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Living Food for Health
by Gillian McKeith, Ph.D.
From Let's Live Online - 2005-07-07

Supercharge Your Health with These 12 Superfoods, Guaranteed to Help You Feel Renewed, Recharged and Revitalized

The Benefits of Living Foods

Living foods can boost energy, strengthen blood, nourish the organs and revitalize the cells. I eat these living foods for vitality, well-being and vigor. Living foods strengthen the immune system, regulate weight and slow the aging process. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, have adequate protein, and are low in fat. They're rich in slow-releasing carbohydrates, which boost energy, and because living foods generally have a high fluid content, they are ideal for detoxifying the system. They're also rich in fiber. Soluble fiber lowers blood fat levels and removes heavy metals such as lead and cadmium from the body.

But the truly remarkable element of living foods, especially raw foods, is their enzyme content. Enzymes are the key to proper food absorption, released as soon as we start to chew. All our physical processes depend on enzymes. They are the essential catalysts of all the chemical reactions in our bodies; without them, we would cease to function or exist. Enzymes spark digestion, detoxification, immunity, all all other metabolic and regenerative processes. The quality of our enzymes is reflected in the vitality of our own energy levels and life force.

The Sacred 12

The following are the 12 living foods I call "superfoods" or the sacred 12. They have worked wonders for patients at my clinic, in a balanced and harmonized combination. Now these living foods can work for you, too.

1. Millet
Digetstion Dynamo

Millet is high in iron, magnesium, potassium, silicon, the B vitamins and vitamin E. It supports the digestive organs, especially the stomach and spleen (your energy "battery"). It gives you more energy and improves nutrient uptake, as well as removes unwanted excess acid and helps to inhibit growth of fungus and nasty yeasts.

Using Millet:Eat millet grain two or three times weekly if you can. It's delicious in soups, salads and stews, or can be eaten by itself.

2. Quinoa
The Most Powerful Protein

Containing all nine essential amino acids, quinoa (pronouced keen wah) is a more usable protein than meat. A rich source of minerals, it contains more calcium than milk and therefore helps support the skeletal system. It strengthens the kidneys and enhances sexual prowess (good sex depends on well-functioning kidneys!)

3. Alfalfa
The Terrific Tonic

Alfalfa is highest in natural digestive enzymes and bioflavonoids, as well as most vitamins, minerals and amino acides and contains more four times more vitamin C than most citrus fruits. It nourishes blood, cleanses intestines and improves digestion. It regulates digestive disorders, heartburn, gas, bloating and malabsorption. It's beneficial in the breakdown of fat, cellulose and starch.

Using Alfalfa: Alfalfa sprouts are high in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. You can also buy alfalfa leaf in tablet, powder, tincture and tea forms. It is best to follow dosage directions on the package. However, general suggestions are to drink two cups of alfalfa tea every other day, or take to 2,000 to 4,000 mg capsules three times daily.

4. Aloe Vera
Healer and Strengthener

Especially rich in plant sterols, amino acids and polysaccharides, aloe vera is strengthening to all organs and cell tissue. It loves your liver, repairs damaged tissue, reduces inflammation, assists digestion and promotes free flow of energy.

Using Aloe: Aloe can taste quite palatable when mixed in fruit juice; 1/4 glass of aloe juice added to 3/4 glass of apple juice can be both tasty and soothing. For those who have obvious intestinal problems, 1/4 glass of aloe juice (with apple juice) twice daily, morning and evening, is recommended.

5. Green Barley Grass
Toxin Terminator

Green barley grass is extraordinarily high in the antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD). It contains as much usable protein as meat, and it supports heart, lungs, liver, arteries, joints and bones. It fights free radicals, and improves energy levels, stamina and endurance. SOD protects cell tissue and removes pollutants, radiation, chemicals, metals and other foreign substances from the body.

Using Barley Grass: The powder is easiest for the body to assimilate; follow dosage directions on the label, and mix with 1/2 cup of water or juice (not orange juice, its too acidic). Tablets are also available; follow directions on lable. For a change, alternate barleygrwass with one of the algae--blue-green, spirulina or chlorella.

6. Flaxseeds
"Lube" Job

Flaxseeds contain abundant levels of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acides, and in a perfect balance. THey lubricate bowels (colon), and nourish the spleen, pancreas and immune system. Flaxseeds help regulate weight and bowel functions, lower cholesterol, enhance skin tone, and improve immunity and reproduction.

Using Flaxseeds: Incorporate flaxseeds into your diet at least four times weekly. Eat the seeds whole or ground. Sprinkly them on salads and other foods; two to four heaping teaspoons daily should ensure that you are getting a good balance of essential fatty acids. Be sure to store them in the refrigerator.

7. Parsley
Like a Multivitamin

I call parsley the "culinary multivitamin" because it is a nutrient powerhouse. Parsley contains high levels of beta carotene, vitamin B12, chlorophyll, calcium, and just about all other known nutrients, including more vitamin C than citrus fruits. It aids in digestion; supports the liver, kidneys and adrenal glands; and purifies blood and body fluids. Parsley helps the body's defensive mechanisms (it is a great immune booster), and it helps destroy bacteria.

Using Parsley: Have a handful of fresh parsley two or three times weekly; it's a marvelous addition to any diet. If your digestion needs some attention, drink two to three cups of parsley tea daily (available in health food stores). Nursing mothers should not drink too much parsley tea; it can dry up the milk supply. (Choose alfalfa leaf tea instead, as it will increase the milk supply.)

8. Dulse and
9. Nori: sea vegetables

A Mine of Minerals

Sea vegetables such as dulse and nori contain the highest digestible source of all minerals. They alkalize the blood, removing acid and toxic metals. They activate enzyme energies, improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients and assist weight management. Sea vegetables enhance mental energy.

Using Sea Vegetables: Experiment with the different types of sea vegetables. Use them in your diet, two ro three times weekly. Add ginger (a warming herb) in the winter if you feel cold.

10. Stevia
Curb the Cravings

The herb stevia contains protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates and vitamins. This natural sweetener regulates and balances blood sugar levels, suppresses cravings for sweets and controls appetite.

Using Stevia: Stevia is available in powder or liquid extract. Follow dosage directions on the label. When baking or making desserts, one to three drops of the extract should sweeten one cup of liquid. It is best to experiment with this and see what works for you.

11. Sunflower
The Energy Booster

The sunflower is packed with essential fatty acids; vitamins A, B-complex, D and E; the minerals zinc, iron, calcium, manganese, potassium and phosphorus; and lipotropics. It is an excellent source of protein. Sunflower oil lubricates the intestines and tones the bowels. Sunflower is also a powerful energy "pick-me-up."

Using Sunflower: Carry sunflower seeds with you for a midday snack and eat a couple handfuls daily or every other day. Sunflower sprouts (two to three times weekly are a superb addition to your diet.

12. Wild Blue-Green Algae
The Harmonizer

Wild blue-green algae contains virtually every nutrient known to man, in an absorbable and balanced form. It is particularly high in assimilable protein, amino-acid peptides, digestible minerals, active enzymes and botanical pigments. It harmonizes physiological and biological human functions, and supports virtually every system in the body. It is rich in B vitamins and minerals, which are essential for the production of red blood cells, and it improves cognitive function and memory. It strengthens immunity, and provides a feeling of well-being, vigor and vitality. It helps prevetn unhealhty bacteria, pathogens, fungi, viruses, colds and flu; and it removfes excess mucus.

Using Wild Blue-Green Algae: Correct dosage can span a wide range. I have patients on dosages ranging from 2 to 10 gm daily, depending on personal symtoms and specific biochemical needs.

Gillian McKeith, Ph.D., described by the Sunday Times as "Britain's food guru," is director for the McKeith Clinic in London. A clinical nutritionist, her clients include royalty and world-class athletes.

This article is an excerpt from Living Food for Health, by Gillian McKeith, Ph.D. [Basic Health, 2005], available in bookstores nationwide or by calling Basic Health Publications at (800) 575-8890. The book contains additional information about living foods, as well as recipes using the living foods discussed in this article.


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