The Importance Of Cholesterol In The Diet

Now that the little-recognized toxin-fighting role of cholesterol has been clearly demonstrated, let's reexamine the dietary sources of this much-maligned substance. Simply put, plant-based foods lack cholesterol, while meats and other animal-derived foods contain cholesterol. While it is true that the body can make about two-thirds of the cholesterol that it requires, dietary cholesterol is vital to attaining optimal protective cholesterol levels. This means that there must be some animal-based foods in the diet.

Among the severely ill patients who underwent Total Dental Revision, vegetarians rarely showed any substantial clinical improvement. This was probably due to the inability of a body deprived of cholesterol and some of its immediate dietary building blocks to deal with the increased levels of toxins that appeared in the blood from the brisk detoxification typically seen in such patients. In any event, the observation was so reliable that patients who did not want to eat any meat at all were discouraged from even undergoing the dental revision. Whenever a patient invests time, money, and some degree of suffering in a dental and lifestyle treatment plan, they want to get better. And when they don't get better, they get upset and want to blame someone other than themselves. Both doctor and patient want to avoid such a situation from ever occurring. A vegetarian who won't convert may benefit from the removal of highly toxic dental infections, such as root canals, but the rate of detoxification typically seen after a Total Dental Revision will often overwhelm the limited toxin-neutralizing capacity of exclusively vegetarian-based nutrition.

Animal-based foods are also important for optimal nutrition for another reason besides the cholesterol content. The body responds to the presence of toxins by making proteins that will directly bind and help to neutralize those toxins in the bloodstream. When the diet is well balanced, not only cholesterol rises to match an increased toxin presence. Serum globulin levels will typically rise as well. Undoubtedly other protective serum proteins show a similar response, but standard laboratory testing doesn't usually measure serum proteins other than globulin and albumin, the most common blood proteins.

The importance of choice of food relates to what is required to build new blood proteins. New protein must continually be made for the body to prosper, and this protein requires minimal amounts of an adequate variety of amino acid building blocks. Animal-based foods contain amino acids in the proper amounts and ratios to allow the easy synthesis of these protective blood proteins. And the individual amounts, not just the presence, of all the amino acids are very important.

A thoughtful combination of vegetables might provide all the necessary amino acids, but it is enormously difficult for a vegetarian diet to supply adequate amounts of each amino acid to allow optimal synthesis of new proteins. If you are building a house that requires equal amounts of twenty different materials, you simply cannot build the house properly if you have large amounts of eighteen of the materials, but only small amounts of two of the materials. You may still be able to build the house, but it won't be according to plan.

Vegetarians can make protein, but the protein simply cannot have the same three-dimensional configuration when made with chronically depleted levels of any of the vital amino acids. Such proteins are physically different from the proteins built from a diet containing meat protein. Just like keys fitting in locks, they will not have the same ability to bind toxins as proteins of an entirely different physical appearance, or morphology. Proteins often exist as isomers that have the same chemical composition on paper but are physically mirror images of each other. One can have profound biological activity, and the other can be biologically inactive. So, just seeing a normal level of protein on a blood test does not tell you whether the protein is capable of doing an adequate toxin-neutralizing job. Similarly, no blood test should ever be overinter-preted to justify a treatment protocol. A lymphocyte count may be normal, but an additional test might show that a significant percent of the count is nonviable, or dead. When toxins end up adequately eliminated and neutralized, almost all laboratory tests will eventually show improvement along with clinical improvement.

A further shortcoming of vegetables relative to animal-based foods is that they lack adequate amounts of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. A plant of just about any kind requires only minimal amounts of certain vitamins and minerals to survive to maturity, while animals are much more dependent on a greater nutrient content in the diet to survive to maturity. Nonorganically raised fruits and vegetables can be virtually depleted of essential vitamins and minerals. Pesticides affect both the produce grown and the an imals that eat it. When both produce and animals are raised organically, the situation improves, but the vitamin and mineral content of animal-based food is still superior.

Bioavailability of these nutrients is also critical. Many vegetarian diets feature tempeh and miso, two soy-based foods. Although vitamin B12 is present in these foods, it is not present in as readily absorbable a form as it is in a number of animal-based foods. It is not enough for some nutrients to just be present in the foods you eat. And it is not enough for a substance felt to be nutritious to just be highly absorbable. Real nutrients must be present in the proper bioavailable form before they are absorbed in the gut and then distributed throughout the body. The concept of bioavailability versus mere absorbability is addressed in greater detail in chapter 8. Just looking at the labeled vitamin and mineral content of a food can be misleading when determining whether you are really meeting your body's daily nutrient needs. Meat and vegetables must complement each other, not exclude each other. As you might be suspecting by now, staying healthy is unfortunately not a simple matter in today's world.

Both vegetarians and dedicated meat eaters can be very emotional in the defense of their eating habits. The above recommendations are based exclusively on what has been observed to consistently result in clinical improvement and better blood chemistries. Do remember, however, what was already emphasized in the material presented on food combining. Food must be properly digested to be of benefit. Meat that rots to any degree can be highly toxic. Very few individuals could ever completely and properly digest 12 ounces of meat at a sitting. Our digestive capacities are easily overwhelmed, and most people have some degree of food rotting to go along with proper digestion. The recommendation of meat in the diet assumes small portions of meat, properly combined with compatible vegetables. For most people, no more than 3 to 5 ounces of meat should be eaten at a sitting. For many people, this amount is more than enough for the day. However, greater total daily amounts of meat can be eaten as long as this amount per meal is not exceeded. On the other hand, 3 ounces of meat per meal for some people would still be too much if your gut cannot be encouraged to digest it properly.

Some people won't even require meat daily in order to optimize their health. There should be only a very few people that absolutely require more meat protein than outlined above, and their attention to digestive detail would have to be scrupulous to prevent the excess meat from rotting in the gut. The optimal plan of nutrition must ultimately be empirical. You start with what helps most people, but you never ignore individualized needs and sensitivities.

The only vegetarians who should remain vegetarians are those who choose not to eat meat for religious reasons—or simply because they love animals. For such individuals, organic produce is a must, and they should also be keenly aware of what amino acids are present in which vegetables and in what amounts. The perfect vegetarian diet seems to sustain the individual who has been spared the large toxic challenge routinely faced by most people. However, as I have already suggested, overcoming established illness in the face of daily toxicity is nearly impossible for even the best-designed of vegetarian regimens.

5 Ways To Get Rid Of The Baby Fat

5 Ways To Get Rid Of The Baby Fat

Many women who have recently given birth are always interested in attempting to lose some of that extra weight that traditionally accompanies having a baby. What many of these women do not entirely realize is the fact that breast-feeding can not only help provide the baby with essential vitamins and nutrients, but can also help in the weight-loss process.

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