There are more antibiotics per pound of livestock in fish farming than in any other form of farming.
“Let food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food” Hippocrates
There’s lot of controversy as to whether you need to supplement or not. The conventional wisdom says that if you eat a balance diet, you should receive all the vitamins you need … and if it makes you feel better, you can add a multivitamin for added insurance.
But is it really that simple? Will the multivitamin have all you need?
1. Do you live in a perfect world where you grow your food and your own meat, or can you shop from the farmer’s market?
If you’re buying produce from stores, you don’t know how long it’s taken to get there, or what the’ve sprayed on the fruit and vegetables to preserve them. What you think is fresh might be 2 – 3 months old, meaning that vitamin levels have depleted.
2. Do you get out in the sun often enough? In the last few years, we’ve had a fear of the sun. Vitamin D comes and animal foods. In the US, there’s almost a Vitamin D shortage epidemic.
Simply eating a good diet isn’t enough. One doctor I know thought she definitely had enough Vitamin D because she eats so healthy – but she had herself tested and her Vitamin D levels were really low. Read More »
Catcus juice, also called prickly pear cactus juice, is thought to help reduce the risk of cancer – although it is still early days for the research into this.
A study published in Nutritional Journal by Da-ming Zou showed that cactus juice may be a good alternative to chemotherapy, when treating cancer. Catcus juice has also ben shown to inhibit cancer cell growth and slow tumor growth.
However, you should certainly not replace chemotherapy or other cancer treatments with cactus juice at this stage though; more rersearch is still needed.
Other Benefits of Cactus Juice
Anti-oxidant: Luna Tesoriere is the leading author in a study for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on cactus juice. She says that cactus juice provides many anti-oxidant benefits, and that it works as wellas Vitamin C supplementation in enhancing overall anti-oxidant effects in the body.
Cactus juice outpaces Vitamin C in reducing oxidation of fats (which can contribute to atherosclerosis).
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, getting adequate iron in your diet may appear to be a challenge – but it does not have to be with a bit of planning.
Ways to Increase Iron Absorption
Make sure you have foods high in vitamin C, like fruit – not because they’re particularly high in iron, but because they help the body to absorb iron better.
Avoid drinking tea or coffee with your meals; these contain compounds called polyphenols. These bind with iron, making it harfer for your body to absorb it.
Good Sources of Iron
Vegetarian/Vegan foods that are a good source of iron include:
The original recipe called for ½ cup mayonnaise; I combined ¼ cup Greek yogurt and ¼ cup mayonnaise. If you are vegetarian, you can use 2 cups of your favorite beans to replace the chicken.
Picante Broccoli Chicken Salad
(Original recipe from “Taste of Home”)
In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, picante sauce, garlic and chili powder. Set aside.
Combine chicken, broccoli, tomato, cheese, onion and peppers; pour dressing over salad and toss to coat well. Place in refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.
Broccoli contains the phytonutrient – glycoraphonin; once in your body it is converted into sulforaphine. Sulforaphine boosts your liver’s detoxification enzymes which help to clear potentially carcinogenic substances.
Broccoli is high in fiber, Vitamins A, K, C, iron, calcium, folic acid and protein; just a few of the valuable nutrients you will find. Eating broccoli improves your immune system, helps prevent heart disease, reduce cholesterol, good for your bones and helps control your blood sugar.
High in protein and the B vitamins.
Not only is this salsa great for your immune system – it helps to keep your blood sugar under control.
Mix tomatoes, oil, vinegar, basil, oregano, and onion powder. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes to blend flavors. Serve with pita chips.