In her new book, A Healthy You: Boost Your Energy, Live Cleaner, and Look and Feel Younger Every Day, Carol Alt has pulled together all of the lifestyle changes, therapies, diet choices, and any other health-related thing that she has used over the years to get to her healthiest.
And, she hopes that some (if not all) of these habits can also work for you.
In this segment, Carol joins Andrea and Lisa to share what "eating like your ancestors" really means, including overcoming the development of processed foods, preservatives, chemicals, and GMOs and really getting back to foods that are in their natural state. Some of this encompasses the raw food movement, but generally, she just wants you to eat as healthy as you are able.
Carol also discusses the benefits of coffee enemas for optimal health and wellness, as well as ways you can "train" your body to prevent the onset of cancer.
RadioMD Presents: Naturally Savvy | Original Air Date: April 8, 2015
Hosts: Andrea Donsky, RHN & Lisa Davis
Guest: Carol Alt
Whether you are new to the healthy lifestyle or healthy living veteran this is the place for the honest answers to your questions. Naturally Savvy with registered holistic nutritionist Andrea Donsky and health journalist Lisa Davis. On RadioMD.com.
LISA: There are so many things I love about doing Naturally Savvy radio and one of my favorites is getting to talk to fantastic people like Carol Alt who joins us twice a month here on Naturally Savvy.
CAROL: Hi guys. How are you?
LISA: We’re great it’s great to have you back. You know, Carol, I’m really excited to dive into your book A Healthy You: Boost Your Energy, Live Cleaner, and Look and Feel Younger Every Day. So, Andrea and I went through the book and looked at things that were really interesting to us which was everything (laughing). So we really had to be choosy. I really loved the top six ways to eat like our ancestors that everyone can follow. And the first is "eat real food". You know, it’s really simple but it seems like in our busy society, it just seems so tough. What are some tips, Carol, to help people get back to that?
CAROL: Well, first what you have to understand is just because people say, "Well, what do you mean eat like our ancestors ate? I eat meat like my dad did or I cook all the foods my mom cooked, but I’m getting fat and I don’t understand." Here’s what happened, in the 1950’s when it came to food, we started having major changes. Besides pasteurization we had DDT, we had people moving from farms into cities so food was being processed and the reason they processed it was to cook the enzymes out of it so they could ship it from the farms to the city and it wouldn’t go bad. And then we moved on into even worse things like radiating our food. I think like 4 years ago or 5 years ago, any food that is coming in and out of the country has to be radiated. If you want to trade with the United States, you have to radiate your food when it leaves your country and we radiate it again when it comes into this country. So, again, you’re killing enzymes and destroying the nutritional value of the food. But even worse, now we’re genetically modifying. So, you know, with the movement of people and the DDT and the genetic modification and the radiation of our food and the processing and over processing and adding to that, we’re adding chemicals on top of the processing to preserve things, we are really not eating the same foods that our parents ate. And we really have to go back to the beginning to eat fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, meat that hasn’t had hormones I even forgot to list that one and make a lot of our own stuff or make it really easy. Go online and order raw food because with raw food, it has to be organic. It’s not processed so there are no preservatives in it as well. And that’s why I push raw food because it seems to bypass all the horrible things that people are doing to food these days and just gives you really fresh clean food.
ANDREA: And the good thing about raw, too, is that it keeps its enzymes intact which is another amazing point about raw. Carol, I want to move on to page 89 because this is probably one of my favorite parts of the book, although I mean there are so many great parts. But, you talk about coffee enemas and the reason why I love it so much is it’s you talking about it. About the fact that you don’t drink coffee so I’m a huge fan of enemas and I know people who I’ve spoken to about it are like “Ew! What?!” Let’s talk a little bit about coffee enemas. Coming from someone like yourself I literally had the biggest smile on my face when I read it. So, tell us a little bit about what they are and what the benefits are.
CAROL: (Laughing) You know after my long explanation of the food, I thought you guys might have fallen asleep but I can see that you were already ready to pounce on this about the coffee enemas (laughing) I mean, it is funny. I mean the thing that gets me all the time is how people can view something that the body does as icky? I mean it’s the body. The body does what the body does. Everything the body does is incredible. It’s a miracle I mean, you can’t you can’t make a body. It’s just mind-blowing what the body can do, so for people to go “Ew!” “Ew enemas. I’m going to poop?!” it just makes me laugh. (laughing) Because it's totally not in touch with the fact that everybody poops. It’s just something we all do, you know? But what I like about the coffee enema in this day and age, is it’s so hard to keep it clean. It’s so hard to keep the toxins out of the body and I really believe that the coffee enema is a very big pull in detoxing and I don’t totally agree with high colonics. I’ve had a lot friends who got very ill on high colonics because they didn’t prepare the body for it.
ANDREA: Hmm. Interesting.
CAROL: They didn’t prepare the body for it. They didn’t open up the intestines and allow the body to prepare to accept that much water and that high up and if you have diabetes, you should never do a high colonic because the valves are very weak, could be very weak, in your intestines and they could back up and then flow up into your stomach. You know, I had that happen to my father-in-law, so you have to be very careful about high colonics. What a coffee enema is, is a simple way--it only really cleanses out the bottom part of your intestine but what it does is, it stimulates the liver, which doesn’t really happen when you drink coffee, but it does happen if you use it in the other way. You put it in the other end. (laughing) and what it does is the veins the venous veins around the liver actually absorb the caffeine from the coffee. It stimulates the liver to kick out bile and bacteria and all kinds of gunk and then it washes it away. And this might not happen, if you don’t stimulate the liver to do that so every day that poor liver is collecting junk and it’s not able to spit it out and this is the only way that I could think of that I believe can help with that issue.
ANDREA: Well, Carol, how often should people be doing coffee enemas?
CAROL: Well, you know, you can overdo them. I mean, I read online somewhere that the only people who have ever died from doing coffee enemas are people who did them 3 and 4 times a day and I understand with anorexia and other psychological problems that people want to feel skinny and it just does. When you do a coffee enema in the morning, it picks up your energy and you just feel so skinny and energetic and sexy and ready to go. I know, from something so yucky you can feel so great. It’s amazing. But, yeah, you can overdo any kind of enemas or high colonics or anything like that because it can really deplete the system. So you know…and by the way this used to be in the Merck Nurses Handbook. And, apparently--I was told by Dr. Gonzales I believe--that they took it out of the Merck Nurses Handbook due to space, not because they didn’t believe it didn’t work. So, it’s shocking that they took out something that, in my view, is so necessary to detox the body to stay safe.
ANDREA: Now, I totally agree and we have an article on Naturally Savvy about enemas. I’m a huge fan and I’m glad you included it in your book. So, Carol, we have under a minute--actually about a minute left--I want to just talk a little bit about cancer prevention. I know that you interviewed Ty Bollinger, who is a friend of mine/ I absolutely adore him. He’s got now a cancer docu series out for those of you who are listening who want to learn about the truth about cancer. Tell us a little bit about cancer prevention and what are some of the things that you recommend in your book on page 74?
CAROL: Well, you know it depends on what type of cancer we’re talking about because Kim Horton got in there and talked about how to prevent breast cancer and some of the things she’s doing to help prevent breast cancer. In my view. Cancer is a very acidic inflammatory condition in the body and if we can reverse that inflammatory condition, I believe that we can heal ourselves. And, therefore, I believe that the raw food diet or, you know, an alkaline diet, if you will, is a very important tool as is, by the way, the coffee enema and detoxing as is several detoxes that can cleanse out the bod, alkaline it out, and reverse a lot of these problems. By the way aging is an inflammatory problem, so I believe alkalining out the body, can, in fact, anti-age us.
ANDREA: You did very well, Carol.
CAROL: Did I make it in time? Did I get that in in under a minute?
ANDREA: You did. You did it! This show just goes by way too fast but we’ll pick it up next time. Thank you for being on our show today. Carol. You can learn more about Carol. You can follow her on Twitter @modelcarolalt. Lisa and I both do. I’m Andrea Donsky along with my beautiful co-host Lisa Davis this is Naturally Savvy Radio on RadioMD. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @yourradiomd and @naturallysavvy. Stay well.