Distilled Water is the Best Water to Drink…True or False?

October 16th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Distilled Water

It doesn’t get any purer than distilled water. No other water is devoid of all contaminants known to us—bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, inorganics, chlorine, fluoride, and more. But is it really healthy for you? Read the rest of this entry »

Best Time to Eat for Optimal Health: New Scientific Data

October 5th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Body Clock

About eight years ago, I discovered from my own experience that the best time to eat is within the first eight waking hours of the day and that it’s best not to eat at all during the remaining sixteen. The anti-aging results were so impressive I felt compelled to write what’s been my most popular book to date – Quantum Eating.

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Chewing Guide to Raw Food Success

May 6th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Tonya chewingChewing Guide to Raw Food Success

How do some manage to stick with the raw lifestyle for the long-term? And why do others revert, even after initial considerable success? Just eating raw, I believe, is not quite enough to achieve optimal health. How you eat is equally important.

The Chewing Idea Comes to America

Horace Fletcher (1849—1919), known by the nickname—“the Great Masticator” taught and religiously practiced chewing food until it “became liquid and swallowed itself.” According to Fletcher, following this practice would not only increase “the amount of strength a person could have,” but also considerably “decrease the amount of food that he consumed.” Read the rest of this entry »

100% Raw Versus “Whole Food Diet”: Is Close Enough Good Enough?

March 12th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Fruits and VeggiesThese days in the raw food community the theory has been touted that staying on the “whole food diet”—for example, 80% raw—will let them achieve the same results as a 100% raw food diet, though over a much longer period of time.

Here’s the idea in a nutshell: Read the rest of this entry »

Dry Fasting Phenomenon: From Deprive to Thrive

March 7th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Dry FastingWhat is dry fasting?

It’s as simple as the wet-dry distinction. Wet fasting: Drink water, but take no food. Dry fasting: a total abstinence from both food and water for a defined time.

There is one more level of dry fasting called Absolute Dry Fasting. Some suggest to reach the deepest level and realize the full benefits of dry fasting, it’s better not to let any water come in contact with the body through the skin or mucous membranes. You heard that right: no showers, no swimming, no brushing teeth while dry fasting. Read the rest of this entry »

Chewing Your Juice: What it Can Do for Your Health and Beauty

January 6th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Tonya Chewing a SmoothieI have been vegetarian since 1995 and 100 percent raw since 1997. I have tried many practices in my health journey, enjoyed many successes along the way, tripped over a few failures, and achieved some remarkable results. But if you ask me what has been the single most beneficial constant throughout my health journey, there’d be exactly one answer: juicing. Read the rest of this entry »

How Many Calories are in Raw Foods?

October 24th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

It’s widely believed that raw food doesn’t give enough energy. So how much energy do raw foods provide? Food energy is usually expressed in food calories. So, how many calories are in “unprocessed raw foods” such as bananas, carrots, soaked almonds, pistachios, and the like? Read the rest of this entry »

Intermittent Fasting: A Sure Way to Health and Longevity

September 24th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

IGF-1Insulin-Like Growth Factor and Aging

Many bodybuilding websites advise you to combine two hormones—IGF-1 and HGH—in supplement formulas. It’s the kind of advice a fair number of bodybuilders seem to go for—anything to give them the extra edge.

But is that a good idea? Let’s look at what these hormones are. Throughout life, HGH (human growth hormone) comes from the pituitary gland, whence it’s whisked throughout the entire body. The amount of HGH released declines with age. IGF-1 (Insulin-Like Growth Factor) is produced in the liver and works with HGH in an important way. In effect, HGH stimulates the need for growth, stimulating anabolic activity throughout the body, and IGF-1 carries out the growth—especially muscle growth. Indeed, both HGH and IGF-1 prove essential to muscle growth—the bodybuilder’s goal.

But there’s a catch. Lots of scientific data indicate that high levels of HGH and IGF-1 will decidedly age you.

Lower levels of IGF-1 protect against aging and certain types of cancer. When IGF-1 levels are low, new cell production slows allowing the body to concentrate on repairing existing cells. When IGF-1 levels are high, this signals the body to enter a ‘go, go, go’ mode, causing cells to grow and age too fast to be repaired. The result: accelerated aging. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Chinese Medicine Right about Raw Foods?

August 3rd, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Chinese Traditional MedicineOne reader unsubscribed from my newsletter and provided the following comment:

Raw food is very bad for people with a ‘damp’ condition in Chinese medicine and I don’t think it should be promoted across the board as if it is good for everyone. My stomach likes warm food, I have learned, so I have been eating the worst food possible—that is, raw!—for my condition.   Read the rest of this entry »

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Prevention

July 19th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Alzheimers PreventionEveryone fears, at some level, the prospect of afflictions such as Alzheimer’s and senile dementia. Can healthy eating head off or delay such disorders? Then, quite apart from these dreads, there’s a parallel question: What might diet do to improve our thinking now?

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