#1: Dietary Support
Most of us are taught that deficiencies in vitamins and minerals cause disease—for instance, a popular example is that a lack of Vitamin C causes scurvy. But most illness due to nutritional deficiency is much more ambiguous. People will experience many symptoms and suffer a lot of systemic breakdown before getting to the point of having a recognizable disease from the lack of one vitamin.
Fresh vegetables, organic if possible. Pesticides and herbicides can contribute in a major way to cancer, disorders of the nervous system, Environmental Illness, allergies, and other degenerative diseases.
Fresh fruits, organic if possible (see above). Not suggested for the insulin-
Nuts, legumes and seeds, organic if possible (see above). Soaking helps make nuts more digestible, and sprouting everything provides many valuable enzymes.
Meat, poultry and fish, organic if possible. Factory farmed animals contain dangerous antibiotics and hormones. Farm raised fish (not caught in the ocean) are fed antibiotics unless the grower specifies otherwise.
Dairy products, organic if possible and preferably raw, or at least not homogenized. Non-
Eggs—organic (and/or free range) if possible. Non-
Unprocessed fats, cold-
If you choose to eat grains, make sure they are unrefined (whole), and organic if possible (see above). Refined grains have most of the nutrients removed. People who are ill, have digestive disorders, any form of thyroid malfunction are strongly urged to avoid grains that contain gluten—wheat, rye, barley, spelt and triticale.
Here is a general guideline of those foods and other non-
No white sugar, refined sugar syrups (such as corn or rice syrup), or chemical sweeteners such as Aspartame (which is very unsafe). (Some people whose health problems are not too severe can tolerate small amounts of natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, rice syrup, date sugar, or fruit juice.)
No preservatives or chemicals of any kind. This includes MSG (monosodium glutamate), which is a poison and negatively affects brain function.
No alcohol or cigarettes. Some people can tolerate coffee in moderation, but be aware that coffee is a drug and contains caffeine. It puts an enormous strain on the adrenal glands.
No hydrogenated (saturated) fats. They are created by manipulating the fat molecules so they clump together, which completely alters their chemistry and produces toxic substances in the system.
No one food plan will work for everyone. Each person has a distinct metabolism, genetic heritage, likes, dislikes, and lives under different environmental conditions with varying abilities to handle stress Thus we must approach diet as an individual matter. Someone with compromised immune function will require a diet different from what a healthy person can eat. Even the same person will need different nutrition when sick than when well.
Whatever your food plan, it is important to enjoy what you are eating rather than rigidly adhering to a diet. I have seen people become as ill from the rigidity of their attitudes as from the junk food they ingest. If you are feeling reasonably stress-
#2: Balancing Blood Sugar Levels
Refined carbohydrates and sugars are created by isolating one aspect of a food from its whole matrix. For instance, white wheat flour is created by removing the nutritious bran and germ from the wheat berry, leaving only the starchy endosperm. Sugar is manufactured from sugar cane. The plant is crushed and boiled, and from the mineral-
In blood sugar disorders, sugar is the addiction. The antidote is steady, assimilable amounts of high-
Someone with a blood sugar disorder is certain to be missing some vital nutrients; otherwise, there wouldn’t be such an imbalance in the body. Supplementation is highly recommended to help the body recoup the nutrients that it has been missing. Many people with blood sugar disorders require extra Vitamin B-
#3: Cleansing and Detoxification
People unfamiliar with holistic health methods may feel uncomfortable with the idea that the body needs to be "cleansed," because they fear that this implies it is dirty. But cleansing is a natural process (and in no way are aspersions cast on the body). It gives the digestive organs a chance to rest. When the body takes a break from the task of digesting, transforming and assimilating food, the glands and other tissues have the opportunity to get rid of metabolic waste and other debris, and then repair and rebuild. Our ancestors had regular opportunities to cleanse, during times of enforced fasting due to a scarcity of food.
Any infection or imbalance in the system produces debris—from the microorganisms that the body has fought and the waste materials released by the body itself in the process of healing. Broth, light soups, fresh squeezed vegetable (not fruit) juices, and steamed vegetables will all to varying degrees give your system the rest it needs and deserves. See a holistic health practitioner for help with a more stringent fasting program, for information on cleaning your digestive tract with herbs and colonics, and for advice on general nutrition.
In conclusion: You are the most important person in your life. Don’t neglect your emotional or physical health. The kinder you are to yourself, the better you will be able to set appropriate boundaries with other people. But boundaries do more than set limits; they help us define our needs and who we are. Once we know, we can more easily relax and enjoy ourselves—and each other.
Conclusion: You are the most important person in your life. Don’t neglect your emotional or physical health. The kinder you are to yourself, the better you will be able to set appropriate boundaries with other people. But boundaries do more than set limits; they help us define our needs and who we are. Once we know, we can more easily relax and enjoy ourselves—and each other.
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