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The critical basics of nutritional balance

Foundations of Health

Nutritional Therapy maintains an approach to physical and mental wellness that is built on a very simple and solid foundation:

A Properly Prepared, Whole Food, Nutrient Dense Diet.

With that as a foundation, one can sustain the five pillars of physiological function that are fueled by good food.  Those pillars are:

  • Digestion
  • Blood Sugar Balance
  • Mineral Balance
  • Fatty Acid Balance
  • Hydration

These are the fundamentals of optimum health. If the foods we eat come to us in a state that the earth intended, and we then prepare them properly, not modernly, but PROPERLY, they release nutrients to the body that was biologically created to accept and process that food.

 

Fat Fib

If we know someone named John, and this person was tall, super-organized and shy, would that mean all people named John are going to be tall, super-organized and shy? Of course not!

So WHY WHY WHY do we see “Fat” in a food or on a food label and presume all fat to be the same? For most of us raised in western society, especially with Standard American Diet (SAD) we have been indoctrinated with the idea that fat is bad for us. This is simply not true.

Mary G. Enig, Ph.D and author of the book Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol, says that due to many articles and books written by so many who have no background or scientific training in fats and oils, much incorrect or completely inaccurate information has been accepted as truth about fats.

“ When these mistakes are repeated over generations of students, they lead to scientifically unsupported dogma generating dietary recommendations that are false and potentially harmful…..[we] inherit the health problems generated by this misinformation. “

Eating fat will not make you fat anymore than eating sugar will make you sweet. In fact, sugar has more fat making qualities than fat! (more on that in another post)

Ignorance is NOT bliss… In fact, with regard to understanding what fat is, what processing has done to it, how it is critical to our health and development…. Well, we just need to become better educated about Real Food. Whole Food.

Digestive Compass

Digestion is a North to South process.

Brain

Mouth

Stomach

Small Intestine

Large Intestine

And then…well, you know…Out.

Anywhere along the way, if there is an interference, the system becomes compromised and we will know of dysfunction by way of symptoms.  One of the keys to healing is to know why and where a problem is originating.  One of the great benefits of nutritional therapy is analyzing where the problem is originating and restoring balance to the digestive process so the body can do what is made to do…FUNCTION!

Water Power

Often we see scenes in movies, depicting a character who just received challenging information or experienced something unexpected, saying, “I need a drink.”   Although we are quite familiar with the intended “drink” reference being alcohol, our body is really signaling us to hydrate with water for that “drink” instead. Dehydration has an exponential effect on the stress response and the associated hormones that manage stress. Hydration helps our body do what it knows how to do best-FUNCTION!

Endorphins, cortisol, prolactin, and vasopressin are some of the powerful hormones released when a body is under physical and/or psychological stress. Dehydration alone will trigger the stress response in a body.

As the body enters into any triggered stress mode, it actually needs water to supplement the process of handling stress byproducts and waste material. Those stress hormones work hard and fast and like any good machine, create some waste that needs to be cleaned up. It uses up water to help the situation come to completion. If water is already in high demand elsewhere, or not available, the cycle cannot complete and it is left in this loop that initiates degeneration, dysfunction and even diseased states.

We have enough “stress” in our day-to-day living to trigger this innate response system. Understanding that dehydration not only triggers that powerful system, but also exacerbates it, is reason alone to drink a cup of water every hour of the day.

“A cup of water an hour, gives you stress management power!”