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Optimum Health and Ultimate Wellness is totally dependent on your Lifestyle and primarily controlled by what you currently eat and drink, but more importantly by what you should be eating and drinking. In these modern times virtually everything we eat and drink is "acidic" and therefore creates a serious pH imbalance resulting in aches, pains, chronic disease and premature death.

Natural nutrition is a critical success factor to balance your bodies pH and keep your body and mind performing optimally, and is governed by your diet. To achieve optimum health and ultimate wellness there are things you should be eating and many things you should not be eating.

What is Optimum Nutrition?

Optimum Nutrition is simply feeding the trillions of cells that make up your entire body with the best essential nutrients available, that your cells require to remain slightly alkaline and perform at their peak.

It is interesting to read Wikipedia's definition of nutrition.

"Nutrition is the provision, to cells and organisms, of the materials necessary (in the form of food) to support life. Many common health problems can be prevented or alleviated with good nutrition".

It is important to remember why you are eating and what you "feeding" ?

We are eating to "support life" and to feed our bodies cells the necessary "nutrients" to enable them to generate the vital energy to perform at their peak at all times. The cells are the core of your life and the oxygen and the food nutrients are the fuel required to feed them and keep them working optimally.

Your "lifestyle" is the blueprint and therefore the only way

So what nutrients does the body need ?

Ideally the body needs about fifty essential nutrients on a regular basis to achieve optimum nutrition. "Essential" means that the body cannot synthesize these nutrients so they must

In summary these nutrients can be categorized into the following groups.
Carbohydrates, fats, fibre, proteins (amino acids, enzymes), vitamins and minerals together with oxygen, water and sunshine. Some argue that exercise is a nutrient.

So what should you do to achieve optimum nutrition?

You should strive, over time to eat a varied combination of 5 or more portions of "whole living foods" every day, especially, raw vegetables, low sugar fruits, green salads, unrefined whole grains, nuts, seeds, grasses and sprouts. If possible you should regularly include fresh vegetable home squeezed juices into your diet as they are packed with phytonutrients and enzymes and can be readily absorbed by the body. (no processed juices or added sugar or sweeteners).

The Superstars

Although all green vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, alkalizing salts that neutralise acids, and enzymes, there are a few "superstar" vegetables you should include regularly in your diet.

Avocado's: considered to be the "perfect food". They contain 14 minerals, including iron, copper potassium and sodium, the very best source of Vitamin E, are full of protein and healthy monounsaturated fats and have an alkalizing effect on the blood and body tissue. Dr. Robert Young recommends that you eat a couple a day.

Tomatoes: must be fresh and not processed. They are very low in sugar and help remove acids, especially uric and sulphuric acids formed from eating meats. Very good for cleansing the liver. Include them in salads and eat a few every day.

Broccoli: contains cancer fighting compounds and is an excellent source of vitamin C. Also contains folate, vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium and riboflavin and provides chlorophyll for cellular cleansing . Eat broccoli raw and regularly.

Cucumbers: low in sugar, high in potassium and is one of the best alkalizing agents available and controls cholesterol.

Onions and Garlic: lowers blood sugars, cholesterol and blood pressure. Contains a large amount of sulphur that buffers acid maintaining healthy pH Balance.

 Wheatgrass and Barley Grass: these grasses are low calorie and low sugar, and the most nutrient rich foods on the planet. Wheatgrass has over a hundred nutrients, including every identified mineral and trace minerals. Also includes all the B vitamins, vitamin C, E, K and high amounts of vitamin A and laetrile. In addition grasses provide high levels of chlorophyll which helps the blood deliver oxygen to every cell in the body and helps neutralise and dispose of excess acid. The best way to include grasses in your diet is through juice. Mix about 85ml of grass juice in a litre of alkaline water and ideally, drink every day. (As you will see in the Nutritional Supplements topic, you can get your Grasses in a "Green Drink".)

Spinach: another wonder vegetable, rich in vitamin A, folate, iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium and Vitamin B6. Improves blood pressure and cholesterol levels and reduces acid.

 Soybeans: whole soybeans and not fermented soy products, A great source of protein and the only vegetable that contains all 8 of the amino acids as well as an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and B12. An added bonus is the provision of both Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids.(EFA’s)

 Sprouts: packed full of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nucleic acids, they are 30 to 50 times more concentrated than the nutrients in mature plants. Look out for bean, broccoli, mung, soy and sunflower sprouts and add them to your salads.
Although fresh fruit has a lot of nutrients that the body requires, most fruit has a lot of sugar and therefore the consumption of fresh fruit should be in moderation. Also ensure that you eat "alkaline forming" fruits to help balance.

There are three alkaline superstars that should be included regularly in any diet:
Lemons are the "wonder" fruit when it comes to health, with strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting powers and excellent digestive aids and liver cleansing abilities. Despite seeming acidic, these citrus fruits become alkaline as they are digested in the body and are essential in any "body alkalizing" programme.

An easy way to boost your pH Balance is to squeeze fresh lemon juice into water and drink 2 litres a day. (preferably alkaline water-covered in Week 18)

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