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Organic Food and Alkaline Water

We all see organic products in the grocery store.

These days labeling and packaging foods with the word “organic” on it instantly makes the product a hot seller…

…so you can imagine the challenge that us as consumers have trying to manage and stay updated on the different manufactures that support organic labeling and weeding out those who are less then honest in their labeling processes.

Organically certified foods are supposed to be grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMOs, radiation, or growth hormones as well as free from other unnatural growth methods.

Foods that are grown organically have a much higher nutritional value than foods that are not. Organically grown fruits and vegetables potentially contain 40% more antioxidants according to a Government’s Pesticide Residues Committee study and that’s the #2 reason why I believe we should all eat as organic as possible. The #1 reason is that it is naturally based on the laws of the universe.

In an article on Kingdomofgold.com it mentions that faucet and bottled processed water, higher air pollution and elevated levels of stress are keeping your body more toxic and acidic (the ideal environment for breeding disease).

So it only makes sense to eat as organically as possible in addition to doing a full body cleanse, detoxing your body periodically and keeping yourself alkaline to ensure better
health read article on raw food detox here on Yah’some Living.

See, non-organic foods that were grown using radiation methods can change the chemistry of the food itself, some say even potentially promoting cancer.  When you do things outside of the laws of the universe, it can cause dis-ease to show up in a number of ways.

Foods that were not grown organically can be genetically modified, meaning they are different than the food you are intending to buy; or to put it bluntly its not food, even pigs know the difference between real food and GMO products, they wont touch it.

You would think that the USDA would better regulate these processes, however their resources are stretched thin considering all that they have to manage and regulate.

The big draw back to organic produce…

Often times, organic produce can be less appealing to the eye… nature
has a funny way of doing that. Also it can be more costly.

But don’t let appearance fool you…try eating them before discounting
them. Some argue that they can actually taste the difference in
organic produce and meats.

Whether you can taste the difference or not, I can tell you that your
body will certainly experience the benefits of organic eating.

In fact, one study performed at the University of Washington compared
the urine of children who ate organic food with urine of children who ate
conventional food.

The results found that kids who ate an organic diet were exposed to six to
nine times fewer toxic pesticides than their conventional-eating peers.

Now keep in mind that these toxic pesticides in large amounts have
been linked to bone and brain cancer – yet they are being used day in
and day out on the foods you may be feeding yourself and your family.

It’s no wonder why people these days are far more acidic than ever
before – which in turn creates the perfect environment for disease to flourish.

The Dirty Truth About Canola Oil

I was in the grocery store with a client educating her on healthy oils to keep in her pantry such as olive oil and coconut oil when this young lady came by and said

“I need some canola oil it’s healthier than vegetable oil.”  When I heard this, I couldn’t help myself — I wanted to let her know that canola oil is not healthy so I told her to visit my website for healthy tips on food and recipes and overall health and wellness. This  encounter is what prompted me to share the following canola oil facts with you.

The dirty truth about canola oil

Yes, it’s true that canola oil is high in monounsaturates, but let me explain why canola oil is anything but “healthy”.

Canola oil is made from something called rapeseed. Rapeseed actually had to be bred over the years to reduce the percentage of a problematic component of rapeseed, which is erucic acid.

Important note on canola oil “urban legends”:  There is a problem with most websites that DEFEND canola oil, saying that internet “urban legends” on the dangers of canola oil are unfounded.  The problem is that these websites that defend canola oil ONLY talk about the issue of erucic acid.  The issue of erucic acid IS an urban legend, because erucic acid has been bred out to very low levels over the years, so it is a non-issue.

However, these websites that defend canola oil are barking up the wrong tree because they don’t address the issue of the processing of canola oil and oxidation of the polyunsaturated component of canola oil, which is what makes it unhealthy for human consumption.  THAT’S the real issue that they either don’t understand (because they are not nutrition experts) or are simply ignoring.

Let’s look at the REAL issues with canola oil:

Canola oil typically ranges between 55-65% monounsaturated fat and between 28-35% polyunsaturated fat, with just a small amount of saturated fat.

While we’ve been led to believe that high monounsaturated fat oils are good for us (which they are in the case of virgin olive oil or from unprocessed nuts or seeds), the fact is that canola oil has more detriments than it does benefits.

As you may have heard me talk about in other articles … one of the biggest problems with highly processed and refined vegetable oils such as corn oil, soybean oil, and yes, even canola oil, is that the polyunsaturated component of the oil is highly unstable under heat, light, and pressure, and this heavily oxidizes the polyunsaturates which increases free radicals in your body.

The end result of all of this refining and processing are oils that are highly inflammatory in your body when you ingest them, potentially contributing to heart disease, weight gain, and other degenerative diseases.

The reason that extra virgin olive oil is good for you is that it is cold pressed without the use of heat and solvents to aid extraction. EVOO also contains important antioxidants that help protect the stability of the oil.

Canola oil, on the other hand, is typically extracted and refined using high heat, pressure, and petroleum solvents such as hexane. Most canola oil undergoes a process of caustic refining, degumming, bleaching, and deoderization, all using high heat and questionable chemicals.

Does canola even have trans fats?

Even worse, all of this high heat, high pressure processing with solvents actually forces some of the omega-3 content of canola oil to be transformed into trans fats.

According to Dr. Mary Enig, PhD, and Nutritional Biochemist, “Although the Canadian government lists the trans fat content of canola at a minimal 0.2 percent, research at the University of Florida at Gainesville, found trans fat levels as high as 4.6 percent in commercial liquid canola oil”.

And this is the crap that they are marketing to you as a “healthy oil”!

As you can see from the details above on how canola oil is processed, it is barely any healthier for you than other junk oils like soybean oil or corn oil.  The bottom line is that it is an inflammatory oil in your body and should be avoided as much as possible.

The only canola oil that might be reasonable is if you see that it is “cold pressed” and organic. Most canola oil is NOT cold pressed or organic, so you might as well choose oils that you know are healthier.

Your best bets are these truly healthy oils:

  • extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) – for lower temperature cooking or used as a healthy salad dressing oil
  • Virgin coconut oilgreat for all temperatures of cooking due to its super high stability under heat.  Supports weight loss when used in it’s virgin form (use in your smoothies). A great source of healthy saturated fats in the form of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), one of which is Lauric Acid, which helps support the immune system and is lacking in most western diets.

So don’t be fooled by food labels claiming that they contain “healthy canola oil”… as you can see, this couldn’t be further from the truth!  Choose some of the healthier options above and your body will thank you!

Childhood Obesity

It’s national childhood obesity week, and we’re all aware that this is currently a huge problem both in the US and most of the world over.

Statistics reveal that 25 percent of boys and 33 percent of girls aged between 2 and 19 years are overweight or obese and there is little evidence to suggest that this number will soon be decreasing.

Obesity currently costs the country several billion dollars and shortens lives by around nine years, due to associated health problems.

But, just what are the effects of childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity can have a harmful effect on the body in a variety of ways. Obese children are more likely to have:

– High blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). In one study, 70% of obese children had at least one CVD risk factor, and 39% had two or more.

– Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

– Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea, and asthma.

– Joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort.

– Fatty liver disease, gallstones, and gastro-esophageal reflux (i.e., heartburn).

– Obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of social and psychological problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem, which can continue into adulthood.

But it’s not just these that will affect them now, there are health risks that could effect them later in life too:
– Obese children are more likely to become obese adults.
– Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
– If children are overweight, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe.
If you’re worried your child is overweight, talk to your doctor and ask for help from a nutritional consultant. Avoid starting your child on an aggressive diet. Instead, make long-term lifestyle changes to healthy eating for the entire family, and get your child involved in sports or exercise.
It may also be worth talking to your child’s school and see if you can help make changes to the lunch menu or send your child to school with healthy alternatives.

Prevent Disease and Death…Don’t Smoke

Smoking is one of the most preventable cause of disease and death aside from eating process food vs. live foods. Tobacco is a consumer product known to kill half of its users, it’s scary but true. Don’t you be one of them!

But there’s good news too. The health benefits of stopping smoking are immediate and long-lasting. And it’s never too late to quit – for your health and the health of the people you love.

Smoking causes almost one-third of all cancer deaths and one-fifth of deaths from heart disease and stroke. Smoking complicates diabetes, and recent studies now link tobacco use to an increased risk of developing the disease.

If you’re a smoker, ask your doctor or better yet a naturopathic doctor for help with quitting, and contact us for resources that can double your chances of success.

Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but you’ll be glad you did.

Tips to Help You Quit

According to the American Cancer Society, about 48 million Americans smoke cigarettes, but most smokers are either actively trying to quit or want to quit. Since 1965, more than 40 percent of all adults who have ever smoked have quit. You can be among that group too. Here are some helpful hints to get you started.

List all the reasons you want to quit smoking (e.g., better health, save money, play with children/grandchildren) and read them several times a day.

Choose a quit date – it could be a significant date (e.g., a birthday or anniversary) or just a date about two to three weeks away. Before your quit date, get rid of all smoking-related materials in your home and work area (e.g., ashtrays, matches, cigarette packages).

Stay busy! Go to the movies, exercise, take long walks, go bike riding.

Find healthy substitutes for smoking. Munch carrots or celery sticks. Try doing crafts or other things with your hands that perpetuate life.

Let your friends, family, and co-workers know that you plan to quit – and ask for their help and support. And if your spouse or partner smokes, ask them to help you out by not smoking around you for the first couple of months after you quit.

If you slip up, don’t punish or blame yourself – simply try again and ask for help.

Liquid Fast Recipes

Makes 8-10 servings

Adapted by: Chef Nazir Nekhrahiyah

Avocado Smoothies

Avocado is rich in magnesium that reduces risk of excess belly fat, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.

Some of you might not know that you can also blend an avocado pit in your smoothie. It is packed with very good nutrients. It has life force; It is very high Qi food!  (To have a high Qi quotient is to be full of vitality and health. The higher the quotient the longer the health span is projected for) It’s also the highest in soluble fiber. This soluble fiber binds to the fat and excess cholesterol.

Then we can lower cholesterol and improve heart function naturally. We can improve the blood circulation by pulling out all the fatty deposits in our circulatory system with the soluble fiber of the avocado seed. Soluble fiber is very difficult to get in our diet. Oatmeal has some, but it cannot compare with the avocado seed. Any heart disease patient must eat the avocado including the seed.

AVOCADO BANANA BERRY SMOOTHIE

Half a ripe avocado

1 to 1 1/2 frozen bananas

4 to 5 frozen or fresh strawberries

blue agave nectar to taste

Splash of almond milk

Handful of Northern Edge Milled Flaxseed

Pinch allspice

Pinch of cayenne

PEAR AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

1 large pear, chopped 1/2 cups blueberries blue agave nectar to taste

1/4 avocado

Handful of Northern Edge Milled Flaxseed

1 lemon pealed with white part left on

Blend and top with chopped pecans.

WHEATGRASS OR SPIRALINA & AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

If you are a fan of wheatgrass or spiralina, you will love this recipe! Comes out pretty thick.  Wheatgrass or Spiralina 1 whole avocado with a pit blended it together then add 3 bananas 2 large handfuls of a mango/peach frozen blend 1 large handful of Northern Edge Milled flaxseed water.

GREEN ENVY AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

1 avocado 2 bananas 5 large dates with pits removed 1 cup of strawberries (preferably fresh, but frozen will do) 1 whole lemon pealed with white part left on 1 cup ice

GREEN PUKER POTION

1 medium or large ripe avocado 1 1/2 cup fresh pineapple 1 Tbs honey or blue agave nectar 1 whole lemon pealed with white part left on 1/4 tsp coconut meat 2 ice cubes