Nov 25, 2004 Volume 1 No. 27

Keys to Excellent Health

This month we are focusing on the keys to excellent health. Number one was water -- its importance in every aspect of proper body functioning cannot be overstated. This week the emphasis is on having less of what health experts consider should be labeled as a drug--refined sugar. Do you need to decrease your consumption... read on and find out.

Enjoy the newsletter and have a Blessed Week!!

Cathy Morenzie

Put Your Words Into Actions

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

How many times have you heard it said that actions speak louder than words? Well this is one of life's established truths that constantly remind us to check the motives and reasons behind our actions. Sometimes we bail out of opportunities to really show gratitude and appreciation to others by simply mouthing the words we think they want to hear while behaving in a totally different manner. The results of such behaviour include miscommunication, confusion, conflict and mistrust.

It is our responsibility to make an effort everyday to ensure that our actions reflect the words we speak. If you say that you love, appreciate and are grateful for something or someone in your life your actions should demonstrate those feelings. Remember that people judge you not only by the words you speak but also by your ability to put those words into action. As you journey on, let your actions speak louder than your words – convey your feelings to people in a tangible way so they don't have to guess what you really mean. We all want, desire and need to feel loved and appreciated so start the process with honestly expressing yourself to others and meaning it from your heart, you will feel the difference.

~ Nadia C. Thomas



How Sweet Is It?

For our bodies to function optimally they need the proper nutrients: macronutrients – which are carbohydrates, fats and proteins and micronutrients – which are vitamins and minerals. Just as water plays an important role in helping our bodies use all of these nutrients, conversely, refined sugars play a negative role in our bodies ability to utilize all of these nutrients.

Sugars fall under the category of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are divided into two groups -- simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates, sometimes called simple sugars, include fructose (fruit sugar), sucrose (table sugar), and lactose (milk sugar) as well as several other sugars. Complex carbohydrates are also made up of sugars, however they also include fibre and starches. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates include vegetables, whole grains, peas and beans. Carbohydrates provide the major fuel for all of the body's cells and the only source of energy for the brain and red blood cells.

So the enemy is not carbohydrates themselves, but the refined sugars as found in most prepared foods. Refined sugar offers none of the vitamins and minerals that are important to your health. In fact, a leading researcher in the field Dr William Coda classifies it as a poison because it robs the body of its nutrients and it has the potential to cause disease. It drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination make upon one's entire system.

Here are 10 of the 124 ways that refined sugar can ruin your health:

1. Sugar can cause arthritis
2. Sugar can cause premature aging
3. Sugar can cause asthma
4. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis
5. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children
6. Sugar can suppress the immune system
7. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defence against bacterial infection
8. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and crankiness in children.
9. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
10. Sugar causes food allergies

(From the article 124 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health, by Nancy Appleton PhD. You can take her on-line quiz to see if you are sugar-addicted.

When choosing carbohydrate-rich foods for your diet, always select unrefined foods such as fruits, vegetables, peas, beans, and whole-grain products, as opposed to refined, processed foods such as soft drinks, desserts, candy, and sugar. Kicking sugar and substituting whole grains, vegetables and natural fruits in season, is the core of any sensible eating plan. Changing the quality of your carbohydrates can change the quality of your health and life.


Sugar and Mental Health

There are also a multitude mental ailments linked to the consumption of too much refined sugar. For more information on this topic check out the following resources:

1. Sugar Blues by William Duffy. This book offers chilling facts about the health disaster and social dangers created by widespread use of sugar, white flour and other refined carbohydrates. This classic, bestselling expose on the dangers of sugar reveals how this commonly ingested ingredient in countless foods is highly addictive and causes a host of medical problems from depression to coronary thrombosis.

2. The Sweetest Poison of All.

3. so Why is everybody ‘Going Nuts?’

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