Most Americans have little concern about contracting parasites. However, the idea that parasites are only something to be worried about if you travel overseas is not entirely true. Parasites are becoming a leading cause of food borne illness in the United States, for which there was no shortage of in recent years.
The central concept of the Judaic tradition ‘Torah’ dictates certain dietary rules and regulation for consumption of food, that is called ‘Kosher’ food. But beyond appealing to the Jewish community, it seems that many other people also believe that kosher food products are generally healthier and safer than non-kosher items.
The truth of the matter is that most people are already aware that no single product or pill can hold the key to the fountain of youth. Rather, a balanced lifestyle that pays heed to nutrition, exercise, and the support of friends and family seems to be what helps us stay healthy and robust well into our senior years.
Over the past few months, I’ve noticed an influx of companies starting to develop food products geared towards those with gluten intolerance, which comes from a gastrointestinal condition called Celiac disease. Gluten is a natural protein that exists in grains such as wheat, barley, oats and rye.
29 year old Angela Stokes chose to take her raw food lifestyle to the next level by completely going on a liquid (fruit and veggie) juice diet for 92 days. Unlike a juice fast, Angela did not deprive her body of calories or nutrients. She simply provided her body with easily digestible nourishment – minus the fiber.
The raw food revolution is gaining popularity, and I’m glad because we are learning to incorporate delicious raw meals into our diets that don’t leave us hungry for burgers and fries. We’re learning that raw doesn’t limit us to carrot sticks and spinach leaves, so more and more people are jumping on the raw wagon.
The word “HEALTHY” is probably one of the most misused and misunderstood words of our generation. We definitely all want to be it, because it means living longer and feeling better while we’re here. But, so many of the health related messages are funded by people and corporations with ulterior motives that it becomes hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Your body can secrete acid and alkaline enzymes to break down your food – but not at the same time. Protein digestion requires an acidic digestive environment, and carbohydrates require an alkaline one. Combining the two will cause confusion and putrification of your meal.
When is it time to call it quits with lunch? Is it when your entire sandwich, fries, salad and sides are gone? Is it when your belly starts to feel bloated? Most of us feel that it’s necessary to fill up in order for a meal to be satisfying. I was once even under the misconception that filling up meant my body was getting full nutrition.
Does good wine leave you with a bad headache or queasy feeling – especially if it’s so good that you have to drink a lot of it? Maybe it’s not that your tolerance for alcohol has waned in your older age. Maybe, additives to the wine and your own body’s ability to digest also play a role in your hang-over.