Five - Practise Natural Nutrition
nourishes the body and gives us energy to get through each
day. Natural nutrition is a key element in healthy human development,
from the prenatal and early childhood years to later life
stages. Healthy eating is equally important in reducing the
risk of many chronic diseases.
would have thought we could fight cancer, diabetes, heart
disease and stroke
with a fork? One of the most important
things we can do to protect our bodies from these diseases
is to keep our organs in good shape. Whether or not we have
a family history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke,
what we eat - and how much we eat - can help reduce our risk
of developing fatal diseases.
Nutrition is the practice of protecting our bodies from the
inside out. This means, keeping our vital organs lean and
clean. Core Nutrition is determined largely by decisions we
make about our daily food and drinks intake. Let's analyze
some facts. Our livers, intestines and kidneys must process
every morsel of food that we ingest. When we overeat, especially
foods low in nutritional value, we allow toxins to build in
our systems. When the toxin level is too high, our vital digestive
organs weaken. Our hearts also start to weaken and, inevitably,
our bodies deteriorate.
Practice of Natural Nutrition
are six major classes of nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, minerals,
protein, vitamins, and water. These
nutrient classes can be categorized as either macro-nutrients
(needed in relatively large amounts) or micronutrients (needed
in smaller quantities). The macronutrients include carbohydrates
(including fiber), fats, protein, and water. The micronutrients
are minerals and vitamins.
practice natural nutrition, this week you are going to put
dietary emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish,
poultry, lean meats (for non-vegetarians) and low-fat dairy
foods to ensure that your body has a steady and adequate supply
of required nutrients. Here are some important facts to remember:
are essential for cell growth, maintenance and repair.Nutrient
deficiency causes over-eating and weight gain. When your
body is depleted of nutrients, it sends hunger signals
to the brain, asking the body to eat. If you eat junk
food, the hunger signals will continue even if you're
full because you'll still be nutrient deficient; this
leads to over-eating and weight gain. When your body is
well-nourished, the hunger signals will stop so you'll
eat only when your body really needs to; this prevents
over-eating and weight gain.
provide energy to enable your body to function efficiently.
You can lose weight and gain muscle mass by cutting out
high fat foods like snacks and desserts and eating and
drinking more fruits and vegetables.
along with fiber and water, are essential to your good
health. Instead of starving your body to shed fat, a more
effective method is to eat high quality food, rich in
nutrients to help your body flush toxins.
nutrients can work alone, each depends upon the others
to be the most effective.
nutrition helps you diminish food cravings, flush your system,
and build your body to a higher state of health. Vegetables
are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and
an endless variety of trace nutrients.
The Rules for Success
what you need to focus on eating this week and why:
apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples are the richest
source of soluble fiber; they lower cholesterol, stabilize
blood sugar and blood pressure.
banana a day keeps high blood pressure away. Bananas
are one of the best sources of potassium, an essential
mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart
function. Bananas protect against arteriosclerosis and
help promote bone health.
beet a day keeps fat away. Beets are food for your liver
and kidneys. They capture fats floating in the blood
stream and bundle them for elimination.
each day keeps cancer away. Broccoli is loaded with
minerals, vitamins and photochemicals, all having either
protective qualities against cancer or enzyme producing
qualities that destroy cancer cells.
few berries a day keeps fat away. Berries are rich in
pectin, fibers which limit the amount of fat your cells
high fiber bread each day keeps energy your way. Eaten
in moderation, dark, high-fiber bread such as whole
wheat, mixed grain, oatmeal grain is low in calories
and rich in complex carbohydrates - an excellent source
for energy and proteins.
once a week keeps toxins away. Cabbage is rich in fiber
and is a fat-flushing food. Cabbage is rich in sulphur
and Vitamin C which boost the immune system and cleanse
the digestive track.
carrots a day keep your eyes in good shape. You can
improve and preserve your eyesight naturally through
good diet and disciplined eye exercises. Carrots also
contain a powerful antioxidant effective in fighting
against some forms of cancer.
stalk of celery a day keeps fat and illness away. Celery
is rich in calcium, magnesium and iron, all of which
flush fat and help prevent illness.
cucumber a week keeps waste away. Cucumbers are rich
in fibers, sulphur and silicon, all of which stimulate
the kidneys to eliminate bodily waste and uric acid.
every day keeps viruses away. Garlic fires up your metabolism
and helps reduce fat cells.
Two grapefruits a week keep cholesterol away. Grapefruits
are rich in pectin, vitamin C and potassium, all of
which help eliminate cholesterol.