Health Facts Every Mother Should Knowby Mamapumpkin
Posted on 13 May 2015
- Processed food is bad for us. Processed food is defined as anything that is not fresh and has to be packaged. This can be anything from processed cheeses, processed cereals, canned food, snacks that you buy from the convenience store wrapped in plastic, even commercial muesli bars; they all add toxins into the body over time. If you consume it in very low quantities, you can probably get away with it, but if you are a regular consumer of processed food, at some point in your life or your child’s life, there are bound to be consequences. Processed food contain food preservatives, additives, fillers, food conditioners and flavourings, or you would not be able to keep them in your pantry for more than a few days.
- Sugar is bad for us. Sugar is not just defined as the raw sugar that you put into your coffee but sugar from fruit, sugar from carbohydrates such as white flour, rice, noodles, bread and pastry. Anything that is white should be avoided. Why is sugar bad? Because it not only feeds our already existing but dormant cancer cells within our body but overworks our pancreas and gallbladder into producing excessive insulin. Whenever we consume sugar, our body produces a spurt of insulin to balance out our body’s blood sugar level. Over time, our body becomes insulin resistance and despite the pancreas producing more insulin, it no longer works to remove the sugar from our blood. Furthermore, when we eat sugar, it goes to the liver. If liver glycogen is low, such as after a run, the sugar will replenish it. However, most people aren’t consuming sugar after a long workout and their livers are already full of glycogen. When this happens, the liver turns the sugar into fat. Some of this fat gets shipped out, but a part of it remains in the liver and builds up over time and you get Liver Disease. Eating sugar also increases bad cholesterol and triglycerides and can contribute to Leptin resistance which will then cause weight gain, cravings, sleep problems and such. Eating sugar will create an addictive sugar response in the brain plus it doesn’t fill you up and instead encourages you to eat more. So is eating sugar worth the pleasure? Absolutely not.
- Exercise is very important. Although you may lose weight purely by limiting the portions and the quality of food that you eat, exercise is still incredibly important because it not only strengthens your bones and muscles but promotes the circulatory system within your body. Good circulation ensures that every part of your body functions well and gets good quality oxygenated blood that is filled with the nutrients that each part of your body needs. If you have poor circulation, certain parts of your body will start deteriorating and over time, disease sets in. Exercise will also strengthen bones and build muscles, keep a healthy heart and give you overall great health. Do ensure that your kids get lots of exercise so it becomes a lifetime habit for them.
- Vegetables are Under-Rated. In order to live a great, healthy life that will not succumb to illnesses, the body requires an ovoerfluous amount of vegetables. Usually this is not possible and especially not for children when they are fussy eaters and thus, good, natural supplements are necessary. However, if you can be diligent to juice several times daily in order to make up for the lack of nutrients that your body requires, then you could almost negate the supplements but honestly, how many of us have the time to juice 6-7 times a day on top of eating 3 meals that are filled with several dishes of fruit and vegetables? Not me, that’s for sure. Plus, even the best supplements work out cheaper.
- Water is so important. Did you know that our organs need water to function well? This is because water has Hydrogen and Hydrogen is everywhere in our cells binding our DNA. Thus the more water we drink, the healthier we are so to speak. Of course there is a thing as too much water so the correct amount to drink per person is based on their weight in pounds (lbs) divided by 2 in ounces (oz). For example, take a heavy, large me who is 80kg which is 176lbs, divide that by 2 to make 88 ounces, which is the amount of water for my body to function optimally, which converted into litres is 2.64 litres. However if you exercise or are active and sweat a lot, then there is no harm drinking a little more than your recommended water intake. Like it or not, we will die without water and water contains good Hydrogen that will repair and cleanse out our defective cells known as free radicals from the body. Free radicals are defective cells that get produced from bad food, stress, environmental pollutants, smells, creams, pollution, and the mere act of breathing because our body is like a car and cars produce fumes as a by product from burning fuel. Same concept, when we breathe, we produce free radicals too.
- Sufficient Sleep is a MUST. Oh, yes. If you do not sleep enough, you are giving the free radicals more opportunity to multiply within your body. Why? Sleep is the time when our cells regenerate and heal, so if you sleep very little, there is very little opportunity for your cells to do a thorough and complete cell renewal process. So when’re you can, do sleep and best by 11pm because that is the best time the body starts its healing work. If you have work to do, wake early to do it even at 4am, but sleep early rather than sleep late.
- If you can follow these health facts to a T, you have a pretty good chance of living a healthier, stronger, happier and longer life. It is so worth it to do so because I have seen too many people suffer from poor health being once a patient of poor health myself. Think of your children, they need you thus you owe it to them to care best for your own body at no sacrifice. Non-negotiable.
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