G-BOMBS – greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries and seeds – are the kinds of nutrient-rich foods Dr. Fuhrman believes can take the place of most medications. Learn the simple strategies you can adopt to lose weight, feel younger and fight disease todayHere is more information about GBOMBS and Dr. Fuhrman’s approach to nutrition that has saved thousands of people’s health:“A properly fueled body is a miraculous self-healing machine”
Dr. Joel Fuhrman MD, board certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author, and widely published nutritional researcher, explains how you can lower your cholesterol, reverse heart disease and diabetes, and lose weight through natural methods. On his PBS Special “Three Steps To Incredible Health” which recently aired on WEDU Tampa, Dr. Fuhrman outlined the three steps of his diet plan of nutrient rich foods to achieve optimal health without drugs and surgery. Dr. Oz, of The Dr. Oz Show says of Dr Fuhrman’s plan “A medical breakthrough. If you give this diet your complete commitment, there is no question in my mind that it will work for you.”
In this third step, Super Foods for Health and Pleasure, Dr. Fuhrman explains that a solution for preventing cancer is right in our grocery stores and kitchens in the form of the Superfoods he calls…GOMBS!
Dr. Fuhrman feels these super foods are the most powerful disease fighting foods on the planet. A simple way to remember them is to remember the word GOMBS.
- Greens – Green vegetables have lots of different nutrients and systems that put a silicone like slippery coating on the inside of your blood vessels. They activate something inside the blood vessel called the Nrf2 mechanism that prevents plaque from binding to blood vessels and accelerates the rate at which fat melts away from the inside of the blood vessel.
- Onions – In The Medical Journal of Clinical Nutrition a large study in Europe showed people who ate onions regularly showed a 60 to 70% reduction in all major cancers. That would be a reduction in prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer just from the higher consumption of onions. When you cut an onion, the gas that is given off creates disulfides and anti-cancer nutrients that are formed.
- Mushrooms – A Recent study published in the international Journal of Cancer showed women who regularly consumed mushrooms are 64% less likely to develop breast cancer. That was about 10 g of mushrooms daily. That same study showed that the women who ate 10 g of mushrooms and simultaneously consumed green tea had 89% less likely to develop breast cancer.
- Beans and Berries – Beans and berries have high cancer preventive antioxidants levels and promotes healthy brain function.
- Seeds – Raw seeds and nuts contain phytochemicals and fats that help reduce inflammation, help reduce cholesterol, and helps the absorption of other important micronutrients. Dr. Fuhrman suggests having nuts as part of your salad or even making a salad dressing from them.
He says studies on mushrooms, onions, berries, and green vegetables showed dramatic protection against cancer and this is recorded in medical literature like The International Journal of Cancer and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Mushrooms and onions also contain angiogenesis inhibitors which are compounds that prevent nutrients feeding into tumors and cancers.
These foods prevent those abnormal cancer cells being fueled (starving the cancer cells).
In simple mushrooms there is a compound called aromatase inhibitors. It works on body hormones. These aromatase inhibitors lower toxic levels of estrogen hormone that promotes breast cancers and they lower the hormones that promote prostate cancer. These foods have multiple effects that get at cancer in lots of different angles to protect the body.
Dr. Fuhrman explains that this high nutrient eating style has been shown and published inThe Medical Journal of Metabolism to lower cholesterol more than cholesterol drugs. When you lower your cholesterol with superior nutrition you simultaneously lower your blood pressure, lose weight, and reduce inflammation.
How do you know you are getting the right amount of nutrients to prevent disease?
You may want to use a free online nutrient calculator such as The RightTrak.com. The RightTrak.com will calculate your Recommended Daily Allowances(RDA) for over 30 nutrients while it is calculating your BMI. You can select a variety of foods and The RightTrak will add up the nutrient values of your selected foods such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, beta carotene…and more. The RightTrak will turn Green if those allowances are met or Red if those allowances are not met.
Spend some time on The RightTrak.com and do several food searches. You will quickly learn and understand what favorite foods are giving you the most “Nutrient Bang for Your Buck!
Dr. Fuhrman offered an Incredible Health Combo Package which included some 6 DVDs of the program and additional information that was not aired, Incredible Health books, recipes and meal plans and memberships to Dr. Fuhrman’s health and wellness website as a donation gift exclusive to the viewers of this PBS Special. The package items were offered in various levels of donations. Please contact your local PBS Station, WEDU or Dr. Fuhrmans’s website to see how to obtain these products and services.
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”
This month ‘Sumiran’ team is picking Healthy Eating Healthy Living as the topic of the month. In this issue we will be presenting various articles, guides and tips on healthy eating and living, yoga poses and pranayam for good digestion.
WATCH OUT WHAT YOU TAKE IN
Today, we do not have any shortage of food. A majority of the people who visit doctors are the ones who have eaten too much, consumed the wrong kind of food or in the wrong way. Half of what we eat feeds us, and the rest breeds diseases and feeds doctors and drug stores. It is important to take care of our eating habits because amongst the various factors affecting health, the single most important is food. This factor can be most easily controlled and corrected. It is within the reach of our will to eat food that cultivates good health or to eat food that breeds diseases.
These days, our busy schedules and hectic lifestyles allow little time for analyzing our food habits. Consequently a number of unhealthy eating habits have become a regular part of our everyday lives. Today our choice of food is guided by taste and preparation time rather than its nutritional content. Perhaps it is worthwhile to take a closer look at some of our unhealthy eating habits and decide for ourselves if it is wise to continue being complacent about them.
Fast Food: We love fast food because it tastes so good and is readily available. Marketers have left no stones unturned to sell all kinds of fast food and our young population has given in. But gratifying tastes will not abet physical wellbeing in the long run for a number of reasons:
Fast foods are the best source of dead or empty calories. They are rich in calories and saturated fats but devoid of vitamins, minerals and fibers.
Excess cheese topped on these preparations promotes obesity.
Refined flour used to make breads and pizzas lacks fiber and promotes constipation.
The not so soft Soft-Drinks: What do Soft-Drinks contain? It contains no more than sugar, coloring agent, flavoring agent, citric acid, caffeine and sodium bicarbonate. All these are harmful to the body. On top of it, they contain gas CO2 mixed under pressure, which gives a fizz. CO2 is the end product of metabolism that the body throws out. How can we possibly remain healthy by ingesting this gas? A good fraction of it gets ingested in the blood making it acidic.
Meats and Eggs: To eat or not to eat? Humans have been created by nature to be vegetarians. Human beings do not have long canine teeth and a wide jaw to tear flesh like carnivorous animals do. Carnivores have short bowels to allow minimal transit time for the unstable and dead animal food, which putrefies and decays faster. On the contrary, humans have a longer digestive tract for the slow and better absorption of the plant food. Moreover the harmful effects of meat are:
Cholesterol and saturated fats are high in meat leading to heart diseases.
High uric acid from meat leads to arthritis, kidney stones and high chances of kidney diseases.
Meat also does not contain fibre and being highly acidic leads to acidity in the body tissues.
There is a strong correlation between animal protein and several kinds of cancers.
Sugar: Refined white sugar is stripped of all nutrients, vitamins and minerals and is leading cause of disease of affluence – obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, acidity, indigestion, dental cancer, weakening of immune system, arthritis, etc. Whereas other sugars, such as fructose (fruits and honey), lactose (milk) and maltose (grains) are natural substances that have nutritional value. Jaggery has the additional value of Iron and Calcium and vitamins like B1, B2 and B3.
When should you eat? These days, young people pay minimal attention to their meal timings but it is important to learn that eating at the right time promotes good health. Our digestive capacity parallels the sun’s presence. In the southern hemisphere (the tropics and equatorial regions), the Sun is at its peak from 10 am onwards. Hence our digestion is at its best from 10 am to 6 pm. After 8-9 pm, the process of assimilation or utilization of nutrients starts to pick up. It is intense when we are sleeping. During that time, the nutrients are extracted from the food and utilized. The eliminative activity peaks in the early morning hours. That is why there is an intense desire to pass stools on waking up in the morning. The process goes on – digestion, assimilation, elimination. The more we are in tune with the natural cycle, the healthier we shall be.
Breakfast: A heavy breakfast diverts the life forces. To ensure health, we should allow the elimination cycle to function freely and not thwart it in any way. You should earn your breakfast with exercise.
Lunch: The digestive fire is at the peak. Do not skip it for tea as many working people normally do.
Dinner: It should be light, half the quantity of lunch, particularly it is taken after 7-8 pm.
Water Habits: Water consumed during a meal dilutes the digestive juices and hampers digestion. Cold drinks with meals are harmful. The coolness of the drink hampers the fire of digestion in the stomach. Drink water 30 minutes before a meal or 2 hours after it. This is easy if you avoid too much chilli and salt in the food. A glass of warm water on getting up in the morning stimulates the gastro colic reflex, thus initiating bowel movement and relieving constipation.