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By Lynne Wilkinson, CEO AUSBUY
“If you have your health, you have your wealth.” These are words my grandmother used to cite as she served yet another lovingly-made meal to her family of 10, copious numbers of grandchildren and hangers on. Good food, an active, interest filled life and shared company were her ingredients.
Life seemed simpler then, because we bought what was in season, it did not travel half way around the world, there was less choice and much of the value adding was done at home. Australian farmers still produce some of the best food in the world. The problems now are that we are not sure where much of our food comes from, and we have been complicit in putting our capacity to feed ourselves at risk. Consumers deserve to know these things.
By Roger French
Fresh, ripe fruits are essentially cocktails of minerals, vitamins, other antioxidants, fibre, natural sugar and thousands of phytochemicals, all in a high content of ‘pure’ water. The water content ranges from 75% in bananas to 93% in watermelon.
The Natural Health guideline is to consume approximately 350 to 700 gram daily – as part of a total of fruits and vegetables per day of around 1000 to 1250 gm. Have some fruit each day. High-sugar fruits, such as grapes, should be limited in quantity. Fruits are the most suitable energy foods in hot weather, except that winter fruits are fine for cold weather.
All fresh, ripe fruits are highly alkali-forming, due to their very high content of potassium and modest levels of magnesium and calcium. The acid fruits, although containing significant levels of organic acids, are also ultimately alkali-forming.
This article describes only the common, everyday fruits, and does not include the numerous exotic varieties.
The onset of the winter months brings shorter days and fewer hours of sunlight, affecting your mood in many ways as the cold begins to set in.
If you are feeling sluggish, depressed or tired, your dopamine levels may be low. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, one of the chemicals that sends signals to our brains. As our dopamine levels decrease, our mood often suffers.
By Roger French
Starchy carbohydrate food refers to the starchy vegetables, potato, pumpkin and sweet potato, and the starchy cereal grains and other grains. Their chief characteristic is that they are very high in starch and lower in protein than the protein-rich foods.
How much carbohydrate do we need each day? As it is our main source of energy, we require enough to meet our energy needs, so the quantity depends on the amount of our physical and mental activity. Genuine appetite is generally the best guide.
By Dr Lisa Matriste, BDSc Hons (Uni of Qld)
Director, Australians for Mercury Free Dentistry, Environmental Committee, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
Mercury, a potent neurotoxin that is also known as quicksilver, is one of the most poisonous substances on earth, known or believed to cause scores of conditions such as irritability, liver and brain damage, muscle spasticity, autistic behaviour, chronic fatigue and Alzheimer's disease. Depending on the type of mercury and type of exposure, poisoning can lead to delirium, hallucinations, suicidal tendencies, psychosis, brain death and, of course, death outright, as was witnessed at the Minamata tragedy in Japan a number of decades ago.