What to Eat to Prevent or Reverse Disease

Be Proactive in Preventing or Reversing Disease.

Eat to Prevent or Reverse Disease
Eat to Prevent or Reverse Disease

This is why I recently read How Not to Die, by Michael Greger with Gene Stone and founder of Nutrionfacts.org a self-sustaining non-profit organization.   Their mission is to empower individuals to share what to eat to prevent and reverse disease and make it accessible and available to everyone.  In the book Greger lays out specifics for preventing, arresting or reversing our leading health killers.  He has found that people don’t die of old age but die from disease, most commonly heart attack.

Perfect reading to Prevent or Reverse Disease

The book is fantastic, and I highly recommend it to everyone who is looking to prevent a premature death.  He states that our diet is the number one cause of our diseases.

Back in 1903, Thomas Edison predicted that “the doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will instruct the patient in the care of (the) human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of diseases”.

There is a pandemic of chronic diseases dominated by a diet of animal sourced and processed food or for example:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Oils
  • Soda
  • Sugar
  • Refined grains

Use Whole Plant Foods and Minimize Animal Based Foods

When we eat to prevent or reverse disease we should maximize the intake of whole plant foods and minimize animal based foods and processed junk food.  Dr. Greger simplified the equation to that of a  traffic light-just as the road signal green means OK to go, yellow caution and red-stop.

Green=unprocessed plant food

Yellow=Processed plant foods, unprocessed animal foods

Red=Ultra processed plant foods processed animal foods Read More

Is Your Flaxseed Rancid?

Is Your Flaxseed Rancid?

Flax Seeds

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. Read More

Who Needs Superfoods?

“Superfoods” Are For Everyone!

Superfood Blueberries
Superfood Blueberries

“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.

20 TOP SUPERFOODS THAT OFFER SUPER HEALTH PROTECTION

  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.