Review: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

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I sat down the other day to watch a documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I had heard from friends after watching this movie that it had changed the way they wanted to eat and had motivated them to start juicing more so I thought it was worth the time to watch myself.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documents the journey of Joe Cross’s dramatic health and body transformation who is literally fat (weighing in at 325 lbs.), sick (suffering from chronic urticaria), and nearly dead (feeling lousy and living on 11 different medications). The journey lasts 60 days and 60 nights of drinking absolutely nothing but fruit and vegetable juice. The initial three days are difficult as Cross physically detoxes from food and fights the social and emotional attachments to food. He claims he just wants to “hibernate” and cannot even watch television because the food commercials ignite his appetite. However, as the days go by, Cross sheds lbs, increases energy, lowers cholesterol and gradually decreases the mgs. of his prescriptions.

After 30 days of his fasting, Cross begins his road trip from New York across the US, continuing his fast and interviewing people he meets along the way about their own health and outlook on fasting and juicing. The common consensus was that Cross was “crazy”. I was shocked to hear multiple people predict their own life expectancy to be between 50-55 and even 40 years “at the rate they were going”.  Cross meets a trucker, Phil Staples, along the way with the same chronic skin disease that he has and at an even heavier weight as Cross, 480 lbs and BMI of 58, extremely morbidly obese. Cross pours him a drink of green juice and tells him how fasting has helped minimize his outbreaks when nothing else would and offers to help Staples. They exchange information and each are on there way.

Cross returns back to Australia with a complete body transformation losing 82 lbs, increasing mental clarity, lowering cholesterol and increasing energy. Cross receives a desperate phone call from Staples who is asking for his help if its not too late. Cross travels back to visit Staples and starts him on his way toward a new life of health.

Staples’ story is truly inspiring as he begins his 10 day fast. He too faces the initial difficulty of detox but after the 10 days and losing 30lbs, he decides to go another 20 days. He improves his physicality by gradually walking more and more everyday and documenting his improvements with a doctor. Phil goes on to fast for 60 days seeing a dramatic weight loss, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, jogging, working at the YMCA, holding a juicing workshop in his local community and supporting his brother in his health after a heart attack scare during the film.

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is an inspiring and motivating documentary depicting Cross and Staples as masters of their own health. I think once you make your mind up to make changes in your life, it is possible to transform your lifestyle, body, and quality of life. Its unfortunate that most of us wait until we are literally fat, sick and nearly dead. I encourage family, friends, and everyone to eat healthy, juice and fast to prevent your risk of sickness, disease and to  live the life you love.

Cost of Phil’s brothers heart attack: $56,424 or $571 a month w/o insurance

Cost to juice: $14 per day, $28.50 for organic fruit and veggies

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Superfood of the Week: Spirulina

Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered ‘super-foods.’

What is Spirulina: The blue-green algae spirulina is one of the most primitive forms of life on the planet. This algae is known for its extraordinary survival adaptations. Spirulina is considered a superfood due to its unique level of nutrient density.

Spirulina is a single cell blue green algae. Under the microscope it looks like long thin spiral threads. Spirulina has a completely unique combination of phytonutrients – including chlorophyll, phycocyanin and polysaccharides, that can help cleanse our bodies.

Where is it found: Spirulina is found all over the world in fresh water, saltwater oceans & natural springs. It thrives in pesticide free environments with plenty of sunlight and moderate temperatures. Spirulina was renowned for its healing properties and was a staple part of the North African and Aztec Indian diet many years ago. Today, natural health experts all around the world revere spirulina for its potential as a whole food mega-nutrient and natural medicine.

 Why is it good for you? Spirulina has countless uses as a supplement for health and preventing disease and is often deemed the most nutritionally complete of all food supplements, containing a rich supply of many important nutrients, including protein, complex carbohydrates, iron, and vitamins A, K, and B complex. It also has a high supply of carotenoids such as beta carotene and yellow xanthophylls which have antioxidant properties. It is also rich in chlorophyll, fatty and nucleic acids, and lipids. Spirulina is the richest beta carotene food known, 10 times more concentrated than carrots. Twenty years of research proves eating beta carotene rich foods and vegetables gives us real anti-cancer protection. Beta carotene is good for healthy eyes and improving vision. It is also packed with antioxidants that are anti-aging.

Not only is Spirulina rich in beta carotenes but it also has the highest content of B-12 and rich in iron which is especially important for vegetarians and vegans.

About 60% of spirulina’s dry weight is protein, which is essential for growth and cell regeneration. It is a good replacement for fatty and cholesterol-rich meat and dairy products in one’s diet. Every 10 grams of spirulina can supply up to 70% of the minimum daily requirements for iron, and about three to four times of minimum daily requirements for vitamins A (in the form of beta carotene), B complex, D,and K. By itself, it does not contain vitamin C, but it helps maintain this vitamin’s potency.

With its high digestibility, spirulina has been proven to fight malnutrition in impoverished communities by helping the body absorb nutrients when it has lost its ability to absorb normal forms of food.

Another health benefit of spirulina is that it stimulates beneficial flora like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria in your digestive tract to promote healthy digestion and proper bowel function. It acts as a natural cleanser by eliminating mercury and other deadly toxins commonly ingested by the body.

Spirulina also increases stamina and immunity levels in athletes, and its high protein content helps build muscle mass. At the same time, it can curb hunger that may develop during the most demanding training routines. Thus, it indirectly acts as an effective way to maintain an athlete’s ideal body weight.

Spirulina’s ability to reduce the bad cholesterol LDL in the body helps prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases, such as hardening of the arteries and strokes. It also helps lower blood pressure. While not clinically proven, spirulina may also protect against allergic reactions and liver infection.

How do you take it? Spirulina is now commercially available in tablet or powder form. Some health tonics contain spirulina as part of their ingredients. A simple daily regimen for spirulina involves taking a 500 mg tablet four to six times daily.

Are there any risks/ side effects from taking spirulina?

While it has a very high nutritional value, spirulina may also cause some side effects. Some individuals may suffer from allergic reactions to this algae, including rashes, hives, and difficulty breathing. Some commercial versions of spirulina supplements may have also been contaminated with toxic substances during production. It is therefore absolutely critical to buy spirulina only from reputable sources.While spirulina may appear safe at large doses, healthy adults should seek a doctor’s advice for the right dosage. Children and pregnant or nursing women should also consult a doctor before taking spirulina.

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