Can Raw Food Really Heal?

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Raw food contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants which can reduce the risk of disease by enhancing the immune system. Antioxidants in fresh fruits and vegetables can help decrease free radicals in the body and enhance the DNA repair system in the cells. Phytochemicals such as carotenoids, polyphenols, chlorophylls and glucosinolates have been shown to reduce the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, heart disease and cancer. They have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and are found in fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate, spices, herbs and tea. Studies show that eating one serving of fruits and vegetables per day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 4% and more than 8 servings a day can reduce your risk by 30%. Amazing! Eat more fruits and vegetables, your body will thank you!

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Exercise: How it Can Literally Save Your Life

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Having a healthy weight is important for overall health because it can help prevent many health conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain cancers. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is very important because it helps you lower the risk for developing these conditions. A healthy weight also helps you have more energy and feel good about yourself. Diet and exercise can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight to help prevent and treat certain diseases as well as give you a sense of well-being.

Exercise significantly enhances physical and mental health in the most natural way ever. Nutrition also plays a very important role in helping people achieve optimal health. A highly nutritious, well balanced diet is essential for good health as it is impossible for drugs to cure nutritional deficiencies.

“Exercise: How it Can Literally Save Your Life” will inspire you to follow an exercise regime that you know is best for you and will result in your enhanced overall health and well-being. It’s based on years of scientific research and packed with current information on how exercise can directly affect your health. This book explores the multiple benefits that exercise has on the body. It will show you how to apply that information in your life order to reach your goal of optimal health. Learning how to enhance your physical fitness with physical activity is crucial for long term success.

Truly essential reading if you want to learn about the importance of regular exercise and great nutrition and how these factors can help you reach your goals for optimal health. Available now at http://amazon.com. Click the image below.

The Social Media Marketer

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The social media marketer is someone that does digital marketing through social media. Many businesses are looking for social media marketers because of needed growth and expansion. Some employees may not know how to do it effectively or they don’t have time to do it. Helping businesses start and manage their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube accounts is the job of the social media marketer and it can be very rewarding. There are free courses offered by Google Analytics Academy that can help improve your social media marketing skills. Check out https://analyticsacademy.withgoogle.com. Every business needs a social media marketer. If you own a business,  start marketing through social media if you haven’t started already. You’ll be glad you did.

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10 Things Cancer Loves

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Cancer is a disease is a multi-factoral disease caused by environmental and genetic factors. These factors have been shown to damage DNA which cause an accumulation of free radicals in the cells. Genetic factors include genes linked to cancer such as BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes which have been shown to increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Environmental factors play a larger role in cancer development and they are responsible for most cancers. Some of those factors are:

Poor immunity
Poor diet
Pollutants eg. cigarette smoke
Toxic Chemicals
Certain viruses
Lack of exercise
Sugar
Obesity
Chronic high stress
Bitterness/unforgiveness

 

All of these factors can be eliminated. Eating less processed acidic junk food and more fruits and vegetables is a great way to start. Exercising, removing sugar and alleviating stress can go a long way in reducing cancer risk. Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, energy and life needed by the body to function at an optimal level. Enhanced immune system, weight loss, energy increase, enhanced memory, improved digestion and elimination are just some of the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat more life. It’s beautiful, amazing and naturally delicious!

 

 

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Raw food and Autism

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Research has shown that neuroinflammation exists in the brains of individuals with autism and other mental disorders. This could be due to a number of factors such as the presence of environmental and microbial toxins in the body which can damage the DNA in cells. In autism, gut inflammation, “leaky gut syndrome” and neuroinflammation are common. Leaky gut syndrome is increased intestinal permeability caused by mainly by environmental factors like toxins, microorganisms, antibiotics etc. In leaky gut syndrome, food compounds like protein, undigested food particles pass through the gut into the blood stream eliciting an allergic reaction which can lead to autoimmunity. Autoimmunity in autism is known as a Neuroimmune Dysfunction Syndrome. Living food contains antioxidants that get rid of free radicals and help to repair the cells in the body. Probiotic living food and probiotic supplements can help to heal the gut by increasing good gut bacteria and decreasing leaky gut syndrome. Adding vegetables, fruits and greens to your diet is invaluable. You can make tasty green smoothies that contain a load of nutrients and antioxidants which are healing to the gut and the body as a whole.

 

 

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Raw Food and Cancer

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Cancer is a disease that can be caused by many factors. Research shows that cancer development is a result of oxidative damage caused by numerous environmental and genetic factors. Free radicals are produced during normal cellular metabolism. These free radicals may accumulate in the body due to genetic and environmental factors but environmental factors may play a larger role in cancer development. Free radical accumulation in cells leads DNA damage causes DNA mutations that may result in the development of cancer.

Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants in raw food can reduce the risk of cancer by enhancing the immune system. Antioxidants in berries, greens and vegetables can help decrease free radicals in the body and enhance the DNA repair system in the cells. This can help to reduce the risk for cancer. Antioxidants can also be obtained from supplements but food is the best source. Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants present in raw unprocessed food are readily absorbed in the gut. This means they are 100% bioavailable. Cells become nourished, repaired and restored when they are flooded with nutrients. Eating the right kind of food is important in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

 

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The Power of Phytochemicals in Raw Food

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Phytochemicals are plant compounds responsible for characteristics such as the color, smell and taste of plants. Examples include carotenoids, polyphenols (flavonoids, lignans, curcuminoids), chlorophylls and glucosinolates. Flavonoids top the list by showing promising results in improving various disease conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, heart disease and cancer. They have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are found in fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate, spices, herbs and tea. Studies show that eating one serving of fruits and vegetables per day could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 4% and more than 8 servings a day can reduce your risk by 30%. So try to eat more fruits and vegetables. Not only are they very delicious but they’re good for you!

 

 

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Amazing and Raw

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Raw food is uncooked therefore all the phytochemicals, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in the food are preserved. All these are required to enable the body to function at an optimal level. Raw food enhances the immune system, aids in weight loss, increases energy, improves memory, detoxification, digestion and elimination. Eating food that consists predominantly of raw vegetables, greens, fruit, nuts, seeds and some cooked/steamed food is the best way to provide optimal nourishment for your body both short and long term.

 

 

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Juice it!

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Juicing is the process of extracting fruit and vegetable juice. When you juice, you are able to consume a large amount of fruits and vegetables. The body is able to absorb phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals contained in raw juice. These are all absorbed in the gut because juicing makes nutrients 100% bioavailable.  Drinking freshly extracted juice provides the body with these important compounds that help prevent and fight disease as well as enhance the immune system.  Juicing helps reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other chronic conditions. Juicing is, therefore, very beneficial to the body. Try to juice everyday. Your body will thank you!

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The Importance of Great Nutrition

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Environmental and genetic factors play a significant role in disease development. Environmental factors such as a poor diet and environmental toxins may predispose people to certain disease conditions. Genetic factors such as inherited gene mutations may lead to weaknesses in the cells gene sequence which may lead to the development of certain diseases but it is possible to bypass that by the use of specific nutrients and supplements. Biochemical pathways in the body are all driven by nutrients. Drugs are unable to do this.

Nutritional deficiencies can damage DNA and lead to diseases, for instance, deficiencies in vitamin B6, B12, folate, zinc, and vitamin C.  Vitamin B12 deficiency may lead to neurological damage and brain dysfunction. Zinc deficiency may lead to brain and immune dysfunction. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to DNA oxidation, which may result in cataracts and cancer. These may be treated by eating a well balanced nutrient rich diet. Eating a diet consisting of mostly fresh fruits and vegetables goes a long way in providing the body great nutrition necessary for great health.

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Cooked vs raw rood

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Raw food contains a higher amount of bioactive vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and enzymes compared to cooked food. When food is cooked enzymes are completely destroyed but it’s important to cook some vegetables especially those high in cellulose because it’s difficult for the gut to digest. Also some raw food contains enzyme inhibitors found in nuts, seeds and legumes or goitrogens (causing goiter) found in cruciferous vegetables.

When eating a raw food diet, it is necessary to free the enzymes from their inhibitors. Soaking, sprouting and fermenting can help accomplish that. Nuts, seeds and legumes need to be soaked and sprouted before eating to reduce the amount of enzyme inhibitors they contain before eating. Cooking destroys enzyme inhibitors but it is best not to cook nuts and seeds. Legumes still need to be cooked even after sprouting because a significant amount of enzyme inhibitors still remain even after days of sprouting. Cruciferous vegetables can be eaten raw but not in large amounts to prevent the development of goiters. Beta carotene in carrots, sweet potatoes and yams are absorbed better in the gut when cooked. Eating mostly raw food as well as some cooked food is highly recommended for one to achieve optimal health.

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Importance of Antioxidants

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By Riya Tyagi

What are the Antioxidants?

An antioxidant can be extended in a nutritional context to include ‘compounds that protect biological system against the potentially harmful effects of processes or reactions that can cause excessive oxidations’.

Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions. Although oxidation reactions are crucial for life, they can also be damaging; plants and animals maintain complex systems of multiple types of antioxidants, such as glutathione, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E as well as enzymes such as catalase and various peroxidases. Oxidative stress is damage to cell structure and cell function by overly reactive oxygen-containing molecules and chronic excessive inflammation. Antioxidants also have many industrial uses, such as preservatives in food.

Role of Antioxidants in Metabolism

Antioxidants are classified into two broad divisions, depending on whether they are soluble in water or in lipids. These compounds may be synthesized in the body or obtained from the diet. The different antioxidants are present at a wide range of concentrations in body fluids and tissues, while others such as uric acid are more evenly distributed. Some antioxidants are only found in a few organisms and these compounds can be important in pathogens and can be virulence factors.

The relative importance and interactions between these different antioxidants is a very complex question, with the various metabolites and enzyme systems having synergistic and interdependent effects on one another. The action of one antioxidant may therefore depend on the proper function of other members of the antioxidant system. The amount of protection provided by any one antioxidant will also depend on its concentration, its reactivity towards the particular reactive oxygen species being considered, and the status of the antioxidants with which it interacts.

Some compounds contribute to antioxidant defense and prevent them from catalyzing the production of free radicals in the cell. Particularly important is the ability to sequester iron, which is the function of iron binding proteins.

Health effects

People who eat fruits and vegetables appear to have a lower risk of heart disease, some neurological diseases, and some cancers. Since fruits and vegetables happen to be good sources of nutrients and phytochemicals, this suggests that antioxidant compounds might lower risk against several diseases.

Antioxidants have been investigated as possible treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease.

Ascorbic acid is a redox catalyst which can reduce, and thereby neutralize, reactive oxygen species such as hydrogen peroxide.

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Raw Food and Schizophrenia

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By Dr. Amaka Nwozo

 

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that affects thoughts, emotions, and behaviors leading to decreased functionality and withdrawal from reality. People affected by schizophrenia usually experience symptoms between ages 16 and 30. People with schizophrenia have symptoms that are very disabling. Symptoms of schizophrenia are known as positive symptoms and negative symptoms.

Positive symptoms are characterized by hallucinations, delusions and thought disorders. Negative symptoms are characterized by apathy, absence of feelings, lack of motivation, poor executive functioning, reduced working memory and difficulty starting and ending activities.

Research shows that genetic and environmental factors may play a role in the development of schizophrenia. Environmental factors like viruses, food allergies, toxins as well as genetic susceptibilities may lead to a diagnosis of schizophrenia. These factors impair neurotransmitter production which is a major factor in schizophrenia development.

Treatment: Conventional treatment involves medication and cognitive therapy. There is currently no cure for Schizophrenia but there are some success stories that involved people that switched to a 100%raw diet in order to treat their schizophrenia. It is essential to check with your primary care doctor, psychiatrist and nutritionist before embarking on a 100% raw diet or any diet to treat schizophrenia symptoms. Check out www.30bananasaday.com/forum/topics/schizophrenia-1 and www.health-science-spirit.com/mentaldisease.html. Natural treatment using diet, supplements and exercise can be combined with conventional treatment but make sure to check with your doctor first.

 

 

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Raw Food and Autism

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By Dr. Amaka Nwozo

 

Research has shown that neuroinflammation exists in the brains of individuals with autism and other mental disorders. This could be due to a number of factors such as the presence of environmental and microbial toxins in the body which can damage the DNA in cells. In autism, gut inflammation, “leaky gut syndrome” and neuroinflammation are common.  Leaky gut syndrome is increased intestinal permeability caused by mainly by environmental factors like toxins, microorganisms, antibiotics etc. In leaky gut syndrome, food compounds like protein, undigested food particles pass through the gut into the blood stream eliciting an allergic reaction which can lead to autoimmunity. Autoimmunity in autism is known as a Neuroimmune Dysfunction Syndrome. Living food contains antioxidants that get rid of free radicals and help to repair the cells in the body. Probiotic living food and probiotic supplements can help to heal the gut by increasing good gut bacteria and decreasing leaky gut syndrome. Adding vegetables, fruits and greens to your diet is invaluable. You can make tasty green smoothies that contain a load of nutrients and antioxidants which are healing to the gut and the body as a whole.

 

 

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The High Raw Diet

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By Dr. Amaka Nwozo

The raw food diet is the most natural and the most effective diet for healing, cleansing and rejuvenation. Compared to cooked food, raw food contains a higher amount of bioactive vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and enzymes. enzymes are completely destroyed when heated. Unheated fats and oils are rich in the enzyme lipase which digests fats.  A high raw diet is best to follow because vegetables that are high in cellulose (difficult for the gut to digest) can be they can be juiced, blended or cooked. Also some fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes and carrots are more bioavailable when cooked, blended or juiced. Eating over 60% raw food is considered to be a high raw diet.

When food is raw, the nutrients and antioxidants are 100% bioavailable and this means they are absorbed readily in the body. Cells are nourished, repaired and restored. Eating the right kind of food helps in the treatment of multiple health conditions including heart disease and cancer.

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