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Sunday, July 31, 2011

How to Optimize Your Nutrition and Achieve Vibrant Health

How to Optimize Your Nutrition and Achieve Vibrant Health.  Many, many years ago, I read a book that used the term:  You are what you eat.  I cannot recall the author, but the words have stuck with me to this day.  Dr. Hyman discusses this very valuable topic here.

"Unfortunately, most doctors are nutritionally illiterate. Worse, they don’t know how to use the most powerful medicine available to them: food. Common sense and scientific research both lead us to the conclusion that if we want healthy bodies, we must put the right raw materials into our bodies: real, whole, local, fresh, unadulterated, unprocessed, and chemical-, hormone-, and antibiotic-free food.

There is NO role in our diets for foreign molecules such as trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup, which interfere with our biology at every level.
If you want junk out, put junk in. Enough said.  If you want a whole, healthy body, put in whole real food." are here: Home / How to Optimize Your Nutrition and Achieve Vibrant Health

"The Basics of a Healthy Diet
What I am about to share might be shocking …
Carbohydrates are the single most important food for long-term health and well-being.
This may be surprising given the low-carb movement, and “carbophobia” in our country, but it’s true.  Of course, I don’t mean the over-processed, refined, sugary, white foods we commonly think of as carbohydrates, such as donuts, bread, bagels, muffins, colas, juices, and most junk food.
And I don’t mean the cheap, super-sweet, government-subsidized high-fructose corn syrup that is driving our epidemic of obesity and chronic disease.
The carbohydrates I am talking about are the real, whole, nourishing plant foods that the human species has thrived on since from the dawn of evolution.
Food can heal or harm. You make that choice every day by what you put on your fork.
"Most of the food consumed by humans since the beginning of time has been carbohydrates. In fact, plant foods are comprised mostly of carbohydrates: vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices.
These foods contain slowly released sources of sugar that prevent surges of blood sugar and insulin. Too much insulin causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, and even dementia.  Carbohydrates contain almost all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to operate normally and optimally.  They also contain fiber, which helps normalize our digestive function and slows the absorption of sugar and fats into the body, keeping us balanced.
"Michael Pollan, the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, summed up all nutritional research in 3 simple principles:
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
In fact, you need know nothing else to be vibrantly healthy.

That’s it. Eat real whole food as it came from the earth: fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, eggs, and lean animal protein like fish and chicken.  Imagine what your great-grandmother would recognize as food, or what might have been on her dinner table. Just food. There is really no such thing as junk food — there is just food, and then there is junk.
Whole foods that contain phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fats, and fiber all directly, immediately, and specifically interact with our genes, controlling moment-to-moment changes in our physiology and biochemistry.

Food literally talks to our genes. Food is not just a source of calories, it is also a source of INFORMATION.
The key is to send the right information to your genes by eating whole, real, food — mostly plants. Specific nutrients or plant compounds bind to receptors in cells, translating messages from the foods we eat or vitamins we take in into instructions that are carried out by our cells through their effect on our DNA.
That is why food can heal or harm. You make that choice every day by what you put on your fork. That means if you eat whole, real, fresh food, you don’t need vitamins. Right?
Well, maybe …

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How to Optimize Your Nutrition and Achieve Vibrant Health.  For those of us who have found ourselves allergic or intolerance of certain food groups, adds another burden to finding foods that will not cause us to become sick.  For myself, I have had to eliminate all grains except for gluten free brown rice from my diet due to the really awful 
symptoms I develop from the high gluten content in the bio-engineered, GMO wheat and other grains that is grown in this country.  Countless people, prior to being forced to eat bio-engineered foods developed  by Monsanto Chemical Company, are developing symptoms that mimic celiac disease and respiratory difficulties, because of the extreme gluten in grains such as wheat, corn, soy, and so on.  This article, among many I have published here, is very important to your health and well being.

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