It’s usually not until the end of the year when I realize the journey that I’ve endured for the preceding 365 days. 2007 was all about overcoming and accepting health challenges. Most of the time, I was busy making green shakes, or trying to conjure up new ways to get my child to eat broccoli.
A recent health study showed that, in the United States, the rate of people suffering heart attacks significantly increases during the months of December and January, aligning with the holiday period. The study’s directors have suggested that possible culprits for this may include breaks in diets, exercise programs and excess alcohol consumption.
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.
Supplements and vitamin-fortified foods are more popular than ever. And there is certainly a wide body of evidence to suggest that many of these supplements have health benefits that can easily have you believing that you will indeed live forever (or at least well into old age), if you take them regularly.
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.
At the age of 52, late-night talk show host David Letterman underwent quintuple bypass surgery due to a constricted artery – the result of out-of-control cholesterol levels. Letterman frequently joked about his battle with high cholesterol on The Late Show with David Letterman; he even went on an all oat-bran diet for some time.
Kris Carr was diagnosed with stage 4 Cancer and, as she says in her film Crazy Sexy Cancer, there is no stage 5. So, the young woman was left with what modern medicine would have us believe is a death sentence. But she wasn’t having any of it.
Not too long ago, I was on the bus and I saw this mother literally shoving a tube of liquid candy down the throat of her overweight 4 year-old. It was unbelievable. As I sat and watched, I thought about how angry I was at the mother for poisoning her child with nutrition-less, sugar-loaded food.
Nuts and seeds play a major role in a vegetarian diet. They naturally contain enzyme inhibitors that prevent proper digestion. This means that snacking on raw organic nuts may not be as healthy as you think. However, soaking nuts and seeds in clean water before eating helps awaken those enzymes.