Dec 9, 2013
The Four Pillars of Health
Part One: Proper Nutrition
“You are what you eat.” This is a saying we’ve been hearing for years, but it rings true more so today than ever. In our society of fast food, microwavable meals and sugar-laced beverages, we have accumulated one of the highest percentages of obesity in the world. Proper nutrition is being sacrificed at the alter of convenience.
Fad diets and weight loss supplements have erupted all over the place, and late night commercials and health and fitness magazines constantly bombard us with the latest and greatest way to quickly lose weight. Some diet plans and weight loss products even offer the promise of eating whatever you want, while still watching the pounds fall off. That sounds too good to be true!
What always amazes me is that people never fully realize the effort that is involved in maintaining a healthy and fit body. If you pay close attention to the commercials for weight loss products, you will undoubtedly notice a disclaimer which states that this product is to be used in conjunction with a proper nutrition and exercise regimen.
So just what constitutes a proper nutrition program? Here are a few basic, but major factors:
Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
Adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates
Sufficient protein intake
Healthy sources of fat
Proper amounts of fiber
These categories are the foundation for anyone looking to improve their nutrition plan. You’ll notice the adjectives I used for each category. When building a healthy nutrition plan, balance is important. You don’t want to eat too many complex carbohydrates, nor too little fiber. This may take some experimenting on your part, but you should quickly be able to find your ideal daily intake of each nutrient.
It seems common sense, but you should avoid fast food, high-sugar/high-fat snacks, alcohol (a lot of people do not like to give this one up!) and soda. Diet drinks and other highly processed foods are not good choices either, as they are generally packed with chemicals or the nutritional value has been eroded from the original food source.
It may seem like a healthy nutrition plan is boring, but when you begin to make these changes in your foods, you’ll notice a positive change in your body, and after all, that’s what we’re all hoping for!
Dec 5, 2013
Should you take colostrum with probiotics? First, let’s get an understanding of what colostrum is. Colostrum does not look appetizing. If you were to see it in a glass, it would have a yellow to orange color and it is sometimes referred to as “First Milk.” It is a thick, sticky, milky residue that coats the gut lining and this stickiness is what causes probiotics to adhere to the gastro-intestinal tract (GI tract) and colonize. Without colostrum, probiotics will not be as effective long term because they will pass through the GI tract and not stick. Colostrum is like soil for seeds. It gives friendly bacteria a place to grow.
Colostrum also contains a high concentration of immune factors like white blood cells (leukocytes) and antibodies called secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA), which in essence is a natural vaccine. The combination of probiotics and colostrum together boost your immune system tremendously.
Probiotics (pro-life) are beneficial bacteria or living microorganisms that confer beneficial health effects. These are killed off by broad spectrum antibiotics. If you are trying to re-colonize your GI tract (raise the levels of friendly bacteria in your gut) combine colostrum with probiotics. When you have a healthy population of friendly bacteria combined with colostrum for the probiotics to cultivate, a hostile environment is created for harmful micro-organisms and there is less space for them to proliferate. This is a very powerful defense against sickness and disease.
Dec 4, 2013
Poor diets are an epidemic in America. Poor diets cause poor health. It’s that simple. I know that stress, lack of sleep and environmental toxins are all contributing factors, but that is a subject for another day.
Most Americans consume a diet that is high in sugar, caffeine, processed food (some of which should not be labeled as food), and alcohol. This causes an accumulation of acids, metabolic waste (as your body struggles to cleanse itself with an an already depleted nutrient reserve), and an overgrowth of harmful microorganisms (which excrete their own metabolic wastes).
Raw juicing is one of the best ways to reverse the ill effects of poor dieting. Raw juicing will alkalize your body and flush alkaline binding minerals out of your body, thus reversing acidity. The vast amount of enzymes in raw juice will help breakdown metabolic waste by-products, environmental toxins, and improperly digested food allowing your body to eliminate them. This greatly reduces the stress on your endocrine system. Your bowels, liver, and kidneys can perform their functions under a very reduced stress load if they are not required to breakdown and eliminate all the toxic buildup and never be replenished and then have to do it all over again the next day!
So many people are sick and don’t know why. Poor diet leads to a host of chronic conditions and raw nutrition can reverse many of these conditions. We are living beings, we require living food. Raw juice is the best way to quickly replenish vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in a whole food matrix because it is a concentrated nutrient dense cocktail that requires virtually no digestion and up to 99% of the nutrition is quickly absorbed. Because it is natural, your body can utilize all the nutrients.