"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human
blessings" - Hypocrites
many of us do not have the slightest idea of how to maintain good health. When
illness strikes, we rely on our doctors to cure us. What we fail to realize
is that "the cure" comes from within. Nature has provided us with
a wondrous immune system, and all we have to do is to take proper care of this
inner healing force.
Our modern lifestyles have got us off the right track, with fast foods,
chemicals, alcohol, drugs, polluted environment and high-tech stress.
your body as being composed of millions of tiny little engines. Some of
these engines work in unison, some work independently they are all on
call twenty-four hours a day. In order for the engines to work properly,
they require specific fuels. If the type of fuel given is the wrong blend,
or of poor grade the engine will not work to its full capacity, may sputter,
hesitate or lose power, if the engine is given no fuel, it will stop.
we give our bodies' engines comes directly from the things we eat. These
foods contain nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, water,
amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids.
One problem most
of us have is that we do not get the nutrients we need from out diets because
most of the foods we consume are cooked and / or processed. Cooking and processing
destroy vital nutrients the body needs to function properly. The organic raw
foods that supply these elements are largely missing from today's diets.
proteins and fats are the basic building blocks of a good diet. By choosing
the healthiest forms of these nutrients, and eating them in proper balance,
you enable your body to function at its optimal level.
is the body's main fuel. It is stored in the muscles and liver in the
form of glycogen, a related compound that is readily converted into glucose
as needed. The amount of glycogen available to the muscles is a key factor
in how much activity you can perform without becoming tired - in other
words, in physical strength and fitness. A high intensity workout is possible
only as long as glycogen is available in sufficient quantities.
The main source of energy in the diet is carbohydrates, because these compounds
are quickly converted into glucose. A diet high in complex carbohydrates is
the most beneficial for building the glycogen stores necessary for vigorous
activity as they are the main source of blood glucose and the only source
of energy for the brain and red blood cells. This is why many athletes "carbo
- load" before competition.
The second source
of energy used to power the muscles is body fat (although to much fat,
overweight, is like carrying a weight around with you.) After about twenty
minutes of exercise, the body begins to release stored fatty acids and
use them as a source of fuel. It is primarily body fat, not dietary fat,
that is used for this purpose.
fats can supply energy for muscular activity, a high fat diet is not recommended.
Both fats and carbohydrates, if consumed in excess, are converted into body
fat, but dietary fat can be converted to body fat more easily than carbohydrates
can. Moreover, the link between fat consumption and cardiovascular disease
is well known.
are found almost exclusively in plant foods.
Simple carbohydrates (simple sugar) include fructose (fruit sugar),
sucrose (table sugar) and lactose (milk sugar). as well as several other sugars.
Fruits are the richest natural sources of simple carbohydrates.
Complex carbohydrates include fibre and starches. Foods rich in
complex carbohydrates include vegetables, whole grains, peas, and beans.
Always select unrefined foods instead of refined and processed foods such
as soft drinks, deserts, candy and sugar as these foods offer few if any
vitamins and minerals important for good health.
Apart from the 4 basic building blocks, vitamins and minerals are essential
In addition to a proper diet, exercise and a positive attitude, vitamins and
minerals are needed to prevent illness.
following supplements and guidelines are recommended to enhance athletic
performance and physical conditioning.
tablets a day
need extra nutrition. Spirulina is a high intensity superfood. It
delivers energy and improves stamina. Helps reduce calorie intake
and maintaining competitive weight, and ward off cramps. Boost immune
system and improve recovery when intensifying training. Spirulina
contains more than 100 nutrients in perfect balance.
tablets a day
muscle form and cramps, healthy heart and bones.
fluids before, during and after exercise, regardless of whether or not
you feel thirsty. This helps to prevent dehydration and muscle cramping.
You loose moisture when you inhale and exhale vigorously during exercise,
even in winter. In fact, you can loose 25% more fluids due to the cold.
roughage consumption before exercising. It requires energy to digest
and will make you feel full and sluggish.
warm up your muscles before exercising to avoid injury.
- Do not
use steroids in an attempt to boost athletic performance. In men, the
long term use of these drugs can lead to osteoporosis, shrinkage of
the testicles, cancer, sterility and breast enlargement. In women they
can result in shrinkage of the breasts, excess facial and body hair,
breast cancer and deepening of the voice. Anabolic steroids may also
cause heart attacks. Use sarsaparilla and saw palmetto or spirulina
plenty of juices made from fresh raw vegetables, including beets, garlic
- Raw vegetables
are high in valuable vitamins and enzymes.
- For more
info on spirulina and other health issues contact Christien
If a muscle is stressed beyond its capability, it become strained.
Putting undue weight on the muscle and using the muscle for prolonged
periods without rest can create muscle strain. A strained muscle may go
into spasms or knot up instead of relaxing normally. Localized pain (during
movement), swelling and loss of mobility occur.
If one of the ligaments, the tissue that connect bones to muscle, is wrenched
or stretched excessively, the ligament may tear, causing a sprain. They
can result from unexpected movement or twisting of the affected area,
or from a hard fall. The joints most often sprained are the ankle, back,
fingers, knee and wrist.
These types of injuries are common in athletes. In most cases they heal on
pack to the injured area immediately, especially when a sprain may be
involved. Cold help reduce swelling and inflammation. If possible elevate
the injured area.
(Harpago) with Celery seed and selenium is a good natural anti-inflammatory.