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What is so good about Brown Rice?

In the 19th century, millers in the Far East discovered that they could remove the outer layers of brown rice and polish the grain to a gleaming whiteness. The people thought the new rice was so appealing in taste and texture that it soon replaced brown rice on many tables.

What began to happen was very interesting. People started getting digestive complaints, weakness and unpleasant tingling sensations in the hands and feet. It was discovered that they had a disease called beriberi. People couldn't understand why the poor who could not afford white rice were not suffering from beriberi. Eventually, scientists determined that the missing substance in the white rice which resulted in beriberi was thiamine, or vitamin B1.

In every country where rice constituted the main part of each meal, the disease was almost universal during the years when white rice replaced brown rice in the diet.

These days white rice is enriched with the three leading B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin and niacin). But other nutritional goodies that brown rice naturally contains are not replaced in the enriched white rice.

When it is polished, the germ and the bran are removed, taking with them protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The rest of the rice is almost entirely starch. The bran and polishings contain most of the protein in the original grain, along with immense amounts of phosphorous and potassium, astonishing amounts of iron, and more of the B vitamins than any other food except wheat germ and nutritional yeast. One cup of rice bran contains almost 2 mg. of thiamine (B1 ), nearly 30 mg of niacin (B3 ), and 16 mg of iron.

Rice bran is an excellent source of fiber, either alone or as a part of the whole grain. Rice grits are produced when brown rice has been cracked coarsely.

The 8 Laws Of Health

As Divine as the Ten Commandments
“God has formed laws which He has placed in our being are divine, and for every transgression there is a fixed penalty, which sooner or later must be realized.”

Here are 8 Laws of Health: Godly Trust, Open Air, Daily Exercise, Sunshine, Proper Rest, Lots of Water, Always Temperate, and Nutrition.

God has a Plan for each and everyone of us to follow. He gives us a choice to follow His Plan or the plan we have for ourselves.

God has given us ten laws for our spiritual health, which we must follow.  He has also given us eight laws for our physical health, which He expects us to follow.  They can be listed as GODS PLAN: Godly Trust, Open Air, Daily Exercise, Sunshine, Proper Rest, Lots of Water, Always Temperate, and Nutrition.

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul propereth.” 3 Hohn 2.

Americans are Hooked on Caffeine

Statistics show, Americans are hooked on caffeine. Ninety percent consume it in one form or another every single day. Over half consume more than 300 milligrams of caffeine every day. It is our nation’s most popular drug. It is in coffee, tea, cola, chocolate, and a variety of other things.  Caffeine is an addictive drug. It operates on the brain, using the same mechanisms as amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin to stimulate the brain.

Although it is milder than the others, it is manipulating the same channels.  This is one of the reasons it is addictive.  If you think that you cannot function every day with it, and must consume it every day—you are addicted to caffeine.

Caffeine is trimethylxanthine. Its chemical formula is C8H10N402. When isolated in pure form, caffeine is a white crystalline powder that tastes very bitter.  Physicians use it as a cardiac stimulant and also as a mild diuretic (increases urine production). But regular folk take it for the apparent “boost of energy” or feeling of heightened alertness it gives. It is often used to help people stay awake longer.

Obviously, what is happening is that the body is tired and needs rest; but, instead, it is whipped into action. Beating a horse always hurts it. The body, repeatedly pushed into greater activity when it wants to stop for rest, is gradually damaged. Instead of recovering, organs gradually weaken. Eventually, the weakest ones become diseased, and the person wonders why it happened.

Caffeine occurs naturally in many plants, including coffee beans, tea leaves, and cocoa nuts. Because of this, it is found in a wide variety of food products. In addition, caffeine is added to many other foods, including beverages.

Here is a dangerous menu to think about:

• Coffee: Typical drip-brewed coffee contains 100 milligrams (mg.) per 6-ounce (oz.) cup.  Whether you are buying it at Starbucks or a store, drinking it at home or at the office, out of a mug or commuter’s cup, you are consuming it in one of three sizes: 12 oz. (200 mg.), 14 oz. (234 mg.), or 20 oz. (334 mg.). That is a lot of caffeine!

• Tea: Typical brewed tea contains 70 mg. in each 6-oz. cup.

• Cola drinks: Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, etc., contain 50 mg. per 12-oz. can. Jolt contains 70 mg. per 12-oz. can.  

• Chocolate: Typical milk chocolate contains 6 mg.  per oz.

• Drugs: Anacin contains 32 mg. per tablet. No-doz contains 100 mg. per tablet. Vivarin and Dexatrim contain 200 mg. per tablet.

Sit down and calculate how much you are taking each day, and you might be surprised. Many people consume a gram (1000 mg.) or more every single day, without realizing it.

Just what does caffeine do when it gets into the body?  As your body becomes fatigued, adenosine is made in the brain, and binds to adenosine receptors. This causes drowsiness by slowing nerve cell activity. You want to stop and rest. You want to go to sleep. This is good, for you need the rest. In the brain, the adenosine also causes blood vessels to dilate (enlarge), so more oxygen can reach the brain during sleep.

But when caffeine is taken into the stomach, it travels quickly to the brain. Once there, it does what adenosine normally does; it binds to the adenosine nerve receptors. But, instead of slowing cellular activity, it speeds it up. The cell can no longer bind with adenosine, because caffeine is linked up with all its available receptors.

The cell begins accelerating its activity. Because adenosine is shut out, the brain’s blood vessels began to constrict (narrow).  The increased neuron firing in the brain awakens the pituitary gland to action. Some kind of emergency must be taking place! So the pituitary signals the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline (epinephrine), the “fight or flight” hormone.

The longer-term effects of using caffeine tend to spiral down. Once the adrenaline wears off, you face even greater fatigue—and also depression. More caffeine is taken, and soon the body is jumping into emergency levels all day long. You become jumpy and irritable.

Because the half-life of caffeine is six hours, by the time you go to bed, you cannot get to sleep or you will not obtain the deep sleep you need. (If the last cup of coffee was taken at 3 p.m., by 9 p.m., you will still have 100 mg. in your body.) So the next morning you feel worse—and you need caffeine to get you out of bed.  You have started another day, beating the horse. This is why 90% of Americans consume caffeine every day.