We could probably do with a refresher course on the food and environmental factors that are behind what causes bad health. This list is part of Dr. Airola’s ‘How To Get Well’ and there are some points in his list that, with the new knowledge passed down by the science boffins, that we could change/eliminate.
THE ‘OLD’ LIST OF ‘HEALTH DESTROYERS’
Here is the list given by Dr. Airola (in no particular order)
- All tobacco – including cigars
- Coffee, tea, chocolate, cola and other soft drinks
- Excessive use of salt
- Excessive use of alcohol
- ‘Harmful’ spices: Mustard, black and white pepper, white vinegar
- Refined white sugar and white flour
- All processed, refined, canned, or factory-made foods
- All rancid foods
- All chemical drugs – except those ordered by your health professional
- All household and environmental chemicals
- A sedentary lifestyle
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE HEALTH DESTROYERS
Tobacco: The ‘evils’ of this substance has been drilled into us over the recent decades but just how bad for us is it? According to our country’s medical professionals; smoking has bad effects on almost every part of our body. Heart, circulation, stomach, skin, kidneys, our bones, brains, lungs, throats and even our reproductive abilities are all under attack from the components of tobacco and tobacco smoke.Basically stop – stop smoking a.s.a.p.! This applies to me – I smoke around 15 a day – gotta stop that s**t – it’s killing me.
Coffee, tea, chocolate, colas and other soft drinks: I’m wondering whether Dr Airola is targeting caffeine here – it would appear so. Caffeine bad for you? What do the medical profession think these days?According to the Harvard Medical School the recommended amount is around 400mg a day – that’s the amount of caffeine in around 4 cups of black coffee or 10 cups of black tea.O.M. bloddy G.!!! I have 3 mugs of instant coffee for breakfast! Why is it, I’m not dead yet? Jeez.
Excessive use of salt: We have been told recently that salt is bad for you but why? It’s actually the sodium that is part of salt’s makeup that is bad for us. High blood pressure, heart failure, kidney concerns and kidney stones, fluid retention, strokes, osteoporosis and a thickening of the heart muscle (left ventricular hypertrophy) can all be caused by high levels of sodium in our systems.Medical experts say we should eat no more than 5g of salt per day – that’s about a level teaspoon,If you’re mainly eating pre-packaged food; check the NIP (Nutritional Information Panel) on the food wrapping. Avoid any foods that contain more than 400mg of sodium per 100g and ideally hit the foods that contain under 120mg per 100g.
Excessive use of alcohol: P-P-Partyyyyy! Er… no, sorry. To be honest, alcohol is ‘nice’ but the risks from drinking it outweigh any kind of benefit. Any alcoholic drink can lead to:Certain cancers, including breast cancer and cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus and liver
Sudden death if you already have cardiovascular disease
Heart muscle damage (alcoholic cardiomyopathy) leading to heart failure
High blood pressure
Accidental serious injury or death
Brain damage and other problems in an unborn child
Alcohol withdrawal syndromeIs that Saturday night, let your hair down, celebration really worth it?
‘Harmful’ spices: Mustard, black and white pepper, white vinegar: I’m not sure what he is getting at here. All I can think of is that these spices have the ability to irritate the nose and throat if eaten in large quantities. However, I think we can ignore this selection as it has been found that all these spices have benefical effects on our bodies and their systems as well as boosting the flavors of our foods.
Refined white sugar and white flour: He’s hit the nail on the head with this destroyer. Heavily refined carbohydrates (carbs) like white sugar, white flour have been so processed that all the ‘good’ parts of the sugar and the wheat kernel have been removed. Fiber – gone, wheatgerm – gone, vitamins – gone. With white sugar it’s a slightly different story. Our bodies break down all carbohydrates – regardless of how we eat them – into simple sugar molecules called monosaccarides. Our disgestive tracts don’t know/care where we get our carbs from, they just crack on and break them down.
All processed, refined, canned, or factory-made foods: The more food is processed, the less ‘good stuff’ remains. How do we know that our food has been processed? Check the ingredients list – the longer the list is, the more processing the foodstuff has had to suffer
All rancid foods: Trust your senses on this one – if it looks ‘bad’ and smells ‘bad’ then it’s probably ‘bad’ and thus get rid of it
All chemical drugs – except those ordered by your health professional: Much more difficult to do than it would seem but we’ll have a post on this later
All household and environmental chemicals: Again, it makes sense but is darned difficult to do – again, we’ll have a follow-up post on this subject soon.
A sedentary lifestyle: This is certainly a concern for me – I really need to get off my butt and do physical stuff – such as walking, swimming etc. etc.
THE ‘NEW LIST OF HEALTH DESTROYERS
Having looked and dissected Dr. Airola’s ‘old’ list of health destroyers; here is my own list of my own, personal, health destroyers (in no particular order)
- Sugar and salt
- Excessive portion size
- Lack of exercise
- Caffeine intake
WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM
Sugar and salt: The majority of my added sugar intake comes from putting sugar into my coffee and my daily can of soda. Plan: Cut down coffee intake and replace with water (flavored with fruit as and when possible)
Excessive portion size: I was thinking of a mechanical way of changing my portion sizes – such as buying portion control plates but they’re either butt ugly or incredibly expensive. So, I’ve decided that every recipe I use follows 2 directives:
- Ensure that the recipe is for 2 people
- Cut each portion required by the recipe by 25%
Seems simple enough – let’s see what happens
Stress: I think this will dissipate as my weight goes down. Less weight wold mean a higher sense of self-esteem and thus a higher level of self-confidence which would lead to a better ability to handle the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Lack of exercise: Umm d’oh! Do more! It’s not difficult surely? Well, yes it is when you’re seriously overweight. It’s got to be done correctly and regularly in order to be effective.
Smoking: Just stop for God’s sake, just stop – it’ll be hard, especially when I’m cutting down on food but, if the results come in then it’ll reinforce my ability to actually do the exercise to increase my weight loss, which circles round to that reinforcement.
Caffeine intake: Swap caffeinated drinks for non-caffeinated ones – drink more water for instance – which will help with the weight loss.
Obesity: Well, if it all goes to according to plan this will be just a part of my past and not be here in the present to affect the rest of my life.
I have to change my lifestyle before my lifestyle changes me! Simple as…
See you on the next post