07 Oct

The Nutritarian Way

The Nutritarian Way

The Nutritarian Diet is governed by what is known as The Health Equation which was produce by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. He developed the calculation which states that:

Health=Nutrients/Calorie (H=N/C)

This type of diet doesn’t just focus on the consumption of healthy provisions such fruits, vegetables and organic fare or abstaining from unhealthy food like those that are high in fat and sodium or processed equivalents. Instead it puts emphasis on maximizing the amount of micronutrients per calorie.

When one eats high amounts of low-nutrient food, certain chemicals in the body are triggered and they are responsible for the development of chronic diseases. They are also the cause of withdrawal symptoms that prompts one to overeat, which eventually causes him to develop food addiction. However, this chain of events is stopped by eating nutrient-rich food.

The amount of each person’s micronutrient consumption is adjusted to the needs of the individual. Being aware of the quantity of micronutrients per calorie density is important in meal planning to maximize weight loss and effectively prevent diseases.

One’s Nutritarian diet is suggested to be made up mostly of food with the highest concentration of nutrients. The pyramid below gives a better idea of how much of each food type should be consumed. The base consists of low calorie and nutrient-rich food while the top consists of high-calorie and nutrient-sparse substances.

nutritarianpyramid

Image source: https://www.drfuhrman.com/

Still wondering what a Nutritarian diet looks like? Here are six guidelines of the diet that will give you a better idea of what it’s like to be a Nutritarian.

  • Eat a large salad every day as your main dish.
  • Consume at least half a cup of beans every day.
  • Have one large serving of steamed green vegetables a day.
  • Females should eat at least 1 ounce of nuts and seeds a day and males at least 1.5 ounces.
  • Mushrooms and onions should be eaten every day.
  • Eat three fresh fruits a day.

Opting to become a Nutritarian will definitely require patience and enough discipline to give up some of your favorite meals, but in return it also offers a wide range of benefits. Maybe you’re still deciding whether this is the diet for you or perhaps you think you’re ready for the Nutritarian shift, whatever the case; weigh the pro and cons and give the diet a good amount of thought before embarking on it.

 Choosing the Nutritarian diet has been said to be the end of dieting, do you think this will be the case for you?

Dr. Fuhrman’s website offers recipes and more information regarding this diet. You may visit it at https://www.drfuhrman.com/

Contributor/Writer:  Kristianne Untal

24 Aug

Food Remedy: Asparagus for Kidney Health

asparagus

 

Asparagus is a super food. It’s a high alkaline vegetable and a great source of potassium, folate and vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and strong bones. It also contains rutin, which helps to protect your blood vessels and it contains quercetin which is an anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting flavonoid.

Here’s what Duncan Capicchiano, a Naturopath and creator of KidneyCoach.com, says about asparagus. (http://www.kidneycoach.com/453/7-reasons-why-you-should-eat-asparagus-to-halt-your-kidney-disease/)

Asparagus has been used as a medicinal food/herb since before the time of Christ; even its botanical name points to this, Asparagus officinalis. Officinalis is given in acknowledgment to its “official” use as a therapeutic herb. This highly sought after and valued herb is native to both European and Asian cultures; and this is shown in many texts based on botany and herbal medicine findings throughout the regions.

Asparagus is most well known for its specific action on all of the urinary system (kidneys and bladder), the most well known being:

1. Helps support and facilitate kidney function

2. Increases urine production (diuretic)

3. Soothing to the urinary system

4. Anti-edema – especially with excess fluid from around the heart

5. Kidney and bladder cleanser

6. Boosts cellular action in the kidneys

7. Breaks up uric acid – therefore excellent for gout and kidney stones

*Best avoided in conditions where the kidneys are chronically inflamed (e.g. nephritis), and not to be eaten in excess.

Others actions include: Lowers blood pressure (due to diuretic action), bitter (stimulates digestion), laxative (due to fiber), blood purifier, anti-rheumatic (removes uric acid), anti-parasitic, calming, promotes fertility, beneficial for all aspects of the female reproductive system (highly beneficial for men too).

The magic of this humble plant comes down to many naturally occurring chemicals; unlike western medicine that just singles out one chemical:

Asparagin
Asparagosdies
Asparagusic acid
Bitter principles: officinalisins
Flavonoids (rutin, quercetin, kaempferol)
Glycolic acid
Glycosides
Saponins
Tyrosin
Including: Vitamin A, B, C, E, folic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium, iodine, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, silicon

To read this article online: http://www.kidneycoach.com/453/7-reasons-why-you-should-eat-asparagus-to-halt-your-kidney-disease/

Asparagus can be eaten raw, grilled, or lightly steamed. It can also be juiced for those who want to do some serious kidney cleansing.

Asparagus is on the Environmental Working Group’s list of the Clean 15, meaning conventionally grown asparagus has minimal amounts of pesticide residues.

sources:
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D.,C.N.S.
http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/organic_natural/15_foods_you_dont_need_to_buy_organic?page=10
http://www.kidneycoach.com/453/7-reasons-why-you-should-eat-asparagus-to-halt-your-kidney-disease/