A few good reasons to avoid eating pork




It is a well known fact that several religious texts forbid the eating of pork. According to Leviticus, the third book of Judaism's Torah and Christianity's Old Testament, pork is an "unclean" meat and is non-kosher, since pigs do not "chew the cud."

Meanwhile, the eating of pork is condemned no less than four times in the Qur'an of Islam. While no direct reason is given for this condemnation, many Muslims believe that it is because pigs are disease-ridden animals.

   The religious texts are correct

Though science and religion rarely share a similar perspective, there are many scientifically valid reasons for this religious condemnation of pork. Pigs really are dirty, unclean animals that eat almost anything, including rotten food, urine, feces, maggot-infested carcasses and even cancerous growths. That is the nature of the scavenger, and being raised on an organic, sustainable farm will not change that nature.

This unpleasant diet wouldn't necessarily be a problem for humans if pigs had a digestive system that effectively removed the toxins from their bodies, but therein lies the problem: They don't. Unlike ruminant animals such as cows, sheep and goats, which can take up to 24 hours to digest their vegetarian food, pigs digest their foul food within a mere four hours.

This is not nearly long enough to remove excess toxins, so those toxins are stored within the fat cells and organs of the pig itself. Worse still, pigs do not have sweat glands (which are important agents for detoxification), further compounding their toxic load.


Consequently, pigs are walking vessels of parasites, viruses and other destructive organisms. A few of the many organisms that pork can transmit to humans include:

~  Taenia solium -- An intestinal parasite that can cause cysticercosis (tissue infection) and loss of appetite.

~  Menangle virus -- An unpleasant virus that can cause fever, rashes, chills, sweating and headaches for between 10 and 14 days.

~  Hepatitis E -- A viral liver inflammation that can trigger jaundice, fatigue and nausea. Chronic instances can lead to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.

~  Trichinella -- A parasitic roundworm that can cause fever, malaise, edema and myalgia.

~  Yersinia enterocolitica -- A volatile bacterium which, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports, was present in 69 percent of all raw pork samples tested. It can cause gastrointestinal distress, fever and, in the most extreme cases, fatal infections.

Moreover, unlike most other meats, there is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to guarantee that all these organisms and their eggs will be killed. Even freezing pork doesn't ensure that all organisms, especially certain species of worm, will be killed. As a result, even the most meticulously prepared pork will often contain harmful parasites and viruses.

Still want to eat that organic bacon?




Sources for this article include:

http://draxe.com

http://www.consumerreports.org

http://www.oie.int [PDF]

http://www.ensignmessage.com

http://science.naturalnews.com



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Start the day with warm lemon water



   The health benefits of starting the day with warm lemon water

 The benefits of drinking warm water infused with lemon has been touted by many as a healthy way to kick-start the day. Beginning the day in this manner has been embraced in Ayurvedic (literally meaning "life" and "knowledge") philosophy, a way of life that focuses on interconnectedness, balance, and an overall harmony between thoughts, action and feeling that fosters emotional and physical healing.(1)(2)

However, one does not have to subscribe to every detail behind this way of life to reap the benefits; many people simply enjoy knowing that sipping warm lemon water has many health benefits.

   The incredible health benefits of drinking warm lemon water

According to Dr. Joel Kahn, an integrative cardiologist and clinical professor of medicine, starting the day with this soothing drink has several health benefits. He says, " . . . if you can only make time for one ritual that will improve your health, let it be this: start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon."(1)

For starters, lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which plays a role in everything from boosting the immune system to providing people with clearer skin.(1)

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, flushing the body of free radicals that can damage cells and lead to conditions such as cancer and arthritis, plus it's essential for cell and tissue growth.(3) Additionally, when toxins are purged from the blood, the skin is not as prone to blemishes and wrinkles.


The potassium content of lemons also makes this drink an ideal choice to help heart health since potassium helps regulate the heart's electrical activity.(3)

Furthermore, lemon juice is known to keep the urinary tract healthy. Dr. Kahn explains that lemons increase the urination rate in the body, and that frequent urination can help flush out toxins and lead to a healthier urinary tract.(1)

As for the water aspect, it's essential for any person seeking optimal health. About 60 percent of a person's body weight is comprised of water, which is necessary for organs and cells to function effectively.(3)
Drinking more of it helps the body manage its natural state.

Warm water helps to ensure a properly-functioning digestive system by it stimulating the digestive tract so that toxins are loosened and removed.(1)

So what are you waiting for? Start the day with warm lemon water to boost your overall health and keep your body functioning at its best.


Sources for this article include:

(1)  http://www.mindbodygreen.com

(2)  http://www.healthandhealingny.org

(3)  http://www.livestrong.com/article/111175-benefits-lemon-water/






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