What has food got to do with youth? Why are we talking about diets? Because you’re what you eat. Because beauty and youth are the natural reflection of health and well-being, and health is so much related to what we eat. Look. No matter how good we can control our temper, attitude and mindset, we definitely need to eat correctly to stay healthy. No doubt or argument on that.
For most of us, eating is one of the most satisfying things we do in our everyday lives. It is a major source of pleasure. Instead eating has often become one of our favorite hobbies. So, we’ll definitely need to learn how to eat right to stay healthy and young.
Below are some everyday foods to avoid that can cause damage to our health when taken in excess. I’ll be using the word healthy instead of young in most instances.
Taking in too much of them may lead to heart problems. Dairy products are mucous forming and difficult to digest. If they are eaten, a better choice would be to accompany them with salad. Watch your consumption.
Taking too much processed and preserved food is detrimental to our health. Firstly, they contain hidden sugar, extra salt, flavor enhancer, food conditioner and other additives that contribute to health problems. Secondly, harmful preservatives are added to make the food “fresh” longer. Thirdly, it has no nutritional value even they were good food prior to canning as processing has taken most of the nutrients out of nutrient-rich foods!
3. Genetically Modified Food (GMO)
Genetic engineering is a radical new technology that breaks down fundamental genetic barriers not only between species, but also between humans, animals and plants in an unnatural way. One good reason to be concerned is that these laboratory-created foods do not have good safety track record for human consumption. However, they are allowed to be sold unlabelled in the conventional supermarket, there is no way to tell specifically which potatoes, soy, corn or tomatoes, etc have actually been genetically modified. The only way to avoid these GMO foods is to eat and buy organic food if possible. If you plan to grow and produce your own food, buy only organic seeds!
4. Refined Food
White flour, white rice and white sugar are all refined foods. They are made by stripping the grains and canes of all natural nutrients available: fiber, vitamins and minerals to give them a pretty clean and white color. They become depleted, processed “dead” food that often contributes to constipation and other digestive and health problems. Because they are stripped off virtually all nutrients, most refined foods are required to be enriched and fortified with synthetic vitamins and minerals. But bear in mind that our body cannot process chemical nutrients.
5. Hydrogenated/ Partially-Hydrogenated
Hydrogenation is the process of artificially converting naturally liquid oil (vegetable oil) into solid form at room temperature as in margarine, nut butters, biscuits, cookies and powder beverages, etc. Harmful trans-fatty acids are created from this hydrogenation process, and they cause blood clot, heart problem, cancer and other degenerative disease. Read the labels and avoid anything hydrogenated. And don’t be fooled by the label reading “partially-hydrogenated oil”, partially-hydrogenated oil is worst than totally hydrogenated oil!
6. Microwaved Food
According to a research paper published by Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel and a Lausanne University professor, food cooked in microwave ovens could pose a greater risk to health than food cooked by conventional means. A microwave oven decays and changes the molecular structure of the food by the process of radiation. Microwave cooking creates cancer causing agents and causes significant decrease in food nutritive value.
Eating meat in itself is unhealthy. The study of human digestive system has shown that that it is not designed for eating meat from the beginning. Certain meats, such as beef, take some 72 hours to digest completely. Therefore, if you eat meat at every meal, you would still be digesting the food you had for breakfast the other day while you are again consuming another round of it.
A vegetarian diet is good as it eliminates the problem of indigestion due to improper food-combining that often leads to fermentation and decaying of food in the stomach. More importantly, the nutrients needed to rejuvenate and replenish our cells are destroyed in the decaying and fermenting process, often in the case of meat-eater. This is one of the reasons why so many people nowadays actually look older than they are, as this dietary cycle will eventually leads to premature aging and illness.
If you want to stay young and live a healthy life, minimize your intake of the above food – dairy products, processed, refined, microwaved and GM food, hydrogenated oil and meat. Substitute meat with healthier alternatives like tofu. Make vegetables your daily affair. Let meat be the garnishing, and not the main course! Give preference to fresh ripe fruits, vegetable, nuts and seeds for health and youth!