Can We Survive Our Food?

Vitamins Adelle Davis Your Stomach

No matter what kind of resolutions you make, or intentions you have, diets you pursue, or hopes you have for natural health, Agribusiness and the food industry have corrupted our food supply. Your stomach is now in the hands of large corporations. They are in control. You'd have to go back 70 years to find unadulterated food. There is no guarantee that the foods we buy have any minerals or nutrients in them. You actually cannot trust the food you buy.


We can count calories; eat any diet—raw foods, liquid foods, meat-only, macrobiotic foods, vegan foods, high fat, low fat, high carb, no carb; it makes no difference if your stomach isn’t able to process the food. In order to make your stomach the kind of neighborhood that friendly, hard working bacteria want to live in, you need to provide what they want. All eating must conform to this basic fact: if the stomach can't digest it, it's toxic to you. The way to nurture your stomach so that it can assimilate the food and produce nutrients is the first imperative. Without a working stomach, eating anything is a disaster in the making.

1) The first essential is FERMENTED FOOD. This is in line with the dictum that you should eat for the stomach and not for the mouth. Foods that the mouth wants are often the worst thing we can eat for the rest of the body.

Even though fermented foods are not the main portion of the dishes you eat, they must be included every day, or the stomach can't function. They are extremely important. The stomach asks for, and will demand, a continuous source of fermented food and/or fermented beverages. Most Americans are unaware of the importance of fermented foods since we lost the pickle jar and now eat only marinated pickles. Today Americans, except for beer, have no source of friendly flora, and no hope of escaping digestive problems. Without these vital probiotics to digest our foods, we would all die of diarrhea. There should be 10 times as many bacteria in the gut as cells in the human body. We should have billions of these tireless beneficial bacteria swarming around our bodies at all times for good health.


Miso Soup (source)

Other cultures have developed fermented foods, including miso, tempeh, kim-chi, cultured fish, salt and sour pickles, natto, and naturally brewed soy sauce. All nationalities have one, if they intend to survive. We Americans have recently been experimenting with fermented drinks such as artisan beer, which is rich with brewer's yeast, and the cultured lactose in keffir, and--the centerpiece and queen of the fermented beverages: Kombucha. This ancient fermented tea can reorganize the stomach to start working optimally, instantly. Best yet, you can easily brew it yourself at home once you have started with a SCOBY.

2) The next thing that the stomach needs to grow bacteria, and to sustain continuous energy for the body is WHOLE GRAINS. Enough whole grains to form a Ph neutral stomach culture in which helpful bacteria can grow, and produce essential B-vitamins. In the macrobiotic world, whole grains should constitute 60% of the plate—at least during a detox or healing process. George Oshawa chewed uncooked brown rice to cleanse his stomach.

3) Also essential for the absorption of calcium, magnesium and other minerals are the leafy greens and vegetables which also provide roughage and anti-oxidants. The greens we are talking about are NOT spinach or lettuce, the former high in acid-producing purines, and the latter, 98% water. The real greens are: collard greens, kale, mustard greens and broccoli all very rich in Vitamin A, which is the essential vitamin for the immune system.


collard greens (source)

4) Last but not least, the body needs enough protein to repair tissue damage and provide heat. However, the high fat content of dairy and meat protein makes them repellent to the stomach, a nightmare to digest. Soy, in spite of its many benefits, is also impossible to digest, because of oxalic acids, so only cows can do it. It cannot be consumed as Tofu or soy milk or baby formula unless a cultured bacteria is used to digest them. All soy must be fermented before you can eat it.

This is the greatest challenge to the vegetarian. Since plant proteins and legumes are short of some necessary B vitamins, and only the addition of a fermented culture can release them in order to be assimilated into the bloodstream.


Tempeh (source)

One sure-fire way to increase the protein levels in a vegan or high-carb diet is to eat TEMPEH, a bacterial culture that can be added to soy or rice or beans, to make them digestible and release proteins, B-12 and other important B-vitamins, as well as Calcium-magnesium, into the bloodstream. Tempeh rivals beef and pork for protein and B-vitamins without the fat or other problems these foods create. Tempeh may be the perfect protein.

Can you trust your supermarket?

No matter what kind of resolutions you make, or intentions you have, our modern agriculture and food-processing plants have removed the control of your food and put it in the hands of large corporations. Take back control!

The cereal isle (source)

It's a question of availability and quality, not the lack of food. Most communities in the U.S. are health-deserts, where you have to get healthy food only as an expensive specialty, if you can find it all all in your neighborhood. The corporate foods we eat are tasteless and void of their natural ingredients, and are designed to have a longer shelf-life than to actually sustain life. Monsanto, General Foods and Nestlés are gigantic cartels whose aim it is to monopolize the food supply and make profits off of our hunger. Most Americans have lost their ability to even appreciate fresh, healthy foods, since they have so little experience with them. The cities are overflowing with restaurants, true, but they mostly provide only rich, audaciously fatty foods. At home we microwave frozen foods. Our lives are being shortchanged by these habits. Our bodies can only last so long with this kind of punishment.

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The heart source

We imagine that farm-fresh food is an alternative. Yet farmers and rural populations now have the worst diets, not the best, in spite of their proximity to fresh food and whole grains, which they mostly export for their income. Ironically, the local WalMart mega store is probably their go-to source of food, and we wonder why obesity and diabetes is rampant in the country.

Our dislocation from our food supply is causing us to forget what a healthy body actually feels like. We have grown accustomed to living with chronic problems and recurring infections as a fact of life, a gloomy secret, or a growing anxiety. No wonder we depend so desperately on a faulty, expensive health insurance to bail us out.

Dieting is a multi-billion dollar industry, so are snacks. The medical establishment, the end game for this lifestyle, is no better. Doctors and nutritionists can only tell us to take blood thinning drugs, or cut back on fatty foods, or exclude the foods that have become our mainstay, or depend on phony "heart-friendly" processed food. They tell us: no sugar, no meat, no booze, no snacks, no drugs, no coffee, no tobacco, no, no, no to everything. We live like starving rats, surrounded by temptation. It's an endless drudgery of want and deprivation that we have to swallow--knowing full well that we cannot sustain it for the rest of our lives. Eventually we'll surrender to the inevitable, and binge on empty food which bring us back to the starting point.

But if we DID have basically sound and healthy bodies, we could indulge (not gorge) on bad habits or foods occasionally, without the desperation we once felt, and without accelerating our demise like a house afire. It's a question of volume and balance.

Developing Balance in the Foods We Eat

How does one accomplish this in the modern life? You can’t really wait for a gradual cure, a slow ascent up the ladder of health, a lengthy, unrewarding recuperation. Extreme fasting robs the brain and body of essential glucose. Excluding foods is not enough, it limits our human desire for variety. You need a leg-up, a respite, a turnaround, a ringer to beat back the impulses. We're all looking for an instant cure, a magic silver bullet. There's no miracles in eating for health. However. there are helpmates that will accelerate the process.

This is where vitamins come in. Not one-a-day vitamins, which are a farce, but instead taking specific vitamins in large enough quantities to address the problem and to make corrections fast enough for us to feel them. Vitamins can ratchet the body back to health if they contain the essential elements that we should already have in our systems. Vitamins can make the body more receptive to the the nutrients and bacteria we need to aid the healing process, counteract our deficiencies, and helpmates to reach an optimum digestion of the foods we do eat. Once the body is awakened to its time-honored natural healing abilities, then and only then can we benefit from a gradual build-up of a new regime of healthy foods to make the final cure, and not just use the temporary respite of drugs or diets.

How can we balance our bad habits against the good ones? For example, when you do allow sugar or fat into the stomach, we can take B vitamins and vitamin C (ascorbate) afterwards to help eliminate the intestinal buildup and keep plaque and fats from being stored in the arteries and muscles. When you drink coffee, or wine, you can help restore yourself with calcium-magnesium, which will render the harmful tannins and acids into harmless salts. Food addictions can be defeated with multiple, smaller meals of whole grains, vegetables, sprouted legumes, and fermented food and beverages. We can use healthy foods to counteract the damage of our otherwise unhealthy diets.

Eating Naturally isn't Impossible

Natural Foods can be very easy to add to menu plans. One thing Americans can do is to add whole grains to the American diet. We are told that cereals and breads are "made from" whole grains, but this is a lie. Once whole grains are robbed of their hulls, the germ and the starch become toxic to us. Whole grains must be untouched, unrefined, unadulterated and unprocessed, before you bring them into your kitchen. This would include brown rice, millet, quinoa, barely, buckwheat, oats, amaranth, etc. Refined, hulled or pre-cooked versions of any of these grains are useless. “Short grain” brown rice is better than long grain, because it is richer in the B vitamins. The reason the Chinese have dubbed brown rice as a B vitamin pill, is because it is such a great source of those vitamins which allow us to digest additional complex carbohydrates.

Don’t try to fob off the facts by eating so-called "whole grain" breads, breakfast cereals or crackers. It's impossible to get the value of whole grains from these products. You have to cook whole grains yourself to ensure the benefits.

Its easy to add authentic whole grains to your diet. You cook whole grains by boiling them, 2 parts water to one part grain. Usually it can take 20 to 40 minutes of slow boil to cook grains, and a five-minute "rest" period. Grains cook at different times. Quinoa is faster, brown rice is slower.

brown rice and beans

The classic: brown rice and beans (source)

It's also easy to add greens to the diet. Kale, broccoli, collard and mustard greens are the real greens. Forget spinach, forget lettuce, ONLY the dense leafy greens with thick stalks have the vitamins and minerals you need, as well as the scouring abilities to clean out your system. These greens take longer to cook and have a stronger taste so you’ll have to find the best way to season them. Chop up collards into small pieces and sautee them on a med-high flame with garlic and olive oil for about 10 minutes, adding a few drops of water to keep them from burning. If you don’t want to pan fry or boil your greens, Southern-style, you can lightly steam them or puree them with cream or vegetable stock for a delicious soup or sauce. You can also make a salad of raw greens if you chop them up in small enough pieces and add the dressing of your choice.

Brown rice and greens are such a magnificent foundation for your health, that you can just about eat anything else on top, even small amounts of meat for taste, and still maintain good health.

The solution to our nutritional nightmare is right under our noses. For centuries, Americans depended on simple, fresh meals to survive the rigors of disease and tough conditions. All we really need to do is return to some of the foods that are still available to us, even in our supermarket, which are otherwise stocked side by side with foods that will kill us with our own bad habits. These food addictions are not natural, but have been introduced to us over decades of learned consumerist behavior and subtle appeals to our subconscious urges. Our dependence on processed and frozen foods is a result of our blind adoption of a philosophy of short-term gain and cutting corners, which has allowed the food industry to create an insatiable appetite in us for sugar and fat that profits them at very turn of the screw.


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