What is the meaning of a healthy diet?

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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF A HEALTHY DIET?

The key to a healthy or proper diet is balance. Balance means to have a variety of foods in the correct proportions and to consume adequate amounts of food and beverages in order to be healthy, to have reduced risk of chronic diseases and to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Variety: No food by itself, with the exception of breast milk for about the first six months of life, can provide all the nutrients in the amounts needed for good health. It is important that our eating habits are characterized by a variety of foods. The existence of variety in the diet minimizes the possibility of a significant lack of a nutrient. Even foods that are not recommended to be consumed regularly should not be completely excluded from the diet, as they can provide one or more nutrients (eg meat as a source of vitamin B12). Avoiding certain foods is only recommended in cases of food allergy or intolerance (eg lactose) or genetic or other kind of sensitivity to certain foods (eg G6PD enzyme deficiency that causes susceptibility to the consumption of broad beans).

Moderation: The classification of foods as “good” and “bad” does not fit in the context of a balanced diet and can move many people away from improving their dietary habits. There are no “good” and “bad” foods, rather than foods that need to be consumed more or less often and some that exceed in providing nutrients. All foods have a place in our diet as long as they are eaten in moderation and in appropriate quantities per category. What matters is the overall dietary regimen followed and not individual foods or meals.

Where the classification of good or bad for food comes into play is if your food is pseudo chemical processed lab food that comes in a box or is picked up via a drive-thru window.  All real organic food should be included in the human diet.

Biological or organic foods:  What are they?

Biological or organic foods are products produced in accordance with the rules and principles of biological agriculture and cattle raising, which are based on:

Natural processes, without the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or enhancers. The use of appropriate production techniques that maintain the natural balance and soil fertility (eg recycling of plant and animal residues, crop rotation).

crop rotation: rotation of cultivation of different crops in the same field

The use of native plants and animal breeds which are adapted to local conditions and are more resistant to the development and transmission of diseases.
The good conditions of breeding and treatment of the animals.

The protection of the environment

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Garlic – Allium sativum

GARLIC (Allium sativum)

Clinical evidence of the value of garlic, both on the prevention and the treatment of many diseases, is justified both by its content of minerals and vitamins and for its therapeutic effects as well as by the presence of some substances capable of reducing the levels of lipids and blood cholesterol. Garlic also functions as a hypotensive agent that helps control blood pressure without causing side effects. It has Selenium – a mineral that protects the heart, preventing the formation of atheroma, which leads to clots, and normalizing blood pressure.

The garlic also has allicin, alina, both with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.

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Iatrogenisis

IATROGENISIS

By David Christopher, M.H.

My most poignant confirmation to the reality of medical fallibility and iatrogenisis occurred when I was privileged to attend a lecture presented by the renowned Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn M.D. Among many accolades he had 38 years of pediatric practice, was professor of preventive medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and national director of Project Head Start Medical Consultation Service. He dedicated the last decade of his life warning people of the dangers inherent in the practice of modern medicine. Yes I know he has his detractors (almost all of the entire medical field) but I found him to be totally genuine; especially after personally getting to know him at a one on one luncheon. Continue reading

Dangers of Statin Drugs

Dangers of Statin Drugs: What You Haven’t Been Told About Popular Cholesterol-Lowering Medicines

Cholesterol

Of course, statins inhibit the production of cholesterol–they do this very well. Nowhere is the failure of our medical system more evident than in the wholesale acceptance of cholesterol reduction as a way to prevent disease–have all these doctors forgotten what they learned in Biochemistry 101 about the many roles of cholesterol in the human biochemistry? Every cell membrane in our body contains cholesterol because cholesterol is what makes our cells waterproof–without cholesterol we could not have a different biochemistry on the inside and the outside of the cell. When cholesterol levels are not adequate, the cell membrane becomes leaky or porous, a situation the body interprets as an emergency, releasing a flood of corticoid hormones that work by sequestering cholesterol from one part of the body and transporting it to areas where it is lacking. Cholesterol is the body’s repair substance: scar tissue contains high levels of cholesterol, including scar tissue in the arteries.

Cholesterol is the precursor to vitamin D, necessary for numerous biochemical processes including mineral metabolism. The bile salts, required for the digestion of fat, are made of cholesterol. Those who suffer from low cholesterol often have trouble digesting fats. Cholesterol may also protect us against cancer as low cholesterol levels are associated with increased rates of cancer.

Cholesterol is vital to proper neurological function. It plays a key role in the formation of memory and the uptake of hormones in the brain, including serotonin, the body’s feel-good chemical. When cholesterol levels drop too low, the serotonin receptors cannot work. Cholesterol is a major component of the brain, much of it in the myelin sheaths that insulate nerve cells and in the synapses that transmit nerve impulses.

Some researchers believe that cholesterol acts as an antioxidant.2 This is the likely explanation for the fact that cholesterol levels tend to go up with age. As an antioxidant, cholesterol protects us against free radical damage that leads to heart disease and cancer.

Finally, cholesterol is the precursor to all the hormones produced in the adrenal cortex including glucocorticoids, which regulate blood sugar levels, and mineralocorticoids, which regulate mineral balance. Corticoids are the cholesterol-based adrenal hormones that the body uses in response to stress of various types; they promote healing and balance the tendency to inflammation. The adrenal cortex also produces sex hormones, including testosterone, estrogen and progesterone, out of cholesterol. Thus, low cholesterol–whether due to an innate error of metabolism or induced by cholesterol-lowering diets and drugs–can be expected to disrupt the production of adrenal hormones and lead to blood sugar problems, edema, mineral deficiencies, chronic inflammation, difficulty in healing, allergies, asthma, reduced libido, infertility and various reproductive problems.

Enter the Statins

Statin drugs entered the market with great promise. They replaced a class of pharmaceuticals that lowered cholesterol by preventing its absorption from the gut. These early drugs often had immediate and unpleasant side effects, including nausea, indigestion and constipation, and in the typical patient they lowered cholesterol levels only slightly. Patient compliance was low: the benefit did not seem worth the side effects and the potential for use was very limited. By contrast, statin drugs had no immediate side effects: they did not cause nausea or indigestion and they were consistently effective, often lowering cholesterol levels by 50 points or more.

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Myths About Probiotics

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Myths About Probiotics – Article from Natren Probiotics

Myth #1 –Yogurt and Kefir are effective probiotics. 

Yogurt and Kefir are considered ‘functional fermented foods’ and while they may contain ‘live and active cultures’ it is usually in very low doses, too low to have any therapeutic effect. (1) In addition, they are often pasteurized (which kills probiotics) and lack any protective delivery system to help them survive transit through our harsh acidic stomach to reach the small and large intestine where they are most active. (1) (2) (3)

Also, most yogurts and kefir are filled with sugar, preservatives and all kinds of things that aren’t good for you. To give you an example, an average six ounce serving of yogurt contains 22 grams of sugar and 157 calories, with some yogurts as high 36 grams of sugar and 260 calories per serving! To get the same quantity of probiotic bacteria found in one convenient probiotic capsule (30 billion cfu) you would have to consume 27 servings of yogurt; that’s 4,239+ calories and 594 grams of sugar! (4) (5) (6)

We’re not saying, don’t eat yogurt or throw away your sauerkraut, we enjoy these too and believe they are great additions to a healthy diet (our founder even played a role in setting the liquid yogurt standards), but realize that the amount of probiotic received is minimal and not likely to have a major impact on your overall gut health.

Myth #2 – Very High Potency Probiotics offer better results than lower potency probiotics.

FALSE. The numbers of colony forming units (cfus) are important to be familiar with and should be clearly stated on the label for every strain included in the probiotic, however, a higher number does not always indicate a better product. Experts have agreed on a minimal number of viable cells at 1 billion cfus per day. (6) This provides a great starting point/minimum dose but what’s next? Well, it is not always an easy question to answer for one reason – you also need to know how PROTECTED those probiotics are and how well they will SURVIVE through transit, storage and shelf life.

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10 Signs You Have Candida Overgrowth & What To Do About It

10 Signs You Have Candida Overgrowth & What To Do About It

By Karen Foster

Imbalanced gut flora creates perfect conditions for specific bacteria and fungi. Candida Albicans is a fungus, a kind of a yeast, and small amounts of it thrive in the oral cavity and the intestines.

Increased level of candida, or candida outgrowth, enables the yeast to break down the intestinal walls and enter the bloodstream. In this way the yeast releases toxic byproducts into the body. Eventually, this leads to different health problems, ranging from digestion problems to depression, and in some cases even cancer.

What triggers the candida overgrowth?

The good bacteria in the intestines typically maintain normal candida levels. However, there are many factors that contribute to the candida overgrowth:

  • Eating foods rich in refined carbohydrates and sugar (these feed the yeast)
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Stressful lifestyle
  • Regular or increased consumption of antibiotics that kill beneficial bacteria

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Mold And Lyme Toxins

MOLD AND LYME TOXINS

Richard Loyd, Ph.D.

Mold toxins are found in foods such as grains and peanuts. Far more serious are the mold toxins found in buildings and vehicles with water leaks. Buildings with flat roofs and buildings on a concrete slab are ready-made for mold problems. Mold toxins are the most common of the biotoxins and are responsible for many if not most of the symptoms of many Lyme disease patients.

When a building has a water leak or water damage that is not immediately corrected, molds such as Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Acremonium, Actiniomycetes, Penicillium and Chaetomium are likely to start colonies. The colonies may be visible or they may be hidden in places such as the tops of ceiling tiles or the bottoms of carpets. The molds send out spores which contain powerful biotoxins that are nerve toxins or neurotoxins. A study by Harvard University found that fully half of the homes studied had enough mold to cause symptoms. And we have found that many cars are contaminated.

When these spores with their neurotoxins are inhaled, about 76% of the population can make antibodies to the toxins and quickly eliminate them. They may sneeze, have a sore throat or have other minor symptoms, but symptoms are temporary. If they spend several days in a moldy building, they may begin to feel sick, but when they are away for a few days they recover.

About 24% of the population have a genetic makeup that makes them unable to produce the needed antibodies for mold toxins. The body simply does not adequately tag the toxins as invaders and it does not eliminate them. The liver can send them to the digestive tract via the bile, but they are quickly reabsorbed back into the blood. The result is that continual or repeated exposures to mold toxins result in an ever increasing amount of these toxins in the body. Those who can actually smell musty odors where they live or work usually have the worst mold toxin problems. It is estimated that 10 million American children are being exposed to mold toxins (many are medicated with Ritalin as a result) and around 25 million Americans have some degree of mold toxin illness.

It is also common to have a genetic makeup that does not detoxify Lyme toxins and many cannot detoxify either mold or Lyme toxins. If they have Lyme disease, Lyme toxins also build up in the body. These are the people that get very sick and stay sick when they do frequency treatments for Lyme. FOR THOSE WHO GET MAJOR PROLONGED DIE- OFF REACTIONS, FREQUENCY TREATMENTS FOR LYME ARE NOT RECOMMENDED UNTIL THE TOXIN ISSUE IS ADDRESSED.

These mold and Lyme toxins attach to fat cells and cause the fat cells to continually release inflammatory cytokines. The result is chronic inflammation with symptoms such as fatigue, pain, brain fog, out of control weight gain and loss of sex drive. When a person has the flu, symptoms are not caused directly by the viruses. The symptoms are

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IT’S SPRING AND TIME FOR A CLEANSING FAST

MANAGE HEALTH NATURALLY  IT’S SPRING AND TIME FOR A CLEANSING FAST

Fasting can significantly reduce the effects of aging on the brain and fasting has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the entire body.  Fasting is one of the key strategies for maximizing brain function Fasting is a practice used by many to rest the body’s digestive system so it can move into a cleansing mode.

Research has discovered that men, who had fasted for 24 hours, had a 2000% increase in circulating HGH. Women who were tested had a 1300% increase in HGH. The researchers found that the fasting individuals had significantly reduced their triglycerides, boosted their HDL cholesterol and stabilized their blood sugar.

The reason we get nauseated is actually a healing process because it usually stops us from eating, so we can go into a rest period for the body to use the energy for healing.

If you’ve ever watched a sick animal, the first thing they do when they’re sick is to stop food.  They drink water and sleep because they intuitively know that is what they need to do to get well. Humans are the only species that seeks out more food when it is ill instead of water and rest, unless they are nauseated.

When we eat food the immune system gets activated to increase inflammatory conditions to ward off any unwanted microorganisms within the food, and these days with numerous chemical additives, processing, and genetically modified foods, this creates continuous inflammation.

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VACCINE HEALTH GUIDE

Health Guides: Vaccine Research

Greenmedinfo.com provides the public with an alternative medical and toxicological resource for ascertaining the true risks and/or unintended consequences of conventional medical interventions such as vaccinations.

The research below represents under-reported, minimized and otherwise overlooked peer-reviewed data on adverse effects associated with vaccination.

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