When Merri and I purchased our central Florida home over a decade ago, it came with a commercial orange grove of naval “eating” oranges.
We learned a few things about growing oranges including the fact that the oranges graded US Fancy bring the best price.
Oranges have to pass 33 requirements to be US Fancy, such as less than 1/10th discoloration, firm, smooth texture, well colored and well formed.
Almost all the requirements are based on how the fruit looks, not nutritional value or how it tastes!
So you want fancy fruit to sell, but not to eat!
We learned from our neighbors, who are third generation citrus growers. that the best tasting, sweetest oranges are ugly! They taught us to look for the spotted misshapen oranges to put on our table if we wanted to enjoy the most delicious oranges.
I even learned to buy my other fruit, apples, berries, pears, etc in economy stores where the fruit sold is not of the highest grade. The less lovely fruit doesn’t look as good, but it’s often riper, sweeter and better tasting.
So John Douillard’s article on Xenohormesis captured my attention as it shows why ugly fruit (and veg) may not only taste better, but be healthier for you.
Our orange grove
John Douillard wrote at his Lifespa.com website,
Xenohormesis: Imperfect Food May be Your Healthiest Option
When plants endure stress from weather and predators, they actually develop properties that keep the animals that snack on them healthier and more resilient.
Xenohormesis is an emerging field that looks at how environmental stress on plants encourages them to produce protective compounds that insulate them from stressors.
The fascinating part of this story is that when animals or humans consume these plants, the protective hormetic effects generated by the plant are transferred to the animal or human.
You can read the entire Lifespa.com article “Xenohormesis: Imperfect Food May be Your Healthiest Option” (1) at the link below.
The US National Library of Medicine has a study “Xenohormesis: health benefits from an eon of plant stress response evolution” (2) that explains this idea in more detail.
This study tells how Xenohormesis is a biological principle that explains how environmentally stressed plants produce bioactive compounds that can confer stress resistance and survival benefits to animals that consume them.
Xenohormetic plant compounds when ingested, improve longevity and fitness by activating the animal’s cellular stress response.
Two powerful yet simple concepts have gained increasing prominence in scientific thought over the past 50 years.
The first concept is the concept of the adaptive stress response. Research in the science of stress has established that the ability of organisms to respond to physical, chemical, and social stressors is a fundamental process of life. The idea that low levels of stress can improve an organism’s health, well-being, adaptability, and fitness through stimulation of the cellular stress response is especially important. This phenomenon is known as hormesis.
The second concept is the basic interconnectedness of all living organisms. The success or failure of one species depends not only on its inert physical environment but also on the success or failure of the other species sharing that environment. The concept of xenohormesis is the process by which one organism benefits from the stress response of others.
There is a deeper message we can gain from these facts… “look beyond the surface”. A greater beauty may be in ugly. Or perhaps our concepts of beauty are misguided and warped.
I recall a pop song “If You Wanna Be Happy” that had an important message about the deeper values of ugly.
The lyrics go: If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So from my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you
Some less misogynistic lyrics might go “If you wanna be happy as you can always marry a nerdy man”. Or the gender neutral “If you wanna be sure that life is fun, always marry and ugly one”. The point is clear… many of society’s perception of beauty are off track.
Here’s a few thoughts we can derive from this idea of ugly being better for interconnectedness.
Be careful of what we consider beauty. We are conditioned from the minute we can see and hear to accept certain things as beautiful, good or desirable. The conditioning is rarely for our good. The concepts we are indoctrinated to believe in tend to favor the agenda of others.
Look beyond what we see. Vision is a really important sense. There is evidence that when our eyes our open, our vision accounts for two-thirds of the electrical activity of the brain. Half of all neural tissue deals with vision in some way. This makes it natural to rely on vision.
The high concentration on vision makes it dangerous to stop our analysis with just what we see. Food producers for example focus on making food look good at the expense of taste and nutrition. Auto makers focus more on visual design that environmental sustainability. Garment manufacturers rely on style rather than healthiness, durability and ease. So the power of sight goes, on and on.
There you have it. Ugly fruit might be better. In fact ugly might be superior in most ways.
Plus when the world changes fast enough, the concepts of beauty cannot keep up. Are Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet hunks? Of course this comparison implies that great wealth is now the holder of beauty… so hoepfully we think beyond that.
This simple thought can be just that… as simple as, eat ugly fruit… It’s healthier, or a message to look deeper at everything we see and reconsider the biases we have gained in our lifetimes about what is beautiful and what is not not.
The Lebanese poet Kahill Gibran says of beauty in this works, “The Prophet (3)”:
Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror.
Whether you focus on ugly or beauty, look deeper. We live in a fast changing world and the acceleration can create a shallowness we need to penetrate to find deeper values.
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First, body fat, COVID-19 and cancer? Let’s ask why?
Part of the answer is toxicity.
Healthy bodies naturally and regularly remove water-soluble toxins from the body. Our blood and kidneys flush them away.
Fat-soluble toxins such as metals, pesticides, preservatives, other pollutants are harder to flush out of the system. Fat-soluble toxins must become water-soluble before the body can get rid of them. The liver can do this conversion (bile emulsifies fat-souble toxins into water-soluble). This process requires healthy digestive and detox pathways. When they become imbalanced, fat-soluble toxins are stored in fat cells and brain cells instead. These toxins can remain for decades and create health problems.
The fat stored toxins cause oxidation (free radical damage) and degeneration as well as mutation. Toxins in the fatty tissue of the brain become neurotoxins that can cause cognitive problems and a host of mental and brain imbalances.
Burn Fat to Burn Toxins
When you burn fat you turn on the body’s detox fuel. Fat metabolism is the body’s natural form of energy. Fat metabolism provides a more steady energy than glucose metabolism and flushes fat cells free of toxins. As the toxicity drops, the nervous system has reduced stress and will naturally burn fat instead of sugar.
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The Commonwealth Fund in its latest survey on overall health care ranked US healthcare dead last compared to 10 major countries. Despite being worst, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, New York Times have all warned about huge, increasingly costly, health care changes. There are enormous problems in hospitals and chances are they are going to get worse, with the added complication of COVID-19.
When it comes to health care, we may well be on our own. The very people, institutions and establishments that we should rely on may actually hurt rather than help our health.
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For nearly 50 years my wife Merri and I have lived and worked around the world. During this time, we checked out just about every source on natural health care. We even spent years living with natural health care insiders, and trying the lessons they offered.
We took thousands of readers to Ecuador, met with shamans in the Andes and Amazon. We helped other readers visit India and also learn great health care ideas from China and beyond.
Since not everyone can go to Ecuador or travel the world, we have created three Natural Health Reports that can help improve the power that your body has. These reports are concise and to the point. In 15 minutes the first report shows exactly how to start preparing for better health and more energy.
We do not have to depend on the health care and health insurance monopolies for better natural health… or cave into a healthcare system that can put us at risk and charge outrageous prices at the same time.
Our health reports provide information on how to use ancient health care systems to become more healthy, self sufficient – providing our own good health.
The first report is “Sunski?”, the Andean word for good eating, for maximum nutrition and purification.
We started the series with eating because so many of our readers have found that a blend of Indian and Andean shamanic nutrition helped them kick start their health with weight trimming.
Good eating is the first step towards natural health. The first rule of good health is getting the correct nutrition. The second step is purification of toxins and eating to avoid getting impurities in our body in the first place!
Sunski is a way to eat that strengthens and purifies as it stops adding toxicity from eating. Yet Sunski is a delicious, healthy “self defined” cleansing process. One chapter in Sunski shows how to correct a simple mistake that most of the Western population makes which increases the chances of adding and retaining weight by 84%.
Sunski combines lessons about healthy eating that we learned from years of working with all types of Western healers, ayurvedic health masters and then living with an Ecuador Taita Yatchak and his apprentices.
We lived, worked, farmed, cooked and ate with this Taita Yatchak for years while learning “Sunski”.
The “Sunski” report was 50 years and millions of miles of travel in the making.
We’ve invested thousands of hours into learning the skills of health self-reliance and resilience, identifying the best foods and combinations and sifted through loads of seeming contradictions to get to the facts about “do it yourself” longevity and natural health.
But that wasn’t enough – not when our good health was on the line. So we consulted dozens of top professions who know a lot about natural health. We spoke with holistic MDs, osteopaths, chiropractors, Indian vidyas, Andean yatchaks, and other self-reliant natural health experts who live a naturally healthy path every day.
Don’t let the simplicity fool you… years of research went into these reports.
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We all need to stay out of hospitals and reduce our exposure to modern medical risks and costs.
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Imagine… never worrying about what you eat and reducing the risks of hospitalization and health care’s outrageous costs.
A few of the life balancing nutritional tips include how to:
#1: Eat a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.
#2: Eat combinations of food for ideal digestion.
#3: Eat in good spirits at the right times of day while chewing in a special way.
This report includes a complete list of EZ to use recipes that will immediately improve your short term energy… and your long term natural health – so that you never have to guess what foods you need (or rely on the health care establishment).
One of the recipes is for high protein Chocolate Quinoa Pancakes.
- Carrot Cake Quinoa Brownie with Stevia
- Thermos Quinoa Kichiri
- High Protein Veggie Almond Savory Cottage Pie
- Mild Turmeric Curry
- Low Carb Quinoa Tapioca Crumble
- Merri’s Blackberry Crumble with Quinoa and Stevia
- Merri’s Quinoa Strawberry Shortcake
- Merri’s Quinoa Corn Bread
- Merri’s Quinoa Corn Bread Dressing
- Quinoa Risotto With Arugula and Parmesan
- Timbal of Quinoa topped with Ginger or Parmesan Cheese
- Quinoa Gazpacho With a Sherbert of Coriander
- Quinoa Taboleh
- Mango Quinoa Salad
- Quinoa Avocado Curry
All of these recipes are in “Sunski” just one of the three natural health reports.
These recipes are easy to make, delicious to eat, inexpensive but balanced and healthy foods prepared in ways that provide nutrition and purification.
Learn how nutritional secrets can help keep you out of the hospital.
Here are a few facts and health tools you gain:
- The single biggest constraint you’ll face in your eating habits? – and how you can eliminate it by adding two simple recipes to your Sunski system.
- How to calculate exactly how much food you need so you don’t over or under build your nutritional plan.
- A simple solution for making sure that your food delivers what your body needs when you need it.
- What components you can choose for yourself and how to avoid mass diets that seem to work for every one except you.
- The best long term solution for avoiding sugar.
- Use sweet spices to compensate for stress.
- Specific types of unique spices that give you the biggest energy bang for your buck.
- Spices that cleanse and purify.
- Three changes in your fruit consumption that is a critical component for long term purification.
- The best times to eat specific foods.
- How to direct different foods to different parts of the body.
- Three teas that add a resilience to your natural health system that are easy to make and enjoy at home at a low cost.
- Why it is good (in fact almost a requirement) to sometimes eat junk food.
All of this information is in “Sunski” the first of the three natural health reports.
These reports focus on how to have good natural health so you can remain independent and avoid costly medical care.
The second report shows you how to purify and detoxify existing poisons that have accumulated in your system.
The third report is about exercise… but not the type you would think.
Unlock the Mystery of Key Muscles
This third report unveils one exercise that energizes and coordinates the digestive system by exercising a set of key muscles, not while you are in a gym, but when you eat! The body has a number of key muscles that regulate breathing, digestion, circulation, elimination and muscular motion.
The third report reveals an exercise you can do at the dinner table to energize these muscles which in turn coordinate every other muscle and organ in the body. Eating in this way for example (most of the modern world does not) energizes just one key muscle that regulates part of our ability to burn sugars and fat.
The report looks at oxygenation, coordination, purification, energy boosting, education, occupation and relaxation.
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(3) Gibran On Beauty