Nutrition

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The major building block for all our health is Nutrition. Everything we put in our body will either be helpful, and push us towards optimal health, OR harmful and lead us away. A big problem I see today is most people are nutrient deficient. Our fast paced world as we know it caters to easy, way over processed “convenient food” that is virtually void of life giving nutrients. The best way to support your body is by eating an organic(as much as possible,) nutrient dense, properly prepared whole foods diet. Our bodies need ALL the macros daily that consist of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Carbs are a quick source of fuel and as much as possible we should getting them from whole organic fruits and vegetables which also are full of nutrients. The more color you eat daily, the better it will be for your health.

Fats we need for cellular health, satiety, energy, and also for fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, and as a bonus also usually makes everything taste better. I mean what is not good smothered in grass fed butter?! Exactly, nothing. Healthy good sources of fats are wild caught fish and oils, pasture raised, grass fed eggs, and organic unprocessed nuts and seeds.

Protein is the building blocks for all of our tissues, organs, nerves, and more. As much as can we should be getting our protein from pasture raised, grass fed animals, as generally the less expensive mass produced meat have been fed an unnatural diet with added growth hormones, and antibiotics so they can get bigger faster for processing. These animals have a terrible life, and you will also be ingesting all the medication when you eat them.

Here are a few recommendations of where to start.

  1. Eat as much as you can an organic nutrient dense, properly prepared, whole foods diet. Whole 30 is a great start.
  2. Avoid highly processed foods and refined carbs which can lower your immune system for up to 24 hours with just one serving. Think pizza, muffins, cakes.
  3. Stick to the outside of the grocery store when you shop. That’s where the real food lives. Stick as much as you can to organic and especially with dairy and meat from grass fed, grass finished animals. The inside shelves generally are packed with highly processed foods that were created for a long shelf life. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, or can not pronounce it then your body most likely will also have a hard time processing it. Remember everything is either helping OR not.
  4. Add fermented foods which are naturally rich with probiotics and are great for gut health. Think kimchee, sauerkraut, beet kvass, kefir, kombucha.
  5. Drink bone broth regularly. It is a natural source of collagen, anti-inflammatory, and great for your guts.
  6. Drink half your body weight in oz of water per day. Water is the most important nutrient in the body. It delivers nutrients and oxygen to our cells, and many people live in a chronic state of dehydration.

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NTA, Nutritional Therapy Association(2020), Student Guide

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