Archive for June, 2009

The Garden of Eating: Cooking Tips for a Healthy Diet

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The Garden of Eating by Rachel Albert-Matesz and Don MateszMost people have become so reliant on the convenience of packaged and processed foods that they feel lost and overwhelmed when they consider transitioning to a healthier diet. Fortunately, with a little motivation and the right information, it’s not nearly as difficult as it may seem at first.

The healthiest diet that you can follow is one that’s based on the natural whole foods we evolved on such as meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables. Despite this, processed forms of grain, dairy, and sugar have become the most prominent foods in the modern diet and this is the reason why so many people are overwhelmed by the thought of limiting themselves to whole foods. Although this is to be expected with the prospect of such a significant change, it’s a change that’s necessary for anyone who’s serious about improving and maximizing their health. Furthermore, there’s a much wider variety of natural whole foods to choose from than most people realize, and as such, a truly healthy diet doesn’t have to be “limiting” at all.

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Beer vs Soda: Which is Worse?

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Bud Light vs Coke ClassicBeer and soda are two of the most popular and unhealthy beverages available today. They’re both associated with a long list of health risks, but which one is worse?

For the past two decades, Americans have been drinking just as much beer as they’ve been drinking coffee and milk. Soda consumption is even worse and typically doubles that of any other beverage. In fact, many people drink more soda than water. Needless to say, a majority of the population is harming their health by drinking a significant amount of these beverages. As such, choosing which one is worse is a matter of determining the lesser of two evils.

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21 Reasons Why Alcohol is Dragging You Down

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Effects of AlcoholAlcohol is a significant part of the modern lifestyle, and even though most of it’s health risks are well known, many people still drink alcohol in excessive amounts and on a regular basis.

As a byproduct of yeast fermentation, alcohol is classified as a mycotoxin which means that it’s a toxic substance produced by fungus. Other common sources of mycotoxins include mold spores, antibiotics, and hallucinogenic drugs. Many of us have experienced the toxicity of alcohol in the form of a hangover, and as such, the damaging effects of alcohol shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

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Food Matters: A Testament to the Power of Nutrition

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Food MattersEven though it’s well known that we can’t survive without food, most people grossly underestimate the importance of good nutrition. Although a majority of the population is overweight, many of these people are also malnourished, and as a result, suffering from poor health and disease.

The symptom chasing approach of modern medicine makes it easy to rely on medication and overlook the importance of a truly healthy diet. As a result, many of us are living with poor health and just barely surviving on a poor diet rather than enjoying the vibrant and disease free life that good nutrition can provide. The documentary Food Matters does an excellent job of explaining exactly why this is.

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Your Right to Choose Healthy Food is at Stake … Again

Friday, June 19th, 2009

FDA HR 2749The politicians are at it again and have drafted another piece of so called food safety legislation that threatens the future of organically and sustainably produced food.

Bill H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, proclaims to “amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve the safety of food in the global market, and for other purposes.” Despite the seemingly good intention of this bill, the regulations that it aims to put into place are not the type of measures that would truly improve the safety of our food supply. Unfortunately, they’re much more likely to worsen it.

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The Link Between Gluten and Modern Disease

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Gluten and DiseaseGluten sensitivity is estimated to potentially affect nearly half of the population. Although this is a vague estimate, it’s clear that gluten poses a risk to the health of many people and can even cause many of today’s most serious diseases.

Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease result from the inability to completely digest the gluten proteins found in most grain based foods. Unfortunately, celiac disease often takes years to be diagnosed and gluten sensitivity is rarely even diagnosed at all. Because grains are such a significant part of the modern diet, many people who unknowingly don’t digest gluten well are consuming it on a regular basis and are destroying their health and inviting disease in the process.

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The Deception and Danger of Grain Based Foods

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Dangerous Grains by James Braly and Ron HogganGrain based foods such as cereal, bread and pasta have become a staple of the modern diet. Despite their popularity and the common recommendation to make them the most significant part of your diet, grains are at the root of many serious health issues. Between the number of grain based foods that are highly processed and unhealthy for anyone and the number of people who don’t digest grains well, frequent consumption of these foods can easily lead to life compromising conditions, and if left unaddressed, even premature death.

Many government organizations and so called nutrition experts adamantly state that grain based foods are the foundation of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, this dogmatic perspective is misleading many people and encouraging them to harm their health and live a compromised life.

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The Acai Berry: Don’t Believe the Hype

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Acai BerriesThe acai berry has received an incredible amount of publicity over the past few years and has become an extremely popular health food supplement. Despite the high demand for acai berry products and their expensive prices, they’re not the magical solution that many people consider them to be.

Acai berries are the fruit of a palm tree that’s native to Central and South America and are often described as having a taste that resembles a mix of raspberry and chocolate. Although they’re frequently advertised as having incredible health benefits, many of the claims about acai berry products are nothing but hype.

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The Meatrix: The Revolting Reality of Factory Farming

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The Meatrix and Factory FarmingMeat, poultry and eggs are excellent sources of nutrition that support and promote optimal health. However, most people don’t realize that the selection of these foods typically found in supermarkets is of poor quality and is likely to originate from animals that were raised in horrendous conditions.

The meat, poultry and eggs that come from factory farms are often contaminated with antibiotics, pesticides and hormones and are likely to contain unbalanced and substandard levels of nutrients. Furthermore, when you purchase these foods, you’re contributing to animal cruelty and are supporting an extremely large and influential industry that’s harming the environment and pushing smaller farmers out of business.

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Why Antacids Will Never Cure Your Heartburn

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Why Stomach Acid is Good For You by Jonathan WrightHeartburn, also referred to as acid reflux or indigestion, is one of the many common symptoms of compromised health that we’ve come to accept as normal. According to the National Institute of Health, 20% of Americans suffer from heartburn symptoms at least once per week, and nearly half of these people experience symptoms every day.

As with most health problems, conventional medicine treats the heartburn symptoms of acid reflux without making any effort to understand or address it’s cause. Unfortunately, the popular methods of treating heartburn symptoms actually worsen their most common cause and can potentially lead to significant health issues.

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