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Eat right and live long

Discussion in 'Indian Diet & Nutrition' started by chatkara_tasty, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. chatkara_tasty

    chatkara_tasty Bronze IL'ite

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    source -www.rastafarian.net

    Eating the wrong foods create toxins in the body which hinder it working efficiently. These toxins obstruct your thinking processes and so your spirituality, it also causes a lot of problems for children at school who are labeled with "disruptive syndromes", etc.
    Most illnesses, (spiritual and physical), can be directly associated with unhealthy eating. So it naturally follows that almost any illness can be cured by simply knowing what to eat. For example many instances of general tiredness, especially in pregnancies is often caused by lack of Iron in their diet, so that in this instance spinach would be an ideal remedy. Another good food for exhaustion is oats which contain typically 60% carbohydrates, about 10% protein, 10% fibre, oats also have vitamin E, Thiamin B1, vitamin B6, Folacin, Pantothenic acid B5, Phosporus, Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc.

    Brown sugar is better than white sugar which has had it's nutrients removed and has chemicals that contribute to hyper- activeness in children. This goes for all mainstream selling sweets, candy, chocolate and cakes. Sugary foods are bad for teeth and the digestive system. You can make your own 'sweet' things using brown sugar, honey and dried fruit. You can find some brands of good quality chocolate, oat, and fruit snack bars at some health food shops.
    Sea Salt instead of commercial salt. Sea-salt contains nutrients that we need, whereas the usual rock salt you can easily find- is well known to harden arteries which carry blood.
    Spring/bottle water is a better source of water especially to drink as public water contains chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride which are detrimental to health. This, again costs, an alternative measure is to add sea salt to tap water which replaces nutrients removed.
    Whole-meal bread that has not been bleached contains more of it's original nutrients and vitamins. This varies from brand to brands you have to check the ingredients to find the best ones for you. Be wary of the different names, whole wheat, whole grain, brown, etc. Alternatively you can make your own, again, finding the whole-flour that hasn't had all it's nutrients removed or chemicals added such as bleaching.
    Fresh fruit and vegetables - eat as much of these as you like. Best to grow your own but if shopping at markets and supermarkets try to be conscious of the journey the food has made. Most fruits and vegetables that don't grow in your locality has had to travel, so was probably picked young and force ripened, chemicals are usually added for appearance on the shop shelf. Some times when these same foods do grow in your locality, the ones that are available for you to buy don't. Ask shop staff about Genetically Modified Food (food grown using cloning and other chemical processes) and pesticides used, so you can avoid them. Be aware that foods marked 'natural', 'fresh', pure, are not necessarily so. Vegetables are best eaten as raw as possible retaining all their nutrients. Potatoes are best eaten with their skins as this is where the vitamins are.
    Beans, peas, lentils and pulses can be made into burgers, soups, stews with rice/pasta and other variations. Soya beans are extremely versatile, you can get it in mince or chunks to use as substitute meat. Soya also makes milk and oil.
    Soya and goats milk are better than cow's milk as it has lactose which is good for calves not us.
    Dried fruits are especially good as their vitamins are concentrated by the sun during the drying process.
    Olive oil is best to cook with, also peanut and soya oil. sunflower, vegetable oils are fairly good, make sure animal fats are avoided.
    Cereals are a good source of carbohydrates such as rye, barley, millet and cornmeal. These are also good sweetened with fruit.
    try to avoid all packet/preserved foods as these even though labeled fresh and natural, etc are very likely to have some unnatural additives.
    Real butter is the best of the butters and margarine spreads, again, staying away from animal additives though these should generally be avoided.
    Don't eat too much fried foods, as these are generally covered in fat that the stomach is not really equipped for. (when frying, use healthier-option oils, like olive, peanut, etc).
    Herbs and spices are very good to add to dishes, as garnishes/side salads or cooked with food (herbs added last to retains nutrients), they all have different healthy properties. herbs and spices can be used medicinally in larger quantities.
    Almonds: have a large calcium content, and also contains zinc, potassium, and magnesium (calcium is essential for strong teeth and bones).
    Brazils: the highest-known natural source of selenium (a mineral, believed to reduce the risk of cancer and heart- disease).
    Cashews: high iron content, helps to reduce the risk of anemia.
    Hazelnuts: high vitamin E content, also good for the heart.
    Peanuts: rich in protein and fiber, unroasted contains potassium which is believed to reduce risk of strokes (especially in cases of high-blood pressure).
    Pistachios: good source of zinc, calcium, iron and fiber.
    Walnuts: can lower blood cholesterol.

    (some people may be allergic to nuts, so may need alternative sources of vitamins and minerals )

  2. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    Nice article Heena:clap

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