The Acai Berry, Functional Beverages & Your Diet

You may have heard of the acai berry or any of the other phytonutrient drinks like mangosteen, goji or noni and other exotic fruits. Functional beverages and your healthy diet is our topic today.

Show notes:

  • What is a functional beverage? – A drink that has specific ingredients to target certain conditions.
  • These exotic fruits have supposedly high ORAC scores and are high in anti-oxidants fighting free radicals.
  • The ORAC score is for the ingredient itself, not the beverage it goes into. How much of the specific ingredient actually ends up in these drinks? No one is telling.
  • When you read literature about these drinks, make sure you read all of it, not just the headlines.
  • Oprah has the Acai berry listed as her #1 choice as a superfood.
  • The reality is that there is no short cut to good health. You can make your own functional beverages like, wheat grass, carrot juice and fruit smoothies with kale or parsley.
  • Eating right can have the same effect as these drinks. Start slow if you can’t go cold turkey and eat raw. Have some raw food every day to start.
  • These juices don’t make you well if you have a bad diet. Study these functional beverages. They may be good, but ask the right questions to get the info about the ingredients.

Next week: Holiday food recipes.

Visit our recipe section on our healthy diet web site.

Alan LeStourgeon

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Urban Sprouts Is Doing Something About Teen Obesity

Urban Sprouts was the featured blog on the front page of Blogger.com today and I just wanted to commend them for the great work they are doing.

Teen obesity is a big problem and apparently it is really bad in California. At the 4 San Francisco public schools where Urban Sprouts has implemented their program 50% of kids are overweight and 93% are considered unfit. In part we can thank the food industry and the soda industry for their contribution to the problem. They get kids hooked on soda, chicken McMaggots and all sorts of junk food and Urban Sprouts is trying to undo that epidemic.

According to their blog the Urban Sprouts program teaches “youth to grow, harvest, prepare and eat vegetables from the school garden, in order to help youth actively engage in school, eat better and exercise more, and connect with the environment and each other.” Not only are these kids growing and eating vegetables they are organic veggies. What a refreshing alternative this program is for our youth as opposed to what we call the SAD or Standard American Diet.

These young kids involved in Urban Sprouts can look forward to a much healthier future and lifestyle than what the majority of our youth will experience.

Please visit their web site and if you are so inclined, make a donation to help their program. Who knows, your donation might help ease the health care crisis in the United States. Programs like this are better than any health care plan that comes from Washington because this is health care, not symptom treatment.

Alan LeStourgeon

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Are You Dying Of Thirst?

When I was out for my walk this morning I noticed something about my neighbors. Today is recycling day in our hood so everyone had their bins out doing their thing for the planet, too bad they aren’t doing good for their bodies.

Recycle bins tell the story of what your neighbors are drinking, reading and eating, maybe what the family pets are eating as well. I pass probably around 30 to 40 houses on my little 2 mile walk around the neighborhood and something I noticed was there aren’t many people drinking just water. In fact I only passed by one house where the only thing in their bottle bin was nothing but water bottles. The rest of my neighbors have an assortment of beer, soda, wine and various other wicked concoctions.

This was of course a very unscientific study, but if our neighborhood is any indication of the way things are, I would say most people are dying of thirst. Most everyone knows the standard requirement for water intake for the average adult is 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water per day, I don’t think many people are getting close to that requirement. The requirement is for water, plain water, no flavors, fillers, enhancers, sports drinks and on, and on, just plain water. 

Your body needs to be hydrated properly to flush out your system and bring moisture to your cells. When the liquids you consume are filled full of coffee, sugar, beer, artificial preservatives, and everything else in the liquid chemistry sets we drink our kidneys have to work overtime to clean up all that junk.

The easiest place to start on waight loss and your healthy diet is to get rid if the junk you drink and drink plain water. You can get 24-20oz bottles of water at Wal-Mart for less than you can get a six pack of beer. It really is simple to be healthy to your body and give it what it really needs.

Remember our motto – Eat Healthy, Be healthy.

Alan LeStourgeon

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The Truth About Milk And Your Health

This week on the Healthy Diet Podcast we shed some light on the truth about cow’s milk and how it is linked to many diseases.

Show notes:

  • Doctors are still telling parents to give their newborn babies lots of milk even though there’s ample evidence milk is linked to serious health problems.
  • We used to drink milk and thought we were being healthy when we started drinking skim or 1% milk.
  • Big controversy between medical community and alternative health community on cow’s milk.
  • Milk is rich in calcium, but it is also rich in phosphorus which prevents the absorption of calcium.
  • How much calcium do we need? The National Academy of Science says 800 mg per day, the UK says 500 mg and the World Health Organization or WHO says 400-500 mg per day. So which is it?
  • Milk is linked to many common diseases. Dr Frank Oski wrote Don’t Drink Your Milk. We explain how milk may cause disease.
  • How do we get our calcium? Broccoli, leafy green vegetables, kale and legumes are rich in calcium.
  • Higher protein diets are linked to calcium loss.
  • Marinated Kale from The Health Station Jungle restaurant in Indialantic Beach Florida.

Next week: We will be off next week. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Alan LeStourgeon

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Food Propaganda And Your Healthy Diet

Sorry we won’t have a healthy diet podcast tomorrow because Jean is giving a seminar all this week. However, as of today I’m starting a series on food propaganda that will touch on how restaurants and the food industry manipulates us into thinking the food they are making is actually good for us.

Let’s start with Pizza Hut. Although this ad campaign has been out for some time, I’ve just started noticing the commercials. Pizza Hut has what they call a Fit’n Delicious Menu that features a selection of pizzas that have half the cheese, more veggies and less fat than regular pizzas. The Fit’n Delicious menu also features a 6″ Carbtracker pizza I assume for those on the deadly Atkins Diet.

The problem with these 6″ personal pizzas is that while they may be delicious, they are a far cry from being fit. The Meat Lovers 6″ pizza is a nutritional disaster area, only trained rescue personnel should be allowed near one. This artery-clogging lump of dead food contains nearly an entire day’s worth of sodium and saturated fat. The recommended intake of sodium for the average adult is 2,500mg and the intake of saturated fat is recommended at 20 grams. The Meat Lover’s Fit’n Delicious pizza contains 2,170 mg of sodium and 19 grams of saturated fat. Maybe a good marketing technique for the Hut would be to say you can get a complete day’s worth of everything you need in one pizza.

I can already hear the Atkins proponents saying, “But it only has 41 grams of carbs!” That’s the problem with Atkins type diets, because these diets concentrate only on the amount of carbs in the diet instead of overall healthiness, adherents believe they can eat what ever they want. A glass of battery acid isn’t good for you just because it doesn’t contain any carbohydrates.

I would recommend staying away from the Fit’n Delicious menu at Pizza Hut. For that matter, I would recommend staying away from Pizza Hut altogether, unless the one you go to is near a good cardiac care center.

Alan LeStourgeon

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Your Diet With Acid & Alkaline Foods

Today’s Healthy Diet Podcast covers the difference between acidic and alkaline foods and why your body needs to be in a slightly alkaline state.

Show notes:

  • Thanks to our listeners for taking the time to listen to us each and every week.
  • Why haven’t we heard about the acidic and alkaline food concept? Why don’t health professionals talk about getting your body into the alkaline state? Jean’s dentist knows about this. Read our article on acidic and alkaline foods here.
  • This info about alkalinity is just beginning to filter into mainstream medicine.
  • Jean explains what alkalinity means, disease and the ph of our bodies. Your body tries to get itself into an alkaline state. When you don’t feed it properly, it get its nutrients from your bones and tissue. This can cause osteoporosis and other problems.
  • Eighty percent of the foods we eat should be alkaline producing when digested. Cooked food is always acidic producing when digested.
  • Foods to avoid: meat, fish, dairy, most grains, caffeine, pastas, sodas, canned juices.
  • A great recipe we had at The Health Station & Jungle Restaurant in Indialantic Beach Florida. This recipe uses a spinach pesto recipe sort of like the one we have on our web site.

Next week: We will be off next week but look for blog posts right here.

Alan LeStourgeon

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