I hope you now understand how to nourish your body with the four basic components of a healthy diet. To remind you here they are:
Beside the above the body also requires the addition of Micronutrients these are an important part of a healthy diet. In recent years it has become more difficult to ensure we are ingesting sufficient of these nutrients.
For optimum health the body does require a regular supply of these micronutrients. These are the vitamins and minerals that are essential for life. They are called micronutrients simply because they are only needed in relatively small amounts compared with the other four groups, water, carbohydrates, protein and fats. Good quality food should contain sufficient quantities of all the vitamin and minerals that we require but unfortunately due to factory farming and the use of chemicals and insecticides this is not always true today. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formulated recommended consumption levels for vitamins. These are called recommended daily allowances but as we are all so unique quantities may vary for each individual. Supplementation is a huge topic which I may cover in another Blog.
Personally, I do take supplements and have felt enormous benefits from so doing. I take large doses of Vitamin C in a time-release formula which I believe helps me avoid the common cold and helps protect me from disease it is a powerful anti-oxidant. I also take a magnesium supplement as it is an important macro-mineral even though there are only several ounces in the body; it is involved in quite a few hundred enzymatic reactions, many of which contribute to the production of energy and cardiovascular function. It is also known as the anti-stress mineral as it relaxes the skeletal muscles and has many more important health benefits. I find it beneficial and recommend it to my Clients.
Finally, stay healthy by making good food choices. The food we eat is the fuel our body needs to nourish us, give us energy and to build a strong healthy body that is resistant to disease. Are you getting the right amount of nutrition for your needs or are you abusing your body by feeding it rubbish? As I have mentioned before and I want you to remember, “If food is not your medicine, then medicine will become your food.” We are indeed, to some extent, what we eat so you should be choosing the best quality food available and please resist over-eating.