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Alzheimer’s vs. Whole Food

 

It’s just one more thing to consider in the prevention of disease. For years, I was focused so tightly on preventing Cancer, that I neglected to research the prevention and treatments for other diseases. My attention always swings to another category when I have a personal experience with a disease or illness. In this case, my husbands Grandmother spent her final years with Alzheimer’s. It was horrible to watch such a spitfire of a woman shrink into this frame of a body that had no function, no control, no memory, no life. It was heartbreaking and I can still see her beautiful eyes staring at me with a confused look and then the frustration of a child when she didn’t know who I was. Since she passed, there has been a lot of research done, but still no cure.

I never felt this disease was genetic, but I have heard that as an argument and I understand everyone is entitled to their opinion. Until there is an actual cure, I continue to think it has more to do with nutrition and environmental issues. I wasn’t surprised to hear that some of the new research points at 4 food groups that are now considered to be a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s.

Smoked Meats, processed cheese, Beer and white foods such as white flour, rice and sugar are considered to be among the most harmful. It was recently discovered that Nitrites cause a reaction in the brain with imprints of the Alzheimer patterns. If your food label reads  “Sodium Nitrite”, try to avoid it. It is a preservative, which adds to the product shelf life, but certainly not the shelf life of your brain.

Of course I always recommend whole foods, but that’s not what everyone eats at every meal, so amp up your intake of Antioxidants  (helpful substances that protect cells from damaging molecules called free radicals) They are thought to be useful in the battle against Alzheimer’s by preventing the toxic plaque that causes the disease from forming. Among the compounds researchers have identified as helpful are aged garlic extract, curcumin (found in the spice turmeric), melatonin (found in sunflower seeds and spices like coriander and celery seeds) and green tea. Filling your plate with antioxidant-rich whole foods will benefit your whole body but most importantly, your brain.

Look for dark-skinned and -leafed vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli and red bell pepper, and fruits (fresh or dried) such as red grapes, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and cherries.

If you don’t want to eat a plate full, you can always take my advice and blend it up into a smoothie.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Alzheimers

 

Raw Food Birthday Wishes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

Tomorrow I turn 42! I made my family promise they would not make or buy a traditional cake for me. I could make a great Raw Living Food Cake, but I’ve been craving a Watermelon all day!

My dad had his 73rd birthday yesterday and we indulged in a piece of his cake. I already had a sore throat and my taste buds were going on me, but I ate it all gone. Boy, was I sorry. Even today, just the thought of that cake makes me sick to my stomach. It was really beautiful but not what my body is used to, so this is what we are having tomorrow to celebrate my big day.

 

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The great Juicer Debate


Since one of the internal pieces broke on my Jack LaLane Juicer, I’ve been using the Vita Mix every day to get my juicy life moving. I love the Vita Mix, but when I use the juicer, the drinks are so smoothe and I drink more. I miss my juicer, so I’m comparing notes so I can purchase a new one. Yes, I have designated juicer money. I LOVE treating myself with new kitchen gadgets, but really I only need a couple of things to really enjoy it. I haven’t been in the market for a while, so I’ll have to spend some time evaluating this so I get the most for the money. I had my last juicer for two years and used it almost daily. I think I spent around $100 for it, so I’d like to upgrade the juicer but not the price. I’ll get back to you with my findings, but in the meantime, let me know which juicer you prefer.

~RawMa

 

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COCONUT KEFIR

 

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Is Packaged Food Safe?

I read an interesting article on food packaging and the safety concerns most of us never think about. I have greatly reduced the amount of pre-packaged foods my family consumes, but there are still some valid concerns over what the boxes, bags and wrappers may contain. Here is a portion of the article:

— Packaging Digest, 7/23/2009 3:53:00 PM
Fourteen percent of retail packaging failed a screening test for toxic heavy metals and is likely in violation of state laws, according to a report just released by the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH, or Clearinghouse). Imported products using flexible polyvinylchloride (PVC) packaging and the printing inks and colorants used on shopping and produce bags were most likely to contain these toxic metals, including lead and cadmium, known environmental and health hazards.

The report, An Assessment of Heavy Metals in Packaging: 2009 Update, found that lead concentrations detected in printing inks and colorants used on plastic bags were typically 20 times greater than the legal limit established by states. Toxics in packaging laws in 19 states prohibit the intentional use of any amount of lead, cadmium, mercury, and hexavalent chromium. These laws also establish a maximum concentration limit of 100 parts per million (ppm) for the incidental, or unintentional, presence of the four metals combined.

Lead or cadmium were also found in 52% of flexible PVC packaging, mostly imported from China and Pakistan, making these imports the most likely to be in violation of state laws. Flexible PVC, a “heavy-duty” plastic material, is frequently used to package home furnishings, pet supplies, cosmetics, and inexpensive toys. Metals, including cadmium and lead compounds, can be used as heat and ultraviolet stabilizers in PVC resin to control degradation during processing and use.

These findings were based on the screening of over 400 packaging samples using x-ray fluorescent (XRF) analysis by the TPCH, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Aside from reading our product lables, it is time for us to all be concious in our purchasing decisions to include the entire process of production before we spend our money and place the food in our mouths.

~RawMa

 

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Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are becoming very popular in the Raw food World. Rightfully so, this wonderful little seed has an abundance of nutrients, yet has been neglected by mainstream for years…with the exception of the Chia Pet. I always wanted one of those. Now after eating Chia seeds, I see how they stick to the surface. This is a huge benefit for our digestive system.

Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.

Another advantage: when added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest that this reaction also takes place in the stomach, slowing the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and convert them into sugar.

 

The Vita-Mix has arrived!!

It’s been a while since I wrote because I have been working very hard at saving and stretching my dollars. I stretched them into a reconditioned Vita-Mix with a wet and dry blade.  I am so excited to be able to make our own almond butter as well as turning my previously “chewy” green drinks into something more dreamy.

For a week now, I have taken a green drink mix with me to work and it never fails to raise questions from co-workers. It looks a bit odd, but let me tell you…the energy I feel and the shift in my body has been tremendous. I have also taken up wheatgrass shots again. I’m doing 3 two ounce shots per week just to help keep me alkalized. I LOVE the effect!

If you want a Vita-Mix, send me a note and I can help you get free shipping.

~RawMA