Macrobiotics refers to the science of longevity and health. It is based on the view that each person is largely influenced by their environment and social interactions as well as the geography and climate of the place they live in.
Macrobiotics views illnesses as the body's attempt to return to a more dynamic and harmonious state with nature. It highly stresses the importance of a healthy diet as one of the major factors that affect a person's health and well-being.
A macrobiotic diet not only refers to a daily diet, but it also embraces the importance of living with healthy lifestyle habits for the long term.
What Foods Are Included in a Macrobiotic Diet?
Traditionally juice diets have been used for detoxification purposes. The principles behind this are straightforward and do make sense, but are only designed for a short period of 2-3 days maximum (often called a juice fast).
By only consuming fresh juices for a period of time you naturally abstain from fats, processed carbohydrates and refined sugars as well as substances like coffee and alcohol.
As a result, this is extremely beneficial for cleansing the liver and kidneys and their related systems, including the whole digestive tract. It is believed too that by giving the digestive system a 'rest' from fiber; digestion is easier, and nutrients are able to be absorbed more efficiently.
Our modern diet has caused many of us to become deficient in certain minerals and our dental health can become adversely affected. Cavities in children and people of all ages are being linked to nutritional deficiencies.
Most of us take for granted that we are getting enough of the needed minerals in our diet. That assumes that everyone knows the importance of minerals for our health and wellbeing.
Much of our farmed soil has become depleted and the majority of people cannot afford a completely organic diet. Combined with dietary choices based on taste rather than health, it is easy to see how these nutritional deficiencies can occur.
Preventing hair loss may seem to be an overwhelming and impossible task. Many people perceive this problem to be one of the natural consequences of aging, but for those who suffer hair loss early in life this doesn't ring true. They naturally ask, "why me?" Thinning and receding hair can be a natural part of growing older, but 'aging', as defined by our living years, is not the only cause.
Although we cannot (so far) stop the aging process, there are many other contributing factors over which we do have some degree of control. Human aging is not linear, and no 2 people physically age at the same rate. We all know someone who is physically much older or younger than their calendar years.
Factors affecting this 'rate of aging' are many, and include genetics, environment, diet, exercise, disease, stress and more. Some of these are beyond our control or are difficult to modify, however, there are some we can greatly influence by our personal actions.
Do you or a member of your family experience bloating after eating bread? If you answered yes, then it is possible that you are sensitive to foods made from wheat. It is also quite probable that bread is such a regular part of your diet that you can't imagine doing without it.
The simple sandwich is a staple for most families. However, if you want the symptoms to stop you have to eliminate the cause. You can either reduce your bread intake or look for other (gluten-free) types of bread.
If symptoms persist you may need to further limit or cease your intake of other wheat-based food also. As most bread is cooked from wheat flour a sensitivity to wheat will result in discomfort. An allergy may produce even harsher symptoms.
Doctors often remind their patients to come in once a year to undergo a cholesterol test. Many of us just smile and nod, while some do intend to have the test done yearly. But most people either forget or purposely don't go because they don't see what the big deal is about having their cholesterol levels checked.
So why is this test so important? The simple answer is because it can help you prevent heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems. It can let you know whether or not you need to make changes to your current lifestyle so that you can be healthier in YOUR future.
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