Healing Power of Food - Diet and Nutrition


 

 

 

       

Healing Power of Food - Food is Fuel for Body - Mind - Spirit


"One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. 
The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive."         
(Hieroglyph found in an ancient Egyptian tomb.)

 "Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food."

The foods we consume play a major role in our health and well being. Unfortunately, with our Mc Donalds lifestyle and microwave oven craze, much of the art and knowledge of using food to prevent illness and promote wellness has been lost. When we learn more about foods and their healing properties, we are empowered to reclaim control over our bodies and our health.

What you eat can hurt you, but it can also help you. Many of the common foods found in grocery stores or organic markets contain cancer-fighting properties, from the antioxidants that neutralize the damage caused by free radicals to the powerful phytochemicals that scientists are just beginning to explore. There isn't a single element in a particular food that does all the work: The best thing to do is eat a variety of foods.    


Changing your mindset about food can change your life. Be mindful of the fuel (food) you use so that you don’t conk out on the journey called LIFE!

However, I'm aware that nutritional changes can be very challenging, but worth the effort.


Due to the amount of time people spend eating, as well as their emotional connections with food, adhering to ongoing dietary guidelines might be perceived as difficult. Ride the tide. Make changes step by step. I believe that after some clearing out of the old, and building of the new, that you will feel invigorated by a healthier diet. If you feel overwhelmed, know the severity of the challenge in eating healthier is consistent with the reward. Once you start feeling the benefits of new food habits, I believe that you will never look back. Think outside your box. Be curious.

    


Diet and Nutrition Assessment


Step 1: Assessment

To improve health and create positive outcomes, you first need to identify where you need to improve. It is also beneficial to identify where you have strengths because these can provide energy to change.

 
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Step 2: Assessment Results

It’s a good thing you’re starting to look into a healthy lifestyle now. Consider writing down any diet and nutrition behaviors not reflected in the previous questions under My additional strengths and My additional areas of improvement.

 
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  • I don't eat the correct amount of food to maintain a healthy body weight
  • I don't combine healthy eating with exercise.
  • I don't eat the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables each day.
  • I don't include high-fiber foods such as whole grains in my diet on a daily basis.
  • I don't eat a variety of foods to ensure adequate vitamins and minerals.
  • I eat foods that are high in saturated fat or trans-fatty acids (whole milk, fatty meats, snack foods).
  • I don't drink eight glasses of water a day.
  • I don't limit my intake of salt and sugar.
  • I drink more than the recommended alcoholic amount.
  • I sometimes eat just to relieve stress or other emotions
 
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Step 3: Next Steps

Your assessment results offer a great starting point. Read them over and consider what you would like to improve or change about your diet or nutrition. Pinpointing your intentions is a necessary and empowering first step to achieving goals.

Once you have identified an area you would like to improve, proceed to set a goal. Go to Motivation and Goals

    

The food we eat gives our bodies the "information" and materials they need to function properly. If we don't get the right information, our metabolic processes suffer and our health declines.

If we get too much food, or food that gives our bodies the wrong instructions, we can become overweight, undernourished, and at risk for the development of diseases and conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.

In short, what we eat is central to our health.

     


What does food do in our bodies?


The nutrients in food enable the cells in our bodies to perform their necessary functions. 

"Nutrients are the nourishing substances in footthat are essential for the growth, development and maintenance of body functions. Essential meaning that if a nutrient is not present, aspects of function and therefore human health decline.

When nutrient intake does not regularly meet the nutrient needs dictated by the cell activity, the metabolic processes slow down or even stop."


The best nutrition comes from food - not supplements.


Though even a well-balanced diet might require the added benefit of vitamin and mineral supplements, those supplements should be used only to “top off” the nutrients supplied by food.

A balanced diet, rich with fresh and raw vegetables , vegetable juices and fruits is the best everyone can do for ones health and well being. Nutrients tend to be better absorbed from whole foods and may come in “nutrient bundles” that work together as they are absorbed.   

     


What is the connection between food and disease?


Many researchers now believe that these problems are partly related to diet. While they used to believe that diseases-such as type II diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers - were caused by a single gene mutation, they are now generally attributing these conditions to a network of biological dysfunction. And the food we eat is an important factor in that dysfunction, in part because our diets lack the necessary balance of nutrients To prevent the onset of these diseases, we need to know how multiple nutrients in a diet interact and affect the human body's functions, according to the Nutrition Society, Europe's largest nutritional organization.

     


Can a poor diet affect your emotional and mental health?


You probably know that the food you eat affects your body. Cutting back on junk food and choosing healthier options helps you maintain a healthy heart, strong muscles and an appropriate weight. Your mood may also be affected by what you eat. For example, have you ever felt down after eating a lot of fast food? Do you have a more positive outlook after eating a green salad or some stir-fry vegetables?

The bottom line is that foods have an immense impact on your emotions, moods and physical health, all of which directly impact your ability to deal with not only challenges, and day to day stressors, but also issues in your relationships. Findings show that nutrition deficiencies cause biochemical conditions in the brain and body that raise stress to toxic levels, fostering depression and anxiety and other emotional (and physical) disturbances.
Medical researchers are studying the effects of dietary choices on mood and mental health. This is sometimes called the “food-mood connection.” There are many questions that haven’t been answered yet. For example, do vitamin deficiencies make people feel more depressed? Do dietary supplements only improve the emotional well being of people who have nutritional deficiencies? What amount of a certain supplement will improve a person’s mental health?


 

 

You would not starve your car of fuel , or put the wrong fuel into the tank and expect it to run efficiently, would you?


"Some foods like fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, lean meats, whole grains, eggs, legumes etc give the body wonderful ‘energy’. Some foods such as high fat and high sugar foods (you know which ones) are like putting dirty fuel into your car. They cause disease and harm to the body.

We aren’t like a car, where you can run it down, let it rust, let the tyres burst, radiator overheat and still be able to just take it to the shop and buy a new part. The human body doesn’t have spare parts. We have been given one body and that’s it.

Most of us give our car a service regularly in order to maintain it’s working order, we wash it, polish it and vaccuum it to keep it clean.

 

How many of us …stop and actively give our body..the only one we have…with no available spare parts….the time and care that it needs in order to maintain it’s working order? We wouldn’t put dirty fuel in our car, out of fear it would damage the car and stop it from working."

Cherish your body. This is the only one you have. The food we eat is made up of tiny molecules which the digestive system amazingly breaks down into our ‘fuel’ or energy. This means ‘energy’ to run or dance wildly, but it also means ‘energy’ to make new skin cells, make immune cells, and even  brain cells. The food we eat, and the energy we get from it, is just like the petrol we put in our car to make the car!"

       

 
WE EAT FOR MANY REASONS

Food is energy for the body. When food enters the body its composition changes in order to create and store the energy for activities in the present and future. The food can be converted into sugars which power the body now or it can be stored as protein or fat for long term storable energy. This energy level can fluctuate based on the types of food consumes, your overall activity level and many other factors.

Food is important for everyone. Familiar foods make us feel safe and secure. Food reminds us of our childhood, home country and culture. We celebrate events by eating special foods in the company of people who are important to us. When we eat well we feel well.


Food provides the energy and nutrients that our bodies need to:


  • Stay alive, move and work;
  • Build new cells and tissues for growth, maintenance and repair;
  • Resist and fight infections.

When the body does not get enough food, it becomes weak and cannot develop or function properly. Healthy and balanced nutrition means eating the right type of foods in the right quantities to keep healthy, keep fit and enjoy ourselves. Good nutrition means your body is getting all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to work at its best level. Eating a healthy diet is your main way to get good nutrition.

Most people know that a balance of good nutrition and physical activity can help them reach and maintain a healthy weight. But the benefits of good nutrition go beyond weight. Good nutrition can also:

  • Improve cardiovascular and other body system functions, mental well-being, school/cognitive performance, and wound healing or recovery from illness or injury.
  • Reduce the risk for diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some cancers, and osteoporosis
  • Increase energy and the body’s ability to fight off illness

        


 What you eat can hurt you, but it can also help you.


Many of the common foods found in grocery stores or organic markets contain cancer-fighting properties, from the antioxidants that neutralize the damage caused by free radicals to the powerful phytochemicals that scientists are just beginning to explore. There isn't a single element in a particular food that does all the work: The best thing to do is eat a variety of foods.

Making the choice to eat healthier and better makes us feel better about ourselves and our bodies. The comfort good nutrition allows us to feel about our body is immeasurable. The mental benefits of good nutrition are strong reason to make the change to healthier eating. When you eat better, you feel better and it shows in your smile, your skin, your attitude. Eating a more balanced diet can actually perfect your complexion, clear up any blemishes on your skin and give you a nice, healthy glow. Sugary, high fat foods will do just the opposite.

What we eat and drink is a huge part of our lives and existence. Much of the food that is sold in our modern societies are so over processed and full of chemical preservatives that most of the nutrients are stripped and the food has to be “fortified” or have chemical minerals and vitamins added just to be considered “nutrients”.

 By taking regular stimulants such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes, the body cannot relax properly. This can be a contributory factor in many stress related disorders such as ulcers, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, and asthma. Too many stimulants alter the mind state, thus preventing real clarity.

There are also foods that have the opposite effect, that of depressing the system. These are mainly animal foods, particularly red meat, heavy dairy foods (butter, cheese, mayonnaise, cream, ice cream), and salt. They appear to slow down the digestive system, taking a long time to pass through it. This sluggishness gives rise to constipation, bowel disorders, and other symptoms such as acne, low energy, low motivation, and depression. A lot of red meat slows down the body and mind. Dairy foods are also often a contributory factor in the build up of mucus in the body, particularly in the respiratory tract, sinuses, ears, and the female reproductive organs.

In most spiritual disciplines originating from the East, there is little emphasis on animal foods, with a tendency toward vegetarianism instead.

      


Changing something as fundamental as the food you eat involves a lot of commitment and support.


Changing your eating habits, like any changes in life, can cause some discomfort. While recognising this, converting from eating poor quality foods to optimum nutrition for health recovery is perhaps one of the most powerful things you can do to gain your health back and stay healthy.

It is important that you make changes which are sustainable for you. For some the new diet feels like hardship, while they feel deprived of their usual food habits. It is vital that you get the help of your partner, family, friends, colleagues, while you start eating healthy. If you have nobody to support you, you might would like to join a support group, talk to a mentor, or nutritionist therapist, ask your friends or one of your colleagues who would like to support your change. 


       


Benefits of Good Nutrition


Good nutrition is especially important if you have cancer because both the illness and its treatments can change the way you eat. Cancer and cancer treatments can also affect the way your body tolerates certain foods and uses nutrients.


The nutrient needs of people with cancer vary from person to person. Eating well while you are being treated for cancer might help you:

  • Feel better.
  • Keep up your strength and energy.
  • Maintain your weight and your body’s store of nutrients.
  • Better tolerate treatment-related side effects.
  • Lower your risk of infection.
  • Heal and recover faster.

  • Eating well means eating a variety of foods that will give your body the nutrients needed to help fight cancer. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals.

    A good balanced nutritious diet with fresh vegetables, pure water, fruits, fresh prepared juices, is vital for your health and absolute important for strengthening your immune system and heal your body. Healthy eating means for me to have an organic wholefood diet. A diet, which is low in sugar (best to avoid sugar all together), salt, processed food, stimulants, like coffee, tea, cigarettes, alcohol and chemical additives. 

     


    • Eat a variety of healthful foods, with an emphasis on plant sources.
    • Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible.
    • If a food will not rot or sprout, then throw it out.
    • Avoid heavily processed foods.
    • Eat five or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day.
    • Choose whole grains in preference to processed (refined) grains and sugars.
    • Avoid the consumption of red meats, especially those        high in fat and processed.
    • Choose foods that help maintain a healthful weight.
    • Avoid sugar.
     
           

     
    Sugar, even in small amounts, is toxic to your body.

     
    Research indicates a strong connection between sugar and cancer, especially survival of cancer cells.
     
    Avoid sugar to the greatest extent possible. Sugar feeds cancer and other illnesses and causes a myriad of other health problems. Likewise avoid bread and other food containing bleached white flour, which is essentially empty and harmful calories that convert to sugar once ingested.
                     

    We know that cancer cells love to eat glucose, so they actively pick up the tagged glucose. The highlighted nests of radioactive glucose therefore indicate areas of the strongest growth of cancer cells. In other words, cancer cells thrive on sugar. Cancer cells use an anaerobic respiration of sugar to form acids. That is the metabolism of cancer cells. The reason the cancer patient starves while the cancer cells grow is because they are much better at taking up the sugar than are normal cells. If we understand this selective metabolism of cancer well enough to diagnose its growth, then the next step is to withhold sugar and see what happens. The trouble is we need a backup fuel source and this could be with healthy / good fats in your diet.
     

    "Compared with normal cells, cancer cells have a sweet tooth: they consume between ten and fifty times more glucose than surrounding healthy cells... PET scans, which detect glucose consumption, have shown that the higher the rate of glucose accumulation in cancer cells, the more aggressive the tumor - that is, the more invasive and likely to metastasize it is... The more rapid their proliferation, the more glucose cancer cells consume... These and many similar findings suggest that controlling your blood sugar can make a substantial difference in controlling the course of your cancer. What raises blood sugar? The chief dietary culprits are refined carbohydrates."
     
     -Keith Block, MD, Life Over Cancer
     

              


    Sugar is not a fat, but our body turns sugars into the same hard fats that make platelets sticky; interfere with insulin; and interfere with healing fats.


    Sugar also damages teeth; feeds bacteria, yeast, fungus, and cancer cells; increases serum triglycerides; interferes with vitamin C transport and immune function; increases adrenalin production by up to 4 times, a powerful internal stressor; cross-links proteins and speeds aging; and steals calcium, chromium, and other minerals from the body.

    If the 120 or more pounds of sugar that Westerners consume annually were replaced by 120 pounds of honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, rice syrup, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, or other similar sweeteners, the cause would have the same effect. Detrimental results on health would be similar.


                Sugar: Toxic Invader no one


    Despite what the mainstream media would like us to believe, sugar is not an innocent substance that gives us pleasure and causes no harm. Quite the contrary, I can think of nothing in the diet that promotes disease and aging more over the long term than excess sugar.

    There are over 60 ailments that have been associated with sugar consumption in the medical literature. They include cancer, asthma, allergies, diabetes, heart disease, and many more. Without a doubt, the biggest change in our diets has been our sugar consumption.  Sugar in the form of the refined white sugar is known as sucrose, brown sugar, corn sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, glucose, lactose and maltose.


     

    What foods contain sugars?


    Most processed foods contain sugar, including anything with white flour, soft drinks, table sugars, baked goods, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, candy, breakfast cereals, and teas. Some foods in their natural form contain sugars, and foods high on the glycemic index contain higher amounts of sugar. Some high glycemic foods include melons, apricot, kiwi, tropical fruits, dates, figs, raisins, grapes, cooked parsnips, rutabaga, pumpkin and squash, beet, white potato, white pasta, white bread, chips, candy, ice cream, and many other foods.


    Become a Food Sleuth


    Start to examine food labels as if your life depended on it. Keep your total daily intake of sugars under 40 grams. If you have heart disease, cancer, obesity, blood sugar problems, or any type of immune dysfunction, keep your daily intake below 20 grams.

    Avoid Processed Food

    Especially those products that contain sugar or any word ending in “ose” in the list of ingredients.


    Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Natural


    Satisfy your sweet tooth as much as possible the way nature intended - with natural, sugar-rich fruit and sweet vegetables such as squash and sweet potatoes. These sweet treats are loaded with fiber and nutrients, but you still should allow yourself no more than two to three servings of them per day. If you must have sweets, choose ones that have less than five grams of sugar per serving - preferably ones that contain blood-sugar balancing fiber, protein, and fat to slow down the release of sugar (and the secretion of insulin) into your system.


    Ban White Sugar - Nothing in the diet promotes disease and aging more than excess sugar!      


    Eliminate refined white sugar from your diet. Use small amounts of natural sweeteners such as Stevia, date sugar, maple syrup, rice syrup, and fruit juices as transitions away from white sugar and toward a diet with very little concentrated sugar of any kind. In other words, gradually work at reducing the amount of sweeteners you use.


         


    Avoid Artificial Sweeteners


    Artificial sweeteners are associated with unpleasant side effects and health risks, even cancer. They may also increase the body’s cravings for sweets, making it harder to kick the sugar habit.

    Learn to Use the Glycemic Index

    This is a classification of carbohydrates organized by their sugar/blood sugar/insulin interactions. The position of food on the glycemic index tells you whether it is recommended to eat plentifully, moderately, or as little as possible.
    Research indicates a strong connection between sugar and cancer, especially survival of cancer cells.

           

    Cancer also thrives in an acidic environment, and can’t live in an alkaline environment.

    Many foods and drinks the average person consumes are acidic, with the colas and other soft drinks being highly acidic. So unless you are eating a special diet, your body is way too acidic. One should switch to a more alkaline diet. Another factor is that our enzymes get depleted from eating processed, irradiated and cooked food. Foods often don't get completely digested and these are treated as toxins, putting an additional strain on the already overworked immune system, which is trying to deal with all the chemicals and other environmental contaminants entering the body.
     

     
    Alkaline-Yielding Foods Healthy alkaline foods


    Apricots, Kiwifruit, Cherries, Bananas ,Strawberries, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Peaches, Apples, Watermelon, Celery, Carrots, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Green peppers, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Lettuce, Green beans, Onions cabbage, and cauliflower, Wheat grass, Grapes, red, Mushrooms: Shiitake, maitake, reishi, Papayas, Seaweed and other sea vegetables.
     
    Pancreatic enzymes and vegetable enzymes are part of the supportive theory. You have the papaya as the source of the enzyme Papain and pineapple as a source of the enzyme Bromelain. The demasking effect of these enzymes against the pericellular layer of the malignant cell is something very concrete in the immunology of cancer.

       

           
            Acid-Yielding Foods
    Spaghetti, Corn flakes, While rice, Rye bread, White bread, Whole milk, Lentils, Beef, Pork

    Very Acid-Yielding Foods
    Parmesan cheese, Processed (soft) cheeses, Hard cheeses, Gouda cheese, Cottage cheese, Brown rice, Rolled oats, Whole wheat bread, Peanuts, Walnuts, Salami,Luncheon meat, canned, Liver sausage, Chicken, Cod, Herring, Trout, Eggs.

     
     Vitamin C

    A diet high in vitamin C containing foods such as red and green bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, strawberries, spinach, oranges, cabbage, grapefruit and cantaloupe can help destroy free radicals before they enter the cells, where they may eventually result in clogged arteries, heart attacks and strokes.


    Vitamin E

    Wheat germ, rice ban, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, soybeans and vegetable oils in general - all containing significant amounts of vitamin E, protect cell membranes.


    Quercitin
    Yellow and red onions, red grapes, broccoli and yellow crookneck squash contain another effective antioxidant called quercitin. It is one of the few food substances that has been shown to block cancer both in the earliest stage and in tumors. Quercitin also protects arteries and discourages blood clots.


    Grains

    Grains also help suppress cancer-causing agents, and due to their high fiber content help reduce constipation. The gummy fiber found in both oats and barley helps lower blood cholesterol as well.


         


    Antioxidants


    Scientists suspect antioxidants are the reason that fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains and nuts promote health and help prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease and arthritis.

    Antioxidants quench toxic molecules known as free radicals that are a by-product of normal metabolism. They can be produced from exposure to the sun, x-rays, tobacco smoke, car exhaust and other environmental pollutants. These free radicals damage DNA, corrode cell membranes, kill cells and are directly responsible for gradual deterioration during the aging process. Eating foods high in naturally occurring antioxidants could prevent the onset of degenerative diseases and enable people to live out their lives in optimum health.


    Ellagic Acid

    Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, grapes, apples, Brazil nuts and cashews all contain ellagic acid. This antioxidant helps block four different types of cancer-causing agents.


     
    Beta-Carotene

    Fresh and dried apricots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, carrots, kale, dark leafy lettuce, spinach, winter squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes are all high in beta-carotene. This is the substance that converts to vitamin A in the body, and is considered the major reason why fruits and vegetables protect against cancer, particularly lung cancer. A diet high in beta-carotene containing foods may reduce the risk of lung cancer even among people who have smoked cigarettes for years.


    Potassium

    High potassium foods, including potatoes, cantaloupe, bananas, tomatoes and low-fat yogurt, seem to help protect blood vessels against damage from high blood pressure.


    Cruciferous Vegetables

    Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, turnips, horseradish, kale, radish, rutabaga) contain compounds which block the formation of cancer, particularly colon cancer. Lower risks of breast, uterine and hormone-dependent cancers are also linked to high intake of cruciferous vegetables.


    Beans

    Beans have been found to be effective in lowering cholesterol and regulating insulin and blood sugar levels.


    Garlic

    Raw garlic helps kill bacteria and boost immune function, while cooked garlic can help lower blood cholesterol as well as help prevent bronchitis.

     Apricots Rich in vitamin a and Iron
    Aside from whatever anti-cancer properties the seeds of apricots may offer, the fruit itself is exceptional in its own right. There is probably no fruit which is as nourishing as the apricot. When they are dried, and most of the moisture removed, the concentration of nutrients becomes even greater. A generous handful of dried apricots (3 1/2 ounces) is packed with nearly 11,000 units of vitamin A, or more than twice the recommended daily allowance.

    Vitamin C
    A diet high in vitamin C containing foods such as red and green bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, strawberries, spinach, oranges, cabbage, grapefruit and cantaloupe can help destroy free radicals before they enter the cells, where they may eventually result in clogged arteries, heart attacks and strokes.


    Vitamin E

    Wheat germ, rice ban, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, soybeans and vegetable oils in general - all containing significant amounts of vitamin E, protect cell membranes.


    Quercitin

    Yellow and red onions, red grapes, broccoli and yellow crookneck squash contain another effective antioxidant called quercitin. It is one of the few food substances that has been shown to block cancer both in the earliest stage and in tumors. Quercitin also protects arteries and discourages blood clots.


    Grains

    Grains also help suppress cancer-causing agents, and due to their high fiber content help reduce constipation. The gummy fiber found in both oats and barley helps lower blood cholesterol as well.


        

    Nurturing Energy


    The earth is filled with nurturing energy. She gives food, water, medicine, shelter, beauty and inspiration. May we appreciate and protect her always. As she has always nurtured and protected us.

    • No matter what supplements or treatments you may choose for healing your cancer, you must first establish a good foundation. 
    Vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements may help you to eliminate the symptoms of cancer and help boost your immune system. However, a very healthy diet and a peaceful lifestyle are the ultimate keys for your healing  and keeping you strong on all levels. "To fail to embrace proper diet, nutrition and lifestyle and look for answers in supplements alone is like putting a new roof on a house that is falling apart from a broken foundation."

    • Immediately eliminate bad habits and begin building good ones so that you will make sure that you no longer have habits that weaken your immune system and that you will       be able to support your body, so that your body can support you. Bad health habits are open invitations for illness and disease to enter your body.

    • The very best and most healthy diet is one that is rich of         fresh and uncooked vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots and may      be with occasional services of fish. Only raw vegetables and fruits contribute to an alkaline pH. It is important that you have an alkaline and oxygen forming diet. Once cancer has gained a foothold, it does not survive well in the presence of an alkaline cellular pH level, nor in the presence of highly oxygenated cells. Juiced vegetables and fruits are an   excellent form of nutrition. Your main intake should come from vegetables and a small amount of fruits, because of        their high sugar content.

    • A rich vegetarian diet, plenty of pure water and herbal teas, sunshine and fresh air will give your body strength to for healing. It will protect your body from the effect of harmful toxins. A healthy diet will support your body to find the strength to deal with all the challenges, treatments and emotions, which comes with cancer. On the other hand, also be sure to get a lot of sunshine, mild to moderate exercises, an abundance of sleep and physical rest to conserve energy for healing.

        

    Eat Grounding Foods.

    Many foods are very grounding including root vegetables (such as carrots and potatoes) and unrefined grains. Cooking with plenty of herbs and spices enhances the grounding quality of your meals.
    • Many of my clients started to eat a healthy diet using the recipe and teaching videos from Jane Sen, the Health Creation Nutritionist Consultant. Health Creation Food, Jane Sen

    • To keep your body going with full strength, regular detoxing and cleansing the body from built up toxins, like heavy metals and pesticides, as well as undigested food, fecal matter and gallstones that build up in the body by cleansing your colon and liver. A toxic and "unclean" body weakens the body`s immune system.

          


    What nutrients may support good mental health?


    There is evidence that certain nutrients may support emotional well being. All of these nutrients are part of a balanced diet. Proper nutrition is likely to keep you feeling better physically and emotionally.


    Omega-3 fatty acids improve heart health by reducing “bad” cholesterol in your body and increasing “good” cholesterol. Omega-3 has also shown promise for improving mental health. In some studies, people who took omega-3 supplements reported improvements in their mood. Researchers think that omega-3 fatty acids may affect the way your brain sends signals throughout your body.

    Omega-3 fatty acids are found in seafood, such as salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel. They can also be found in flaxseeds, flaxseed oil and walnuts.

      good fats - bad fats


    Tryptophan is an amino acid (a building block of protein) that your body needs so it can produce a chemical called serotonin. People who have depression often have a low serotonin level. Studies have examined the use of tryptophan to treat depression, but there is not enough scientific evidence to recommend this use.


    Poultry

    Turkey may well be the most well known dietary source of L-tryptophan, but all animal proteins contain some of the amino acid. A 4-oz. portion of either chicken or turkey breast provides 350 to 390 mg of L-triptophan, as well as a dose of the other eight essential amino acids. While red meats contain the amino acid as well, they tend to have a higher saturated fat content than can lead to high cholesterol.


    Seafood

    Shrimps are a nutrient-dense source of L-tryptophan with 330 mg per 4-oz. serving. Fish, such as tuna, halibut, salmon, sardines and cod, and scallops also contain between 250 and 400 mg of L-tryptophan per serving.


    Dairy Products

    While dairy contains significantly less L-tryptophan per serving than meats and fish, cheese, milk and yogurt still provide you with a full essential amino acid set along with bone-healthy calcium. A 1-cup serving of reduced fat cow's milk provides 100 mg of the amino acid, while 1 cup of low-fat yogurt gives you 60 mg.


    Nuts and Seeds

    Nuts and seeds are a convenient way to supplement your L-tryptophan intake when you're short on time. With the highest dose of the amino acid per serving, pumpkin seeds provide 110 mg per 1/4 cup. Sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds and walnuts all contain over 50 mg of L-tryptophan per 1/4 cup.


    Legumes

    Legumes, such as beans, split peas, peanuts and lentils, offer a fiber- and protein-rich source of L-tryptophan. Kidney beans, black beans and split peas each contain 180 mg per cup, while 1/4 cup of peanuts contains 90 mg. In addition to the actual L-tryptophan content, legumes also contain B vitamins and iron, both necessary for the body to transform the amino acid into niacin.


    Cheese

    People can also obtain L-tryptophan by eating cheese. Mozzarella, low-fat cheddar or Colby and low-fat cottage cheese all contain about 330 to 400 mg tryptophan per 200-calorie serving. Shredded Parmesan cheese has 270 mg.


    Vegetables

    Certain vegetables also are excellent sources of L-tryptophan. Raw spirulina seaweed has nearly as much tryptophan as elk meat, with 739 mg per 200 calories. Dried spirulina contains about 640 mg. Cooked frozen spinach has nearly 600 mg, and cooked frozen cooked turnip greens 400 mg. Raw watercress also has high amounts at 545 mg per 200 calories. Raw white mushrooms, grilled portabella mushrooms, beet greens and red leaf lettuce have 275 to 310


     Magnesium is a nutrient that helps your body produce energy. It also helps your muscles, arteries and heart work properly. Some researchers are studying whether patients who take extra magnesium recover more quickly from depression. Magnesium can be found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, nuts and avocados.


    Folic acid and vitamin B-12 are B vitamins that play an important role in metabolism (the pace of your body’s processes) and production of blood cells. They also are related to chemicals called dopamine and noradrenalin. In many cases, people who are depressed don’t have enough of these chemicals. Increasing a person’s levels of folic acid and vitamin B-12 may increase his or her response to medicines that treat depression.

    Folic acid is found in foods such as leafy greens and fruits. Vitamin B-12 is mainly found in fish, shellfish, meat and dairy products.


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