Generally –and sometimes, unbeknownst to us, the food we eat is overflowing with saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and trans fatty acids.
We, as Americans, consume up to 40% of our total calories in fat. This entails the danger of poor circulation –which leads to high blood pressure; poor elimination, and excess congestion and toxicity in the body. Also, our bodies then are unable to perform the functions that good, unprocessed fats provide.
In short, we have to take action on these by:
- Eliminating or dramatically reduce our consumption of processed fats, trans fats, and hydrogenated fats.
- Keeping our total daily fat intake below 25% (i.e., fewer than 25% of the calories we ingest should be fat, ideally less).
These days we have countless studies and a gazillion research made that shows a direct relation between animal-based diets and chronic illnesses as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Even small amounts can cause adverse effects; so we have to focus on:
- Eliminating or dramatically reducing your consumption of animal flesh
- Total protein intake should be 5-6% per day and should come from plant-based sources, which are more efficient and have more antioxidants, fiber, and minerals
If you are among those people which find almost impossible to leave out meat of our diet completely –and I can almost hear some of us pleading: “not the bacon… please, oh please, not the bacon– then follow these guidelines: eat it only once a day, combine it with green vegetables or salads; eat it in the middle of a day, never before going to sleep at night, and always purchase your meat making sure it’s free range, antibiotic free and organic.
By now you should already know that there’s a significant correlation between dairy and osteoporosis, kidney problems and certain forms of cancer. In the China Study, researchers found that a certain kind of cancer was promoted by casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein. Also, diets rich in animal foods make women eliminate excessive calcium, providing a negative balance.
This is why we should:
- Eliminate or dramatically reduce your consumption of dairy products
- Ensure that your daily calcium intake is about 400 milligrams per day and comes from plant-based sources that are calcium-rich
- Try other alternatives (in moderation) such as rice milk, soy milk, or almond milk when you desire the texture or taste
When we’re hooked to any kind of diet or habits that promotes the over-acidification of the blood and tissues, we’re creating the ground that is favorable to the growth of virus, bacteria, yeast, and fungus, which are the greatest decomposers of cells and tissues in our bodies.
In order to reduce and eliminate all that acid, we need a diet consisting of live alkaline foods (we covered it before in our Alkalize and Go Green! article), grains and essential fatty acids. This kind of diet lowers the acid in the blood with its abundance of bases and alkaline salts.
Our advice on this subject would be:
- Eliminate or dramatically reduce your consumption of acid addictions
- Use your common sense! Say no to the following addictions: caffeine, sugar, whites, vinegar, alcohol, nicotine and drugs. Associate yourself to the consequences and break your pattern.
- Alkalize! When you are consuming at least 70-80% alkaline, life-giving foods, your body will naturally decrease its desire for these addictions.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of healthy advice and that you’d be able to apply at least some of it into your daily lives; that alone would make the difference you’re looking for.
See you next week. Stay strong!