In today’s world there is so many ideas and so much information coming at us all the time it can be really difficult to decide what to trust and even where to start making changes that will improve our health. We all recognize we need to pay attention to our health whether we embrace making the changes or not. True and lasting change occurs when there is a new understanding through education. Making even the very basic changes carries with it amazing results. This note is really to help individuals understand ‘Why The Body Needs Nutrition’ and what is ‘Nutrition’.
Next you will see clearly that ‘Being Healthy’ really is understanding the 5 major categories to observe and work within to achieve Prime Health. You will also learn that everything really falls into 3 Pillars and to observe daily these principles to guide you to a healthier future. Mastering the basics will lead to a better and stronger conviction around health and give the drive to push forward and not settle for what society seems to accept as normal as we age.
You will understand that Supplementation plays a major role in supporting our health goals because of our food production practices have robbed the nutrition from our diets and our lifestyles do not support Prime Health any longer.
I hope you find this article will inform you, guide you and help you understand ‘Why’ and ‘How’ to make changes for a healthier future.
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The Whole Picture of Nutrition
Vitamins: These are the foods (Nutrients) for the over 7 trillion cells in the body. When evaluating the amount of Vitamins required for optimal health on a daily basis people often refer to the RDA, which was established to give guidelines for the minimum required to stay alive. The RDA was set to help serve as the basis for evaluating the adequacy of diets of groups of people not individuals. Research has shown that individual’s requirements may in fact be much higher according to their lifestyles. Factors that enter in to your requirements are the environment and lifestyle stresses, which will destroy vitamins and bind minerals. Other factors to consider are smoking, exposure to toxicity, alcohol consumption, processed foods in diets, stressful working or living environments, injury, illness or a genetic or family history that precludes you to potential illness.
Minerals:Minerals are the source of energy at the cellular level. A little known fact is that if you don’t have the right mineral content in your diet and your body, vitamins will not work. No minerals — No energy!A key function of Vitamins and Minerals is
to serve as the essential components in the production of enzymes and co-enzymes required for every chemical reaction in the body. If an enzyme is missing the vitamin or mineral component it cannot function properly. It is the enzyme’s role in body function and over all health that makes trace minerals and macro-minerals so essential to health. Macro-minerals are the minerals the body requires in the amount of 100 mg or more per day. Micro-minerals are the minerals the body requires in trace amounts.
It is important to recognize that minerals need to be escorted to the blood stream because the body does not absorb them in their natural state ( minerals in their natural state (rocks). The body requires that these minerals be escorted to the blood stream and bound,
, called chelation, with the amino acid (protein), for absorption and Bio-availability (bio-availability is the rate the body can absorb a nutrient). Even with this the body will only absorb a percentage of the minerals consume that is why we see such a high RDA. It is imperative you find mineral supplements that have research and processing that allows for the highest absorption rate. ( Example: Calcium– most calcium on the market is inexpensive because it is made from chalk. It is the same chalk that is used on the blackboards. It is not very absorbable and therefore renders minimal benefits.)
The Most absorbabable Calcium is Calcium Citrate Malate and for Magnesium it is Magnesium Citrate.
Consuming too high of dosages of any single mineral can impair the absorption of other minerals, throwing the mineral balance in your body out of balance. Having your minerals in a formulation in which these minerals work as partners becomes a must. A colloidal mineral is really a mineral that is crushed into a really fine powder then suspended in a liquid solution. Colloidal minerals then require the Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach to mix with it, bind a protein from your diet before the body can absorb them through the intestinal wall. As we age the body produces less and less Hydrochloric Acid making it more difficult for us to absorb minerals at all, thus the RDA goes up for the aging.
Amino Acids:These are the complete proteins that are used to rebuild all of the cells in the body. Seventy five percent of the body (minus the water) is made up of protein. Muscle fiber, cell membranes, enzymes and brain tissue are all comprised of protein. There are 22 Amino Acids and 8 are referred to being Essential. Essential means they must be supplied through our food source or supplements because the body does not have the ability to produce these. When the body is deficient in proteins the body will begin to use it’s own protein which is often the muscle tissue.
A deficiency in even one small amino acid carries with it ill effects and may manifest as reduced energy, sleeping disorders, chronic fatigue digestive problems, hair loss, skin problems, nervousness, anxiety, poor mental health, emotional upset, obesity, malnutrition, and a toxic blood stream.
Essential Fatty Acids: EFA’s and Fish Oils form the foundation of your body’s ability to produce hormones, blood, brain fluids, and connective tissue. They also contribute to overall health and maintaining a healthy blood pressure. They provide energy and aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. They prevent dry skin, provide lubrication for joints, improve immune function, prevent cardio-vascular problems, discourage blood clotting and prevent food cravings for fatty foods.
There are two main types of Fatty Acid Groups,Omega 3s found in fish oils (referred as EPA and DHA) and Omega 6s found in plants (GLA). Omega 3 fatty acids work to reduce blood clotting and Omega 6 fatty acids work to encourage blood clot formation.
The North American diet is notoriously high in Omega 6 Fatty Acids and this contributes to the high rate of cardiovascular disease, and is terribly low in Omega 3 Fatty Acids because of low consumption of cold-water fish. Our diets are high in the consumption of Arachidonic Acid, which contributes to pain and inflammation, and blood clotting. Arachidonic Acidis an Omega 6 Fatty Acid. The ideal is to achieve a balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids.
Diets low in Omega 3 Fatty Acidscontribute to such conditions such as blood clots, high LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), high triglycerides, brain or nervous dysfunction, MS, arthritis, lupus, migraines, immune dysfunction, and diabetes. General fatty acid deficiency demonstrates itself as dry, scaly skin, dry falling hair, infertility, varicose veins, irritability, ‘flightiness’, and nervousness. Eating a diet high in animal meats, polyunsaturated margarines and using vegetable oils can contribute to depletion of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Enzymes: Enzymes are the workers of the entire body. Derived from raw foods, enzymes are necessary to break down foods (Digestive Enzymes) and deliver nutrients to and rebuild the body at the cellular level (Metabolic Enzymes).
There are two kinds of enzymes needed by the body—Enzymes and Co-enzymes.
Enzymes are ideally provided by our raw food source and contribute to our digestion. Cooking or processing our foods destroys these enzymes because they are temperature sensitive. When we have a diet deplete in fresh raw fruits and vegetables we then call upon the body to provide the enzymes required for digestion. This means the enzymes that would usually be used for maintaining youthful tissue gets used up in digestion.
As we deplete these enzymeswe begin to experience common digestive disorderssuch as bloating, gas, belching, indigestion, heartburn, fatigue and premature aging. As we age we secrete lower levels of Hydrochloric Acid for digestion (40% of adults may have insufficient secretion levels and by the age of 60 over 50% have been found to have insufficient secretion levels) showing up as bloating, belching, burning, flatulence, food allergies, indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, and nausea after taking supplements. It could also manifest showing up as, itching around rectum, weak, peeling or cracked fingernails, dilated blood vessels in the cheeks and nose, iron deficiency, undigested food in the stool, chronic candida yeast infections and upper digestive tract gassiness.
Supplementing with Digestive Enzymes and ProBionics ( friendly bacteria)
acidophilus, Bifidobacterium will aid in the food digestion and will help regenerate the body’s pool of enzymes.
Co-enzymes are enzymes that the body requires for all the activity at the cellular level. These enzymes (minerals) sustain the regeneration of the body and life itself.
Hormones:Your hormones serve as your body’s foremen. Without hormones or even the proper balance of hormones, the body will not function correctly. There are literally millions of hormones, however the primary family of adrenal and reproductive hormones, are most likely to get you out of balance causing many types of dysfunction. Hormones are especially
It is recommended that you explore this question by reading a book by Dr. John Lee ‘What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Menopause’. Dr. John Lee pioneered the natural progesterone solution and will explain to men and women exactly what is going on and how to combat this problem. Hormonal balance is essential for overall health. Hormones are involved with every system in our bodies. Understanding how you can manage your hormonal balance therefore is imperative.
Steps to Wellness
#1 Hydrating Your Body
Why Start with Water?
Recent studies have shown that over 90% of the world’s population is dehydrated and not drinking the minimal amount of water required to keep our bodies operating at optimal capacity. When our bodies become dehydrated, our organs suffer, contributing to many degenerative diseases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Degenerative diseases, like arthritis, diabetes, and colitis, have been linked to a lack of proper water intake in our daily diets. Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, University of Pennsylvania
How important is water?
Water is critical for our bodies to properly function. Water plays a critical role in the natural metabolic, digestive, and cellular regeneration processes. ALL of the systems in our body depend on water!
Proper Hydration with Water Will;
• Enhance mental clarity
• Increase energy levels
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Regulate body temperature
• Moisten tissues in the mouth, eyes, and nose
• Protect body organs and tissues
• Enable proper digestion and prevent constipation
• Lubricate joints and tendons
• Flush out waste products
• Dissolve and aid in the absorption of vital minerals, vitamins, and nutrients
The Institute of Medicine, based in Washington D.C., recommends that men consume 3.7 liters of total water a day and women consume 2.7 liters of total water per day.
DID YOU KNOW?
Thirst is not always a reliable gauge for dehydrating conditions. Thirst does not develop until AFTER the body fluids are depleted well below levels required for optimal functioning. Mayo Clinic, 2005
DID YOU KNOW?
If athletes would hydrate prior to performance, not just endeavor to maintain hydration, their performance and stamina would improve. This applies to everyone who engages in any exercise program. Too often we enter an exertion activity already de-hydrated.
#2 Walking Your Body
Why choose walking as the second step in Prime Health?
While there are many excellent ways to give your body the exercise it needs, WALKING is the most natural and normal activity most people can do. Walking requires little time and no equipment, and research has shown that walking (brisk or power walking) can be more beneficial and effective to overall health than extended running workouts.
Walking is so beneficial because it;
Is easy on the joints and bones
Improves Immune system
Increases stamina and improves mobility
Expands heart and cardiovascular functions
Improves Intestinal Function
Improves glycemic indexes by reducing insulin resistance
Improves Bone Density
Assists in weight loss and improves Glycemic indexes by creating more lean muscle tissue in the body for better fat/muscle conversion therefore improving glucose usage in the lean body tissue
Promotes proper organ functions
Improves mental alertness and function
The Burden of Inactivity
Nationally, $600 billion is spent each year on healthcare costs related to chronic conditions. Experts agree that increased activity is critical in the fight to keep healthcare affordable for everyone. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the country could save as much as $76.6 billion if Americans over age 15 increased their regular moderate physical activity. Every nation could potentially save money on healthcare costs now simply by walking more.
DID YOU KNOW
According to the U.S. Department of Health, more than 60 percent of adults in the United States do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity, and approximately 25 percent of American adults are not active at all.
Walking one mile burns about 100 calories, depending on intensity, pace and speeds; and if you burned an extra 100 calories per day you would lose at least 10 lbs. a year.
Walking has the power to reverse the aging process and safeguard your heart. As you age, your arteries lose up to 60 percent of their stretchiness, leading to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Regular walking triggers the release of substances that improve the overall condition of arteries and increase their flexibility. Researchers have found that walking alone can improve artery elasticity up to 35 percent. One study monitored 24 sedentary postmenopausal women, ages 60 plus, walking 40 minutes a day, 5 days a week. After 12 weeks, these women improved the elasticity of their arteries to the same condition of someone 28 years old. Dr. Kerrie Moreau, University of Colorado.
Helping arthritis through walking
Regular exercise is a vital part of any arthritis treatment program because it increases strength and mobility, and reduces pain at the same time. The joint movement from walking strengthens cartilage, the material which protects the ends of bones, by transporting nutrients and waste products to and from it.
Walking away the blues
Walking and other exercise leads to the release of the body’s natural happy drugs—endorphins. Many physicians recommend adding regular walking and exercise as a natural treatment to relieve a bout of depression.
DID YOU KNOW?
That aerobic exercise is the only way to improve the function of your lymph system. The lymph system has no natural pump in the body. Exercise increases your NK cell output and increases the NK cell function assisting in free-radical cleansing of the body.
“Aerobic exercise of any kind has the power to calm jangled nerves and improve bad moods.”When it is done every day, it can enhance self-esteem and combat depression. Research has shown that a brisk 20-30 minute walk can have the same calming effect as a mild tranquilizer. www.prevention.com
#3 Cleansing Your Body
“The secret to great health can be described in three words: Cleanse Your Body! Engrave these three words permanently in your memory.” Dr. Paul Bragg
A critical step in health
Poor digestion may be the world’s #1 health problem.
Cleansing your body of harmful toxins and debris allows your body to fully absorb and utilize the nutrients from foods and natural supplements. Even if you’re eating a fairly healthy diet, a toxic build-up may prevent your body from converting the essential nutrients you consume into the energy you require. Because of our high fat, high sugar, low fibre diets, cleansing your digestive tract may be the most critical step you can take to improve your health.
Without proper cleansing, our bodies may experience problems such as:
• Constipation, which results in waste accumulation in the body
• Poor enzyme secretion, which results in inadequate digestion and absorption
• Abdominal bloating, gas, and cramps
• Harmful organisms (parasites) that rob the body of essential nutrients
• Food allergies
• Ulceration of the digestive tract
• Bowel irritation
• Compromised immune system
Additional symptoms from poor digestive health include headaches, joint pain, fatigue, skin eruptions, bad breath, and recurrent infections.
Research has shown that most degenerative diseases begin in the colon and digestive tract. Cleansing your body of harmful toxins, parasites, and debris are essential in allowing your body to fully absorb and utilize the nutrients from foods and natural supplements. The small intestine is the portal for absorption of virtually all nutrients into blood. Most people have never properly cleansed their body.
DID YOU KNOW?
According to the American Digestive Health Foundation, at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic digestive diseases that impact their lifestyle. Women are more likely than men to suffer from certain gastrointestinal illnesses and are equally affected by colon cancer, the most deadly digestive disease.
Your digestive system is a complex arrangement of organs, intestines, acids, bacteria, and
enzymes – all designed to get the most from the food we eat and nourish other vital organs and body systems. Our food and drink must be changed into smaller molecules of nutrients before they can be absorbed into the blood and carried to cells throughout the body. A clogged or poorly functioning digestive system becomes a potential source of toxins to the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and other vital organs.
Without proper cleansing, our bodies may experience problems such as:
• Constipation (acute or chronic), which results in waste accumulation in the body
• Poor enzyme secretion, which results in suboptimal digestion and absorption
• Digestive discomforts such as abdominal bloating, gas, cramps
• Harmful organisms (parasites) that rob the body of essential nutrients
• Food allergies due to reduced enzyme secretion and poorly functioning system
• Ulceration of the digestive tract due to stress and other harmful substances
• Bowel irritation due to loss of the integrity of the mucosal barrier
DID YOU KNOW?
90% of all disease and discomfort is directly or indirectly related to an unclean colon.” Royal Academy of Physicians of Great Britain.
Detoxifying your Body
The purpose of detoxification is to neutralize and eliminate any compound in the body that can be toxic. Detoxification is a natural process occurring on a continual basis in the body, but because of the modern diets, the enormous number of chemicals we ingest daily, and the increase in chronic degenerative diseases, many studies are finding that regular detoxification is necessary. A detoxification diet strengthens the organs involved in detoxification and releases stored toxins, expelling them through the organs of elimination; the skin, intestines, liver, lungs, kidneys and lymphatic system.
Research is showing that healthy diets along with detoxification can;
• Help prevent disease, especially when someone has prolonged exposure to chemicals or hormones (such as oral contraceptives)
• Improve symptoms of low energy, joint pain, headache, pain, premenstrual syndrome, unhealthy skin, anxiety and irritability, frequent colds, heartburn, constipation, and gas.
• Treat disease such as autoimmune disease, multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive disorders, heart disease, arthritis, attention deficit, and other chronic degenerative disease.
When cleansing some people may initially experience headaches, slight nausea, poor concentration, weight loss, skin rashes or chilliness. Gradually, people will notice an improvement, usually by the third or fourth day. Vitamin C helps to reduce these temporary side effects.
Lack of energy is among the most common complaints today.While fatigue can be caused by many different factors, it can also be a key symptom of inner toxicity. Even if you’re eating a fairly healthy diet, a toxic build-up may prevent your body from converting the essential nutrients you consume into the energy you require.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in women. About 67,000 women are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year and more than 40 percent of those will die from the disease.
• Colorectal cancer develops from polyps, grape-like growths on the inner lining of the colon and rectum, which usually form after age 50 and grow slowly. All women age 50 and older are at risk for developing colorectal cancer.
• Younger women may also be a risk if there is a strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps or a personal history of polyps or inflammatory bowel disease. Lifestyle choices, such as a high fat, low fiber diet, smoking, excessive drinking, lack of exercise and obesity can also increase a woman’s risk.
DID YOU KNOW?
Up to one in five American adults has irritable bowel syndrome. The disorder accounts for more than one out of every ten doctor visits. (Mayo Clinic)
DID YOU KNOW?
Overall, about 1.5 billion people have roundworms, making it the third most common human infection in the world. Whipworm infects 1 billion people… More than 1.3 billion people carry hookworm in their gut, and 265 million people are infected with schistosomes. UNICEF: The State of the World’s Children 1998
It is extremely easy to come in contact with parasites. Contaminated water, undercooked meats, and improperly washed fruits and vegetables are some of the common sources of infections. Transmission from pets or other infected persons is also quite common. Overuse of antibiotics further adds to this problem as it can interfere with normal intestinal flora and lower the body’s resistance.
Any anti-parasitic treatment must effectively eliminate all stages of parasite development, and must continue on beyond the normal incubation period of the eggs. Any short term treatment cannot be effective. Commercial treatments usually focus on intestinal parasites and adult worms only. As has been described above, parasites can crawl into the liver, pancreas, brain, lungs, heart, eyeballs – in fact any part of the body. Therefore, a total systemic anti-parasitic system of treatment is imperative. Such a treatment may involve electro-medical devices which destroy the parasite electrically, and pure herbal supplements known to kill all stages of parasite development.
Classic symptoms of parasite infections include:
allergies, anemia, asthma, bloating, chronic fatigue, constipation, depressed immune function, diarrhea, eczema, enlarged lymph glands, excessive hunger, fever, flu symptoms, gas, grinding the teeth at night, hives, irritable bowel syndrome, irritability, jaundice, joint and muscle aches or pains, nervousness, rashes, reddened eyes, sleep disturbances, unexplained weight gain, and weight loss.
Fiber supplements help to get rid of parasites, but they are not enough. We need to use specific herbal formulas to deal with this issue. Some of the most potent herbs for parasite cleansing include Black Walnut hulls, Wormwood, Pau D’Arco, Garlic, Yellow Dock, Pumpkin seed, Male Fern root, False Unicorn, Fenugreek, Grapefruit Seed extract and Prickly Ash bark.
The Role of Fiber in Cleansing
Fiber— also known as roughage or bulk — includes all parts of plant foods that your body can’t digest or absorb. Fiber is classified into two categories: Those that don’t dissolve in water (insoluble fiber) and those that do (soluble fiber).
Insoluble fiber– This type of fiber moves through your digestive system more quickly
Soluble fiber- This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. You
can find generous quantities of soluble fiber in oats, legumes, barley, apples, citrus fruits, carrots and psyllium.
Mayo Clinic Research indicates that a high-fiber diet may lower your risk of specific disorders, such as hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome and the development of small pouches in your colon (diverticular disease).Fiber may also lower blood cholesterol levels and slow the absorption of sugar, which, for people with diabetes, may decrease the need for insulin. A high-fiber diet may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, (formerly called adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes). In addition, fiber may reduce the risk of colon cancer. Insoluble fiber speeds movement of digested food through your intestine. This may reduce the amount of time your colon is exposed to cancer-promoting substances formed during digestion. Visit www.mayoclinic.com
High-fiber foods are good for your health.But too much fiber too quickly (go slow) can cause intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping. Increase fiber in your diet gradually over a period of a few weeks. This allows the natural bacteria in your digestive system to adjust to the change. Also, drink plenty of water. Fiber works best when it absorbs water, making your stool soft and bulky. Without the added water, you could become constipated.
• Dietary fiberplays a crucial role in the proper functioning and maintenance of the colon. Increasing the amount of fiber in the diet may reduce symptoms of diverticulosis and prevent complications such as diverticulitis. Fiber keeps stool soft and lowers pressure inside the colon so that bowel contents can move through easily. The American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day, but the average American eats less than 12 grams of fiber per day.
DID YOU KNOW?
“Through my 25 years in medical practice and health care…I have come to believe that the cleansing/detoxification process is the missing link in Western nutrition and one of the keys to real healing. I have seen hundreds of patients over the years transform regular or persistent illness into health and greatly improved vitality.” – Elson M. Haas, M.D
DID YOU KNOW?
“In the 50 years I’ve spent helping people to overcome illness, disability and disease, it has become crystal clear that poor bowel management lies at the root of most people’s health problems. In treating over 300,000 patients, it is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place.” Bernard Jensen, D.C., PhD
DID YOU KNOW?
Fiber is indispensable in maintaining a healthy colon. A person with a healthy colon should in fact have two to three bowel movements per day. With the help of fiber, elimination should be complete, fast and easy. Dietary fiber plays a crucial role in the proper function and maintenance of the colon. “Increasing the amount of fiber in the diet may reduce symptoms of diverticulitis and prevent complications such as diverticulitis. Fiber keeps stools soft and lowers pressure inside the colon so that bowel contents can move through easily. The American Dietetic Association recommends 25 to 35 grams of fiber each day. Mayo Clinic Research 2004
DID YOU KNOW?
A Harvard Medical School study found that men who consumed only 12 grams of fiber a day were twice as likely to develop colon problems as men whose daily fiber intake was about 30 grams.
The other main organ we need to concern ourselves with when we are cleansing
is our liver. The liver is the largest filter we have in our body. Absolutely every nutrient that goes into our body must pass through our livers. This is accomplished through our very complex circulatory system, and delivered to our liver via the blood. Here the liver will block and filter out toxins and wastes, collect and synthesize components, manufacture and excrete enzymes and acids to magically deliver to the body the much-needed nutrients required to sustain life itself. If we have a malfunctioning, overloaded and toxic liver we will be sick.
Respect the rule of thumb that nothing begins to permanently change in our body for at least three months, so when you approach a new lifestyle and make the improvements needed, please be patient and commit to at least maintaining the changes and additions to your daily routine for 3 months minimum, before expecting to see permanent sustainable changes.
#4 Nourish Your Body
Are we eating the right things?
Nutritional research and medical studies show that not only are we not eating enough fruits and vegetables, but that the ones we do eat are less nutritious than they used to be. The nutritional value of fruits and vegetables has decreased as much as 60 percent in the last 15 years. Our diets are made up of more fats, more sugars, more carbohydrates, and fewer nutritionally rich foods.
We are missing the essential protein,
vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and phytochemicals so critical in sustaining optimal body functions. One study suggests that one fast food meal may have more than 50 percent of our daily fat allowance and almost 100 percent of our daily saturated fat allowance.
The Journal of Food Composition and Analysis reveals that Americans are getting nearly one-third of their calories from junk foods: soft drinks, sweets, desserts, alcoholic beverages, and salty snacks.
DID YOU KNOW?
Dr. Linus Pauling, the two-time Nobel Prize winner, states that: “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency. Mineral insufficiency and trace elements insufficiency are more likely to occur than are vitamin insufficiency states.”
Because of differing geologic conditions, minerals and trace elements may be scarce in the soils of certain regions and rich in those of other regions. Thus, you can live in some areas, eat a perfectly ‘balanced’ diet and still develop mineral deficiencies or trace element deficiencies that can only be averted through dietary change or supplementation.” The Doctor’s Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia
“Diets containing substantial and varied amounts of fruits and vegetables could prevent 20 percent or more of all cases of cancer.” The World Cancer Research Fund, The American Institute for Cancer Research, 1997
Eat your fruits and vegetables!
A Harvard medical report suggests that fruits and vegetables are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, carbohydrates, and phytochemicals. Fruits and vegetables have been linked to many health benefits, including lowered risk for certain cancers, stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
The US Department of Health and Agriculture and several global health agencies recommend that the world population double the intake of fruits and triple the intake of dark green and orange vegetables.
DID YOU KNOW?
Fruits and vegetables fight to protect our health. They are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Because of this, eating
plenty of fruits and vegetables everyday can help reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and have no cholesterol. A diet high in fruits and vegetables may also help to improve cholesterol levels. US Department of Health and Human Services
Our lifestyles are busy, stressed and seemingly out of control. It is well established that the food chain that provides us food that is grown in nutrient deplete soils that are saturated with pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and growth enhancing synthetic fertilizers. Our livestock is fed hormones and antibiotics that are still present when we eat them. It is well established that our foods are more and more processed and treated with preservatives and chemicals to enhance color, taste and flavor allowing for prolonged shelf life.
The reason we need to eat is to provide essential nutrients to our bodies. If we live a life where our bodies do not receive these nutrients we will begin to develop degenerative diseases. The first symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies are; fatigue, suppressed immune function, depression, aching joints and muscles, lean body tissue loss resulting weakness and loss of stamina, foggy memory, insomnia, anxiety or edginess, constant colds-flues, lethargy, headaches etc. More severe conditions arise when prolonged deficiencies occur. This will result in health crisis issues, chronic debilitating issues and impairment in your ability to enjoy life or even life-threatening conditions.
“In the future, we will not be able to rely anymore on our premise that the consumption of a varied balanced diet will provide all the essential trace elements, because such a diet will be very difficult to obtain for millions of people.” Dr. Walter Mertz, U.S. Department of Agriculture, told to congress in 1977.
What is the ANSWER? In order to combat these PROBLEMs, one absolutely needs to supplement their diet to fill their Nutritional Gaps.
#5 Target Your Body
Once you have established a new lifestyle of health through hydrating, walking, cleansing,
and nourishing your body, you will have built a foundation of health. Without this foundation of health, your body will not age as gracefully as possible and fully benefit from targeting other concerns we develop through our anti-aging efforts allowing you to enjoy Prime Health into your mature years.
We see so many in society today facing the following health issues at younger and younger ages and 90% of what is happening to the younger generation is entirely preventable. Some of the basic health concerns that can be Targeted through a healthier lifestyle and
Targeted Nutritional Supplementation are as follows:
• Heart health
• Weight loss
• Women’s hormone therapy and menopausal treatments
• Men’s prostate health and vitality
• Bone and joint health
• Immune health
• Digestive health
• Fitness and strength health
• Anti-aging health
The 3 Basic Pillars of Health
Your Daily Reminders and Guidelines
These are the 3 Pillars of health, which are Rules or Guidelines to follow daily to maintain or obtain your optimal health. Let’s have a look at the 3 daily rules to follow everyday.
Hydrate and Cleanse
Cleansing and detoxifying, removing yesterdays waste and toxins, is something the body needs to do every day.
• Drinking adequate water every day begins the internal shower. You would not shower with coffee, tea or soft drinks, so you cannot count fluid intake of these kinds of drinks as cleaning. You body needs water to have optimal function in every area, especially the lungs, liver, kidneys and bowels. Remember, maximizing your water intake will improve functions in these specific areas noticeably, very quickly.
• Research is showing that optimal health begins with 35 grams of fiber a day, most people get somewhere between 8 and 15 grams a day. The body needs to clear waste and toxins daily. It has 4 main mechanisms of doing so. The easiest and most efficient way is through the intestinal tract. Unfortunately eating a diet high enough in fiber daily is almost impossible for individuals, so supplementing fiber has become a very convenient and pleasant way of making sure this vital step is covered. If you take care of your intestinal tract then it will take the load off the other organs of elimination which are the lungs, kidneys and the skin.
Balance and Fill Your Nutritional Gaps!
• This means you check and make sure you are eating the right foods to give you all your daily nutritional requirements for a healthy balanced body. Fresh fruit, vegetables and proteins provide valuable vitamins, minerals and enzymes. We now know to really make certain this requirement is being fulfilled, we need to supplement daily with high quality natural supplementation. Our foods no longer contain all the nutrient saturation they did in decades gone by.
• Adequate and the correct mineral profile in your body every day is an often overlooked necessity. If you do not have the right mineral profile, all the vitamins you take, just won’t work. Because minerals are something the body cannot produce on its own this is a very important point. Also, minerals are not easily absorbed by the body, they need to be bound with an amino acid and escorted to the blood stream; therefore your mineral supplements need to be either chelated or ionized.
Dr. Linus Pauling the two-time Nobel Prize winner states that: “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”
• Make certain you have enough Essential Fatty Acids in your body. We need a balance of Fatty Acids, and always make certain we have enough Omegas 3, these are the fatty acids that are missing in today’s diets.
• Enzymes are often overlooked. They can be acquired from foods, however the over processing, over cooking, as well as the lack of varieties of foods in our diets, limit our enzyme intake daily. Enzymes play a major role in our health and special attention needs to be paid here.
Balance Also Means Making Sure We Have ;
1. A healthy body weight
2. Adequate rest
3. Adequate exercise
4. Adequate recreation and family time are all essential to observing this Balance Pillar of health.
At Unicity we can help you understand and support your efforts in creating this balance in your life.
If we want to have vital and vibrant health this is the last Pillar to check physically and do something every day to observe this Pillar.
1. Build and protect our Immune Function, exercise, hydration, cleansing and the use of vitamins, minerals and ANTI-OXIDANTS all play role in Immune Function
2. Build our Bone Density for strong skeletal health with exercise, diet. Supplement
with good Calcium, Magnesium supplementation, which includes the right components in the right formulation to make certain your body absorbs these minerals in the right balance with the maximum bioavailability.
3. Build our muscular strength with exercise, using resistant training and weights. Creating lean body tissue is imperative for long-term vibrant health.
These seem like very simple rules to follow daily, and they are. Check out your daily routines, look at all your habits, eating, supplementing, exercising, and relaxing as well as your sleeping. Every good habit plays a role in your long term health picture.
Many people can use a little help getting started on the road to health and wellness and at Unicity we have the Premier Program to help take the mystery out of getting to your health goals.