Back to Basics - Part two
Continuing on from the first part where I discussed various nutrients. Fact 2: Critical balance - Nutrients work together harmoniously in your body, as long as you don't get way too many or too few of any of them. For example...
A protein deficiency can cause fatigue, loss of appetite, swelling, diarrhea and vomiting. However, excessive protein (especially animal protein) causes gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. It results in too much saturated fat, which increases your risk of heart disease. Plus, it makes your body too acidic and toxic, which can lead to cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
Too few carbohydrates can upset the electrolyte imbalance (sodium, potassium and chloride) in your body, causing weakness, muscle cramping or spasms, irregular heartbeat and changes in blood pressure.
Too many carbs (especially refined carbs) can lead to Candida overgrowth, gas and bloating, yeast infections, obesity and type II diabetes.
A fat deficiency can result in eczema and disorders of the skin and hair. It has also been linked to learning disorders, behavior and memory problems and inflammatory conditions. Too much fat (especially trans fat) increases your risk of heart disease, obesity and cancer.
Nutrient imbalances and/or deficiencies in the body are known to be the prime cause of ailments and disease. Your organs require a wide range of nutrients to enable them to produce the many chemicals and hormones needed by your cells.
If your body is deficient in any of these nutrients your organs will slowly starve, making it impossible for them to function in the most effective way. This in turn results in inadequate amounts of chemicals and hormones produced. Result? Accelerated aging and disease.
- Eat at least one serving of each type of food every single day. Some nutritionists believe that it is desirable to work on trying to combine various foods…or rather not combining. There may well be some validity in this but there is not total consensus. You can research this more on the internet if interested.
- Eat a wide variety of foods -- don't limit yourself to the same ones over and over. A greater variety of foods means a greater variety of nutrients.
- Aim to have a reasonable proportion of your daily from alkaline producing. You can see a chart of the different foods by clicking here.
Fact 3: Your food should not need a bar code.
The farther you get away from food in its natural state (fresh, raw), the more poisonous it is to your system, and the chances that it has any usable nutrition at all is small.
Processed foods not only are devoid of naturally occurring nutrients and enzymes, but they are hard to digest, make you toxic and contain chemicals that you were not designed to ingest.
You not only end up lacking essential nutrients but your body must process and eliminate the chemicals that are dangerous long term.
Sadly, as we know, it is not always easy to obtain and sustain adequate levels of essential nutrients from even natural foods due to poor quality soils. Moreover, many of us experience poor extraction of nutrients. This is often due to a lack of specific enzymes in the upper intestine.
These enzymes enable the digestive system to break down the nutrients from the food into molecules small enough to pass through the membrane of the small intestine.
To help you, and in recognition of the challenges we all have with nutrition, Xtend-Life supplements have been created to provide targeted nourishment to your cells and organs to help correct nutrient deficiencies and imbalances in your body.
But they should be seen for what they are: healthy natural supplements to, NOT replacements for, a healthy natural diet!
Eating for great health and wellbeing is not rocket science. You just need to get beyond the smoke and mirrors and stick to the simple facts:
- Your body needs natural (not synthetic) nutrients from natural, unprocessed foods and liquids daily.
- Nutrients work together harmoniously in your body.
- Your food should not need a bar code: Nature plus natural supplementation provides everything the body needs for nutrition.
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