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February 21, 2008

Life-Saving Antioxidants Are Life-Savers

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Excerpt from Bragg’s Healthy Heart Book – Chapter 19
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Antioxidants are compounds that prevent free radicals from damaging your body! Both antioxidants and free radicals are naturally produced by your body. You can tip the scales in your favor by increasing the vital antioxidants in your body through a diet rich in vitamin C and E, barley grass, beta-carotene (found in green leafy vegetables, yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc.), and flavonoids (found in grapeseed extract, bee pollen, propolis, milk thistle, ginkgo, etc.). The danger of free radicals is immense, so please maximize your intake of antioxidants (through good nutrition and supplements) and minimize your exposure to toxic free radical catalysts.

Free Radical Catalysts Are Deadly
These substances are dangerous sources of free radical contamination. Exposure to them exacerbates the dangers that free radicals (#1 cause of ageing) pose to your health. It’s absolutely essential you eliminate (or limit!) your exposure to these toxic free radicals:

  • Aluminum – antacids, deodorants, baking powder, tap water, deodorants, cans, foils, pots and pans, and in many drugs
  • Cadmium – batteries, cigarette smoke, coffee, gasoline, and metal pipes
  • Carbon Monoxide – auto exhaust, cigarette smoke, smog
  • Chlorine – tap water, swimming pools and table salt
  • Copper – tap water, toothpastes and dental work
  • Lead – dyes, gasoline fumes, paint, plumbing, auto exhaust
  • Mercury – amalgam (silver) fillings, fish, paint, cosmetics
  • Nitrates and Nitrites – used in many processed foods, meats, etc. as a preservative. Also found in tap water.
  • Petroleum Products – fuels, solvents, polishes, paints, and pesticides
  • Polynuclear Hydrocarbons – fried, deep-fried and char-broiled and barbecued foods
  • Radiation – environmental radiation, radon, televisions, and cellular phones
  • Synthetic Drugs – antibiotics, painkillers, barbiturates, and in a host of other products

This Blog is moderated. It is created to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Our positive philosophy at Bragg is to communicate with love and respect. As Paul and Patricia Bragg teach, in expressing your thoughts and opinions to others, ask yourself: "Is it good, is it kind, is it necessary?" All comments that do not fit this philosophy will not be posted.

February 5, 2008

Your Body Constantly Works for You – And You Must Work for Your Body!

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Excerpt from Bragg’s Healthy Heart Book – Chapter 11
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The body is constantly breaking down old bone and tissue cells and replacing them with new ones. As the body casts off old minerals and broken-down cells, it must obtain fresh food supplies of essential elements for new cells. Scientists are only now beginning to understand that various kinds of dental problems, different types of arthritis and even some forms of artery hardening are due to body imbalances of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Many disorders can be caused by imbalances in the ratios of minerals to each other.

Each individual’s healthy body requires a proper balance within itself of all the nutritive elements. It is just as bad for any individual to have too much of one item as it is to have too little of another one. For instance, it takes appropriate levels of phosphorus and magnesium to keep calcium in solution so it can be formed into new cells of bone and teeth. Yet there must not be too much magnesium nor too little calcium in the diet or old bone will be taken away and new bone will not be formed. We know that diets that are unbalanced can deplete the body of essential minerals and elements.

Diets high in meats, fish, eggs, grains and nuts or their products may provide unbalanced excesses of phosphorus which will leech calcium and magnesium from the bones, causing them to be lost in the urine. A diet high in fats will tend to increase the intake of phosphorus from the intestines relative to calcium and other basic minerals. Such diets can also produce a loss of the body’s basic minerals in the same way a high phosphorus diet does. Diets excessively high in fruits or their juices may provide unbalanced excesses of fruit sugars and of potassium in the body, which also can leech calcium and magnesium from the body.

This Blog is moderated. It is created to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Our positive philosophy at Bragg is to communicate with love and respect. As Paul and Patricia Bragg teach, in expressing your thoughts and opinions to others, ask yourself: "Is it good, is it kind, is it necessary?" All comments that do not fit this philosophy will not be posted.