Are you eating enough protein?
If you're struggling with cancer or other degenerative disease....or even if you're healthy and want to stay that way, you'll want to make sure that you are getting enough!
Get this: A researcher by the name of Lebedow showed that if starving dogs are given either protein or fat alone, they die even faster than if they received no food at all! However, if they received good protein and good fat together, they recovered quickly from starvation.
This research took place way back in 1880. But numerous scientists over the last 138 years have confirmed that this tidbit of information is just as relevant to us humans today as it was to those starving dogs, way back then.
Sounds to me like a recipe for good health!
"Good" proteins are defined as proteins rich in sulphur-bearing amino acids methionine and cysteine. Animal proteins -- dairy, beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, and eggs -- all meet this criteria. However, these protein sources can have their share of problems -- contaminants, hormones, allergens and, except for seafood, the wrong kind of fat, being but a few.
So, we turn to vegetable proteins as our primary sources: legumes (beans and lentils), soy products such as dry roasted soy nuts and tofu (if tolerated), oatmeal, seeds and nuts (and their butters), Spirulina, and kelp. The liberal use of garlic and onions in the diet can boost the sulphur content of these foods.
Especially for cancer patients struggling to meet their protein requirements, I often recommend a protein powder made with certified organic pea protein, brown rice, and sacha inchi protein for an optimally balanced amino acid profile.
By "good" fats we mean those unrefined oils rich in essential fatty acids, aka omega 6 and omega 3. According to lipid (fat) experts Dr. Johanna Budwig and Udo Erasmus, if one has cancer, (unheated) flax seed oil should be the only oil taken.
Of course, naturally fatty foods such as nuts, seeds, and avocados, as well as fresh, high-fat cold water fish, may also be included as part of a health-promoting diet. Flax seed, hemp, and walnuts are good additions.
In any case, saturated fat interferes with oxygen uptake in our cells, and chemically altered fat products (margarine, shortening, partially hydrogenated oils, deep-fried oils, and refined and deodorized oils) are toxic to our cells. Therefore, they are best avoided especially when health is already compromised.
Good question. Our protein requirements vary -- with our health condition, our age, our size, our gender, and our level of activity, and whether we're undergoing cancer treatment. If protein amounts increase then so should our oil intake.
Generally speaking, adequate protein intake might translate into at least 50 grams of protein divided over three servings a day, where one serving equals, for example, 1 cup of cooked legumes, 1/2 cup tofu, 2 tablespoons nut butter, 3 tablespoons of nuts or seeds, or 2 tablespoons of quality protein powder***.
For the healthy individual, a teaspoon to 2 tablespoons per day of flax oil may be appropriate. Those suffering from degenerative conditions, though, may benefit from taking 3 to 5 tablespoons per day of flax oil. Dr. Johanna Budwig, lipid researcher, has recommended up to 7 or 8 tablespoons per day of flax oil plus just as much freshly ground flax seed! In these cases, an enrichment with all minerals and vitamins (from whole foods, juices, and supplements) should accompany this much oil and seed. Good health requires an exceptionally rich supply of ALL essential nutrients for its high level of complex cellular activities. To paraphrase an old scriptural quote: man -- or woman -- cannot live by protein and fat alone.
Still, protein and fat go together. Like fish 'n' chips. Milk and cookies. Wine and cheese. The only difference is: these other combos can stir up health troubles. Sulphur-rich protein in combination with essential fatty acid-rich oils stir up good health! Take it from the poor starving dogs.
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