Living a Healthy Lifestyle

September 27, 2010
by Jacqui

Living a healthy lifestyle is the best thing we can possibly do for ourselves. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are enormous.

To name just a few of these benefits…how about living longer healthily, having more energy, having lower blood cholesterol, preventing and reversing heart disease and lowering your risk of prostrate, breast and other cancers.

Other benefits include preventing and treating diabetes, preserving your eyesight, avoiding Alzheimer’s and avoiding impotence. The list goes on and on.

I’m sure you’re aware of the phrase, “There’s no free lunch.” There really isn’t but living a healthy lifestyle isn’t that difficult.

It does entail much more that just deciding what kind of food we put into our mouths. It involves an awareness of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.

We can decide to eat a whole foods plant based diet and then use olive oil to excess, gobble down handfuls of nuts every day or decide to add handfuls of vitamins just to be safe. This won’t work.

Let’s examine a few principles. First, nutrition represents our foods working together in incredible ways.

If we were to measure the nutrients in each food that we eat we would find that there are hundreds of thousands of nutrients that we are consuming and these nutrients are working together to sustain our bodies in healthful ways and building our immune systems.

(That is, of course, that we are putting good healthy foods into our bodies, not junk foods, processed foods and/or animal products.

Let me ask you; How can tens or thousands of nutrients be placed into a pill? It would seem that it would be impossible.

There is a multibillion-dollar industry out there to develop these vitamin and mineral pills that are called supplements. If we continue to consume the typical Western diet high in animal protein, low in fiber and high in fat these ems>supplements are not going to help us.

How could we possibly take one nutrient that would be contained in our whole foods diet and expect it to do anything when every nutrient works with every other nutrient?

Plant based foods provide all the nutrients we need with the exception of Vitamin D and Vitamin B12. Vitamin D is not really a vitamin. Our bodies make it. We simply need to get out into the sunshine.

If we can’t do this, and an extremely high number of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, we can take a supplement. More on our Vitamin D page. As far as Vitamin B12 goes it is only in foods because of the synthesis of microorganisms.

Our soils used to be very rich. Animals grazed on the rich pastures and ate the soil along with their grass, ingesting the bacteria. We ate the meat and consequently obtained the Vitamin B12.

It was thought that it wasn’t possible to obtain Vitamin B12 from plants, but it turns out that plants grown in organic soil containing lots of microorganisms do supply enough of our elusive Vitamin B12.

Again, if you are worried about it, take a B12 supplement. All the rest of the B vitamins are supplied in our plant-based diet.

Please take a look at heart healthy

A Healthy Lifestyle linked to Nutrition and Disease Prevention

Please check out page on Disease Prevention A healthy lifestyle illiminates cholesterol. How about that awful cholesterol we worry so much about as we continue to eat the American Way?

First and foremost,cholesterol is not a nutrient, and it is only present in animal-based foods.

Cholesterol is important but our bodies can make all the cholesterol we really need. On top of all that we certainly don’t need any drugs to lower it if we aren’t eating foods containing cholesterol.

I don’t know about you, but all medications have side effects of one kind or another, and I, for one, don’t want to take any of them if I don’t have to.

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