Oils

Everyone knows how much sugar in various forms the food industry puts into processed foods — even bread has added sugar now. What is perhaps less well known is how much oil they add to everything as well. So many processed foods that you wouldn’t think require any added oil have oil added to them. Again, just manipulation of the taste to get people to crave the item. Yet the oil adds a ton of empty calories. Doesn’t seem that our food industry cares very much about your health and well being.

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Enzymes

The book I’m reading about enzymes makes the argument that, if you supplement with a digestive enzyme pill, this relieves some of the pressure on the pancreas to create digestive enzymes, so that the body can then make a fuller complement of metabolic enzymes, which are critical to your health: Enzyme Nutrition by Dr. Edward Howells.

He argues that you should take a digestive enzyme supplement, but also eat more raw food because the enzymes in raw food have not been destroyed by heat.  Again, the enzymes in raw food take the pressure off the pancreas to create digestive enzymes and so you get a boost to your metabolic enzymes.

In other words, he sees an inverse relationship between digestive enzymes and metabolic enzymes.  Eat a lot of cooked and/or processed foods without any enzymes, and your pancreas will be doing double time, and your metabolic enzymes will be that much weaker, which leads to serious illnesses.

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What Mysteries Hath Fasting?

They now have discovered what they are regard as human remains in Morocco that are carbon dated back 300,000 years.  Our immediate predecessor, Homo erectus, goes back even further — a cool 1 million years.

Guess what, during most of that “deep” time there were no supermarkets on every other block and no industrial farms to keep everyone fed.  And then of course there was the harsh weather in winter.  Winter was not a bountiful time for food.

No question that for much of our early history, that is, prior to the early Roman Empire (which is only yesterday in the scheme of things), mankind lived a life of the hunter/gatherer with many periods of little food, if not frequent outright starvation.  So over those 300,000 years, the body adapted to that circumstance.  It adapted by having two sources of nourishment for the cells — glucose or ketones, that is, a sugar from recently digested food or existing stored fat.  But the glucose or sugar was given priority so that the fat resources in the body would accumulate, and be available for the next onslaught of starvation.

It turns out that this is the “natural” rhythm of the body — to prioritize the use of glucose when there is plenty of food to be had, but also to burn off the stored fat when the inevitable periods of starvation reared up.

Fast forward to today when we eat with the regularity of a clock and never experience the natural starvation cycle.  And so what happens?  Instead of being periodically purged of stored fat, the modern body just keeps accumulating it.  And now 40% of Americans are considered overweight and obese.  It’s not hard to understand why.  They no longer practice the healthy practices that evolution has stamped on human digestion over those prehistoric 300,000 years — our real heritage.

But wait,  scientists are just starting to peek behind the covers of a return to a more natural rhythm in the form of disciplined FASTING.  And researchers are beginning to make astonishing discoveries of the myriad health benefits of serious fasting when the body is depleted of glucose and must use ketones instead.  For modern man, there may be some marvelous cures in the offing from fasting, as per the documentary listed below.   To wit, it seems cancer cells adore glucose — they thrive on sugar — but are very fussy eaters when it comes to ketones.

It’s all so counter intuitive.  You would think the body would get weaker and more vulnerable when not eating, but it appears that it may get healthier, perhaps a lot healthier, if the period of food deprivation is not too extreme.  The famous quotation from Nietzsche may apply: “Whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you stronger.”

Homo erectus

Fasting Documentary

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Omega-3 Fats

Eggs from The Country Hen have 310 mg of omega-fats.  They used a feed that boosts the amount of omega-3 fats in the egg.  It’s a no brainer.

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