In this comprehensive guide to optimal nutrition, we explore key dietary considerations and debunk common misconceptions to help you make informed choices for a healthier lifestyle. From the impact of mouthwash on cardiovascular health to strategic pairings of fruits and vegetables, we delve into evidence-based insights to enhance your well-being. Join us on a journey through the intricacies of dietary choices, providing practical tips and scientifically-backed recommendations to guide you towards a nourished and balanced life.
1. Limit The Mouthwash
Stop using mouthwash routinely. Most mouthwash kills off the bacterial flora in the mouth responsible for the conversion of dietary nitrates to nitrites. This can result in a decrease in the vasodilation effects of these dietary nitrates, reducing the cardio-protective aspects of specific foods we eat. This may increase blood pressure and ischemic conditions in the brain, eyes, and heart. Consider taking a good acid-stable probiotic like Fortifeye Probiotic Bacteria to recolonize your microbiome with good bacteria.
2. Rethink Fruit Salad
Never eat apples, pears, or bananas with berries, as the polyphenol oxidase in these three fruits will block the absorption of the good flavonoids in the berries. So, rethink your fruit salads and smoothies. Consider Fortifeye Organic Blue Green Superfood, an all-organic, gluten-free, FODMAP-free combination of superfoods, adaptogenic mushrooms, enzymes, and probiotics.
These superfoods have been carefully selected to work well together. Fortifeye Organic Blue Green Superfood is very transparent, as the exact amounts of each ingredient are on the label. Combine Fortifeye Grass-Fed Whey Isolate with this superfood for a perfect meal replacement
3. Use Caution With Beta-Carotene
Never eat carrots, sweet potatoes, or pumpkins with greens, orange bell peppers, wild salmon, or goji berries. The beta-carotene in these three foods binds to binding sites on carotenoids in the xanthophyll family, preventing the absorption of lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin. So, especially if you have a history of macular degeneration in the family or you have macular degeneration, do not take supplements that have beta-carotene if they have lutein, zeaxanthin, or astaxanthin.
Greens are high in lutein, orange bell peppers and goji berries are high in zeaxanthin, and wild salmon is high in astaxanthin. Consider taking Fortifeye Focus or Fortifeye Focus and Brain for a therapeutic clinically studied dosage of lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin. Focus and Brain also has Cognizine added to the triple carotenoid formula for more intense brain nutrition.
4. Eat Less Rice
Eat less rice due to the high arsenic content. If you must eat rice, then choose jasmine, sushi grade, or basmati white rice, as these have less arsenic. To reduce toxic arsenic in rice, rinse it well, soak it overnight in spring water or purified water, rinse again, then cook it in spring or purified water, and give it one final rinse. Substitute other gluten-free, arsenic-free alternatives like quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth. These ancient pseudograins are very good sources of complete protein and fiber; however, they are high in phytic acid.
Soak them overnight in spring water or purified water and rinse well before cooking to reduce phytic acid. Limit bread intake to sprouted and/or fermented (sourdough) breads to reduce the intake of antinutrients like phytic acid. Phytic acid can cause digestive issues and mineral deficiencies. Consider Fortifeye Vegan Super Protein that uses upcycled sprouted barley protein and fermented pea protein combined with Velositol to become the perfect vegan protein. This vegan protein is free of all potential contaminants, phytic acid, lectins, oxalates, arsenic, and other potentially harmful antinutrients. Fortifeye Vegan Super Protein will have a PDCAAS of 1 and an amino acid profile similar to whey.
5. Manage Your Oxalate Consumption
Avoid consuming lots of spinach, beets, or almonds due to the high oxalate content that can increase the risk of painful kidney stones. If you eat these, pair them with some dairy from A2 cows, sheep, or goats. The dairy will bind calcium to oxalates in the gut and excrete it.
When consuming any dairy, try to stick with milk, cheese, yogurt, or kefir from A2 cows, goats, or sheep. These forms of dairy do not have a potentially harmful A1 beta-casein protein that has been linked to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, autism, and SIDS. Consider using Fortifeye Super Protein or Fortifeye Grass-Fed Whey Isolate since both are free from any casein protein. Both Fortifeye Organic Blue Green Superfood and Fortifeye Rejuvenate are free from oxalates and other potentially harmful antinutrients.
6. Use The Right Omega-3s
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are good for every cell in your body; however, all omega-3 is not created equal. Eating more young, cold-water fatty fish like sardines, anchovies, mackerel, herring, and wild Alaskan salmon is a great way to get the health benefits of these omegas.
Most people will not eat the necessary amounts of these fish for the positive benefits, so omega-3 fish oil supplements are a great way to get these valuable nutrients. Most omega-3 purchased or prescribed is an inferior, cheaper form called ethyl ester omega-3 or EE omega-3. This is a very unstable form that goes rancid very quickly and does not absorb well. It must go through the liver to remove the ethanol backbone and replace a triglyceride backbone before it can absorb. The ethyl ester form of omega-3 can cause some gastric distress and nasty “burp backs” of smelly fish oil. Recent studies have also associated higher dosages of the ethyl ester omega-3 fish oil with atrial fibrillation.
Most omega-3 experts recommend taking an rTG form omega-3 supplement. This is a re-esterified triglyceride form omega-3 that absorbs much quicker, is more stable, and has no nasty “burp back.” The highest quality rTG omega-3 fish oils are researched and developed by experts in Norway. The label should say rTG, TG, or natural triglyceride form and product of Norway for the best.
A simple test to determine if your omega-3 is the EE vs. rTG form is to squeeze the contents into a Styrofoam cup and see if it rots a hole through the cup in 10-15 minutes. An ethyl ester form of omega-3 will dissolve the cup. Consider taking Fortifeye Super Omega or Fortifeye Super Omega-3 Max for one of the purest, most potent rTG omega-3 fish oils made in Norway.
7. Select Good Protein Powder For A Balanced Diet
Powdered proteins offer a convenient way to meet daily protein requirements, but careful consideration is crucial due to potential harmful additives. Whey protein, with a PDCAAS of 1, is highly bioavailable, easily digestible, and free from lactose and casein. When choosing whey, prioritize proper processing, origin (New Zealand, UK, America, France), and avoid additives like Sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, soy lecithin, soy, carrageenan, and dyes. Consider Fortifeye Super Protein or Fortifeye Grass-Fed Whey Isolate, meeting the highest quality standards for both WPC and WPI.
Vegan proteins have gained popularity, but caution is essential in their selection. Many may lack completeness and contain anti-nutrients that can lead to digestive issues and hinder mineral absorption. When choosing vegan protein, prioritize organic or non-GMO options, favor those fermented or sprouted, and ensure third-party testing for freedom from pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and toxins. Look for a PDCAAS score of 1 for completeness, as many vegan proteins may have low BCAA content and may not be complete.
Consider options like pea and rice, pea and barley, hemp, and quinoa for a comprehensive protein profile. Upcycled plant-based protein powders, such as Everpro from upcycled American Barley, are gaining popularity, offering a complete protein when combined with a non-GMO pea protein, resembling nutritional parameters of whey. Look forward to Fortifeye Vegan Super Protein, available by the end of 2023, featuring non-GMO upcycled barley protein, pea protein, and Velositol in three delectable flavors, setting new standards for a delightful, creamy, and non-chalky vegan protein experience.