Foods to Avoid

Foods to Avoid

The holidays are often a time of overindulgence. Here are some foods to avoid to help you enjoy a healthier life. The foods, beverages and ingredients listed below should have the above image on the package. They are so harmful that eating and/or drinking them on a regular basis will certainly chop years off your life, and guarantee that the years you have left will be filled with sickness, disease, and very likely obesity.

Information is power. So here's the information you need to avoid illness and enjoy good health.

  • Soda: This is one of the top beverages to avoid, and is the most consumed drink this time of the year. Any soda, diet or regular, is acid in a bottle (or can). It's SO acidic that it takes 32 CUPS of water to neutralize the acid in just ONE can of soda in your body. Having so much acidity puts a tremendous strain on your kidneys, which filters acid out of your bloodstream and puts it into your urine.

    Your body also uses its own alkaline minerals (calcium from your bones and magnesium from your muscles) to neutralize the acid. Eventually that can lead to osteoporosis, weak muscles, tooth decay and brittle, porous bones that fracture easily. Plus soda contains the worst form of sugar on the planet – high fructose corn syrup.

  • Artificial sweeteners: AKA, poisons. No other way to say it. Here are just some of the documented side effects of aspartame (known by the brand names Equal or Nutrasweet): Eyes: -Blindness in one or both eyes decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as blurring, flashes, tunnel vision, high blood pressure, cancer, etc etc.

  • High fructose corn syrup: (HFCS) is directly associated with the following conditions: -Kidney disease, Osteoporosis, High cholesterol,- Raised insulin levels (leading to diabetes),-High uric acid levels (which can result in arthritis), Obesity. The problem here is HFCS is found in just about every type of product on the market including: soda, ketchup, salad dressings, sports drinks, cough medicines, jellies and jams, yogurt, ice cream, cereals, chips and crackers, breads, candies, syrups, whipped topping, granola bars, lunchables, packaged pastries, snack cakes and cookies.

  • Hydrogenated oils: Hyrdogenated and partially hydrogenated oils contain trans- fatty acids, which are fats that are not found in nature, and that your body CANNOT metabolize. Instead, they just accumulate, clog your arteries, and cause inflammation, cell damage and heart attacks. These bad fats are found in deep fried foods, margarine, baked goods, powdered and artificial coffee creamers, and most processed (packaged) foods. Look for the words "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" on package labels. If you see them, do NOT buy the product.

  • Nitrite cured meats: Cured meats made with sodium nitrite (or sodium nitrate) include hot dogs, lunch meat, bacon, ham and corned beef. When you eat nitrites, they can be converted into nitrosamines (which are potent cancer-causing chemicals) in your body. The primary types of cancers associated with nitrite consumption are colo-rectal, stomach and pancreatic. In addition, children born to women who ate a lot of cured meats during pregnancy are from two to three times more likely to develop a brain tumor than those born to mothers who did not eat cured meats. Another study showed processed meats increased the risk of pancreatic cancer (the deadliest of all cancers) by 67%.

  • Processed foods: Processed "foods" include all packaged foods (in boxes, cans, jars, bags or frozen cartons) that contain ingredients other than a basic food. Although the appeal behind them is convenience and indefinite shelf life, they are extremely unhealthy and loaded with chemicals and preservatives that your body was never meant to ingest. Besides the chemicals they contain, processed foods are harmful to your health for these reasons: * They provide no usable naturally occurring nutrients; they use up loads of digestive energy, and then basically turn to nothing but waste. * They contain no water to transport nutrients or carry away wastes from your body, like fruits and vegetables do. Instead, they add to the waste pile, making you very toxic. * Your body's hunger feeling is triggered by a need for nutrients from real food -- not just something to occupy space in the stomach. Since processed "foods" don't nourish you, even though your stomach may be physically full, the body thinks it still needs more food because it hasn't gotten nourished from what is in the stomach. That's why you can polish off an entire family- size bag of Doritos then feel hungry again an hour later. No nutrition. It's a recipe for obesity. READ LABELS !

  • Tap water: Surprised? So was I. Since our bodies are alkaline, our water must be alkaline too. Thanks to acid rain and the chemicals added by municipalities, that's not always a given. Regular (unfiltered) tap water is acidic and contains toxins like flouride and chlorine. The best sources of alkaline water are distilled water or filtered water (using reverse osmosis, Brita filters or similar filtering).

    Do your best to avoid these foods and ingredients. Become a label reader, if you don't know what the ingredient or can't prononce it, don't put it in your body.

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