The Fifth Step - SUPERFOODS
There are still some foods left on the planet that are packed with the nutrition we need. Most of us don't eat them, which accounts for many of our illnesses. I am listing the main ones here, and I recommend you try to work as many of these into your diet as possible.
Granted these foods don't have the "allure" of a Cassata, but food isn't about allure - it's about nutrition.     Life and death, actually..........it helps to learn to like the things that are good for you.
There is no one magic fix in terms of diet, although the first item below perhaps comes close to it, and variety is key The most sensible thing is to stick to the 80/20 Rule, and choose foods that are packed with nutrition.
Chlorella/Spirulina These are two forms of micro-algae, they are not identical in composition and they perform slightly differently. There is good argument for adding both to your diet. They are alkaline-forming foods rich in nutritive value.
Chlorella is the greatest source of chlorophyll, together with more than 20 vitamins and minerals including B complex, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, iron and calcium, almost 70% protein, and 19 of the 22 amino acids. The chlorophyll it contains is a liver detoxifier, a bowel cleanser, and a catalyst for the absorption of other elements, including iron. It is the highest source of the nucleic acids DNA and RNA, reduced levels of which are believed to be implicated in physical deterioration and ageing.
It boosts the immune system and fights infection. It has been shown to increase the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, which helps to treat ulcers, colitis, diverticulosis and Crohn's disease. Also used to treat constipation, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Chlorella has been used to treat cancer and also help protect the body from the effects of cancer radiation treatment. It is effective in removing heavy metals fom the bloodstream.
Chlorella is popular in Asia as an energy-producing supplement. In Japan, it is traditionally used as a treatment for duodenal ulcers, gastritis, hypertension, diabetes, hypoglycemia, asthma, and constipation.
Note: Check for more on Chlorella and Spirulina HERE.
Blackstrap Molasses is a byproduct of the refining process we use to make the sugar we consume into a "pure white and deadly" product.
At the start, molasses from the sugar refineries was used simply for feeding stock, but we have now learned that this by-product actually contains all the nutritive value of the sugar cane, and what we put on our tables and into the greater proportion of commercially prepared foods is the nutritionally worthless part. (Of course the food companies throw sugar anto just about everything - thats the guaranteed way to make just about anything palatable.)
In fact "nutritionally worthless" is an understatement - sugar is a nutritional liability because it is devoid of the natural elements that would help the body to digest it. As such it calls on the body's resources and depletes them further, thus creating the acid pH condition we are trying to avoid.
In the 'good old days', before nutrition lost the plot and farming was overtaken by chemical remedies, farmers knew that molasses was good for stock. And they were right - even in recent times; I've heard stories of how the barrel of molasses helped sick or injured animals.
In the good old days, too, molasses was welcome on the farmhouse table. There were some great recipes like Boston Baked Beans (with molasses), Home-made Pumpkin Pie (with molasses), Barbecue Ribs (with molasses) and Joe Froggers. Those were the days, when instead of just eating food because it tastes nice, people ate food because it tasted wonderful, AND it was good for their health.
As well as being very alkaline in its effect on the system (see Alkaline-Acid Effects of Some Common Foods), Blackstrap molasses contains a large amount of the B vitamins and is an unusually rich source of iron. Weight for weight, blackstrap molasses contains only slightly less iron than beef liver. What's really important though, is that this iron is in a form that can be easily assimilated. So not surprisingly, blackstrap molasses is one of the foods that is reputed to restore hair color.
Blackstrap molasses will build rich, youthful blood. It has copper, manganese, magnesium and potassium - another important mineral for health. Here is the very nicest brand you can buy - Organic Blackstrap Molasses. Make sure what you take is "Blackstrap".
Yoghurt is especially helpful in counteracting "age" because it is an aid to digestion in several respects. Firstly, it helps stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach - and many people have a decline in hydrochloric acid secretion as they get older. This helps directly with the digestion of proteins which require an acid medium.
Secondly, natural yoghurt contains a good spectrum of acidophilus bacilli which are responsible for digestion in the bowel and also for keeping bad bacteria such as candida at bay and counteracting constipation - another bane of advancing years when the diet is not well managed. The value of yoghurt in ageing was well demonstrated by the Hunzas. It is also a good source of protein, calcium and riboflavin.
All these benefits are found in natural unsweetened yoghurt. Do not buy the commercial sweetened varieties because not only are the lacking in the good properties, but they also contain sugar and chemicals.
Lecithin is well known for reducing cholesterol in the blood. But that is not the only factor that makes it beneficial in ageing. It has the capacity to help with cell and organ repair and it has been found to be a brain food. In many older people it produces great alertness. Science has proved that lecithin is one of the substances in brain tissue associated with the retention of information.
Lecithin is also beneficial for the skin because it fills out and softens the skin and underlying tissue. It also reduces that drawn look while losing weight because it has the capacity to redistribute the weight and keep the body tissue balanced.
Finally, Lecithin contains phosphatidylcholines, which have been shown in clinical studies to benefit cases of acne, to improve liver function, and to lower cholesterol, Lecithin can be bought in granules, oil, or capsules. Granules have the advantage that they can be mixed into foods, but they can "go off" if not bought and used absolutely fresh.
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