The Importance of Diet and Nutrition in the 21st Century
How true are these sayings?
‘You are what you eat.’
- ‘One man's meat is another man's poison.’
The increase in disease amongst people in Western Nations is a serious cause for concern. A contributing factor is the increase of degenerative disease caused by faulty nutrition.
How could this be? Consider this:
Recent research has highlighted the fact that there are many different possible levels of nutrition imbalance. You may eat what you regard as a healthy diet, but the question is, is it healthy for you?
The measure of the quality of our food is taken at two distinct levels: the macronutrient level and the micronutrient level.
Micronutrients are the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and cofactors that are necessary for the proper functioning of the body processes. They are found in fresh, natural, unprocessed food products and in good quality pill and liquid supplements. In many cases the body is able to metabolise these mironutrients from the elements of our food.
There are some micronutrients that the body is unable to make and these are called essential nutrients. For instance, our bodies are unable to manufacture vitamin C and we need a regular intake of this vital amine (vit - amin) from foods. Deficiencies in these micronutirnts lead to a varient of deficiency disorders, such as scurvy (vit C), rickets and osteoporosis (vit D) and iron deficiency anaemia.
Macronutrients are divided into three categories:
The amounts of these we require is determined by our metabolic type. For instance a 'protein type' requires a higher proportion of protein and fats than does a 'carbohydrate type'.
And furthermore, people with the same symptoms may have totally different imbalances. This is why allopathic treatments for, say, heart disease, whether they be from a GP or from a naturopath, work better for some people than for others. Ultimately, if only your symptoms are being treated, there's no guarantee that your body will ever regain full health.
So what can you do to make sure you have adequate nutrition?
The Metabolic Typing diet strives to address this; (see The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey). For the vast majority of people who consider themselves reasonably healthy this book is an excellent tool for maintaining your health and even taking it to a new level.
For those who have a few minor symptoms, like allergies or aches and pains, or the more worrying symptoms of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc, an in-depth analysis of your metabolic type at Well Healed will assist you in re-establishing balance in your body at the cellular level and ultimately achieving optimal health.
Here are some excellent suggestion to get you started in the meantime:
1. Buy fresh, organic food as much as you can. Grow your own fruits and vegetables in organically fertilised soils. Eat only unprocessed foods. Ensure you buy your fresh produce from a store that has a high turnover of these goods.
2. Get educated. Research or seek information on lifestyle changes.
3. A diligent farmer gives his herds and flocks a ‘salt lick’ made of several essential minerals. We also need to ensure that our intake of minerals is adequate. And antioxidants are necessary to help us mop up the free radicals that cause damage to our cells, resulting in disease. Therefore we must supplement our diets with the highest quality nutritional products. For more information contact us.
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Eleven amazing superfoods to pump up your health
(NaturalNews) Much has been said about superfoods in the past, and people are often confused about which ones are best to include in their daily diets. There are a lot of these foods with varying benefits to improve general health and well-being. Certain illnesses are also known to be prevented by eating these foods. What is common among these foods is that they contain more antioxidants than other kinds of foods. Learning what these foods are, how to eat them in safe amounts and what they can do for the body is the best way for people to start including them in their diets.
The following are 11 amazing superfoods and some important details about them:
Blueberries are highly packed with antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. Its health benefits include normalization of bowel movement, lowering of cholesterol and blood sugar level control. This fruit has also been found to prevent the onset of cancer, asthma, arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases related to aging.
Having a bag of blueberries as a refrigerator staple provides a steady supply of this fruit for use in different foods, including yogurt, fruit salads and porridges. They can also be added to bakery items such as cakes, cinnamon rolls and croissants.
A handful of blueberry fruits would be sufficient for one day.
Broccoli's nutritional components include fiber, calcium, folic acid and vitamins K and C. Vitamin C is a powerful agent against cancer, while vitamin K keeps the blood healthy. Fiber cleans the stomach, and calcium keeps the bones strong. Lastly, folic acid promotes normal development of babies inside the wombs of pregnant mothers.
Broccoli is a great addition to mixed veggie dishes. Stir fry these veggies for a few minutes and then consume right afterwards. Broccoli can also be eaten raw with low-fat dips or hummus. A cup a day of cooked or raw broccoli is adequate.
3. Black Tea
Black tea has a high antioxidant content. This morning and afternoon treat is able to prevent cancer, lower blood pressure and inhibit the development of osteoporosis. It can also lower the risk for stroke and heart diseases and increase fluid levels inside the body. Black tea is under investigation for the possibility that it can protect skin from sunlight.
Brew tea for about three minutes. Sugar and a wedge of lime or lemon can be added to the tea. There is no limit to tea consumption.
Spinach has folate, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin K and protein. It is known to keep the memory sharp and the heart strong.
Spinach is a flexible food to enjoy raw in salads or mixed in pasta sauces and other dishes. A cup of spinach a day provides ample supply of vitamins and minerals.
Among all nuts, walnuts have the most antioxidant content. They are also rich with polyunsaturated fats, omega-3 oils, vitamin E and plant serums. These help prevent cancer, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.
It is common to eat shelled walnuts as is, but they can also be crushed or ground to be included in salads, meals and desserts. Eating eight walnuts in a single day is good enough to stock up on these nutrients.
Green Soy beans; Edamame is a good source of plant-based protein, fiber and antioxidants. This legume is good for controlling risk levels of cardiovascular diseases, lowering blood cholesterol levels and inhibiting cancer development.
Just boil it and sprinkle it with lemon and sea salt. It could also be used as a replacement for chickpeas in the traditional dish called hummus. Half a cup of edamame can provide the consumer about 9 g of fiber, 11 g of protein, 120 calories and some quantity of antioxidants. [Just make sure your Edamame is Organic as most of the world’s soy is now GE/GMO]
The ubiquitous bananas are great sources of vitamin B6, potassium, carbohydrates and antioxidants. Their direct health benefits are increased supply of energy to the body, elimination of free radicals, protection of cells, lowering risks of heart diseases and certain types of cancer, lowering blood pressure and the promotion and maintenance of good health for hair and skin.
Peel and consume them raw. There's no limit for consuming bananas, but don't eat them unripe or overripe.
8. Brazil Nuts
These nuts are good sources of fiber, minerals, essential vitamins and selenium. Brazil nuts are good for Alzheimer's, depression and cancer.
These nuts are commonly mixed with cereals or salad dressing. Consume up to three nuts a day or less if there are fat-rich foods in the diet.
9. Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi is nutritionally dense with large quantities of vitamin A, vitamin E, fiber, potassium and antioxidants. It neutralizes free radicals effectively and lowers the risk of inflammation, colon cancer and asthma. The fruit can also correct platelet hyperactivity and lower triglyceride levels.
Eating a kiwi a day is recommended.
These tiny seeds contain antioxidants, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed, the only plant source of omega-3, is a brain food and is a good fighter against cancer.
Flaxseed is mixed with pasta sauces and salad dressing. In the morning, it can be added to a cup of yogurt or a bowl of cereals. Two teaspoons of flaxseed a day is able to deliver its health benefits. Just make sure to chew the seeds finely in your mouth for easy absorption of nutrients.
11. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and contains a higher content of antioxidants compared to many fruit juices. This is known to enhance the flow of blood to the brain and is known to improve one's mood.
Eating chunks of dark chocolate as a mid-afternoon snack or using it in baked goods is a common way of consuming this food. Two squares of dark chocolate a day is considered safe. [Dark, means 70+ % Cocoa in the chocolate. We use “Green& Blacks 85%”, available from many supermarkets in NZ]
Getting good nutrition and avoiding diseases is not impossible. Combining good diets with a healthy lifestyle and spiritual soundness will result in a better life.
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