1. Use butter – especially from pastured cows. Butter is our best daily source of infection-fighting Vitamin A. Margarine has none.
Also, use lard from outdoor-living pigs. Lard is our best daily source of infection-fighting Vitamin D. Together fat soluble Vitamins A & D fight infection as they help our bodies absorb minerals.
2. Stop using commercial vegetable oils such as canola, soybean, and sunflower. If the genetically modified organisms don’t bother you, the excess omega 6 and the trans fatty acids produced during high temperature, high pressure deodorization should. (Our traditional healthy fats don’t need high heat processing or chemical solvents like hexane.)
3. Avoid deep-fried foods unless prepared in heat-and oxidation-resistant more stable saturated fats like coconut, beef tallow or creamy lard.
Most restaurants use chemically unstable, highly processed vegetable oils that – in very small amounts – promote oxidation – cellular damage. Trans-free or not, most restaurant-prepared French fries contain the truly ‘bad’ fat of mass destruction: damaged omega 6 linoleic acid.
4. Eat an orange; don’t drink orange juice. As the Corn Growers Association crowed about $20 million times, “Sugar is Sugar.” They’re right: a 10 oz glass of orange juice contains the sugar of 6 to 8 large oranges – several teaspoons of sugar. Excess sugar, especially the combination of glucose and fructose (white sugar or HFCS), promote sticky traffic jams in the liver – and ultimately fatty liver disease, now increasing even in younger people.
5. Include fresh eggs for breakfast (unless you are allergic to them). Most of us need 30 grams of protein before noon. Complete protein-rich eggs (7 grams per large egg) provide the building materials needed by your body to build cell membranes and other structures – and provide steady energy all morning long. Sugary cereals can’t do that!
6. Avoid dried or powdered eggs and milk found in packaged, processed food products. Dried eggs and milk provide oxidized cholesterol, the only type of cholesterol “They Should Be Warning You About – but don’t.” Choose fresh eggs and whole raw milk from small producers as much as possible; avoid dried, powdered or pasteurized products that promote cellular rusting.
7. Have a glass of water first thing, but remember, there is no one formula for how much water we need daily. As noted by Roger J. Williams, PhD, author of Biochemical Individuality, “We’re more different than alike.”
Food also contains water, and for optimum digestion, most people should restrict water during a meal. Get in the habit of intentionally drinking water uncontaminated water – stay hydrated – but don’t overtax your kidneys or follow “one-size-fits-all” advice about much of anything health or medical.
8. If you supplement with one mineral, make it magnesium. While I am not in the supplement business, I recommend magnesium-emphasized ConcenTrace Mineral Drops. They provide all minerals in easy-to-absorb ionic form, including 250 mg of magnesium in ½ teaspoon. Simply add to your drinking water. There are other useful magnesium compounds to consider as well; cheap magnesium oxide is not one of them.
9. Eat fermented vegetables and old fashioned bone broths. It’s vital to learn about traditional food preparation techniques. Fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut are incredibly good for our gastrointestinal health – home of the immune system. Bone broths are inexpensive to produce mineral-rich elixirs. (Chicken soup from slowly simmering chicken bones is a rich source of antimicrobial monounsaturated palmitoleic acid – eat the skin too.) These are key foods that have promoted good health and longevity throughout the ages.
10. Walk – don’t run. Stretch daily like a cat dog. (If you need a reason to walk, buy a dog.) Any veterinarian will tell you dogs need daily exercise. Don’t be a couch potato, but don’t over-exercise; running and extreme exercise can enlarge the heart. (The number one cause of death among marathoners is heart failure.)
11. Eat red meat and juicy fatty pork. Lamb and pastured beef are your best sources of L-Carnitine and zinc, while pork is your best source of Vitamin B-1. Beef, pork and chicken livers provide abundant Vitamin A and all B-Vitamins. These animal foods are nutrient dense – provide complete protein – and when purchased from small producers, contain no hormones or antibiotic residues. Make sure YourPlate doesn’t look like MyPlate.gov!
12. Need to lose weight (burn fat)? Go to a used bookstore and purchase a copy of Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution or the original Diet Revolution (1972) if you can find one. The Atkins and/or Paleo approach to eating is based on the traditional nutrient-dense foods that kept our ancestors happy and healthy. Learn more about Paleo and Atkins to BURN FAT and stay healthy in 2013.
13. Learn more about tonic herbs. Learn about traditional foods – and learn more about tonic herbs. As an example, silymarin from milk thistle seeds enhances the metabolism of liver cells and protects the liver from toxic injury. Use it daily for 3 months (or longer) to help repair and rejuvenate the liver. No pharmaceutical drug can do that!
Hawthorn berries, flowers and leaves – when taken over time – nourish the heart and help dilate the coronary arteries. In Germany, hawthorn is widely prescribed as a cardiotonic because European science has confirmed that hawthorn increases the heart’s muscle tone. Hawthorn extracts (powder or liquid) are even better when used in conjunction with circulation stimulants like cayenne pepper and ginger.
Cayenne and ginger help regulate unwanted blood-clot promoting fibrin – a blood protein that builds up after meals and in excess promotes heart attack and sudden death. While these circulation stimulants clean the blood, milk thistle and hawthorn nourish the liver and heart, respectively.
Remember, “A stitch in time saves nine.”
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