though the body will eventually wear out, being unhealthy and diseased is not normal, not inevitable and should not be expected to be part of your life
being healthy does not mean just the absence of disease
for most of us, good health is really a choice, not an accident
true health and wellness has little to do with doctors, medications lotions, potions or surgery
even though the workings of the body are complex, its needs for true health and wellness are relatively simple
1-Some food preparation methods and in many cases the actual cooking process can reduce the nutritional value of foods.
2-Millions of us do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.
3-Chemicals and drugs such as antibiotics are given to animals that humans eat. We ingest these chemicals when we eat these foods. Once in our bodies, these chemicals can interfere with nutrient absorption, expedite nutrient excretion and be toxic to the body as well.
4-Many other chemicals are used to change the texture, color, taste and smell of the foods marketed to us. These can interfere with nutritional absorption, expedite excretion and be toxic to the body also.
5-We are susceptible to clever marketing campaigns that lead us to believe that a bowl or two of cold cereal in the morning and meals prepared with canned or frozen processed foods will give us a healthy balanced diet that fulfills our daily nutritional needs. While this is true some of the time, it is not so all of the time.
Ideally people should be able to get all the nutrients they need from their diet alone. However, even for those who are very health conscious and eat well- balanced meals composed of high quality foods, it is very difficult if not impossible to do. Here are some of the reasons why.
1-Farming practices have depleted the mineral content of the soil in which our food is grown. At the Earth’s Summit in Rio De Janeiro in 1992, it was stated that “85% of minerals from soil in North America has been depleted in the last one hundred years.”
2-There is excessive use of chemicals, herbicides and pesticides as well as other wastes and contaminants in the soil. Many of these interfere with the nutrient absorption by the body and can actually expedite their excretion from the body, in addition to being toxic.
3-Foods are often picked, stored and sold long before they are ripened.
4-Foods are often sprayed, processed, irradiated or coated with toxic chemicals to improve appearance and prolong their shelf life. In many cases, these processes destroy much of the nutrient values of the food.
5-Common storage and transportation methods can destroy much of the nutrient contents of the foods before they are eaten. The longer it takes for the foods to be consumed from when they were harvested, the less nutrient value they most likely will have.
I recently read an article entitled “Older Americans Are ‘Hooked’ on Vitamins” by Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News. It was an interesting article. However, my initial reaction to it was, So? My second reaction was, better vitamins than opioids.
It would be ideal if we were able to get all the nutrients we need from the foods we eat. However, I believe that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to do so, even for those who are diligent and conscientious about eating well-balanced meals composed of high quality foods. There are many reasons for this ranging from farming practices, to storage, transportation and some food preparation methods, amongst others.
I believe first you need to figure out how much of the basic vitamins and minerals you need. Then you should get the most nutritional value out of the foods you eat. Finally, bridge the gap between actual and optimal nutrition via high quality supplements.
Next-Why the Need for Supplementation
Your health at any given moment in time is dependent on the health of its trillions of cells. There are more than two hundred different types of cells in the body such as: blood, bone, muscle and nerve cells. Fifty to seventy billion cells die and are replaced daily. For example: colon cells are replenished every four days, our skin is replaced every two to three weeks and blood cells have to be replaced constantly. Therefore, it stands to reason that you should feel and see some positive changes in your body if you decide to make healthier lifestyle choices than you have done in the past. Dependent on your age, how healthy you are or are not to begin with, how many lifestyle habits you choose to modify and the amount of time it takes you to do them, here are just some of the potential benefits you could experience.
A stronger immune system (less illness)
If you become ill or injured, a decreased recovery time and an ability to bounce back faster than previously expected
Decreased risk for serious, chronic health problems such as: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer amongst others
If you are afflicted with such a chronic disease, a reversal of some or all of the symptoms and negative effects from the disease
Have more energy and feel more alert
Improvement in physical strength and stamina
Improved mental functioning
Slowing or in some cases a reversal of the negative effects of aging