You are what you eat.... Old saying, but I think it has a lot of meaning.
Before I start : I'm not going to pretend I'm one of these people that eats nothing but perfect food. In fact, I just ate some pretty crappy food
before starting to make this post, but I am trying to cut down on it as much as I can, and at the same time learn more about food in general and the
numerous problems we face with it.
Also, I don't know exactly why
our food is so filled with gunk and harmful things, other than people trying to make more profit and being
greedy. There's maybe several other reasons, but I'm not going into any of that because I don't want to make sensationalist claims that will probably
derail the thread.
Mainly though, I just think many people in the food industry are greedy, selfish, and don't seem to care about their customers health very much at
all, and I hope they all get their karma for it.
So here's a few things that can help those who don't know much about the many problems we have :
Restoring pH Balance in the Body
Have you ever wondered if many of the diseases raging through our society have a common cause?
Many doctors, herbalists and nutritionists believe that the explanation may come down to these simple words: pH Imbalance
If you scroll down to the bottom of that page you'll see a chart that can help a lot. It separates the foods into Most Alkaline and Most Acid. Your
body needs to maintain a balance between acid and alkaline for good health, and many of our modern day foods are too acidic.
This type of thing is really important and can help a lot if researched. Basically what many of us need to at least be doing for better health is
finding those alkaline foods and eating more of them for balance. Meat for instance is supposed to be very acidic, vegetables alkaline.
Omega 6/3 Balance
Again, hugely important. Western diets have things badly imbalanced towards Omega 6. Vegetable oils play a big part in this, and they're crammed into
tons of different foods. In this case finding good sources of Omega 3 is essential for some type of balance here.
This really freaked me out when I first read about it, mainly because there's a lot of seriously bad things that can happen if this balance is thrown
out for too long.
Here's a couple of links that should help, but if you're bothered about this it's good to have a search around various sites for a bit to get a decent
understanding of how the lack of balance here causes big problems.
Omega 3/6 Chart (notice the Flax Seeds here!
Omega 3 - Omega 6 Chart
Omega 3 Fats & Oils
Omega-3 - Alpha-Linolenic Acid (LNA) - is the essential fatty acid in shortest supply. According to experts, our current consumption of this fatty
acid has shrunk to one sixth of 1850 levels. By comparison, our intake of omega 6 fatty acids has doubled since 1940. Excess intake of omega 6 can
cause increased water retention, raised blood pressure and raised blood clotting.
Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids are best consumed in a ratio of about 3:1 - three omega 6 for one omega 3. Most Western diets range between
10 and 20 to 1 in favor of omega 6, which is not good for health. Although we need more omega 6, we eat too much of it and not enough omega 3
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Content of Various Oils
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins, fairly easy to keep track of, minerals I think is more difficult because there's a lot of them, and to be honest this is something I need to
research a decent bit more. One thing that can help here though is to use a site like this : The World's Healthiest
If you really get interested in what you're eating, especially things like vegetables, you can just type "whfoods [food name]" in a decent search
engine as you wonder about various foods, and you'll have a page for it. Then you can scroll down to a chart the site has for each food and see the
list of its vitamins and minerals.
The other great thing about this site is that it usually has a lot of other written info as well as the charts. So to give a few examples, here's the
charts of a few great vegetables. Check the amount of vitamins and minerals here :
And for you sprout haters, check this!
Honestly though, have a good research into this if you're interested, it'll help a lot.
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edit on 9-5-2012 by robhines because: typos!