Pumpkin flesh is crammed full of phenols — a type of health-promoting antioxidant. In cell studies, phenols from pumpkin flesh put a damper on the same enzyme that some blood pressure drugs target to reduce vascular tension. In other words, the phenols in pumpkin may help keep blood vessels relaxed, which means better blood pressure and better heart health.
We are contaminating our immune system with proteins to which the human body has never, in all history of mankind, been previously exposed to. Gluten has in it 14 different proteins and we could be negatively effected by one or more of these proteins.
This substance is not a food, it is more of a glue (analyze the name). It is amazing that this glue, a non food, is contained in Wheat, but also in Semolina Barley, Oats, Cuscus, Kamut, Spelt, Rye, Corn, Graham flour, Matzo, Wheat germ, and Triticale. It is also present in 90% of processed foods and labeled with different names. The names are so deceiving that you don’t even know that the food you are eating contains gluten in it.
Some of the names on the labels are: natural flavoring, modified food starch, vegetable protein, flavoring, malt extract, malto-dextrin, yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, food thickener, fermented grain extract, caramel colors, etc. It is also in canned products like canned beans, breaded foods, breakfast cereals, chocolate milk, cold cuts, egg substitute, energy bars, gravy, hot dogs, ketchup, mayonnaise, instant hot drinks, ice cream, fruit fillings and puddings, fried vegetable tempura, and more stuff is added to the list (by the prepared food companies) every day with new exotic names to deceive us.
The reason why we want our cookies and bread and donuts is because of the gluten’s incredible addictive properties. A brain on gluten is just like a brain on drugs. Yes, I discovered that gluten stimulates the Opium receptors in our brain. Yes, Gluten effects to our brains like taking Cocaine, Morphine, Heroine, or even prescription drugs like Percocet, Oxicondon and the like.
And we have a “war on drugs”?? Our daily bread acts just like a drug with devastating effects for our body.
Many years ago while I was studying the human body, I learned that the ancient people believed that our first brain is in our gut. I realized that if we take a picture of our intestine and we put it next to a picture of the human brain we see an incredible resemblance between the two organs. In further studies I also learned that our heart has an incredible amount of brain cells.
So here it is, we don’t have only one brain in our body, but three, and all of them perform best depending on what we feed ourselves and the variety of the bacteria in our intestines.
I am very happy that recent scientific studies have discovered that the human body has 10 times more microorganism cells than human cells, depending on our diet and lifestyle. Our genes are out numbered 100 to 1 by microbial genes. So these little creatures-called bacteria, viruses, and fungi constitute a big part of our bodies. Modern science is calling it the human Microbiome.
The overall composition of our Microbiome is different from person to person depending on different factors such as the person’s ancestors, parents, diet, chemical exposure, geographic location, antibiotic intake, etc. Even at the moment of birth, as the baby is coming down the birth canal, the new little body gets a dose of microbes from the mother. It is like starting up an insemination of seedlings that will grow the flora “garden” of the future adult.
Each different region of our body has different types of microorganisms that perform different protective work for the human. As the child grows and comes in contact with new germs from the environment, his/her own macrobiome is built up.
Keeping our children excessively clean and germ free is not necessarily a good thing, because this makes them weaker and more susceptible to illness. I can relate to that because I was kept so squeaky clean when I was little and consequently I was sick very often.
The idea of extreme cleanliness is coming from an absurd obsessive phobia of germs, and it doesn’t allow the child to build up his/her natural defense mechanism which is important to counteract inflammation and disease throughout their life. Let’s make our kids play in the uncontaminated dirt, it is healthy. Let’s stop use hand sanitizers that are now in every store we walk in. Germs are OK. Humans have lived millions of years without hand sanitizers. This sterile culture that we have created is bombarding our microbiome.
Our gut has the biggest variety of microbes: one hundred trillion and the quality of this bacterial habitat and their performance are very important and highly complex. It is from here that these minute creatures help us absorb the food we eat.
In our intestine is created the quality of the blood that feeds the rest of our body. The higher the variety of the friendly microbes in our intestine is, the better it is for us. Our functions are regulated by these small microbes without which we could not live a healthy life. Our health and happiness depend on it. According to Dr. Permutter our gut microbiome is 99% of the DNA in our body.
New scientific studies have very clearly proven that the use of antibiotics, pharmaceutical drugs, and the exposure to toxic chemicals and metal oxides are a primary cause of rising disease throughout the western world. We live in aseptic buildings cleaned with chemicals that kill germs. Through the use of these products, we have lost our connection with nature. These entirely unnatural products kill the diversity of our microbes.
As humanity becomes more westernized, our connection with the Earth – the same Earth that possesses the entire diverse habitat that makes life possible and thriving – is lost. As a consequence of this westernized lifestyle, we have seen the rise of chronic illnesses connected to autoimmune deficiencies, including allergies, and neurological disease such as: anxiety, depression, dementia, migraine, epilepsy, neuropathy, nerve damage, multiple sclerosis, and autism. As beneficial microbes also play an important role on our mental health, we have also seen a rise in psychiatric illnesses.
Using antimicrobial cleaning products made with sophisticated chemicals reduces the abundant microbial diversity that our bodies need to remain strong. In this modern era, we are also assaulted by food loaded with antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, chemical coloring and preservatives, and thousands of synthetic chemicals and fumes. All of this has a detrimental impact on the body.
One of the fastest ways to improve our health is via the food we eat. A good place to start improving our health is through eating organic whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. We should also add naturally fermented food in order to grow healthier varieties of intestinal flora and include ocean vegetables to add important minerals.
Foods that have fiber are important not only because fiber cleans the intestinal walls but because the microbes love to feed on it. Eating food that microbes love to feed on is highly beneficial to us because it increases our microbiome population. If the microbes are fiber starved, they begin to feed on the mucous membrane of our intestinal walls and this trigger inflammation to the system. A good source of fiber foods are: vegetables (steamed, blanched, and sautéed), beans, sprouted seeds, nuts and seeds, and whole grains.
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Microbes perform an immense range of functions; they help to digest our food, help instruct the immune system on how to protect us and assist our bodies in resisting disease. They may even have an effect on the way we behave. Different regions of the body house different types of microbes that have different functions. A very good way to replenish our body with these important beneficial microbes is by eating naturally fermented food.
Good sources of fermented food are soy products: Miso, organic shoyu or Tamari soy sauce, Tempeh, Natto, fermented tofu, and soymilk. Pickles can be made at home with vegetables fermented in salt, soy sauce, or brine.
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From the moment I started studying the macrobiotic principles of the Zen Buddhism more then 20 years ago, I learned the effects that different food types have in our bodies. I started to apply what I learned on myself first, and then on others with extreme success. I also learned about energy medicine and realized that, indeed, our first brain is in our gut. The reasoning for this is that the quality of the blood feeds the rest of our bodies including our brain cells is formed in the intestine. The intestine is located in the lower part of our torso and it takes our heart to bring that energy up to our head. But remember, the heart is not just a pump that moves the vital blood through our entire system.
That red stuff called blood created in the intestine made with pure water, vitamins, essential minerals, carbohydrates, fats, and oxygen, just to name few, also needs a few pounds of microbes that put everything in the right conditions for us to absorb these nutrients from the food we eat. It is essential to create strong blood which has to have the right amount of nutrients to be powerful enough to make us healthy and strong.
Then there is that radical difference in the pumping muscle, the heart works without stopping from the moment of conception to the last breath of a human. The heart, which moves vital blood through our entire system, is not just a pump. This particular muscle is the energy center of the human body. It influences emotions and love. It is connected to the thymus gland which is connected to the biggest chakra of the ethereal body. And it is the most powerful electromagnetic energetic center of our body. The heart has thousands of cells similar to those found in the brain.
So here it is: we don’t have only one brain in our body, but three!
In modern days we know that the heart is also a brain of sorts, with has its own memory. We have observed that heart transplant recipients start to change some aspects of their way of life after the operation. They start to appreciate food that they did not care for before the transplant, and they start to like activities that the donor of the heart used to like.
Modern science tells us that the heart is our second brain, but the mystics from ancient times have always thought that one should use the heart first to make decisions. The heart deals with love and it is in the center of our being and when we make decisions with the love infused from the heart, we are able to see the true in things and make better decisions for the good of humanity, and for mother Earth, not only for ourselves.
It is here that we have to infuse love into our thinking process that we initiate in the gut, to make decisions that will be for the good of everyone, not only for our ego. Only then, with the love infused in our thinking by the powerful heart center, we bring this energy up to the brain located in our head. This brain influences our creativity, through the mind eye and the pineal gland, and even higher to the pituitary gland that is connected to the crown chakra and the higher power.
The larger brain located in our head is very analytical and helps us to be safe in times of trouble. But without the love of the heart and the powerful blood created in our gut the brain in our head is useless, because it never finds peace. “Only love fills our life and the world with peace and prosperity” we cannot bypass the brain in our heart and leave all our thinking to the analytical mind, because if we do so we become as cold as robots and corruption sets in quickly and the entire system self destruct.
The world NOW needs empowered humans that are able to build up a deeper understanding of life and the way it is connected with Nature. They need to discover the subtle ways of how our inner body works in connection with the external world and mother Earth. We have a universe within, just the way there is a universe without and both are connected. We must learn to use natural medicine and energy medicine. We need to learn to live according to natural ways. Our Macrobiome is our defense mechanism. We have to reach our full potential and eat wholesome living food, not prepared food loaded with preservatives, fillers, and GMO. We have to have respect for Nature and all living things if we want to begin to see a change in ourselves and our universe.
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As we go through life, at times, it seems that the outside world is going mad, and is asking more and more from us. We have all kinds of problems that need to be solved on a daily basis.
If our immune systems are strong and our energy is balanced, we deal and remain calm while solving these problems. However, when we are not balanced and when our health are not optimal, we get overwhelmed easily and this response makes our bodies more depleted of energy. It is very stressful to live in today’s world, but it is how we adapt that makes a difference.
Energy is all we have to work with, and this energy in that moment, could be expanding or contracting. But, it is when these two forces are equally balanced within us that we are centered and at peace.
Stress means PRESSURE (contraction) but, often, it is not as much the event that is stressful as it is our perception of how we see the event affecting our lives.
When we think negatively about other people and situations, we waste vital energy and lose physical and mental strength. If we respond to a situation with the emotion of anger, we use the energy stored in the liver and gallbladder.
If, instead, we engage the emotion of fear, we use the energy of the kidneys and bladder and these organs get depleted. While being always engaged in a state of emotional worry will draw the strength of our lungs and large intestines.
I didn’t invent this. This information has been documented in the healing archives of Oriental medicine for thousands of years.
Over the years of my studies, I have learned that there are few things that we can do to manage stress:
We need to identify the cause of stress and minimize it if possible.
Introduce a diet of whole grains, beans, and vegetables; because it calms the body and the mind.
Start a routine of Hatha Yoga (also called The Yoga of Health) three times per week because it also calms the nervous system.
Start deep, abdominal breathing exercises; 20 minutes per day.
IDENTIFY WHAT TYPE OF STRESS IT IS:
There is good stress and bad stress.
The good stress motivates us and improves our lives. In fact, new scientific neurology studies have proven that a small amount of stress is needed in order to have optimal health and keep our minds going happily excited.
Bad stress paralyzes us, and keeps us from functioning well. The muscles tense up, breathing becomes shallow, the eyes narrow, the jaw gets tight and tense, and the stomach gets into a knot.
With bad stress we get tired and rigid, and our nervous systems cannot take any type of change. In turn, this will produce some kind of adverse reaction to the original event. As the interior organs get more depleted of energy, we become more rigid and our immune system is affected.
Without the ability to adapt and, with little vitality, our bodies will have unpleasant reactions. There is a part of the brain called the amygdala where fear thoughts are generated. As fear takes us over, we become more acid and that makes us very tight inside.
When the stress level rises, our internal organs become more tight and stagnated. It is this rigidity that will prevent us from adapting.
The skin becomes clogged so that it is impossible to release pressure through the pores. Pressure builds inside our bodies, our adaptability is impaired, we produce more heat, and negative thoughts and reactions are accelerated.
At this point, OTHER ORGANS AND SYSTEMS BECOME INVOLVED:
° Pituitary Gland
° Heart – beats faster.
° Circulatory System – blood circulates faster.
° Spleen – gets depleted because is overworking cleaning the body from impurities.
° The ability to neutralize acidity is blocked.
° Pancreas – releases more insulin.
° Digestive System – constricts, which begins a reaction. Our blood sugars drop, and this
affects our appetites.
WE CRAVE SWEETS – Eating many sweets, especially those made from refined sugars and flour products. IN THE LONG RUN, this will make us more acidic and will change our perceptions of life. We get into mood swings and panic attacks, because the body, in order to balance itself, tries to find equilibrium by getting to the opposite of the scale. So, we crave eating salty foods and snacks and too many baked flour foods. This condition prevents us from sleeping at night so, we pacify our selves with late night eating (pretzels, potato chips etc.) This is also related to life’s frustrations, what some people call “the rat race”. (Then, we swing back the other direction to the sweets again.)
THE MORE SWEETS AND REFINED FLOUR PRODUCTS WE EAT, THE MORE OUR BLOOD BECOMES ACIDIC. THE MORE STRESS WE PERCEIVE, THE MORE ACIDITY BUILDS UP INSIDE. THE SWEET ADDITION PERPETUATES.
After eating sweets and refined flour, the blood sugar level spikes and dopamine is released into the brain. Massive insulin is being secreted in order to drop the blood sugar level. The blood sugar drops very rapidly and the high insulin levels in the blood cause immediate storage of fat so that the hunger and craving come back.
Acid blood needs more minerals because the heart has to work more to do its work. There is an increase of urination and more vitamins and minerals leave the body.
More nutrition is needed, so more sweets are craved. Through the urine and perspiration there are more minerals and more water soluble vitamins being lost. The blood and the lymph qualities become weaker.
To stop this perpetual cycle, we need to identify the cause of stress and introduce a diet of WHOLE grains, beans and vegetables. By eating whole grains (not flour products), the sugar gets slowly released into the blood stream. There are plenty of minerals in the bran and in the vegetables to be able to aid in the digestion of the sugar so that this doesn’t cause the high insulin need.
Low blood sugar (called HYPOGLYCEMIA) is basically where our blood is depleted of sugar; this is caused by the pancreas producing too much insulin. The pancreas is involved in this illness, because it is the organ that controls blood sugar.
Eating too many dairy foods and sweets will destroy our memories. Lack of concentration is related to blood sugar levels. Eating “bad” food, refined flour products, using too many medications, too much oil and butter in our cooking, and eating dairy products, will affect our memories.
Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a sticky idea of what happens inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response,our pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy Because that is for our body like gasoline is for a car. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.
When your cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the excess glucose then gets converted to stored fat.
WAYS TO CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR
Blood sugar also relates to season, time of day, and altitude.
Blood sugar is higher in the summer and lower in the winter.
Good quality yin foods like sweet vegetables are the best.
Grains to use:
For low blood sugar use barley to raise it.
For high blood sugar use millets to lower it.
Eat at regular times.
Slow down, you are rushing too much.
Deep breathing exercises are best, 20 minutes per day.
Use good quality food:
Creamy, sweet yin grains.
Oagis (made from pounded sweet rice).
Sweet vegetables tea.
Warm carrot juice.
Hot apple juice, in moderation.
Mild sweets (relieve stress) like sweet vegetables.
Put a hot towel on the abdomen.
Other activities that help with this condition are:
Walking around where there are trees.
Walk barefoot on the grass.
Posture—stretch the spine, mild exercise, Yoga.
Light exercise in company of others:
Walking, Bathing, Shiatsu, Sex, Sauna.
Wear loose cotton clothing.
Use green plants around the house.
Talking with someone to see possibilities for the future.
Listen to music—repetitive beat.
Have and enjoy hobbies.
As we get accustomed to using and eating different foods and make changes in lifestyle, slowly we see a difference in our moods and energy levels. The problem is, if we don’t change, life gets progressively worse and our reactions become more explosive and angry.
After the emotional explosion of anger and fear, our energy resources collapse. We become completely depleted to the point that we are depressed. This can go on for a period of time that we are practically vegetating, we don’t engage in anything because we don’t have any energy. Then, as we regain some strength, the entire process starts all over again.
Hypoglycemia is an illness that goes on for years until one day the pancreas gives up. This organ has been overworking for years, has given all that had to give, and stops working. This condition is called Diabetes and a person needs insulin to control the blood sugar. The good news is that with a balanced Macrobiotic diet, design for this condition, it is possible to reverse it. With a good amount of discipline and healthy fresh food made into satisfying meals, the pancreas can regain strength.
I am a certified consultant and can give advice, lessons, and a curriculum on how to heal from these debilitating illnesses.
Over the years past Monsanto has done some horrible things to the planet, starting From DDT to PCP to name few of the chemicals that they sold to humanity and poisoned the Earth. This company has created so much pollution with those tremendous chemicals that we are at the point that all people on Earth today have in their body toxic chemicals created by this company. The Oceans are full of these chemicals also, because it is there that they dump the excess, this is going on for too many years now.
Well these horrible greedy people are not done inventing poison now they want to have a monopoly on all the seeds that grows in our farms, and have their politician passing laws so the farmers are not allowed any more to use the seeds that they have grown on their land since the down of time.
Most of the corn that is grown today is Genetically Engineered by Monsanto
“GMO” These seeds are full of pesticides and TOXIC to humans,
The plants that grow from these seeds are also TOXIC to the human body.
Most people that buy package food to feed their family are not aware of the damage that cause to eat such food. The Monsanto company spends millions of dollars to prevent this ingredient to be mentioned in the packages of prepared food.
How many people have to suffer and die before humanity wakes up and gets rid of the cancer that it is infiltrated into our food chain?
How many children and adults are starting their day with Poison pesticides for breakfast?
Everything that as corn and corn syrup in the ingredients is potentially harmful to our intestine, because is full of pesticides. Look at it this way: If it kills bugs it will kills us!
MOMS, please buy organic food for your families.
No matter what you believe about GMOs, the fact is that corporations should not be allowed to have the right to fundamentally undermine our basic rights and constitutional freedomsin their relentless pursuit of profits.
Well when I was a child growing up in Italy there was no need to use the word Organic. The farms ware run by the entire family members and the fertilizer used was mostly vegetable compost, and horse and cow manure (compost). Fertilizers, I don’t remember seeing any, probably because ware not used much. Probably everything that grow out their farm in those days was organic, organic, organic. and this word did not needed to be mentioned, It was automatically organic………..
In those days I lived in a city in central Italy and in the summer my family and I would go to visit my grand parents that had a farm. I learned that the smelly “stuff” was then placed next to the grape vine, olive and fruit trees and the various vegetables. My grand father used to tell me that the “smelly stuff” was compost manure, would make the plants strong and and make fruit. This was the ways humans had done for thousands years in order to grow farm product.
Well time passed I grow up and my grand parents are gone now and I stopped going to the farm. Few years ago I went to a farm. As soon I got out of the car I seen an incredible amount of of filled plastic bags stoked up on one and other and I realize when I got closer that was fertilizer. The smell attacked my throat in such an unpleasant way that I had to move away very quickly. I realized that was not organic fertilizer, bus some kind of petroleum based chemical fertilizer. When I asked the farmer I also found out that this was the only fertilizer that he used in his farm.
Well I don’t want to eat a products that are grown with chemicals and pesticides, so one day I bought a bag of carrots from the local supermarket and a other bag at the natural food store of organic carrots. At home I made my own carrot juice with each bag separately. I had the two glasses of carrot juice and ask the other members of my family to have a sip from each glass and tell me which one they prefer. They all agreed that the organic one was the best of the two.
I only by organic carrots now and any other type of fruit and vegetables that I can find organic, including organic whole grains, organic beans and Organic anything I can put my hands on.