In fact, food can fuel either wellness or illness depending on its quality. There are many dietary theories out there confusing people as to what proper nutrition is. Proper nutrition is simple. We should eat whole and nutrient dense foods. Whole foods are as close to their natural state as possible. They are packed with nutrients. This implies very minimal processing (if any), no additives, no MSG and no artificial flavors or colorings. These ingredients cause health problems. They hinder cells from functioning the way they are supposed to. This is the root of disease. It is also important to limit consumption of fat, sugar and empty carbohydrates. They are very abundant in processed foods. Be your own food detectives. Read packaged food labels. Make sure you understand that the quantities listed are per serving and not for the whole box.
Moreover, whole foods consist of fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes. Each fruit, grain, legume or vegetable contains specific nutrients that play invaluable roles in our health. Whole foods contain phytonutrients that heal and nourish the human body. Their integrity has not been altered by processing. They supply antioxidants that cleanse the toxicity we ingest from food and the environment. Whole foods repair the damage we do to our bodies. They are rich in vitamins, enzymes, minerals and fiber that prevent the onset of diseases. They are also beneficial to our gut bacteria – A population that is of tremendous importance to our digestive, immune and mental health.
Lastly, sound nutrition is necessary for a healthy, energetic and balanced life. The food we eat not only impacts our physical wellbeing but also our mental health. You should explore a variety of whole foods in your diets to optimize nutrients intake. For fruits and veggies, eat different colors. For other food groups, make each grocery trip an adventure by trying new whole foods.
Till next time for another wellness schpiel,