Pajaro Street Health and Wellness
Healthy Diet - Quality Food
Focus on making healthy choices of whole, unrefined and non-processed foods.
About Whole Foods
Fruits and Vegetables: For the best nutritional benefits from fruits and vegetables, eat them fresh and raw - age and degree of cooking lessens the nutrition content of fruits and vegetables - think of them as living things aged by time and cooking time. The bad news is our soils are depleted, our air and water are polluted and our use of chemicals in the production of fruits and vegetables has become common. Thus it is difficult to get the nutritional content our bodies need from our current day fruits and vegetables and avoid the toxins on and in today's fruits and vegetables. The good news is more people are growing their own fruits and vegetables and more organics are being offered at farmer's markets and stores that work hard at offering locally produced products.
Non cage, free-range, grass-fed, animals: The bad news is animals have also become more exposed to more toxins, refined and processed foods, which are then passed along the food chain to us. The good news is more localized, organic, cage free and grass fed animals are being offered. The more we demand them the more they will be offered.
Processed Foods: Does anyone not know that the more food is processed that the more its nutritional quality has been removed and the more exposed you are to chemicals and unnatural agents? Hopefully not but as a whole we continue to make processed foods more and more of our daily intake of food. For many the excuse is the lack of time and access to quality food. For others quality is argued to be too expensive. Don't be fooled by mass marketing and the challenges of modern life. Be encouraged by how you can greatly improve how you and your family feel on a daily basis by incorporating more whole, non-processed and unrefined foods - as well the possible avoidance of degenerative diseases.
Refined Foods: Knowledge about the loss of nutrition and the demands that refined foods put on our body functions are much less known. Refined foods are not only stripped of a lot of the nutritional content of the food but their new form puts demands on insulin and blood sugar levels and induce oxidative stress.
Supplementing Whole Foods: The bad news is that the vast majority of supplements available on store shelves are held only to FDA standards like any food. Potency and absorbability in these supplements are loosely regulated and labeling does not require a concise listing of content. Most of these mass marketed supplements are not even made by those who put a label on these products. Though they may carry many of the essential vitamins, minerals and other nutritional necessities, the lack of quality often places them in the same problem categories of processed and refined foods. The good news is some companies are now manufacturing supplements at pharmaceutical quality, which has standards equal to pharmaceutical drugs guaranteeing potency, absorbability, quality of ingrediant and precise labeling of content. Currently only about 5% of all vitamins and supplements are manufactured at pharmaceutical quality.
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