Health seems to be the topic of discussion, but not in the same way that we knew growing up. We don’t just have simple answers anymore; health is a lot more complex. No longer is there a simple food pyramid that details the amounts of fruits, veggies, protein, dairy, etc. that we should be eating. Now there is debate as to what we should be eating and how much of it. Is dairy really healthy? Are grains really healthy? Should we be eating sugar? What other environmental factors are adding to our lack of health in these younger generations? It all comes down to getting back to the basics.
A great way to start getting back to the basics is through grinding your own wheat and other grains. It doesn’t take long for all of the nutritional value of grains to deplete once they have been ground into flours – they go rancid very quickly. Most people are unaware that the bags of flour they are purchasing are in fact rancid. The only way to keep the nutrition alive is to grind your flour fresh whenever you use it. Grains should also be soaked to break down the phytic acid. This allows the body to soak up the nutrients more freely and is much more gentle on the digestive tract. Many people who have gluten intolerances are able to eat fermented breads – soaked and/or sourdough breads.
Along with soaking your grains it is imperative that you eat more produce. Veggies and fruits should round out the majority of your meals. Buying organic whenever possible is also important, or at least buying the most pesticide ridden produce items in organic form. Pesticides change the make-up of the food and therefore the taste as well. It is also important to get rid of all chemicals and processed foods from your diet. High fructose corn syrup, MSG, “sugar”, and “natural flavorings” are all good examples of what should not be in any of your foods.
Other environmental factors also lead to deteriorated health. What you don’t see can in fact hurt you. Some things you can do to keep the free radicals away are to limit your exposure to electronics. Turn them off and unplug them when they are not in use, place computers on tabletops and not on your lap, place your phone on a tabletop and don’t keep it on your person at all times, and use the microwave minimally or get rid of it altogether.
Chemicals in our daily cleansing routines are a huge factor in our overall health. Though it may seem abnormal it is actually very easy to replace them. The hardest part will be to find a natural face cleansing system that works for you if you struggle with skin problems. Otherwise it is fairly easy to replace everything else, including deodorant, for which you can use essential oils. Many people don’t consider get reusable products in other categories though. For instance you can use an old fashioned safety razor. They are made of stainless steel and the blades are much more inexpensive to replace. No plastic, much fewer item in the landfill, and cheaper over time. You can’t go wrong.