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Simply Raw - Reversing Diabetes in 30 days
After arriving at The Tree of Life in Arizona, the group receives entry exams and medical tests, and is placed under the care of Dr. Gabriel Cousens. Dr. Cousens is a well known holistic medical doctor, as well as an authority on alternative healing and raw living food nutritional therapies. Medical discussions and group support meetings were held daily and medical checks conducted twice a day. The participants are encouraged to exercise, practice yoga and meditation, and are taught about food selection and preparation. Read More
If we don't have enough prebiotics we are vulnerable to gastrointestinal problems.
Prebiotics help good bacteria grow, preventing disease causing bugs. It offers protection against food poisoning, bowel problems, colon & liver cancer.
Healthy tummies are able to absorb higher amounts of calcium & vitamin K - which help us build strong bones.
"It seems from our investigation the best thing you can do for your bacterial health is treat your good bacteria to a prebiotic meal. The best vegetables to feed good bacteria are artichokes, garlic, leeks and onions."
'Prebiotics vs probiotics' - BBC Science & Nature
Leeks, onions, garlic, oats, beans, lentils, wheat, Jerusalem artichoke & chicory root
The potency of the prebiotic is reduced the longer they are stored. Fresher the better & eat raw.
Breast is Best
It is reported that breast fed babies have 95% good bacteria, bottle fed babies have 25%
"...feeding your baby has an impact on his health, not just in infancy but in the long term, too.
Research shows that babies who aren't breastfed have a higher risk of infection, and are more likely to spend time in hospital during their first year. This difference does not depend on the social or economic status of the baby's family - the gaps in health persist even when these factors are taken into account." BBC Parenting
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Juicing separates the juice from the pulp (fiber) - this is why fruit juice only ever counts as one portion of your 5 a day.
Smoothies use the whole food - including the pulp & all fiber. Smoothies are filling as well as nutritious.
Your body needs fiber - it uses it as a sponge or a broom to keep the digestive tract clean & toxin free. Toxin build ups in the gut cause bloating, gas, Candida, weight gain & constipation - which can contribute to further illness.
Greens contain high levels of nutrients in each cell. Fibrous cell walls in greens need to be ruptured in order to release the nutrients into our bodies.
Chewing & stomach acid serve to break down our food, but unfortunately due to poor diets & fast eating we do not benefit from a lot of the greens we eat.
Blending greens into our food is a great way of releasing all the nutrients, making sure we get the full benefit of the goodness in what we eat. This is why green smoothies are so great for you.
>> Green smoothies
Most people think you need to eat meat for protein - this is what research has said for many years.
How many alternatives were tested? this is when people change the subject...
From NASA research into quinoa, to the United Nations harvesting spirulina to help fight third world malnutrition - we can now safely say this is outdated information.
Superfoods>Hemp seed Superfood>Spirulina
"Greens provide protein in the form of individual amino acids. These amino acids are easier for our bodies to utilise than complex proteins. A variety of greens can supply all the protein we need to sustain each of our own unique bodies."
Green for Life, Victoria Boutenko
Animals like gorillas & elephants who eat greens & fruit build soild muscle tissue from their mother's milk & the protein in a vegan diet. Horses, lambs, cows all build muscle from grazing. Battery farmed animals who are fed concentrated feed grow faster & produce fatty meat. Animals left to graze tend to grow slower but the muscle they build is solid & of a higher quality.
Leafy greens: spinach; kale; romaine; chard; bok choy. Almonds, peanuts, spirulina, phytoplankton, bee pollen, hemp seeds, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, macadamias, sprouts.
|*||Read news article: Vegetarian Athletes Share: Top 5 Sources for Animal-free Protein - 08.12.08|
87% of our immune system is located in our gut wall! Our immune system is an amazing & complex system which we take for granted when it is functioning well. It has a highly evolved series of defenses against invading organisms & cancerous cells. As soon as we are 'run down' our immune system weakens & we suddenly fall ill. Healthy gut flora is essential to overall general health as well as our immunity to bacteria and fungal viruses.
What does it need?
Nutrients such as vitamins, minerals & micro nutrients.
Things to avoid
Stress depresses the immune system, as does over exercise & pollution.
Smokers use up their anti-oxidants combating smoking damage – so have lower levels of vitamin C in their blood, which then leads to a weaker immune system.
We must let everything pass through us - our food, our emotions & our waste.
Blockages cause toxic reactions - gas, constipation & create physical symptoms.
The following are examples of 'oxidative stress' - free radical damage.
* Take milk out of the fridge - leave some where warm - by evening its sour
* Leave butter exposed to air & the fat turns rancid
* Leave a scratch on your car untreated - exposed metal corrodes (rusts)
Smokers won't like this bit...
* Each puff of a cigarette produces 10 to power of 14 free radicals in the body
* Each cigarette reduces life expectancy by 10 mins - this is how much damage
is being done by free radicals
* Smokers use up their anti-oxidants combating smoking damage – so have lower
levels of vitamin C in their blood, which leads to a weaker immune system
Long Term Effects of Free Radical Damage
* Damages our eyes
* Oxidises cholesterol in our blood
* Promotes inflammation in our joints
* Involved in most non infectious diseases & inflammation
* Degrades DNA
* Gingivitis, asthma, Alzheimers, pancreatitis & ulcerative colitis
How to Protect Your Cells from Free Radicals
Anti-oxidants scavenge our bodies for free radicals & clean up the damage they do.
Raw foodists claim that as raw food is high in anti-oxidants, you automatically start to look younger.
By reducing foods & lifestyle choices (smoking, drinking, eating fried foods) that create high levels of free radicals in your body - you are able to focus on your physical & emotional reparation.
Your cells & energy will appear more vibrant vs. fire fighting the onslaught of daily free radical damage.
Juices & Smoothies
When you know the healing properties in each fruit you can self medicate!
Citrus juices like grapefruit, lemons & limes are great for flushing out the kidneys in the morning. Adding garlic to a juice is good for the blood. Apple, strawberry & orange juice will give you a vitamin C buzz.... follow your instinct.
Juices - great for vitamins & minerals
Smoothies - great for getting fiber as well as the nutrients. Very filling & can even replace meals.
>> Fruit - list of fruits nutritional contents
>> Green smoothies & juices - recipes, videos & health benefits
A green-blue algae spirulina is a complete food rich in everything required to sustain human life. Suitable for vegans & vegetarians & raw foodists.
A complete food - rich in everything required to sustain human life. Suitable for vegans & vegetarians & raw foodists. The smallest plant food from the ocean.
Agave Syrup is sweeter than honey, but has a lower Glycaemic Index than any other sweetener.
Blackstrap Molasses is just one type of molasses. A dark liquid by-product from refining sugar cane into table sugar. An excellent source of manganese & copper. Also very good source of iron, calcium, potassium, & magnesium. Also a good source of vitamin B6 & selenium.
Honey contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids which act as antioxidants, scavenging and eliminating free radicals. Generally, darker honeys have higher antioxidant content than lighter honeys.
Anti bacterial, anti-viral & anti-fungal.
Maple syrup is rich in manganese & zinc, sweeter than honey but fewer calories
Oils & Omega-3 & Omega Fatty Acids
There is a lot of marketing around the need for omega-3 oils & omega 6 fatty acids - but omega 9 is also part of the essential fatty acid (EFA) family.
EFAs are heart healthy fats - monosaturated fats.
To pick a top two - flaxseed & hemp oil are the most comprehensive oils for a vegan diet as they include all EFAs & ample amino acids & nutrients.
omega-3 - flaxseed oil, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, hemp oil
omega 6 - borage, evening primrose oil, safflower oil, hemp oil
omega 9 - Olive oil, avocados, peanuts, almonds, macadamias
almond - great for the skin & massage, loaded with vitamin E
coconut - not only does it smell of holidays, it has wonderful healing properties, rich in nutrients & tastes great in food. Deeply hydrating, our skin loves coconut oil.
grapeseed - rich in vitamin E, high in good & low in bad cholesterol
hemp - super rich in omega-3 & 6
olive - heart healthy monosaturated fat, anti-oxidants polyphenols
safflower - rich in vitamin E, very mild flavour
sunflower - rich in vitamin E & fatty acids - odourless & mild flavour
Mother Nature's Secret Ingredients
The World Health Organistion
(WHO) tells us herbal medicine is the
most lucrative form of traditional
medicine. Traditional medicine is
defined as indigenous knowledge used
by a culture to prevent, diagnose or
treat physical & mental illness. Used
outside its own country, traditional
medicine is refered to as alternative or
"A single herbal product could be definied as either a food, a dietary supplement or a herbal medicine..." (WHO)
Read more> Herbal Medicines Today & the Roots of Modern Pharmacology
Home remedies have faded into mainstream consumer societies, but if we look at what we put into our bodies we can intuitively learn how to self medicate with what we eat.
You Are What You Eat
UK cult comedy, Absolutely Fabulous, gave us the wonderful, Edina Monsoon.
Personified by the need to embrace each celebrity health fad in vein to loose weight, Edina flirts with vegetarianism. When challenged by her daughter Saffy, Edina claims, "You are what you eat, you know.." to which Saffy driely relpies, "That would make you a large vegetarian tart..."
Celebrity nutritionist, Gillian McKeith, has since written a book, hosted a TV show & created a whole industry around this simple concept.
Unexpressed emotions eventually manifest in physical symptoms. We know ongoing stress can lead to ulcers, insomnia, low immunity, hair loss (as you tear it out with frustration). Anger if unresolved can manifest in addictions, high blood pressure - you get the idea.
If we can allow ourselves to acknowledge our emotions - even realizing they are there sometimes can be the biggest hurdle! - we can start to experience & release them. This is when things start to change within & around us. Some call it our Law of attraction.
This label seems to have no strict definition, more of an enthusiastic buzz word. Supermarkets loved to use this word on their environmentally unfriendly packaging :)
All of mother nature's raw foods are super, some richer in anti-oxidants, some rich in detoxifying fiber. All foods work together to create health & vitality. Note - processed foods do NOT fall into the 'superfood' category.
Glossary Of Goodness
Below is a list of foods that have been referred to as super, try them out & judge for yourself how super they really are.
Almonds are loaded with vitamin E, protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc & potassium.
Almonds are contain folic acid & vitamin B2.
Beetroot is rich in folate (B vitamin) promotes tissue growth - very
important during pregnancy, especially during first trimester.
Rich in manganese, potassium & fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, iron,
copper & phosphorus.
Blueberries contain anthocyanidins, anti-oxidants that are the best protectors against oxidative stress.
Also contains significant ellegic acid which protects against abnormal celluar damage. Vitamin C, manganese, both soluble & insoluble fiber (pectin) & vitamin E.
Broccoli has a long list of amazing properties, including two magical substances, sulforaphane & indole-3-carbinol.
Sulforaphane attacks carcinogenic substances in our diet & creates enzymes to scavenge any carcinogen by-products created. It also kills bacteria which cause stomach ulcers & cancers.
Indole-3-carbinol regulates oestrogen which reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Also cleanses liver, boosts immunity with high vitamin C & helps night vision
Raw cacao is in rich in anti-oxidants, flavonoids.
Chocolate bars are high in added fat & sugar, so buy dark chocolate with high cocoa %.
For maximum health benefits use raw cacao powder to make your own smoothies, shakes & sweet things :)
Hemp protein contains all 20 amino acids including the essential
amino acids our bodies cannot produce.
Aside from all the nutrients, hemp seed is 25% protein, 30%
nutritious oil, 35% carbohydrate.
There are NO narcotic properties to hemp seeds - although they do
come from the hemp plant, which produces marijuana.
Rich in essential fatty acids - omega-3, 6 & Gamma Linolenic Acid
(GLA) Provides more omega-3 than any fish.
Improves cholesterol levels, organ function, immunity, cardiovascular
circulation, increase energy levels & metabolism
Reduces cramps, inflammation & muscle recovery
Treats dry skin & hair from the within. Also great for those with constipation.
We all know Garlic keeps vampires away very useful & super in its
Stimulates the immune system - it has anti-viral & anti-biotic
Great for preventing blood clots, blood thinning properties. Avoid if
taking warfarin or similar blood thinning drugs
Contains vitamin B6. If you dare - eat raw for maximum benefits :)
Ginger is a root, contains two strong anti-oxidants: gingerol &
Like garlic gnger stimulates the immune sytem, prevents blood clots.
Fights inflammation, cleanses the colon, settles upset tummies & is
a good remedy for nausea.
Grown in the Himalayas Gojis are believed to stimulate the immune
system, help eyesight, cleanse the liver, increase sperm count
& stimulate circulation
Anti-oxidant powerhouses they contain more vitamin C
than oranges, more beta-carotene than carrots & more iron than
Contain 21 trace minerals including isoleucine, tryptophan, zinc, iron,
calcium, copper, selenium, phosphorus,
Vitamins B1, B2, B6 & vitamin E, essential fatty acids
18 amino acids & 8 essential amino acids
Like other dried fruits, goji berries are great in smoothies, eaten with nuts & seeds, trail mix, muesli, breakfast cereals, in porridge & yoghurt.
Green & black tea is rich in antioxidants. Green tea is particularly rich in polyphenols, carotenoids, tocopherols & phytochemicals.
RDA is 8 glasses of water a day, gren tea provides water, also
vitamins C, B & E.
Also contains manganese, zinc, chromium & selenium.
Sea vegetables include all seaweeds - dulse, kelp, nori.
Really rich in iodine, iron, calcium, low in fat & contain high levels of
Some types of sea vegetable are high in protein & certain vitamins.
Olive oil is rich in anti-oxidants, especially polyphenols. Olive oil is a
heart healthy monostaurated fat & tastes divine.
Marine phytoplankton is not your average supermarket bought
Phytoplankton is the smallest form of plantlife found in the ocean. It
absorbs nutrients from the ocean & is a complete food - which
means that it provides everything to support human growth.
Organically farmed phytoplankton is 50% pure vegetable protein,
omega-3 & 6 & all essential amino acids needed by adults &
children. Rich in minerals including chromium, calcium, iron & potassium. Living Proof
Bee pollen is an ancient food source known for its longevity
35% protein, 55% carbohydrates.
Contains all essential amino acids, vitamins B12 & E.
High levels of vitamin B complex, vitamins A, C, D, phosphorus,
iron, sodium, potassium, aluminum, magnesium, & copper.
High levels of vitamin B aid energy. Pollen is seen to stimulate immunity & detoxify the body.
Pomegranates are rich in anti-oxidants withy their high levels of
vitamin A, C & E
High in folic acid, said to have healing properties for the skin, & fight
Quinoa (keen-wah) is a pseudocereal, not an actual cereal, grain or
Its leaves can also be eaten,
High protein content 12-18%. Contains a balanced set of
acids - a complete protein source.
Good source of fiber, phosphorus, magnesium & iron. Gluten free
& easily digestible.
Quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA's Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights. Read more
Spirulina is a microscopic blue-green algae.
One of the first life forms on our planet - a single celled organism that turns sunlight into energy.
Virtually a 'whole food' it provides vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, carbohydrates & enzymes.
It is 60% vegetable protein & highly digestable - higher in protein than any other food.
Contains essential fatty acids, GLA fatty acid, lipids, nuclaeic acids (RNA & DNA) B complex, vitamin C, E & phytochemicals such as cartenoids, chlorophyll (blood purifier), phycocyanin (blue pigment, a protein known to inhibit cancer. Read more - AMAZING STUFF.