Food is more than just Food

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We are all guilty of taking our body for granted and especially our vital organs including the liver our largest internal organ. We all seem far too engrossed in our 'looks' nowadays and spend far too much precious time and money on this through creams, pills and fad diets, but by keeping good health of the whole body and organs helps to keep the ravages of time at bay.

As you know our motto is 'good food good health' and we believe that maintaining your well being through a varied streamates habits should be everybody's goal- you are what you eat after all.

How well you eat can also affect how well your liver performs, therefore it is important to eat good food to support it, as good nutrition helps form new liver cells and can help rebuild some damaged cells enabling good health.

The liver is the great detoxifier of the body. Our bodies are subjected to toxic substances everywhere on Livejasmin, not only from food and drink that we consume but also from the air that we breathe and from chemicals that we use daily around our houses and come into contact with at work.

When toxins build up and accumulate overloading the detoxification system, we can become progressively more sensitive and suffer illness.

The liver consists of four unequal lobes is sited under your diaphragm slightly to the right side of jasminlive body and generally weighs about 1.36 kg

The main function of the liver is to get rid of toxins and produce bile but it completes a whole host more - converting glucose to glycogen, producing substances that break down fats, making certain amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins, producing urea the main substance in urine, filtering harmful substances from the blood, storing minerals and vitamins, maintaining the Jasminelive level of glucose in the blood and producing about 80% of your cholesterol.

As you can see the liver, a very important organ is essential for life and death generally occurs within 24 hours if it stopped working, so by adopting a healthy lifestyle and eating good food for good health helps maintain an efficient function.

60% of you liver is made up of hepatic cells - the basic metabolic cells - and these specialised cells carry out more chemical processes than any other in your body, changing the nutrients from food you eat into forms your body's cells can readily use.

The Kupffer cells are the second most important group of liver cells and remove damaged blood cells and destroy microbes and cell debris.

Blood is carried to the liver by two vessels - the hepatic artery carries oxygen rich blood from the aorta and the portal vein carries blood containing digested food from the small intestine. These blood vessels repeatedly subdivide in the liver and end up being small capillaries, each leading to a lobule. Thousands of lobules make up the liver tissue and each lobule is made up of hepatic cells.

To support your liver and enable proper detoxification we all need to eat a healthy diet of good food including fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds and a healthy intake of protein.

Liver complaints are higher now than ever before due to the lifestyle many have adopted. Fast foods that are high in saturated fats are too readily available, and eaten on a regular basis can cause problems.

Alcohol consumed in large amounts can lead to damage and suppress immunity through stressing the process of detoxification. Bingeing and heavy alcohol consumption can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, today cases are continuing to rise and it is especially worrying in the female population, with numbers spiralling up over the past five years

Consuming too much iron in your diet - mostly through high intake of supplements - this has been shown to be prominent in body builders, is stored in the liver making it much harder to work and increases risk of iron toxicity.

So remember we have to look after the whole body and feed it nutritionally, all our organs are essential for a healthy working body, and the healthier we are on the inside shows on the outside.

Glossy hair and great skin comes from eating a balanced varied diet of good food for good health and keeps our immune system and all our body working at its potential. When we look great we feel great.

So next time you go grocery shopping why not try adding a few different healthy foods you would not normally buy, to keep meal times tasty and exciting especially for children.

Look after yourself so you can look after others.

Happy Food

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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was on to something: food - and our relationship to it - is our sustenance, our lifeblood. It has the potential to be a source of nourishment and wellbeing or, as is the case for many people, a source of angst and unhappiness.

Last month, I wrote about sugar and its impact on our mood, cravings, attention, and energy. I know, based on your notes to me, that many of you resonated with my thoughts, and that many of you struggle with sugar cravings, sugar crashes, and sugar conflicts of your own.

This month, I want to extend that conversation to talk in general terms about food and how it affects our biochemistry (mood, cravings, attention, energy, etc. . .). It has become clearer and clearer to me as a therapist and a certified health counselor that everything we eat has a powerful effect on our lives. No, not just our weight (which is what most of us focus on), but on how we feel physically AND emotionally.

As a psychotherapist, I was never taught to think about food and nutrition. I was taught that people's unhappiness or anxiety or eating disorders or other various struggles were a result of their early upbringing or difficult experiences or traumatic losses. I was taught that if there was something going on with a person's brain chemistry (as evidenced by specific signs and symptoms), it should be treated with medication.

Although this perspective is useful, it leaves out a huge missing piece: The idea that food matters; that my clients' nutrition might be contributing to their depression, their anxiety, their binging, their purging, their lethargy, their attentional problems, their behavioral concerns, and their mood instabilities. And even more importantly that these feelings, in part caused by mis-firing or mis-wiring in their brain, might be improved by nutritional changes.

At this point in my career, I know better, but many people -psychotherapists, doctors, and consumers included - still do not think this way.

Yes, when a destructive or negative mood hits, it often does have some psychological and historical origins, and in some cases, medication may be needed. However, this is not always the case and it is almost never the only thing going on. What, how and when we eat - as well as the quality and quantity of the food we put in our mouths - has a profound effect on our mind and our mood.

According to Anne Marie Colbin, in her book, Food and Healing, "mood. . . can be one of the first indicators that something is out of kilter . . . A change in diet, which can be embarked upon at any time, at any hour of the day, can make us feel more centered, improve our disposition and concentration, and even increase our joyfulness and good cheer."

And in her book, The Mood Cure, Julia Ross contends that the brain is responsible for most of our feelings. If our brain is high in certain neurotransmitters (like serotonin and endorphins, for example), we will feel happy and optimistic, focused and calm. However, when our brains run low on these neurotransmitters, due to genetic factors, stress, or diet - "it stops producing normal emotions on a consistent basis" and we feel bad. She states loud and clear that "regardless of your genes, but especially if your mood-programming genes are inefficient, good nutrition is essential." According to Ms. Ross, we can repair our brain with foods and nutritional supplements.

However, some of us may use food (or other substances) to self-medicate. This is what I often see in my practice. Unfortunately, the foods we usually turn to are the foods that make us feel worse. Truth is, the Standard American Diet (also known as "SAD") consists primarily of highly processed, refined foods . . . foods which are altered so much from their original state, that it's not clear whether they are actually even a food anymore (I mean, what are Cheetos anyway???!).

Not only do these foods lack nutrients, enzymes, and essential fats, which are key to stable and healthy brain chemistry, but they contain a whole bunch of additives, dyes, pesticides and other neurotoxins. Many of the additives found in most processed foods (like sugar and refined flour, MSG and its relatives, aspartame and other fake sugars, and dyes) have been implicated in a host of neurological, behavioral and mood problems. In addition, thanks to these additives, many of these foods are addictive and enticing - they temporarily provide some relief, excitement and an energy boost, and keep us coming back for more.

Over time, however, eating SAD foods contributes to a SAD life. When our diets are primarily made up of these "fake" foods, is it a wonder we feel depressed, anxious, have trouble focusing, or feel stuck in a binge-diet or binge-purge cycle?

Remember, food and mood go hand in hand. Yes, the way we eat not only affects how we feel and the quality of our lives, but the opposite is also true: the way we live, the way we work, the way we love profoundly impacts how we choose to feed and nourish ourselves.

If you'd like to make changes in your diet to improve your mood, here are a few ideas to get you started:

1) Keep a food journal. This is not to be used as ammunition to criticize yourself but rather to notice how certain foods affect you. Take special note of your mood, your energy, your cravings or whatever symptoms you struggle with, both right after you eat as well as several hours later. You may find that you are sensitive to common foods found in your everyday diet that may be contributing to your crankiness.

2) If your diet is not rich in vegetables (and maybe even if it is), consider a good, whole-food based multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.

3) Reduce the worst bad-mood foods: sugar, white flour, caffeine, fake sweeteners, and chemicals. (Don't recognize a word on a label? Don't eat it!). Yes, sorry, but this does include diet soda!

4) Get enough of the best good-mood foods: high quality protein, water, unprocessed or minimally processed grains, fruits and veggies.

5) Get enough of the right kinds of fats(I know I need to write a whole separate article on this!). Consider an Omega-3 (fish oil) supplement (I like Nordic Naturals), which has been found to have a very positive impact on mood (of course check with your doctor if you have any medical concerns).

6) Get out and enjoy the SUNSHINE! The longer and brighter days of Spring can help us get out of a bad mood rut.


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Most of us have run into the problem between kids and vegetables at some point or another. Chances are that it's not a pretty sight to behold once your child finds out you've snuck veggies on their plate. However, there are some kid-friendly snacks out there that you and your children will love. Whole foods have nothing added to them, so your kids aren't going to be craving processed foods all the time, which could potentially and literally end up being a downer.

With processed foods, your child will crave them day after day and soon become dependent on the sugar high they can get children thanks to all those "extras" they contain. On the other hand, whole foods don't have over processed sugars and extras that can create a crash later on in the day. Incorporating whole grain cereals into your child's breakfast can help provide them with the nutrition they need to make it to lunch time.

Many companies nowadays pride themselves on being on the whole grains, whole foods wagon and it can be easier than you think to find a cereal that your children will love. Aside from that, juicing your own whole fruits is a great way to give your child and yourself a quick boost of energy. Whole grains are a great way to start the morning.

Making it to lunch is normally not that hard for a child, but sometimes we as adults find it difficult to make it that far without a boost of caffeine at some point. Creating a routine when it comes to eating healthy is important because it establishes a cycle. However, you don't want to become too strict with the routine to the point where you or your children will be tempted to break it and break it often.

Lunch can be a difficult meal to handle, but the key is to incorporate whole foods as a center piece. Whole grain breads and unprocessed meats can be a great addition to round out the lunch menu for your child. Developing healthy eating habits with your child will ensure that they keep these habits in their later years and even instill the value of healthy eating in their own children.

Raising kids is hard enough without having to guess at what they will like today and what they won't want anymore tomorrow. By always including them on your food choices and menu planning, you can be sure that your children's interest will always remain on healthy eating. If life came with instructions, you could be sure that whole foods would be mentioned within the chapter about healthy living.

As you introduce foods to your child, be sure to keep them updated on what you're planning. If you're planning on incorporating navy beans for a side dish at dinner, make sure they know a little bit about why that food is good for them. Putting it into words your child understands is the best tool, and you as the parent know how to talk to your child to help them understand why you're family should be moving to whole foods.


One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~ Luciano Pavarotti