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Fitness Alert Important Foods and What They Do For Your Body

There have been a lot of statements made about food, some famous, some not so famous: "An Army Travels On It's Stomach," said Napoleon Bonaparte;

"Bodybuilding Is Eighty Percent Diet," proclaimed Vince Gironda "The Iron Guru"; "You Are What You Eat," uttered Anonymous.

What you eat and when you eat it is a determining factor in how well you progress in your bodybuilding program and in your overall health.

We all know that we should be eating a properly balanced diet of complete proteins, good fats and complex carbohydrates, including a lot of fiber.

We also know that supplements in the form of essential amino acids, proteins, hormones and natural products that stimulate our own metabolism, are a vital part of any fitness and bodybuilding program.

What we aren't often told are some of the specific benefits of certain foods; vegetables, fruits and fish. Herein are some of the benefits associated with natural fruits and vegetables and how you can put them together for a perfect muscle building diet.

Combats Cancer: Apricots, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cherries, chestnuts, chili peppers, figs, fish, garlic, grapes, green tea, lemons, limes, mangos, mushrooms, oats, olive oil, onions, oranges, peaches, rice, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, walnuts.

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Combats Colon Cancer: Wheat germ, wheat bran.

Combats Prostate Cancer: Peanuts, cauliflower, grapefruit.

Aids Digestion and other gastric maladies: Apples, artichokes, bananas, beans, blueberries, cabbage, carrots, chili peppers, flax, honey, mangos, oats, peaches, peanuts, pineapple, prunes, wheat germ, wheat bran.

Provides Heart Protection: Apples, artichokes, bananas, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cherries, chestnuts, fish, grapefruit, green tea, lemons, limes, olive oil, oranges, prunes, rice, strawberries, tomatoes.

Battles Diabetes, Blood Sugar - Artichokes, avocados, blueberries, oats, olive oil, rice.

Supports the Immune System: Cantaloupe, carrots, chili peppers, fish, yogurt.

Controls Blood Pressure: Apricots, avocados, bananas, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, chestnuts, figs, garlic, grapes, lemons, limes, oranges.

Lowers Cholesterol: Artichokes, beans, cantaloupe, chestnuts, garlic, grapefruit, mushrooms, onions, prunes, tomatoes, walnuts, watermelon, wheat germ, wheat bran, yogurt.

All this information serves to point out that fresh fruits and vegetables are very important in everyone's diet, not just bodybuilders. A bodybuilder also needs to focus on good sources of natural protein and energy boosting foods for muscle building.

Human flesh is 100% biological, so we should be eating foods that are biologically as high as we can get them. The food that is the highest biologically is eggs.

Hen fruit is 95% biological, meaning that we can absorb 95% of the protein in eggs.

Organ meats are very high biologically; heart, liver, kidneys, sweetbreads. Red meats are high, as is poultry and fish.

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Very low on the biological scale is soy that is only 22%. You would have to consume a great deal of soy in order to obtain your needed amino acids from your diet.

Foods to Avoid

Any foods that spike your blood sugar should be avoided. Typically these are foods that are high in refined sugar, starches, processed grains and high in carbohydrates.Eating these will increase your insulin production, thus raise your fat storage.

Processed foods that need little or no cooking are loaded with preservatives and chemicals that are to protect the food, not the eater.

Read the labels to see the ingredients. Better yet, avoid them all together and don't worry about reading labels.

The human metabolism evolved from eating meat, berries, seeds, vegetables and seasonal fruits . . . not grains.

Our records of human ailments indicate that most of the chronic diseases we humans have developed, began with the advent of a diet based on agriculture.

Archeologists discovered in the excavations of the Mound-Builder sites, that when corn became their staple, they experienced a three-fold increase in infectious diseases.

What does all this mean? Stick to the foods that our ancestors thrived on: Lean meat, fresh fish, fresh fruit, seeds and nuts. Also garden produce should be eaten. Avoid processed foods and eat less carbs and more fiber.

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