Last week we were talking to a friend of ours who said that her Sister in Law was struggling with a long term illness.
Which gave her food for thought.
The reason being that she was coming up to Retirement age, herself, and wanted to be as fit and healthy as possible to enjoy her retirement and not to struggle through, like her Sister in Law has to do.
She asked for some very simple guidance and pointers as to what she should think about and any books to read and so on. Nothing fancy or complicated just a “Starter Pack” of advice.
So, without any long explanations or scientific hullabaloo I jotted down the following list. In no specific order or priority, each being of value.
The main categories being Food, Drink and Supplements.
Have a read, and take on board what you will.
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- Cut out Sugar in all forms that you can, especially white / brown processed sugar.
- Get into the habit of glancing at labels of everything you buy to assess sugar content to prevent “hidden sugar” creeping into your diet.
- NEVER have any food or drink with the words “DIET”, “LITE” or “SUGAR FREE” in the titles. They are full of sugar chemical substitutes. Mainly Aspartame and Ace K and the like.
- NEVER use sweeteners to add to drinks. Aspartame and Ace K are chemical substitutes which are worse than sugar. If you must sweeten drinks then go for Xylotol or Stevia
- REFERENCE – “I Quit Sugar” by Sarah Wilson. 108 Sugar Free recipes plus an 8 week detox program and cookbook.
- Yeast in bread tends to encourage acidic conditions in your body which may promote yeast / skin infections. Avoid yeast products to feel less bloated.
- Gluten reactions from wheat tend to increase with age.
- Cut out as much as possible in all forms. Instead try Ryvitas and Gluten Free “Genius” bread from Tesco etc, flatbreads, crisp-breads – in fact any without yeast (again, read the labels).
- Wherever possible use ORGANIC produce and eat raw and / or unprocessed foods.
- Try a shift towards an Alkaline Diet.
- REFERENCE – “The Alkaline Cure – The Amazing 14 Day Diet and Eating Plan” by Dr Stephen Domenig
- REFERENCE – “The pH Miracle – Balance your Diet, Reclaim your Health “ by Dr Robert O. Young and Shelly Redford Young. A more scientific explanation of their journey from illness to good health through dietary change with c. 100 pages of Recipe Ideas.
- PROCESSED FOODS AND PRE – PREPARED MEALS – Eliminate as much as possible from your diet.
Try and eat as much raw and unprocessed food as you can. This does not mean endless salads.
REFERENCE – “Ani’s Raw Food Essentials “ by Ani Phyo . A comprehensive introduction to Raw Food outlining the wheres and whyfors of Raw Cuisine, packed full of recipe ideas.
REFERENCE – Follow Stephanie Jeffs at Exploreraw.com “The Go To Girl for Raw Food” or follow her on Facebook.
REFERENCE – “The Medicinal Chef” by Dale Pinnock . 80 Recipes categorised by Health Condition i.e. Skin Problems, Joint and Bone issues, Respiratory Problems,Immune System boosters etc.
Only drink ORGANIC milk to avoid any risk of hormone related residue particularly oestrogen and growth related hormones. Lots of Supermarkets sell it nowadays.
- Invest in a Juicer and Blender to make Juices and Smoothies.
- Make Juices on DAILY bases that are 80% Greens and 20% Fruit. Greens are chlorophyll rich and help to detox your body, build red blood cells and flood you with vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
- REFERENCE – “The Juice Master” – Jason Vale. More than 100 recipes for Juices and Smoothies, includes a 3 Day Detox program.
- REFERENCE – “The Funky Fresh Juice Book” – Jason Vale – more of the above
Avoid tap water as it is more likely to be acidic than alkaline plus will probably contain:
- unwanted chemicals such as chlorine, fluoride
- pesticide residue
- hormone residue (particularly oestrogen)
- heavy metals (aluminium, lead, mercury etc)
So, filter it, use bottled water or add a small amount of Bicarbonate of Soda or a squeeze of lemon as a stop gap measure to alkalise.
Try to drink a minimum of 3 litres per day to stay hydrated.
Need to be tailored to your particular circumstances. However, you should consider the following:
- Probiotic – for good gut health.
- Magnesium – essential for enzyme activity, calcium and potassium uptake, nerve transmission, bone formation and metabolism of carbs and minerals.
- Vitamin D3 and K2 – needed for Calcium and Phosphorus and is essential for strong bones, teeth and growth.
- CoEnzyme Q10 / Ubiquonol – used for energy production in every cell in your body. Helps to protect against cell damage from free radicals.
- Vitamin B Complex – Work together to promote healthy nerves. Skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle tone and cardiovascular function. Also protect against mental disorders, depression and anxiety.