After curing himself from asthma and a variety of health conditions, 43 year old Jason Shon Bennett from Lifestream is living proof that changing your diet can change your life.
Since adjusting his diet by cutting out salt and dairy and including superfoods and natural supplements, Jason has hasn’t had a cold or virus in 17 years and looks at 10 years younger!
Now a specialist in his field, Jason is a health and food researcher for natural health company Lifestream and holds regular seminars across Australia and New Zealand.
Here are his tips for keeping your body healthy with the right food.
How to fight disease
The first step is to understand that cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease were very rare just 100 years ago. What has changed? Our diet and lifestyle has dramatically changed – the type of food we eat, the amount of food we eat, the mixture of raw, sprouted or fermented foods vs. cooked and packaged foods we eat, the amount of exercise we do, the amount of sunlight we are exposed to… the list goes on and on. But there is hope!
Understanding your genetics
People are always confused about genetics. There are 23,688 genes in the human body and they are unchangeable. However, how they express themselves is what gives you your health profile or disease rate. Your genes are triggered by you. You alone control the triggers by what you eat every day.
I was once very sick with asthma, fatigue, constipation, bad skin, allergies, flus and hayfever. I was on daily drugs such as ventolin, and Intal and had steroid injections for almost 25 years. I got every bug that went around. I know what it is like to be VERY sick. The doctors and specialists all said I was “incurable”. So I started studying food, cleaned out my gut with intelligent fasting and then changed my diet.
What happened? I cured everything. I am now 100 per cent cured; no bugs, viruses, asthma, drugs or medications for over 15 years. I never get sick anymore. Have I changed my genetics? No. I changed how they express themselves by feeding them superfoods and avoiding all the rubbish, packaged, processed, constipating, sludge-foods that many of us are eating daily.
Learn from history
The world’s oldest and healthiest people all do the same thing. They eat a basic plant-based wholefood diet rich in fresh vegetables, whole fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains that are prepared correctly. Our gut craves and is run on nutrition, fibre, prebiotics and water. What are the only foods that contain fibre, prebiotics and water? Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and legumes. Plants!
A low-fibre diet is behind so much of our disease-rates. For example; The Czech diet is based around meat, butter, cream, poultry, cheese, white flour and sugar and the colon cancer rate for Czech men is 34 deaths per 100,000.
The Indian diet is rice, beans, pulses, legumes, spices, nuts and vegetables and the colon cancer rate for Indian men is 0.63 deaths per 100,000.
The Czech Republic has 10 million people. India has 1.2 billion people (120 times more). However, Czech men have 54 TIMES HIGHER COLON CANCER RATES. What is the difference? A wholefood, high-fibre plant-based diet.
Here are some basic tips to get you started:
Start your day off with a large glass of warm water with a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, aloe vera juice and lemon juice squeezed in (more or less of each is fine and any mixture is fine). Then exercise.
Get more plant-fibre into you - a big soaked overnight bowl of muesli for breakfast and vegetables for lunch and dinner.
Fresh fruit as your healthy snacks in-between meals.
A fresh salad daily - lots of colourful vegetables and lots of greens, add humus, tofu, beans, sprouts etc and a nice salad dressing. You cannot ever eat too much salad. It is what we are genetically designed to eat the most of.
Limit meat consumption (including chicken) to small lean cuts twice a week (if at all).
Water, water, water, water, water but do not overdrink and become bloated. Green tea is also good.
Take a good daily dose of a superfood supplement daily such as spirulina, chlorella or barley/wheat grass. Avoid synthetic vitamins/multis.
For more information from Jason Shon Bennett from Lifestream head to www.planethealth.com.au.