Guest Author - Kathie LoMonaco
"Every sickness and disease can be directly traced to a mineral deficiency"
Dr. Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel Prizes
Our bodies must be kept alkaline in order to prevent disease(s) from setting in. Once we allow our bodies to become acidic, this paves the way for the growth of bacteria and pathogenic organisms which prevent efficient uptake of anything we eat, including nutritional supplementation. Maritime pine bark extract and grapeseed extract are two powerful, high quality antioxidants which combat the onset of oxidation destruction - which leads to aging.
From the website of josephchucktaylor.com - 'Positive thinking promotes alkalinity of the body'; conversely, negative thoughts would promote acidic conditions. Alkaline minerals are calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, chromium, selenium and iron. On this website you will find a very informative chart listing alkaline and acidic foods.
Some alkaline foods, when overcooked, become acidic. Meat, milk, sugar, soft drinks are among the foods that are acid-forming - and, believe it or not, add prunes, plums and cranberries to the list of acid-forming foods. Oranges and lemons - yes, I said lemons, are actually alkaline foods. Basically, fruits and vegetables, for the most part, are alkaline in nature, while meats (proteins) are acidic. Acidic foods cause plaque to build up in our arteries. Alkaline-based foods do not.
Did you know that in recent studies on fat, research shows that our fat cells produce more fat cells? Maybe that is why the Chinese have always called the stomach our 'second brain'. According to one newspaper, The News and Observer recently published an article on the 'active' role fat (which they state is "very much alive") is playing in diseases, the title of which was "Scientists think chemicals from fat tissue damage many body processes". Sarah Avery, the Staff Writer, writes "how abdominal fat actually makes inflammatory proteins that increase the risk for heart disease". Now, that's a 'wake-up call' if ever I've heard one.
There is a process in our bodies that occurs which is called 'circadian rhythm'. Our body goes through various, specific cycles at certain hours during every day - with the beginning of the body's self-cleansing process taking place between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. every evening. Studies show that if we went to bed when our body's circadian rhythm starts - somewhere around 10 p.m. every night, we would be doing our bodies a world of good. Here's why. At that time of the evening, our cortisol and insulin levels drop. At that point in time, this triggers melatonin to be produced. Melatonin helps to kill off bacteria in our gut (this is also the substance that makes us drowsy).
Suzanne Somers recently appeared on one of the home shopping networks relaying the fact that for the past year she has followed the above regimen and has seen a significant reduction in the bloating/edema she was experiencing prior to that. As most people probably are aware by now, Ms. Somers battled breast cancer several years ago and she has been on a crusade to help educate women on the use of 'bio-identical' hormones ever since.
You might be interested in picking up a copy of her book entitled, 'Slim and Sexy forever: the hormone solution for permanent weight loss and optimal living'. She is a living testament to the fact that we don't have to suffer the same fate that our Mothers and Grandmothers did due to the onset of menopause, which ultimately causes deficiencies and/or imbalances in hormone levels subsequently bringing on ills associated with aging. What a joy it would be to have a perpetual feeling of well being in our 50's, 60's and beyond. I could certainly get used to the idea of feeling like '30' in my 50's, how about you?
Margot Kidder, the actress, recently appeared on the Larry King Show. Larry had a show featuring the topic of depression, in its various forms - among them, bi-polar. Ms. Kidder stated she found a wonderful doctor who recommended ortho-molecular medicine for her, namely, ortho-molecular amino acids, subsequent to her breakdown of some years back. I am concluding that he treated her with amino acids for the chemical imbalance that takes place in the brain with this particular mental disorder. She has been thriving ever since.
It was an enlightening show that I wish I had taped, and included one of my favorite actresses, Linda Dano, who stated she has also suffered from depression since losing her beloved Mother and Husband whose deaths occurred only a week apart. I tip my hat to these brave and courageous celebrities who shared their innermost secrets and concerns with us - the viewing audience. They are all inspirational.
Notable Quotes Pertaining to the Importance of Minerals
"All disease is a mineral deficiency" Carey Reams
"I've never seen a deformed child born from mineralized parents"‑Charles Shasky. ND