Thursday, April 3, 2008

"Let food be thy medicine"

Although I am very strict on certain nutritional areas, I will not ever call myself a fanatic. I will never be one of those people who will not color their hair, use make up, eat any food not organically grown and processed or eat sugar. As I state frequently, moderation is the key. I get worked up now and then, but the truth is, we do have to live in this world. Unfortunately, our world is far from perfect but it is what it is. We can try our hardest but I don't want to give up everything. For those who are sick or suffer from neurological or other disorders, I believe you need to be strict. For those of us who are relatively healthy, we can probably eat a little more of the bad now and then and go on relatively unscathed. Let me tell you why and how you can live in the world and still be ok.

Our bodies were made to withstand an imperfect environment and diet. Of course, if subject to constant abuse, it will deteriorate. But, if we feed ourselves with the vitamins and nutrients our bodies need, there will be a protection made to your body so that many of the harmful things; the parasites, metals, toxins that are in our foods and environments will not be absorbed in great amounts. The problem is , we are not getting the nutrients we need and so our bodies are weak and can't protect us. That is what happens with these little ones especially who are on constant antibiotics, ruining this protective layer and having a bad diet . They become malnourished and anything harmful that they come in contact with are absorbed. Even though we try to eat a good diet, our food supply is so different than it was decades ago. A typical steak will have a lot less vitamin properties than the same amount of steak 50 years ago. Same with veggies. The pesticides used to grow food and the antibiotics given to cows change the nutrients in the food. Therefore, some of the essential vitamins and minerals we need are not there in the quantities that we need. Many times, we need to have supplements.

One of the very most important elements we need in our diets is magnesium. Most people don't even know anything about this but Magnesium is used in about every cell of the body. It is needed for every function. When a person suffers a heart attack, they may be injected with magnesium. When a woman goes into preterm labor, they use magnesium. If information was given out about what magnesium truly is and why it is so necessary, pharmaceutical companies would be out of business. That is why, of course, you will not hear much about it. It is very cheap and would solve a majority of issues out there.

Magnesium stimulates white blood cells. It is the best weapon to defend the body from viral and bacterial disease and from the toxic environment that we live in. No prescription is needed at all! Magnesium also blocks the glutamate receptors. These are what go crazy when we eat all of those MSG additives, so , if we can block them, the amounts we get can be greatly lessened. Most people are living completely deprived of the levels of magnesium they need. Magnesium is used for healing, energy production, skin integrity, cardio health, diabetes prevention, pain management, calming effect on the nervous system, sleep improvement and
blood pressure among many other things.

Magnesium is found in almonds, peanuts, walnuts, brown rice, whole grain breads (4x more than white flour),
beans , spinach and bananas to name a few. Another benefit of whole grains, along with the magnesium content is that when used with sugar, it causes the sugar to be digested slower so you are not absorbing as much.

Magnesium is not absorbed as well as a supplement in pill form but best taken transdermally, on the skin. I have a great product that I buy that is a magnesium gel. I rub it on my kids at night and myself. My little one always baffles the Dr. that his magnesium level is so high. Most kids, especially autistic kids are way down on the scale. It is so important for all of us. It is very cheap and goes a long way.

I feel that if we do our best to pump up our bodies with what we need, we don't need to stress out so much. I can't live that way .
I won't ever give up some good chocolate. Life is too short! Go grab yourself a handful of almonds, rub in some magnesium oil and drink a spinach smoothie. Then, enjoy a night out now and then with a great big dish of MSG! Just remember, our master planner created these bodies and the food around us to work together. As Hippocrates stated,

"Let thy food be thy medicine, and the medicine be thy food."

It is all here for us. Knowledge is key. Keep cleaning out your cupboards and don't get overwhelmed.

If interested in some magnesium oil, the company is called Powerhouse Holistic Health. The number is 1-866-256-8206.
I am not selling this product so I don't get anything by mentioning this product. It should be in everyones medicine cabinet.

If you would like to read more about magnesium, email me and I will send a very detailed email back with an attachment book to read.


Melissa said...

For those of you with thyroid problems, magnesium is not for you. It disrupts thyroid function when you are on medication. (Just thought I would throw that out there because I bought some, then learned I shouldn't use it. Anyone want my half gallon?)

Shari Goodman said...

I am checking into this, everything I see so far advocate this for thyroid problems. Maybe only a contradiction on certain medicine. Just check with your Fr. first.

Shari Goodman said...

from my reading, I understand that with hypothyroidism the key is balance between potassium and magnessium. Magnessium is vitally important for thyroid function but you want to make sure you have the right levels. You would want to make sure your dr. gives you the correct balance or get tested on a regular basis.

Joseph said...

how do you get tested for potassium and magnesium levels

Shari Goodman said...

A good homeopathic Dr. will order a test but I also requested one from my general practice Dr. for my husband and Son. It was even covered as part of their physicals. It isn't expensive regardless.