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Whole Body Health

This weekend I accidentally stumbled upon a show called Whole Body Health. It’s on the Retirement Living TV Channel, and while I’m nowhere near retirement, I absolutely loved the program. The guest was Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a dermatologist who also specializes in nutrition. He argues that eating unhealthy foods causes inflammation and spikes in one’s blood sugar, which in in turn can lead to premature aging, obesity, and other health issues. So Dr. Perricone suggests we should reduce saturated fats, refined sugars, and other high glycemic carbohydrates. We can do so by filling our diets with 10 super foods:

Salmon: the perfect food. Its rich in omega-3 fats, protein, and is an overall excellent food for cardiovascular health.
Nuts: they are also loaded with healthy fats and can help lower bad cholesterol.
Sprouts: loaded with essential minerals that the body requires.
Beans/legumes: excellent source of protein and high in fiber.
Açai Berry: a high energy berry from the Amazon.
Allium family: garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, and chives.
Green foods: spinach, kale, wheat grass.
Hot peppers: anti-inflammatory analgesic.
Yogurt or kefir milk

Throughout the program, Dr. Perricone made it a point to say that his “diet” is not revolutionary, it’s common knowledge that people have dismissed as they rush to buy burgers and chicken sandwiches. I liked that a lot, it gave him credibility — at least for me personally. Unfortunately, if you go to his website you’ll notice he sells lots of supplements. Expensive supplements. That is a major turn off, because now he is “selling health.” My personal take is, follow his diet advice. (I have my own take on it here.) You don’t have to go vegan or go raw or whatever. The trick is to ditch saturated fats/processed foods and eat a variety of foods that are good for you. That advice, while common knowledge, is priceless.

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