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ARTICLE INDEX
SUPERFOODS PART II
EAT GOOD FOOD
MORE CALCIUM = STRONGER BONES???
EATING FRUIT
SKIN LIKE A BRAND NEW BABY
KEEP YOUR T UP
DRINK REAL MILK
PRODUCTS WORTH THE MONEY
CLEAN YOUR MOUTH OUT
SUPERFOODS
SUPPLEMENTS FOR ATHLETES
12 INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN PERSONAL CARE AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS




SUPERFOODS PART II

MORE OF THE BEST FOODS OUT THERE:

Crystal Salts
Oils: Specifically Olive, Flax, Hemp, Walnut, Avocado, Coconut, Red Palm...Fish Oil ain't bad either.  As for canola oil...don't go there.
Herbal Teas
Sea Vegetables...Kelp, Nori, Wakame, etc.
Eggs...I prefer unfertilized, free range, and from a local farmer.
Aloe Vera
Bee Pollen
Spirulina
Chlorella
Beans
What about meats?...Game Meats, Organ Meats (make sure these are organic; organs are where toxic materials are often stored), Calf Liver, Fatty Fish (wild caught, not farm raised)
Alcohol is out...Yes it relaxes you, improves heart function, and probably 10,000 other things, but...IT KILLS BRAIN CELLS, DUSTHEAD!!!!! 


EAT GOOD FOOD

If you know anyone who has ever had an organ transplant (ex. liver, heart) you may have heard them talk about how they have taken on some of the memories of the person they received their organ from.  For example, there are those who, when they receive someone else's liver, begin to remember things that their organ donor had done.  What's more, they remember those events as if they themselves had done them. 

Blood is not as well preserved as organs, is not an organ, and often comes from many different donors so the effects are not as strong if they are even there at all.  However, as someone who has received just short of 262 trillion blood transfusions I can give a little personal validation to the above paragraph.  There were times when I would be receiving a blood transfusion and I would begin to remember things that I had never done before as though I had actually done them.  It's weird.  You can call it karma or cellular memory or even coincidence, but it's weird.

As someone who is always looking to apply principles from one area to another I began wondering how this related to the food we eat.  To make a long story short, if the food we eat is weak, sick, etc., that it will promote those same qualities within us.  For example, an animal raised in an abusive environment is probably going to be angry, fearful, hurt, etc., and by eating such an animal we are going to be promoting those qualities within ourselves (not to mention the fact that this animal probably isn't very nutritious either).  However, an animal killed in its natural habitat, that has lived a free life, and is killed with the ethics of survival of the fittest and the free chase in mind is more likely to promote vitality, strength, etc. within us.  Of course the effect of one meal is very small, but the cumulative effect of all of our meals has a big effect on us.  

Continuing on, the less complex the food, the more 'life' it is going to have in it.  (This can probably be explained by examining the vibrational energy of the food, but that's another article.)  Meat, for example, is dead matter.  An orange on the other hand is alive.  If you put it in the ground in the right climate it will grow.  Of course some oranges are stronger than others and will produce more vibrant and productive trees.  So if you find an orange tree flourishing in the middle of the desert it's probably going to be a lot more badass of a tree than one growing in a grove by a farmer who pampers it.  Of course the fruit from this second tree is likely to promote qualities like harmony, a laid back attitude, getting the things you want, etc. 

With all of this in mind it is important to consider several things about the food you eat: How was it grown/raised?  Did it grow in the wild?  Was it raised by farmers who truly cared about it?  Or was it cared for by someone who didn't really respect it?  That might not be a bad thing...it might have made it resiliant.  Has it been cooked?  If so, how much?  Who prepared the food?  Did you find it in nature?  Did you mom make it for you because she loved you?  Or was it just generically thrown together by someone who couldn't care less?  How complex is the food?  It is a fruit?  Or a mammal?  Or somewhere in between? 

For me personally I like to either grow food myself, buy from a local farmer, or hit up Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.  One day I'd like to start eating more wild food, but that's not an option for me right now.  I also try to eat low on the food chain and low on the complexity scale.  I eat probably 75% fruit.  Fruit for me is anything that comes from the flower of a plant.  There is the obvious such as berries, apples, melons, etc.  Then I also consider nuts, seeds, and things that are often though of as vegetables such as squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants, olives, etc.  I also consider oils from any of these plants to be fruits as well.  And I throw algae and leafy green vegetables and herbs in there also.  The rest of my diet consists of lentils, whole grains, vegetalbes (ex. cabbage, carrots, potatoes, etc.), cultured dairy, fish, poultry, eggs, calf liver, wild meats, and pretty much any food that someone is nice enough to cook for me.  And I eat probably 60-70% raw food and the rest I cook very little and at a failry low temperature.  Supplements I keep simple: Milk Thistle and Live52 for my liver and CoQ10 for my heart.  Protein occasionally and a multivitamin every now and then. 

I don't know why this is such an effective diet for me.  It's pretty balanced in fats, carbs, and proteins.  It's VERY HIGH in electrons.  Full of high vibrational energy food.  The food is easily digested so that my body has more energy for other activity (digestion can use as much as 75% of your body's energy needs.).  I'm sure all that plays into it.  But it's all good food.  So while it's important to eat nutritious food, organic food, pesticide free food, it's equally important to consider the quality of the food you eat.

NOTE: WHILE APPEARANCE IS ONE METHOD OF DETERMINING THE QUALITY OF A FOOD, MANY PRODUCERS OR DISTRIBUTORS WILL PUT CHEMICAL DYES, COLOR ENHANCERS, ETC. INTO THEIR FOOD TO MAKE IT LOOK MORE APPEALING.  NOT ALWAYS THE CASE, BUT WORTH CONSIDERING.

ANOTHER NOTE: ALOE VERA...LOOK AT THE PLANT, COMPLETELY CAPABLE OF REGENERATING ITSELF!...GET A BIG ONE GROWING IN YOUR BACK YARD AND EITHER EAT IT OR JUICE IT EVERY DAY...ANOTHER OPTION WOULD BE TO BUY ALOE VERY JUICE OR GEL (FROM THE WHOLE PLANT) AT THE STORE.


MORE CALCIUM = STRONGER BONES???

Maintaining strong bones is a big priority for many people.  And if you are exposed to much media you have probably seen your share of advertisements proclaiming the benefits of dairy products when it comes to promoting bone health.  After all, 8 ounces of milk contains 300 milligrams of calcium, or 33% of the recommended amount.  But is this recommended amount necessarily an accurate guideline when it comes to calcium intake?  And is milk even a great source of calcium? 

In truth, milk is probably not a terrible source of calcium.  But many consumers run into problems when they begin purchasing reduced fat milk products...the milk fat assists in the transport and metabolism of the calcium in the milk and unless the milk is raw there is a good chance that much of the calcium has been left useless from the high heat of pasteurization.  Furthermore, milk causes the body to produce quite a bit of mucous (this is the same process by which your body protects itself from harmful substances-a layer of mucous is formed to trap the substance and keep it from entering the blood and vital organs and then your body eliminates the muscous and the harmful substance.) 

Personally, I like milk and this writing isn't about whether milk is good for humans or not.  This is just about taking a second look at whether or not we really need as much calcium as we think.  Oh, you need calcium.  It is necessary for strong teeth, a steady heartbeat, strong muscle contractions, and healthy bones, among other things. 

But you can consume all the calcium you want, but if you aren't getting enough sunlight, which is necessary to produce vitamin D then it won't matter how much calcium you take in because your body will have a hard time getting any benefit from it because vitamin D is necessary for calcium to be metabolized by the body.  Of course nutrition is still important.  Broccoli, leafy greens, sardines, snake, and salmon with bones, almonds, and figs are good sources of calcium.  And don't forget sunlight (or a vitamin D supplement when the weather isn't cooperative).  And exercise, particularly resistance training, which has been repeatedly shown to promote strong bones among other things.

In addition to eating calcium rich foods, it would also be well to cut out calcium depleting behaviors.  Eliminate coffee, soft drinks, excessive activity, stress, and lack of sleep and allow your body a chance to rest and recover without constantly taxing its mineral storages.

So we see it is important to eat calcium rich foods, get plenty of sunlight (at least 20-30 minutes a day), and cut back on calcium depleting behaviors.  But having said all of that, how much calcium do we actually need. Chances are the daily requirement will vary significantly among individuals.  To think that a 110 pound female senior citizen would have the same calcium needs as a 260 pound male wrestler doesn't make much sense.  However, by taking into consideration the four key points in this article-good nutrition, plenty of sunlight, reasonable exercise, and cutting back on calcium depleting behaviors-there is no reason that calcium consumption could not be be cut back by 30-50% each day.  So instead of getting 1,000 milligrams each day, you may only need 500-700 milligrams.  This is obviously dependednt upon any advice from your healthcare practitioner and should be based on solid labwork..



EATING FRUIT
I DIDN'T WRITE THIS ARTICLE.  SOMEONE FORWARDED THIS TO ME IN AN EMAIL.  I DO NOT KNOW WHO THE AUTHOR IS.  THOUGH SOME OF THE INFORMATION WAS OLD NEWS, AS SOMEONE WHO EATS A LARGE AMOUNT OF FRUIT, I FOUND QUITE A BIT OF HELPFUL INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE.  MY COMMENTS ARE IN ITALICS.


We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how and when to eat.
What is the correct way of eating fruits?  IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! - FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.   If you eat fruit on an empty stomach, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.  (Yes, fresh fruit is very good for you.)

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT
 FOOD - Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit.  The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.  In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid.  The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.  (True.)

So please eat your fruits on
 an empty stomach or before your meals!  You have heard people complaining - every time I eat water-melon I burp, when I eat durian (fruit from Asia with a foul smell yet delicious flavor) my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet etc. - actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produce gas and hence you will bloat.  (Right on.)

Graying hair, balding,
 nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will not happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.  (I doubt it.)

There is no such thing as
 some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.  (I don't have a clue what the first 15 or 20 words of this paragraph mean, and I highly doubt that eating fruit is a 'secret' to anything, but if start eating more fruit and less junk you will feel and look better in all likelihood.)

When you need to drink fruit
 juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.  (Not sure if cooking or heating 'destroys all the vitamins' but it does wipe out quite a few of them and it may make the ones still present less useable by your body.  Pasteurized fruit juice from the store is just liquid sugar with a little flavor.)
 
But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice.  If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.  (I agree, don't use juicing as a substitue for eating whole fruits.)

You can go on a 3-day fruit
 fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!  (Never done this and I doubt that '3 days' is a magic number, but fruits have one of the highest vibrational energies of any food and can improve the virbration of your body.)

KIWI:  Tiny but mighty. This
 is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber.  Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.  (Kiwis are often fairly inexpensive as well.)

APPLE:  An apple a day keeps
 the doctor away?  Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.  (True.)

STRAWBERRY:  Protective
 Fruit.  Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.
(I like strawberries.)

ORANGE:  Sweetest medicine,
 eating 2 to 4 oranges a day may=2 0help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.  (Right on.)

WATERMELON:  Coolest thirst
 quencher.  Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system.  They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon arevitamin C & Potassium.  (Uh huh.)

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top
awards for vitamin C.  They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation.  Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes. (Yep.  Acerola Cherries may be even higher in vitamin C.) 

Drinking Cold water after a
 meal = Cancer! Can you believe this??  For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.  (Did not know this, but I don't usually drink cold water or water with my meals either.  Good advice.  Just be sure to get plenty of water throughout the day.  At least 1/2 gallon, preferably closer to 1 gallon.)


SKIN LIKE A BRAND NEW BABY

Your skin is the largest organ and is a major source of eliminating metabolic waste (ex. through sweating).  It is also exposed to the entire outside world and so it is constantly assaulted with chemical residues, allergens, and a number of other substances not useable by the body.  With this in mind it only makes sense to keep your skin as healthy as you can.  When you start taking care of it you'll notice it becomes much softer and smoother, it starts to get a shine to it, and wrinkles disappear as it tightens us.  

You could go to the store and buy all kinds of creams and lotions (and if you're a guy and you're doing that you should really take a look in the mirror), many of which contain even more substances that the body does not recognize as being useable.  Here is a good thing to keep in mind when it comes to your skin: If you wouldn't put it in your mouth it probably doesn't need to go on your skin.    So what can you do to keep your skin as healthy as possible?  Here are some things I have found useful:

*Get some kind of skin brush.  They remove dead skin cells which clears the way for newer and healthier cells to flourish.  They also stimulate the skin to become stronger.  Use this at least every other day.  You may want to get a smaller one for your face.


*Coffee grounds and used tea leaves are great to put on your face.  They are full of nutrients that promote skin health.  Cover your face and leave them there for a few minutes then rinse off.

*Cover your entire body in some kind of oil each day.  I probably use coconut the most.  It is very antibacterial, antifunal, antiviral, etc and serves the same purpose as soap.  Olive, hemp, flax, and walnut oils are also good choices. 

*When you shower, use the purest, cleanest water you can find.  Tap water won't kill you from average daily exposure but it definitely isn't the best choice.  You may be different, but I find that it irritates my skin quite a bit.  Get a water filter for your entire house or find a mountain stream somewhere in Fiji and let that water run over your skin. 

*Soap.  Leave the Irish Spring and Dove and all that crap on the shelf.  Find some hand made soap that doesn't have any irritants and use that with your skin brush. 


KEEP YOUR T UP


Growing a pair of breasts has never been on my 'to do' list.  Consequently, I make an effort to keep my estrogen levels down.  Estrogen is a hormone that is present in significant amounts in females.  It is also present (and necessary) in males, although males have a much greater amount of the hormone testosterone ('T').  However, there are many factors in today's world that can cause an increase in the amount of estrogen in the body.  This can lead to a number of negative effects on your quality of life.  So for those looking to maximize their testosterone and minimize their estrogen, while keeping both within normal, healthy limits, here are a few key points:

*Avoid Soy Products
    Some occasional fermented soy products such as tempeh or miso may actually be healthy, but things like tofu, soy milk, and soy cheese (don't even get me started on the soy burgers sold in school cafeterias) are about as worthless as tits on a boar hog.

*Avoid Synthetic Fragrances
    These are widely found in air fresheners, dryer sheets, laundry detergents, cleaning products, and dish soaps.  Consider making your own soap or buying synthetic free products.  Remember, if you wouldn't put it in your mouth it probably doesn't belong on your skin either.

*Avoid Xenoestrogens 
    These are often present in commercial beef.  If you must eat beef, choose organic, grass fed, or find an Amish farmer and buy from him and his family.  Other options for red meat include bison and ostrich.

*Eat Flaxseeds
    Buy the whole seed and grind them up as you use them.  Some of the components of flax seeds act as estrogen antagonists meaning they bind to the same places on your body's cells that estrogen does.  However, they do not exert an estrogenic effect on the cell.  This may make current testosterone levels more potent.

*Get Enough Zinc
    Most people are deficient in zinc and only absorb a small amount from the foods they eat.  Do everything you can to raise the amount of zinc you get from your ddiet, but while you are working on your diet consider supplementing with ZMA, a highly bioavailable form of zinc and magnesium.

*Get Enough Essential Fatty Acids and Cholesterol
    Fats act as chemical substrates for hormone production and cholesterol is necessary for the formation of testosterone.  Get your fats from olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, coconuts, and fish oil.  Dietary sources of cholesterol include raw eggs, raw dairy, organ meats, organic butter, and fatty fish.

*Start Strength Training
    Complex movements that require several joints in your body to move are excellent for raising testosterone levels.  Use a heavy resistance and stop with something left in the tank...you should walk out of the gym feeling like you could eat nails, not like you just went 12 rounds with the heavyweight champ.

*Cut Back on Aerobic Training
    There is nothing wrong with going for a walk in the evening or going for a jog every now and then, but hormone testing of long distance (aerobic) athletes such as marathon runners consistently show that they have significantly decreased testosterone levels.  Consider more high intensity training (ex. Intervals, Sprints) for your cardiovascular work.

*SLEEP!
    Make sure you are getting enough sleep each night.  Many people find the magnesium in ZMA to be great for promoting deep, restful sleep.  
    
So there you have it, 8 steps for keeping your estrogen down and your testosterone up.  No, you won't get the massive anabolic and androgenic effects you would get from hormones or prohormones, but you won't have to worry about any of the negative effects associated with these substances either.  I personally have no use for any of these synthetic agents but I am frequently asked my opinion on them.  I am certainly no expert, but the only thing I ever tell these people to consider is injectable testosterone under the CLOSE supervision of a HIGHLY skilled endocrinologist and that is only if their health is in peak condition and they have perfectly normal liver function and liver enzyme levels to begin with.  Beyond that I have no comment on the issue.


DRINK REAL MILK

Perhaps you can remember a time when milk went straight from the animal to the refrigerator without any processing.  If not then you have probably heard such stories from your parents or grandparents.  The animal that provided this milk was likely allowed to roam about on a nice, green pasture and she was probably given few, and most likely no, antibiotic or hormone shots  And you never heated it to extreme temperatures or pulverized the fat molecules into bits and pieces.  The cream would rise to the top and you would have to shake the milk up before you drank it.  This was a pure food product.   

Today milk is highly processed.  We are told that the reason this milk should be pasteurized (heated to extreme temperatures) is because this process kills off any harmful bacteria that may be present in the milk.  Most notable among these are salmonella and tuberculosis.  However, many of these bacteria could very well be eliminated simply by allowing the animals a greater quality of life.  It is very likely that cattle raised in an ideal environment, fed a natural diet of grass, and not subjected to treatment with various synthetic substances would produce milk that would not present a problem for human consumption.  Not only would harmful bacteria not have an environment in which to thrive in under these circumstances, but those that were able to survive and make it into your drinking glass would very likely be wiped out by the human immune system.  So the odds of someone actually getting sick from drinking raw milk would be very low.  Below is a list of outbreaks of illness associated with PASTEURIZED milk:

*1976-1 outbreak, Y. enterocolitica in 36 children, 16 of whom had appendectomies, due to pasteurized chocolate milk
*1982-Over 17,000 cases Y. enterocolitica in several states from milk produces in Memphis, TN
*1983-1 outbreak, 49 cases, 14 deaths from L. monocytogenes in MA
*1984-85-3 outbreaks of antimicrobial-resistant S. typhimurium at a plant in Melrose Park, IL.  The third wave had 16,284 confirmed cases; surves indicate that as many as 197,581 persons may have been affected
*1985-1,500+ cases, Salmonella culture confirmed, in northern IL
*1993-94-1 outbreak, 2014 cases/142 confirmed S enteritidis due to pasteurized ice cream in MN, SD, WI
*1995-Outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica in 10 children, 3 hospitalized due to post-pasteurization contamination
*2000-1 outbreak, 98 cases/38 confirmed S tyrhimurim in PA and NJ
*2005-1 outbreak, 200 cases C jejuni in CO prison
*2006-1 outbreak, 1592 cases/52 confirmed C jejuni infections in CA
*2007-1 outbreak, 3 deaths from L monocytogenes in MA
(Source: californiarawmilk.org/site/_documents/news/PasteurizedOutbreaks.pdf ... cited on May 10, 2009)

Furthermore, the high heat of the pasteurization process denatures, or breaks down, many of the beneficial nutrients found in the milk such as its protein and B-vitamins.  These nutrients are unstable at high temperatures and therefore begin to break down (and become no longer useable by the body) during pasteurization.  It is also likely that many beneficia bacteria found in milk are killed off by the high head of pasteurization.

Then there is the homogenization of milk.  This is the process of straining milk to break up the fat particles and it has been strongly linked to heart disease.  Thomas E. Levy in his 2001 book 'Optimal Nutrition for Optimal Health' speculates that this may be due to the facct that homogenization structurally alters the fat in milk so that it bypasses digestion and allows a compound known as Xanthone Oxidase into the bloodstream.  It has been hypothesized that XO directly promotes hardening of the arteries.  It is also worth noting that increases in the incidence of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) directly coincide with the time (1930's and 40's) when the homogenization of milk became a common practice.

In addition to this, commercial dairy cows are frequently treated with various chemical compounds harmful to the human body.  All of this adds up to a milk product that is lacking in nutrients and that will also introduce potentially harmful substances into the human body.  Storebought milk is also frequently stored in clear containers which allows light to easily pass directly into the milk and break down its quality even more.

PROCESSED MILK IS NOT A HEALTH FOOD!!! 

In his book 'The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth' Dr. Johnny Bowden, Ph.D, CNS, rates organic, whole, raw, unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk as one of the healthiest foods on the planet.  In addition to Dr. Bowden, a number of other individuals have proclaimed the benefits of raw milk.

Ross Enamait, who has had a hand in training athletes such as UFC great Chuck Liddell, and whose training methods have been utilized the world over, has stated that he regularly consumes raw milk and that his wife did during her entire pregnancy.

Then there is the Weston A. Price Foundation which has long espoused the benefits of raw milk.  Their website dedicated to such milk can be found at http://www.realmilk.com/

Is raw milk a miracle food?  No.  Is any milk the best source of calcium?  Probably not.  Is it necessary to drink milk in order to be healthy?  Absolutely not.  Still, raw milk is a good source of B-vitamins, protein, potassium, selenium, calcium, and beneficial fats, cholesterol and bacteria.  The same cannot be said for pasteurized and/or homogenized milk.

I don't drink a lot of milk but when I do I make sure it is completely raw and comes from a clean and happy animal.  I can't tell you the last time I bought milk from the store.  If you are a big milk drinker and wonder why you cannot find raw milk in your area chances are it is because the sale is illegal in most states.  The official reason is because pasteurized milk is supposed to be safer for human consumption.  My personal opinion is that it has nothing to do with the safety of the consumer but more to do with increasing private profit for certain individuals.  If you are happy with pasteurized milk, fine.  Drink 2 gallons a day if you want.  However, if you feel that raw milk is a better option and would like to see the sale of raw milk made legal then take steps to make that happen.  Write your elected officials.  Stop buying pasteurized milk.  Either way I would encourage you to do your own research and form your own opinion. 


PRODUCTS WORTH THE MONEY

I'm not a huge fan of supplements.  I think multivitamins are one of the biggest scams out there.  Protein powders, meal replacement bars, energy drinks, weight gainers, sports drinks, and bodybuilding supplements aren't far behind.  But there are a few products out there that may actually promote a more healthy body.

*BioClear Activated Charcoal
    As your liver purges your body of metabolic waste and dumps it into your gut, the responsibility of your gut is to then eliminate the metabolic waste.  However, many people either do not have a gut that is very efficient at expelling this waste or they are exposed to a load of metabolic waste that is significantly higher than their body can handle.   The result is that this toxic load is then recirculated through the body and the burden on the body becomes greater and greater.  Activated charcoal attaches to this metabolic waste and, because it is not absorbed by the body, prevents the waste from being recirculated and helps the body eliminate it.

*Probiotics
    The common perception in everyday life is that bacteria are harmful.  However, bacteria are simply bacteria and they have the same desire for survival that you and I have.  Bacteria live in your body to break down the food you eat.  Too much of the wrong food and you create an environment more conducive to the survival of the wrong kind of bacteria.  You should be able to maintain a normal level of probiotics by eating yogurt, cultured cottage cheese, and fermented foods on a regular basis and also eating a diet high in fresh, raw foods.  But if you have been sick or are experiencing digestive problems then probiotic replenishment may be worth the money as this restores the level of healthy bacteria in the gut.

*Vitamin D3
    Vitamin D has become increasingly well understood in recent years.  It is known that melanin in the skin produces D when it reacts with ultraviolet light from the sun.  However there is also considerable research to suggest that additional D supplementation may be beneficial for overall health, cancer prevention, hormone production, depression and may promote overall body health in other ways.

*Vitamin K2 MK7
    Much like Vitamin D, Vitamin K is becoming more and more well understood and early research is showing that supplementation may be highly beneficial for the human body.  Vitamin K2 MK7 may promote heart health, bone health, and also reduce the risk of certain cancers while supporting beneficial bacteria levels in the gut.

*Cissus Powder
    Cissus is an extract from a tree.  There is considerable anecdotal evidence suggesting that it is very beneficial for those suffering from joint pain, soft tissue damage (ex. sprains and/or tears), or overuse injuries such as tendonitis.

Do you need to take any or all of these?  That depends on several factors including your goals, your financial situation, and your lifestyle.  I have used probiotics in the past, but do not use them anymore.  I also do not use cissus or Vitamins D3 or K2 MK7, but may consider the vitamins in the future.  BioClear is something I have found very beneficial in the past and I still use occasionally.  You may or may not find any of these products useful, I only present them as products I feel may be worth the money.  If you do decide to use  any of these do yourself a favor and purchase a high quality product and of course work with a qualified and skilled healthcare practitioner to ensure you are actually doing your body some good.


CLEAN YOUR MOUTH OUT

No, I'm not talking about the language you use.  I'm the last one to judge somebody else when it comes to that.  But I try to keep it clean on here for the kids.  What I'm talking about though is the importance of keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. 

Acupunturists talk about the meridians running through each tooth and how each tooth
corresponds to a different organ and if a tooth is in bad shape it is likely that the organ it corresponds to is unhealthy as well. 

And of course there has been much research into the link between dental health and the overall health of your body.  Here are a few research studies linking poor dental health with chronic low grade systemic cellular inflammation (that is something you REALLY want to avoid).

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I didn't bother to look but there are probably a thousand other studies out there with similar findings.  For those of you with ADD who didn't bother to read any of the studies, here's the quick version:

KEEP YOUR &^$#*$*^&#^# mouth clean. 

Floss your teeth every day.  The bacteria in your mouth usually need about 24 hours to 'set up shop' in between your teeth.  This leads to a low grade immune system response which weakens your immune system (keeping it from fighting off other foreign substances in the body) and can eventually lead to decreased energy levels and rotting teeth.  Flossing every day breaks these bacteria up and prevents them from having a location within which to thrive.

Brushing your teeth is a good idea.  At least spend a few minutes brushing them two or three times a day.  I have an ionic toothbrush from Solaray.  They require no toothpase and are very effective at removing plaque from teeth.  Honestly, I wouldn't know what kind of toothpaste to recommend because I don't use any, but I'd say avoid fluoride toothpastes (If you eat correctly you should get anough fluoride from your diet; if not then add in some green tea) and any fluoride containing products.  You could always consider making your own toothpaste with calcium powder and silica.  Put a teaspoon or two of calcium in a small cup and then a very small amount of silica (just enough to turn the powder into a thick paste) and the mix them together.  I have used this mixture in the past and found it great for strengthening my teeth when they were soft.  

Use a good mouthwash.  You have bacteria in your mouth and they eat anything that is left behind in your mouth.  Hey, they want to survive too.  But when they eat, the metabolic byproducts cause bad breath and may promote tooth decay.  Rinsing with water after meals is a good idea, but make sure to use a peppermint or tea tree or olive leaf based (or anything with antibacterial properties) mouthwash a couple times each day.  Avoid products like Listerine and other commercial mouthwashes which can dry the mouth out and may promote poor dental health.   

Another good dental health practice is to use a tongue scraper.  Brushing your tongue will only spread around the bacteria that is present on it.  A tongue scraper will actually go so far as to remove this bacteria and get that white film off of your tongue while also keeping your breath smelling clean.

One last thing.  Your breath is a reflection of the internal state of your body.  If your breath constantly stinks you probably eat way too much fast food, cooked food, animal products, and you likely have a very heavy toxic load on your body.  All the breath fresheners in the world won't fix those problems.  Start drinking more water.  Eat less meat and less junk food and eat more leafy green vegetables or use a liquid chlorophyll supplement.  Clean your body up.


SUPERFOODS

Assuming you eat them RAW (ex. uncooked) the foods listed below are some of the healthiest foods on the planet for the human body.

Ionized Water
Fruits
Leafy Green Vegetables
Almonds
Macadamia Nuts
Walnuts
Apricot Kernels
Freshly Ground Flax Seeds
Freshly Ground Chia Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Hemp Seeds
Cacao
Honey
Leafy Herbs


SUPPLEMENTS FOR ATHLETES

Above I reviewed a few products that may be worth spending money on.  Everyone is looking for an edge and this is particularly true for athletes, but in truth there are no supplements (with possible exceptions of Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 MK7) that can improve on what your body alone is capable of doing.  (The products I reviewed in the article above were mostly for helping your body maximize its potential rather than improving it.)  When an athlete asks me what they need to be taking to get bigger, faster, stronger, or whatever, I typically respond with, "You need to be taking a lot of university level physiology courses."  Why?  Because when you understand how your body works you realize that it is smarter than you will ever comprehend with your rational mind.  It doesn't need any improvement; it only needs to have its potential realized.  Having said that, there are some products that are theoretically sound and have shown impressive real world results as well when it comes to improving athletic performance.  However, more and more medical doctors are using these products when treating their patients.  So if you are an MD reading this article I would suggest looking into the research regarding how the following products have been used successfuly in a medical context.  But again, even though these are naturally occuring substances, they may still have drug-like effects on the body.  And it is highly possible, perhaps even probable, that those who have found them beneficial would have had an even greater benefit from spending their resources on getting more out their body's own potential.  What are these products?  Read below to find out...

*Creatine Monohydrate
    
Creatine naturally occurs in muscles where it binds with a phosphate group.  When you engage in high intensity activity, the body breaks down this phosphate/creating bond and uses the phosphate group to produce Adenosine Triphosphate, which is the body's universal energy molecule.  Creating monohydrate supplements work by increasing the amount of creating in the muscle cells, thereby increasing the number of phosphate/creatine bonds.  This, in theory, would prolong the duration of high intensity work you are able to engage in before reaching a state of fatigue.  So instead of seeing a decrease in power two-thirds of the way through a 100 yard sprint you are now able to complete the entire distance at full intensity and likely recover faster.
    
Creatine is one of the most theoretically sound athletic supplements, but there have been mixed results in the real world.  Most trials have shown creatine supplementation to be beneficial, but the question is to what extent.  Some have seen phenomenal results while others have seen less impressive benefits.  If supplementing with creatine the only form I would consider is creatine monohydrate (as opposed to creatine ethyl ester for example).  It is also important to consume creatine with plenty of insulin releasing foods (ex. Branched Chain Amino Acids, Bananas, Honey, etc.) in order to drive it into the muslces.

*Beta Alanine

*Citrulline Malate
    
There is some evidence to suggest that Citrulline Malate may improve aerobic performance and may also boost recover from activity.  CM acts by increasing the rate of oxidative ATP production during activity.  ATP was discussed in the review of creatine.  However, creatine improves anaerobic ATP production, or ATP production without oxygen.  This would be most beneficial for sprinters, weight lifters, golfers, and anyone else who engages in short, high intensity activity.  Citrulline Malate, because it improves oxidative ATP production (ATP production with oxygen), would be most beneficial for endurance athletes and those who heavily tax their aerobic energy system on a regular basis. 

*Branched Chain Amino Acids
    
I'm a big fan of these personally.  Branched Chain Amino Acids are the amino acids (building blocks of protein) leucine, isoleucine, and valine.  Leucine appears to be the most important, as just a few grams has been shown to stimulate muscle protein synthesis to a significant degree.  During times of stress, injury, or exercise, the need for branched chain amino acids increases.  Studies have shown that these amino acids prevent muscle breakdown, are used for energy, promote recovery, increase work capacity, improve strength, improve lean body mass, and are used to produce the amino acid glutamine.
    Athletes and other highly active individuals may find BCAA supplementation beneficial.  The exact amount of BCAAs needed to notice a benefic is inconclusive and likely varies to a wide degree between individuals, but it is worth noting that many highly successful strength and conditioning coaches suggest 5-10 grams per day as a minimum, though some advocate significantly larger amounts depending on your goals.



12 INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN PERSONAL CARE AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS
This List Was Taken From the EuroMed Guide For Patients

1.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Myreth Sulfate (SMES)
2.  Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben
3.  Grapefruit Seed Extract
4.  Isopropyl Alcohol
5.  Mineral Oil
6.  Petrolatum
7.  Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
8.  Propylene Glycol (PG)
9.  Synthetic Colors
10  Synthetic Fragrance
11.  Diethanolamine (DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA), Triethanolamine (TEA)
12.  Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin