Whole Grains What is a whole grain? Basically a grain is a seed and is made up of three parts: the GERM, which contains vitamins (especially E), oils and proteins and can sprout under the right conditions; the ENDOSPERM or starchy bulk of the grain which nourishes the seedling; and the BRAN or tough outer covering that protects the grain, containing protein, minerals, fiber and small amounts of vitamins. As long as the grain or seed remains intact it will live for some time in a dormant condition. When exposed to warmth and moisture, it will begin to wake up and sprout. A processed grain will not grow if planted, and similarly provides less food energy when consumed. If the integrity of the grain is disrupted by grinding, cracking or rolling, it cannot remain alive. It dies, and decay will eventually begin. For this reason, any whole grain which is not in its natural state, such as whole grain flour, cracked wheat, corn meal, etc., will eventually spoil unless it is refrigerated. Even under cold storage, it will remain fresh...
Topic: Healthy Diet
The single most important ingredient in healthy longevity is love. Glorious love, who lifts us skyward. Full-spectrum love, who knows all colors. Without love, we perish. Trickling down from this rainbow are the elements: clean air, clean water and sunlight. A good stiff dose of these three basics, every day, can cure just about anything. But since many of us live in the city, our health care happens at one level lower. The next level is that wonderfully wholesome, sensuous, nourishing, living stuff called FOOD. That processed, additive-laden, addictive, socially complex, political weapon. It has become easy in the land of plenty to take food for granted, never thinking about how or where it was produced. The food level is a focal point for shifting into health consciousness because it can take us higher or hasten our crash. Below the food level is chronic use of medicine and other drugs to deaden our pain. At the bottom of the pit greed and violence fester.
Old age is a consequence of civilization; it is seen seldom in primitive societies and very rarely seen in wild animals. Although in this century the average lifespan of women and men has increased by 30% since the onset of industrialization and by over 300% since Neolithic times, we don’t exactly know how or why aging occurs. We do know that aging is a function of cells ceasing to divide. Some scientists speculate that any given differentiated cell can only divide a fixed number of times (as opposed to a cancer cell, which is undifferentiated, and theoretically immortal in that it continues, unchecked, to divide). The human body has more than 10 million, million (that’s 13 zeroes) cells, all of which are differentiated into nerve, muscle, adipose, etc., and are thus mortal. Given that we all die at some point, the objective now is to maximize the QUALITY of our lives and avoid controllable causes for pre-mature death.