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Sunday, May 29, 2011

We need Phytonutrients: As the Oxygen Content of Earth's atmosphere varies

It seems constant to us because over the course of our life times, the course of written history, the whole course of human evolution it hasn't varied all that much, but there was a time when the earth's air was better. The length of man's existence is minuscule compared to the age of the earth. Scientists have proven that oxygen levels in the atmosphere in prehistoric times averaged around 30% to 35%, compared to only 21% today – and that the levels are even less in densely populated, polluted city centres and industrial complexes, perhaps only 15 % or lower (and this decrease has a bad effect on oxygen breathers, exacerbating health issues worldwide).

You can't point out one plant and say it is critical to the 'stability' of oxygen. What is happening is too intimately tied to the carbon dioxide balance, the nitrogen balance and everything else to say "Here, this is the plant that keeps us alive." They all do their fair share and depend on animals and other things to keep the Eco balanced. If one gets lost (goes extinct) something else must replace it fairly quickly or the balance goes out of sync.

This change in the makeup of the air we breathe has potentially serious implications for our health. Around 10,000 years ago, the planet's forest cover was at least twice what it is today, so its safe to assume that forests are now emitting only half the amount of oxygen. Desertification and deforestation are rapidly accelerating this long-term loss of oxygen sources. Our earth's oxygenated enviroment is depleting, the conglomerates of this world are ruining it, but we can take some measure of personal action to help boost our own health.

ONE WORD: Phytonutrients...

Phytonutient (pronounced fight-o-nutrient) literally means plant nutrient.

Phytonutrients are nutrients derived from plant material that have been shown to be necessary for sustaining human life. Phytochemicals are non-nutritive plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing, compounds. Their role in plants is to protect plants from disease, injuries, insects, drought, excessive heat, ultraviolet rays, and poisons or pollutants in the air or soil. They form part of the plants immune system, and in a depleting oxygenated environment it's good for us as well. One such product that I use personally is rich in Phytonutrients and helps replenish many of the depleted areas in people's health today. That product is a food optimizer (that you can make into shakes and smoothies) called "Vega". It works for when I'm on the go in the morning, I put a scoop of Vega and fresh frozen berries in the blender with organic concord grape juice, 2 minutes later I have a Phytonutrient rich meal replacement.

This is not a sales pitch...I don't do that sort of thing on this Blog.

I post only the things that I feel I personally like/use...

- Promote optimal health and increase energy and stamina
- Meet 100% of recommended daily intake of vitamins & minerals
- Meet 60% of recommended daily intake of fiber
- Support the development of bones & teeth
- Ensure healthy thyroid and hormonal function
- Enhance digestion and gastrointestinal function
- Preserve good cardiovascular health
- Support eyesight, skin health and immune system
- Maintain proper muscle function
- Encourage healthy weight loss by improving metabolism, increasing the feeling of fullness and controlling blood sugar

VEGGIES I eat: All organic and locally grown
Amaranth greens – same as Callaloo, a variety of Spinach, Avocado, Asparagus, Bell Peppers, Burro Bananna, Chayote - Mexican Squash, Cucumber, Dandelion greens, Garbanzo beans (chick peas) - optional, Izote – cactus flower/ cactus leaf- grows naturally in California, Jicama, Kale, Lettuce - all, except Iceberg, Mushrooms - all, except Shitake, Mustard greens, Nopales – Mexican Cactus, Okra, Olives, Onions, Poke salad - greens, Sea Vegetables - wakame/dulse/arame/hijiki/and nori, Squash, Spinach - use sparingly, String beans, Tomato – cherry and plum only, Tomatillo, Turnip greens, Zucchini.

FRUITS I eat: "no canned or seedless fruits"
Apples, Bananas – the smallest one or the Burro/mid-size original banana, Berries – all varieties - Elderberries in any form – no cranberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Currants, Dates, Figs, Grapes - seeded, Limes - key limes preferred with seeds, Mango, Melons - seeded, Orange - Seville or sour preferred, difficult to find, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Prunes, Raisins - seeded, Soft Jelly Coconuts - Soursops – from Latin or West Indian markets, Sugar apples - chermoya

An example of how I eat: everything organic (no hybrid or GMO foods)
ELIMINATE all processed foods from your diet...

Breakfast: Muesli-type oat cereal with fresh fruit, blueberries/black berries.
Lunch: A spinach salad with mandarin oranges and almonds.
Dinner: Vegetarian bean chili with a crusty whole grain roll.
Snack: A tall cold glass of real orange, berry, or a banana smoothie.

It's a challenging transition, but it's the cost associated to being better off!!!

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