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Lifestyle choices will affect your body and brain

STRESS management is… LIFESTYLE management. 
(Common stresses: eg. ageing, relationships, work, finances, global problems…)

A stressful life is inflammatory. Inflammation can cause acidity, which in turn leads to digestive disturbances and nutritional deficiencies.

Nutritional deficiencies cause cravings, compulsive over-eating, fatigue, loss of concentration and focus, difficulty in losing weight as well as substance abuse.

There are many things you can’t control in life but the one thing you can control is what you put into your mouth!

 

OBJECTIVE: To increase nutrition and to decrease acidity (inflammation).

Why:   The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals (e.g. remove essential calcium from your bones to neutralise the acidity).  If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells develops as well as nutrient depletion will occur.

An acid pH causes the cell to lose its ability to repair damaged cells, decreasing it's ability to detoxify heavy metals, allows tumor cells thrive, and make one more susceptible to fatigue and illness.

The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical Western diet, which is far too high in acid-producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables, most nuts and seeds.

ADDITIONALLY, we eat acid-producing processed ‘junk’ foods containing white flour and sugar and we drink acid-producing beverages like coffee and soda’s.  We use too many over-the-counter and prescription drugs, which are acid forming and we use artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poisonous and extremely acid forming.

One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up your diet and lifestyle! Take control and responsibility. Reduce your medical bills, if not now, then later in life!

General Rule:     Eat food… not too much… mostly plants

Ideally plants (fruit and veg, nuts and seeds) should make up 70% of your diet. Don’t panic – start slow and work towards it as best as you can.

Avoid: trans fats, hydrogenated oil, sugar, white flour, corn syrup

Generally, one should eat alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and most nuts.

Hippocrates once said: "Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food".

You CAN ward off Alzheimers, dementia, chronic problems like bad digestion, headaches, fatigue, arthritis, allergies, hormonal problems, obesity, heart disease, and depression.

Anti-inflammatory Diet Tips:

  - Choose fresh food instead of highly-processed, synthetic foods

  - Start each meal with something raw

  - Increase your intake of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds (see Health Island)

  - Reduce hydrogenated and fried foods

  - Choose healthier snack options (see Health Island)

  - Bake or steam food rather than fry

 

Eliminate added sugars by decreasing your consumption of sugary sodas, pastries, rich desserts, and sweetened cereals.     (1 can of soda = 12 teaspoons of sugar! Sugars deplete your body’s nutrients)
 

As a final tip (or 2) : wash ALL fruit and veg well - they are probably covered in toxic pesticides.
Read the labels on all packaged food. You would be surprised at the products that contain sugar (eg. almost every breakfast cereal I have seen) and other baddies (a multitude of preservatives, colourants etc.)

 



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