You Are What You Eat? Seriously?
by N J Howell
Flaws of the Modern Diet
Nutrition and Enzymes
What are GMO's?
This is part 2 of a alternative health article on antiaging and antioxidants.
In this second part, we look at how our nutrition and our choice of health care may impact how we age. Specifically, we look at nutrition and alternative health care, as relates to aging.
How Important is Healthy Eating?
What role does nutrition and alternative health care play in aging and degenerative disease? I guess it depends on who you ask but, as far as I'm concerned, it plays a huge role, second only to stress factors and environmental factors. Eating healthy factors into the aging equation in a big way, in my own experience.
I've noticed how healthy eating effects me and how fast foods and junk foods effect me.
With a healthy diet, I have more energy, I sleep better, I don't notice bloating or gas, and
I think more clearly.
When I stray from good nutrition habits and binge on fast foods for a few days (like when I'm traveling or just before my period when I crave chocolate, stimulants like caffeine and sweets), I begin to notice intestinal distress, irratic sleep patterns and sluggishness.
Too many days of junk food in a row and it affects my skin tone and hair as well as my mental clarity.
I'd also add that improper reaction to stress situations is a huge factor in premature aging as well.
During a particularly stressful time in my own life, I looked a decade older than my physical age. I didn't even know I looked so old until years later, when I saw photos of myself during that period.
I'm not the only one who feels nutrition is key to a healthy body over time. Here is an excerpt from Ira on nutrition and degenerative disease:
What happens if we don't supply the proper nutrition to repair, rejuvenate and maintain health?
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If the body does not get the raw materials it needs to be healthy, it will definitely deteriorate. Restoring the body's supply of vital nutrients enables it to restore its proper functioning.
Nutrients work by supporting metabolic pathways. In keeping with this fact of life, we know that we can keep ourselves from getting degenerative diseases by consistently supplying our bodies with the nutrients it needs to function as a cohesive unit.
To keep your body functioning at peek performance, your body needs to be used......
What you don't use, you lose
This rule certainly applies to muscles. If a muscle is not exercised for long enough, it will lose both flexibility and strength.
I have seen this in my own life
during the period in my life when I devoted a lot more time to working online than I do now. A brain not used, loses its cognitive abilities even if you are supplying your body with the nutrients it needs. Use it or lose it aptly applies to your physical and mental health and abilities.
To help you get important nutrients your body needs I want to share with you one food that should be a regular on your diet, especially with regard to aging and the prevention of degenerative diseases at any age. It's actually a fruit that contains nutrients your body will benefit from in many different ways.
Chemical studies in the US by the Agricultural Research Service have very recently revealed that blueberries contain chemicals that decreased the growth of cervical and breast cancer cells by a considerable percentage.
Scientists have discovered many health benefits from eating blueberries. They are one of the richest sources of antioxidants out of a large list of fruits and vegetables that have been studied.
Holistic Wellbeing Disclaimer: The antioxidant properties of blueberries are documented and real. However, no single food can replace any needed medical attention required for properly addressing serious conditions such as heart disease or cancer. Adding anti-cancer and heart-healthy foods is something you should discuss with your doctor and get a nutritionist in on your health care decisions as well.