Until a few years ago we were all prescribed the same protein, low fat, high carbohydrate diet and it was considered as the perfect diet for all of us and now I’m going to explain about some diet myths in detail.
This diet will do the same for all of us. That we’d lose weight, lower our cholesterol and improve our health and fitness.
But as time passed and more research went into it, it was found that this type of one for all diet resulted in rise in obesity along with side effect of ever-growing cases in diabetes.
Do you know eating a low-fat diet can actually raise cholesterol?
Scientists have reached a conclusion that diet is about individual body type. It has to be tailor-made for each one of us depending upon our biochemical individuality, meaning metabolic type.
The same nutrient can have different effects in different Metabolic Type of people, or for that matter the same disease can arise in different Metabolic Types for opposite biochemical reasons. One Diet For All is a pass.
Lets explore and discuss some popular diet myths:
It was believed that nutrients are nutrients no matter what form they are in. Where as according to studies the carriers of nutrients also have a powerful role to play.
Depending on the Metabolic Type, any nutrient can be acidifying or alkalinizing.
1- Orange Juice as a diet myth
Drinking lots of orange juice helps get rid of a cold is again a diet myth. Colds and flues are viruses.
All viruses thrive in an alkaline biochemical environment.
Orange juice is a highly alkalinizing thing, and is one of the worst things you can have as a measure to prevent and fight off a cold or flu virus.
You can eat the best organic foods, take the finest supplements money can buy, drink plenty of pure water, get sufficient rest and exercise regularly, but if you do not meet the needs of your Metabolic Type, you’ll only be wasting your time and money.
2-All of us should include calcium or vitamin C, or anti-oxidants, etc as a part of our supplement intake is again a diet myth.
The reality is as the old adage goes one’s food is another’s poison.” This is the reason why one should only take those supplements that are right for your Metabolic Type.
SO the firth thing you need to know is your metabolic type. Unless you know your body type and how it reacts to various foods and supplements you’d never come to know what is right for you.
Excess of vitamin C, especially if it does not go with your body type or from a source that will not gel with your body’s biochemical type, it can deteriorate your immune system and can even cause cancer!
Too much calcium has also been the cause of osteoporosis in some cases.
People believe that you can take all the supplements you can lay your hands on and afford.
Your body will take what it needs and reject the rest. In reality this is not how things work.
Such misconceptions ignore the reality of cause and effect. The Supplement you consume either stimulate or sedate organs, systems and control mechanisms.
If you take the wrong nutrients or the formulations, which is against your metabolic type, you will deteriorate your existing imbalances further or there are chances that you will create new imbalance.
Nutrients do have the power to heal, but they also have the power to make you unwell if they do not go with for your Metabolic Type.
So you need to keep a few of these facts in mind before you jump on to a diet or exercise regime. Talk to your doctor and find out your nutritional type. That is the best way to keep fit and healthy.
The Best Medicine Is to Avoid Foods which Harm
It all starts with the stomach. You keep your diet in order and everything is in control. Of late the food habits of people in general have deteriorated.
people eat en route and call it grub. So we can imagine the state, food is actually in. As children we were told to eat our food slowly, take time to chew, eat in a quiet environment putting all the worries aside.
Concentrating on food while we eat has become doctor or Yoga guru’s prescription in today’s age.
We read, discuss all and any sort of topic on the dining table while having a meal, talk on the phone or cell.. everything that distracts us from food.
We eat wrong food, and even if we may be eating some right food during the day but the way we eat may not be right.
Let’s come to food that can harm or heal. I have listed them down:
- Foods, which harm or Kill include Food items that contain Hydrogenated Fats Like margarine
- Table (Refined) salt
- Chlorinated water
- Mono Sodium Glutamate
- Food Additives
- Concentrated sweeteners like sugar syrup, sugar, cane sugar etc
- Refined oil
- Baking power
- Junk Food
- Fried and Smoked food
- Hard and dried bovine products like cheese
- Soft drinks and Alcohol
List of Foods, which heal, are;
- Barley malt
- Rice malt
- Carrots in your routine diet
If you include in your diet algae, seafood and unrefined sea salt that contain trace minerals Chromium and Vanadium, your craving for Sugar will reduce.
The most obvious symptom of Chromium and Vanadium deficiency is sugar craving. Fruits and vegetable Juices, unrefined sea salt, Calcium magnesium, Vitamin D etc. constitute a healthy diet.
Is There Anything Called Good Brain Food?
Yes. There are good brain foods and bad brain foods. What is good brain food?
Good brain food is that which reduces the risk of heart disease, which is low in fat and cholesterol plus results in good blood flow to the brain. Good brain food will protect your brain cells;
help your brain to function effectively. Good brain food will keep your mind fit.
Foods and Brain Functionality Correlation
To function properly the brain needs the right balance of nutrients and proteins including sugar, to function well. Just like a healthy body requires exercise, positive attitude and good diet, a healthy mind requires right diet and mental exercise to function effectively.
Excess body weight or obesity in people can be a potential threat to suffer from dementia at a late stage in life. People who have high blood pressure and cholesterol are five to six times more likely at the risk of dementia.
For a long healthy life and healthy brain, discipline your food habits. Instead of running after dietitians and gyms, adopt a routine at home and stick to it.
If you get serious about staying mentally and physically fit, you can. It’s a question of your will. Nobody can convince you. Because you already know how important it is to say fit in body and mind.
Foods recommended for Good Brain: Use of mono- and polyunsaturated fats, like olive oil is highly recommended. Switch to baking/grilling food instead of frying food. To protect brain cells eat spinach, sprouts like Brussels and alfalfa. Kale, beets, eggplant, red bell pepper, broccoli and corn.
Also fruits with high antioxidant levels found in raisins, plums, oranges, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, red grapes and cherries. Dark-skinned fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of naturally occurring antioxidant levels.
Cold water fish contain beneficial omega-3 fatty acids: halibut, mackerel, salmon, trout and tuna that are good brain food.
Some nuts can be a useful part of your diet; almonds, pecans and walnuts are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant are very good skin and brain food.
A study conducted on middle-aged and elderly women showed that women who ate the most green and leafy vegetables in the group were one to two years younger in terms of mental fitness and function than women who ate less green vegetables.
How Vitamins Can Improve Brain Functionalities?
Vitamins make good brain food too. There is a positive indication in the recent research that vitamin E, or vitamins E and C together, vitamin B12 and folate may be important nutrients in lowering your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
B series vitamins especially vitamin B1 and B12 are brain good foods which prevents from memory loss and confusion.
A diet that is brain-healthy will help increase the intake of these vitamins and it will be used by the your body system effectively.
Brain Food No-No:
High intake of saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol clogs the arteries and is associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
However HDL (or good) cholesterol may help protect brain cells.
The older generation used to say, always take the cheese with nuts at all the time, why?
It’s because they are completing each-other, otherwise the cheese alone will affect your brain functionality.
Health Giving Exercise and Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables
There are not too many people about now that remembers the years ago at my grand parents time.
These of course were the years of the last war.
What I can remember is that many people who had the room in their gardens kept hens, mainly for the eggs which were scarce in those days.
The other was that almost every garden had a vegetable plot which provided much needed vegetables during that time.
These vegetables were organic as in those times people could not afford to spend out on pest controllers so the food they ate was healthy home grown.
Today you can buy organic vegetables and foods but for many families the extra expense is just too much.
I have to admit that the array of beautiful flowers displayed in gardens of most homes is a delight, but for those people who find the expense of organic foods a bit too much, why not think of turning a small plot in your garden over to those healthy vegetables.
Is Organic Food Cheaper?
You would think that organic foods would be cheaper to buy as they don’t require all those expensive pesticides that are used on our normal every day veggies and fruit.
But as they are farmed in much smaller quantities and require more manual work, the price is higher which makes it harder for us to live as healthily as we would like to do.
In this age of modern living when almost every household has a car, exercise is taken in gyms and with expensive or inexpensive appliances that are brought into the home.
Why not think of a better way of exercising by providing the home with healthy organic fruit and vegetables with a plot in the corner of your garden where you can get the best of worlds, exercise and healthy home grown organic vegetables.