that is often shunned for its high saturated fat content is coconut
oil. However, it has many spectacular health benefits such as
promoting heart health, weight loss, immune system health, thyroid
function and more.
are often feared as dangerous, however, fermented foods are among
the healthiest foods. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are
very potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of
environmental toxins, including pesticides and and heavy metals
"superfoods" that can up the ante on your diet include fermented
veggies, fermented beverages, kale, sardines, whey protein, organic
eggs, coconut oil, avocado, raw organic butter, and pomegranate
Does your health
food repertoire consist of salads, baked chicken and broccoli? Are
you looking for a way to add some excitement to your meals while
maximizing their nutritional punch?
no need to be bored when eating healthy, but many believe this to
be the case because they are missing out on some of the tastiest
and healthiest options of all.
you to peruse the list below to take advantage of some of the
healthiest foods on earth. Before we can talk about the best
foods, we need to perform some nutrition "mythbusting" and address
two major dietary myths that have permeated Western culture for
Fat is bad
for you especially saturated fat
Myth #1: Fat
is BAD for You
medical "wisdom" continues barking that consumption of saturated
animal fats is bad for you and causes heart disease. Most medical
"experts" believes this to be true. But a hundred years ago, fewer
than one in one hundred Americans were obese, and coronary heart
disease was unknown and we had FAR more fat intake then we do today.
fat began in 1953, when Dr. Ancel Keys published a paper comparing
saturated fat intake and heart disease mortality. His theory turned
out to be flimsy, to say the least, but the misguided ousting of
saturated fat has continued ever since. Fortunately, the truth is
finally starting to come out, as medical scientists have finally
begun to question Keys' findings. The truth is, it's the trans
fat found in margarine, vegetable shortening, and partially
hydrogenated vegetable oils that is the true villain, causing a
multitude of health problems.
also fell into the "bad for your heart health" as a result of the
saturated fat disparagement. This is most unfortunate as it is one
of the healthiest fats on the planet. It is mostly medium chain
triglycerides with over half of those belonging to lauric acid,
which is an essential fat to regulate your immune system, and is
also very prevalent in breast milk. It can curb hunger and
help provide lasting energy.
consume about one quart of coconut oil a week. It is the ideal fat
to use when you are using intermittent fasting and seeking to replace
calories from grains and sugar, and excessive protein.
Myth #2: When
It Comes to Bacteria, Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid
We have become
one of the most germophobic
cultures in the world, attempting to sterilize ourselves into a
bubble and our children as well. We haven't done ourselves
any favors here. We live in a world of microorganisms... bacteria,
viruses, and fungi, and our lives depend on living with them,
rather than avoiding them. Literally.
are everywhere. You swallow them, breathe them, and they form invisible
colonies on your skin. Your gut is home to approximately 100 trillion
bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells
in your body by about 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance
of healthy and disease causing microflora forms the foundation for
your health physical, mental and emotional.
In fact, this
microscopic zoo in your gut is the first-line defense of your immune
system. While a few of these microorganisms can wreak havoc with
your system, most of these little "bugs" are good, helping you digest
your food, stay protected from infections, and even helping to prevent
autoimmune diseases like asthma, allergies, and diabetes. An imbalance
in your gut flora can be a major contributor to many serious illnesses,
including autism, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
community is so crucial to your health that researchers have
compared it to "a newly recognized organ" whose function is so important
that you simply cannot be optimally healthy without it. In
addition to avoiding unnecessary antibiotics and antibacterial soaps,
balancing your gut flora may be one of the most important steps
you can take to improve your health. This requires "reseeding" your
gut with naturally fermented foods and probiotics.
Are You Eating
These 10 Healthiest Foods?
dispelled two pervasive food myths, let me now focus on ten of the
most healthful foods you could be consuming. Remember these are
general recommendations. Not everyone will do well with these foods,
but the vast majority will have health improvement by regularly
consuming them. As always, it is important to listen to your body
and let it guide you in making that determination. With some foods
though, like fermented vegetables, you will need to start with very
small amounts and work your way up to a healthy dose over a few
or cultured, vegetables are teeming with essential enzymes and
good bacteria needed for optimal digestion and they are easier to
digest than raw or cooked vegetables. When you eat raw cultured
vegetables loaded with enzymes, you give your body an opportunity
to use its bodily stores of enzymes to rejuvenate itself instead
of exhausting them trying to digest overly processed and otherwise
dead food. Cultured foods also offer a multitude of medicinal rewards
digestive disorders - the flora in living cultured foods form
a "living shield" that covers your small intestine's inner lining
and resists pathogenic organisms like Escherichia coli, Salmonella
and an unhealthy overgrowth of yeast
immunity with increased antibodies that fight off infectious disease
pregnant and nursing mothers transfer beneficial bacteria to their
impacting the behavior of children with autism,ADD/ and ADHD
weight and appetite by reducing cravings for sugar, soft drinks,
bread and pasta all foods I strongly advise against
are also among some of the best chelators available. The beneficial
bacteria in these foods are very potent detoxifiers, capable of
drawing out a wide range of environmental toxins, including pesticides
and and heavy metals. And you don't need to consume huge amounts
either. Caroline Barringer recommends eating about a quarter to
a half a cup of fermented vegetables, or cultured food such as raw
yoghurt, per day. In the following video, she discusses the process
of fermenting your own vegetables in some detail, so for more information,
please listen to that interview.
fiber and antioxidants, and is one of the best sources of vitamin
A, which promotes eye and skin health and may help strengthen your
immune system. A one-cup serving has almost as much vitamin C as
an orange and as much calcium as a cup of milk. It's simply an excellent
source of multiple vitamins and other nutrients, including:
(helps protect against macular degeneration)
(helps protect against macular degeneration)
(may protect against colon cancer)
Kefir and Other Fermented Beverages
Kefir is a
fermented milk beverage that contains beneficial probiotics that
may help give your immune system a boost, among other
health benefits. One of the best and least expensive ways to
get healthy bacteria through your diet is actually to obtain raw
milk and convert it to kefir yourself. All you need is one-half
packet of kefir starter granules in a quart of raw milk, which you
leave at room temperature overnight. By the time you wake up in
the morning you will likely have kefir. If it hasn't obtained the
consistency of yogurt you might want to set it out a bit longer
and then store it in the fridge.
A quart of
kefir has far more active bacteria than you can possibly purchase
in any probiotic supplement, and it is very economical as you can
reuse the kefir from the original quart of milk about 10 times before
you need to start a new culture pack. Just one starter package of
kefir granules can convert about 50 gallons of milk to kefir. This
is also a far healthier, and far more economical, way to nourish
your body with probiotics than buying any of the commercial probiotic
beverages on the market, as these typically contain added sugars
and are made using pasteurized milk, which I don't recommend drinking.
fermented drink, is another great addition to your diet. The key
is variety. The greater the variety of fermented and cultured foods
you include in your diet, the better, as each food will inoculate
your gut with a variety of different beneficial microorganisms.
fish are packed with omega-3
fats, which are excellent for your heart, brain, mood and more,
and vitamin D. And, because of their lower position on the food
chain, they don't accumulate as many toxins, such as mercury, PCBs
and dioxin, as larger fish do, making them among the safest fish
you can eat.
Whey Protein Concentrate
a by-product of cheese production, was promoted for its health benefits
as early as 420 B.C. As you age, your body gradually loses its ability
to produce critical amino acids the essential proteins you
need for energy production, immune actions and protein buildup in
your muscle. Therefore, the need to supplement with these amino
acids increases with age, and increases even more in times of high
physical stress, like after a workout, or when recovering from injury
concentrate (not to be confused with the far
inferior whey protein isolate) is an ideal
choice as it's a rich source of highly bioavailable amino acids
that many are unaware of. Whey protein has been linked to a variety
of health benefits, including:
your insulin work more effectively, which helps maintain your
blood sugar level after a meal This is important as research
suggests lowering your blood sugar levels after meals may be
more beneficial for your health than lowering fasting blood
healthy insulin secretion, which is essential for optimal health.
This is one of the foremost reasons for avoiding sugars and
grains, as their overconsumption has a negative impact on both,
and is a prime factor in developing type 2 diabetes.
to promote your optimal intake of proteins, fats, carbohydrates,
vitamins, and minerals needed for your overall wellness.
you preserve lean body tissue (particularly during exercise)
as it delivers bioavailable amino acids and cysteine.
your immune system, as it contains immunoglobulins.
blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range.
Organic Pastured Eggs (Raw)
people do eat eggs, many neglect to eat them raw, which
is the healthiest way. Raw
free-range or "pastured" eggs are an excellent source of high-quality
nutrients that many people are deficient in, especially high-quality
protein and fat.
A single egg
One of the
highest quality proteins you can find. Proteins are nutrients
that are essential to the building, maintenance and repair of
your body tissues such as your skin, internal organs and muscles.
They are also the major components of your immune system and hormones
zeaxanthin (for your eyes)
for your brain, nervous- and cardiovascular systems
Why is raw
better? Heating the egg protein actually changes its natural biochemical
shape, and this distortion can easily lead to allergies. If you
consume your eggs in their raw state, the incidence of egg allergy
virtually disappears. Eating eggs raw also helps preserve many of
the highly perishable nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which
are powerful prevention elements for age-related macular degeneration,
which is the most common cause of blindness.
Fresh raw egg
yolk actually tastes like vanilla, in my opinion. The egg white
is usually what most people object to when they say they don't like
the texture of raw egg. If this is an issue, consider blending
the whole raw egg into a shake or smoothie.
Beware of consuming
raw egg whites without the yolks as raw egg whites contain
avidin, which can bind to biotin. If you cook the egg white
the avidin is not an issue. Likewise, if you consume the whole raw
egg (both yolk and egg white) there is more than enough biotin in
the yolk to compensate for the avidin binding.
If you choose
not to eat your eggs raw, soft-boiled would be your next best option.
Scrambling your eggs is one of the worst ways to eat eggs
as it actually oxidizes the cholesterol in the egg yolk. If you
have high cholesterol this may actually be a problem for you as
the oxidized cholesterol may cause some damage in your body.
Organic Coconut Oil
for its high saturated fat content, the naturally occurring saturated
fat found in coconut oil has some spectacular health benefits such
as promoting heart health, weight loss, immune system health, thyroid
function and more. Half of the fat content in coconut oil is lauric
acid a fat rarely found in nature that could easily
qualify as a "miracle" ingredient because of its unique health promoting
properties. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which
has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.
your body sends medium-chain fatty acids like those in coconut oil
directly to your liver to use as energy, this makes coconut oil
a powerful source of instant energy to your body, a function usually
served in the diet by simple carbohydrates.
is also the ideal choice for all types of cooking. In fact, it's
the only oil stable enough to resist mild heat-induced damage. So,
whenever you need an oil to cook or bake with, use coconut oil instead
of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine, or any other type
of oil called for in recipes. Even though I don't fully recommend
frying foods, if you must fry, by all means use coconut oil
it's your smartest choice.
by many due to their fat content, avocados are actually incredibly
healthy for this very reason. Healthy raw fat is a nutrient many
are severely deficient in. I eat a whole avocado nearly every
day. Avocados also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting
(more than twice the amount found in a banana)
Raw Grass-Fed Butter
of healthy fat that many people do not eat is butter made from raw
organic grass-fed milk. I typically eat about a half-pound to a
pound of raw organic grass-fed butter per week, as it's an excellent
source of high-quality nutrients, including:
such as vitamin A, needed for a wide range of functions, from
maintaining good vision to keeping the endocrine system in top
shape, and all the other fat-soluble vitamins (D, E and K2),
which are often lacking in the modern industrial diet.
minerals, including manganese, chromium, zinc, copper
and selenium (a powerful antioxidant). Butter provides more
selenium per gram than wheat germ or herring. It's also an excellent
source of iodine.
fats, including short- and medium-chain fats, which
support immune function, boost metabolism and have anti-microbial
properties, as well as the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6
fats, and arachidonic acid, which is important for brain function,
skin health and prostaglandin balance.
Linoleic Acid (CLA), a compound that gives excellent
protection against cancer and also helps your body build muscle
rather than store fat.
a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastrointestinal
infections, especially in the very young and the elderly.
Factor, a hormone-like substance that prevents arthritis
and joint stiffness, ensuring that calcium in your body is put
into your bones rather than your joints and other tissues. The
Wulzen factor is present only in raw butter and cream; it is
destroyed by pasteurization.
source of this fruit's benefits is its antioxidant content, particularly
ellagitannin compounds like punicalagins and punicalins, which account
for about half of the pomegranate's
antioxidant ability. The juice and pulp of pomegranates have
previously been studied for their potential heart- and joint health
Aim to incorporate
as many of these foods into your diet on a daily or weekly basis
as you can, and you'll be off to a great nutritional start. For
even more advice on how to eat right by focusing your diet on whole,
unprocessed "superfoods," see my nutrition