Guide To Safe Eating
You are what you eat
We live in a world full of hazards, which can, and do seriously affect our health. This section deals with some of the common hazards we face in our everyday lives and some ways for you to protect your health and stay healthy. Your awareness of the hazards around you is your best protection against illness.
In this guide I will enlighten you about the common hazards in our food. Be careful, eat wisely and you will stay healthy. Like a car needs good fuel & additives to run well, so too our body needs the right foods to thrive, heal and maintain itself. Eating ecologically grown foods, also called organic or biological food are the best and safest way for us to maintain and improve our health and promote good health for our families.
The food we eat, builds and nourishes our bodies, gives us the energy for our daily activities and influences our health in many ways. A correct diet is the most important factor in helping us to achieve and maintain optimum health. Our bodies are capable of processing a wide variety of foods to provide us with nutrition. All foods contain many elements of nutrition in various quantities. Eating a varied and balanced diet, allows our bodies to choose from each food the nutritive elements it needs in the required quantities.
Our body requires many minerals, vitamins and trace elements for optimum functioning. Eating a variety of vegetables, herbs, nuts, sprouts, fruits, spices and a range of grains allows our body to select and absorb those nutrients which it needs. Eating only processed foods (usually processed to remove the fibre and improve the taste) predisposes to Mal (bad) nutrition. People who have a restricted diet, often develop malnutrition leading to chronic ill health as a result of shortage of minerals, vitamins, trace elements or amino acids. Correction of health can often take place just by correcting and expanding the range of foods you eat.
We need to avoid excess in our diets, adjusting our calorie intake as well as intake of protein, carbohydrate, fat, minerals, vitamin, water and fibre, so they are matched with our daily needs. Any excess eaten, has either to be stored by the body or eliminated through the liver, kidneys or skin. A balanced diet containing adequate amounts of all these elements including water and fibre promotes good health. A shortfall in any of these elements in our daily diet leads to health problems. A low protein diet leads to the body digesting itself. Low fat diets can lead to hormone abnormalities, an increased predisposition to heart attacks and nerve damage leading to tingling, numbness and loss of sensation in various areas of the body. Low carbohydrate diets lead to acidosis & ketosis which in turn lead to many health problems.
A guideline to follow is that Carbohydrates, mostly in the form of complex carbohydrates like rice, wheat, bread, other cereals and potatoes should constitute 50-60% of your daily calorie intake, 15-25 % of the daily calorie intake should be in the form of protein & the balance as fat. People doing hard manual labor need more fat in their diet as fats are a rich source of calories. Conversely people with a sedentary life style & job need to restrict their fat intake to 2 tablespoons per day.
The elimination of the waste products from our bodies is an equally important part of recovering health and staying healthy. Drinking at least 3 liters of water a day and eating foods rich in fibre help the body to remove toxins (poisons) from the body and help recover and maintain good health.
Proper chewing of the food helps to break it down, mixing it with saliva, allowing quick and easy digestion of the food.
Eating Healthy food can help you lead a long healthy life. Good health allows us to maintain our health and to utilize our lives in the way we desire. Unfortunately chronic illness now affects many people in their thirties and forties affecting their quality of life for decades. Eating junk foods will lead to you suffering poor health and chronic illnesses like cavities (holes) in your teeth, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease, depression and even Cancer.
The choice is yours!
The first and most important measure to eating safely is to wash your hands, utensils, cleaning and drying cloths, aprons, preparation and cooking surfaces, frequently with soap and water. Always wash your hands thoroughly before eating and also after using the toilet. Your nails should be cut short, or if they are long the area under the nails should be cleaned with soap and a nail brush. Food handlers should regularly be checked for worms and parasitic diseases and if present these should treated before they are allowed to handle food again.
Be aware of what you eat and the effects on your body.
Every person is different and their food requirements are also different.
What is good for person may be bad for another.
If you feel unwell after eating, try and identify which of the foods you ate made you feel unwell.
Try and find out why that food made you feel ill by going through the article below and see if you can identify the cause.
It is best to avoid those foods which cause you trouble. Your body will guide you as to what foods agree with you. Try and identify what foods agree with you at what time of day.
By identifying what is causing you trouble you can avoid it and stay healthy. Details on the list below are provided in the adjoining sections.
Pesticides - A poison for all living things including us!
Genetically modified foods (GM foods).
Preservatives - MSG, Artificial flavorings and colorings, slow poisoning.
Irradiated food - Can give you cancer.
Canned food - Metal poisoning.
Meats & Hormones - Make you fat & can cause cancer.
Antibiotics in meats - Affect your digestion and cause candidiasis.
Heavy metal residues in food - Cause mental & neurological illness; arteriosclerosis & heart disease.
Microwave ovens - Associated with colon cancer, obesity & malnutrition.
Cling wrap in contact with food - Invitation to cancer.
Bottled water in PET bottles - Don't freeze them & don't re-use them.
Refrigerators - How to use them to keep your food fresh.
Artificial sweeteners & soft drinks - (Used as pesticide too, is it safe for You?) cause osteoporosis and chronic fatigue syndrome
Stale and left over food will cause you indigestion, gas and illness!
Cooking Oils - How to use them.
Peter was an active, successful 40 year old executive, in a high pressure job. His meal times were irregular, he usually heated up his food in a microwave, and bought whatever food he could from the local supermarket. One morning, while evacuating himself he discovered that there was blood in the toilet bowl. Panicking, he went to see his doctor, who after examining and investigating him, delivered some grim news. Peter had Colon Cancer. Peter was operated for the cancer, the bleeding stopped but Peter found he was very tired. A few months later he was discovered to have Liver Cancer. Peter was given a few months to live.
Peter's cousin advised him to seek out other means of treatment. Peter saw an iridologist who advised him that his problems were due to microwave residues irritating his intestine & the build up of pesticides in the tissues of his body. Peter was placed on a detoxifying regime to remove the pesticides and microwave residues .He was advised about the importance of food in maintaining his health and advised to avoid microwaving food, to eat organic food & regular detoxification to remove the toxins and allow his body to heal. With this he recovered his health.
This section is a beginning which can help you maintain your health in the way you desire. Being aware of these hazards can make it easy to avoid the pitfalls which I have mentioned here. The world and the hazards around us are constantly changing. This web site is updated periodically and coming back here from time to time will help you to refresh your memory and help you in your search to maintain your health.