This is an artificial sweetener marketed as “Nutra-Sweet” or “Equal.” It’s found in diet drinks, diet desserts, sugarless gum, and even some children’s vitamins! When the temperature of aspartame exceeds 86 degrees Fo , the wood alcohol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde and then formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. There are more complaints called into the FDA regarding artificial sweetener than any other additive. More than 5,000 products contain aspartame. Pregnant women, and children, absolutely should not ingest aspartame!
Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenated Fats
These are also known as “trans fats” and the body doesn’t recognize or process them correctly and thus; this toxic substance is stored in the tissue. Throw the margarine out and switch to organic butter used in moderation. Better yet, cook mostly with olive oil. Fats are necessary in our diet and we should not be afraid of some “wholesome” fats in our daily food intake... let’s just be educated about it!
So what’s wrong with dairy, you moan? Sorry, but there’s not much good to say about it, even that myth about being good for bones is being brought under question with research that showed young women who drank twice as much milk/day as the control group, had lesser bone density! The research funded by the dairy industry was scrapped but the researcher was confounded, so he looked deeper. It seems that dairy produces an acidic environment, and the body in its wisdom leeches calcium from the bones in an attempt to lower the acidity. So much for milk doing a body good!!
The White Stuff
Yes, you know what I’m talking about here… everyone’s favorite – sugar! Our bodies need it (as it does oils, but that’s in another section of this newsletter) as fuel to feed the ongoing fire of life’s process. The sugars in whole foods are balanced with the proper minerals, while refined sugar is not. It’s addictive and a serious source of disease and unhappiness. Now you already know that the synthetic substitutes are even worse, and honey in large amounts is not much better (sorry). Refined sugar, like dairy products, cause an acidic ph in the body which consumes minerals quickly, thus calcium is lost causing bone problems. The digestive system is weakened and food cannot be digested or assimilated properly, leading to blood-sugar imbalance and further craving. What’s a girl/boy to do? The best source of sweetness is a diet of whole veggies, chewed sufficiently to bring out their natural flavor and sweetness. Salty foods will also stimulate a craving for sweets, so be careful when ordering out! Try eating more sweet veggies: sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, beets. Use sprouts or sprouted products such as Essene bread (when you are not on the 21 day detox diet). Spirulina, chlorella and wild blue-green are highly effective in reducing sweet cravings.
Genetically Engineered Foods
Sixty to seventy percent of all non-organic supermarket food now test positive for the presence of genetically engineered ingredients. Mounting scientific evidence suggests that genetically engineered foods present serious hazards for human health and the environment. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the genetic aspect functions within the realm of the life essence, or Jing, of an organism. The Jing guides our growth and development and nurtures our spiritual awareness. Damage to the Jing of food from the hazardous effects of genetic engineering could cause dysfunction in its sphere of influence; vitality, fertility, immunity, higher awareness, and hormonal function. The FDA presently does NOT require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Wheat and the ‘Detox Diet’
OK, so what can be wrong with our staple food in the West? The fact is that we tend to eat far too much bread, and that most wheat flour is depleted of the wheat germ during processing. It is because it is a ‘processed’ food that there is also now a growing concern that many people have developed food sensitivity to wheat. At Wellness Within we ask that our future parents go on a detox diet the first month and this includes eliminating all breads, pastas, sugar, junk food, and dairy. It’s a version of the 21 day elimination diet to determine what foods a patient may or may not have sensitivities to. After the month is over we begin to add one food (except junk food) at a time back into the diet to see the body’s reaction. This is a very effective method, and it gives the body a great opportunity to self regulate its acid/alkaline balance along with a variety of other functions.
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