Eating organic foods which are in season and grown locally makes a huge difference to your health. Pure simple natural foods which are easily digested promote health. Simple meals aid digestion and absorption of the natural goodness in our food.
There is a cycle in nature known as the ‘food cycle’ or ‘food chain’. The sun is the source of energy for all life on our planet; it nourishes the plants (at the top of the food chain) which have the greatest life promoting properties. Fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and grains contain varying quantities of these essential nutrients.
Meat, fish and poultry are considered as secondary sources of nutrition in the food chain and should be eaten in moderation as they are often more difficult to digest and are of less value to the body’s metabolism.
A balanced diet should include proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fibre and some fats.
All foods once digested and absorbed will cause the blood to be either more acidic or more alkaline and we need to bear this in mind when choosing what combinations of food we eat. Human biochemistry was designed to work on a broadly neutral diet.
Alkalising foods have a predominance of the metal elements potassium, sodium, iron and calcium found in fruits, salads and non starch vegetables. Acid forming foods contain sulphur, phosphorous and chlorine found in proteins like meat fish eggs and cheese. Starches like bread, flour pasta and cereals are all acid forming.
As well as eating healthy food we need to drink plenty of water. Dehydration plays a huge part in the disease process. Drinking water and reducing your intake or eliminating caffeinated drinks and alcohol will also have a positive affect on your health.
Dehydration plays a huge part in the dis-ease process.
When there is a shortage of water in the body less energy is produced for energizing all the functions in the body dependent on water.
e.g if the water levels in the river are low then the hydro electric generators will not be able to produce enough electricity.
Some of the causes of dehydration include;
Diuretic drinks e.g. tea, coffee, soft drinks, sugary drinks, alcohol and chocolate.
Challenging foods like junk food and chemically treated foods
An unbalanced diet
Eating foods out of season and non indigenous foods
Air and noise pollution
Electrical equipment (VDU’s & mobile phones)
Travelling especially flying
Drugs prescribed and recreational, including tobacco
Adipose tissue contains about 10% of water, while muscle tissue contains about 75%. In humans By weight, the average human adult male is approximately 65% water. However, there can be considerable variation in body water percentage based on a number of factors like age, health, weight, and gender.
Without water most people would be dead in 4 days.
In 24 hours we lose:
1.5 litres of water in urine
750ml through the skin
400ml in the breath
150ml in faeces
Thats a total of 2.8 litres a day
The body makes water by:
Metabolising food around 300mls a day
Water in the food itself about 1 litre a day
This is a total; of 1.3 litres a day, leaving the average person short on an average day the equivalent of 6 glasses per day.
Drinking 1.5 litres per day is really the minimum (when it is hot or we exercise you will need more because you will be perspiring)
Driking more water is helpful for the kidneys as toxins are eliminated through the kidneys. Diluting toxins makes the work of the kidneys easier.
Drink on average 1.5 – 2 litres per day.
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