Metabolic Typing

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What is “Metabolic Typing”?

Honestly, this is just a fancy way of categorizing the way we eat.  Ever wonder why there seems to be so many different diets out there that people SWEAR by.  There are vegans.  There are paleo people.  There are starch eaters.  There are low-carbers.  They all think that their way is best.  Are they all right?  Are they all wrong?  What is going on here?  Enter Metabolic Typing.

METABOLIC TYPING:  In my own words, metabolic typing is a dietary theory that leaves room for differences in genetics, ancestry, climate, age, and location.  We come from different areas of the planet.  Our ancestors ate different things.  Humans have traveled the world and filled the globe.  We are all human, yes?  Yes, but we all come from different places.  We are in different phases of life and do different activities.  Trying to fit EVERYBODY into the same box just seems a little arrogant and crazy right?  Ultimately, there are infinite numbers of metabolic types because we are ALL different and unique.  For the sake of sanity, most people break down the types into three main categories.  Let’s take a quick peak and give a few tips on how to succeed as each one.  Keep in mind that your metabolic type can and often does change with the seasons, age, activity levels, and so forth.  Listening to your body and eating real food is always a good guide.

PROTEIN TYPE:  This is the realm of the “modern paleo” diet trend.  Lot’s of meat and fat.  Regardless of what vegetarians or “vegans” tell you, some of our genes require meat and fat to do well.  How much?  It depends on the person.  Protein types are usually people who feel best having some sort of animal protein a few times a day.  They usually crave dark meat, rich meats, eggs, butter, fat, full fat cheese, etc.  Nuts are often sought after as a snack.  This person is usually inclined towards strength-training and doesn’t do quite as well with cardio exercise.  They need a bit more sleep than most to feel good.  What gets this type into trouble?  Overeating.  Especially on crappy food.  These include all pasteurized dairy products, grilled or heavy cooked protein foods, fried eggs, too much bacon or preserved meats, roasted nuts, etc.  How to balance this type?  Focus on QUALITY over QUANTITY first.  Get yourself good quality, grass-fed meats, fish, fats, and eggs.  If you kilter towards animal foods, go with raw cod liver oil, raw butter, raw or lightly cooked eggs, rare fish and other meats, bone marrow, etc.  If you kilter towards plant foods (most don’t), go for the avocados, olives, coconuts, raw nuts, etc.  Another pitfall for this type is eating too many carbs or sugar.  They will usually crash if eating a lot of sugar by itself.  An example would be drinking a LARGE glass of orange juice first thing in the morning without anything else in your stomach.  People naturally slide more towards the protein type on the scale in the winter months.

MIXED TYPE:  Ah, the mixed type.  These are the “middle-of-the-road” people.  They are usually the least picky of eaters.  They can get by on pretty much everything as long as it is fresh, real food.  Cravings will shift often.  Sometimes we want some juicy rare lamb.  Sometimes we want a big bowl of vegetables or some fresh juice.  Maybe I didn’t want any fat for lunch, but boy does it sound good at dinnertime.  Mixed types are exactly how we sound.  Everything in moderation right?  The best foods for you?  Fresh fruits and vegetables as they feel right.  Some fresh juice in the morning maybe.  Moderate amounts of animal foods.  You may find a super heavy breakfast will weigh you down.  For example, a mixed type usually will do better with a lighter breakfast, as opposed to a big plate of eggs and sausage links.  The mix between preferences for animal and plant foods usually is mixed as well.  Sometimes animal fat does the trick.  Sometimes plant fat hits the spot.  Keep a wide variety of foods around and choose what feels best at the time.  This type usually likes some bodyweight exercise as well as cardio.  Problems?  It is easy to go off-balance.  Sometimes we eat too much protein and fat and get bogged down.  Sometimes we eat like the carb type and get jittery or anxious.  This all has to do with learning your own bodies preferences.  As usual, things change with the seasons and activity levels.

CARB TYPE:  The carb type eh?  This is usually where vegetarians lie on the scale.  Personally, I believe that most people need SOME high-quality animal products to be healthy long-term.  There are few people who do well in a cold climate on a carb diet.  My guess?  Most CARBS and heavy sugar fruits grow in tropical climates.  Some of us evolved in those regions.  Others evolved in colder regions.  So what are the characteristics of the carb-type?  A little hyper.  Quick to move.  Quick to think.  Usually favors cardio exercise.  These people often get cold easily in the winter, but LOVE the summer months.  Sometimes they are mixed types in disguise.  (If I eat a ton of sugar I will be very FAST for a while also.)  The difference?  This type of thing sustains the carb-type during the day.  What are the best foods for carb types?  Primarily fruits and vegetables.  Relatively little meat and fat here.  These types usually prefer plant sources for the bulk of their protein and fat.  Maybe a few eggs or some white fish or chicken here and there.  An example of a BAD meal for the carb-type would be a giant breakfast with a lot of rich meat, butter, bacon, or fatty fish.  Being a carb-type is NOT an excuse to go eat a bunch of “junk-food.”  Just as the protein type has to be wary of bad fats and overcooked proteins, the carb-type needs to watch it with the processed starches and sugars.  Things like potato and corn chips.  Granola.  Cereals.  Sweets.  “Healthy junk.”  Gluten, processed foods, and sugar are best avoided by everyone.

So those are the types guys and girls.  As a general guideline, you will slide more towards a protein type in the winter and when you are doing strength training, or are under stress.  You will usually slide towards the carb type in the summer months, doing a lot of mental-activity, and doing more cardio exercise.  Don’t “LOCK” yourself into any one category.  We change just as the seasons change.  Let your body be your guide.  Metabolic typing can be a good system to help you figure out where you are on the scale and adjust accordingly.  Happy hunting =)


-JOE

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INDIGESTION?

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What about INDIGESTION?  Does it happen to everybody?  Do we even know what it means?  Maybe it is something most of us experience, yet view as a normal part of life.  Does it sound normal to you?  INDIGESTION?

I would wager to say that it is NOT normal.  It is not something to be experienced on a night out with the guys or date night with the girls.  What does indigestion really mean?  Well, it means what it sounds like.  Your digestion is not properly digesting, assimilating, and eliminating your food.  We can run into trouble at every step, but it really is all the same.  Where your system is weakest is where the chain will tend to break down.  So what is going on here?  Why do we “in-digest” and how can we fix it the natural way?

CAUSES:  We need to look at the causes of indigestion first.  Most of these aren’t too hard to guess on, but some are a little harder to avoid than others.  FOOD is obviously the primary culprit here.  Simple put?  WE EAT THINGS WE WEREN’T DESIGNED TO EAT!  So that puts us at a disadvantage already.  What are the worst offenders?  As usual; gluten, pasteurized dairy, processed foods, sugars, most quick-prep grains, overcooked food, “instant-food,” etc.  Surprisingly, high-fiber vegetables and fruit can be offensive as well.  Eating large amounts of high-cellulose salads, raw veggies, and unripe fruit can cause problems for people as well.  Add on to this the sheer BULK of food we eat at one time.  We often eat gigantic portions of food.  Usually we eat them in horrible combinations as well.  Do we really think a burger, fruit salad, french fries with cheese, and a large coke is a good thing?  You can add stress to the list of causes as well.  Eating while anxious, stressed, in a hurry, or emotional can all cause indigestion.  So what can we realistically do about all of this?  There are a few simple remedies that will keep indigestion at bay and keep you free from OTC medications.

DIET:  As usual, the diet is the biggest factor for most of us.  Cut out the offensive foods.  Eat smaller portions more frequently.  If roughage veggies and fruits bother you; don’t eat too much of them.  Juicers and blenders are great here as well.  Try to follow good food combining.  This is a post in itself (maybe tomorrow), but there are some easy things to remember.  Eat fruit alone on an empty stomach.  Fruit digests quick and will ferment and produce gas if it is eaten after a major meal.  Don’t mix heavy starches and proteins together at the same meal.  Unfortunately this cuts out most people’s favorites.  Mashed potatoes and steak.  Burgers and fries.  Pizza.  The list goes on.  Those are the biggies.

STRESS:  Figure out where your stress is coming from and try to eliminate it.  Don’t watch upsetting news or stimulating movies while eating.  Don’t argue with your spouse or children.  Try to create relaxed mealtimes.  Having family time and blessing your food is a great habit to get into.  If possible, don’t rush yourself.  How are you supposed to digest anything well when you are already somewhere else in your mind?  Plan ahead, cook in bulk, etc.  Do what you need to do to be able to have relaxed, pleasant mealtimes.

CLEANSE:  For most of us; some form of cleansing will be necessary to completely fix the problem.  Why is the diet not good enough?  Maybe it is.  Maybe it isn’t.  How clean are you willing to go?  The problem is that most of us have YEARS of bad habits behind us.  Think of adding up all the cereals, the cheese, the bread and pasta, the pizza, etc.  You get the idea.  So you end up with a big job on your hands.  Cleansing can speed up the process for most of us.  Simple things like herbs can really help.

So there you have it.  INDIGESTION.  As usual, eliminating the causes is the most important step.  The body will always heal itself when given the opportunity =)

-JOE

STEP by STEP

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The principle of going step by step is so important in health.  We often forget how important it is.  Health and well-being are journeys, not destinations.  If we truly want successful and positive changes to occur, it is a good idea to remember this principle.  Changing over to a healthy program or routine may not be the best idea.  Our bodies fall into their routines and habits just as we do.  This is true even when the habits aren’t so great.  Look at smoking.  Chain smoking for 10 years and then quitting cold turkey may be dangerous.  Going from a terrible diet to a fasted juice cleanse may be dangerous as well.  We need to give our bodies a little bit of time to adjust to our improved lifestyles.  So how do we do this?  The hardest step if probably the first step.

1. INVENTORY:  Take inventory of where you are at currently.  This is usually hard to do, especially if we don’t like what we see.  To make true forward progress though, we need to be honest with ourselves and our abilities.  This may include listing your perceived current level of health, fitness, weight, emotional stability, diet, and lifestyle.

2. GOALS:  Create some REALISTIC goals.  A lot of us create goals that are unrealistic for the time we want to achieve them.  This often leads to abandoned goals.  Small changes do add up.  Maybe you just cut pasteurized dairy products out of your diet.  Maybe you cut out gluten.  Maybe you add juicing into your routine.  Maybe you commit to walking every day.  Think about things you can stick to.  Don’t try to do too much and then fall off the wagon

3. ADAPT:  Give your body and mind time to adapt to the changes.  Try adding in a thing or two at a time and see what happens.  You may feel better immediately.  With other things, it may take more time.  Let your body reach a new state of homeostasis before jumping in the deep end again.

4. LISTEN:  Listen to the signs your body gives you.  Maybe these signs are increased energy.  Maybe they are cravings for a new food.  Maybe they are signs to slow down.  All of these are important to listen to.

Health is a lifestyle guys.  There are no “crash-diets,” “6 week training courses,” or whatever else that promises good results in a short period of time.  The ultimate problem is that our LIFESTYLE is the problem.  That is the root cause.  Let’s fix it step by step.

-JOE

 

CONSTIPATION?!

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Constipation.  The topic that seems to plague many American’s but nobody wants to talk about.  I wouldn’t want to talk about it either.  But the statistics don’t lie.  We use up a hefty portion of our paychecks every year on laxatives, herbal teas, and other “remedies” to help move things along.  What is going on here?  Our systems don’t really like to be irritated by these things all the time.  Admittedly, going to the bathroom is of utmost importance.  So what do we do about this problem?  Most people deal with this at one point or another during life.  It is probably one of the first things to address when dealing with health challenges.  If you can’t get stuff out; you have a PROBLEM!  You should be using the bathroom regularly.  Wild animals don’t have any problem accomplishing this feat, so why do we?  First we will look at some common CAUSES for these problems and them some short and long-term solutions to the issue.

CAUSES:  Poor diet and emotional stress are the two biggest factors here.  We simply don’t eat anywhere near what we were designed to eat most of the time.  Packaged foods.  Pasteurized cheeses. Bread.  Sugar.  Improperly prepared grains.  These are not things our systems are designed to take in.  Couple this with emotional issues.  We need to be somewhat relaxed to digest our food effectively.  This cannot be accomplished watching stimulating television, arguing with people we love, or driving in rush hour traffic.  When we are stressed, we are in protection mode.  Protection mode is the opposite of growth mode.  Growth, healing, digestion, repair, etc.  Years of dietary and emotional abuse to the system leads it to become very sluggish.  It needs a tune up.  Let’s look at a few ways to do this.

LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS:  I am putting this before short-term solutions because I think it is far more important.  There is always room for an emergency “toolkit” or for situations that we screwed up on our diet, etc.  Long-term problem resolution is the goal here.  So what to do?  Most of us have somewhat screwed up digestive/elimination systems from years of eating junk food and stressing out.  Our other organs of elimination are often gunked up as well.  One thing I have learned is that bad food stresses out ALL the organ systems.  The liver is one of the most important here.  The liver helps digest fat.  GOOD FAT!  If we ate good fat all of the time then this problem would not be so prevalent.  With bad fats our livers get clogged up over time.  We then can’t produce very much bile in our intestines.  Bile helps us digest fat and moves our bowels.  It’s a vicious cycle.  What are the bad fats to avoid?  Pasteurized dairy products, anything fried, high-heated vegetable oils, high-heated meats/eggs, roasted nuts, etc.  What about the good guys?  Fat is not to be demonized either.  Humans have consumed healthy fats for a very long time.  In fact, fat can be very essential to your health.  Fats to CONSUME from the vegetable kingdom would include raw olives/olive oil, avocados, raw coconut/olive oil, maybe a little unheated sesame oil, and raw soaked nuts/seeds.  I would use caution with the nuts as they can cause some people digestive distress.  Fats to CONSUME from the animal kingdom would include raw or lightly cooked egg yolks, raw butter, bone marrow, certain organ meats, organic meat that is lightly cooked, etc.  You have to be careful with fat.  In general, the more lightly cooked or unheated it is; the better it will process in your body.  Stopping the process of taxing our livers is a KEY to fixing constipation.  Kidneys are similar.  They help with protein.  Again; focus on lightly cooked, easily digestible proteins here.  Especially avoid any fried, heavy meats.  Things like really well-done steak, fried chicken-wings, etc.  Round out the rest of your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables primarily.  Grains/beans are somewhat harder to digest.  You may find it easier to heal without them initially.  I would eat some fiber, but go easy with it.  Munching on raw salad and carrots all day will probably not fix your problem.  Add in probiotic fermented foods to help digestion as well.  As far as emotional stress goes; there are really three main things to do.  AVOID IT, REFRAME IT, OR SOLVE IT.  If watching the news or driving in traffic stresses you out; don’t do it after eating if possible.  You may also choose to fix conflicts in relationships instead of letting them fester.  Take time to realize when you are stressed and solve the problems.

CLEANSING: This probably going to be required if you have been eating junk-food for a good portion of your life.  Things like liver, colon, and kidney cleansing.  Eating a healthy diet is a great start.  Sometimes our organs want a little more help.  But even the best cleansing will not help much without changing the diet and lifestyle.  Gentle cleansing is usually best as a long-term solution.  There are a great many herbs that slowly get the organs filtering and de-congested again.

SHORT-TERM:  All of us slip up from time to time.  Most people probably know short-term “solutions.”  I would advise against using harsh chemicals and drugs to accomplish this.  Herbs are great here.  Senna leaf tea will work well for most people.  Enemas or coffee enemas can help get things moving as well.  Generally speaking, I would avoid digestive enzymes on a regular basis.  In cases such as holidays, birthdays, or other events when you are eating and living in a “different” manner, it may be wise to take a few of these.  There are certain enzymes that help digest gluten/dairy so they aren’t as much of a burden on the system.  There are really endless short-term remedies out there.  Just don’t become dependent on them if you can avoid it.

These are the basics.  Ultimately, long-term diet and lifestyle modification is your best bet here.  Cleansing is a short-cut back to health.  Short-term solutions are great for emergencies but should not be relied upon on a regular basis.  Hope this got your brains moving guys =)

-Joe

 

“The CONVENIENCE FACTOR”

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The “Convenience factor huh?”  I really believe that there are only a handful of reasons that most of us choose bad habits.  Time, money, effort, convenience, fears, ignorance.  I think some of us play the ignorance card but that is becoming harder and harder to do with today’s culture.  So what about convenience?  I will admit that sometimes living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always convenient.  I have faith that things are improving though.  Grocery stores are popping up with more organic produce.  Farmers markets are booming.  Things are definitely moving in the right direction.  But what about the average person on the go?  Someone who doesn’t have time to cook and clean up all day.  I know making your own supplements and all is cheaper but that requires time and effort right?  Of course if you have the money you can always purchase your own but most of this stuff isn’t really too hard.  Here are a few tips to help save time and effort when it comes to achieving true health.

1.  Buy in bulk.  This saves money, time, and effort.  How can you lose?  Fruits and vegetables generally can’t be bought this was and are better off nabbed up from weekly farmers market or grocery store trips.  The best things to purchase in bulk would be healthy oils, raw nuts, grains/beans (for rare occasions/emergencies), eggs, and meats.  Most good farmers have options of buying 1/4, 1/2, or even whole animals to stock up on.  Think about purchasing a “chest freezer” to store all of this stuff in.  Healthy oils can be purchased large quantities as well.  With olive oil I would recommend getting smaller bottles as the oil is a lot more fragile and goes rancid quicker.  Coconut oil can be purchased in gallon jugs.

2. SNACKS.  This is the saver for a lot of people.  Healthy snacks are a must if you want to stay on track. We are all busy.  We are on the go.  Sometimes we are bound to be hungry while we are out and about or at work.  The easy route?  Candy bars, pop, junk beef jerky, roasted nuts, etc.  Please don’t fall on that wagon.  There are easy ways to eat healthy snacks at work and on the go as well.  If your work allows it, try to gain access to a “mini-fridge” you can place your own stuff in.  Keep some homemade stuff ready to snack on you can grab before heading out the door.  What are the best healthy snack-foods?  The options are only as limited as we are.  Good go to snacks would include any in-season fruit, soaked and dehydrated raw nuts, wild-caught seafood in cans, properly prepared olives, homemade jerky, high-quality protein powder, etc.  Don’t be afraid to bring glass Tupperware with leftover vegetables or last night’s dinner.  If you are really daring you can keep things like eggs or fish for sashimi.

3.  Cook in bulk.  Sometimes cooking is relaxing.  Sometimes we don’t want to do it.  An easy way to mitigate this?  Cook in bulk.  A lot of stuff doesn’t need cooking.  This includes fruits, most fats, and certain high-quality animal foods.  This is about the stuff that generally is better cooked.  Hardy vegetables, certain meats (poultry), etc.  The crock-pot is an amazing invention.  They are relatively inexpensive.  Get a large size.  These things can hold whole chickens and pounds of vegetables.  Literally all we have to do is throw the chicken in and quick-chop some veggies and boom.  Dinner is ready 6 hours later.  Try to eat a variety of vegetables.  A good idea is to make a large pot of steamed vegetables in the morning hours to use throughout the day.  These tips avoid a lot of unnecessary clean up by more-or-less cooking one large meal throughout the day.  Maybe this means using the same vegetables in an egg scramble in the morning and with baked salmon or lamb at night.

4.  Keep “fruit and root bowls.”  This step is simple.  Keep large bowls around the kitchen to store fruits and roots.  In the fruit bowl can go hardy fruits such as apples or pears.  In the root bowl can go all kinds of vegetables.  Onions, sweet potatoes, garlic, potatoes, etc.  Keeping these in bowls also helps save room in the fridge.

5.  Gadgets.  This is a section in itself, but keeping kitchen gadgets around can help a lot with time and convenience.  Things like food processors, blenders, juicers, good quality knives and cutting boards all come in handy.

6.  Try “kitchen medicine” and “super-foods” first.  Before you rush out and buy boatloads of supplements try to utilize things you can just include in your daily diet.  These include most kitchen herbs and super-foods.  You may find that you won’t need too many supplements after a while.

7.  FREEZE.  I would prepare most of your meals fresh.  However, who doesn’t like to just come home and throw something in a skillet sometimes?  Sometimes just having easy to prepare meals at home is all it takes to avoid some quick junk.  Take an hour or so and create a few complete meals to pre-freeze.  These could be just vegetable meals or vegetable/protein combos.  Just take them out, throw in the skillet, and reheat.  Easy.

8.  Implement healthy choices into your “lifestyle.”  These often revolve more around mental/emotional or spiritual patterns than food.  Get your sleep schedule down, get involved with a spiritual practice, watch funny movies or t.v. shows, etc.  When you are cooking, cleaning, or eating; try to spend time with your family or friends.  Meal times are natural times to work on our relationships.

9.  Don’t buy into the hype on exercise and gyms.  We truly do not need to purchase fancy gym memberships or exercise for hours daily in order to achieve our goals.  The shape of our bodies are primarily going to be shaped by the food that goes into our mouths.  Exercise is a stimulus.  Mild-exercise is the best thing for health.  Brisk-walking, light jogging, biking, swimming, kayaking, hiking, etc.  Light strength training is also excellent.  Bodyweight exercises are among the best.  Try to keep everything rounded.  We realistically do not need to sit on treadmills or elliptical machines for hours on end to achieve good results.  Some stretching, cardio, strength training, and meditation practices will keep you well-rounded.  

This all ties into priorities guys and girls.  Sometimes working on our health is not easy or convenient.  It depends on what we are willing to do to achieve our goals.  There is always a way to live a reasonably healthy-lifestyle while keeping up with our job, family, etc.  We usually just need to be creative and often use modern-technology to help us do it.

-Joe

 

 

Raw MEAT?

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Raw meat what?

Ok.  This gets a little graphic.  But is it really that graphic?  I am not here to advocate eating raw meat or try to persuade anybody of its pitfalls or benefits.  I would just like to bring up a few important things.

1.  All other carnivores eat their meat in a raw state.  This includes wild animals like lions and other cats, wolves, bears, birds of prey, and other carnivorous species.  They eat it fresh.  Many other species eat eggs as well.  Most likely in the raw form.  Now we are not carnivores.  We are omnivores.  I know some people will argue either way.  Vegans say we are ALL vegetable eaters.  Some people think we are ALL meat eaters.  Look at the history books guys.  We are omnivores.

2.  More and more studies are going to come out showing the dangers of high-heated and fried meats.  Personally, I think it is the fat mainly that is the problem.  Fried fat is just not made for the human organism.  Things like roasted nuts, pasteurized butters and cheeses, lunch meats, high-heated fried vegetable oils, etc.  

3.  For the pro-cooking side I would like to acknowledge that people in most cultures around the world cook some of their animal products.  I think the important thing to state here is HOW they achieve this.  Most cultures use ancient methods that lightly cook and soften otherwise tough meats usually without using direct heat.  Techniques like smoking, baking, clay pots, steaming, etc.  The meat is also not overcooked.  

What about the problems?  Well there is probably a reason that we don’t eat raw or rare meat too often in America.  Most of the animals people buy in supermarkets are sick and laced with God knows what.  Do you want to touch that raw?  I certainly don’t.  But what about some wild-caught salmon sashimi?  A raw egg in a smoothie?  Maybe some soft and tender rare lamb chops?  These are healthy foods for most people.  I believe that the more we figure out about health, the more we will come to accept these things as nourishing foods.  People in generations past did.  We will too one day. =)  I would love to hear opinions thoughts on the subject..

-Joe

KITCHEN MEDICINE?

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Ok, so we all know about medications, drugs, pills, etc.  You know, the NORMAL stuff?  What about what used to be normal?  The home remedies.  The folk medicine.  The things you could do for your family and friends from home without having to rely on other people dramatically overcharging for things.  This goes for some “natural” health companies as well.  It is a hard-line to draw.  But let’s keep it simple today.  What are some easy remedies from home we can use?  Let’s start with the basics.

FOOD:  Food and lifestyle truly are your best medicines.  This is mostly focused on food today, but you know all the rest.  Lots of sleep, mild exercise, clean air, clean water, sunshine, healthy emotions, etc.  Focus on a clean diet.  We get most of the vitamins and minerals we need from our food.  There are a few simple factors that determine what we get out of the food we eat.  Digestibility?  We must be able to digest our food if we are going to benefit from it and eliminate it properly.  Eating for digestibility includes fruits, cooked vegetables, juiced vegetables, raw fats, soups, lightly cooked seafood, eggs, and proteins, etc.  QUALITY over QUANTITY.  

GARLIC:  Garlic is a heavy hitter.  It is one of the cheapest, best things for battling with parasites, yeast, infections, etc.  I believe it cleans the blood and strengthens the heart.  Cooked or raw?  Raw garlic is obviously more potent with its “anti-bug” properties but it can be a little rough on the stomach if eaten alone.  Garlic also helps detox pathways and protects your body WHILE detoxing.

FERMENTED FOOD:  Probiotics.  These are so easy to make.  I know there are all these “probiotic” supplements, powders, yogurt, etc out there but these are unnecessary in my opinion.  Traditional cultures have been eating fermented foods for thousands of years.  Even meats.  Now I am not recommending eating raw cultured meat to anybody.  But the old standbys such as sauerkraut, fermented salsa, pickled turnips, beets, or garlic.  Raw kefir is another option if dairy sits well with you.  These help repopulate the digestive tract from the years of damage most young Americans have done with junk foods and medications.

CILANTRO:  Cilantro is a super-herb.  Very powerful so be careful.  This sucker will help chelate heavy metals out of your body.  I would advise working with an expert when attempting to remove metals but this is a mild thing you can do in your own home.  It works best when combined with a “protector” such as garlic, chlorella tablets, etc.  But throwing some in your juicer (not tons), sprinkled on a salad or in some homemade guacamole is great.

COD LIVER OIL:  Amazing source of vitamin A and D, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids.  I personally think everyone should take a high-quality raw source of cod liver oil if possible.  We just don’t get enough of this stuff in the diet.  Other sources of good quality omega-3’s would be salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc.  Think oily fish.

RAW FATS:  Raw fats help to fix the digestion and nourish the adrenals.  Find out which ones work best with your own body.  Recommended sources?  If your into plants things like; raw olives/olive oil, raw coconut butter/coconut oil, avocados, dehydrated nuts.  Coconut oil has additional benefits of being anti-fungal/parasite and can help with thyroid function.  If you feel best with animal sources; egg yolks, oily fish, raw butter, and some lightly cooked meats.  Fat is best to not overcook.  Most people’s livers and gallbladders need some help and you may have to ease into the good stuff lightly.  A little can go a long way.

SPICES/HERBS:  This list is too long and could keep going.  Keep in mind that these all refer to freshly ground spices for added potencies.  3-year-old cinnamon just isn’t the same =) Notables would include cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, oregano/parsley/thyme/rosemary, herbs that help clean the liver (milk thistle, yellow dock, burdock, dandelion), herbs that help the kidneys, bowels, etc.  There are herbs to help kill parasites (wormwood, black walnut, cloves, garlic)  Do a little research and keep some simple herb combos around.  There seems to be herbs to help with almost every ailment.

So these are some basics from the kitchen medicine cabinet.  Most of these are things we can easily keep in the kitchen for daily use.  They may be things that we don’t use every day or maybe things that we cycle in and out over the year.  This is not to say that we should never see doctors and get medical testing done.  I am all about having REAL specialists that help us when something is really wrong.  What I am also about is putting the power back into the hands of the people to take care of themselves like they used to =)

-Joe