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Food As Medicine

Food used as a preventative to dis-ease and as an essential part of medicine has been established for over 4,000 years by physicians of natural medicine. Food is a major determinant of health that is directly under our control. We cannot always control pollution, hereditary factors, noise, environment, and the social and emotional behaviors of others, but we can certainly choose what and what not to eat. Most people do not realize the power of foods. We hope that you will pay attention to the principles of food as medicine and incorporate these natural and powerful healing components into daily living, because anything we do three times a day will have an effect on our body!

For knowledgable information, you will find the four basic nutrients, important vitamins and minerals and essential fruits and vegetables. Learn about the healing powers of rice, grains and congee and the properties of food, which are key to a long life.

From this page, you can find Andrew's long awaited healthcare plan, called The Full Spectrum Diet, jump to research on how to use herbs, creating your own herbal medicine chest and foods for seasonal healing. Get tips on mindful eating, food combinations and green whole foods. You can also find Andrew's incredible food dictionary resources.

Food Resources

My super food resources I have put all together on one launching page! Here you will find a staggering combination of food choices, charts, dictionaries and food counters. I have gathered together the best resources for herbs and spices, vegan and vegatarian foods, how to shop, what foods to shop for, the Cook's Thesaurus, food as medicine, epicurious food dictionary and much much more. Click here to find your best food resources.



The Recipe Box

For over 10 years we have been collecting healthy recipes from over 10,000 of our members! Here you will find how food is used for every season, how it is used for heart healthy, cholesterol free dishes, as well as, great ideas for vegans, vegetarians, and weight conscious foods. You will also find in the recipe box just how food is used in recipes for healing. Find all our recipes here.



Seasonal Eating

Discover the secrets when eating with the seasons. Each season offers a unique path to better health. There are preventative measures you can take to strengthen your immune system, conquer allergies, derail a cold or flu and fight disease! When eating along with the season, there are two elements that should be taken into account. Get seasonal healing tips for nutritious eating. You can also find great physical, spiritual and emotional ideas for every season here.



The Full Spectrum Diet

This is the last diet plan you will ever need in your life! The Full Spectrum Diet is a common sense, lifestyle plan. This easy to use system monitors healthy weight by the colors of food on your plate! Meals rich with different colored fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and whole grains means you are getting a healthy variety of nutrients that your body needs. A balance of attractive colors in the foods we eat, play an instinctual part as to what the body needs in the moment. The color energy of fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals all come into play when furnishing our bodies with the proper nourishment. Discover the secrets of Andrew's Full Spectrum Diet



Pure Encapsulation Supplements/Vitamins

We are proud to feature Pure Encapsulations. They are committed to producing the most complete line of science-based nutritional supplements. Products contain absolutely no hidden fillers, coatings, artificial colors or other excipients that would disrupt or diminish the bioavailability of the ingredients. Additionally, formulas are wheat free, dairy/milk free, gluten free, soy free, yeast free, sugar free, starch free, preservative free, hydrogenated oil free, corn free, free of artificial colors/flavors. As a licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist, Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac recommends these fantastic compounds to all his patients. Discover these amazing supplements..



Single Herbal Tinctures
Here is our current list of our
single herbs.
 
2 oz. 19.00 - 4 oz. 35.00  
16 oz. 85.00 - 32 oz. 125.00  
1 gal 245.00  
Alfalfa Leaf
(Medicago sativa)
Heal All
(Prunella vulgaris)
Angelica Root
(Angelica archangelica)
Hops Flower
(Humulus lupulus)
Ashwanganda Root
(Withania somnifera)
Horehound
(Marrubium vulgare)
Astragalus Root
(Astragali radix)
Horsetail
(Equisetum arvense)
Bee Pollen
(Bee Pollen)
Hydrangea Root
(Hydrangea arborescens)
Bilberry Fruit
(Vaccinium myrtillus)
Hyssop
(Hyssopus officinalis)
Black Cohosh Root
(Cimicifuga racemosa)
Juniper Berry
(Juniperus communis)
Black Walnut Hulls
(Juglans nigra)
Kare Kit (Buy 3 Single Herbs 10% Off)
Bladderwrack
(Fucus vesiculosus)
Kola Nut
(Cola nitida)
Blessed Thistle
(Cerbenia benedicta)
Lemon Balm
(Melissa officinalis)
Blue Cohosh
(Caullophyllum thalictroides)
Lemon Peel
(Citrus limonia)
Boneset
(Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Licorice Root
(Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Buckthorn Bark
(Rhamnus frangula)
Lobelia Herb
(Lobelia inflata)
Burdock Root
(Arctium lappa)
Maca
(Lepidium Meyenii)
Calendula Flower
(Calendula officinalis)
Marshmallow Root
(Althea officinalis)
Cascara Sagrada
(Rhamnus purshiana)
Milk Thistle Seed
(Silybum marianum)
Catnip Leaf
(Nepeta cataria)
Motherwort
(Leonurus cardiaca)
Cats Claw Bark
(Uncaria tomentosa)
Muira Puama
(Liriosma ovata)
Cayenne Pepper
(Capsicum minimum)
Mullien Leaf
(Verbascum thaspus)
Chamomile Flower
(Matricaria recutita)
Myrrh Gum
(Commiphora molmol)
Chaparral Leaf
(Larria mexicana)
Nettle Leaf
(Urtica dioica)
Chaste Tree Berry
(Vitex agnus-castus)
Norwegian Kelp
(Asco phyllium nodosom)
Chickweed
(Stellaria media)
Nutmeg
(Myristica fragrans)
Cleavers
(Galium aparine)
Oat Grain
(Avena sativa)
Cloves
(Caryophyllus aromaticus)
Oat Straw
(Avena sativa)
Colts Foot Leaf
(Tussilago Farfara)
Olive Leaf
(Olea suropaea)
Comfrey Leaf
(Symphytum officinale)
Orange Peel
(Citrus aurantium)
Comfrey Root
(Symphytum officinate)
Oregon Grape Root
(Berberis aquifolium)
Corn Silk
(Zea mays)
Parsley root
(Carum petroselinum)
Cramp Bark
(Vibernum opulus)
Parsley leaf
(Carum petroselinum)
Cranesbill Root
(Geranium maculatum)
Parsley root
(Carum petroselinum)
Damiana Leaf
(Turnera diffusa)
Passion Flower
(Passiflora incarnata)
Dandelion Root
(Taraxacum Officinale)
Pau D' Arco Bark
(Tabebuia Impetiginosa)
Dill Weed
(Anethum graveolens)
Peppermint Leaf
(Mentha piperita)
Dong Quai Root
(Angelica senensis)
Plantain
(Plantago lanceolata)
Echinacea Purpurea
(Echinacea Purpurea)
Pleurisy Root
(Asclepias tuberosa)
Echinacea Root
(Echinacea angustifolia)
Pygeum Bark
(Pygeum africanum)
Elder Flower
(Sambucus nigra)
Red Clover
(Trifolium pratense)
Elecampane Root
(Inula helenium)
Red Raspberry Leaf
(Rubus idaeus)
Eucalyptus Leaf
(Eucalyptus globulus)
Red Root
(Ceanothus americana)
Eyebright
(Euphrasia officinales)
Rhubarb Root
(Rheum palmatum)
False Unicorn Root
(Chamaelirium luteum)
Rosemary Leaf
(Rosemarinus officinalis)
Fennel Seed
(Foeniculum vilgare)
Sarsaparilla Root
(Smilax officinalis)
Fenugreek Seed
(Trigonella foenumgraecum)
Saw Palmetto Berry
(Serenoa serrulata)
Feverfew
(Tanacetum parthenium)
Schisandrae Berry
(Schisandrae chinensis)
Fo-Ti Root
(Polygonum multiflorum)
Scullcap
(Scutellaria lateriflora)
Garlic Root
(Allium sativum)
Sheep Sorrel
(Rumex Acetosella)
Ginger Root
(Zingiber officinale)
Slippery Elm Bark
(Ulmus fulva)
Ginkgo Leaf
(Ginkgo biloba)
St. John's Wort
(Hypericum perforatum)
Ginseng American
(Panax quinquefolium)
Stevia Leaf
(Stevia rebaudiana)
Ginseng Chinese White
(Panax ginseng)
Suma
(Pfaffia paniculata)
Ginseng Korean
(Panax schin-seng)
Usnea
(Usnea barbata)
Ginseng Siberian
(Eleuthero senticosus)
Uva Ursi Leaf
(Arctostaphylos)
Ginseng Tienchi
(Radix pseudo-ginseng)
Valerian Root
(Valeriana officinalis)
Goldenseal
(Hydrastis canadensis)
White Willow Bark
(Salix alba)
Gotu Kola
(Centilla asiatica)
Wild Cherry Bark
(Prunus serotina)
Grape Seed
(Vitis vinifera)
Wild Yam Root
(Dioscorea villosa)
Green Tea
(Camellia sinensis)
Wood Betony
(Betonica officinalis)
Guarana Seed
(Paullina cupana)
Yarrow Flower
(Achillea millefolium)
Hawthorn Berry
(Craetaegus oxyacantha)
Yellow Dock Root
(Rumex crispus)
Yohimbe Bark
(Corynanthe yohimbe)
 
Herbal Tinctures

Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably. Single Herb Tinctures are an effective way to take herbal medicine. There is a variety of sizes. Choose from:

Our "Kare Kit" is any three single herb tinctures at a 10% discount. Add to Cart

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Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 4 oz bottles $35.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 8 oz bottles $44.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 16 oz bottles $85.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 32 oz bottles $125.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Herbal Extract Tinctures- 1 gallon $245.00 Add to Cart

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Herbal Formula Tinctures    
Our formulas are 2 oz. for $21.00    
Acne Support
Burdock, Black Walnut, Chaparral, Blessed Thistle, Red Clover.
  Heart Support
Hawthorne Berry, Motherwort, Comfrey root, Ginger, Tienchi Ginseng, Horsetail.
Brain Food
Ginkgo, Gota Kola, Blessed Thistle, Siberian Ginseng.
  Herpes Help
Echinacea, Oregon Grape root, Chaparral, Black Walnut, Myrrh.
BreathEasy
Lobelia, Pleurisy, Marshmallow, Mullein, Coltsfoot, Licorice.
  Immunity
Astragalus, Pau D'Arco, Suma, Dandelion root, Oatstraw, Kelp
Blood Purifer
Pau D' Arco, Red Clover, Yellow Dock, Burdock, Sarsaparilla, Dandelion, Cascara Sagada & Buckthorn.
  Infection
Echinacea, Yarrow, Myrrh, Goldenseal, Black Walnut, Marshmallow, Plantain & Cayenne.
Chill Out
Valerian, St. Johns Wort, Passion Flower, Scullcap, Blue Vervain.
  Male Power
Korean Ginseng, Tienchi Ginseng, American Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng, Mura Puama, Nettle, Astragalus, Saw Palmetto.
Circulation Support
Hawthorn berries, Ginger, Angelica, Bayberry Bark, Hyssop, Prickley Ash bark, Cloves, Cayenne.
  Menopause Support
Wild Yam, Kelp, Chaste Tree, Motherwort, Blue Cohosh, Dong Quai, Red Raspberry, Damiana, Licorice
Colds & Flu
Echinacea, Goldenseal, Cayenne.
  Mood Support
St. Johns Wort, Chamomille, Schizandra, Oatstraw, Avena Sativa.
Cleanse & Detox
Burdock Root, Buckthorn Root, Chaparral Leaf, Dandelion Root, Red Clover Blossoms, Cascara Sagrada, Nettle Leaf, Milk Thistle Seeds, Ginger Root.
  Mensamends
False Unicorn, Dong Quai, Damiana, Red Raspberry, Blessed Thistle, Fo-Ti.
Colds & Flu
Echinacea, Goldenseal, Cayenne.
  Mood Support
St. Johns Wort, Chamomile, Schizandra, Oatstraw, Avena Sativa
Cough Calm
Horehound, Elecampane, Comphrey root, Wild Cherry Bark, Eucalyptus, Chickweed, Slippery Elm, Licorice.
  Muscle Calm
Wild Yam, Black Cohosh, Crampbark, Scullcap, Angelica, Peppermint, Turmeric
Digest Aid
Peppermint, Dill seed, Chamomile, Gentian, Fennel, Ginger, Parsley.
  Nerve Strength
Oatstraw, Black Cohosh, Scullcap, Avena Sativa, Pleurisy root, Catnip, Lobelia.
Echinacea & Goldenseal
Echinacea & Goldenseal.
  Night Cap
Valerian, Hops, Scullcap, Passion Flower.
Echinacea & Oregon Grape root
Echinacea & Oregon Grape root.
  Passion
Muira Puama, Yohimbi, Maca, Avena Sativa, Damiana, Guarana.
Essiac
Burdock, Sheep Sorrel, Turkey Rhubarb & Slippery Elm.
  PMS Support
Dong Quai, Wild Yam, Crampbark, Squawvine, Black Haw, Casteberry, Blue Cohosh.
Eye Strength
Bilberry, Eyebright, Red Raspberry.
  Prostrate Support
Saw Palmetto, Buchu, Parsley root, Hydrangea, Cornsilk, Horsetail, American Ginseng.
Ginseng Energy
American, Korean, Siberian & Tienchi Ginseng.
  Wake up
Kola Nut, Guarana, Damiana, Ginkgo, American Ginseng.
Headache Support
White Willow Bark, Feverfew, Chamomile, Peppermint, Scullcap, Catnip, Fenugreek.
  Women's Balance
Chaste Berry, Dong Quai, Red Raspberry, Dandelion, Blessed Thistle, Gota Kola, Kelp & Licorice.
Herbal Formula Tinctures

These are a combination of herbal extract tinctures blended together for specific situations. We blend the best of single herbs together to create a very potent herbal formula. Choose from:

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Herbal Granules

Chinese herbs are the most advanced combinations of herbal medicine in the world today. They are combined into a formula, which usually contains between 8 and 12 ingredients. It is the "herbal synergy" that seems to be the strength behind Chinese herbal medicine. These herbs have been ground and put into an easy-to-use container with scoop. They are packed in small quantities to preserve quality and freshness. Utilize these wonderful formulas for treating many disorders and for healing and maintaining a balanced life. Herbal granules come in 100-150 grams per jar . Approximately a two week supply. Simply blend two scoops of granules into hot water to make a tea and drink. These formulations are categorized by disorders and symptoms.

Use our simple diagnostic system to choose the proper formula for you.

Product Name: Chinese Herbal Granules $39.95 per bottle. Add to Cart

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Pure Green Energy Powder

A concentrated formulation of the super green wholefoods. An easy way to get your greens in our busy life style. Add to our Smoothies to increase your greens or use our capsule machine and make your own green caps. Ingredients: Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Klamath Blue Green Algae.

These ingredients contain the most powerful combination of nutrients ever known in any grain, herb or food. They contain almost all of the vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll. These necessities are bio-available which means that they are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving our bodies instant access to vital nutrients.

Product Name: Pure Energy Green Powder 3.5 oz $24.00 Add to Cart

Product Name: Pure Energy Green Powder 1 lb. $79.95 Add to Cart

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Pure Energy Smoothie with Green Powder

Ingredients: Whey Protein Powder, Bee Pollen Powder, Psyllium Husks, Lecithin Powder, Chlorella, Spirulina, Klamath Blue Green Algae, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Alfalfa, Kelp, Acidophilus, and American Ginseng. Just add 1 tablespoon powder to your favorite juice for a delicious and nutritious high energy start to your day.

Commonly reported benefits of using our Smoothies include:
- All day energy
- Greater focus under stress
- Sense of well-being
- Strengthened immune system
- Fewer food cravings
- Optimum synergistic balance of essential nutrients for total health

Product Name: Pure Energy Smoothie with Green Powder 1 month supply $39.95 Add to Cart

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Cleansing Smoothie with Green Powder

A Natural Cleansing Formula for a Healthy Digestive System. Ingredients: Psyllium Husks, Lecithin, Chlorella, Spirulina, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Dandelion, Red Clover, Milk Thistle, Buckthorn, Burdock, Cascara Sagrada & Acidophilus. Just add 1 tablespoon to your favorite juice for a gentle cleansing effect.

Most natural health practitioners agree that periodic internal cleansing is an essential key to radiant health. Maintaining a healthy digestive system is the goal of a regular cleansing program. Without a proper functioning digestive system we are unable to absorb the nutrients we eat or effectively or eliminate toxins that our bodies generate.

Pure Energy Cleansing Smoothie contains a combination of fiber, nutrients and herbs to gently support the body's natural cleansing process.

One of the many benefits of regularly cleansing your system and nourishing it is weight loss and reduced appetite. Many people also report improved skin condition and energy levels.

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Herbal Teas

* Herbal teas are the easiest form of herbal remedy for long term use. The herb's powerful ingredients are either "infused" or "decocted" in water when made into teas.

* It is crucial that we care for our bodies before we encounter illness. These herbal teas are made from the freshest herbs, organically grown. These are LOOSE teas. Loose tea is more aromatic and contains all the parts of the medicinal portions of an herb, unlike tea bags, which, for the most part, contain only the left over portions of the herb.

* These herbal teas are hand-crafted, grown, and blended in small quantities to preserve quality and assure freshness. Only the finest quality herbs are used in these products.

* Loose teas look and smell better, and naturally disperse stronger flavor and medicinal properties better.

TEA TIPS:

* Infusion of teas: bring water to a boil, and add one-three teaspoons of herbs per cup with infuser or loose. Steep 5 minutes

* Decoction of teas: simmer for 45 minutes. Strain and enjoy

* To really maximize the health benefits of tea, You need to drink about 3-4 cups per day for most herbal teas. For Green Tea -about 10 cups a day.

* Don't add milk or sugar to an herbal tea. While the taste will improve, the medicinal effects will be drastically reduced.

* To sweeten your tea, add a teaspoon of honey, maple syrup, apple juice, or better yet, Stevia.


FREE TEA INFUSER BALL with 1 lb tea purchase!!

Enjoy these powerful blends of our freshest quality herbs in ready-blended teas and tea prescriptions for optimum health!

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Tea Basket Sampler

Tea is the most popular drink in the world! Used by Buddhist monks in religious ceremonies, taken as a daily ritual in China and creating a revolution in America, tea is not just a beverage, tea has become an event. For over 4,000 years, tea has been a source of medicine, meditation, superstition, congregation, upheaval and inspiration.

This is wonderful chance to experience a variety of our unique tea blends! We have created an herbal tea sampler to enhance your mind, body and spirit!

This delightful gift set includes 4 tea variations such as our Aromathera-Tea Remedy Blends, convenient Herbal Granule Tea, Chaka Teas, the Asian Tea Collection, our Special-Tea collection or our ever popular Metaphysical Tea. This includes a Gemstone Tea Ball, a Tea Tray, an Infusion Teapot and our Tea Booklet with infusion instructions, tea stories, tea and biscuit recipes and "how to make a perfect cup of tea"!

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Chocolate with Intention!. I am very happy to introduce to you, Oma Chocolate. This wonderful chocolate takes a mindful, meditative and meticulous approach to the kind and quality chocolate, you deserve. Imagine a world where you feel really good. Direct from your heart good. Oma's dark chocolate and spice blends fuel your heart with spirited, lush and warm feelings that help you be yourself. Happiness, Courage & Freedom! Oma's cacao is fairtrade and rainforest protected.

* All of the spices Oma uses are organic.
* All of Oma's blends use a 61% dark chocolate base.
* All of Oma's blends are dairy free, wheat free, & vegan.

Oma's ingredients are dairy free, gluten free, non gmo, and vegan. Oma uses fair trade and rainforest protected cacao beans, and all of our spices are organic. We are currently undergoing the application process for all three certifications.


Happiness Chocolate

Formulated to bring out the smile in you, Oma's happiness blend inspires you to be yourself – from an open heart! A lush, spiced honey aroma that puts the smile on your face and creates a great, open hearted feeling. A cardamom, saffron and rose spice blending in a 61% dark chocolate! Happiness In A Chocolate $7 each. Quantity sold in bundles of 6.

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Courage Chocolate

An enticing nutmeg aroma that gives a zesty boost to your spirit. Courage to be yourself - and explore new ventures - never felt so good. A Sencha green tea and chrysanthemum spice blend in a 61% dark chocolate! Courage In A Chocolate $7 each. Quantity sold in bundles of 6.

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Freedom Chocolate

Wild lavender essence that gives a wide open, big sky Montana feel for your heart. Freedom to be yourself was never so easy, or fun to explore. Local and French lavender varieties carefully balanced with organic, South African Rooibus tea in a 61% dark chocolate! Freedom In A Chocolate $7 each. Quantity sold in bundles of 6.

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Abundant Self Chocolate Set

Oma's three signature dark chocolate and spice blends joined together with a lovely, seasonal ribbon & greeting card. Celebrate the hearts you love by honoring some of the most beautiful "muscles" of a heart. Happiness + Courage + Freedom.! Abundant Self $21 (3 bar pack of Happiness, Courage, Freedom). Quantity sold in bundles of 2.

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Four Basic Nutrients

Water, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are the basic building blocks of a good diet. By choosing the healthiest forms of each of these nutrients, and eating them in the proper balance, you enable your body to function at its optimal level.

Water
The human body is two-thirds water. Water is an essential nutrient that is involved in every function of the body. Water helps transport nutrients and waste products in and out of cells. Water is necessary for all digestive, absorption, circulatory, and excretory functions. Water is needed for the utilization of the water-soluble vitamins. It is needed for the maintenance of proper body temperature. It is recommended that you drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.

Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are the energy source for our body in order to function. Carbs are found primarily in fruits, vegetables, and legumes. The most significant carbohydrates from animals come from milk and dairy products. Carbohydrates are divided into two groups: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates.

Simple carbohydrates, or simple sugars, are the quickest source of energy, because they can be broken down by our bodies the fastest. These include a variety of sugar forms such as lactose (milk sugar), fructose (fruit sugar), and sucrose (table sugar), as well as several other sugars. One of the richest natural sources of simple carbohydrates are fruits.

Complex carbohydrates include fiber and starches such as wheat products as in breads and pasta, grains (including rye and corn), beans, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). These foods, rich in carbohydrates, are stored in the system and give us energy, long term.

Both simple and complex carbohydrates are able to be converted into glucose. It is this glucose which is stored or used as the energy source. Total daily calories should consist of carbohydrates in some form. The daily ranges include between 40-50% of carbohydrate intake. When we consume more calories from carbohydrates than the body can use, a percent of these carbohydrates may also be stored in the body as fat.

Dietary fiber is an important part of our daily diet. Although most fiber is not digested, it gives us many important and healthy benefits. Fiber retains water, which allows for softer and bulkier stools which in turn prevents constipation and hemorrhoids. Fiber binds with cholesterol and eliminates this substance from the body. A high-fiber diet, 30 mg or more, can also reduce colon cancer risk as well as keep our digestive tract clean.

Protein
Protein is found in large amounts in the body. Proteins are the main building blocks in our system and the primary make-up of most of our cells. Proteins are a much slower and longer-lasting source of energy than carbohydrates. Proteins help maintain proper acid-alkali balance in our bodies and are needed for the maintenance of our muscle, connective tissue, and skin. When we consume more protein than we need, our bodies do not construct protein or muscle but breaks down the protein to store its materials as fat, which can be broken down and used for energy later.

Complete proteins which are found in meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, yogurt and milk, contain sufficient amounts of all of the essential amino acids the body needs. Soybean products such as tofu, soy oil, soy-based meat substitutes, soy milk and soy cheese are complete proteins. Also the combination of a number of protein-rich foods, such as brown rice with beans can give you a complete form of protein as well.

Incomplete proteins are a variety of other foods, which include grains, legumes, and leafy green vegetables, which are beneficial but only contain some of the essential amino acids. Adults need to eat about 60 grams of protein per day or 10 to 15% of their total calorie intake.

Fats
Fat is good and the body needs fat. Fats are made up of the building blocks called fatty acids. Each gram of fat allows the body about 9 calories. This is more than twice that supplied by proteins or carbohydrates. In our childhood, fat is necessary for normal brain development. As adults, fat is the most energy-efficient and therefore, the most concentrated form in our bodies.

There are different types of fatty acids, which include: saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats.

Saturated fats are found in beef, veal, lamb, pork, and ham, dairy products such as whole milk, cream, and cheese and artificially hydrogenated vegetable oils such as coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and vegetable shortening. The more solid the product, the higher the percentage of saturated fats. Our body uses saturated fats to produce cholesterol. Studies show that a diet high in saturated fats is known to promote coronary artery disease and excessive amounts of saturated fats can significantly raise the blood cholesterol level, including low-density lipoproteins (LDL), or "bad cholesterol."

Polyunsaturated fats include omega-3 fats, are found in mackerel, salmon, and tuna and other deep-sea fish, as well as omega-6 fats, contained in vegetable oils such as corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower oils. Polyunsaturated fats may actually lower total blood cholesterol levels. Yet, large amounts of polyunsaturated fats also can reduce your high-density lipoproteins (HDL), or "good cholesterol." Trans-fatty acids, also called trans fats, may also play a role in blood cholesterol levels. Tans fats occur when polyunsaturated oils are hydrogenated, which is a process used to harden liquid vegetable oils into solid foods like margarine and shortening. Trans fats are also found in prepared foods, such as cookies, crackers, doughnuts, french fries, and other fried foods.

Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil and nut oils such as peanut, and canola oils. These fats have been shown to reduce blood levels of LDL without affecting HDL cholesterol.


Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals are essential to life. These nutrients, and are often referred to as micronutrients because they are needed in relatively small amounts compared with the four basic nutrients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has devised recommended daily allowances (RDAs) of vitamins and minerals, although it is still in great debate if these RDAs are sufficient.

The listing below includes vitamin, mineral and other supplements which should be used as a guideline. Although the amounts listed are safe (they will not cause toxicity) and should be varied according to size and weight. "People who are active and exercise; those who are under great stress, on restricted diets, or mentally or physically ill; women who take oral contraceptives; those on medication; those who are recovering from surgery; and smokers and those who consume alcoholic beverages all need higher than normal amounts of nutrients." In addition to a proper diet, exercise and a positive attitude there are two important elements that are needed to prevent sickness and disease. If your lifestyle includes each of these, you will feel good and have more energy...something we all deserve.

This is sourced through the FDA, The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, the American Dietetic Association and Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz's book "YOU". Remember, this is a guideline.

Multi-vitamin (B Complex requirements)
B vitamins* 25-50 milligrams (mg) Take this with 400 micrograms
[mcg] of folic acid.
Vitamin E 400 international units (IU)
The natural form of Vitamin E, d-alpha-tocopherol, is preferred.
Vitamin C (with rosehips) 2,000 - 4,000 mg (in divided doses)
Vitamin A (beta carotene) 5,000-10,000 IU
Calcium 1,500 mg (in divided doses, 1000mg in am, 500mg in pm)
Vitamin D 400 IU (divided doses with calcium and magnesium)
Magnesium 500 mg (divided doses with calcuim and Vitamin D, 250mg in am, 250mg in pm)
Iron 8 mg The recommendation for iron for women is 18 mg.
Iodine 150 mcg
Zinc 10-15 mg
Selenium 100-400 mcg
Copper 2 mg
Manganese 10 mg
Chromium 200 mcg
Molybdenum 25 mcg
Potassium 90 mg
Boron 50-100 mcg
Lycopene 5-10 mg
Lutein 25-50 mg
Polyphenols (green tea) 10-100 mg
Proanthocyanidins (grape seed, pine bark) 25-100 mg
Alpha-lipoic acid 200-1,500 mg
N-acetyl-cysteine 500-2,000 mg
Coenzyme Q 50-300 mg
Soy isoflavones 20-100 mg
L-Carnitine (500mg)
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (250mg)
Coenzyme Q-10 (50mg)
Grape Seed Extract (50mg)
Turmeric (400mg)
L-glutamine (500mg)
Essential Oils (Fulfills daily Omega-3,6,9 requirements)
DMAE (100mg) ****The FDA lowered the RDA for iron for men and post-menopausal women from the 10 milligrams set in 1989 to eight. For pre-menopausal women, the RDA has been raised from 15 to 18 milligrams. For pregnant women, it's been lowered from 30 to 27 milligrams.


Antioxidants

More and more evidence is accumulating that indicates antioxidants improve long-term health by deferring or mitigating cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Exercise-related research indicates that antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium limit exercise-induced muscle damage; this, in turn, is believed to improve exercise recovery and possibly improve muscle growth potential. Of course, as vitamins C and E and selenium are among the most effective antioxidants, they and others are part of most multivitamin/mineral packs. However, here are some additional antioxidants you may want to consider taking, with the baseline supplementary daily intake.

Research suggests that combining antioxidants is more effective than consuming high doses of just one or two antioxidants. Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in a wide variety of antioxidants; the essential antioxidants may be better preserved in these foods. Herbal supplements like milk thistle, rosemary, ginkgo biloba, bilberry, butcher's broom and horse chestnut have high levels of potent antioxidants, although their effects on exercise have not yet been studied in humans.


Lycopene 5-10 mg
Lutein 25-50 mg
Polyphenols (green tea) 10-100 mg
Proanthocyanidins (grape seed, pine bark) 25-100 mg
Alpha-lipoic acid 200-1,500 mg
N-acetyl-cysteine 500-2,000 mg
Coenzyme Q 50-300 mg
Soy isoflavones 20-100 mg


Reference Research:
1. The National Institute of Health



Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are one of the tried and true recommendations for a healthy diet. And for good reason. Fruits and vegetables are rich in essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, carbohydrates, and phytochemicals. They've also been linked to many health benefits, including lowered risk for certain cancers, stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

1. Apples - "An apple a day could very well keep the doctor away," says Chang Y. Lee, a food chemist at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. "The fact is, most Americans barely eat one apple a week."

Apples contain naturally-occurring chemical compounds known as phytochemicals, polyphenols, or flavonoids, some of which have been proven to have antioxidant activity that inhibits, or scavenges, the activity of free radicals in the body. Cell damage from free radicals can be a factor in certain cancers, heart disease, strokes, and other conditions. The major antioxidant components in apples are polyphenols contained mainly in the skin known as quercetin glycoside, phloretin glycoside, chlorogenic acid, and epicatechin. The names are complex, but their health value is clear: Quercetin has been reported to reduce carcinogenic activity, inhibit enzymatic activities associated with several types of tumor cells, enhance the antiproliferative activity of anticancer agents, and inhibit the growth of transformed tumorigenic cells.

2. Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries - Antioxidant compounds found in blueberries, sweet cherries, strawberries and blackberries may fight arterial disease by preventing the oxidation of LDL ('bad') cholesterol, according to a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis. In studies conducted at the University, Dr. I. Marina Heinonen, a visiting scientist from the University of Helsinki in Finland, and colleagues extracted antioxidant compounds from blackberries, red raspberries, sweet cherries, blueberries and strawberries. In a series of experiments in laboratory culture dishes, they found that blackberries and Blueberries are of particular interest because of their high antioxidant capacity. They had the most antioxidant activity in one experiment and sweet cherries in another.

3. Bitter Melon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi- Melons are widely available and grown in many parts of the world. In ancient Egypt, watermelons were traditionally offered to thirsty travelers, and they are still important today in times of drought or water pollution. Aromatic melon varieties were prized from early times in the Middle East. Melons are related to cucumbers, pumpkin, squash, and gourds, growing as they all do on long, trailing vines. These fruits which are full of antioxidants are often served for breakfast, as an appetizer, dessert, or snack. Larger melons are sliced in serving-size portions; smaller melons are typically cut in half and the pulp and seeds are scooped out before serving. Depending on their size, melons can be served in their skins, halved or cut in wedges, or peeled for used in salads or appetizers. The flesh can also be cut into cubes or scooped into balls with a melon-baller.

4. Citrus Fruits - Hundreds of studies have been conducted on the nutrients found in citrus fruit, including orange juice, and the role these nutrients play in reducing the risk of such diseases as cancer and heart disease, when part of a low fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruit, which contain essential vitamins and minerals, are an important part of a healthy diet for all men, women and children. In both fresh and juice form, citrus - including oranges, grapefruit and specialty varieties such a temple oranges, tangerines and tangelos - have many important nutritional benefits.

5. Oranges and Grapefruit- contain dietary fiber, including soluble fiber. Fiber helps in digestion and elimination, and, when part of a low fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables, may help reduce the risk of some cancers. Folate, a B vitamin commonly found in orange juice and green leafy vegetables, has been shown to help reduce the risk of certain types of birth defects. An eight-ounce glass of orange juice supplies 100 percent or more of the Daily Value for vitamin C. Citrus juices like orange juice are natural sources of potassium, and all citrus fruit are sodium and cholesterol-free.

6. Peaches, Pears, Plums - Peaches contain phytochemicals - chemical compounds produced by plants - that are important for healthy skin. Phytochemicals act as antioxidants that are critical to maintaining healthy skin. Peaches are also good sources of powerful antioxidants that, according to experts, may hold the secret to long life and vitality. Pears are a good source of fiber. Just one medium pear has 16% of the fiber our bodies need everyday for good health. Fiber helps our bodies with digestion and adds bulk to our diet. Plums are high in carbohydrates and are an excellent source of vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and fiber and stimulate the bowel movement. Plums contain a substantial amount of vitamin C. Dried plums contain iron, potassium, vitamin A, magnesium and fiber. They are also high in antioxidants which help neutralize the damaging effects of oxidation on the ageing process, protect against certain cancers, heart & lung diseases and cataract formation.

7. Apsaragus - Asparagus is spring's most luxurious vegetable. It was once cultivated for medicinal purposes as a natural remedy for blood cleansing and diuretic properties. Asparagus is rich in immunity-enhancing antioxidants and vitamins. Asparagus can be processed into juice and other products to increase total utilization and increase net value. Asparagus juice contains antioxidants, such as rutin, ferulic acid and ascorbic acid. When buying asparagus look for compact tips and smooth green stems that are uniform in color down the length of the stem. Check the cut stem end for drying and avoid withered spears. Asparagus is low in calories and provides substantial amounts of antioxidants - Vitamins A and C. It truly shines as a source of folate and has a goodly amount of fiber.

8. Beans - People who pay attention to the colors of the foods they cook and serve are enhancing not only visual and gustatory pleasure, but nutritional punch as well. These foods contain colored pigments with nutritious cancer- and heart-disease-fighting compounds called flavonoids. Agricultural Research Service food quality geneticist and plant breeder George L. Hosfield has found these flavonoids in bean seed coats, which is where bean colors are also found. Certainly beans come in a mosaic of colors that can rival those of fruits and vegetables?from the plain white great northern and navy beans, to the mottled brownish pink pintos, to the cranberry bean's cream color with red streaks and flecks, the light and dark reds of kidney beans, the maroon-red adzuki, delicious green beans all the way to the black bean. The seed coat, which is 10 percent of the bean, is not only high in antioxidants for some beans, but is also where the high fiber content of beans comes into play.

9. Broccoli - Broccoli is known as the "Crown Jewel of Nutrition" for its vitamin-rich, high in fiber, and low in calorie properties. Not only does broccoli give you the best vegetable nutrition available, it also gives you many ways to lead a healthier, longer life. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States with cancer as the second, and broccoli gives you many ways to help fight and prevent these and other diseases. Broccoli has multiple cancer-fighting properties including vitamin C, beta carotene, and fiber. It is also rich of phytochemicals which appear to offer us protection against certain cancers and heart disease. Indole carbinol and sulforaphane are two different phytochemicals that are found in broccoli.

10. Cabbage, Cauliflower - Nutritionally and medicinally, the cauliflower is similar to the cabbage. Of course, the lower sulphur content is obvious. Cabbage and cauliflower are rich in antioxidants, which help prevent cancer, and prevent heart disease caused by oxidative damage to blood vessels. It is especially rich in Vitamin C - one cup of chopped flowerets or laces of cabbage meets a whole day's requirement of this vitamin. A deficiency of Vitamin C causes scurvy because it interferes with collagen synthesis. Collagen is one of the structural frameworks of normal tissues. Other anti-cancer molecules present in significant amounts included the phytochemicals sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol.

11. Leafy Greens, Spinach- Leaf lettuce, beet greens, and spinach are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these salad vegetables. Greens actually come in a wide variety of colors, textures, shapes, and flavors. They may be green to yellow-white, or red to purple, soft to crisp, curly to flat, and peppery to bitter to mild. Mix and match them and you've created an exciting salad! Greens are an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C. For a bigger boost of vitamin A, buy greens that are medium to dark green (the darker the leaves, the more vitamin A). Many greens, such as spinach, kale, and collards are known for their mineral content, especially iron, calcium, magnesium-as well as the vitamins folate, riboflavin (B2) and vitamin K. Leaves are very rich in antioxidants-- the carotenoids and beta-carotene, the tocopherols (vitamin E) and of course, vitamin C.

12. Black and Green Tea - For years, studies have indicated that the antioxidants in green tea offer protection against diseases, including cancer, and even fight dental cavities. One of the most beneficial of these antioxidants is called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). According to the University of California Wellness Letter, Mar 2002, regular black tea is turning out to be just as healthful as green tea. The evidence for tea's health effects comes mainly from lab studies, though some human studies point to possible benefits in preventing heart disease and cancer. EGCG, inhibited an enzyme that cancer cells need in order to grow. The cancer cells that couldn't grow big enough to divide self-destructed. ?It would take about 4-10 cups of green tea a day to get the blood levels of EGCG that inhibited cancer in the study. Black tea also contains EGCG, but at lower concentrations.


Nutritional Sense: Mindful Eating

According to the American Heart Association, reducing the "controllable" factors may prevent heart disease and stroke. This includes eating habits to fit a healthier lifestyle. You can eat well no matter what your lifestyle.

* Eating well simply means eating a variety of foods that include sufficient amounts of protein, fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, water and calcium. You can fulfill your daily requirements by eating the proper amounts of these foods above. It is also just as important to reduce your daily intake of saturated fat. It is recommended that no more than 30 percent of your total daily calories comes from fat. This will help decrease your risk of developing high blood cholesterol, help your body burn calories faster, and will allow you to feel better and have more energy.

* So, even the smallest of changes to your diet can make a difference. The smaller the change, the greater the likelihood that you will stay with it, because making a change that you can live with is the key to a healthier, happier you.

* Pay attention to what kind of food you put in your mouth at each meal. Does it have nutritional value or is it full of empty calories? What color(s) are the food being consumed? As you eat, are you powering your food down or are you taking your time, being mindful of how you are eating? Do you feel stuffed after eating or do you feel comfortable?

* The amount of time you sleep affects calorie needs. The more hours slept, the fewer calories needed. And women need more calories at certain times of the month than at others.

* Exercise should play a part in balancing your life. For workouts lasting less than 2 hours, water is excellent for fluid replacement. Longer workouts require fluid replacement drinks which provide beneficial carbohydrates and electrolytes. Look for drinks containing 15-18 grams of carbohydrates per 8 ounces of fluid. Remember, when your muscles are working, they use fat and glycogen for the energy they need. Your body makes glycogen from the carbs you eat. Between 40-50% of your calories should come from carbohydrates. Glycogen is a form of carbohydrate.


Properties of Food

CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

The chemical values of food represent the "science of nutrition", and these vital nutrients are water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, co-enzymes, fiber and trace elements. Roughly, the human body is composed of 60% water, 20% protein, 15% fat and 5% carbohydrates, vitamins, potassium, sodium, and calcium. It is certainly important to observe chemical intake of foods and make sure it is properly balanced within the body to maintain normal chemical homeostasis, or balance.

These chemical values are keys to drive all functions within the body. Nutrition is very important to meet the daily chemical needs of the body for survival, however, nutrition is merely a subcategory of food. Food is not nutrition and nutrition is not food. Therefore, when one looks at the "nutritional facts" label on the foods being bought, this does not represent the entire classification of food, but only the chemical ingredients needed (or not needed) by the body.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

The physical values of food are taste, color, internal temperature, motion, energy, impulse, momentum, elasticity, fluid mechanics, waves, vibrating bodies, thermodynamics, acoustic phenomena, optics, electrostatics, electric currents, electrodynamics, high energy physics, and relationship with internal organs and organ systems.

When the physics of foods is carefully studied, it is clear that there are many important aspects of food that have been completely disregarded, such as taste, color of food, effects to the different internal organ systems, the internal temperature and the seasonal meaning of the individual foods.

BIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES

The biological values of food are development, shape, size, how it grew, when it grew, age, life span, nature, category (kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species), fresh or preserved, and environmental characteristics (sunny, shady, mountain, desert, lake, sea, ocean, dry, or wet that attributed to the growth and development or withering and death).

Biology is very important when describing the individual foods, because it represents the nature of the growth and development of the food being consumed.


Food Combinations

The purpose of food combining is a simple, scientifically based system of selecting foods, from among different types, which are compatible. This facilitates easy and efficient digestion and ensures after-meal comfort.

The digestive system is responsible for receiving food, breaking it down into nutrients, absorbing the nutrients into the bloodstream, and eliminating the undigestible parts of food from the body. The chemical part of digestion is accomplished by a series of
juices and their enzymes. The juices alternate between alkalis and acids, and their character is determined by the requirement of the enzymes they contain. These enzymes remain active in suitable media of well defined acid-alkaline ranges and are destroyed in unsuitable media.

For instance, the salivary amylase (ptyalin) or starch-splitting enzyme of the mouth is active only in an alkaline media and is destroyed by a mild acid. The gastric enzyme, pepsin, which initiates protein digestion, is active only in the acid medium and is destroyed by alkalis.

A noteworthy feature of the digestive secretions is that the body suits its fluid and enzymes to the character of the food eaten. There are, however, severe limitations in this process. It is possible to suit the juices to a particular food, however, complex it may be, but not to a variety of foodstaken together. It is the combining of many varieties and incompatible foods at a meal that causes 90 per cent of digestive disorders.

The goal is in eating similar foods at one time in order to accomplish the most complete digestion.

The most important rule for combining foods is to avoid mixing protein and carbohydrate concentrated foods.

Although every food contains some protein, those regarded as protein concentrated foods demand the longest digestive time. They are held in the stomach for some hours until the gastric juices has performed its task.

This may vary from two-and-a-half to six hours, depending upon the complexity of the protein in the food. If a protein food is mixed with starch-concentrated or sugar-concentrated foods, it will usually result in fermentation. This may lead to indigestion and gas in the stomach.

Animal-food proteins, such as meats, fish and cheese, require very high concentration of hydrochloric acid. Their gastric digestion will be greatly inhibited by carbohydrate fermentation in the stomach. This will produce more gas and increased discomfort.

Eating meat, potatoes, bread and sweets should, therefore, be especially avoided.

BEST SUGGESTIONS


#1. Protein foods are best digested when eaten with fresh vegetables (different vegetables can be eaten together).

Primary protein foods such as nuts, seeds and soybeans also combine very well with acid fruits like oranges, pineapples, grapefruit and lemons, and fairly well with sub-acid fruits, like grapes, pears, apples, berries, apricots and peaches. These vegetables and fruits are rich natural sources of vitamin C which helps protein digestion.

#2. Avoid mixing proteins and fats at the same meal.

Fat in foods inhibits the secretion of gastric juice through the small wall. When fat-concentrated foods are taken with protein foods, gastric catabolism will decrease by the degree of liquid concentration in the stomach. Fat will remain undigested in the stomach until gastric juices complete their work on the complex protein molecule.

Although all primary protein foods contain high concentration of fat, such lipids will be held in suspension, awaiting catabolism in the intestine, without impeding gastric action. Free fats like oil, butter, and milk tend to coat the gastric mucosa, thereby inhibiting its effort to secrete gastric juice. Fat surrounding fried foods is also regarded as free fat and it interferes with gastric catabolism.

#3. Avoid mixing carbohydrates and acid fruits in the same meal.

The starch-splitting enzyme ptyalin in the saliva plays an important role as the food is chewed. It converts the complex starch molecules into simple sugars. Ptyalin requires a neutral or slightly alkaline medium for proper functioning and this is the normal condition of the saliva in the mouth. However, when acid foods are taken, theaction of ptyalin is halted. It is, therefore, necessary to avoid acid fruits in the same meal as sweet fruits or starches. Tomatoes should not be eaten with starches especially potatoes or bread.

Refined sugar products are also acidic, both in the mouth and in the blood stream.
The acidifying of the saliva by sucrose is one of the main causes of tooth
decay. It can also cause severe damage to the digestion. Food combining is designed to facilitate easier digestion.

MEALS

An important point to remember about meals is that the smaller the number of courses they consist of, the better it will be. They should approximate to a one-course meal as much as possible. Simple meals in every way are more conducive to health, than more elaborate ones, no matter how well they may be combined.

A meal consisting of proteins, carbohydrates and fats may remain in the stomach for six to seven hours before the stomach is emptied. If carbohydrates are eaten without proteins, they remain in the stomach for a relatively short period. A fruit meal remains in the stomach for even shorter time.

It is advisable to eat these different foods at different meals -- a fruit meal, a starch meal and a protein meal. The ideal practice is a fruit meal for breakfast, a starch meal with salad and non-starchy vegetables for lunch, and a protein meal with a salad and non-starchy vegetables for dinner.

Proteins: Nuts, seeds, soybeans, cheese, eggs, poultry* meat*, fish*, yogurt.

Fats: Oils, olive, butter, margarine.Starches: Whole cereals, peas, beans, lentils.

Vegetables: Leafy green vegetables, sprouted seeds, cabbage cauliflower,broccoli, green peas, celery, tomatoes, onions.


Vegetables
(non & low starch)
GrainsProteins
Arugula AmaranthAvacado
AsparagusBarleyBeans
Bok ChoyBuckwheat Beef (lean)
BroccoliCornChicken (no skin)
Brussel SproutsMilletCod
CabbageOatsCottage cheese (low fat)
CauliflowerOatmealEgg Whites
CeleryPsylliumFish
ChardQuinoaHaddock
Collard GreensWheat Halibut
Cucumbers Rice(Brown) Meat (lean)
Dandelion GreensRice(Wild) Milk (low fat)
Egg Plant Sardines
Green Beans Salmon
Kale Snapper
Leeks Soy
Mesculin Greens Tuna
Mushrooms Turkey
Mustard Greens Yogurt (low fat/plain)
Onions  
Peas  
Peppers  
Radishes  
Scallions  
Sea Vegetables  
Spinach  
Sprouts  
Squash (summer)  
Tomatoes  
Turnips (white)  
Watercress  

FRUITS

Fruit should be eaten seperately from grains and vegetables.

Fruits are further divided into four groups:

A. Acidic fruits: Grapefruit, lemons, oranges, limes, pineapple, strawberries.

B. Sub-acidic-fruits: Grapes, pears, apples, peaches, apricots, plums, guavas, raspberries.

C. Sweet Fruits: Bananas, figs, all-dried fruits, dates.

#5. All melons are the fastest food to digest and should always be eaten alone.

D. Melons: Canary, Cantaloupe, Casaba, Christmas, Honeydew, Musk, Persian,Watermelon.


Fruits
(Acidic)
SubacidSweet
ClementinesApplesBananas
GrapefruitApricotsDates
Kiwi Berries Dried Fruit
LemonsCherriesFigs (fresh)
LimesGrapesGrapes
OrangesGuavasMangoes
PineapplesNectarinesPapaya
PomegranatesPeaches 
StrawberriesPears 
TangerinesPlums  
 Raspberries 



Green Whole Foods

The power of Green Whole Foods is essential for all day energy, greater focus under stress, sense of well-being, strengthened immune system, fewer food cravings and optimum synergistic balance of essential nutrients for total health. Green Whole Foods is a powder that contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, active enzymes, bioflavinoids, chlorophyll and other phytonutrients necessary for optimial cellular metabolism, repair and protection! These ingredients contain the most powerful combination of nutrients ever known in any grain, herb or food. They contain almost all of the vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll.

Spirulina Blue Green Algae: Spirulina possesses a complete protein richer than steak, abundant organically complex minerals, a wide variety of essential vitamins, and many beneficial enzymes. Spirulina is more than just a food. As with Chlorella it has been shown to be valuable with almost every aspect of health. These necessities are bio-available which means that they are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving instant access to vital nutrients.Because of algae's high chlorophyll and high nutritional content it is an excellent part of a cleansing program.

Chlorella Green Algae: Chlorella's tough cell wall protects the valuable nucleus inside. When it is harvested it is instantly dried and the cell walls are gently cracked open. The nutrients inside retain full potency. Once in your body, the cracked open cells release their valuable nutrients. Because it is so easy to digest, your cells get the full benefit of this nutritional powerhouse. These necessities are bio-available which means that they are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving instant access to vital nutrients. The algae provides intestinal nourishment and has a soothing and healing effect on the mucous lining. It works to detoxify and purify our system.

Barley Grass and Wheat Grass: Eating barley and wheat grass is like eating a plate of green vegetables. These cereal grasses, are harvested young and are ecologically grown in nutrient rich soil. They are approximately 25% protein and contains all the essential amino acids, concentrated vitamins, minerals and fiber. They have been shown to increase our overall health by reducing intestinal putrefaction and maintaining healthy blood another important component of cleansing.

Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae: This remarkable plant grows 100% organically in the Upper Klamath Lake of Oregon. Blue Green Algae has more protein and chlorophyll by weight than any other plant or animal on earth. Klamath Lake algae is considered to be the most nutrient rich of the algaes.

Psyllium Husks: A natural plant source of dietary fiber essential for the proper functioning of the digestive system. Fiber significantly lowers total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels.

Lecithin: Lecithin is produced naturally and is one of the main substances that digests cholesterol in the human body. Lecithin supports the liver and aids in the metabolism of fat. Lecithin is used to strengthen the heart as it clears the blood vessels of cholesterol. It also useful as part of a weight loss programs to help dissolve fat.

Buckthorn Bark: Acts on the liver, gallbladder, blood and intestines. Has a stimulating effect on the bile and conditions of the, liver, gallbladder and lower bowels; does not gripe and keeps the bowels regular without irritation.

Burdock: Supports the blood, kidneys and liver. A natural blood purifier which eliminates uric acid and excess waste material. Burdock is quite effective in treating dry and scaly skin disorders such as psoriasis, dandruff and eczema, also helps break sown calcification in joints.

Cascara Sagrada: Supports the colon, stomach, liver gallbladder and pancreas and is considered one of the very best and safest laxatives in the kingdom. Has an antibiotic effect on harmful bacteria in the intestine. Promotes peristalsis and tones relaxed digestive system muscles.

Dandelion: Acts to stimulate the liver and kidneys while absorbing toxins and soothing the digestive tract. It is an excellent blood purifier and helps to build up the blood. It has a mild laxative effect. This root is also higher in beta carotene than what is found in carrots.

Red Clover: A natural blood cleanser which is high in minerals and strengthening to the body. It is also soothing to the nerves and used for skin problems.

Milk Thistle Seed: Containing silybum marianum which has proven its ability to protect and rebuild the liver. The liver is a key organ in cleansing because it is involved in detoxifying the body and the digestion of fat.

Acidophilus: The normal, healthy colon contains "friendly" bacteria (85% lactobacillus and 15% coliform bacteria). It is the friendly bacterial flora found in yogurt and is essential to the digestive system. When these bacteria are not in balance, then the person may experience bloating, flatulence, constipation, and malabsorption of nutrients. Acidophilus taken as a dietary supplement may help to detoxify and to rebuild a balanced intestinal flora. It is used for the prevention of Candida as well as for treatment. Acidophilus aids the digestion and helps to replace the "friendly" intestinal flora.


Rice, Grains, Congee

Grains are the staple of most diets all over the world. A rich source of vitamins and minerals, grains can be used for a variety of ailments based on not only their nutritional value but on their taste and temperature as well.

Healing Properties of Grain

Amaranth - Cooling thermal nature, dries dampness, benefits the lungs, high in protein (15-18%), fiber, amino acids (lysine and methionine), vitamin C, and calcium. It contains more calcium and the supporting calcium cofactors (magnesium and silicon) than milk. (A gluten-free choice)

Barley - Cooling thermal nature, sweet and salty flavor, strengthens the spleen-pancreas, regulates the stomach, and fortifies the intestines. Builds the blood and yin fluids and moistens dryness, promotes diuresis, benefits the gallbladder and nerves, very easily digested. A decoction of 2 oz. pearl barley or roasted whole barley toa quart of water is traditionally used for convalescents and invalids, treats diarrhea, soothes inflamed membranes, alleviates painful and difficult urination, quells fever, helps reduce tumors, swellings, and watery accumulations such as edema.

Buckwheat - Neutral thermal nature, sweet flavor, cleans and strengthens the intestines and improves appetite. Is effective for treating dysentery and chronic diarrhea. Rutin, a bioflavonoid found in buckwheat, strengthens capillaries and blood vessels, inhibits hemorrhages, reduces blood pressure, and increases circulation to the hands and feet. Rutin is also an antidote against x-rays and other forms of radiation. (A gluten-free choice)

Corn - Neutral thermal nature, sweet flavor, diuretic, nourishes the physical heart, influences the stomach, improves appetite, and hleps regulate digestion, promotes healthy teeth and gums, tonifies the kidneys and helps overcome sexual weakness. Drink a tea decoction made from whole dried kernels to treat kidney disease. (A gluten-free choice)

Job's Tears - Also called Chinese Barley, drains dampness, strengthens the spleen-pancreas, regulates the stomach, and fortifies the intestines. It is not the same genus as barley, but can be used to substitute it. (A gluten-free choice)

Millet - Cooling thermal nature, sweet and salty flavor, diuretic, strengthens the kidneys, beneficial to stomach and spleen-pancreas, builds the yin fluids, moistens dryness, alkalizing, balances over-acid conditions, sweetens breath by retarding bacteria growth in mouth, high amino acid profile and rich silicon content, helps prevent miscarriage, anti-fungal, one of the best grains for those with Candida albicans overgrowth. Also useful for diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion, and diabetes. Soothes morning sickness. (A gluten-free choice)

Oats - Warming thermal nature, sweet and slightly bitter flavor, soothing, restores nervous and reproductive systems, strengthens spleen-pancreas, builds and regulates qi energy, removes cholesterol from the digestive tract and arteries, strengthens cardiac muscles. Can be used in cases of dysentery, diabetes, hepatitis, nervous and sexual debility, indigestion and swelling including abdominal bloating. One of the richest silicon foods, oats help renew the bones and all connective tissues. oats also contain phosphurus, required for brain and nerve formulation during youth. (A gluten-free choice)

Quinoa - Warming thermal nature, sweet and sour flavor, generally strengthening for the whole body, specifically tonifies the kidney yang(warming and energizing function of the body) and the pericardium functions. Compared wit other grains, it has the highest protein content. Contains more calcium than milk and is higher in fat content than any grain. A very good source of iron, phoshorous, B vitamins, and vitamin E. (A gluten-free choice)

Wild Rice Cooling thermal nature, sweet and bitter flavor, diuretic, benefits the kidneys and bladder. Has more protein than other rice. It is rich in minerals and B vitamins and is a hardy food for cold climates, it cools the superficial tissues and concentrates warmth in the interior and lower body areas.

Healing Properties of Congee

Traditionally known as "hsi-fan" or rice water, congee is eaten throughout China as a breakfast food. It is thin porridge or gruel consisting of a handful of rice simmered in five to six times the amount of water. Although rice is the most common grain for congees, millet, spelt, or other grains are sometimes used. Cook the rice and water in a covered pot for 4-6 hours on warm, or use a crock pot. It is better to use too much water than too little, and it is said the longer congee cooks, the more powerful it becomes.

The healing properties of this simple rice soup are that they can easily be digested and assimilated, tonifies the blood and the Qi energy, harmonizes the digestion, and is demulcent, cooling, and nourishing. Since the chronically ill person often has weak blood and low energy, and easily develops inflammations and other heat symptoms from deficiency of yin fluids, the cooling , demulcent and tonifying properties of congee are particularly welcome. it is useful for increasing a nursing mother's supply of milk. The liquid can be strained from the porridge to drink as a supplement for infants and for serious conditions.

Other therapeutic properties may be added to the congee by cooking appropriate vegetables, grains, herbs, or meats in with the rice water. Since the rice itself strengthens the spleen-pancreas digestive center, other foods added to a rice congee become more completely assimilated, and their properties are therefore enhanced. Listed below are some of the more common rice-based congees and their specific effects.

Aduki Bean - Diuretic: curative for edema and gout.

Apricot Kernel - Recommended for coughs and asthma, expels sputum and intestinal gas.

Carrot - Digestive aid, eliminates flatulence.

Celery - Cooling in summer, benefits large intestine.

Chestnut - Tonifies kidneys, strengthens knees and groin, useful in treating anal hemorrhages.

Water Chestnut - Cooling to the viscera, benefits digestive organs.

Chicken or Mutton Broth - Recommended for wasting illnesses and injuries.

Duck or Carp Broth - Reduces edema and swelling.

Fennel - Harmonizes stomach, expels gas, cures hernia.

Ginger - Warming and antiseptic to viscera, used for deficient cold digestive weakness, diarrhea, anorexia, vomiting and indigestion.

Kidney from Pig, Sheep or Deer - Strengthens kidneys, benefits knees and lower back, treats impotence.(use organic kidney)

Leek - Warming to viscera, good for chronic diarrhea.

Liver from Sheep or Chicken - Benefits diseases of the liver, very powerful.

Mallow - Moistening for feverishness, aids digestion.

Mung Bean - Cooling, especially for summer heat, reduces fevers, thirst relieving.

Mustard - Expels phlegm, clears stomach congestion.

Onion - Diaphoretic, lubricating to muscles. Rich in sulfur compounds called Thiosulfinates-they are anti-inflammatory and contain Vitamin C, Quercetin and a powerful antioxidant.

Black Pepper - Expels gas, recommended for pain in bowels.

Red Pepper- Prevents malaria and cold conditions.

Pine Nut Kernel - Moistening to heart and lungs, harmonizes large intestine, useful in wind diseases and constipation.

Poppy Seed - Relieves vomiting and benefits large intestine.

Purslane - Detoxifies, recommended for rheumatism and swellings.

Radish - Digestant, benefits the diaphragm.

Pickled Radish (salt) - Benefits digestion and blood.

Brown Rice - Diuretic, thirst quenching, nourishing, good for nursing mothers.

Sweet Rice - Demulcent, used for diarrhea, vomiting and indigestion.

Scallion Bulb - Cures cold diarrhea in the aged.

Sesame Seed - Moistening to the intestines, treats rheumatism.

Shepherd's Purse - Brightens the eyes and benefits the liver.

Spinach - Harmonizes and moistening the viscera, sedative.

Taro Root - Nutritious, aids the stomach, builds blood.

Wheat - Cooling, used with fevers, clears digestive tract, also calming and sedating due to wheat's nourishing effect on the heart.

Yogurt and Honey - Beneficial to heart and lungs.

*** The rice, grain and congee information has been taken from Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford. This is an excellent resource book that we highly recommend to anyone wishing enhanced health.


Foods For Seasonal Eating

Water, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are the basic building blocks of a good diet. By choosing the healthiest forms of each of these nutrients, and eating them in the proper balance, you enable your body to function at its optimal level.

Eating well simply means eating a variety of foods that include sufficient amounts of protein, fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, water and calcium. You can fulfill your daily requirements by eating the proper amounts of these foods above. It is also just as important to reduce your daily intake of saturated fat. It is recommended that no more than 30 percent of your total daily calories comes from fat. This will help decrease your risk of developing high blood cholesterol, help your body burn calories faster, and will allow you to feel better and have more energy.

Food Choices For Seasonal Eating

When eating along with the season, there are two elements that should be taken into account. The "nature" of the food and the "flavor" of the food. The nature of the food refers to the foods innate temperature ie: cold, hot, warm, cool or neutral.

-Cold or cool natured foods have the affect of clearing heat, purging fire and removing toxic substances.

-Hot or warm natured foods will disperse cold and warm up the body?s interior.

-Neutral or mild natured foods are any food that is neither hot or cold.

In addition, food flavoring refers to the various tastes of sweet, salty, pungent, bitter and sour. Different flavors may affect the different organs? functions, and will have different actions. Save

-Sour taste is attributed to the liver and gall bladder, therefore adding sour foods in your diet during Spring can improve the liver?s function. Consider lemon, pear, plum and mangos.

-Sweet taste is attributed to the stomach and spleen, therefore adding sweet foods in your diet during the Late Summer months improve digestion. Consider natural sugars, cherry, chestnut and banana.

-Salty taste is attributed to the kidneys and bladder, therefore adding salty foods in your diet during the Winter months improve the function of the kidneys. Consider sea salt, kelp and seaweed.

-Pungent taste is attributed to the lungs and large intestine, therefore adding pungent foods in your diet during the Fall months improve lung function and peristalsis. Consider green onion, chive, clove, parsley and coriander.

-Bitter taste is attributed to the heart and small intestine, therefore adding bitter foods in your diet during the Summer months improve circulation. Consider asparagus, bitter gourd, wild cucumber, celery, coffee, grapefruit peel, hops, radish leaf, vinegar, wine.

Some foods have one flavor, but others may have two or three. The flavors of many foods are sometimes difficult to determine but often the predominant nature of the food has the greatest action. A good example of this would be beef having a sweet flavor, pork has a sweet/salty flavor and ginseng and pumpkin have a slightly bitter/sweet taste.

So, even the smallest of changes to your diet can make difference. The smaller the change, the greater the likelihood that you will stay with it, because making a change that you can live with is the key to a healthier, happier you.

Discover how you can eat according to each season, here: winter, spring, summer, late summer and fall. .


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