If you want to do yourself a favour, than stay off refined and processed food.
No doubt at all, refining and processing depletes food of vital nutrients, this in turn depletes our system of nutrients, as we need vitamins, minerals, etc., for the digestion of these empty foods.
Refined and processed food is loaded with sugar, salt, additives, preservatives, colorings, which are detrimental to your health.
By refusing to buy over processed food, you send a message, which will help to change the manufactures attitude to food quality. It has been happening for many years. The reason that we have many foods which labels such as >> No preservatives or artificial colours added, are due to the fact, that the consumer wants better quality.
However, lots of labels are giving misleading messages, and some of the claims have become meaningless. Please make sure you read the labels with the utmost care, and don't be fooled by empty statements.
Milk sounds like a nutritious good food, and for some cultures and people that seems to be true. However, mainly due to processing and allergy problems, there is evidence to link it to many health problems.
Milk consumption is often related to; excess mucous production, colds, coughs, tonsillitis, recurrent ear and sinus infections, bronchitis, asthma and allergies, diarrhoea, cramps and gastrointestinal bleeding, iron-deficiency anaemia, skin rashes, acne,
atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis.
The majority of people in this world over four years old are, in fact, "lactose intolerant"!
Lactose is the sugar in milk. Lactase is the enzyme that is needed to break down the lactose. Lactase activity appears in the intestinal tract of infants during the last trimester of pregnancy and is at it's height shortly after birth. By the age of four years most individuals gradually lose the lactase activity. This maturation process occurs in most mammals shortly after they are weaned, and can be seen as an indication, that milk drinking past that age is un-natural.
When milk is made into yogurt , much of the lactose is broken down. Similarly, when cheese ripens, much of the lactose is converted.
These substances can be tolerated by most people.
Lactose is not the only factor in milk allergies, milk protein and milk fat, high cholesterol, also may cause problems, so do herbicides sprayed on pastureland.
On the positive side, homemade yogurt started with a certified Acidophilus culture is extremely valuable for the health of the intestine.
"Whey" is another health giving product, which is well tolerated, contains no cholesterol, is high in protein and can take the place of ordinary milk, esp. in milkshakes.
Raw Goat's milk being the closest in chemical composition to human milk is recommended instead of cow's milk.
Note: Any pasteurization unfortunately will kill the valuable enzymes needed to digest any milk ... :-(
Animal feed may contain pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and tranquillisers. Fatty meat is high in cholesterol. The waste products of too much protein are uric acid, urea, creatin, etc, which accumulate and eventually precipitate in tissues as crystals. Meat tends to putrefy in the colon, producing toxic waste, which speeds the metabolism and causes degenerative diseases.
Cardiac-vascular heart diseases are linked to heavy meat consumption. Meat, being high in phosphorus, disturbs the body's calcium - phosphorus ratio, which should be 1:1.
In red meat eaters, the ratio may be as out of balance as 20:1.
On the positive side; we need protein and meat is a good source.
The problem is the over-consumption, preparation and the quality.
Have only lean cuts, of good quality, grilled not fried and only in small portions. Once again the trick is to under-eat rather than to over-eat.
As a guide for your meat requirement, you may have 1 palm size portion of meat with a main meal.
However, our recommendation is:
Eat less red meat..... and more fish, chicken, turkey and include combinations of legumes and nuts as protein source as well. Tempeh is another good source, as well as organic, none GM Tofu.
Overuse of laxatives can result in poor absorption, by accelerating the intestinal transit time. Paraffin and other mineral oils increase losses of fat-soluble vitamins A, E and K. Other laxative used to excess can cause large losses of minerals such as potassium, sodium and magnesium.
Lengthy cooking or reheating of food can oxidise and destroy heat susceptible vitamins such as the B-group, C and E. Boiling vegetables leaches the water soluble vitamins B-group and C, as well as many minerals. Some vitamins, such as B6 can be destroyed by microwaves. Light steaming is preferable.
Never fry your food in butter or vegetable oils!
Never even heat vegetable oils. Polyunsaturated oils are unstable, going rancid very quickly in heat, light and air. Rancid oils are associated with chronic degenerative diseases. Also avoid all hydrogenated oils, such as margarine, peanut butter, mayonnaise, etc.
Recommendation: use Coconut Oil - a medium chain fatty acid heat resistant oil, which has many other health benefits. Please read more - click >> Coconut Oil Health Benefits