Creating the Illusion of ‘Healthy Foods’

Creating the Illusion of ‘Healthy Foods’

Healthy foods are the latest craze of consumers. It seems like we’re reaching for any label that says low-fat, fat-free, no trans fat, gluten-free, all-natural, organic and the like. The problem is that food manufacturers can label their products with these terms without them having merit.

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Be Aware Of Your Food Choices

Your Health And Your Food Choices

Having the right food choices gives our bodies the fuels they need to function properly.  If our bodies don’t get the right nutrients, ie. vitamins, minerals, etc., our metabolic processes suffer and our overall health declines.  The nutrients in the foods we eat, enable, the cells in our bodies to maintain their health and perform their necessary functions.

Improve your food choices.  Many people who eat unhealthy diets believe that they are following a sound nutritional plan.  However, those same people often do not include fruits and vegetables with every meal.  And they often eat meals on the go without giving it a second thought.

If you want your body to perform at high-efficiency, you must provide it with high-efficiency foods.  This means more whole, raw foods and as few preservatives as possible.

Plan your eating ahead of time.  This is one of the things that nutritionists will tell you to do when you want to improve your eating habits.  For one thing, you will not be hungry if you are prepared with a meal schedule.

Also, you will not be tempted by sugar and caffeine throughout the day when you have plenty of healthy alternatives on hand.

Drink more water.  Most people cannot honestly say that they drink nearly enough water.  In fact, many people do not realize how much water they need to drink throughout the course of a day.  You should focus on drinking half of your body weight in ounces each day.  And, this does not include beverages other than water.

In order for your body to function at its optimal, you need to make sure that you are drinking enough.  Dehydration can occur when you are not getting enough water in your body, and there are many dangerous and bothersome side effects.

Eliminate the color white from your diet.  In general, foods that are white in color contain little in terms of health benefits and are in fact better eliminated completely.  This includes white bread, white pastas, potatoes, crackers that are not made from whole wheat and white rice.

You can eliminate these items or replace with foods that have a higher nutritional value like whole wheat bread and pasta, sweet potatoes and brown rice.

Eat more foods that are acidic and alkaline. Consider modifying your diet to include foods that are acidic and alkaline, because many holistic experts believe that this is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy body.  Foods like meat are high in acid.

Fruits and vegetables tend to contain a high alkaline content.  One of the reasons that this will improve your health is that your body will contain far less bacteria when it is acidic than when it is not.

Don’t overdo the grains.  Consider reducing the amount of grains and other carbohydrates that you are eating on a daily basis.  The typical food pyramid emphasizes eating a large quantity of starches, however nutritionists believe that focusing more on fruits and vegetables will keep you healthier overall.

Consider adopting a raw food diet.  This is where you eat only unprocessed and uncooked foods.  Often, the damage done to the body by food occurs because of the additives and preservatives that are used in the preparation.

While most people find that they cannot sustain this type of diet for an extended time period, some have transformed their life and health through raw food consumption.

Avoid foods with added supplements.  Believe it or not, nutritionists do not recommend supplements for the sake of adding more nutrients.  You should try to obtain the nutrients you need through the foods that naturally contain them.

And, if you require supplements, you are far better off just taking supplements.  One nutrient that seems to be added to everything these days is calcium.  The amount of calcium being added to products like orange juice is so minimal that it really will not help you to overcome a deficiency.

Eat a teaspoon of honey every day.  Honey is known for its amazing healing properties, and because it contains 100% natural sugars it is a safe and effective way to give yourself an energy boost.  Honey is good for your skin, your circulation and for the cells of your body due to a high content of antioxidants.

Nourish your body.  Many holistic healers believe that malnutrition is often responsible for many commonly occurring health problems, meaning that if the body does not get what it needs, illness will be the result.  Imagine if you completely avoided calcium and how that would affect your bones and teeth.

The result would be brittle and broken bones and teeth.  Well, the same applies for many other important nutrients.  Be sure to keep giving your body what it needs to stay healthy.

How Food Choices Affect Your Health

Food Choices And Your Skin

Eat a better diet for better skin.  Holistic specialists who deal with dermatological problems will tell you that most skin problems are related to the foods you eat and the quality and amount of nutrients that you ingest.  They will most likely point at food based toxins that seem to be keeping your skin from functioning effectively.

One possible treatment that might be suggested is liver detoxification, considering that the liver is responsible for filtering most toxins out of the body.

Drink more water for skin problems.  If you are suffering from a skin problem such as acne, eczema or some other sort of condition, the answer may be as simple as drinking more water.  Improperly hydrated bodies lead to skin that is not supple and nourished enough to stop these conditions and dehydration can definitely cause skin problems that might otherwise be avoided.

Make sure to drink 8-10 glasses of water every day.  Making the change will help your health to improve overall, and your skin will show the results.

Treat your skin with Jojoba oil.  Jojoba oil, in its many forms is an excellent supplement for your skin and hair.  This oil is known for rejuvenation of the skin as well as repairing hair and scalp problems.  Consider using a shampoo or body wash that contains the oil in order to have healthier skin and hair beginning right away.

Do not use anything on your skin that you would not also eat.  While you naturally are not going to eat soap, you should purchase products that contain natural substances and little in the way of toxins or potential irritants.  Otherwise, you are requiring your skin to work harder to eliminate toxins.

Try sulfur for acne relief.  If you suffer from teen or adult acne, it might be worth trying a sulfur based cream specially formulated to work on skin lesions.  Sulfur is a naturally occurring substance in the body, and therefore it is completely safe.

There are a number of conditions that can be helped by sulfur, in addition to acne.  These include liver damage, shortness of breath, pink eye and lactose intolerance.

 

If your food choices fuel your body with processed food, fast food, sugar, fat and calorie-dense food affects who you are, what you do and your ability to pursue your dreams and aspirations. Your food choices are that powerful – so eat wisely

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