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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Real Food For Life

Back to the tittle of this blog. Real Food, not synthetic vitamins or supplements, not genetically engineered foods, not foods processed to the point where all nutrients are removed, not foods grown outside of certified organic practices, not foods cooked to the point of the release of all nutritional value. This over processed, over cooked, nutritionally stripped food is going into our bodies! Junk in junk out! These processes not only kill harmful bacteria but they kill the very "life force" in the food.

Which brings me to the second part of my phrase, For Life. Life begets life! In order for our food to support our bodies and health the way God designed is to eat it the way it was given to us by our Creator. Alive! With all of it's nutrition intact. Fruits, Vegetables, Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts, eaten as raw as possible and for me lean sources of protein like free range kosher chicken and fresh fish baked, grilled or steamed.
Gen 1:29
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
Gen 9:3
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

I am not against scientific progress, in fact I am very much for it, but it is true that some things are better left alone. Our efforts to produce more food at less cost is causing our food supply to be weakened. Let's support farmers and producers to farm organically and research how to distribute the food more efficiently. Our farmers destroy crops and stop using land to balance supply and demand for economic reasons. Let's spend time figuring how to compensate them for producing great quality instead of great quantity and then find a way to get the food to those in need.

Most sports nutrition professionals discourage using supplements, favoring real food instead. Kris Clark, Ph.D., R.D., Sports Nutrition Director at Penn State University, says, "I rely on the major nutrients in food, timing of meals and fluids to enhance athletic performance, and in general I discourage dietary supplements, other than the use of sport shakes, bars and gels after practice or events for muscle cell recovery."

Carmen Castanada Sceppa, M.D., Ph.D., a scientist working at the Jean Mayer USDA/Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University School of Medicine, says, "Amino acid supplements are not digested and absorbed in the body as readily as amino acids coming from food sources. Moreover, amino acid supplements tend to cause an imbalance of the amino acids already present in the body."

The conclusion of a study at Vanderbilt University of product claims on amino acid supplements concluded, "... the supplements are most likely not to be effective and not worth the risk." "Creatine is one of the most popular supplements, with over 100 studies consistently showing it can work in muscle cell recovery in athletes who engage in high-intensity, short-burst activity such as sprinting or weight lifting," says Clark. "But it does not work for endurance or recreational athletics."

Because the supplements have no caloric value, weight gain from their use is not at issue. What is at issue is the delusion, often sold right on the packaging, that muscular, lean, ripped physiques can happen only as a result of taking them.

There is a direct link between exercise, diet and metabolism. Loss of muscle through a more sedentary life, while maintaining the same caloric intake, generally leads to weight gain.

URI International seeks to address some of these issues! URI International understands that a perfect drying process is the key to maintaining the nutritional integrity of the fresh whole foods being dried. Unlike typical drying processes used in the nutritional supplement industry, the proprietary URI International InstaFresh Drying Process helps to maintain, rather than compromise, the naturally occurring nutritional content in whole foods. Our unique and proprietary process preserves the nutritional integrity and life force of the fresh produce being dried, which is essential to health and well being.

Our InstaFresh Low Temperature Drying Process takes newly harvested, fresh-pressed 34°F liquid juice to powder within 30 seconds. During this process, the product temperature averages 65°F and never exceeds 100°F, which is considered phenomenal in the drying industry. All of this is accomplished within hours of harvest! We understand that the moment you separate any fruit or vegetable from its root or vine, the natural nutrients in the food begin to die. The short period of time between harvest and locking the natural life force into a powder form is one of the critical reasons why URI International’s live whole food products are the most nutritionally dense in the industry today!

This proprietary process ensures that the whole foods found in URI Products retains naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, ORAC value, live enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids, phytonutrients, co-factors, synergistic compounds and natural balance intact – just as Nature intended! Even the flavor and aroma are preserved. All of this is achieved without pasteurization or the use of any preservatives. The dried ingredients are then blended, packaged and labeled in our own facilities and shipped directly to you! The resulting products provide nutrient dense, whole food powders that are easily broken down, dispersed, digested and assimilated by your body.

The URI drying facilities are located within a pristine mountain valley in Southern Utah surrounded by 4,700 acres of certified organic farmland where many of our whole food ingredients are grown.

This fertile land began as a ancient lake bed, layered with deep soil created and kept rich by the ash and weathering of ancient volcanoes, mountain runoff and organic matter. This fertile farmland provides some of the most nutrient rich soil on earth; abundant in selenium, precious metals, friendly organisms, fulvic acid, rare earth and vital plant micronutrients necessary for optimal plant growth. These conditions, combined with the regions elevation, sunshine, clean air, low humidity, proper crop rotation and continued re-mineralization from the surrounding snow capped mountains produce nutrient dense, organic crops.

Each crop is nurtured and harvested at the peak of nutrition, taken to our onsite processing facilities, where it is juiced and dried to preserve the nutritional integrity of the plant, to produce 100% pure, nutrient rich unpasteurized juice powder. By cutting out the middleman, URI is fully integrated, and provides whole food ingredients, processing, packaging and labeling direct to you. Fresh produce from field to you.

URI International maintains its product superiority through ongoing research and scientific developments to ensure that our products, ingredients and drying process remain the best in the industry. I have been drinking The Feast, Beyond Berries, and Barley Green for 6 months now and have never had better results from a nutritional supplement before. My wife and 4 daughters agree that these products offer the best quality whole food supplement that is tasty and affordable for everyone! Try some today. You'll be glad you did!

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