Consuming overly refined and processed carbohydrate-based foods that make up the typical American diet may provide an initial energy high right after eating, but this is usually short-lived. Within a short time, the high is typically followed by an energy crash, fueling the need for yet another snack and a cup of coffee. Once again the familiar rush returns, only to fade away, which encourages more snacking. The only solution is to stop eating overly refined and processed toxic foods that slow down thinking, destroy concentration and wipe out energy levels and opt for green drinks instead.
Processed foods release a huge amount of sugar into the bloodstream when digested. The body reacts by releasing insulin from the pancreas to send this excess sugar into liver, muscle and fat cells - driving blood sugar levels down again, literally within minutes. In fact insulin does this so efficiently that the body feels it's being starved, leading to hunger pangs and cravings and setting up the next inevitable cycle of snacking, sugar rush and the crash that follows.
Repeated cycles of sugar highs, massive insulin release and sugar lows means that muscle, liver and brain cells don't get a steady supply of nutrition and become unable to do their job properly. For example, regular consumption of simple carbs has been shown to interfere with learning and memory retention. In one study, 19 schoolchildren were given one of three different breakfasts for four weeks. Each breakfast gave them the same amount of energy, but released sugar differently into their blood. The children whose breakfast caused sugar to enter their blood the most steadily and gradually performed noticeably better than children in other groups on memory tests. They could also concentrate better and for longer periods and showed fewer signs of frustration.
Foods rich in dietary fiber such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, lentils, and beans release a steady amount of sugar into the bloodstream over a period of time when digested - without triggering massive rises in insulin or the ensuing sugar and energy crash that follows. Typically, they are less refined, more nutritious and generally healthier. In other words, consuming a wide range of fiber-rich fresh fruits and vegetables can benefit concentration levels, boost learning ability, sharpen memory and slow down overall mental decline. If it's difficult to eat fresh produce all the time due to work and family life, green supplements can help you get the vitamins and minerals you need to supercharge your body.
Clinical practitioners have also observed significant health improvements in their patients from consuming unprocessed raw fruits and vegetables, which are very alkaline foods. On the other hand, the typical modern American diet is acid producing. For instance, a study conducted at the University of California found that the fat cells of 1,000 overweight men and women were full of toxic acid. Some health experts believe that a healthy life means a balanced equilibrium between acid and base - while a severe imbalance between the two is the underlying cause of all disease.
For this reason and many others, most dietitians recommend that everyone consume 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. And indeed, while fresh veggies and fruits are Mother Nature's purest and best "'alkaline' foods, it is not very easy in today's hectic world to get the daily recommended 5-9 servings of fresh veggies and fruits.
In fact, the FDA's report in 2008 titled, "Survey Data on Lead in Women's and Children's Vitamins" , reported that lead levels present in the vast majority of multivitamin supplements produced in the US were very low, making them safe for consumption.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a 150-pound person can safely metabolize and excrete lead without causing significant health problems, so long as he or she is not exposed to more than 243 micrograms every day over extended periods of time. According to the FDA's report on their assessment of vitamin supplements: "The overall median value for lead exposure was 0.576 micrograms per day. Five samples would have provided exposures that exceeded 4 micrograms per day, the highest being 8.97 micrograms per day. The highest exposure estimate for children's vitamins was 2.88 micrograms per day."
In other words, lead exposure from 340 US-made vitamin supplements - is minimal and they are safe for consumption by children, pregnant and lactating women and adult women, according to the FDA's own safety standards. In fact, all of us are exposed to more lead in the air we breathe and in the foods we eat. Almost all commonly available foods we consume daily, even the so-called "'healthy' foods, contain small but significant amounts of lead that are more than those found in the vitamin supplements!
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