Eat For Your Future, Too

Eat for Your Future


Eggs and Veggies
Plate of Eggs and Veggies

The nutritionally deprived, cooked and processed foods you eat today will damage your health tomorrow, as well as the health of your unborn children and grandchildren in the years to come.

This concept came from a book in the 1940’s by Francis Pottenger, published in his book Pottenger’s Cats.  Some nine hundred cats were fed various types of food, raw and some cooked.  There was a striking difference in their health as well as the health of the off-spring.  Within six months the cats eating the cooked food had infections, dental problems, vision problems, skin problems, allergies, arthritis, miscarriages and behavioral changes-including nervousness, viciousness and violent behavior.

The cats on the raw diet remained healthy and well-behaved, generation after generation. There is much to learn from Pottenger’s work; the most significant is the impact of poor nutrition, produced by cooked food proves the need for raw, fresh foods.

Think of all the people ( or maybe yourself) that you know who suffer from allergies, gum disease, heart problems, vision problems, arthritis, anti-social behavior, miscarriages and other health problems.  Could malnutrition, or perhaps even the malnutrition of their parents or grandparents be contributing to their problems? Or, even consider the baby boomer generation, the first humans to develop eating processed “TV Dinner” diets starting in the 1950’s.

How You Eat Matters

To eliminate these problems, follow a few simple guidelines, which will bring more nutrients into your cells and let wastes out of your body efficiently.  First eat the right combinations of food, because certain foods digest better together than others.  Next, chew your food well, to assist in the digestive process, and nutrients are absorbed better.  Solid food should be chewed thoroughly enough that it becomes liquid before you swallow it.  Nutrition starts in your mind and in your mouth.  Eat your food with the intent to nourish your body, rather than to “fill a void” in your stomach.

When you eat cooked foods, eating something raw first is best.  Cooked food appears as an alien to the human system and can invoke an immune response, just as if you are being exposed to a virus.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.



For Longer Life, Eat This Not That

Good Foods, Bad Foods and How They Affect Your Health

In a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, it reports that if you eating the right foods in the right amounts, your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes could be cut in nearly half.

That’s pretty impressive, but what does “eat right foods” mean?  It turns out that “sub-optimal” diets are the undeniably cause in the development of illnesses.  So, that being said, if you’re at a loss for what is good for you and what’s really not here are some food and/or dietary components that affect your health the most.

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Soybean and corn oils
  • Processed and unprocessed meats
  • Omega-3 fats
  • Sugary drinks
  • Seafood
  • Grain, nuts and seeds

Eat More Of These Foods For Optimal Health

In most US family’s meals consist of protein (meat), vegetables  such as potatoes or corn, grains including bread, rice or pasts, and salad and often desert.

That’s not all bad, but consider portion size, too many people get too much of a good thing.  For better results consider:

  • 3 pieces of fruit a day
  • 2 cups of cooked or 4 cups of raw veggies per day
  • 5 one ounce servings of nuts or seeds per week (about 20 nuts per serving)
  • 8 ounces of clean wild caught seafood weekly

Meat and Seafood For Your Health

Protein is necessary for good health, but serving sizes are critical because your body can only use so much.  Excess protein requires your body to rid itself of excess nitrogen waste from your blood, stressing your kidneys, and may lead to dehydration.  Most people eat twice as much meat as they need, and how it’s cooked is another factor also.

Also processed meats, including bacon, salami, pepperoni, ham, pastrami, hot dogs, some sausages and hamburgers, are now classified as carcinogenic (along with tobacco and asbestos).

Regarding seafood, once what was considered good for you is now potentially toxic, including shrimp and tuna.  Fish farming operations and mercury contamination are all factors to consider when choosing seafood.

Omega-3 Fats, Nuts and Seeds

Almond Nuts

Omega-3 comes from both animal and plant sources.  The primary animal sources are krill oil and fish oil which provide EPA and DHA, which are heart protective.

Healthy nuts and seeds, are great snacks and contain healthy fats, fiber, protein, antioxidants and minerals and are great for your heart and may even help control your weight.

Eating raw seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower seeds, have a high level of good fats and oils, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to boost your immune system, fight free radicals and benefit your heart and immune system.

Not Enough Fruits and Too Much Soda

Sliced Apple

Fruits offer many vitamins, enzymes and minerals, but should be eaten in moderation due to fructose content.  Drinking fruit juices with added sugars does not provide the same benefits as eating whole fruit.

Soda and processed foods contain HFCS (High Frutose Corn Syrup).  This is linked not only to weight gain, but to diabetes, insulin resistance and leptin resistance.

The best recommendation for fructose is 25 grams per day from all sources and 15 grams a day if you are diabetic.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.



Is Your Flaxseed Rancid?

Is Your Flaxseed Rancid?

Fresh flaxseed oil clear, golden-yellow color free of cloudiness.  Flaxseed oil might contain particulates of ground flaxseed.  These particulates contain lignans, a beneficial class of phytoestrogen, and the label is marked “high-lignan.”  To check for rancidity, pour a tablespoon or two of flaxseed oil in a wine glass and hold it up to the light while tilting it slightly.  If you notice haziness or a dark-brown or dark yellow color, you have rancid flaxseed oil.  Rancid flaxseeds have a discolored, cracked, soft or otherwise damaged seed coats.

How to Know Whether Flaxseed Oil is Fresh or Rancid

Flax oil has a mild nuttiness like raw sunflower seeds or sesame seeds.  Fresh flaxseed oil gives a ligtness when inhaled.  To check the aroma of flaxseed oil, pour a few tablespoons in a wine glass, the shape makes a the aroma more perceivable.  Put your nose in the wineglass and inhale deeply.  Rancid flaxseed oil has a burnt and bitter odor.  A smell similar to used frying oil.  Any smell that deviates from nutty and leans toward bitter or burned indicates rancidity.

Fresh flaxseed tastes like it smells—clean, crisp and mildly nutty.  To taste flaxseed oil to check for rancidity, coat the back of a spoon with the oil and let the excess drip off.  Rub the back of the spoon over your tongue, making sure it touches the entire surface, and rub your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Or, if testing flaxseeds, chew a few and check for a burnt or bitter flavor.

Stores flaxseed oil and capsules in dark containers to minimize contact with light. Store the containers in the refrigerator or a dark cupboard.  Grind flaxseeds as needed; ground flaxseeds start to oxidize as soon as you grind them.  Flaxseed has a shelf life of one year when stored in a dark container.  Never cook flax or store it above room temperature.

Flax Seeds

Benefits of Fiber and Omega-3″s in Flaxseed

Flax seeds contain 42 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrates and 18 grams of protein for every 100 grams in weight.  Today flaxseeds are considered a superfood, primarily due to three key elements.


Omega 3-fats


Flaxseeds can be brown or golden.  You can grind them in a coffee bean grinder.  They can be used in soups, or steamed veggies and smoothies.  You can find them in the bulk bins or refrigerated packages.  Once brought home they should be refrigerated.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars For Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

What Are The Benefits of Ginger Oil?

Ginger has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, which make a potent home remedy.  You can use it for pain relief or motion sickness also.

Benefits of Ginger Oil

Ginger oil has many benefits associated with anti-inflammatory, digestive, antiseptic and stimulating properties.

  •  Pain-Ginger and ginger oil can help reduce day-to-day progression muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.
  • Nausea, especially morning sickness-Ginger oil helps promote proper digestion, and can be a great remedy for spasm, dyspepsia, indigestion, and flatulence.  It can also increase your appetite, which is good for people who are trying to gain weight.
  • Food poisoning-Ginger oil’s antiseptic and carminative properties can help treat food poisoning, as well as intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery(chronic indigestion).
  • Respiratory issues-Ginger oil can help relieve and treat coughs, flu, asthma, breathlessness, and bronchitis.  Fresh ginger can actually remove mucus from the throat and lungs,  and is commonly added to tea for its soothing effects.
  • Heart ailments-Using ginger oil regularly can reduce your risk of blood clots and arteriosclerosis, as well as help decrease bad cholesterol levels in your blood.
  • Chronic disease-Research in the journal of Nutrition suggests that a daily intake of 2 to 4 grams of ginger may help prevent chronic diseases.

What Is Ginger Oil?

Ginger oil comes from ginger root  (Zingiber officinale), a pungent, gnarled ground rhizome.  It is a member of the Zingiberaceae plant family.  It is a perennial herb  that grows three to four foot high with narrow spear-shaped leaves, white or yellow flowers and small tuberous rhizomes with a thick or thin brown skin.

Ginger Root
Ginger Root

Ginger has been valued for thousands of years for its medicinal and culinary properties, especially in ancient Chinese, Indian and Greek cultures.

Uses of Ginger Oil

When used topically, ginger oil can help relieve aches and pain as well as promote blood circulation.

Aromatherapists also use ginger for it’s soothing and warming properties to help alleviate digestive problems.

  • Apply two to three drops in a diffuser, or on a cotton ball and inhale.  This will help  revitalize your body, mind and soul.
  • Mix tow to three drops in an ounce of carrier oil, and use as a massage oil.  This helps relieve backache, arthritis, muscle pain and stimulate our circulatory system.
  • Inhale by diffuser or vaporizer to relieve sinusitis, sore throat, and runny nose.  It can also work as a decongestant.

How to Make Ginger Oil

You can make you own ginger oil diffusion at home.


Fresh ginger, 1 1/2 cups olive oil, Oven-safe bowl, cheese grater.


Rinse a cup of fresh ginger, including the skin, and let dry for a few hours.  Pour the olive oil in an oven-safe bowl.  Chop the ginger and the shred with cheese grater.  Add to the olive oil and mix well.  Put the mixture in the oven on low heat (150 degrees) for at least 2 hours.  Pour the mixture through unbleached cheese cloth and filter the ginger bits out.  Transfer the ginger oil into clean bottles and store in a cool dry place.  The infusion will last up to six months.

Ginger is one of the very few “superfoods” that is actually worthy of the term.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars For Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.


Who Needs Superfoods?

“Superfoods” Are For Everyone!

“Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Even People who are healthy can make a few tweaks and impact their life.  Imagine a superfood-not a drug-powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and put you in a better mood?  Also, did I mention no side effects?

You don’t need specific foods for specific ailments.  Incorporating a variety of superfoods will help you maintain your weight, fight disease, live a better quality of life for a longer period of time.

Superfood Blueberries
Superfood Blueberries


  1. Avocado-In addition to excellent fat, they enhance your body’s absorption of nutrients and inhibit inflammatory conditions.  They are high in potassium.
  2. Beans-Loaded with nutrition and taste beans provide B vitamins, Calcium potassium, folate, fiber and protein.
  3. Blueberries-Berries are loaded with vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  Their antioxidant power helps free radicals in check and fight inflammation.
  4. Broccoli-A cruciferous veggie that may reduce risk for diseases such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease.
  5. Coconut Oil-Provides a mix of medium-chain fats, including C6, C8, C10 and C12 fats.  It is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral.
  6. Dark Chocolate-70-85% dark chocolate is loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.  It also has potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.  Consumed in moderation it a great superfood AND it tastes good.
  7. Fermented Cabbage-Fermenting adds beneficial microbes and help balance intestinal flora and boost your immunity.
  8. Garlic-Contains the compound allicin which has potent medicinal properties, it is highly nutritious and has very few calories.
  9. Kale-High nutritional density of all green leafy vegetables, with essential and non-essential amino acids.  Vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Lutein and zezxanthin for eyesight.
  10. Kiwi-More vitamin C than oranges, loads of fiber to promote cardiovascular and blood sugar support.  Reduces cancer risk, provides bone and connective tissue support and lung health.
  11. Oats-Oats provide fiber, good carbohydrate that helps to stabilize blood sugar, removes bad cholesterol, protects against heart disease and boosts the immune system.
  12. Onions-Another anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer food. They have compounds that protect against cardiovascular disease and neurological dysfunction or decline.  They also help prevent obesity and diabetes by inhibiting enzymes in digestive tract.
  13. Oranges-Reduced risk of cancer, lung an respiratory health.  Oranges are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, provide an immunity boost, fiber, potassium and anti- inflammatory benefits.
  14. Pumpkin-It is a very low calorie vegetable.  It is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
  15. Wild Caught Salmon-Clean fish like salmon, sardines or anchovies once or twice a week may increase your life span by reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.
  16. Spinach-Rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, Vitamin K1(good for veins and arteries), magnesium and folate (good for short term memory)
  17. Sprouts-Concentrated nutrients, essential fatty acids and enzymes.  They also protect against chemical carcinogens.
  18. Tea (green)– A powerful anti-oxidant.  Also helps lower cholesterol and inhibit cancer cell growth.
  19. Yogurt-Organic grass fed milk yogurt provide beneficial bacteria along with protein, calcium, B vitamins and cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
  20. Walnuts-One quarter cup of walnuts proved 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, manganese, molybdenum and biotin.

Eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet is a potent preventive strategy and eating more organic foods and healthy fats in your diet are key considerations. 

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

Why Is Bone Broth So Beneficial?

Benefits of Bone Broth

My grandmother would think it was unthinkable to waste any part of an animal carcass.  Most cooks mastered the art of simmering cartilage, bones, hooves and skin to produce a hearty broth.  Over time, broth has become a dietary staple for the health conscious and those struggling with digestive and autoimmune diseases.

Bone Broth Preparation
Bone Broth

What Is Bone Broth, Bone Broth and Stock?

Broth is made with meat and bones.  It is typically simmered for a short period of time 45minutes to 2 hours.  It is light in flavor, thin in texture and rich in protein.

Bone Broth is made with bones, typically cooked first and meat removed from the bones except for a small amount.  Bone broth is typically simmered for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24hours).  By adding acid such as vinegar the minerals and nutrients are leached from the bones into the broth.  The bones will crumble when pressed lightly.

Stock is made with bones and a small amount of meat.  Most often cooked previously. Stock is simmered for a moderate amount of time (3 to 4 hours).  To ensure your are getting the best quality both use organically raised, pastured or grass-fed animals.

Nutrients and Amino Acids

If you eat a diet of sugary carbohydrates and processed foods, you increase inflammation in your body.  Amino acids such as glycine, proline and arginine are found in bone broth and all have anti-inflamatory benefits.  Bone broth reduces joint pain and inflammation through minerals that your body can absorb such as chondroitin sulfates, glucosamine and other nutrients that are in the boiled down cartilage.

Consuming bone broth regularly can help support your joints.  It also helps with weight loss through the gelatin that makes you feel full.  In addition the glycine in bone broth has a calming effect, which may help you sleep better.

Here are six major benefits of bone broth.

  1.  Protects Joints
  2. Good for the Gut
  3. Maintains Healthy Skin
  4. Supports Immune System Function
  5. Boosts Detoxification
  6. Aids Metabolism

Bone Broth Nutrition

Bone broth could be called “natures multivitamin.”  It is packed with over 19 easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins).  It is collagen/gelatin, which help form connective tissue.  It provides  nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health.

Did you get that?  Bone broth benefits literally every part of your body, from your gut to your brain, from your muscles to your ligaments.

It is relatively low in calories yet very high in minerals and other chemical compounds that many people are lacking.  Is their any doubt that bone broth makes a great everyday addition to your diet?

Here is another incredible benefit from the collagen found in bone broth:  It can make your skin look amazing!  Donna Gates, author of “Body Ecology,”  says bone broth benefits your skin because it makes it supple and can decrease cellulite!  She says cellulite come from a lack of connective tissue.  Gates explains that consuming collagen-rich bone broth can reduce cellulite and tighten your skin, making you look younger-adding it to the long list of bone broth benefits.

I recommend consuming eight ounces one to two times daily as a soup, a plain beverage or doing a bone broth fast to get all these wonderful bone broth benefits.

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.



What Is Green Tea’s Health Benefit?

Health Benefits of Green Tea

What is Green Tea’s biggest benefit?  It’s about the catechin content, Says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist.  Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage.  Green tea is not processed much before it’s poured in your cup, so it’s rich in catechins.

Studies on Green Tea’s Remarkable Benefits

There are many studies that show positive effects of green tea consumption on improved brain function, as well as cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and cancer, particularly prostate cancer are disease that researchers have noted might be suppressed or killed by green tea’s active ingredients.  Studies show a lower risk of atherosclerosis, stomach cancer, bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer all from regular green tea consumption.

A study showed that one-half cup of green tea represents the same antioxidant potential as 2.5 pounds of fresh fruit.

Tea with Lemon
Tea with Lemon

Time, Type and Temperature for Brewing Tea

There are three main varieties of tea-green,black and oolong, how the tea leaves are processed makes all the difference.  Then there is also white tea, which researchers believe have similar health characteristics to green tea. Matcha tea, which means “powdered tea,” is actually green, but have several other differences that set it apart.  While regular green tea involves soaking the leaves, either loose or in a bag and pitching them, matcha green tea is actual leaves ground.

Temperature does make a difference for your tea.

White or green teas (full leaf) 170-185 F or 76-85C. When the water boils, turn off the heat and let the water cool for 30 seconds for white tea 60 seconds before pouring it over the leaves.

Oolongs (full leaf) 185-210F or 85-98C.

Black teas (full leaf) Water must be a rolling boil (212F or 100C).  The most common mistake is to steep black tea with water that is not hot enough, which can prevent the active substances in black tea from developing.

Use the amount of water in proportion to the amount of tea you have added.  For example 5 cups of water for 5 teaspoons of tea.   Drink while it is hot; freshly brewed tea is superior to tea that has been sitting for a few hours.  FYI adding milk can reduce the potency of some of the antioxidants, but adding lemon can boost the benefits.

To make your tea experience more enjoyable here is a device that I love.  It is an electric tea pot that you can control the temperature that it heats to according to the tea you are brewing.  It is the Cusinart Perfect Temp Tea Kettle

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.



Change Your Greens For Sprouts To Meet Your Daily Vitamin Quota


“Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates


Sprouts and Microgreens
Sprouts and Microgreens

Certain B-vitamins increase 1200 percent during the germination process.   Because sprouts also contain an abundance of highly-active antioxidants that prevent DNA destruction that also protect us from the ongoing effects of aging and cellular breakdown.  Sprouts like alfalfa, radish, broccoli, clover and mung bean contain concentrated amounts of petrochemicals that can protect against disease.  Johns Hopkins found that broccoli sprouts contain a substance called sulforaphane, a compound that helps mobilize the body’s natural cancer-fighting resources to reduce the risk of developing cancer.  Sprouts also contain a high source of fiber.  Many sprouts also contain plant estrogen’s, which have been helpful in controlling hot flashes, menopause, PMS symptoms and fibrocystic breast .  Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of another compound, saponins.  Saponins lower the bad cholesterol and fat but not the good HDL fats, and also stimulate the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells such as T-lymphocytes and interferon.


A simple way to improve your nutrition is to change out some of your lettuce for sprouts and/or microgreens in your salad, or on burgers, sandwiches or tacos.  You may also drop them in your smoothies.

Red Cabbage microgreens have a high concentration of ascorbic acid (Vit C)

Cilantro has the highest amount of caratenoids lutein and beta-carotene

Sunflower sprouts are high in phytosterols, which can lower cholesterol

Alfalfa is a good source of  Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F and K

Wheatgrass is high in Vitamins B, C, E and many minerals

Lentil sprouts contain 26 percent protein and can be eaten without cooking

Brussels sprouts cooked, contain more than 240 percent of the recommended (RDA) for Vitamin K1, and nearly 130 percent of the RDA for Vitamin C.  They are a good source of fiber, manganese, potassium, choline, B vitamins, antioxidants and other health promoting phytochemicals.

Want to know a little more about this awesome resource for super nutrition? This is a practical guide with information on sprouts and sprouting methods.  Try this book by Ann Wigmore  The Sprouting Book


I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.







Is Organic Really Important?

Why Go Organic?

Conventional farming operations commonly use pesticides on the foods they produce hoping for greater yields,  but these pesticides are toxic to humans and particularly children.  Studies show farm workers and communities in close proximity to pesticide application are at greater risk and over-spray can get on clothes and be carried home, endangering families.

Apple and Vegetables
Apple and Vegetables-Organic Foods

What Does Organic Mean?

Organic agriculture is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility, prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and promotes biodiversity.  Certified organic means that the farmer has undergone a regular inspection of farm, facilities, ingredients and practices by an independent third party certifier, accredited by the USDA National Organic Program.

Are Organic Foods Really Better?

If you’ve ever wondered if there are real health benefits to eating organic foods consider this: Organic produce is always non-GMO!  In a study comparing conventional vs Organic green vegetables: spinach, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, scallions and green pepper all had significantly higher antioxidants.  Organic tomatoes are richer in lycopene 20% and vitamin C 30%.  Conventional growers use synthetic pesticides to protect their crops from molds, insects and diseases.  This can leave a residue on the produce. In 2014 the USDA’s strawberry tests found that 98 percent of strawberries sampled had residues of at least one pesticide.  The dirtiest strawberry sample had 17 different pesticides.  Organic apples have higher levels of antioxidants such as quercetin and other flavonoids.  Even ketchup made from organic tomatoes has a higher antioxidant content than conventional ketchup.

The ” Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” List

These are the most important foods to buy ORGANIC FOOD:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Celery
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes

These foods are generally the lowest amount of pesticide spray residue.  These are the Clean 15

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (other than GMO)
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Eggplant
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Grapefruit
  • Cabbage
  • Papaya

Organic food is fresher, more filling and free of additives that could keep nutrients from being absorbed by your body.

Organic food tastes better because it’s real.  Conventional growing methods often produce tough, mealy and/or tasteless fruits and vegetables, compared to organic.  So, is organic food really important?  I believe so.

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.




Is Salt Really Bad For You?

Is Salt Really Bad For You?

Refined table salt has gotten a justly deserved bad reputation because of concern about hypertension and heart disease.  Having the correct potassium to sodium balance influences the risk for hypertension and heart disease much more than high sodium alone.  Most Western diets are lacking in potassium.

Salt Shaker
Is Salt Bad For You?

Potassium Level Impacts High Blood Pressure More than Sodium

To be healthy, the nutrients in cells must be in proper balance.  Our diets have changed dramatically increasing the amount of sodium and decreasing the amount of potassium in our diet, therefore reversing the natural balance.  Modern food manufacturers add lots of salt (sodium chloride) to their products, while modern diets do not include enough potassium-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.  Eating an apple a day provides only 1 mg of sodium and 80 mg of potassium.

Sodium/Potassium Balance is Necessary for Strong Muscles and Relaxed Arteries

Salt-rich diets force excess sodium into cells, disturbing the healthy sodium/potassium balance.  Excess sodium interferes with cellular energy production, causing fatigue.  Sodium attaches itself to water molecules, so when more sodium goes into the cells, so does more water.  Water retention elevates blood pressure and cases weight gain.  dietary salt contributes to higher risk for cancer, cardiac disease, stroke, kidney disease, bronchial problems and kidney stones.  By avoiding processed and packaged foods, dietary sodium can be avoided.

When Using Salt Make Sure it is Unrefined

A diet that uses mineral-rich sea salt medicinally will help restore the body’s balance.  Small amounts of sea salt with help alkalize the body.  Sea salt should be added to grains and grain-like seeds to make them less acid-forming.  When cooked for 10 minutes or more, salt chelates, blending with other foods and does not cause such a “salty” reaction to our body.  Celtic sea salt is great for cooking, while Hawaiian sea salt is excellent to sprinkle over your food at the table.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.