Utilizing Wisdom in Eating for Better Health
Since the beginning of time, the human body has evolved around a food source that has always been supplied by nature, in the form of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Technically a fruit is any real food which contains seeds. This would include such foods as cucumbers, green/red sweet peppers, tomatoes, avocados, squash, etc.
These are foods that man’s entire anatomical and physiological make
up is designed best to handle.
A healthy eating plan was designed for mankind from the foundation of the earth. God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so". Gen 1:29-30 AKJV. Therefore, the wisdom of proper hydration and a detailed plan or program of action for a balanced and nutritious lifestyle is critical to a healthy body.
Basic Rules for Eating
Care should be taken to eat a good variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure a well-rounded input of nutrients. Strive to consume at least 70% of your total food intake in the fresh and raw form – fruits and vegetables. It is the raw, enzymatic active foods that allow for healing and health. The more the food is processed, the less value it retains for health.
Eat raw foods with every meal: The enzymes found in these foods will facilitate the digestion and processing of the cooked foods associated with that meal.
Do not overeat: Eat until satisfied, not hurting. Overall, the less one eats, the healthier it is for the body and health.
Chew food slowly and thoroughly: It should be liquid in the mouth before swallowing.This allows the body to sense the nutrient content of the food being consumed and will accordingly shut down the appetite when enough food is consumed, thus avoiding the tendency to overeat.
Eat only when hungry: Not because it’s meal time or the food is there.
Hunger is noticed in the mouth and throat, not in the stomach. Let the body determine when it needs nutrition. One of the greatest hindrances to maintaining health is overworking the digestive system, which hinders proper assimilation of food and stifles the body’s cleansing activity.
JUICE (from a Juicer) : Ideally,every day drink at least - 1 glass (4-8 ounces) of fresh vegetable juice 1-2 times per day is ideal. However, start with twice a week and increase to once a day within 45 days. Organic vegetable are better for enzyme production. Fresh juice is best taken between meals, or in lieu of a meal. If there is not a vegetable juice extractor (not a blender) available, it is recommended to purchase one for a healthy way to consume alkalizing
vegetables and fruits. V8 juice or other processed juices are not fresh juice with enzymatic properties for life and cellular health.
FASTING: There are many benefits to fasting. It is recommended to find a regular time period that works within a routine. Fast 1 day each week, 2 weeks or even one day per month. On fasting day only drink alkaline water or filtered water. In some situations, individuals may be unable to regulate blood sugar levels without eating some food. They may suffer irritability, tiredness, light-headiness- If so, refer to the juicing protocol and juice instead.
The major nutrients that make up the foods/drink consumed are:
Water is the foundational component to healthy eating and a healthy body. The body is comprised of 55-75% of water? A person can only live three to seven days without water. It’s no wonder why water is said to be the most essential nutrient for our body. Hydration is essential to proper metabolism of all foods and nutrients consumed in the body. The reason water and hydration is the first order of defense in obtaining optimal health, is due to, no manner of healthy eating, diet or food regimen will be successful without proper hydration. Without the proper amounts of water in the body, the body will begin to compensate for the lack of water by creating degenerative responses in the body such as digestive problems, fatigue, skin issues, hair loss, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other ailments. Drink Alkaline water- Kangen Alkaline Ionized water is recommended at minimum of 64 oz per day and up to 120 oz per day depending on daily activities.
What Is Real Food
Your body was designed to operate on a specific fuel. This fuel will only add to the health and life of the body. It will not take away from its
efficient operation or “clog up” the works. This fuel is called “real food”.
The principles for determining if a substance is real food are:
1) Something edible grown by nature of the plant kingdom
2) Which can be eaten without processing in any way
3) Of which an entire meal of just that one substance can be eaten
and thoroughly enjoyed.
· Not offensive to the taste buds.
· The taste buds are a primary defensive mechanism to keep
toxins out of the body via the digestive tract.
· The body naturally has a ‘sweet tooth’ this is nature’s way of attracting the body to its’ natural diet—fruit and vegetables, and keeping the body from consuming toxins or toxic food.
· Real foods come from nature as “complete packages” meaning it
possess everything in them necessary for the body to process and assimilate that food for use in the body.
· As a nation people are overweight and unhealthy because of a real food deficiency.
The internal body chemistry functions in an alkaline environment. The blood must maintains a pH of 7.4. If it drops below that to 7.2 death occurs. The cells of the body in health are alkaline. In disease the cell pH is below 7.0. The more acid the cells become, the sicker one feels. The cells won’t die until their pH get to about 3.5. The body produces acid as a by-product of normal metabolism. Since the body does not manufacture alkaline, the consumption of alkalizing foods and drinks must be supplied. Food is the means of replenishing the alkaline to the body.
Foods are two types, acid or alkaline. This refers to the ash value of a food. Meaning, after in the food is digested and processed the ash value is the residue left over. Is the remaining ash acid, or is it alkaline? If there is an acid residue (inorganic acids), the body must neutralize this acid to keep the blood from getting acid. The acid is neutralized with alkaline. Ideally there is adequate alkaline in the
diet to do this. However, if there is not, the body must extract alkaline from its cells, organs, or bones to neutralize the acid. This of course causes cells to become acid, and thus diseased.
The acidity of a solution (any liquid substance, urine, blood) is measured on the pH scale – termed the ‘power of hydrogen’. The pH scale shows the activity of hydrogen ions present in the sample. The scale is a reverse logarithmic one – high acidity is represented by a low value, and low acidity (that is, alkaline or base
substances) by a high value, with acidity level at each ascending step being one tenth that of the previous step.
For example, compared to lemon juice at pH 2.4, orange juice at pH 3.5 is less than one tenth as acidic, and beer at pH 4.5 is less than one hundredth as acidic. The pH of most substances falls between 0 and 14. Gastric acid has a pH of 1.5 to 2 (very acid), pure water 7 (considered to be neutral, neither acid nor alkaline), and household bleach 12.5 (extremely alkaline). Note Municipal tap water and most bottled waters will test with a pH of 7. However, based on tests ( using an ORP meter) of the acid properties within the water the tap and some bottled waters are acidic and oxidizing to the body)
pH Levels in the Body
The pH level of the body’s internal fluids affects every cell, and if out-of- balance this will be detrimental to the normal functioning of cells, tissues and organs. The western diet is typically based around meat and dairy products, sugars, alcohol, saturated fats and caffeine, all of which creates an acidic cellular environment. Such an unbalanced pH level can result in health issues like cancer, heart disease, obesity, weight problems, allergies, fatigue and premature aging as well as problems with the nervous system, cardiovascular
system and muscles.
In order to achieve an alkaline body, it is necessary to consume alkalizing foods and drinks, while eliminating acidifying foods and drinks from the diet. The ‘alkalarian’ approach to diet reverses over-acidification in the body, first detoxifying and then creating and maintaining a more alkaline environment in which the body can heal itself.
An alkaline diet is one which produces an alkaline effect on the body, based upon the residue that remains after our foods are consumed or metabolized. Some foods leave an acid residue, others an alkaline residue. Testing of bodily pH levels using pH strips can determine whether a balanced range is generally obtained. Alkaline urine levels range from 6.75 to 7.25.
The pH balance of the body is regulated by the pancreas, which is the same organ that regulates insulin production. In order to maintain the proper pH balance the pancreas takes potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium from the bloodstream when food is being digested. A number of people today have deficiencies in all of the essential minerals, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium; thus, the pancreas needs to keep the pH balance alkaline, so it needs to take these minerals from the organs, tissues and bones, creating
weakened organ systems.
An example of a common beverage consumed by millions of individual is sodas and sugary drinks (liquid sugar) which delivers an acid pH of 2.0. In order for the body’s organs to alkaline the drink of 2.5 to a level of 7.5, the pancreas needs almost 750,000 times the effort than when converting a fruit or vegetable with a pH of 7.0. It’s no wonder many people suffer with fatigue and tired bodies.
It is important for individuals to understand why the foods eaten are critical to maintaining health. Acids are primarily created in the body when acid forming foods are consumed. Additionally, acid can build in the body’s biological terrain as a result of physical or emotional stress, toxic overload, immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and nutrients. The body is equipped with the organ systems that can neutralize these acids, however, causing oxidation and aging to the body. A supply of the raw materials for those organ systems to work – namely alkaline minerals, alkaline water and ions with negative charges (also known as electrolytes). All of these elements can be supplied with the right diet, alkaline forming supplements and alkaline drinking water.
In other words, solving the pH balancing puzzle is really no different
than balancing a banking account. Simply put, a person must keep
the alkaline deposits ahead of the acid withdrawals. If one fails to
deposit or consumes more alkaline than acid the body goes into debt
by stealing minerals, storing acids into fatty tissues, slowing metabolism down, etc. This in turn creates deficits which can result in poor energy, fatigue, incomplete digestion, weight gain, arthritis, osteoporosis, and many other harmful aliments. However, the good news is to keep the acids under control and the alkaline deposits plentiful, thus, the body will prosper and enjoy bountiful health.
An individual might feel well now and may assume one to be healthy,
but the pH balance of one’s’ body does not lie and is an accurate measurement of acid level in the body. In an acidic environment disease can fester waiting to manifest. Some diseases and ailments such as cancer, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes may take many years to develop.
The body is good at protecting itself by shielding the most important organs. One example of this is fat. The body uses fat cells to store the excess acid that cannot be eliminated. Being fat is a sign of eating too many acidic foods, and that the body is trying to protect itself from something worse. One should realize that a diet of sugar, refined foods, chips, too much meat, drinking coffee, sodas, and alcohol, are all leading an individual down a road to health destruction.
The pancreas is so overworked trying to maintain the proper alkaline balance that it eventually wears out or cannot keep up, and the acidic build up wins the battle. This leads to, many different medical conditions as the acids eat at the tissues and organs.
Too much acid can result in high blood pressure, cardiovascular damage, weight gain, diabetes, gout, strokes, MS, auto immune disorders, bladder infections, immune deficiency disorders, cancer, muscle pain, fatigue, and many other diseases that are just signs the your body is out-of-order. When the body is out of balance, the pH is not at the alkaline level required for health. When the body is too acidic various illnesses are the result of the body’s pH is out of balance.
Alkaline /Acid Food
The average American diet consists of: 20% alkaline foods and
80% acid foods. The diet should consist of at least:
80% ALKALINE FOODS AND 20% ACID FOODS.
It is not unusual for the average American to go 7 to 14 days without
eating ANY alkaline foods. Therefore, acidification and oxidation, is a cumulative process, which occurs as a result of high acid food diet such as, fast foods, processed foods, sodas and high stress lifestyles. It is important to mention that while some can get rather dogmatic with lists like these, keep in mind that one is not going to suddenly become too acidic because of eating a piece of bacon or because of drinking one cup of coffee. However, individuals cannot completely eliminate an acidic state because of drinking wheat grass juice. To become alkaline is also cumulative- it is reversing the acid consumption in the body.
To maintain health, a diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming
foods and 40% acid forming foods.
To restore health, a diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming
foods and 20% acid forming foods.
While fruits are slightly alkalizing to a individual that is currently in a pH balanced state ( 6.75-7.25), it may be wise to refraining from them all
together if one is in an acidic balanced state ( 4.5-6.5) due to some
fruits high sugar content. Also, fruits can contain organic, weak
acids that are easy to buffer when an individual is in a balanced state.
Fruits are alkaline forming because of the other elements in them. If
the pH is low ( 4.5-6.5) refrain from fruits if the weak acids causes discomfort.
Once pH at the optimal zone ( 6.75-7.25), enjoy fruits in moderation.
Peanuts are not to be eaten. Peanuts are not a true nut; they are a legume, the bean family. Legumes are difficult to digest in that they have basically equal parts protein and starch, thus they are notorious for producing gas.
Organically Grown Food
Where possible consume organically grown fruits, vegetables and grains. Generally these contain more nutrients and have less (if any) chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In some cases the organic version is difficult to find and/or expensive. In either case, consume the
produce that can be found at your local grocery store; this is still
better than no raw fruits and vegetables at all. It is also best to
eat fruits and vegetables that are in season and that are native to the area.
Two factors that reduce the quality of raw fruits and vegetables are
the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in commercially grown produce. While these are certainly harmful to the produce, nature has a mechanism to help cut down the negative effects of these chemicals, thus retaining adequate nutrient value.
The number one defense of fruits and vegetables against chemicals is the skin. It will keep the majority if not all of the sprayed-on pesticides out of the food. Thus, it is important of properly and thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables before consumption. The food must, in its natural state, be pleasing to all five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, taste. This is especially true of the sense of taste, as this is our primary defensive mechanism to keep toxins out of the body entering through the mouth.
The relative sweetness of a real food is the ultimate test of its
nutritional quality. If growing conditions of the food were good, the glucose content of the food will be high, and the food will be both sweet tasting and high in nutritional value. There is a direct relationship between glucose content and vitamin/mineral content of a real food. A food cannot form a high glucose content without a proportionately high
level of the other food constituents—vitamins, minerals, amino acids,
etc. If growing conditions are poor, the resultant food will be of poor
nutritional value and the glucose level will be low, thus the food will
not taste sweet.
If the nutritional value of the food has been decreased or destroyed
via chemical fertilizers, pesticides, chemical ripening agents, storage,
injected dyes, etc., the glucose content will proportionately be destroyed and the food will lose its sweet taste.
If the nutritional value of the food has been decreased or destroyed
via processing and/or preparation of the food (cooking, freezing,
fermenting, spicing, etc.), the glucose content will likewise be
diminished and the food will not be sweet tasting.
NOTE: Green beans will never be as sweet tasting as an orange;
but relative to green beans, there will be sweet tasting green beans
and green beans that are not so sweet. Thus the term ‘relative sweetness’.
No-No’s To Avoid
The following substances are, to various degrees, harmful to the
body, take away from health, and ideally are to be avoided. Work
towards eliminating them from your diet as time goes by or at
least reduce the frequency at which they are consumed if they are a
regular part of the current dietary intake.
Also, it is best not to give them all up at once.
This can make this new way of eating overwhelming and cause
one to revert back to the SAD (Standard American Diet).
• Rhubarb: contains naturally occurring toxins (thus the need to
sweeten it for consumption)
• Asparagus: contains naturally occurring acids/toxins which
tend to bind minerals
• Popcorn: can be hard to digest, avoid if causes gastric distress;
also should be air popped without salt
• Caffeine: is a stimulant; so avoid coffee, tea, soft drinks,
chocolate, herb teas which contain caffeine
• Decaffeinated and artificially sweetened drinks: they
contain various harmful chemicals and oils (Nutri-sweet,
• Canned foods (home made or commercially produced):
they are void of enzymes
• Nicotine, tobacco
• Drugs and medications – where medically possible
• Processed, refined, overheated, fast and junk foods
• Microwave foods: destroys most of the enzymes (over 90%)
• Fried foods, foods containing processed fats – especially if
fat content is over 30% of total calorie content.
• Ice cream, and all dairy (except butter for flavoring)
• Foods with additives – preservatives, coloring, emulsifiers, etc.
• Refined sugar, white flour and foods containing them
• Red meat: when cooked contains chemicals that are stimulating
- Meats processed with hormones, and GMO's
- Vegetables produced with GMO's (genetically modified food)
Processed Foods/Junk Foods
What are processed or “junk” foods and why are they
so harmful to us? A junk food is defined as a substance that does not meet one or all three of the qualifications of a real food, meaning it would not be conducive to health and life, but would be dis-ease producing; this is because: junk foods are either missing some of the ingredients needed for the body to make efficient use of the food, thus the body must complete the package from its reserves and its own
tissue; and/or junk foods have substances in them—toxins—
which ‘clog up the works’ making the body less efficient, and
cost the body energy and nutrients to eliminate from the body.
Other names are more descriptive of what refined or junk foods really are:
· processed foods
· partial foods
· fragmented foods
· incomplete foods
A refined food is just what the above names indicate: part of the whole,
complete food that nature has provided. Remember that nature’s foods
real foods—come as complete packages containing all that is needed for the body to process and assimilate the nutrients in that food for life
and health. Once man begins to do anything to that food, it begins
to lose part of its nutrient quality, and becomes only part of the whole.
Obviously the more that is done to the food, the less complete it becomes.
Some more commonly eaten refined foods are items which contains:
1 gram of sugar substance = 4 teaspoons of sugar
Sugar / High glycemic substances (brown or white), high fructose
corn sugar/ syrup, milk sugar in processed milk, fructose, sucrose,
all artificial sugars – Nutri-sweet, Saccharin, Aspartame, Sucralose;
and Agave Nectar has 90% fructose.
· soft drinks – or liquid candy can contain 20 to 56 grams of sugar- that’s 80- 224 teaspoons in one drink or multiple drinks)
· sports drinks
· fortified water
· candy pastries
White refined flour and products such as:
( all have some sort of the above sugar/sweetener).
· breakfast cereals
Processed meats / Drinks/ Frozen foods (all have some sort of
the above sugar/sweetener).
Frozen meals - non organic
Pasteurized milk, juices, etc.
Canned meats – Spam, etc
Times Not to Eat
There are certain times it would be best not to eat, eat little, or
just drink fresh juice.
Such situations would include:
• When not hungry
• When in pain, running a fever or otherwise acutely ill
• Immediately before or after physical exertion
• When under emotional stress.
Eating heavy or normal meals at these times will hinder the activity
the body is attempting to perform in that the digestion of food
requires a great deal of energy which the body (and mind in some cases) would rather have to carry out these high energy requiring functions. Also, there will be less efficient digestion of food if consumed during the above occasions because the body has much energy tied up on the crisis activity.
Each individual is fearfully and wonderful made, therefore, care and
wisdom should be considered to maintain a healthy and vibrant body.
It is a responsibility to be a good steward over the gift of the body
that has been freely given out of love. Take time to begin today toward
healthy eating and drinking habits which will allow for a long prosperous life.
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