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Number One Health Strategy

With all the gimmicks and fad diets available to improve health it is easy to overlook the basics.  One of the most important strategies in preventing disease and losing weight is to simply eat 20 to 30 grams of fiber a day.

Fiber cannot be digested by human enzymes.  However, its indigestibility is its health asset, as it scrubs out the intestines and carries out toxins with it upon excretion. Increasing both soluble and insoluble fiber in the diet will produce bulky, soft stools.  Of the two types of fiber, soluble fiber works to ease digestion.  It is found in oats, beans, and fruit – foods that dissolve in water forming a gel.  Insoluble fiber – mainly found in vegetables and whole grains – does not dissolve in water.  It passes through the gastrointestinal tract relatively intact, which increases stool bulk and promotes the transit of waste.

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Yes, Even You Carry Around Toxins

If you think environmental toxins are reserved only for communities like Hinkley, California from the movie “Erin Borokovich,” think again.  We are living in a toxic world, where environmental toxins are found in everything from the air we breathe to the couches we sit on.  The number of EPA approved commercial chemicals used today range somewhere between 75,000 to 100,000.  These chemicals are sprayed on our food as pesticides, and are used in plastic, glues, dyes, fuels, and more.  

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