The crisis in Texas has been incredibly devastating to its residents. People are desperate and doing whatever they can to survive. Unfortunately, there have been multiple cases in which actions taken to stay warm, for example, have resulted in death.
The latest foods to find themselves portrayed as dietary “villains” are those that contain what are known as antinutrients. The word itself is almost enough to make any health-minded person run in the other direction avoid them at all costs. After all, by definition antinutrients are compounds found in plant and animal foods that inhibit our bodies’ ability to absorb these and other foods’ various nutrients.
If you choose a plant-based diet, it’s important to be very proactive about making sure you get these two key nutrients: vitamin D and calcium.
Our health is really our greatest wealth, but we have to be proactive to maintain our health. One way to be proactive about our health is to have our children learn very early on in their lives what they can do to be healthy. And a recent study provides some evidence which suggests that there is a connection between school gardens and children eating more vegetables. Getting kids outside and explaining to them why it’s so important to regularly eat natural, nutrient-dense foods that grow right out of the ground is an invaluable lesson that may serve them for a lifetime.
Now, if you really want to be proactive and tailor your diet to be as healthy as possible, check out this scientific report which suggests “the top five fruits to add to your diet.” These five fruits are particularly nutrient-rich and researchers ranked these fruits as “powerhouse fruits,” meaning “those most strongly associated with reducing the risk of chronic diseases.”
While public health measures and modern medicine have greatly reduced the incidence and mortality rates of TB, the disease still kills between 1.5 and 2 million people around the world ever year. To give you some perspective, this is about the same number of people who have died from Covid-19 disease over the past year.
If you are a regular reader of pH Labs blogs, you know that I firmly believe that nutritional balance and getting an adequate intake of essential nutrients, such as fats, vitamins and minerals, are absolutely key to our overall health and wellbeing. Nutrients are so vital that the difference between having enough of them or a lack of them can be a matter of life or death in some cases, and the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be exposing this truth.
It is true. We really don’t know what cards we will be dealt in life Take Luton Shelton, a professional soccer player from my home country Jamaica. Shelton recently died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was just 35-years-old. He is survived by his wife and three children.
The critical role that nutrition plays in staying healthy, including recovering from surgery, is well known. Vitamin C, for example, may be an important nutrient to speed up wound healing. But while medical specialties such as oncology, gastroenterology and pediatrics routinely include identifying and remedying nutritional deficiencies as part of their treatment plans, this has not always necessarily been the case with cardiac surgery.
Meat purists insist that the only way to really enjoy meat is to have it rare. Some go so far as to only eat it raw as carpaccio or tartare. They argue that anything else ruins the flavor and even reduces the nutritional value of the meat (which is not true – there is no nutritional difference between a steak that is cooked medium rare versus one that is well done). Some may also say it is just a matter of personal taste. The reality, however, is that eating raw or very undercooked meat carries significant health risks. And is being considered a beef “connoisseur” really worth getting sick or risk dying for?
I write a lot about cancer prevention and how adopting healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating a nutrient-dense diet and exercising regularly, may assist with this. I will revisit this with you as it pertains to pancreatic cancer, but after hearing about the death of Siegfried Fischbacher, I wanted to do some investigating to see if there is something new and perhaps widely unheard of about this type of cancer.
The brain is the most complex organ of the human body. Weighing three pounds, the brain has about 100 billion neurons (nerve cells). Without our brains, we could not walk, talk, eat, breathe, control our heart rate and so much more. I cannot express enough how important it is to be proactive about brain health. Some medical research suggests that we slowly start to lose some of our cognitive skills at the ripe old age of 27!
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