FACT: Our bodies are made out of what our bodies do with what we ingest into the body. They are not made out of anything else. The quality of the resources we put into our bodies has a significant influence on how well our bodies function.
Difficult as it may be, try to maximize eating raw food and minimize eating cooked food. Maintain a diet of about 70% to 75% complex carbohydrates, eaten raw or nearly raw, primarily from grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Cooking food begins to destroy its enzymes at 118 degrees Fahrenheit, resulting in an immune response in the body known as digestive leukocytosis. This is the bodys reaction to food as if it were poison. Maximizing the intake of raw food, preferably nutrient rich, organically-grown food free of man-made chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, can provide the body with much needed, quality resources with the enzymes intact. Fresh raw food is generally high in water content also; however, be conscious that while some fruits and vegetables, such as peaches, apples and carrots, have more water content than others, such as bananas, it is not wise to rely upon your food to give your body enough water to do its work. Drink fresh spring water daily that has not been chlorinated or fluoridated. Also, stay away from junk food, fast food, canned food, prepared and microwaved food. The fresher food is, the more benefit it potentially has.
If you eat cooked food, either bake it or lightly steam it, and take plant enzymes just prior to eating in order to minimize the bodys immune response and maximize the bodys ability to extract the foods nutrients. The body is incapable of breaking cooked food down sufficiently to extract most of what it ultimately needs. The intestine cannot break food down below the level of Peptides (two or more chains of amino acids). Enzymes taken with cooked food help supplement what the body would otherwise have to take from its store of enzymes in the digestive process. Remember that plant enzymes are distinctly different from digestive enzymes. They are made from plant sources without any animal constituents and are available from Lifestar or most health food stores.
Minimize red meat. If you do eat beef, it should be free-range and not corn-fed or raised in feed lots. Avoid pork completely. If you eat fish, be as sure as you can that the water it lived in is unpolluted and healthy. Chicken and turkey should be free-range or wild, and on diets normal to their native habitats. Most animals raised for slaughter are fed and cared for inconsistent with the health and needs of animals, and many animals raised for food are diseased. It is common practice to have drugs, antibiotics and dangerous hormones included in their diet to keep them alive and to manipulate their life cycles to fatten them for slaughter as fast as possible. Most animals are also put through inhumane deaths, dying in states of terror that fill their bodies with adrenaline, among other things, which gets consumed when the animals flesh is eaten. Humane slaughter is almost nonexistent, but if you eat animal products, be sure they are organically raised. Go to a health food store or butcher you can trust.
If you eat raw beans, seeds and nuts, soak them in spring water, non-chlorinated, non-fluoridated, for 24 hours to deactivate the enzyme inhibitors. After 24 hours, the water should be poured off, the beans, seeds or nuts rinsed, then soaked in fresh spring water again for another 8 to 12 hours before cooking or eating raw.
If you drink fruit or vegetable juices, get a juicer so you can have them fresh. Juice must be consumed within the first few minutes it is prepared. The enzymes naturally present in fruit or vegetables immediately start to break down the juice constituents into simpler compounds, and the longer the juice sits, the more its benefit is diminished. Benefit is maximized by including the fiber. If your juicer separates juice from the fiber, eat the fiber by itself or in a salad. It is full of benefits your body can utilize.
Drink water that is non-chlorinated, non-fluoridated and alive. It is possible for tap water to be a healthy source of water, but not probable. Thus, wherever water is specified in these recommendations, it is generally stipulated to be spring water. Further, spring water has a lower surface tension, thus a higher cleansing ability than most municipal water (tap water). Do your homework! Before getting water, check its source. Ask the bottled water company for a current assay of the man-made chemical content. There should be none detected. Sodium Fluoride, frequently added to drinking water, is one of the 100 most toxic substances known to exist. Cancer researchers have found a 17% rise in 16 years of cancers in towns in the USA which are fluoridated in comparison with those which are not. A rise in a rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma, was recorded in men under 20 in fluoridated areas. This was confirmed in studies on rats in 1989 by the US National Toxicology Program.
Four major studies involving 480,000 children (US, 39,000; Japan, 22,000; India, 400,000; Tucson, 29,000) comparing fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas showed no significant difference in tooth decay rates. What was proven is that a higher intake of fluoride will actually cause MORE cavities, especially for children with low dietary calcium intake.
Commonly found in tooth paste, it is a poison and should be scrupulously avoided (you can get toothpaste at health food stores that does not contain this). Calcium Fluoride is okay. Also, some bottled water companies add chlorine to their holding tanks, and some offer filtered water and/or water bottled straight out of the tap. Be sure what you are getting is pure spring water that has not been polluted.
Muscle movement from walking and exercise helps the bodys lymphatic system remove metabolic waste and toxins from the body. Lack of motion can be detrimental. If normal body movement is restricted or impractical, get deep muscle massages daily, moving toward the heart area to implement the lymphatic system. Minimize the intake of man-made chemicals, including drugs. Virtually all pharmaceutical drugs, including aspirin, are harmful (i.e. produce side effects) to varying degrees. If you can exercise, include that as part of your regimen. Do something you enjoy so that it will be something you look forward to doing.
Bring as much joy and love into your days as possible. Put yourself into circumstances that you enjoy and that inspire you. If you are dealing with toxic emotions or relationships, take steps to minimize or eliminate them. If you need help in doing this, seek out resources that will support you. This is your life. You have a right to make it work for you.
Your body belongs to you, and it is ultimately your responsibility. It is you who has the most to gain and you who has the most to lose by the choices you make. The success of what you do depends greatly on how you hold yourself in this role. The ground rules you set for yourself and others in this process and your commitment to wellness are crucial.