Eating for Health and Pleasure with "Super Foods" & "Super Supplements" By Dr. Barbara Custer

For the body to remain in a state of health and balance, attention must be paid daily to the concept of eating for health as well as eating for pleasure. In this article you will learn how super foods and super supplements can change the biochemistry of the body. They help reverse stress patterns, disease patterns, that when left unchecked, cause many types of illness, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, chronic pain, premature aging of all body organs and many other common symptoms.

What are super foods and why are they considered super?

Super Foods are foods found to produce certain types of positive bio chemical changes in the body, and contain nutrients known to have medicinal properties. The bio chemical changes can repair, heal, and restore the body back to health and balance by repairing damaged cellular tissue and bone. Studies by many medical universities have found that the active phyto-nutrients in super foods help to cure and prevent symptoms.

Some top super foods are: Acai berry, the allium family (onion, garlic, shallots, leeks, scallions), barley, beans, lentils, buckwheat, all green vegetables, hot peppers, nuts and seeds, sprouts, and yogurt. These foods should be staples in our daily diet.

What are Super Supplements?

Super supplements can be described as the active ingredient in a highly nutritional food. When concentrated, and taken in high doses it produces a medicinal effect. The most important supplements are amino acids, antioxidants, acidophilus, berry and green plant concentrates. When these substances are added to a clean healthy diet and life style, your overall health, energy, stamina, and brain chemistry are given the extra nutrients that are needed. They give your body optimum energy and performance, as well as changing and reversing disease patterns.

- Antioxidants

Antioxidants reverse free radical damage to tissue caused by chemicals and environmental toxins. They also encourage natural digestive enzymes that help proper colon functioning. Antioxidants promote proper blood ph levels, which help to stop inflammation in all body tissue and joints. The most famous antioxidants are fruit and green vegetable concentrates, wheat and barley grasses. The fruits and berries include, acai, blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, pomegranate, and mangostein. Wheat, barley, and oat grass, are also famous for their detoxifying properties. They have been used in the Middle East and the Orient for thousand of years and are considered blood and energy tonics.

- Amino Acids

Amino acids are the individual organic chemicals that are in proteins, and can be found in Whey Powder products. Amino acids are considered the building blocks for all cells. All muscle and brain tissue are fed by amino acids. They help in tissue repair, create antibodies that fight bacteria and viruses, enhance energy, fight fatigue, and stabilize blood sugar. They are famous for enhancing muscle mass and strength. Certain amino acids repair DNA damage from environmental toxins, and chemical toxins from food. Individual amino acid supplements, such as Taurine can be effective in high doses to calm the nervous system. Tyrosene in high doses can stimulate the thyroid and brain neurotransmitters that increase energy and metabolism. Amino acids and amino acid deficiencies can be tested with very sophisticated testing, taking the guesswork out of what the body needs.

- Acidophilus

Acidophilus are called the "good guy" intestinal bacteria. They help to keep the natural flora of the intestines and vagina balanced. These bacteria are of critical importance for all breakdown and metabolism of food. Just increasing acidophilus levels into normal ranges cure many gastrointestinal problems. They also help protect the body by fighting against invasion of harmful bacteria, parasites, and other organisms. Acidophilus is also involved in all vitamin synthesis, natural antibiotic production, immune defense, and detoxification of pro-carcinogens and a host of other activities. Acidophilus is naturally occurring in yogurt but for medicinal purposes it should be taken in high dose supplementation.

Essential Fatty Acids

These are the fats the body cannot make and therefore must be added to the diet.

These essential fatty acids are widely distributed in plant and fish oils. Primarily used to produce hormone-like substances that regulate a wide range of things including, proper brain functioning, dropping blood pressure, helping blood clotting, controlling lipid levels, supporting immune response, and all inflammatory responses. Essential Fatty Acids are comprised of two groups: Omega 3 and Omega 6 and 9. These oils need to be supplemented on a daily basis, as the body cannot make them. Using cold pressed organic oils from nuts, seeds, and vegetables are good daily routines. All oils can be taken in pill form or liquid form and high doses are recommended for certain illnesses.

The body has an amazing capability to heal and continually restore itself, given the right environment. Every day we can change our biochemistry positively or negatively, by the foods and supplements that we take in. To be able to live healthy, active lives, we must take very good care of our bodies, and make healthy choices. Not only will this benefit us by feeling better immediately, but it will help stop disease and prevent chronic illness and premature aging.

We need to start thinking that eating for health can be a great source of pleasure. Antioxidants, acidophilus, essential oils, and amino acids, are the " Super Supplements" that become an added bonus of ensuring optimum health, energy, and vitality.