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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ALEX'S TOP 10 LIST OF FOODS/SUPPLEMENTS!

1) COD LIVER OIL- The most concentrated and reliable source of vitamin D, vitamin A, DHA (a fatty acid that is essential to the health of your nervous system and eyes. It is vital to preventing depression) and EPA(a fatty acid that promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and decreases inflammation throughout your body. Its anti-inflammatory properties makes EPA especially helpful to people who suffer with arthritis.)Can be taken in liquid or capsule form daily.
2)COCOA POWDER- Diets high in flavonoid-rich cocoa powder and dark chocolate have a favourable effect on LDL ("bad" cholesterol and also help produce tons of serotonin. Cocoa powder is also HIGH in fiber and LOW in sugar, contains 0grams of sugar therefore is great for low-carb diets. Also rich in flavonoids & antioxidants!
3)COCONUT OIL- Contains anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Helps cleanse the digestive tract and is rich in MCT's (Medium chain triglycerices- beneficial fat source that is quickly absorbed by the body). Best source is "Cold pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil)
4)GARLIC- Thanks to its antiseptic properties, garlic is great at keeping your insides clean and is also anti-inflammatory and is known to reduce blood pressure. Has shown to be beneficial to those with diabetes and is also good for preventing weight gain. Garlic can be used as a seasoning for foods, tastes great:)
5)COLLOIDAL SILVER-Colloidal silver supports the natural defense system of the body and is powerfully alkaline (it is important to maintain an alkaline environment in the body versus an acidic one!)colloidal silver has been recognized as a powerful, natural antibiotic. It works by acting as a catalyst, disabling the enzyme that single-celled bacteria, fungi and viruses require for the metabolism of oxygen (meaning they cannot survive!!!). Available @ most health food stores, i even found some @ the organic section in Loblaws. It comes in a little bottle with a dropper. I like to drink water w/ a droperful of Colloidal Silver sometimes...
6)SPINACH- This is a very nutrient-dense food. It’s low in calories yet very high in vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. Excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It’s a very good source of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, zinc, dietary fiber, and copper. Also a good source of selenium, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids. Available frozen and fresh!!
7)PLAIN YOGURT- Plain yogurt is an amazing lactobacillus acidophilus/probiotic source that is good for maintaining a healthy intestinal flora. This is essential for women, as they are more prone to UTI's, yeast infections and such. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that we sometimes lack. They help fight yeast/fungi that can be at an overgrowth due to diets high in starch/sugar and also high levels of stress!! Yogurt is high in calcium and also protein and can be used to make delicious desserts/breakfasts. The best way to consume it essentialy would be plain or w/ frozen berries. Stevia is best used to sweeten it, as sugar is NO GOOD!!!
8)STEVIA- Let's face it! We all crave sweets sometimes, so what better to use as a sweetener in our baked goods/desserts/dishes than a herbal, low calorie, low glycemic herbal sweetener? Stevia is extracted from plants/shrubs mainly in Paraguay, Brazil and can be purchased in enveloppe form or a multi-potent powder/liquid form as well :) Can be used in combination w/ other sweeteners such as Xylitol (also a natural sweetener) and Splenda. Great for aiding weight loss and lowering blood sugar for diabetics!
9)WHEY PROTEIN- I like to use low-carb or plain fat-free whey protein as a supplement when i can not get my protein from natural food sources. After a workout i use whey isolate (quick absorption rate of protein) and before bed i use whey concentrate (slower absorption rate of protein). It is convenient and easy to use. I use a paper as a funnel, drop my scoop of protein into my water bottle, shake it up and drink it. Easy and simple!!
10)DRY RED WINE- WE HAVE ALL BEEN BRAINWASHED INTO THINKING ALLLLLL ALCOHOL IS VERY VERY BAD FOR US...PLEASE READ THIS LITTLE QUOTE I PICKED UP FROM winepros.org: "POLITICAL SUPPRESSION- Although wine may be the oldest remedy and prophylactic still in use, there was an entire generation of medical professionals, especially in America, that obtained their medical education during the historical period known as Prohibition. Medical texts for nearly twenty-five years were purged and censored of any mention of alcohol, including wine, for any application other than external. This medical generation became educators to the following one, perpetuating medical ignorance of the potential health benefits of wine."
The truth is, it's like a game of broken telephone... one guy in a white coat says "dont drink wine, its bad" and it gets spread through generations. Well here are some of the benefits of dry red wine: It is HIGH in RESVERATROL and QUERCETIN, these compounds may boost the immune system, block cancer formation, and possibly protect against heart disease and even prolong life. Ever heard of the French Paradox? Well one thing it mentions is how the French (who consume DRY RED WINE DAILY) have a MUCH LOWER rate of heart disease than Americans. I am a firm believer in having one glass of wine a day. Again!! EvErYtHiNg in moderation!!! :)

I hope this information comes in handy to you ALL...i will continue to post info and guides to foods/supplements that can help us all live longer, HEALTHIER lives ;)

Yours in Good Health...XOXOXO
-Alex L.

4 comments:

  1. It's very interesting and usefull article for me.
    Thank you Alex. :)
    Attila

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  2. I especially like the last one hehe

    good informative article, thanks :)

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  3. I was baffled by the "french paradox" until i read the refutation...ha...that french women had the highest incident of alcohol related liver damage and the most frequent DUI's. Lol, i promise. Im not being a sangron. Nonetheless, as homeigirl, all things in moderation.

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