Our ancestors had it right when they stressed the importance of variety in our diets and back then, you would likely find a range of colours on your dinner plate which represented a range of nutrients. But why do we really need variety? There are two main reasons:
Each whole food contains a different set of nutrients that our body needs.
Eating a variety of foods prevents the onset of food sensitivities and allergies and therefore paves the way for better absorption of each of the foods we consume.
Let me explain my second point. Each type of food calls upon a particular set of digestive enzymes to digest it. If those digestive enzymes are continually called upon and your digestive system is not strong (as is often the case these days), the particular digestive enzymes needed to digest your favourite food will wear out. It is no coincidence that the top allergens in North America are dairy and wheat – the two foods that we consume the most. Each time we eat wheat, in our breakfast (toast), lunch (sandwich) and dinner (pasta), we use the same digestive enzyme to break down the wheat. If we start to experience bloating or fatigue or maybe even acquire celiac disease, these are all signs that our digestive enzymes for wheat are not working properly. This is why digestive enzymes are being taken in supplement form, more and more often these days.
So, when you are preparing a meal for yourself or your family, you want to see a range of foods and a range of colours on the plate you prepare. Let me give you some examples of certain coloured foods and the aspects of health to which they contribute:
My children have had parasites get out of control a couple of times, usually following our fun vacations in Mexico. Each time, I have treated their parasites naturally and brought their systems back into balance. Recently, I was diagnosed with parasites that I determined had been plaguing me since 2006! These parasites had caused me to gain weight, experience fatigue and react to food like never before. Just last week, I got the parasites under control. I am so excited by how fantastic I feel that I decided to write about these nasty little organisms that can take over anyone’s body.
Parasites are “organisms that derive food, nutrition and shelter by living in or on another organism and do not contribute beneficially to that organism.” Pathology and Nutrition by Lileana Stadler Mitrea MD ND.
Allergies: Disease in Disguise by Carolee Bateson-Koch DC ND explains that probably no other factor has been so overlooked by doctors in North America than the incidence of parasites. The book states that parasitic infection causes toxicity, tissue damage and a weakened immune system.
The flu, originally called Influenza, has been attacking households for weeks now. Having successfully prevented and treated the flu within our family and with my clients, I felt it was time to spread the information to help others do the same! Below you will find 7 tips to avoiding the flu in your household this season.
How do you prevent the flu? The flu is a virus that enters the body through the mucus membranes in the nose, eyes or mouth. More than 200 different strains of viruses can cause colds or flu and strains of these viruses are constantly changing, so flu vaccines are not the most effective method for prevention. Not to mention the fact, that the flu vaccine contains thimerisol i.e., mercury as a preservative, which has numerous health implications. Better methods for prevention include: –