Making the choice for life

EATING FOR LIFE: Some foods provide energy and vitality, others are inefficient and unhealthy.
EATING FOR LIFE: Some foods provide energy and vitality, others are inefficient and unhealthy. rez-art

A REALLY important part of treatment for any disease or illness is what we put into our body.

We know we are all going to die at some point, but there is no point in speeding up your time here or making it worse with poor health.

If you genuinely want the best health then as a starting point, follow these simple changes and just stick to them every single day:

Avoid alcohol. Alcohol is damaging to your body.

You don't need it. It doesn't make your life better. Your alcohol consumption is making your body very unwell.

In fact, alcohol consumption has been implicated in many, many health conditions and mortalities.

Stop smoking. It's revolting.

There is nothing smart or sexy about it.

Apart from the fact that it is slowly killing you, the smoker, it is doing the same to everyone else who has to smell your disgusting smoking smells.

Avoid eating foods which are known natural carcinogens - such as smoked, pickled or barbecued foods.

Also, avoid foods with known added carcinogens like artificial colours, nitrates and nitrites. Yep, that's your bacon, sausages and cured deli meats - get rid of them.

Deep fried foods are also out too.

Not only does deep frying food pretty much kill any nutritional content that may have been left in the food, it also exposes you to rancid oils, of which have been linked to many cancers.

If it is not natural food in its natural state - avoid it.

Leave all the processed food on the shelf at the shop or in the bain marie at the servo.

Processed food is a waste of space and often has very little nutritional value.

Refined carbohydrates such as cakes, pies, sausage rolls, soft drinks, chips and sugar are actually doing you more harm than good.

Apart from the damage these foods do to you, they also make you sluggish (as your body tries to eliminate them), and they don't provide you with sustained energy or health.

Your skin is your biggest organ. It covers your whole body and absorbs everything on it. So only use products on your skin that are safe for you to eat.

Check out the ingredient labels on your products and if you can't pronounce it, don't know what it is and you can't eat it, then throw is away.

Good old-fashioned coconut oil or shea butter in its raw form will serve you better.

So, what can I eat? I hear you say.

Fill your bellies with fresh, healthy foods - with fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds - of course, only the ones that haven't been sprayed with pesticides.

Oh, and don't forget to get stuck into mushrooms - particularly reiishi and shiitake mushrooms as these are fabulous at improving your immune system.

Consume foods that are high in fibre as these will promote transit through your intestinal system and flush out all the toxins in your body. High fibre foods also promote good gut health.

Where possible, stick to eating a predominately vegetarian diet as this can lighten the digestive process for the body.

You can include lean meat such as chicken and beef - just don't make it every meal.

What you put in your body will dictate your health. If you put high nutritional value foods in your body, your body has the nutrients it needs to perform its task.

If you put in low nutrient value foods, your body won't have nutrients to perform, you will get sick and die before your time.

So which life do you want - the healthy one or the sickly one?

It's a pretty easy choice.

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