Whether your favourite food falls under the category of carbohydrates, proteins, fatty or spicy foods – if you do not break-down that food, your body will not get the nutrients. As a result some health issues could arise (for example heartburn, bloating, painful gas and abdominal distension).
Doesn’t sound too good, does it?
What’s even worse is that it doesn’t feel good at all; and it does have a negative impact on your energy levels, your mood, your overall performance throughout the day, and the quality of your sleep.
I’d strongly recommend cutting out refined and processed items ((that is high bad-fat loaded luncheon meats such as pepperoni), and foodstuff that is loaded with additives and preservatives (such as sodium nitrite). Avoid artificial colours and flavours (beware of MSG – monosodium glutamate hiding under names such as monopotassium glutamate, glutamic acid, gelatine, or textured protein, just to name a few).
Avoid all artificial sweeteners and the common “whites” which are white flour (bleached and enriched with synthetic vitamins), white sugar and white (precooked) rice, all of which lack nutrients because your body cannot metabolize the synthetic vitamins.
Avoid anything that has hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, thickeners, texturizers and fillers… Watch for genetically modified foods.
All these are toxic to your body.
Introduce whole grains, more whole raw vegetables and fruits, lightly cooked vegetables, and legumes (good source of plant protein) into your daily eating habits. Try to eat only organically grown grass-fed meats and dairy products, in moderate amounts; and increase the consumption of nuts and seeds, and healthy oils such as hemp, walnut, flax, and fish.
Once you’ve felt the positive effect of good nutrition on your body, it will be easier to avoid the junk food temptations. Take small steps, and make sure you add at least two healthier foods each week.
Rather than listening to your taste buds only, listen more to your body and it will tell you what it needs.
Also implement a supplementation program to mimic your body’s needs of Vitamins, Minerals, Essential Fatty Acids and Herbal Nutrients, specific to your lifestyle.
To increase the absorption of the supplements you’re taking, follow a few basic rules:
- Do not take your supplements within an hour of taking coffee, or black or green tea
- Make sure you keep hydration at a good level throughout the day by drinking pure, clean water according to your weight, activity levels, and temperatures
- Take Digestive Enzymes formula and Probiotic formula
The role of digestive enzymes for human health is now recognized as being critical to proper functioning and existence.
Besides aiding digestion (breaking down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates), supplementing with digestive enzymes helps fight inflammation and swelling (sports injuries, post surgery) and speed up healing (by replacing some of the pancreatic enzymes needed for digestion).
Start by taking digestive enzymes with every meal while increasing your raw foods consumption.
Try these Digestive Formulas:
Digestmed Naturo Pharm , Betaine HCL Seroyal, Betaine HCL & Pepsin Thorne http://markhamnaturalhealthcentre.com/contact-us.htm
Digest ™ Enzymedica http://www.advantagehealthmatters.com/
Digestion Formula http://www.pno.ca/
DigestMORE Renew Life http://www.renewlife.ca/
Mega-Zyme® Enzymatic Therapy http://www.enzymaticcanada.com/
UltraGest™ VITAMOST https://theresultscompany.ca/
These can be found in most health food stores. Visit your health food store to see their selection of products and choose the one that best suits your needs.
We shop here:
Ambrosia Natural Foods http://www.ambrosianewmarket.com/
The Natural Food Depot http://www.thenaturalfooddepot.com/
Note: The Pre and Probiotic topic will get separate attention.
Until next time,
Flora Zorn, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Nourish Your Body for Enhanced Health, Vitality and Optimum Performance
Please take responsibility for your health, gather and select only suitable information; and always consult your doctor before starting any major change in your diet, health programs, or any course of supplementation, particularly if you are currently under medical care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should talk to your healthcare provider immediately. Your physician should evaluate your health problems and prescribe treatment.