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Dietary Lifestyle Changes May Be Life-Saving

Feb 29, 2016 09:21AM ● By Nuris Lemire

Diets do not work, but lifestyle changes do. Some of the basic principles for lifestyle changes include proper nutrition, exercise, sleep patterns, stress management and detoxification. It is good to focus on nutrition and the four principles of healthy eating.


Eat primitive: Until about 150 years ago, humans were eating a very simple diet consisting of roots and fruits, greens and beans, seeds and weeds, plus fish or wild game. The Industrial Revolution changed this with the invention of modem food processing. Refining, stripping food of nutrients and adding manmade fillers has changed the modem diet to meats and sweets, pies and fries, chips and dips, cakes and shakes.


Eat alkaline: An acid-alkaline balanced diet is the key to good health. Studies are showing that we should consume about 80 percent alkaline (plant-based foods) and 20 percent acid (animal foods). At the turn of the century, Dr. William Howard Hay, a physician who wrote the book How to Always Be Well, stated that if we keep our intracellular pH at about 7.3, we thrive. Anything less than 7.3 and the body moves toward disease. The Standard American Diet comprises this mix.


Breakfast—cereal with milk; a bagel and cream cheese; coffee; bacon and eggs (all acid).

Lunch—a sandwich of meat and cheese; a slice of pizza; a hamburger on a bun; fried foods or rive through (all acid).

Dinner—meat and potatoes; spaghetti and meatballs; chicken and rice with maybe a few string beans (all acid).


Most diagnoses and diseases today really come down to one sickness—over acidification of the body due to diet and lifestyle choices; and one health: alkalization. Humans are designed to be alkaline. If we shift to an alkaline-based diet, we can decrease inflammation in the blood and tissues.


Eat colorful: Eat loads of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables get their color from carotenoids that play two roles: they boost the immune function and they have powerful antioxidants to get rid of free radicals.


For example, one type of carotene is lycopene. This is found in red foods such as tomatoes and beets that pack a punch against prostate cancer. They are also rich in fiber, which binds up and escorts cancer-producing hormones and chemicals out of the body. Ideally, we should consume about 50 grams of fiber per day. Most people are consuming less than five grams.


Richard Dubois, M.D., the chief of internal medicine at Atlanta Medical Center and a top authority on infectious diseases, states that after 4,500 studies, whole fruits and vegetables have been shown to specifically prevent cancer.


Eat organic: Organic is about more than what is left out of our food, it means what is left in, especially minerals. By comparison, one organic tomato contains 1,938 parts per million of iron molecules versus a conventional tomato, which has 1 part per million. Introduce green smoothies into the daily diet and eliminate grains, dairy, soy, sugars, pastries and artificial sweeteners.


Using these principles will help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses. They will help maintain a healthy weight and feel vibrant and alive into our golden years.


For more information about nutrition, weight management and lifestyle changes, Nuris Lemire can be reached at 352-291-9459 or

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