According to Thomas Edison, American Inventor, he said ‘I KEEP MY HEALTH by dieting. People gorge themselves with rich foods, use up their time, ruin their digestion, and poison themselves….If the doctors would prescribe dieting instead of drugs, the ailments of normal man would disappear.‘
People living in developed countries have too much to eat of which may lead to Obesity, being overweight and cause a litany of illnesses, from cancer to stroke.
In the early twentieth century, William Jones, a medical doctor reported that a fasting spider will live longer than one that eats a normal diet.
These research was supported by studies at Cornell University in the 1930s showing that rats on a limited diet lived twice as long as other rats.
After fifty years, UCLA researchers released similar results involving mice; over the last decade, an increasing number of living creatures, from yeast to fish to dogs, have had their laboratory lives extended base on calorie restriction, indicated that eating less has positive effects on overall health.
AGE-RELATED DISORDER PREVENTION
Recent studies at the University of Wisconsin have shown that Calorie restriction can result in a reduced incidence of age-related disorders, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes,
while another study at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine also found that monkeys on restricted diets were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
The National Institute on Aging has conducted three pilot studies of calorie restrictions on humans called CALERIE, or the Comprehensive Assessment of Long-Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy on 132 men and women around the country to find out the effect of calorie restriction.
So far, the result is inconclusive but promising.
A number of studies have indicated that a calorie-restricted diet in which participants eat up to 25 percent less than they would normally eat reduces overall cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and blood pressure.
Calorie-restricted diet decreased the deterioration of nerves in the brain and increased the creation of nerves in animals with neurobiological diseases.
However, there’s a darker side to eating less: You must guard against undernourishment. On the whole, calorie-restricted diets involve eating 20 to 30 percent fewer calories while taking in the same amount of nutrients as before.
Meaning that you must be careful about your food choices, as several studies have shown that unsupervised calorie restriction can lead to many ills, such as: muscle loss, hormonal changes, fatigue, diarrhea, reduced bone density, gallstones, and, not surprisingly, irritability.
Tips, Calorie Restriction Society, founded in 1993
• Avoid simple sugars and flours: generally, sugars and flours contain very little nutrition for their calorie content. Have high glycemic indices, which means that your body absorbs them quickly, leaving you wanting more a short time later.
• Eat both green leafy salad and other, nonleaf vegetables. Vegetables contain the highest content of a wide variety of nutrients for their calorie content of any food group.
By volume and often by calories, vegetables are the major component of many calorie-restricted but not nutrient deficient diets.
• Carefully select your protein and fat sources: protein and fat are required macro-nutrients, but their form can have a significant influence on a person’s risk factors for a wide variety of diseases.
• Make sure your protein intake is sufficient but not overly abundant.
Recommendations for total protein intake range from 0.6 to 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight, and some recommendations are much higher. This is probably a minimum.
• Select monounsaturated fats, avoid saturated fats, and consume some omega-3 fats.
Foods containing monounsaturated fats include:
- olive oil,
- hazel nuts, and avocados.
Most of your fat intake should be from these foods. A very small amount of fat should be in the form of omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fatty fish, salmon, for example and flax oil.
#Caution: Fatty foods, even healthy choices, are high in calories, so be sure that you carefully track your intake so as to stay within your calorie goal.
GEORGE BURNS’S EAT-LESS MENU
In his book ‘How to Live to Be 100—Or More’ in 1983, Burns wrote down his supposed diet, what many people today might not consider serious.
- small glass orange juice
Bowl bran cereal with milk
- cups coffee, black
‘I let the cereal soak in the milk so it gets a little soggy. That way it doesn’t make a noise when I’m eating, because I’m too tired from taking bows the night before’.
Bowl of canned salmon with white vinegar and lemon
1 English muffin, toasted
- cup coffee, black
‘English muffins usually come sliced in half horizontally. I like each half sliced the same way, so the muffin is in four slices. That way I eat two slices and wind up eating just half a muffin.’
- Bowl of soup
- Mixed green salad
- Broiled fish
- Two vegetables
- 1 slice bread, buttered
- 1 cup coffee, black
- Ice cream
‘If it’s white fish, then I have green vegetables. Green and white go together beautifully. But if the fish is red snapper, then I don’t have green vegetables. I have yellow squash, even though I hate yellow squash. I can’t stand a meal where the colors clash.’
FACTS ON DETOXIFICATION
Detoxification— is the metabolic process by which the harmful qualities of a poison or toxin are reduced by the body.
Detox allowed us to return to a state of natural purity in which the body can exercise its native intelligence and function as it has evolved to do: in harmony with nature.
Detox regimen involved eating lean, fresh, and often raw foods: “The fattier, more processed, and more adulterated our diet, the greater amount of it is retained in our bodies.
Our organs are stressed by their efforts to eliminate the toxic molecules. The less concentrated the diet, the more efficiently this elimination takes place—from the blood through the bowels, bladder, lungs, and skin—so the toxic aren’t retained in the cells.”
Detoxification can be done slowly by cutting out foods slowly: although you may still ate some meat, but no hot dogs, pork, fatty meats—only lean burgers on whole-wheat buns with lettuce and tomato and onion.
Changing from white rice to brown rice and from white to whole-wheat flour, drinking plenty of water early in the morning and consuming only natural juice without preservative and the likes.
Colonic irrigation, known as colon hydrotherapy can also be carryout occasionally.
Colon irrigation is the practice of flushing the colon in our body with warm filtered water in order to loosen and remove accumulated waste that the body doesn’t need.
Colonic proponents believe that fecal matter sticks to the walls of the colon, hardens, impedes the organ’s function, and leads to the absorption of toxins into the bloodstream through the colon walls.
Think of it as the ultimate enema: Enemas typically cleanse only the lower colon with one infusion of water; colonics clean the entire organ using multiple infusions.
A typical colonic irrigation session starts with the colon therapist inserting a speculum into the anus of the patient. The speculum is attached to a plastic hose leading to a hydrotherapy machine containing warm water; sometimes mixed with herbs or other liquids.
After the water is pumped in, the colon responds by pushing the water and loosened feces out through the same tube in a reaction known as peristalsis.
This process usually lasts about an hour. Many people are willing to pay a great deal of money to have this done regularly.
Does Colonic Irrigation do any good?
This is an open debate, but many doctors don’t think so, and risks are involved, including the possibility that along with the bad you are flushing away the good—the friendly organisms that help your body thrive.
However, all kinds of substances are coursing through our body that have no right to be there—and which, in sufficient quantity, could lead to disease. Ridding the body of these aliens is the principle behind detoxification.
These toxic substances include synthetic chemicals, metals, organic detritus and unhealthy foods.
And while there are almost as many different ways to detoxify as there are toxics and toxins, all call for a limitation on consumption or a purgation of things already consumed.
Detoxification is not a uniquely human concept. Most animals do it too. You’ll often see a dog munching on some grass and vomiting shortly thereafter.
We aren’t very different from dogs in this respect. Our impulse to vomit after ingesting poison, rancid food, or excessive alcohol is a crude but crucial detox method.
In these situations, our internal detox system is overwhelmed, so we need to purge as much of the offending substance as we can, as quickly as possible.
THE LIVER, THE LARGEST INTERNAL ORGAN
Our body is actually in a constant state of detoxification. Our liver, the largest internal organ, has many functions, including processing our blood, transforming toxins such as alcohol, drugs, and environmental pollutants into water-soluble substances that can be removed in your urine or feces.
The liver filters these bad substance out of the bloodstream at a rate of more than a quart of blood per minute.
While circulatory and lymphatic systems transport toxic substances from every part of our body to the kidneys and liver, where they are either filtered and processed into waste or transformed and stored as a benign molecule in a fat cell.
Even without threat of poison in the body from the outer environmental, our liver would still need to detoxify the toxins produced by our own bodies. These substances include hormones, chemicals that control body functions.
After the threat has passed, these hormones are swept out of the cells and removed from our bloodstream by the kidneys and liver. Otherwise, you’d remain in a state of permanent stress and quickly succumb to hypertension.
Then, if our bodies naturally and automatically detoxify, why have so many special programs claiming to optimize and maximize, or stimulate detoxification cropped up in the last few years?
Has the world become more toxic?
Definitely, many chemicals used commonly today were completely absent from our environment just a century ago. These chemicals: PHTHALATES, POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS(PCBS), FORMALDEHYDE, CARBAMATE INSECTICIDES, TRIAZINE HERBICIDES, AND NITRATES, DIOXINS, HEAVY METALS.
All have been linked to health problems—and all are commonly found in the bodies of adults in developed countries.
Study by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City found an average of ninety-one different chemicals in the bodies of research subjects; nearly all were known to be either toxic to the brain, carcinogenic, or teratogenic (causing birth defects).
Few long-term studies have been completed on the benefits of detoxification—in fact, no one really knows yet how well detox programs work, so be wary of any that offer you a guarantee.
However, rates of diseases, including cancer and liver disease, that are linked to toxic exposures are increasing. If you decrease your body’s level of synthetic chemicals, chances are good that your health will improve.
Nevertheless, the best and most common way to detoxify is probably the least expensive: FASTING.
Countless number of fasting regimens exist; almost all of them require you to avoid meats, processed foods, anything altered chemically or created with additives, as well as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
Before embarking in it, make sure to read up on a fast before starting, doing it healthy, appropriate and consulting your doctor.