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Source foods high in nutrients and low in toxins. Chronic conditions: obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, gum disease, heart disease, indigestion, osteoporosis.

 

— CHALLENGES

Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and food preservatives are assumed safe when they're not. Commercial foods and agricultural soils are nutrient deficient. Farm subsidies fund industrial agriculture and mega food corporations that value profit over health. Pasteurized dairy contaminated with antibiotic-resistant heat-resistant bacteria. Too much sugary carbs and meat and not enough good fats and vegetables in the modern diet. School contracts with the commercial food industry serve nutrient-depleted meals to children.

 

— PREVENTION

Invest in organic independent farmers you trust. Source strictly organic whole foods—it's the only way to avoid toxins in the industrial food supply chain. Take control of your food and cook in your own kitchen. Avoid sugar and carbs. Play it safe and eliminate dairy and grains, especially wheat and corn. These are the most common food allergens for a reason. Eat your veggies; vegetarians live longer.

 

OVERVIEW

Eat organic whole foods without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical additives and industrial processing.

Eating smart is one of the most important choices you will make for your health. The concept is simple enough—from the foods available, source the ones with the highest nutrients and the lowest toxins and poisons. Our ancestors have been eating smart for millennia. Animals in the wild do it. In nature, animals eat foods low in nutrients and high in poisons only if they're starving and desperate. Because the math never works out right eating that way. Over time, the toxins will accumulate until the organism is poisoned. And the organism will become weak because it will expend more energy to digest, metabolize and eliminate toxic, nutrient depleted food than the energy yielded by it.

So why do so many humans eat dumb, especially "well fed" Americans who sport the highest chronic disease rates in the world? Did people forget what eating is all about? Maybe they were confused by advertising. Maybe the desire to be fed short-circuited our ability to feed ourselves. At the end of the day, if you want to live healthy, you have to eat smart—more so today than any time in our history because of environmental toxins we created. When we eat smart, we feed ourselves foods that nourish us without poisoning us. We become conscious about what we're putting in our mouths. We avoid inflammatory foods like pasteurized dairy and GMO wheat, soy and corn doused in herbicide. We say no to pesticides and dead processed phoods.

And we say goodbye to refined sugar forever. Sugar is acidic, feeds fungus, and provides zero nutrients. That makes it a dumb food for humans. If you want healthy cell metabolism, you need a complex array of nutrients that transmit sunlight energy in a form you can metabolize—minus any poisons and toxins. We depend on plants to photosynthesize sunlight into chemical energy that can be used as fuel. Even if you're an omnivore, you rely on the plants the animal ate to source sunlight as chemical fuel. Once you accept that reality, you'll understand why eating fresh whole foods that are unprocessed and can't sit on a grocery store shelf for months will always yield more vital life-giving energy and better health. Living foods yield more energy. And fermented foods provide good probiotics and enzymes.

Given the challenges of industrial processed foods, you'll need to take control by cooking organic whole foods in your own kitchen. Source organic farmers you trust. Eat your veggies. And get enough good fats for cardiovascular and hormonal health. Low fat diets are actually horrible for your health. Avoid processed foods, and foods laden with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, chemical additives and dyes, and denatured trans-fats. Eat a variety of fresh foods of various colors to get a rich source of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

 

FURTHER READING

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Source: IFT

The natural human diet

Source: Nutrition Facts

Chemical cuisine 

Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Sugary soft drinks may be linked to accelerated DNA ageing – study 

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 The $956 billion farm bill in one graph 

Source: Washington Post

Alarming levels of Monsanto's Glyphosate found in America's food

Source: Food Democracy Now

Vandana Shiva on organic farming

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When is organic really organic? 

Source: The Balance

What have we learned about nutrition in the past 5 years?  

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Fruit and veg give you the feel-good factor 

Source: University of Warwick

Eating fiber keeps gut microbes from eating you

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The 5 best healthy fats for your body

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20 foods to naturally increase your brain power

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11 Amazing reasons to use coconut oil everyday

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The healing foods diet

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Dr. Max Gerson: Healing the hopeless 

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 All about raw food

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Research on the Paleo diet

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Congee: Chicken porridge 

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Source: Aparna Khanolkar  

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10 processed foods to never feed your kids

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Vitamin K: The missing nutrient to blame for heart attacks and osteoporosis

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Mega-liposomal supplements deliver unprecedented amounts of supplements to the bloodstream

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Dr. Mark Hyman: What to Do about Fake Foods

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What is real food? 

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Ron Finley: A Guerilla gardener in South Central LA  

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3 idiotic nutrition myths that won't die

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Super Seed: The case for Chia! 

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Spirit says: Healing foods 

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The 16 best healthy, edible plants to grow indoors 

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The evidence for a vegan diet

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What it really takes to get the benefits of a Mediterranean diet 

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Food energetics: Traditional Chinese medicine's best kept secret

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Ayurvedic diet and the art of cooking

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Kitchen therapy: Cooking up mental well-being

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ZSU Dever just wrote an entire cookbook about bean juice, and it's awesome 

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Top 10 vitamin deficiencies

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Thinking twice about calcium supplements

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Why bio availability matters for vitamins and essential nutrients 

Source: Smartypants Vitamins

New concepts in nutraceuticals as alternative for Pharmaceuticals 

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Kwik Brain: My 10 Favorite Brain Foods 

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Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?

Source: EWG’s Children Initiative