Below are five tips to getting started on your new, more balanced lifestyle.
Carbohydrates and starchy foods, such as rice, pasta, cereal and potato should generally be the size of your fist. Butter and spreads are often high in fat and sugar, therefore only a small amount if needed, aim for a portion the size of the tip of your thumb. Protein sources, such as meat and fish should generally be the size of your palm.
Fruit and vegetables will generally make up the largest part of your meals. Try to add a variety of greens to your lunch and dinners and if you can snack on fruit, you can easily reach the 5 a day recommendation.
5 A Day
Aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
Drink plenty of water (six to eight glasses is recommended though this will vary).
Try to include at least two portions of fish every week.
Get into the habit of eating breakfast every day, it can help reduce snacking later on.
Eating a good variety of fruit and vegetables is an important element of healthy eating. This recommended daily amount is thought to help reduce risk of serious health conditions including stroke, heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Reaching five portions a day can seem daunting, but it can be easy to incorporate these into your diet if you share them between meals. For example:
Add a banana and a handful of spinach in your breakfast smoothie (two portions).
As a mid-morning snack have carrot sticks and hummus, or sliced apple (one portion).
Prepare a homemade vegetable soup for lunch (one to two portions).
To accompany your chicken or salmon dinner, make a filling side dish. Mix up some peppers, onions and greens with grains (one to two portions).
If you’re a dessert person, have a handful of fresh raspberries (one portion).
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Spring cleaning your diet STARTS with reducing your intake of processed foods and hidden sugars and by filling up on fresh, whole foods that are packed with metabolism revving lean protein nutrient rich carbs and healthier fats. Ensure your success by making these super sample, healthier swaps the next time you shop. They taste so good, that you wont miss the junk.
WAKE UP YOUR WATER by adding slice fruit & herbs will encourage you to keep drinking,a crucial step in supporting your body natural detox process.
Instead of b u t t e r
– As a toast topper it is packed with healthy fats.
Instead of c r a c k e r s
You get the same crunch without the processed flour.
Instead of sour c r e a m
It is much lower in fat and high in protein.
Instead of dried c r a n b e r r i e s
They have less added sugar and more iron.
Instead of r i c e
– Can buy fresh or frozen cauliflower, it will cut carbs and increase levels of Vitamin C.
Instead of c r o u t o n s
You’ll trade processed flour and empty calories for a boost of omega-3s.
Instead of farmed s a l m o n
It has fewer calories and half the fat and still packed with plenty of protein.
Instead of orange j u i c e
A single glass of OJ contains up to 5 tsp of sugar.
Instead of p a r m e s a n
Provides Vitamin B, delivering a cheesy taste for less fat.
Instead of white p a s t a
It has just over half the net carbs and double the protein and fiber.
Instead of g r a n o l a
On yogurt they add a great boost of antioxidants and cut out any added sugar.
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Today a western diet is high in refined and processed foods and saturated fats and artificial additives. Our meats and dairy are full of antibiotics and growth hormones.
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Our grains and vegetables and fruits are sprayed with pesticides.
Even our environment is contaminated with chemical sprays.
Fat is the storage facility for any toxin, which the body does not wish to process.
Fat stores gather substances that the body experience as toxic or poisonous and tuck them out of harms way…the more toxins you consume the bigger your fat cells become and the fatter you get!
People who store fat easily have difficulty dealing with these wastes and their metabolic rate ( the rate at which you burn energy ) gets lower, leading to chronic fatigue and early aging.
Today even the fat cells of Arctic Seals are permeated with chemical poisoning!
The Liver is the organ assigned to processing our food; 1. It breaks down Toxic wastes.
2. It stores vitamins.
3. It provides enzymes for digestion.
The Liver has an amazing, even outstanding capacity to renew itself and handle detoxification, yet it can become overloaded…then toxins, which are fat soluble, are carried via the blood and lymphatic systems to be stored in fat.
The Liver is most active between midnight and midday.
To detoxify at this time by eating only fruits, which will not stress the liver, is to allow the liver time to cleanse and shed fat!
Using Raw Energy Food Combining as a lifestyle can change the way you feel and bring about rejuvenation, shedding fat to uncover your natural Beauty and bringing about renewed energy as your metabolism increases and your inner organs are cleansed and vitalised.
In the colon our villi are gently swaying and taking up nutrients to be carried into the bloodstream to nourish our body, however, through years of stodgy convenience food, plague can block and completely cover the villi. The fibre of Lettuce and apples and raw foods, can cleanse away this plague and reenergize us within.
When we eat convenience food over a period of time we also accumulate wastes in the tissues and we develop nutritional deficiences of vitamins and minerals.
When we eat plants and seeds and fruits and salads and vegetables in their natural RAW state, our body receives vitamins and sugars; which it can readily use for energy, water; to transport toxins out of the body and roughage; that can cleanse the colon. The subtle energies of these foods encourage detoxification and fat burning they give us life force and vitality to improve cellular metabolism and electrically charge our system.
The life force of a plant is destroyed when foods are cooked or processed, these subtle energies play a central part in enhancing metabolism, rebalancing the body’s functions and eliminating excess fat stores.
Scientists can measure the intensity of electrical fields in living cells and by measuring the ‘L-Fields’ around a seed, they can predict how healthy or unhealthy a plant will become.
Living cells or RAW FOODS emit light in the form of bio photon radiation their cells radiate this light very intensely and they produce natural alternating current fields which reflect biological events necessary for cell metabolism, health and growth. Raw foods are living foods and new spouts and seeds are life generating. Raw foods should form 50 – 70% of your diet for optimum health.
We get 3 types of energy from Raw Foods;1. Kinetic Energy for motion.
2. Electrical Energy to maintain cell wall integrity and muscle and nerve impulses. 3. Chemical Energy for the metabolic process.
Sunlight through photosynthesis in plants is the primary source of all 3 and much of this energy is destroyed when foods are cooked or processed.
By eating in a way that shows respect for the body’s enzymic limitations, you will allow your body to digest foods fully and properly.
For instance; eating meat with salad or vegetables then allowing 4 to 5 hours before you take a starch meal with fruit.
The human body is not designed to digest efficiently more than one concentrated food in the stomach at the same time.
Starch digestion begins in the mouth, the enzymes that act upon starches cannot effect proteins or fats and require an alkaline environment, the starch splitting enzyme Ptyalin prepares starch for its journey into the small intestine. All starchy food must be chewed thoroughly.
Protein digesting enzymes need an acid medium and cannot be fully broken down in the presence of starches. The body produces hydrochloric acid and the gastric glands produce pepsinogen, these come together to produce the enzyme pepsin for splitting proteins.
Foods are broken down into chemical parts for use by the cells thanks to enzymes.
Our villi in the colon allow these chemical parts to be taken away into the bloodstream.
When foods such as starch and protein are consumed in the same meal, food cannot be completely broken down and the stress on our organs and enzymes can result in food allergies.
Separating proteins from starches and allowing a digestion period will allow food to be completely broken down into chemical parts and reduce toxic build up and increase the metabolic rate.
Eating plenty of raw foods each day ( ideally 50 to 70% ) lifts the body with vitality and energy.
To achieve permanent fat loss you need rational and effective methods for eliminating toxic waste and to follow a way of living, which will permanently help prevent toxic build up.
The Raw Energy Food Combining will boost your metabolism and detoxify your body while it creates an alkaline system for optimum Health and reduces pain and inflammation within the body.
If you imagine;
A toxin, such as an artificial sweetener being consumed, it has no nutritional value to the body!
Unlike an advocado which is high in calories, but when we eat an advocado every part of our body wants its value; it is packed with healthy omega oils to nourish our heart and our skin, vitamin A is essential for the renewal of our cells. No part of the advocado is toxic or stored away in fat.
At first our body accepts the toxin and tries to process it, but as our body becomes familiar with the toxin, our liver and kidneys shun it away into the bloodstream to be transported to the fat cells. The fat cells are not happy about this and so they draw water to surround the toxin. Soft fat striated with hard fat, this is cellulite! The toxin is very contented to stay there as if relaxing in a hammock on an Island. Our once smooth, contoured and sculpted body quickly becomes fat and soft with cellulite the more toxins we consume.
Massage will rock the hammock and stir the toxin to leave the body via the bloodstream and sometimes an almighty headache will be the result but drinking plenty of water will help flush toxins away painlessly! Our Slim Legs treatment will break down cellulite with micro current but it is then important to drink plenty of water and eat well to avoid the empty hammocks becoming filled!
Biogenic Diet of Raw Foods for Energy
Leslie Kenton is the author of over twenty books on health and nutrition including The New Joy of Beauty and The New Raw Energy she is both inspirational and an avid pioneer of a natural lifestyle eating for better health and nutrition and I highly recommend her books.
Below I will summarize some of her ideas and findings to stimulate your mind to seek her books;
A Biogenic Lifestyle is about becoming conscious and aware of everything you eat and the exercise you perform for maximum nutrition and health. It is about becoming open to the awareness of how your body feels with optimum nutrition and how by removing artificial foods that dull the senses and reducing low nutritious cooked foods the body regains health.
It is eating 40% fruit – because it is ideal for ridding the body of its own waste and of environmental pollutants – and 30% raw vegetables and salads then, grains, seeds and nuts make up the rest with limited dairy and fish or meat if you can tolerate it.
Water is the life force to turn the wheel and keep us alive.
When 75% of the foods are taken raw, evidence shows this can reverse the bodily degeneration which accompanies longterm illness. A raw food diet will increase energy and stamina and prevent disease. Such a diet has been credited with healing of long term crippling diseases such as arthritis and cancer, gastric ulcers, diabetes and heart disease. Athletes taken off their diet high in cooked animal protein and put on a raw regime reported improved performance.
Those who are optimally healthy do not face a future with fear of disease and degenerate but rather anticipation and excitement because they know they are capable of moving toward an even more positive state of health and fulfillment as the years pass.
In our industrialized world processed foods devoid of nutrition are normal and signs of degeneration are the normal. Scientists involved in raw food research note improved health of degenerative diseases. Even small changes such as cutting down on processed foods, sugar, alcohol and trans fats can improve health relatively quickly; changes for the better are measurable they show up as lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, lower blood pressure and more efficient functioning of the immune system which protects body from infection, malignant growths and early aging.
The essential nutrients we need work in synergy with each other to make our body function. We have evolved to make use of foods in their natural state, with their abundance of vitamins and plant stem cells which mimic the effect of hormones and life empowering forces for healing benefits. There are many similarities between human blood and fluids found in nature; blood serum has a composition like sea water with an abundance of minerals and hemoglobin has a molecular structure closely resembling the plant pigment chlorophyll. Sodium and potassium are nutritional antagonists, when there is an excess of one the balance is disturbed and health suffers, sodium and potassium work together to maintain an osmotic pressure between intracellular fluids (within the cells) and extracellular (outside cells). Potassium compounds predominate in the cells of the muscles, soft tissues, organs and blood vessels. Sodium is found primarily in the blood plasma and interstitial fluids. Water is the most abundant constituent of the human body and a regular intake of fluids is essential for function and health.
Bermuda bananas are rich in Potassium. Sea salt is an easy Sodium boost, but usually with so much added salt in food, unless you have been sweating profusely, the imbalance is generally requiring extra potassium, as you become sensitive to your body needs you will crave what you need.
The immune system is the number one suspect in premature aging and degenerative disease with two parts to the immune system; The Thymus gland produces lymphocytes both T-cells which keep our skin cells rejuvenated and B-cells which protect us from viral and bacterial infection. So it is important that we encourage a strong immune system by nourishing it with vitamins and minerals from fresh, raw sprouts, nuts, pulses, vegetables and fruits. We have come to believe that a high raw diet offers two precious things; a promise of greater resistance to illness and aging and a key to greater aliveness and vitality!
Raw Foods have been used in medicine since the beginning of mankind and many religions recommend fasting as it clears the mind and gets us ready for celebrations. In 500 BC Pythagoras wrote of a cure of mashed raw fruit,honey and goats milk which is similar to the Swiss physician Max Bircher-Benner, born 1867 who inspired healing with his famous muesli of chopped apples and fruit, nuts, oats and raw milk which are soaked overnight in the fridge, he came upon this cure when he was seized with an attack of jaundice and found he could eat nothing, yet when his wife offered him chopped apples he found they were both appetizing and digestible. He founded his own clinic in Zurich in 1897 to treat illness with raw foods. The German physician Max Gerson who started successfully treating migraine headaches with his raw apple diet to discover it also worked to clear Lupus which is a tuberculosis of the skin and even lung tuberculosis which made him believe that his diet was a way of eating that restored an ailing body’s ability to heal itself. Gerson went on to write his book ‘A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases’ first published in 1958. He also believes that correcting the sodium and potassium balance, usually by eating a potassium rich raw food diet will invigorate and cleanse the body because as you improve respiration at the cellular level you also mobilize the white blood cells which fight and destroy cancer cells. Gerson’s raw food regimes enable many ‘terminal’ cancer patients to fight and destroy their cancers! Danish physician Kristine Noli turned to raw foods to beat breast cancer and she won. Dr Norman W Walker went on to write about raw juice therapy.
Another pioneer advocate of a high raw diet was dentist Weston A Price who from 1920 too 1940 travelled the World to study development of teeth and bones, he examined the dietary patterns of many people from the Loetschental Valley people high up in the Swiss Alps to the rugged Gaels of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. His main conclusion was bleak; processed foods pose appalling dangers to human health. He argued that human health is related to the wholeness and freshness of the foods we consume and that it is impossible to achieve a high level of health unless a diet is rich in raw foods.
By contrast our modern diet consists of an enormous variety of foods, many of which are tinned frozen or preserved, many of our fresh foods are adulterated – lettuce is plunged into N-6 Benzyladenine to keep it fresh and many apples and vegetables have been sprayed with as many as 18 chemicals. The staples of the modern diet are different too they are protein foods from meat, fish and poultry and dairy products which have been made from pasteurized milk. A modern diet will overindulge in refined flour and sugar and take in several pounds of chemical food additives each year.Physician Francis M Potting discovered the life giving strength of raw food when he tested the adrenal glands of cats; feeding 900 cats raw milk and raw foods while another group of 900 cats were fed cooked foods, cod-liver oil and pasteurized milk the experiment lasted 10 years spanning several generations of cats. Those on the raw diet were healthy with good skeletal structure, normal behavior and healthy offspring. Those cats fed only cooked or treated foods developed a high incidence of allergies, sickness and skeletal deformity they produced small weak, litters! Potting showed that cooked foods can interfere with the normal behavior of an animal and that damaging effects are passed on from generation to generation. He went on to study the effect on human health to also discover a diet of chemically fertilized and processed foods and proteins denatured by heat was damaging and he insisted on treating his patients on a diet of raw foods which included raw vegetable juices and even a raw liver cocktail.
A diet too high in cooked foods can lead to slow but progressive degeneration of the cells and tissues and encourage early aging and the development of degenerative diseases as many essential nutrients are destroyed by cooking. Grilling and frying can bring about changes in the nature of food proteins, fats and fibre which not only render these food constituents less health promoting to the body but may even make them harmful! This was shown to be true when in 1950 Dr Masanore Kuatsune, head of the medical department in Kyushu in Japan tried the Japanese prisoner of war diet, comparing the effects of raw and cooked foods; he and his pregnant wife both followed a raw version of the diet for 120 days in Winter and 32 days in Summer and 81 days in Spring…both continued in good health, nursing was easier for Mrs Kuatsune and they felt good, however when they switched to try the experiment with cooked foods only …all the symptoms of the hunger disease that were so devastating – oedema, vitamin deficiencies and collapse rapidly showed themselves – they were forced to abandon the experiment. Experiments in Switzerland with animals have shown likewise. On a cooked food diet the animals succumbed to anemia, scurvy, goiter, dental caries, degeneration of the salivary glands and when pasteurized milk was added arthritis also. A clear picture emerges!
The Biogenic Way of Life
In 1920 Edmond Bordeaux Szekely researching in the archives of the Vatican; on the shores of the Dead Sea at the time of Christ, which undoubtedly enshrine wisdom more ancient still, give quite specific instructions about health and healing and stress the use of fasting and raw foods to achieve potent mental, physical and spiritual health. He published his findings in English in 1937 and co-founded The National Biogenic Society with Nobel Prize writer Romain Rolland which is now based in Costa Rica.
Biogenic practitioners regards all illnesses as manifestation of a single disease: DISHARMONY
Naturopaths also quietly heal patients on raw diets.
Nevertheless, the principles of healing underlying the use of raw foods are still foreign to the training most doctors receive today.
By Caroline Bartlett
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Sugar is classed as a carbohydrate but can be divided into different sugar components.
Here is a break down of the components that can be found in our daily food intakes, such as fructose & sucrose which is in our fruits and vegetables, glucose can be sourced in table sugar, honey, milk products and cereal, galactose & lactose in milk products and maltose in malt products and some cereal.
Sugars are found in most of our daily intake of foods and are quite an addictive supplement in our day to day lifestyle. Sugar can be replaced with honey, agave(nectar), maple syrup or molasses.
Honey has a lower GI value than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you may use less of it, but is does have slightly more calories per teaspoon so it’s wise to keep a close eye on your portion sizes.
Agave nectar is a real sugar, as opposed to an artificial or non-nutritive sweetener. It has properties similar to many sugars with one important exception: its glycemic index is significantly lower. This makes it a healthier alternative to many processed and natural sweeteners.
Maple syrup is thinner than both honey and molasses. Therefore, it may produce a thinner and perhaps runnier result. Using either slightly less maple syrup or slightly more solid ingredients can help compensate for this discrepancy. As far as flavor is concerned, the differences for the most part will be predictable, as you are probably already familiar with the differences in taste between honey, molasses and maple syrup.
Benefits of cutting out sugar:
Our general health lifestyle with sugar is quite hard to obtain a balance because it consist throughout most of the foods we eat. By following the benefits stated below it will help to prevent high blood pressure and diabetes, one can feel better and have better wellness.
How to cut out sugar:
Stop Buying Processed Foods
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Choose Whole, Fresh Fruit Over Juice, Dehydrated, or Other Fruit Products
Uptake water intake help the body function and eliminate any toxins
Instead of adding sugar to cereal or oatmeal, add fresh fruit (try bananas, cherries or strawberries) or dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or apricots).
By Amanda Richardson