Rejuvenate Your Body

Healthy Food Choices

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There is an old saying, “you are what you eat”.

Your body uses what you put into it to renew itself.

Your body is designed to heal and rebuild all the cells within it, each few years. Some cells are replaced more frequently than others. Drinking enough clean water is important for all body functions. Healthy food choices contribute to optimum results. Fresh healthy food will be that which supplies high nutrition and very little body pollution. Pizza and hamburgers supply plenty of body pollution with very little useful nutrients! Pop is not clean water. Your washer has a rinse cycle using just water. What would cloths be like without that rinse cycle. Your body will enjoy a rinse cycle. Getting enough clean water in between meals will make a noticeable difference.

The best detox diet, is everyday consumption of fresh clean food and water. As opposed to off the shelf packaged food.
Healthy foods are generally those that require refrigeration and have potential to spoil.
Fresh produce as vegetables and fruit. Good clean water is important.
Frame of Mind

Supplement nutrients with fresh vegetable and fruit juices.

Fresh vegetable juice from a juicer or tablet or capsule vitamin supplements. minerals. Fresh vegetable juice contains live enzymes and nutrients in natures amounts, in a form that is immediately available to your system. There no substitute for the action this living form of supplement has for your body.
Exercise

 

You are mostly made of water. About 60 percent of your body is made up of water. All that water helps you to carry other nutrients around your body, controls the temperature of your body, and moves food down along your system and eventually come out of your body. You can get a lot of water by drinking it by itself, in drinks, or from food. Many fruits are more than 90 percent water.

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Healthy Start

    • Moderation

Rejuvenating the body can be likened to reversing some conditions in the body. These conditions include the buildup of waste left over from food. Over the years the body can be considered to be “getting dirty”. Some bodies will clean themselves better than others. Everyone is a little different and reacts differently to their environment. Everyone will benefit from steps to cleanse the body. Cleansing the body allows a buildup of fat and other debris (toxins?) to be eliminated. Some discomfort may arise from this. Taking it slow will be comfortable and prone to something you stick with. It’s better to be slow and consistent!

    • Consistent

Slow but sure! Since rejuvenating your body can take years, this is a lifestyle. Get used to the idea that food needn’t be such a thrill. I here “That type of food sounds too boring”. I say, I’m not this easily amused. I get my kicks in other ways. I would rather grow old gracefully and healthy! Over eating is as bad as or worse than what you eat. The idea here isn’t that you can’t join the crow at an occasional dinner with whatever is on the menu, it’s that your overall food intake on a daily basis come from fresh produce and natural foods.

I’m a big believer in moderation when it comes to altering your lifestyle. You don’t want to lose more than 1/2 lb to 1 lb per week. Preferably have weeks with less loss. Ideally a lifestyle change will allow a slow but steady step into the right direction. People who try too much too fast tend to overdo and risk not getting enough nutrients or too much elimination all at once of un-wanted fat and stored toxins.

    • Walking is good exercise!

Part of growing old is growing out of shape. Walking will help you stay in shape in a nice low-impact way. Walk regularly and feel a spring in your step. Walking is good exercise to lose weight.

    • Enough Clean Water

6 to 8 8oz glasses of water daily minimum. If once a week, you were to take a day and drink half a gallon of distilled water over several hours without food, you will feel and see results. It gives your body a time to clean more efficiently.

    • Plenty of clean water. Did I mention this already? Ok, it’s that important!

Substitute water for pop or whatever non-water drink you frequent. It’ make a big difference over time.

Electric juicer with vegetables.

About Vegetable Juice

Fresh vegetable juice each day takes time to prepare. 20 minutes of my day; to wash, prep, and juice; then cleanup.

I suggest you start with a low cost juicer. I bought a JuiceMan Jr at Target for $60 and with care it’s lasted several years now. I also have a hand driven extractor which I paid $80. Both work well. The hand driven extractor is quiet and produces more juice.

My local grocery has a decent selection of organic vegetables.

I always mix some color with the greens.

    Typical vegetables selection for my juicer

  • 5 or 6 carrots with tops
  • small handful of parsley – about 10 shoots
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 2 collard green leaves with stem

That’s about 2 8 oz glasses of juice, and is an example for 1 day.

I usually make my juice in the morning depending on my day. I drink a few glasses of water with the juice because I believe it gives better results. You have to urinate more frequently which is not always convenient. So, many days I juice for dinner at the end of the day. And some days I kip it. It should be a life style, juice is a food supplement. Better to keep it simple and easy, something you can continue without growing tired of it.

Manual-Juicer
Manual juicer is better with expensive vegetables and fruits, as you get much more juice and less waste.
A favorite with the manual juicer is start with 2/3 glass water, fill the rest with fresh grape juice from the manual juicer. I like using red grapes. Any fresh fruit produces good tasting juice. To the left is a Tribest hand juicer.

Natural Foods

Getting enough clean water and supplementing your nutrient intake with fresh vegetable juice results in giving your body a rest and chance to catch-up with cleansing.

If you are driven and want to truly allow your body to rejuvenate, you will need to migrate towards living off natural and fresh food sources. Though vegetable juice is providing nutrients, eating salad based meals is very beneficial. You get the fiber, and roughage. I like to put a can of kidney beans on salad for fiber, protein and change. Protein is something I make certain to get enough of and it’s easy from natural food sources (after that stake is cooked, the protein isn’t too useful in your body anymore).

Heating food above 116 degrees F is believed to destroy enzymes in food that can assist in the digestion and absorption of food. Cooking is also thought to diminish the nutritional value and “life force” of food.

Protein Rich Foods

Foods that contain good protein

Yogurt with active culture
Seeds and Nuts

You should be taking some seeds each day for the oils and the protein. Grind sesame seeds with flax in a coffee grinder. Mix in some nutritional RedStar yeast, and you have lots of protein and b vitamins, along with the good fatty acids.

A few table spoons daily is adequate, and your fresh vegetable juice, provides more nutrition to your body than any other natural food sources.
Fresh vegetable juice contains protein – amounts will vary with vegetable selection.
Kidney Beans, Black Beans
They go good with salads and other natural food source meals and provide plenty of protein and fiber.
Soy Sources – There is debate going each way on how good soy based protein is. My stance is to include small amounts of protein from all food sources in my weekly diet. Mix it up. Don’t settle on a small group. A variety will provide a wider range of amino acids and other nutrients. Everything in moderation, and good variety to insure complete protein.
Sea Weed Sources –

Spirulana, Chollera, Kelp to name a few. These are very complete and potent proteins and should be included in your natural foods list. I stir the powdered form into a small amount of water and let my juicer top it off with fresh vegetable juice. Chase it with a tablespoon of evening primrose oil and your ground seeds.
Some Meat – Yes, when I go out to a restaurant, I’ll order a salmon dinner. It’s good for you. More than anything, I’d say a little red meat now and then is fine. The objective here is to primarily live off salad based and natural foods. A steak now and then isn’t going to matter. The idea here is the steak isn’t all that nutritious and isn’t passed through your body as easily as the salad type foods.
Try not to have too much bread. Mixed whole grain breads are best, in moderation.
Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast contains 18 amino acids (forming the complete protein) and 15 minerals. Being rich in the B-complex vitamins, it is vital in many ways and particularly good for stress reduction. The B-complex vitamins help make nutritional yeast such a valuable supplement, especially to the vegetarian. It is one of the rare vegetarian sources of B12. One element of yeast is the trace mineral chromium, also known as the Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF). This is necessary to regulate blood sugar and is important for diabetics and people with a tendency toward low blood sugar.

I buy Nutritional RedStar Yeast, not brewer’s yeast. It is readily available, inexpensive and easy to take. I mix it with my ground seeds.

Nutritional yeast is grown on mineral enriched molasses and used as a food supplement. At the end of the growth period, the culture is pasteurized to kill the yeast. You never want to use a live yeast (i.e. baking yeast) as a food supplement because the live yeast continues to grow in the intestine and actually uses up the vitamin B in the body instead of replenishing the supply. (Brewer’s yeast is nutritionally the same but as a by-product of the beer-brewing industry it has a characteristic bitter hops flavor.)

Seeds And Nuts

Flax Seed: Abundant source of Omega 3 fatty acids, important for strengthening the heart and arterial walls, lowering cholesterol, reducing high blood pressure, diminishing insulin requirement acuity, brain development, adrenal function and sperm formulation. Flax Seed is the richest known source of lignans, a constituent of fiber that promotes anti-tumor, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant effects in the body.

Pumpkin Seed: An excellent fiber source high in phosphorous, iron, calcium, vitamin A, folic acid, niacin and essential fatty acids.

Sunflower Seed: Native to North America, the Sunflower was first grown and used by the American Indians. Sunflower Seeds have an impressive nutrient profile, containing significant amounts of calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. In addition, they are an excellent source of protein, the B vitamins, carotenoids and Omega 6 essential fatty acids. Most notably, Sunflower Seeds are higher in dietary fiber than all other seeds and nuts.

Sesame Seed: High in protein, niacin, calcium, copper, iron and magnesium – Sesame Seeds also contain unsaturated fat and dietary fiber.

Yogurt with active culture

Some yogurt manufacturers pasteurize their yogurt products, while others do not. Although the aim of pasteurization is to kill any harmful bacteria, it also kills the beneficial lactic acid bacteria in the yogurt, substantially reducing its health benefits. Therefore, to fully enjoy the benefits of yogurt, look for those that feature “live active cultures” or “living yogurt cultures” on the label.

Yogurt is a very good source of iodine, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin B2. It is also a good source of protein, vitamin B12, potassium, molybdenum, zinc and pantothenic acid.