The deeper one looks into nutrition, the more complex it becomes. Balancing the numerous priorities we are told we should have, such as eating foods that are high in antioxidant levels, they need to have the right fats in the right amounts, they need to provide us with energy but also help us recover from workouts, etc. It is very hard to pinpoint the right foods to cover all these bases, however, there are a couple of basic principles you should ask yourself in order to determine if a particular food should be consumed; does it have a TV commercial and/or would my great-great grandmother recognize it?
We all know that there are many reasons to eat healthy, GMO free foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. We constantly focus on the physical affects GMO’s have on the body (mostly external… as we all want to look our best). However, more attention needs to be given to the mental and cognitive reasons for living traditionally. One consideration, often ignored, is the affect harmful toxins and poor diets have on areas of the brain such at the Pineal Gland.
Roger J. Williams (A Biochemist from the University of Texas at Austin) in 1977 published a book called “A Physicians Handbook on Orthomolecular Medicine”. Orthomolecular medicine is the alternative medical practice of treating and preventing disease through nutritional supplementation. Though Roger J. Williams is best known for naming folic acid, he wrote extensively on the concept of “Nutritional Teamwork”.
Whether from sun damage, toxic damage or just plain old age, the appearance of visible wrinkles is due to the same root cause, the loss of moisture in our skin and tone in our cartilage. As we age we begin to produce less sebum ( an oily/waxy excretion from our sebaceous glands). This oily/waxy substance works to trap water from evaporating out of our skin. It also provides a layer of sun protection. When we lose this, we end up with dry skin unable to support its own structure with less sun protection (speeding up and compounding the damage sun exposure can cause). On the other end of the spectrum, when we are young our raging hormones cause our sebaceous glands to produce too much sebum (resulting in acne). Balancing this throughout our life is key to radiant, healthy looking skin when we are both young and old. Though we live in a world where the sun, toxins and age are unavoidable, there are natural tools (many that have been used for thousands of years) we can use to fight back.
There is not a lot we can say for sure about ulcers other than they hurt… a lot! Medical professionals have prognosticated about the root cause of ulcers for years but have not settled on one. They have claimed ulcers are due to such things as stress, alcohol, pharmaceutical use and most recently genetics. To sum it up, they have no idea. Nor do they have a quick solution for you as many conventional treatments take up to 40-50 days! However, there is one natural solution that has had the support of medical research behind it for decades, but has not been publicized (such is often the case with effective natural remedies that are not tied to a brand nor profitable).
Not long ago, researchers at the world-renowned University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center published a groundbreaking scientific review of their favorite anti-cancer nutrient — curcumin. Curcumin, along with several other nutrients, is remarkable in that it can actually tell the difference between a healthy cell and a cancer cell.
For thousands of years Cloves have been used widely for both culinary and medicinal purposes. The Chinese have been using Cloves since about 200 BC to treat oral infections, gum disease and bad breath. During the Plague, robbers were arrested who had been looting in areas wiped out by the plague. When asked how they were able to avoid getting sick, they said they covered their bodies with a oil concoction that included a large amount of Clove.
Cataracts are the clouding and/or deterioration of the eye lens. Traditionally, this is associated with old age, however, recently more and more young people are presenting with cataracts. This is believed to be the result of a poor diet, or more precisely a diet void of essential nutrients and antioxidants. By having large amounts of free radicals and oxidative stress, oxidation of proteins in the eye lens induces glycation which is likened to a egg white turning from clear to white as it heats up. Natural foods and spices provide antioxidants like glutathione which work to prevent glycation. Unfortunately, a diet void of antioxidants leads to very high levels of oxidative stress and often induces the development of cataracts.
Up until 2006, most plastic cling wrap was plasticized (made flexible) with a chemical known as PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). However, due to this substance being connected to several health issues including breast cancer in women and low sperm count in men it was banned in the US. Since 2006, All US manufactured plastic cling wrap is either made with PVDC (Polyvinylidene Chloride) or LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene). Deemed safe by the USDA in 2006, subsequent studies since then are starting to question these findings.
Rich in fiber and loaded with nutrients, broccoli is widely hailed (and rightfully so) as one of the healthiest foods on earth. By regularly consuming broccoli, you can lower your risk of suffering from a variety of debilitating diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, stroke and even cancer.