Why Eat Healthy Foods? Your Help is Needed

When I’m asked “Why eat healthy foods?” I have to reply, “We need to save this planet.” The oxygen level on our planet is decreasing while toxic chemical air increases.

When you select organic or sustainably grown foods, you are helping to create a healthier planet and you may become healthier as well.

How Sustainable Farming Provides more Oxygen

We have a valid exchange between plants and animals – man included. Plants provide oxygen and require carbon dioxide to survive. We provide carbon dioxide and require oxygen to live.

If you have ever been close to an aerial spraying of pesticides designed to kill insects, you will have a good idea how it decreases the oxygen content in the air and kills life. There have been such spraying in California over the last 20 years for one reason or another. People have gotten sick from them.

“Over 98% of sprayed insecticides and 95% of herbicides reach a destination other than their target species, including nontarget species, air, water, bottom sediments, and food.” Reference: wikipedia.com “Miller GT (2004), Sustaining the Earth, 6th edition.”

Hazards of Altered Food Products

Today we have genetically modified foods that are hidden from the consumers. I just read today in my World-Wire Newsletter that a petition has been filed requesting the FDA to take specific actions and ban hormonal meats:

“Of particular concern are the increased risks of hormonal cancers since 1975: breast by 23%, prostate by 60%, and testes by 60%,”

You can read the full story at world-wire.com:

“A Ban on Hormonal Meat is Three Decades Overdue””CHICAGO, IL, February 2, 2010 –/WORLD-WIRE/– On January 29, 2010, with three other scientific experts, Samuel S. Epstein, MD, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, filed a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Petition seeking an urgent ban on hormonal meat, as it poses unrecognized risks of hormonal cancers.”

I usually do not focus my articles on such negative information but I see that this information has been hidden for 30 years and I feel it is something you need to be aware of.

We are now struggling to hold onto our basic farming principles. Our small farmers need all the support they can get. If you have a local farmers market, make a weekly visit for your share of truly wholesome foods.

Points to Consider When Buying Food

How is the food grown – avoid synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. These do not promote a healthy living environment. Instead they pollute the air and water reducing healthy life on our planet. As an alternative, locate sustainably or organically grown foods and support healthy microorganisms in the soil, cleaner air and water.

Selecting animal foods – avoid factory farm raised animals. These farms raise and slaughter animals in an inhumane way. When you ignore their procedures and eat their meats anyway, you are supporting them and they will not change. Instead, they grow and we become as unhealthy as their ill treated animals.

A better way… look for free-range animals that are allowed to live normal lives. One example of such a farm is the Lindner Bison Ranch in California. I am inspired by their love for their animals while they provide an ethical example for other food animal farms.

Our Small Farmers Need Support

As profits became more important than health of the consumers, we began losing our foothold on good farming practices. The chemical industries saw opportunity in agricultural and began selling their wares to farmers here in the United States at the end of World War II. Those that bought, changed their ethical farming practices and provided less than wholesome foods.

Acai Berries – The “Super Foods” and Weight Loss

Acai (ah-sigh-ee), is a very common, tall, slender palm tree in this important palm family which grows 15 to 25 m in height. The average mature wild tree has 4-8 well-developed stems (10-15 cm in diameter) from a single seed and root system, berry tree which grows in and around the Amazon rainforests. Acai is actually a berry that is the fruit of the acai palm. An acai barry is about as big as a medium sized grape and usually is either dark red or deep purple in color. Acai is rich in fiber that can help you achieve better digestion. Your body waste would be taken out of your system.

Acai berries are a special food because they are so nutritionally complete. You can take tons of other supplements in order to get the same amount of nutrients from just one dose of this little fruit. Acai berries contain the mineral potassium which is a crucial mineral for the heart. Acai is particularly rich in fatty acids, feeling oily to the touch. It is also rich in high levels of monounsaturated fatty oleic acid (56.2% of total fats). It is a rich source of important nutrients for optimum health and vitality. These essential fatty acids help reduce cholesterol, improve your mood, and can help make you smarter, when combined with omega 3 fish oils help all your hormones, insulin receptors and neurotransmitters function more effectively. It also helps lower insulin levels and reduce inflammation.

Acai contains anthocyanins which are a family of antioxidants that fight and neutralize the effects free radicals can have on the body. Acai contains concentrated amounts of the antioxidants which providing an extra helping of the free radical fighting power. This is mainly thanks to the high antioxidant levels found within the berry’s pulp, which are natural remedies against the evils of free radicals. Since free radicals promote disease, cell destruction, aging, and similar effects, antioxidants provide a very important service by fighting against free radicals. Think of free radicals as individuals with too much energy and no where to put it, so they are extremely active and attack everything in their path. In our bodies, this translates to the damage of cells and genetic material. Acai has high ORAC (oxygen-radical absorbance capacity) value – twice that of blueberries. Acai could be considered the berry of choice for good health. * *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Acai is known to work on over 98% of the people who are trying it. Acai is also rich in iron and is a great help for people who suffer from digestive malfunctions. Acai barry has been classed as one of the worlds number one ‘super foods’, meaning that it falls into a category that only the most nutrition-filled fruit and vegetables reach. Acai is Load with Vitamins and Minerals, Proteins, Amino acids, essential Omegas, and fibers ascribed to it. It is a rich source of important nutrients for optimum health and vitality. Acai has 10 times the antioxidant power of red grapes and 100% more than that of blueberries.

Acai berry research also found that it increased the antioxidant power of human blood up to twenty five percent. According to the president of the Baseline of Health Foundation, Joe Barron who is a leader in the field of nutrition and health, Acai berry with it powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins, improves circulation, prevents atherosclerosis and blood clots and combats cancer.

Acai is all over the media. This little berry out of the Amazon rainforest is packed with benefits. Weight loss was the focus of Oprah’s discussion on this topic, and as we all know if there is anything that is close to the heart of most of the population in the western world, it is weight loss. Acai Berry Diet has innumerable benefits; the weight loss benefits of Acai Barry are just a nice side effect. Weight loss programs or weight loss pills make a huge amount of money, that’s why they constantly show up in the modern world. Everyone is conscious about the way they look and their weight.

Acai is widely used in energy drinks, ice cream, energy bars with granola, and now it is in it’s best form a powder extract and capsules that is more powerful and yet convenient to take. Acai is now becoming the berry of choice amongst the celeb elite! We cannot get the original berry in the United States because the berries break down nutrient content too quickly. In order to obtain a healthy Acai, the most important is the quickness in the time between the harvest and the processing.