Jeffrey Smith on How to Avoid GMO Foods

 

Jeffrey Smith is THE world expert on GMOs and GMO awareness. He takes us on a tour of the food served at a buffet in a restaurant to teach us what to avoid when we eat out. Many of us often wonder about the quality of the ingredients used in our favorite restaurants. Are things really 100% organic? How can we tell what is what? Please stay tuned if you want to learn how to distinguish between organic or GMO foods.

We are what we eat. The central notion of making sure what goes into our bodies is seen as fuel and not as toxic foe is critical. In this day and age of GMOs and pesticides everywhere, we’ve got to really be careful and seek out clean sources of foods- especially fruits and vegetables.

Either buy organic or at least use a non-toxic vegetable wash that will clean some of the toxic chemicals off of your food. The problem is that many foods get toxins in systemically and, therefore, we take them in when we eat them. Here’s a list of the basic foods you MUST get organic.

 

GMO

DIRTY DOZEN FOODS

1) Meat
2) Milk
3) Coffee
4) Peaches
5) Apples
6) Sweet Bell Peppers
7) Celery
8) Strawberries
9) Lettuces
10) Grapes
11) Potatoes
12) Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

The Health Bridge – The Paleo Diet

 

In this episode  of The Health Bridge, Sara and Pedram talk about the Paleo diet.

 

Is it sensible to try to eat like our distant ancestors did over ten-thousand years ago? How is this diet different from all the other diet programs out there? Pedram and Sara address various concerns and misconceptions about the Paleo diet which has become very popular in recent years.

So what is Paleolithic nutrition really about? In a nutshell, the Paleo diet is based on what our prehistoric ancestors ate back in the day. By eliminating diary products, separated fats, and refined carbohydrates, we’ll be leaner and less likely to develop cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other dangerous health problems. Those who are Paleo follow an eating plan that is high-protein and high-fiber. They consume lots of lean meats, fish, leafy/green vegetables, and fresh fruits. Processed foods are definitely not allowed. Since our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, dairy and wheat products are also not allowed. No refined sugar, refined vegetable oils, and legumes.

Sounds like a lot of rules. Does this diet work?

Increasing evidence indicates that the inclusion of processed foods in the human diet can have adverse effects on health. To learn more, tune into The Health Bridge!

Paleo Diet

The Art of Zen Tea Ceremony – How Green Tea and Meditation Go Together

Ken Cohen sits with Pedram Shojai to show him how anyone can become a tea master.

Many of us drink tea for pleasure and comfort, but this beverage can actually provide more benefits than we may think.

People from all over the world have been drinking tea for centuries and we believe that this fact isn’t going to change anytime soon. Tea is so versatile. You can drink it hot to warm up your body during those cold winter nights. Throw in some ice and you have a cool, refreshing drink for the summer. There are more than 1,500 different types of tea (not including herbal teas), so there has to be a kind that’s right for YOU.

Research has focused mainly on the benefits of consuming green tea, because it is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks. Green tea is known to contain more antioxidants than other types of tea. In general, teas contain high concentrations of polyphenol, which may contribute to the prevention of cancer and heart diseases. Polyphenols are also found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and even in coffee, but tea takes the gold. Tea is especially rich in catechin, which is the most powerful out of all polyphenols. Green tea contains much more Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), a type of catechin, than any other kind of tea.

Not only can drinking tea bring a ton of health benefits, it can also aid in weight loss and increase metabolism. Unsweetened brewed green tea has zero calories. It’s an excellent alternative to coffee, juices and soda. People also drink tea to improve their moods and relax their minds. In the webisode above, QiGong Master Ken Cohen shares with us the Art of Zen Tea Ceremony. The tea brewing experience is definitely relaxing in itself. The flavorful aromas of tea can open your senses and that’s why tea goes hand in hand with meditation.

Green Tea

Real Health Care Reform Starts In Our Kitchens

According to Emory University, Americans eat fewer than 70% of their meals at home and less than a third of American families eat meals together more than twice a week. Many busy families opt for convenience and often times rely on factory-processed foods to get through the week without having to make multiple grocery trips. Combined with our nation’s history of support for fast food chains, it’s no wonder that obesity is an epidemic. [Read more...]

GMO Scandal: Why You Should Avoid Genetically Modified Food

Chances are you’ve been hearing about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) all over the health and wellness sphere. It’s a buzzing topic for so many reasons, but the main reason why we care so much is because we’ve been eating them… whether we like it or not.

In the United States, more than 70% of the food stocked on the shelves of supermarkets directly or indirectly contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients. There are eight GM food crops on the market. The five major varieties are soy, corn, canola, cotton, and sugar beets. These five all have bacterial genes inserted, which allow the plants to survive deadly doses of herbicide. Farmers end up using more herbicides and as a result, the food we consume has higher herbicide residues. About 68% of GM crops are herbicide tolerant! If that’s not scary enough- there is a gene inserted into GM corn and cotton that allows the insect-killing Bt-toxin to be secreted in every cell. About 19% of GM crops produce their own pesticide. [Read more...]

The “Healthy” Label Gives License to Overeat

Healthy Label

These days when we walk down the aisles of our local grocery store, we are bombarded with diet this and diet that.

You name it and there are low-fat versions of it. The truth is- any smart food company will create “healthy” alternatives to their original products to keep selling to us. But what they’re selling to us is an illusion that we’re eating healthier. Whether “healthy” is actually healthy is up for debate.  [Read more...]

Probiotics: Germs That Are Good For Your Health

These days we see “anti-bacterial” thrown on everything and we buy into this bacteria-free frenzy. But do all bacteria deserve a bad reputation?

A growing body of studies tells us that the answer to this question is NO. Bacteria are essential to the design of the body and basic human nutrition. Our gut is home to over 500 bacterial species. These beneficial microorganisms help prevent and alleviate many conditions, especially issues related to the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system. When we use antibiotics, we kill the bad along with the good. It is important to replace the destroyed good bacteria for a number of reasons. If our bacteria balance gets out of whack, we have a harder time suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria. People lacking certain beneficial bacteria in their digestive tracks will suffer from irritable bowels, bloating, and gas. Probiotics are living microorganisms that are similar to the beneficial ones that are naturally present in our gut. We can get probiotic microorganisms from consuming traditional foods, such as kefir, sauerkraut, miso and kimchi.
[Read more...]

The Unbelievable Benefits of Broccoli

A serving of broccoli a day keeps the doctor away.

We’ve all heard of the “an apple a day” idiom and there is truth to this saying. But what’s this whole broccoli business? Well, it turns out that broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables out there. Paul Talalay, director of the Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins, was the first to discover the cancer-fighting property of broccoli. Broccoli contains a special chemical, sulforaphane glucosinolate, which works as a catalyst to boost detoxification enzymes in the body. The enzymes then trigger a process of detoxification that lasts for at least 72 hours. This is significantly longer than the antioxidant actions of vitamin C, E, and beta carotene! Broccoli is also rich in indole-3-carbinol, which is another powerful antioxidant. And it doesn’t end here – broccoli can also help maintain a healthier nervous system, regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and boost weight-loss. Since the discovery of sulforaphane’s prevention powers in 1992, U.S. sales of broccoli have doubled. For those of us who want the benefits of this vegetable, but can’t stand the taste… try eating broccoli sprouts. Just one ounce of broccoli sprouts contains more sulforaphane than two pounds of broccoli. [Read more...]

Obesity as a Disease- let’s look at both sides of this debate

Recently the American Medical Association classified OBESITY as a disease. This has send ripples into our culture as the AMA has thrown the gauntlet and is forcing us to look at this issue.
We all know that obesity is a huge medical problem and leads to many life-threatening diseases which are costing us a fortune in healthcare expenses…but…is it a disease per se?
Let’s look at some arguments on both sides of this debate- [Read more...]

Cholesterol isn’t the bad guy, then WHO is? Heart Disease with Dr. Jonny Bowden

How much do you know about America’s leading cause of death?

I realized that I didn’t know too much besides the obvious- that heart disease is no good and that there are many preventive measures people can take. It’s hard to see heart disease as more than two words that connote something dreadful. The average person probably won’t take the time to understand and react until it’s too late. [Read more...]