Feng Shui for health
is one of the first steps to consider when looking to apply FS in your home. No matter if your health is slightly out of balance, or you have been going through health complications for a long time, FS can help increase your energy levels and stay healthy.
Applying FS for health tips should always be done by priorities, as you need to create a good foundation for more advanced FS cures to really work. If you skip the basic FS health steps, you might as well not bother with deeper FS levels.
Just like applying the best quality make-up will not help the skin look healthy long term (if the skin is not cleansed and taken care of properly on a daily level), the same applies to more complex health FS cures. To create a good FS foundation for a healthy home you have to start with FS health basics:
1. Fresh, good quality air-
Very often ignored, good quality air is indeed the #1 FS health priority. Work with Feng Shui air-purifying plants, open the window often to aerate the space, use essential ioils to clear the air, use air-purifiers, etc. Do whatever it takes to find solutions for better air in your home breathing clean air regularly is the FS foundation for your health and well-being. http://fengshui.about.com/od/health/tp/nasaplants.htm
2. Sufficient natural light -
This also includes intelligent, smart indoor lighting. Once you focus on the quality of light, you will very quickly sense a shift in your health and well-being. Light is our #1 nutrient, be wise and give your body enough light nutrition. This also includes the smart use of feng shui colors, as color is light. http://fengshui.about.com/b/2006/12/08/give-the-gift-of-light.htmhttp://fengshui.about.com/od/fengshuicures/qt/fengshuicolor.htm
3. A clutter-free space-
Not easy to do for most people. Be serious and realize that no amount of wind chimes, good FS colors or FS plants will negate the low, depressing energy of clutter. You just have to deal with your clutter and tackle the task as clutter constantly drains energy from you. The importance of this can not be stressed enough.
Once you have these FS
health priorities taken care of, you can start applying more specific FS cures, such as having lush green plants (Wood) or a (Water element) in the East area of your space.
If you cannot have plants or a water feature in your space, you can bring the energy of the needed FS elements with color (green or brown for Wood and blue or black for Water) or with FS art depicting either a body of water ( river, ocean, lake, etc) or lush greenery in any room except the bedroom.
More important reasons to Juice
Albert Einstein said, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Juiceman Jay Kordich advocates juicing heavy on the vegetable side. His main reason is because vegetables are harder to digest when eaten whole and secondly, vegetables are the building blocks of life and responsible for strong, healthy muscles, tissue, glands and organs. Consuming vegetables in juice form guarantees you get nearly 100% of the available nutrients, particularly the minerals.One main reason to juice raw vegetable is that valuable and sensitive micronutrients become damaged when you heat foods. Cooking and processing food destroys these micronutrients by altering their shape and chemical composition. Freshly squeezed juices are great in helping the body detox.
Juices stimulate the whole system and encourage the elimination of toxins. Always use a juicer as they tend to retain higher fibre content. Depending on the combination of fruits, vegetables and herbs, juices not only help cleanse the body of impurities, but can aid in easing constipation, arthritis, boost the immune system, aid in the relief of skin infections, and more.
Virtually every health authority recommends that we get 6-8 servings of vegetables and fruits per day and very few of us actually get that. Juicing is an easy way to virtually guarantee that you will reach your daily target for vegetables. While you can certainly juice fruits, if you are overweight, have high blood pressure, candida, diabetes or high cholesterol it is best to limit using fruits until you normalize these conditions.
The exception would be lemons and limes which have virtually none of the offending sugar, fructose, that causes most of the metabolic complications. Additionally lemons or limes are amazing at eliminating the bitter taste of the dark deep leafy green vegetables that provide most of the benefits of juicing. Fresh juice flushes your body of toxins, leaving you feeling refreshed, energized and relaxed. Adding wheatgrass to your juice will provide your body with a super source of chlorophyll. It has the widest range of vitamins and minerals of any plants. The following is a list of some fruits and vegetables and their possible health benefits.
PARSLEY juice helps stop hay fever attacks and has more than three times the vitamin C of oranges. A safe, therapeutic dose is one half to 1 c. parsley juice per day. Parsley juice can be toxic in overdose and should be avoided by pregnant women. Parsley juice is also good in treating anemia and multiple sclerosis; it serves as a diuretic that helps decrease inflammation and irritation in the bladder and urethra; it contains beta carotene, magnesium, zinc, B6 and bioflavonoids; and helps produce an overall sense of well-being.
CELERY juice raises blood alkalinity, which helps reduce allergic reactions. Also good in treating insomnia, has a calming effect; contains silicone, strengthens nerve and heart tissue.
DANDELION greens are commonly used in treating anemia. They are a good source of iron, folic acid, calcium, potassium and trace minerals. Also a traditional remedy for osteoarthritis. Recommended a half-cup morning and evening. Dandelion is also a traditional remedy for healing rheumatoid arthritis and tendonitis; contains phytochemicals believed to deactivate the TB bacteria. Fights water retention.
FENNEL calms the mind. Is used as a traditional tonic and found to help release endophins into the bloodstream. These feel-good chemicals create a mood of euphoria and dampen anxiety and fear. Also aids digestion, relieves gas and serves as a uterine tonic.
ASPARAGUS is a good diuretic and traditional remedy for kidney and bladder problems.
GINGER serves as an anti-inflammatory and lowers cholesterol levels.
CARROT reduces cholesterol levels; helpful with fatigue.
GARLIC contains substances that help stop stiffening of the aorta, the body's main artery. Decreases cholesterol and triglycerides; lowers blood sugar levels. Strongly antimicrobal, effective against bacteria, viruses and parasites.
JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE is rich in inulin, a substance that increases immune defense mechanisms; helps stabilize blood sugar levels, and helps support the liver and pancreas.
PARSNIPS along with JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES are traditional remedies that help curb cravings for sweets and junk food. Sip the juice slowly when you have a craving for high fat or high sugar food.
WHEATGRASS is a powerful immune builder. Also good for blood purification, liver detoxification and colon cleansing.
APPLE has antiviral properties. Use tart apples such as Granny Smiths or Pippins to avoid consuming too much fruit sugar.
CABBAGE juice has been documented to heal ulcers; also helpful with diabetes.
DAIKON RADISH is used in traditional Oriental medicine to help dissolve hardened accumulations in the intestines; also helps eliminate excess fat from the body.
TOMATO juice contains licopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against digestive tract cancers.
DARK GREEN juices rich in chlorophyll are helpful for depression; help relieve excess menstrual flow.
BEET juice is a good liver cleanser.
TURNIP is a traditional remedy for lung diseases.
SPINACH/CARROT juice helps with blood sugar regulation and liver cleansing.
BEET/CUCUMBER juice helps cleanse the liver and gallbladder.
SPINACH/APPLE juice cleanses and rejuvenates the intestinal tract.
1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body's ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to "pre-digest" them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it go down the toilet.
2. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. If you are a carb type, you should eat one pound of raw vegetables per 50 pounds of body weight per day. Some people may find eating that many vegetables difficult, but it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable juice.
3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.
If you are new to juicing, I recommend a mid-priced juicer. The cheap centrifugal juicers (like the Juiceman) break easily, produce low quality juice, and are very loud, which may contribute to hearing loss. They also don't last very long. My favorite are the single gear juicers which are relatively fast, less expensive and easier to clean than more expensive juicers like twin gears or even the $2000 Norwalk juicers. Many people initially think that juicing will be a real chore, but the majority are pleasantly surprised to find that it is much easier than they thought it would be.
Vegetable Juice is Not a Complete Meal
It is important to note that vegetable juice has very little protein and virtually no fat so by itself it is not really a complete food. It really should be used in addition to your regular meals not in place of it. So unless you are undergoing some special fasting or detoxification program it is probably unwise to use juicing as a meal replacement. Ideally it can be consumed with your meal or as a between meal snack.
It is very important to listen to your body when juicing. This is partly because you should only start by juicing vegetables that you enjoy eating non-juiced. The juice should taste pleasant -- not make you feel nauseous. Your stomach should feel good all morning long. If it is churning or growling or generally making its presence known, you probably juiced something you should not be eating. Personally, I've noticed that I can't juice large amounts of cabbage, but if I spread it out, I do fine. Here are a few simple steps to get you up and juicing quickly: Step 1: Use pesticide free veggies.
It is wise to choose organic whenever possible. However, some vegetables are worse than others. Below are the vegetables that are the most pesticide loaded ones according to the Environmental Working Group. So it would be wise to only purchase these vegetables if they are organically grown. The worst ones are listed first. An excellent way to clean your veggies is to spray them with Grapefruit Seed extract and this will get most of the residue off.
4. Collard Greens
7. Cucumber (not as bad if you peel the skin)
Step 2: Get ready to juice!
Please note that the order listed below is only intended for those that are new to juicing so you do have a pleasant experience with it. However, if you use ¼ to ½ lemon or lime to the juice you can start experimenting with the more bitter greens early on as the lemon and lime effectively counter their bitterness.
Please note it would be FAR better to use lemon or limes than carrots, beets or apples, which have far more fructose than lemons or limes.
1: If you are new to juicing. I recommend starting out with these vegetables, as they are the easiest to digest and tolerate:
• Fennel (anise)
These three aren't as nutrient dense as the dark green vegetables. Once you get used to the 3 vegetables listed above, you can start adding the more nutritionally valuable, but less palatable, vegetables into your juice.
2: When you've acclimatized yourself to juicing, you can start adding these vegetables:
• Red leaf lettuce
• Green Leaf lettuce
• Romaine lettuce
3: After you're used to these, then go to the next step:
• Chinese Cabbage
• Bok Choy
An interesting side note: Cabbage juice is one of the most healing nutrients for ulcer repair as it is a huge source of vitamin U.
4: When you're ready, move on to adding herbs to your juicing. Herbs also make wonderful combinations, and here are two that work exceptionally well:
You need to be cautious with cilantro, as many cannot tolerate it well. If you are new to juicing, hold off on the cilantro. These are more challenging to consume, but they are highly beneficial.
5: The last step: Only use one or two of these leaves, as they are very bitter:
• Collard Greens
• Dandelion Greens
• Mustard Greens (bitter)
When purchasing collard greens, find a store that sells the leaves still attached to the main stalk. If they are cut off, the vegetable rapidly loses many of its valuable nutrients.Step 3: Make your juice taste great
If you would like to make your juice taste a bit more palatable,
especially in the beginning, you can add these elements:Lemons and Limes:
You can also add a quarter to half a lemon a lime (leaving much of the white rind on).Cranberries:
You can also add some cranberries if you enjoy them. Researchers have discovered that cranberries have five times the antioxidant content of broccoli, which means they may protect against cancer, stroke and heart disease. In addition, they are chock-full of phytonutrients, and can help women avoid urinary tract infections. Limit the cranberries to about 4 ounces per pint of juice.Fresh ginger:
This is an excellent addition if you can tolerate it. It gives your juice a little "kick"! And, as an added boon, researchers have found that ginger can have dramatic effects on cardiovascular health, including preventing atherosclerosis, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL). Step 4: Drink your vegetable juice right away, or store it very carefully.
Juicing is a time-consuming process, so you'll probably be thinking to yourself, "I wonder if I can juice first thing in the morning, and then drink it later?" This is not a good idea. Vegetable juice is HIGHLY perishable so it's best to drink all of your juice immediately. However, if you're careful, you can store it for up to 24 hours with only moderate nutritional decline. This is really helpful if you are bringing your juice to work with you so you can consume it during the day.How to store your juice:
Put your juice in a glass jar with an airtight lid and fill it to the very top. There should be a minimum amount of air in the jar as the oxygen in air (air is about 20 percent oxygen) will "oxidize" and damage the juice. Purchase a food vacuum pump like Food Saver with a Ball jar attachment. You can pour your juice into a pint jar and put the lid on and use the Food Saver to suck out the air in the jar to vacuum pack it. This will remove most of the oxygen that will damage the juice. Immediately store it in the fridge and consume it when you are ready. It is best to drink it as soon as possible and in any case within 24 hours of juicing. Most people juice in the morning, but if that does not work out well for your schedule, please feel free to choose whatever meal works best for your lifestyle.Step 5: Clean your juicer properly.
We all know that if a juicer takes longer than 10 minutes to clean, we'll find excuses not to juice at all. I find that using an old toothbrush works well to clean any metal grater. If you buy a high-quality juicer, the whole process should only take about 5 minutes. Whatever you do, you need to clean your juicer immediately after you juice to prevent any remnants from contaminating the juicer with mold growth. The best natural cleanser that is excellent for carrot and beet stains is baking powder. Mix with a little water to make a paste and then rinse well.
NOTE: Nutritional Typing and Juicing
According to Nutritional Typing principles, if you are a carb type, vegetable juicing is STRONGLY recommended.
If you are a protein type, juicing needs to be done cautiously. Celery, spinach, asparagus, string beans and cauliflower would be your best vegetables to juice. You can add some of the dark deep leafy greens like collards, kale, and dandelion greens but do so cautiously and pay careful attention to how you feel..
You may also want to initially limit your serving size of juice to no more than 6 oz., and store it properly and drink smaller amounts throughout the day. Also, to make drinking vegetable juice compatible with protein type metabolism (which needs high amounts of fat), it is important to blend a source of raw fat into the juice. Raw cream, raw butter, raw eggs, avocado, coconut butter, or freshly ground flax seed are the sources of raw fat that we most recommend. In addition to adding a source of raw fat to your juice, you may also find that adding some, or even all, of the vegetable pulp into your juice helps to make drinking the juiced vegetables more satisfying. The Incredible Health Benefits Of Greens
So what’s the big deal about greens? Greens are packed with nutrients, especially vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, iron, zinc, folate, lutein, beta carotene, chlorophyll and protein. Yes, protein! Greens contain a large percentage of calories as protein. For example, broccoli is over 50% protein. Kale is 17% protein. As you can see from the chart below, one pound of kale, roughly one bunch, supplies above the recommended daily allowance for many of the essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein, and close to the RDA for many others. All in roughly 225 calories! One bunch of kale, about a pound, supplies the following nutrients:
Greens provide essential alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium that are not found in sufficient quantities in fruits, nuts and seeds. When animals are fed a low calcium diet that is high in phosphorus, they develop bone disorders and dental problems. Green vegetables have many life giving properties. They strengthen the blood and immune systems, prevent cancer and fight depression naturally by supplying a plethora of nutrients needed to make neurotransmitters. The fiber in raw greens helps to keep the digestive tract moving, and many people report that greens are energy-giving foods, increasing mental clarity and sustaining energy.
Greens contain a lot of antioxidants and are protective against many disease states. For example, it is a well researched fact that the whole family of cruciferous vegetables helps to prevent cancer. The cruciferous family includes collards, kale, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mustard and mustard greens, turnips and their greens, arugula, watercress, kohlrabi, horseradish, and rutabaga. Studies have shown that eating foods in this vegetable family speeds the liver's ability to detoxify ingested toxins.
Many people ask if buying organically grown produce is worth it. I say buy organic whenever possible, it not only tastes better -but you must be aware that conventional lettuce leaves are sprayed directly with pesticides and herbicides that can be impossible to remove. NUTRIENT RDA QTY IN 1 LB. KALE
CALORIES VARIES 226
Calcium 1000mg 615 mg
Iron 10-15mg 7.5 mg
Magnesium 400mg 155 mg
Zinc 15 mg 2 mg
Copper 1,5 mg 1.4 mg
Manganese 10 mg 3.4 mg
Folic Acid 400 mcg 132 mcg
Vitamin C 90 mg 547 mg
Beta Carotene 900mcg 21,012 mcg
B1- Thiamin 1.2 mg .68 mg
B2-riboflavin 1.3 mg .68 mg
B3 -niacin 16 mg 4.8 mg
B6 1.3 mg 68 mg
PROTEIN 15 g
ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS
Histadine 560 mg 313 mg
Isoleucine 700 mg 895 mg
Leucine 980 mg 1051 mg
Lysine 840 mg 895 mg
Methionine + Cysteine 910 mg 345 mg
Phenyalanine + Tyrosine 980 mg 1298 mg
Threonine 490 mg 668 mg
Tryptophan 245 mg 182 mg
Valine 700 mg 820 mg Top Delicious Green Juice Recipes
Tropical Green Smoothie
- Perfect Morning Essential: 4-6 Carrots, 4 stalks of Celery, 1 Lemon , 1 Macintosh or Yellow Apple
- Hot Afternoon Boost: Up 4-6 Carrots, 4-6 stalks Celery, 1/2 bunch Cilantro, 2 Roma Tomatoes, 1 Lemon
- Power After-Workout Drink: 1/2 Romaine lettuce, 3-4 leaves of Kale, 3-4 Carrots, 1/2 bunch Carrot top, 1 Apple, 1 Lime
- Serious Detox: 1/2 sour green Apple, 1 Lime, 1 large Beet, 3-4 leaves Beet tops, 3-4 Carrots, 3-4 Celery stalks, small piece of Ginger
- Excellent Craving Response: 3-4 large leaves of Kale, 1 whole stalk of Leek, 1 Lime, 1 large Tomato, 1/2 bunch Cilantro, 3-4 Carrots, small piece of Ginger
- Delightful Green Snack: 1/2 of red Cabbage, 3-4 stalks of Celery, 4-5 leaves of Kale, 1 Lemon, 1 Lime, 1 Apple, small piece.
2 cups papaya
½ of a pineapple
3-4 cups spinach
• Blend the pineapple until liquefied.
• Add the mango and papaya and blend until smooth.
• Add spinach a handful at a time to desired sweetness. Tips and Notes
I was surprised at how much spinach I could add and still have the smoothie taste sweet. I have tried this with other combinations of greens, but my favorite so far has been spinach. This makes a great sorbet. Pour into container of ice cream maker and run until frozen or Add coconut for a tropical sensation. Yum!
The body’s immune system is critical to good health. Although most people know that a strong immune system means the body is better equipped to fight disease but most do not fully understand how vital a healthy immune system is. The truth is that the immune system is what keeps many vital organs health so maintaining a strong system such as this is one of the keys to overall good health. Within the immune system are numerous interdependent types of cells, each working to keep the body protected from various infections to include fungal, viral, bacterial, and parasitic, as well as growth of tumors.
For instance, using juicing recipes to boost the immune system would allow the body to kill parasites, viral-infected cells, and even tumors. If this system has deficiencies, the body is exposed to many illnesses and diseases. Therefore, using juicing recipes to boost the immune system would be one more weapon in the arsenal of fighting off things that would affect health.
One example has to do with the spleen, which filters blood. Along with the spleen being able to capture foreign materials from blood passing through, dendritic cells and macrophages of which the spleen is comprised carries antigens to the organ through blood. When the spleen is healthy, it is capable of producing a significant amount of antibodies that fight off infection but when the immune system is compromised, the spleen is no longer capable of doing its job.By juicing recipes to boost the immune system, the spleen, as well as other organs and systems in the body have the ability to keep you healthy.
Medicinal Qualities - Many fruits and vegetables have scientifically proven medicinal qualities. So far, scientific studies have documented only the medicinal effects of fruit juices, with very little research applied to vegetable juices. Cherie Calbom, M.S., C.N., a nutritionist from Seattle, Washington, and co-author of Juicing For Life, recommends the following juice remedies:
⁃ Apple: Apples are rich in sorbitol, a form of sugar and a gentle laxative.
⁃ Grape and blueberry: These fruits are a source of polyphenols (an antioxidant). In laboratory tests, polyphenols have been shown to kill viruses.
⁃ Beet: Beet greens are rich in magnesium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Beetroot is rich in potassium, folic acid, and the antioxidant glutathione. Beet juice is valued for its vitamin, mineral, and nutrient content. Due to its strong taste, it should be mixed with other juices.
⁃ Blueberry and cranberry: When consumed on a regular basis, these juices can help prevent recurrent urinary tract infections.
⁃ Cabbage: Cabbage juice is famous for its ulcer-healing capabilities, but should be used only in conjunction with a doctor's prescribed therapy for ulcer treatment.
⁃ Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe has a blood-thinning effect that can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
⁃ Carrot: Carrot juice is an excellent source of beta-carotene, potassium, trace minerals, and anticancer nutrients including phthalide and glutathione (antioxidants). Yellowish coloration of the skin may occur when large amounts are consumed. This coloration is harmless, and will fade when consumption is reduced.
⁃ Celery: Celery juice contains the anticancer nutrients phthalide and polyacetylene (antioxidants). It is rich in potassium and sodium and helps lower blood pressure. Celery juice can be diluted with water and used as a sports drink to replace fluid electrolights and mineral loss due to sweating. It contains the same ulcer-healing factors found in cabbage juice.
⁃ Cherry: A traditional remedy for the pain of gout.
⁃ Garlic: This herb is a treasure house of healing compounds. It acts as a natural antibiotic and blood thinner and can reduce cholesterol levels. Juice a clove and add it to your favorite vegetable mix.
⁃ Ginger: The root of the ginger plant has anti-inflammatory properties and will also protect the stomach from irritation caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Migraines and motion sickness can also be relieved by ginger juice. A small amount goes a long way; use only one-quarter- to one-half-inch slice per drink.
⁃ Lemon: Lemon juice is a traditional appetite stimulant. Place one or two tablespoons of fresh, unsweetened lemon juice in a glass of water and drink half an hour before meals. This remedy stimulates the flow of saliva and digestive juices.
⁃ Pineapple: The raw juice of this plant contains the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain has been shown to have gentle anti-inflammatory properties. Swish the raw juice around the site of a tooth extraction to reduce swelling or eat a frozen pineapple juice pop to soothe a sore throat.
⁃ Fruit juice: A glass of fruit juice (lemon juice excepted) one hour before dinner will act as a natural appetite suppressant due to the sugar in the juice.
Nutrients Found in Juices:
⁃ Beta-carotene - Carrot, cantaloupe, papaya
⁃ Folic acid - Orange, kale, broccoli
⁃ Vitamin B6 -Kale, spinach, turnip greens
⁃ Vitamin C -Peppers, citrus fruit, cabbage
⁃ Vitamin E -Asparagus, spinach
⁃ Vitamin K - Broccoli, collard, kale
⁃ Calcium -Kale, collard greens, bok choy
⁃ Chromium -Apple, cabbage, sweet peppers
⁃ Manganese -Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnip greens
⁃ Potassium -Celery, cantaloupe, tomato
⁃ Selenium -Apple, turnip, garlic
⁃ Zinc -Carrot, ginger, green peas
Certain substances found in fruits and vegetables can prevent carcinogens from reaching and reacting with the body's tissues.The following qualities are found in specific juices and can be useful when dealing with cancer and other degenerative diseases:
⁃ Anticarcinogenic: Certain substances found in fruits and vegetables can prevent carcinogens from reaching and reacting with the body's tissues. These substances, dubbed "a nutrients," are found in cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, oranges, grapefruit, and lemons. Anutrients act as blocking agents to prevent carcinogens from reaching or reacting with tissues, and work by creating a barrier between the carcinogen and its target.
⁃ Suppressive: Certain nutrients act as agents to suppress the development of cancer in a cell already exposed to a carcinogen. These include D-limonene (an antioxidant), found in oranges; vitamin A, found in carotene-rich fruits and vegetables; calcium, found in leafy greens; and antioxidant nutrients (beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium), found in orange and green fruits and vegetables.
⁃ Growth Retarding: Cells that demonstrate a marked increase in their rate of division after exposure to certain chemicals are more susceptible to cancer-causing agents. Phthalides and polyacetylenes, compounds found in carrots, celery, and parsley, act indirectly to decrease cell duplication rates by regulating prostaglandin E-2 (hormone-like fatty acids) production. Other compounds found in garlic and onions also modulate prostaglandin synthesis, which regulates white blood cells in the body's immune system.
⁃ Detoxifying: Although the liver is capable of detoxifying some carcinogens, a large number of enzymes essential to the detoxification process require riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B6) as co-factors. A deficiency of these B vitamins can slow down detoxification. Also, unidentified nutrients found in the cabbage family may detoxify estrogens (female hormones) in the human body, making them less likely to promote breast cancer.
Beneficial healthy juicing tips to save you time and money for your entire family.
Here's a few of my favorite recipes that are really powerful
- Drink your juice as soon as possible to prevent any loss of nutrients. If you have to store the juice, you can freeze the juice in an ice tray and use it when needed. However the nutritional benefits in fresh juice are much more than frozen. Storing juices also depends on the type of fruit- citrus juices last longer while apple juice tends to get oxidized sooner.
- Use fresh fruits and vegetables. If not available you can use frozen fruits but I do bot recommend frozen or thawed vegetables.
- Remove fruits with hard pits like peach, cherries and nectarine before juicing, most small seeds are fine.
- Buy organic products for juicing. Use the skin while juicing if you use organic fruits and vegetable depending on the fruit. You can also put 20 drops of Grapefruit Seed extract in water and spray your veggies & fruit and this will remove most residue.
- Fruits like banana, avocado and papaya have lower water content and are better when used in a blender than a juicer.
- Use seasonal fruits and vegetables to take the benefits of the best prices available and support your local farmers.
- You can carry your juice to work in a thermos so that you can have cold refreshing juice on the go. Make sure it is in an airtight container or you use a glass mason jar and make sure to fill it to the top.
- Leave your juicer set up on your kitchen work top. It will remind you to juice and is a lot more convenient than having to bring it out of a cupboard each time you want to juice.
. Immune System Juice Booster
One serving - about 8 ounces.
This juice is great for building and maintaining the immune system.
3 carrots chopped into ¼" pieces
. 1 stalk of celery chopped into ¼" pieces
. 1 apple chopped into ¼" pieces
. ½ cucumber chopped into ¼" pieces.
½ beet with the greens, beet chopped into ¼" pieces
. ½ handful of wheatgrass
. ½ handful of parsley.
First juice a carrot and half of an apple. Follow with the wheatgrass and parsley. To juice the wheatgrass and parsley, roll each into a beat leaf and juice. Next juice the beets and the cucumber and finish with the carrots and apple. The Flu Fighter and Immune System Booster
One serving - about 8 ounces.
This drink will fight the flu and boost your immune system.
6 carrots chopped into ¼" pieces.
1 apple chopped into ¼" pieces
. 2 stalks of celery chopped into ¼" pieces
. A handful of parsley.
2 cloves of garlic.
Juice the garlic first. Next juice the celery and parsley together. To juice the parsley, tuck the stems and the leaves into the groove of the celery sticks. Finish juicing with the carrots and apples.
Cleansing Veggie Broth
3 kale leaves
½ bunch spinach
½ head cabbage
¼ bunch parsley
2 garlic cloves
The human body has been created to have a marvelous self-healing capability
. Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the most healing foods
that the Earth has given us for that healing purpose, qualities that humans cannot imitate. Juicing makes it easy for our bodies to assimilate these high quality nutrients to feed our cells
. Juices are highly detoxifying
. They help repair damages
to our cells, heal
. A holistic nutritional diet
will help speed up your healing. No drug in this world can claim to heal except through what nature has provided us. There are Hundreds of juicer recipes for many common ailments
and Many fruits & vegetables and their healing virtues
. Why not try Juice fasting/feasting for improved health
and see incredible results in your improved health today.
The more I study nutrition, the more I am convinced that we need to eat raw uncooked unprocessed food. Anyone who has any understanding of health has got to be taking enzyme supplements with every single meal they eat. Unfortunately, most people think of enzymes (if they think of them at all) as necessary only if they have some kind of digestive problem. And, yes, it's true that people suffering from digestive problems, hiatal hernias, ulcers, and the like, have benefited greatly from using enzyme supplements. But if that's all you think enzymes are for, you've missed the point.
Dr. Howell, in his book on Enzyme Nutrition, puts it quite clearly when he says that a person's life span is directly related to the exhaustion of their enzyme potential. And the use of food enzymes decreases that rate of exhaustion, and thus, results in a longer, healthier, and more vital life.
Nutrition cannot be explained without describing the part that enzymes play. These are obtained from two sources: within your digestive system and in the foods you eat. Just as with vitamin, mineral, or protein deficiencies, the state of your mental and physical health is dependent on them. Enzymes are substances that make life possible. They control nearly every chemical reaction; influence every aspect of cell activity, from the construction of membrane parts, to the hoarding of energy in food molecules. No mineral, vitamin, or hormone can do any work without enzymes. As we age, our bodies ability to produce enzymes decreases.
There are two types of enzymes produced by and in our body:
(1) Digestive enzymes - to digest food
(2) Metabolic enzymes - which we depend on for life
Enzymes are chains of essential amino acids that aid in many biochemical reactions in the body and are needed for proper digestion, especially of starches and proteins. They are fundamental elements for facilitating nutrient absorption, transportation and elimination. As you are eating your food the digestive enzymes in your body are excreted from the glands in your mouth called the salivary glands, as well as the digestive enzymes that are found in your stomach. The small intestine in your body helps to move the digestive process along by allowing the each of the digestive enzymes to react to a certain type of food. Different enzymes work on different foods, such as the amylases digestive enzymes that help your body to digest carbohydrates.
Metabolism is the total of all chemical changes that take place in a cell or an organism to produce energy and basic materials needed for important life processes. Metabolic enzymes, perfectly named, are involved in every process of the human body. In fact, even digestive enzymes start as metabolic enzymes. Besides our day-to-day life processes of build up and breakdown, these little powerhouses are catalysts that take an active role in repairing any damage done to our body through injury, stress, poor eating or lifestyle habits, environmental contaminants, and the passage of time.
Unfortunately, we don’t have an unlimited supply of metabolic enzymes. We are born with a certain reserve of these petite miracles, and when we run out, our life ends. Our body does, to some extent, replenish metabolic enzymes, but the numbers used versus the numbers added still makes them something to cherish.
The enzymes in raw foods are destroyed by heat
Most raw food, like our bodies, is very perishable. When raw foods are exposed to temperatures above 118 degrees, they start to rapidly break down, just as our bodies would if we had a fever that high. One of the constituents of foods which can break down are enzymes. Enzymes help us digest our food. Enzymes are proteins though, and they have a very specific 3-dimensional structure in space. Once they are heated much above 118 degrees, this structure can change. Once enzymes are exposed to heat, they are no longer able to provide the function for which they were designed. Cooked foods contribute to chronic illness, because their enzyme content is damaged and thus requires us to make our own enzymes to process the food. The digestion of cooked food uses valuable metabolic enzymes in order to help digest your food. Digestion of cooked food demands much more energy than the digestion of raw food.
In general, raw food is so much more easily digested that it passes through the digestive tract in 1/2 to 1/3 of the time it takes for cooked food. Eating enzyme-dead foods places a burden on your pancreas and other organs and overworks them, which eventually exhausts these organs. Many people gradually impair their pancreas and progressively lose the ability to digest their food after a lifetime of ingesting processed foods.
The effect of raw food versus cooked food on the Immune System
In 1930, under the direction of Dr. Paul Kouchakoff, research was conducted at the Institute of Clinical Chemistry in Lausanne, Switzerland. The effect of food (cooked and processed versus raw and natural) on the immune system was tested and documented. Dr. Kouchakoff's discovery concerned the leukocytes, the white blood cells. It was found that after a person eats cooked food, his/her blood responds immediately by increasing the number of white blood cells. This is a well-known phenomena called 'digestive leukocytosis', in which there is a rise in the number of leukocytes - white blood cells - after eating. Since digestive leukocytosis was always observed after a meal, it was considered to be a normal physiological response to eating. No one knew why the number of white cells rises after eating, since this appeared to be a stress response, as if the body was somehow reacting to something harmful such as infection, exposure to toxic chemicals or trauma.
In addition, they found that if a food had been heated beyond a certain temperature (unique to each food), or if the food was processed (refined, chemicals added, etc.), this always caused a rise in the number of white cells in the blood. They tested many different types of foods and found that if the foods were not refined or overheated, they caused no reaction.The body saw them as 'friendly foods'. However, these same foods, if heated at too high a temperature, caused a negative reaction in the blood, a reaction found only when the body is invaded by a dangerous pathogen or trauma.
The worst offenders of all, whether heated or not, were processed foods which had been refined (such as white flour and white rice), or pasteurized (a process in which milk is flash-heated to high temperatures to kill bacteria), or homogenized (also seen in milk where the fat in milk is subjected to artificial suspension), or preserved (chemicals are added to food to delay spoilage or to enhance texture or taste). In other words, foods which were changed from their original natural state.
Raw foods and digestive enzymes
Let's get back to enzymes. Raw foods are rich in enzymes. Enzymes are needed for the digestive system to work. They are necessary to break down food particles so they can be utilized for energy. The human body makes approximately 22 different digestive enzymes which are capable of digesting carbohydrates, protein and fats. Raw vegetables and raw fruit are rich sources of enzymes. While all raw foods contain enzymes, the most powerful enzyme-rich food is sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes. Sprouting increases the enzyme content in these foods enormously. Lack of digestive enzymes can be a factor in food allergies.
Symptoms of digestive enzymes depletion are bloating, belching, gas, bowel disorders, abdominal cramping, heartburn and food allergies. All of us loose our ability to produce concentrated digestive enzymes as we grow older. In cases where age is a factor, or where lack of digestive enzymes causes food allergies, supplementation may be helpful. You may also want to explore food combining.
It is becoming increasingly clear that one of the major reasons vegetable juicing works is that it is living raw food.
I am confident that most of us would notice significant improvements in our energy and health if we increased the amounts of living raw foods in our diet. If you juice vegetables on a regular basis, it is quite easy to consume over 50% of your foods as raw.
The enzymes in raw foods are destroyed by heat
Most raw food, like our bodies, is very perishable. When raw foods are exposed to temperatures above 118 degrees, they start to rapidly break down, just as our bodies would if we had a fever that high. One of the constituents of foods which can break down are enzymes. Enzymes help us digest our food. Enzymes are proteins though, and they have a very specific 3-dimensional structure in space. Once they are heated much above 118 degrees, this structure can change.
Once enzymes are exposed to heat, they are no longer able to provide the function for which they were designed. Cooked foods contribute to chronic illness, because their enzyme content is damaged and thus requires us to make our own enzymes to process the food. The digestion of cooked food uses valuable metabolic enzymes in order to help digest your food. Digestion of cooked food demands much more energy than the digestion of raw food. In general, raw food is so much more easily digested that it passes through the digestive tract in 1/2 to 1/3 of the time it takes for cooked food.
Eating enzyme-dead foods places a burden on your pancreas and other organs and overworks them, which eventually exhausts these organs. Many people gradually impair their pancreas and progressively lose the ability to digest their food after a lifetime of ingesting processed foods.
The following digestive enzyme supplements aid digestion:
• AMYLASE works to breakdown carbohydrates i.e. starches, sugars
• BROMELAIN taken from pineapple plant, helps break down proteins
• HCL hydrochloric acid stimulates pancreatic secretion, activates pepsin and sterilizes the stomach from
bacteria and parasites
• LACTASE needed to break down lactose found in milk products
• LIPASE works to break down fats into fatty acids and glycerol
• OX BILE improves fat digestion, stimulates bile flow, aids gallbladder
• PANCREATIN contains protease, amylase, and lipase, functions in the intestine and in the blood
• PAPAIN extracted from papaya fruit, aids in protein digestion
• PEPSIN breaks down proteins, function depends on availability of HCL
• PROTEASE works to breakdown protein into amino
Excessive population growth, the contamination of our environment, and the decreased nutritive value of the food we eat has forced us, as individuals and as a world family, to seek alternatives to the packaged, processed, adulterated, overpriced foods that are sold everywhere. Simple, clean foods that can help us cope with the ever increasing psychological, emotional, and physical demands of the Twenty first century is where are future lies.
As I go through the years and study cultures like the tradition of the Aztecs, Mayas, Toltecs, and other ancient cultures, I realize that the world is slowly coming back to a very basic approach to feeding itself: Eating low on the food chain by consuming nutrient rich microalgae, such as Spirulina. From the simplest elements – water, carbon dioxide, simple nitrogen and phosphorus, and sunlight – Spirulina creates an extremely concentrated and wonderfully complex food, rich in an astonishing array of nutrients. This is what is meant by being low on the food chain.
There are over forty thousand–yes, someone has actually counted them–types of single-celled microalgae which need only a drop of water and a sunbeam to make them prosper. But among those forty thousand varieties of little water-loving organisms, one species is clearly making the largest nutritional splash. Of the more than 30,000 species of algae, blue-green algae, such as Spirulina, are the most primitive. They contain no nucleus and their cell walls are soft and easily digested, unlike those of other plants that contain hard cellulose. Of all the algae, Spirulina has emerged as the most potent and nutritious food. In fact, Spirulina is the most concentrated and nutritious whole food known to science. Although Spirulina has been around for millions of years, its widespread popularity as a food is very recent.
Weighing in at an impressive 60% protein content, Spirulina is a fresh water alga–actually, a form of bacteria–which knocks both red meat, at 27%, soy, at 34%, and Quinoa at 17%, on the ropes in terms of muscle-building potential. And it brings to the ring, along with all that protein, a powerful combination of minerals, including iron, calcium, and magnesium, with a backup punch of all the vitamins to which the first five letters of the alphabet have been assigned. If only Spirulina were bigger; it might have been able to fit all the vitamins in. But a single Spirulina alga measures approximately .0196850394 inches in length.
The most avid believers in the health benefits of Spirulina are the Japanese, who both produce and consume more of it than anyone else. Some Japanese researchers claim that Spirulina, because of the high concentration of its nutrients, is useful in helping diabetics control their food cravings and decrease their insulin intake. The Chinese add Spirulina to the diets of commercially produced poultry and livestock to increase their growth rates.
Spirulina has been called the most complete food on the planet, containing over 100 nutrients. It has all of the essential amino acids in balance, which means it is a complete protein. It has more protein than beef, is 90% digestible, meaning it is an easy complex protein to digest. Being a plant food and high in protein and vitamin B-12, Spirulina is great for vegetarians who might not get enough protein with a strict vegetarian diet. In addition to protein, Spirulina has an abundance of beta-carotene, iron, copper, manganese, selenium, zing, trace minerals, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin K and vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins.
Since Algae was the first plants to appear on the planet, billions of years ago they transformed the carbon-dioxide-based atmosphere to an oxygen-rich atmosphere in which other life forms could evolve. Most people think of algae as green or red stuff growing in the ocean or lakes, but, like land plants, there are countless different species of algae; algae come in different colors and sizes and provide everything from deadly toxins to potent medicines. Of the more than 30,000 species of algae, blue green algae, such as Spirulina, are the most primitive. They contain no nucleus and their cell walls are soft and easily digested, unlike those of other plants that contain hard cellulose.
The Health Benefits of Spirulina
The digestibility of Spirulina is very important to people who have a medical problem with their digestive system that keeps them from properly digesting and being able to use protein. Some older people also have problems being able to properly digest protein. Spirulina is easily digestible and usable by our bodies providing energy and stamina for work and play, can benefit children, pregnant and nursing mothers, adults with poor eating habits, people who are fasting or dieting, athletes, senior citizens, ill people who need more nourishment, and anyone who wants to increase their resistance to disease.
The abundance of phytochemicals in Spirulina makes it a very healthy food since phytochemicals have so many healthy benefits including antioxidants, anti viral, anti cancer, antiseptic properties and immune system boosting properties. Spirulina also contains chlorophyll, which has its own set of healthy properties. Another spirulina health benefit is how it can help alleviate sinus allergies. In fact, a doctor and researcher wrote in the Journal of Medicinal Food about a medical study that demonstrated this benefit. The doctor noted “This is the first time that a nutraceutical has been shown to have beneficial effects on the machinery that causes human allergies.” Journal of Medicinal Food8(1):27-30, 2005.
Most people consume too many acidic foods, such as coffee, soda, alcohol, sugar and meat. Spirulina is an alkaline food that can help balance your body toward more healthful alkalinity. In fact, most people would benefit from adding a good source of spirulina to their daily diet. A measure of the powder mixed in fruit or vegetable juice or smoothies or a number of tablets of spirulina taken every day can support many spirulina health benefits.
Are There any Spirulina Side Effects?
Spirulina is a food and has a long history of safe use. The only potential black marks against Spirulina are its expense and the possibility that its high protein, vitamin, and mineral, according to the Hong Kong Dietitian Association, could cause kidney and liver problems. Excessive protein intake can overload the kidneys; too many vitamins and minerals, the liver. Spirulina, if the Hong Kong experts are to be believed, can be too much of a good thing.
Because spirulina is cultivated in many countries, some algae harvested from polluted lakes and waterways might be contaminated. Buy from a trusted source. Today, most spirulina is being safely and scientifically cultivated in pure waters at specially designed aquatic farms. Some of the best quality product is grown in the pristine clean waters of Hawaii which is why Hawaiian spirulina is famous for its reputed spirulina health benefits.
Tips on How to Choose / Buy
Spirulina is now available in 70 countries and can be purchased from most health food outlets as well as through the internet. But before you buy, check the label or the source to see where it was grown and if the cultivation was controlled for a pure culture. Spirulina can be taken in tablet or powder form. For those who prefer the powder, there are a growing number of recipes available, some of which disguise the taste, and some of which enhance it. Many users simply mix their Spirulina with water, but that is certainly not for everyone. Spirulina does not dissolve in liquids, but becomes suspended, so it must be vigorously shaken or made into a paste with a small amount of liquid before being added to soups or stews.
Once you get used to the color – and it is an intense color – you can enjoy Spirulina in many everyday dishes. Mixed in chili, for example, you can barely taste the Spirulina, but the chili does turn a rather strange color You can go to town on St. Patrick's Day by adding Spirulina to fruit punch, beer, cake icing, and ice cream. Any time you need a natural green food coloring, Spirulina is the perfect choice. Remember, it is extremely concentrated, so very little is needed.
A list of health benefits associated with Spirulina includes:
• Cleansing the body
• Speeds muscle recovery
• Speeds skin recovery
• Builds healthy red blood cells
• Increases the health of the digestive system
• Reduces the symptoms of hay fever and allergies
• Detoxifies the body and the liver
• Cleanses the kidneys
• Helps with insulin production
• Can provide energy and endurance and as an anti-inflammatory
Spirulina supplies nutrients that are lacking in most of our diets. It provides athletes with long lasting energy and reduces recovery time, nourishes people who have digestion, assimilation, and elimination problems. It satisfies the appetite as it provides essential nutrients to weight watchers, enables children and others who don't like vegetables to eat their greens by taking a few tablets, and it helps busy people who don't have time for regular balanced meals to nourish themselves. People with various health problems swear by Spirulina - it appears to promote overall health and well-being.
Comparing Spirulina with other foods:
• Spirulina has 300% more calcium than whole milk
• Spirulina has 2300% more iron than spinach
• Spirulina has 3900% more beta carotene than carrots
• Spirulina has 375% more protein than tofu
• Three grams of Spirulina has more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity than five
servings of vegetables
• Comparing phytonutrient levels, Spirulina is 31 times more potent than blueberries, 60 times
more potent than spinach and 700 times more potent than apples
The health and fitness revolution has brought about new attitudes to diet and lifestyle. Now that we live longer, we want to stay strong and healthy. The demand for natural unprocessed food is growing daily. But, because most of us lead such busy lives, we need to prepare a lot of our meals in a hurry. We want our food to be fast and healthy – not just fast. We often eat out, and those meals are generally lower in nutrients than meals prepared at home.
The National Research Council's Committee on Diet and Health recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day; even for people who try to eat well, that's quite a challenge. Many of us don't make it a priority to prepare healthy meals every day. It’s good to know that by eating just 3 grams of Spirulina each day we get more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients than are found in 5 servings of vegetables!
To remedy poor diets, many people take food supplements. Taking synthetic vitamin supplements can help; however good synthetics may be, natural food is always better. The body absorbs and utilizes food more efficiently than it does synthetics. Intuitively our bodies prefer food, and Spirulina is an extremely digestible, nutritious food.
Nutrition for People of All Ages
Spirulina is a perfect complimentary nutrient for people of all ages. No RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowances) have been set for the elderly, but their nutritional needs are different from those of other age groups. They are more likely than younger people to be deficient in certain nutrients and may not absorb, utilize, or store nutrients efficiently. Many elderly people are on medication for extended periods, which interferes with nutrient levels. It may not be easy to obtain all the required nutrients from food, so it is important to take food supplements that can be easily digested and utilized by the body. Spirulina is a high energy food, and due to its soft cell wall, Spirulina offers nutrients in an easily assimilable form. People of all ages also take Spirulina for its cleansing effect and its ability to help improve digestion and elimination.
The amount of Spirulina taken can be adjusted to fit the needs of an individual according to their age, health status or the particular results they want to achieve. Children who won't eat their vegetables and students away from home should take Spirulina. People who do not consistently eat good, nutritious food are also good candidates for Spirulina. Older people and people recovering from operations should take Spirulina. People who need more energy or aren’t eating a well balanced diet should take Spirulina; in fact, all of the groups mentioned above should eat Spirulina every day. It's reassuring to know that, even when we're busy, with not enough time to shop or cook, we can still eat our greens by taking Spirulina. I am not suggesting that taking Spirulina makes it all right to live on junk food, but Spirulina is certainly a good addition to any diet.
Healthy and Safe Dieting
With Spirulina you can maintain high energy levels and know that you are getting the benefit of a super-nutritious food without consuming a lot of calories or fat: There are less than four calories in a gram of Spirulina. Take at least six tablets or a teaspoon of powder, which is roughly three grams, about an hour before meals. This helps to satisfy the appetite and reduce cravings. For some, taking Spirulina also reduces the desire for sweets and fried foods. You may want to experiment until you find the amount and the schedule that works best for you. If you tend to eat throughout the day, try taking a few tablets three times a day. If you eat more in the evenings, you may want to take all your Spirulina powder or tablets about an hour before dinner, or even after dinner. Using Spirulina to help satisfy your appetite is a healthy and safe way to lose weight. Eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains; and cut down on fats, sugars, and processed foods. Eating smaller portions is obviously the key to losing weight, and this is where Spirulina helps. Eating slowly and chewing each mouthful thoroughly also helps.
No health program is complete without exercise. In today's stressful and hectic lifestyles people are becoming more health conscious. The health conscious population of today make it a point to exercise daily and eat just the right kind of the food. More and more people are seen going to the gyms for their regular workouts. But by simply working out is not going to help. You also need to modify your eating habits and eat more nutritious and healthy food. After all you are what you eat. In the recent times more people have become aware of the health benefits of the wonder food Spirulina. Due to the wide numbers of the nutrients that it supplies us, Spirulina is an extremely high energy food, great before or after a workout and is said to increase stamina, endurance and recovery. Spirulina is a great combination with the workout since it provides the body with the eight essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. A good workout along with a good diet will reward you with good health and life. After a strenuous workout where the body is pushed to its limits, the Spirulina consumption helps the body to rebuild the body and muscle tissue that has been torn down. Spirulina when taken before a meal also helps the stomach prepare for proper digestion since it helps to accelerate the reproductive rate of probiotics. Thus Spirulina is a great supplement along with regular exercise to give you the desired result and good health.
The National Cancer Institute has found that the sulfolipids in Spirulina were active against the AIDS virus in vitro. Small amounts of Spirulina reduced the viral replication while larger amounts actually stopped the replication of the virus. Other tests found that a hot water extract of Spirulina was found to inhibit the replication of the HIV-1, mumps, herpes simplex-1, measles, human cytomegalovirus and influenza type A . Other in vitro studies show Spirulina could inhibit cancers and repair DNA damaged by cancer . Studies in India have shown that 1-gram of Spirulina per day caused a total regression of mouth cancer lesions in 44% of males . Spirulina also does a great job of cleansing the kidneys of toxins of the mercury and toxins from some prescription drugs. Research found that it eliminated seven times the amount of dioxin from the body when compared to a controlled diet. After the Chernobyl accident in the Ukraine, a Russian patent was issued in 1994 for Spirulina as a medical food for reducing the allergic reactions to radiation sickness.
A very important clinical trial was done on tobacco chewers that had precancerous lesions in their mouths. The group taking Spirulina (at a remarkably low dose of only one gram per day) had complete regression of the lesions in 20 of 44 cases (45%). In the placebo group, only 3 of 43 (7%) showed regression. Within one year of discontinuing Spirulina consumption 9 out of 20 (45%) of the subjects that had complete regression developed new lesions! (Mathew et al, 1995). In a study done in Europe that examined the effect that Spirulina has on patients with multiple sclerosis, the researchers said “It has been established that intake of Spirulina makes for lengthening of remission in those patients with disseminated sclerosis (Buletsa et al, 1996).
Spirulina has been shown to help the liver and to help people already suffering from liver disease. A study was done on 60 patients with chronic dif- fuse disorders of the liver as well as 70 animals with toxic affection of the liver. They found that Spirulina was effective for both the people and the animals. They attributed the hepatoprotective (liver-protecting) properties of Spirulina to its antiinflammatory, antioxidant, membranestabilizing and immunocorrecting actions. They found that Spirulina stabilized the liver disease and prevented the disease from progressing to cirrhosis (Gorban et al, 2000). There are hundreds of studies that have proven effective using Spirulina and to many to list here, I would be happy to send those who requested more info on the spirulina research.
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One of the best ways to keep your immune system strong and prevent colds and flu might surprise you: Shop your supermarket’s produce aisle. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help you ward off infections like colds and flu. That’s because these super foods contain immune-boosting antioxidants.
So what are Antioxidants?
They are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals. Many experts believe this damage plays a part in a number of chronic diseases, including hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), cancer, and arthritis. Free radicals can also interfere with your immune system. So fighting off damage with antioxidants helps keep your immune system strong, making you better able to ward off colds, flu, and other infections.
How do they work?
Antioxidants work by significantly slowing or preventing the oxidative or damage from oxygen, a process caused by substances called free radicals that can lead to cell dysfunction and the onset of problems like heart disease and diabetes. Antioxidants improve the immune function and and lower your risk of infection and cancer. In your body, the antioxidant process is similar to stopping an apple from browning. Once you cut an apple, it begins to brown, but if you dip it in orange juice, which contains vitamin C, it stays white.
Where can you find them?
Adding more fruit and vegetables of any kind to your diet will improve your health. But some foods are higher in antioxidants than others. The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. You’ll find them in colorful fruits and vegetables – especially those with purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow hues. To get the biggest benefits of antioxidants, eat these foods raw or lightly steamed; don’t overcook or boil.
Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: Apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon.
Vitamin C: Berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mangoes, nectarines, orange, papaya, red, green or yellow peppers, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes.
Vitamin E: Broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds.
Other super foods that are rich in antioxidants include:
• All berries
• Red grapes
• Alfalfa sprouts
• Raw Chocolate
• Gogi Berries
1. Because there are many different types of antioxidants that can protect your tissues from different types of damage, it is best to eat a wide range of antioxidant-rich foods.
2. How much you benefit from the antioxidants found in the foods you eat depends on how well you breakdown and absorb these foods.
3. One of the best ways of making sure that you are getting plenty of antioxidants in your diet is to strive to eat lots of fresh vegetables. If you just don't have the time to eat a large green salad every day, consider buying a good juicer and drinking a fresh vegetable juice on a daily basis. Another more convenient option is to use a high quality super green food product.
4. It is best to limit the amount of sweet fruits that you eat according to your dental health, blood sugar, candida and insulin levels.
5. When washing and preparing vegetables and fruits, be sure to wash non-organic varieties with extra care to help remove pesticide residues. This is especially important for vegetables and fruits that are known to be heavily contaminated with pesticides. Try spraying 20 drops of Grapefruit Seed extract in water to effectively remove residue.
Eating an antioxidant rich diet is important, but it is virtually impossible to get the optimal amount of antioxidants through food alone. People who take even one antioxidant supplement a day can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease and cancer. Can you imagine the results from an entire antioxidant network? We are in a new Millennium, we have greater control over our health and ultimately our destiny than ever before. We now have the power to prevent and eradicate many of the degenerative diseases that were once considered part of aging. We must take control of our health with natural, organic produce.
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I would like to discuss a topic that is very important to me and is something I have been battling with for most of my life since the age of 9. But first I want to ask you a few questions. Do you suffer from fatigue and muscle pains? Digestive and urinary tract ailments? Headaches and general malaise? Depression and allergies?
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you and yet you have seen many physicians with no resolve?
A huge commonly overlooked health problem and what I personally think is the missing link to our health and something that maybe the source of all your symptoms, is Candida overgrowth also known as Candidiasis- simply translated, a yeast infection.
Candidiasis, caused by the overgrowth of a specific Candida fungi, Candida Albicans, affects millions of men, women and children of all ages. There are many scientific researchers that have even linked Candida overgrowth to other chronic health problems such as;
• Ear infections
• Sexual dysfunction in adults
• Attention deficit disorder
• Autism in children
• Premenstrual syndrome in women;
• and even Multiple Sclerosis.
Candida Albicans is a relatively harmless yeast that is normally found in the mouth, throat, intestines and genitourinary tract of most humans. In the yeast state, Candida Albicans is simply a non-invasive, sugar fermenting organism, whose purpose is to destroy harmful gut flora (bacteria). In a normal environment, Candida is controlled by a properly functioning immune system and helpful "friendly" gut flora like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bacillus laterosporus, all of which suppress undesirable bacteria and yeasts and help to maintain a balanced, healthy immune system.
However, if the population of good bacteria is diminished by any number of causes, Candida Albicans transforms from a yeast state into fungus. This fungus invades the body, allowing the introduction of potentially dangerous and immune-lowering substances, such as indigested dietary protein, into the bloodstream. The immune system´s response to these substances can result in numerous, chronic health maladies such as those outlined above. Symptoms
There are many symptoms of candida overgrowth in the intestinal tract. These include:
• Allergies and allergy symptoms, chemical sensitivities
• Anxiety, Hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder
• Chronic inflammation and irritation of the eye and conjunctivitis
• Diarrhea, chronic gas, and abdominal cramps alleviated by bowel movements and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Extreme lethargy
• Eye fatigue
• Facial rash
• Frequent urination
• Frequent yeast infections in women
• High sugar or mold foods drastically increase symptoms
• Inflammation of the hair follicles (candidiasis folliculitis) of
various parts of the body (feet, legs, arms)
• Lactose intolerance
• Muscle weakness and bone pain
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Panic attacks
• Psoriasis/seborrheic dermatitis/dandruff, dry, itchy skin
• Rectal itching
• Sinus problems and post nasal drip
• Swollen lips/face
• Symptoms worse after waking
• White tongue and a white coating Common Causes
Firstly, its important to realize that everyone has Candida already. It is a microorganism that is naturally present in your gut, part of the balanced system that helps you to digest food and stay fit and well. When people talk about Candidiasis the illness, they are really talking about the excess growth of Candida. The Chinese believe that over 80% of our immune system lives in the digestive tract. There are a variety of theories on how candidiasis can occur. Some of the culprits are:
• Oral antibiotics kill off the "good" bacteria in the intestine, which allows candida to proliferate
• Use of oral contraceptives, steroids, antacids, and anti-ulcer medications
• Having a repressed immune system due to medication or disease
• Multiple pregnancies
• Excessive Stress
Even though, candida is not an airborne infection. It can, however, be transmitted from one partner to another through intercourse, deep kissing or oral sex. Fortunately, if other person is healthy, his or her immune system will destroy the cells and prevent infection. Breastfeeding mothers can also transmit the infection to their infants. Testing for Candida
Candida is something of a controversial illness, and many medical professionals have not yet recognized it. Regretfully, this means that many patients are turned away and do not get the help that they need. Try the Candida Questionnaire and find out. The Candida questionnaire was created by Dr William Crook and is a useful tool for self-diagnosis. This questionnaire is appropriate for adults, both men and women. Print it out, complete each section and take it to your doctor. The questionnaire itself is quite long so I have added the link - check it out here: http://www.joyfullivingservices.com/candidatest.html
Lab Tests - If you and your doctor suspect that you have Candida, these are the lab tests that he will probably run: Blood Test
An Anti-Candida Antibodies test. There are 3 antibodies that should be tested to measure your immune system's response to Candida - IgG, IgA, and IgM. High levels of these antibodies indicate that an overgrowth of Candida is present. Stool Analysis
Your stool is directly analyzed for levels of yeast, pathogenic bacteria and friendly bacteria. Urine Tartaric Acid Test
This test detects tartaric acid - a waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth. An elevated test means an overgrowth of Candida.
If you can't find a qualified doctor who is willing to practice some alternative medicine, try to find a good, local homeopathist who will do the tests for you instead. Here's a simple test you can do at home to determine whether you have Candida.
1. When you get up in the morning, and before you brush your teeth, eat or drink anything, fill a glass with bottled
water at room temperature.
2. Spit some saliva gently into the glass.
3. Come back every 20 minutes for the next hour and check for some of these tell-tale signs of Candida:
- String's coming down through the water from the saliva at the top
- Cloudy saliva sitting at the bottom of the glass
- Opaque specks of saliva suspended in the waterRoatation Diet
- On the diet, foods that are biologically related are rotated in a controlled fashion to determine food allergies and sensitivities. The rotation usually lasts four days, meaning a food or anything biologically related to it is not eaten again until four days have passed. Additionally, no food can be consumed more than once per day. For example, if you eat a piece of toast at breakfast on Monday, bread cannot be consumed again on Monday or until Friday.
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- Rotation diets help individuals identify and unmask foods they are allergic or sensitive to. A rotation diet may also prevent the development of new allergies. Often, repetitive consumption or over consumption of a certain food can create an allergy. By rotating foods, this is completely prevented. Following this same understanding, the rotation diet may also allow an individual to regain tolerance of foods he or she was previously allergic or sensitive to. According to Dr. Lieberman, only 5 percent of all food allergies cannot be overcome. The rotation diet also provides optimum nutrition through consumption of a variety of foods, which also leaves the follower with feelings of satisfaction, helps prevents cravings and can aid in weight loss.
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- WATER - Water is the single most important nutrient for our bodies.
The Human body consists approximately of 60% of water and involved in every function of our bodies. For male it is 62 percent and for female it is 51 percent. Lungs are almost 90% water, the brain is about 70% water and blood is about 83% water. Each day humans should consume at least 2.5 liters of water for healthy system You can live five to seven weeks without food, but the average adult can last no more than 5 days without water. Dehydration robs from certain areas of the body to keep the brain, heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys well hydrated. Many symptoms of disease are the first sign of the body needing adequate amounts of water. Some of the symptoms include headaches, back pain, joint aches, dry skin, allergies, heartburn, constipation and memory loss. Proper hydration has other benefits for reversing the aging process. Water is a powerful nutrient to slow the aging process and to maintain your brain and memory. Your brain cells are mainly water-about 85 percent-and your brain is constantly active, even during sleep, therefore, your brain need to be well hydrated. Adults need six to eight 8-ounce glasses every day, more if you're large or physically active and even more if you drink much coffee, tea or cola, because the caffeine in these is a mild diuretic. Why do we sometimes feel hungry when in fact we're thirsty? For one thing, many of us seem to have learned to interpret some signs of thirst as signs of hunger. For another, the body may seek food as a source of water because about 37 percent of our daily water intake comes from food. Fruits and vegetables are typically 70 to 95 percent water. Cooked meat is 50 to 60 percent. Even bread is made up of about 35 percent water. So your body may signal that it's hungry in order to get more water through food and because water is so important, the body gives off strong messages when it needs more, which is why thirst masquerading as hunger can be so compelling.
- PH BALANCE - The pH of the bodies blood is critical for health. Our bodies are alkaline by design and acid by function. Maintaining proper alkalinity is essential for life, health, and vitality. Simply put - an imbalance of alkalinity creates a condition favorable to the growth of bacteria, yeast and other unwanted organisms. All leading biochemists and medical physiologists have recognized pH (or the acid-alkaline balance) as the most important aspect of a balanced and healthy body. A state of acidosis is simply the lack of oxygen and available calcium which the body uses to maintain its alkaline balance. Calcium makes up 1.6% of our body weight. It is literally the human glue that holds the body together. The human body is very intelligent. As we become more and more acidic the body starts to set up defense mechanisms to keep the damaging acid from entering our vital organs. It is known that acid gets stored in fat cells. If the acid does come into contact with an organ the acid has a chance to eat holes in the tissue. What are the first things we can do to change this? You can buy ph test strips. With hundreds of tests in a roll, and the most accurate tester available, you can monitor your entire family's pH on a daily basis. There are many ways to keep your body's biological terrain at a healthy alkaline environment. These include: Eating alkalizing foods including lots of green foods and super foods. Limiting our intake of phosphates which bind to calcium and prevent its absorption. Dietary phosphates are commonly found in all carbonated drinks, and in all animal protein. Adding dietary calcium in suppliment form is generally difficult because of our body's inability to absorb and assimilate most forms of commonly available calcium. The best calcium supplement, which is 95% absorbed by the human body is ionic coral calcium. You can also drink a glass of water first thing in the morning with a squeeze of lemon which will immediatly akaline your body.
- PROBIOTICS - The term “probiotic” means supporting life. Probiotics are friendly and beneficial bacteria which contributes to the health and balance of the intestinal tract. A probiotic is also referred to as the "friendly", "beneficial", or "good" bacteria which when ingested acts to maintain a healthy intestinal tract and help fight illness and disease. Although there are hundreds of different strains of bacteria that live in the digestive tract, two of the most prevalent types of beneficial bacteria are lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum. These bacteria (as well as others) are normal inhabitants of the large and small intestines. probiotics suggests that these friendly bacteria improve gastrointestinal functions, respiratory and allergy response, and may counter the negative effects of antibiotic use. Probiotics support our immune systems, balance intestinal environments and inhibit the growth of pathogenic organisms. These beneficial bacteria: 1. produce vitamins, 2. aid in absorption of nutrients, and 3. crowd out bad bacteria and fungus. Two of the most damaging substances to the delicate intestinal flora balance are chlorine and sodium fluoride also present in most treated city water and present in beverages which one gets at restaurants. The drinking of alcoholic beverages also contributes to the destruction of the intestinal flora. Medical antibiotics, birth control pills and many other allopathic drugs cause damage to the intestinal flora and to the tissue in the intestinal wall. Poor eating habits, stress and disease, the use of antibiotics in food production as well as in medical treatments can wreak havoc in the gastrointestinal tract by destroying good bacteria and allowing undesirable bacteria to multiply. When the ratio of good bacteria to bad is lowered, problems begin to arise such as excessive gas, bloating, constipation, intestinal toxicity and poor absorption of nutrients.
- SLEEP- It may seem obvious that sleep is beneficial. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we know that going without sleep for too long makes us feel terrible, and that getting a good night's sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world. A good nights sleep restores, repairs, and rejuvenates your body. Sleep is important because it is vital for your immune system and your overall health and slows down the aging process. Sleep deprivation has been linked to health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, mood disorders, reduced sex drive, and a host of physical conditions from chronic fatigue to depression. Insomnia affects many people robbing them of sleep and good health. Some causes of insomnia are stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, caffeine, and medications. Many of the major restorative functions in the body like muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release occur mostly, or in some cases only, during sleep. Low-quality sleep and sleep deprivation also negatively impact mood, which has consequences for learning. Alterations in mood affect our ability to acquire new information and subsequently to remember that information. As we go through life, our bodies get into a 24-hour cycle called the circadian rhythm. And as darkness falls, the brain’s pineal gland naturally secretes a chemical called melatonin, which makes us feel drowsy. Our bodies are usually at their peak temperature just before sleep, which will start to lower as we fall asleep. Erratic schedules, stimulants, stress, drugs, and other factors can alter this sleep schedule and wreak havoc on our system’s natural ability to rejuvenate itself. How much sleep we need varies with our age. Infants will typically need 16 hours of sleep each day; while toddlers (ages 1-3) may need between 10-12 hours of sleep; and by the teenage years, this can decrease to 9-11 hours of sleep a night. As adults, how much sleep we need per night can vary from 6-10 hours, but most experts seem to recommend 7-8 hours per night.
- LIVING FOODS-Everything you put in your mouth has the potential to produce life or death and all foods are not created equal. In fact, some foods should not be labeled “food” but rather “consumable product” or “edible”. Living foods exist in a raw or close to raw state. They include fruit, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts. Living foods are plucked, harvested, and squeezed, not processed, packaged, and put on a shelf. Life breeds life. Better Health is the result of putting more Life (Living Nourishment) Into the body and taking Death (Toxic Sludge) Out of the body. What does it mean to put Life Into the body? This means that we provide Living Nourishment to our cells. What is Living Nourishment? Simply speaking, it is readily digestible food that hasn't been killed (cooked). This is basically good food served and eaten raw - like crisp colorful salads and fresh ripe fruits and their juices. When you eat cooked carbohydrates, proteins and fats you are eating numerous mutagenic (carcinogenic) products caused by cooking. Vitamins are rather quickly destroyed by cooking. Minerals quickly lose their organic context and are returned to their native state as they occur in soil, sea water, rocks, metals and so on. In such a state they are unusable and the body often pushes them aside where they may combine with saturated fats and cholesterol in the circulatory system, thus clogging it up with their cement-like plaque. This evidenced by the fact that the average conventional eater has about two pounds of intestinal bacteria whereas living food eaters have only a few ounces. The life of our body is the totality of the lives of our individual cells. Lively cells make a lively body. Healthy cells make a healthy body.
- DETOXIFICATION - The body undergoes a lot of wear and tear both inside and outside so it is important to ensure that the body is taken care of in order to compensate for this. Just like a car engine which needs to be serviced and have its oil removed and changed, the body also has to be detoxified in order for it to function properly and to promote general health and well being. During the course of an individual's life they ingest a variety of foods; some of which are healthy and some of which are not so healthy. The fact is that not all of this food is successfully absorbed by the body as nutrients and not all of it is discharged out of the body as waste products, there are always remnants and these remnants become toxins that are left in the bowel and colon of the body. Over a long period of time, this can have some adverse effects on the body if these toxins are not removed. Detoxifying the body becomes even more important if you indulge in things such as cigarettes, junk food and alcoholic beverages. These things make it even more difficult for the natural detoxifying mechanism of the body to work and it makes it even more important for you to take steps to rid yourself of the toxins that are being accumulated in your body. A lot of the foods which most people eat on a daily basis have a very high acidic content which can have a negative effect on the body if this acidity is allowed to accumulate in the body without being removed at some point. It is necessary for the body's alkaline PH balance to be restored in order to aid the renewal and repair of cells and to promote general well being and a short detox program can do this for you. It is not only important to detoxify the body, it is necessary to do so as regularly as possible in order to maximize the benefits that are obtained from doing so.
- NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS - We must be certain that the ingredients in the nutritional supplement we choose are of the highest quality and are ultra-hypoallergenic (non-allergenic). They must not contain synthetics, inorganic and inert (dead/synthetic/toxic) substances, as well as the following: colloids, fat, cholesterol, wheat (gluten), corn, yeast, soy, dairy, eggs, nuts, caffeine, shellfish, animal products, artificial colors, flavors or additives, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, antibiotics, chemicals, binders, fillers, coatings, flow agents, starches, or salicylates. So, what kind of a multivitamin should it be? And how much should you expect to spend to get a good-quality supplement? Four basic kinds of vitamins are sold today: natural, synthetic, organic and carbon-bond organic. A vitamin derived from a natural source often contains co-factors that come with the nutrient in nature. For instance, co-factors often associated with vitamin C are bio-flavonoids. These are important to health, as they are present in the vitamin C you derive from eating an orange. Supplements should mimic good nutrition from natural whole foods. That’s why it’s important to read labels and determine the sources of the vitamins. There are two types of organic supplements found in the market. The “grocery store” definition of organic is whole-food-derived nutrients minus the insecticides, pesticides and herbicides; manufactured from ingredients that are certified organic. These supplements, if in tablet form, also might suffer less than optimal absorption due to the technology used to press them into tablets. The “scientific” definition of “organic” is related or belonging to the class of chemical compounds having a living carbon basis. A carbon-based organic supplement has living carbon wrapped around its nutrients. These supplements must be cold-processed to preserve the living matter in the product. These nutritional supplements take the longest to manufacture and may derive the maximum nutritional benefit, with no known risks or side effects. Both types of organic supplements carry significantly higher prices due to higher costs of production and source ingredients.You can find the best source of minerals and supplements. Ask your health care professional. Look for organically complex (carbon bound) supplements derived from whole foods, minimally processed and made from the highest quality ingredients. Avoid preservatives, synthetics and binders, as they are potentially harmful to the body. It’s better to take no supplement at all than to take a poor one.
- READ LABELS - Avoid any regular use of substances that may alter your moods. This includes sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and many food additives, such as synthetic food colorings, flavorings, MSG, aspartame, and others. Also, watch out for food reactions that can affect your energy from such foods as sugar and wheat. Be aware of other ways chemicals enter your life. Household cleaners, detergents, and even toothpaste can contain additives that are potentially detrimental to your health and the health of your loved ones, especially children and pets who are more vulnerable, even the familiar products we take for granted. Exposure to chemicals in the workplace or in department stores can be significant. Indoor pollution is often a greater concern than outdoor exposure. Anytime you believe you don't have a say in your health outcome you are automatically the victim. there's nothing you can do about it, because you're taking on a victim mentality. Keep a positive attitude toward life. Challenges are opportunities to improve your life. Learn to turn negatives into positives. Live a life of gratitude.
- BUY ORGANIC AND LOCAL - When you’re buying food from local farmers, your food is much fresher and hasn’t traveled across the country (or the world) to get to you. Many times, this produce is freshly picked that day – just hours before being delivered to your local market. Aside from the food being fresher, it’s better for the environment because cutting the travel time reduces harmful transportation pollution and energy waste. Buying local means that your money is staying in the local community. This helps to build a stronger basis for business in your small town, which will in turn help to make the local economy stronger. The local economy counts for most of the jobs and revenue in your area, so why go spend your money someplace that is just going to ship the money out to another place? Spend your money locally on farmers and produce growers who have invested in the local community and you will help yourself out as well. Besides, there are advantages to knowing the person who grows your food. You can ask then what kind of additives they put in it… how they handle it, and how organic it really is. This will help you to eat healthier food than you would be getting in the big stores. Organic food does not cause tons of toxic pesticides to be sprayed into the ground. It does not cause the pollution of local water supplies or come from chemically burned out soil fertilised with artificial toxins and poisons that are seeping not only into the water but into the vegetables themselves. Buying local, organic food just makes good sense all around. It is better for your, better for your community, and better for the planet.
- EXERCISE - Exercise is crucial to staying healthy and vital, as well as to good circulation and a strong immune system. Regular exercise can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, non insulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and can improve your mood and help you to better manage stress. For the greatest overall health benefits, experts recommend that you do 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic activity three or more times a week and some type of muscle strengthening activity and stretching at least twice a week. However, if you are unable to do this level of activity, you can gain substantial health benefits by accumulating 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity a day, at least five times a week. If you have been inactive for a while, you may want to start with less strenuous activities such as walking or swimming at a comfortable pace. Beginning at a slow pace will allow you to become physically fit without straining your body. Once you are in better shape and build more endurance, you can gradually do more strenuous activity. A formidable challenge facing many personal fitness trainers (PFTs) and other health and fitness professionals, is finding new ways of motivating people to improve their well-being through consistent participation in physical activity and exercise. Fitness programs involving progressively increasing intensities of exercise will elicit even greater cardio protective benefits. Dancing is an excellent way to get fit and get your heart rate up while working every muscle in your body. There is a growing understanding of how certain levels of physical activity positively affect cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, respiratory and endocrine function, as well as mental health. So get up and dance!