Every person is unique. There are no two people that are exactly the same. Every person has their own shape, size, intellect, face, hair texture, and beauty. Of course, people share similarities, but ultimately, each person is their own unique self having their own unique experiences, and feeling their own unique feelings. It only makes sense then, that every person also has their own unique personal biochemical requirements that are entirely dependent on their unique life. Their whole life which includes – illnesses, accidents, medications, thought processes, beliefs, current stress level, and most importantly, their typical diet. Not the latest fad diet that lasted only three weeks so they could fit into that dress or that pair of jeans, and not including the special ‘superfood’ a person is ingesting these days so they can magically heal one malady or another – the diet that a person typically follows – when their friends aren’t watching or asking if they heard about how such and such can cure whatever.
If a person’s diet doesn’t include enough fresh fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, protein, and water, then their diet is not only lacking in crucial nutrients that their physical body needs to function properly, it is lacking in fiber, and the odds that the good guy bugs that live in their gut are outnumbered by bad guy bugs is pretty high. Physical and emotional symptoms like fibromyalgia, mood swings and foggy thinking, joint aches and pains, insomnia, and a host of other symptoms are the body’s way of saying HEY! I need some help here!!
Other things that contribute to the amount and specific nutrients a body needs at any given time are the amount of exercise a person participates in each day, recurring colds or flus and antibiotic use, food poisoning, and a change in a person’s normal diet such as a vacation where the available food is very different from the norm and the consumption of sweets and alcohol is higher.
EVERY SINGLE THING A PERSON PUTS INTO THEIR BODY MATTERS
Most people’s days are hectic, so they are more likely to choose prepackaged foods or eat out more often. Cooking meals from scratch takes time, and if time is short, or the right foods needed to prepare a healthy meal are not on hand, it’s easier to just heat up something from a can, or toss something that was already prepared and frozen into the microwave. The problem is, processed foods generally have higher amounts of sugar, contain preservatives and other chemicals that strip your body of nutrients, and can cause an adverse reaction such as hyperactivity, poor coordination or other symptoms.
If a person has had several bouts of cold or flu, their immune system is weakened which can create additional demands for specific nutrients such as vitamins A, C and the mineral zinc. If antibiotics were prescribed for the illness, the intestinal system will need to be replenished with good bacteria, so a probiotic supplement should be considered. Illnesses such as Celiac Disease adversely affect nutrient absorption, and some medications taken for acid reflux can negatively impact and change the way your body digests foods.
If a person has been diagnosed with or has a higher risk factor for heart disease, they may benefit from extra B vitamins, vitamin C, essential fatty acids, CoQ10 and garlic. Certain medications can have a negative interaction with supplements and herbal remedies, so it is important to always check with a qualified health practitioner before adding a new supplement.
AMOUNT OF REGULAR EXERCISE YOU PARTICIPATE IN
If a person participates in a regular exercise routine such as high impact cardio training or heavy weight lifting, they may require extra protein, and extra minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium as well as adequate water. Gentle exercise routines such as Tai Chi or some forms of yoga will help to keep muscles limber, while competitive sports can create tight or strained muscles. Healthy muscles require a good source of protein and magnesium (as well as others) to maintain proper health. Not exercising at all causes the body to store toxic and unnecessary substances in the lymphatic system, so some form of movement each day helps promote health.
STRESS & OTHER EMOTIONS AFFECT YOUR BODY
Emotional stress, physcial accidents and surgeries can also create additional demands on your nutritional requirements. Digestion is slowed down when the body is in a stress state, and sometimes halted depending on the level of stress your body is feeling, so nutritional absorption is severely affected. The type of stress doesn’t matter as far as your adrenal system is concerned - the toll on these glands and other parts of your body will be the same regardless of the source.
The state of your emotional health directly affects how your body will call for and utilize nutrients. Un-treated anxiety, PTSD, grief, and anger will eventually take a toll on your physical health. A high-stress lifestyle – both personal and work related - can be especially draining if you don’t have adequate emotional support, and will also deplete your body’s stores of certain vitamins and minerals needed to maintain good health. Thoughts lead to behaviors, so if your thoughts are negative, your actions will not support your body.
If you are not sleeping properly and are tired all day, or have low energy spots in your day, you likely reach for coffee, tea or a sugar filled snack to boost your energy. If you are depressed, you might reach for sugary and starchy foods like breads, pies, cookies, donuts or salty snacks like potato chips in an attempt to ease the emotional pain. Craving sugar is also a sign your intestinal tract may be out of balance, which might be the root of, or at least contributing to, your depressive feelings, and craving salt is a sign that your body’s stress response system has been over-worked, not necessarily a potato chip binge due to yucky feelings! Your body will always give you an indication of what it needs once you know what to watch for, but the key to helping yourself is to ask for help first. Learning to listen to your body’s signals goes a long way in achieving optimum health!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
There is a lot of information on the internet, in magazines and on social media about the latest super food, the best diet to follow, and the exaggerated benefits of taking a certain supplement. The most important thing to consider when reading these articles, is there is no way the author of the article could possibly account for each and every circumstance of YOUR health. Your life is unique only to you.
So what can you do? Learn to listen to what your body is trying to tell you through symptoms so you can relay those symptoms to a health professional, make sure that you are eating the cleanest and freshest produce you can, that you give yourself the highest quality meat, fish and poultry you can afford, and ask for help from a qualified health professional that you trust when you need help. If you don't feel as though you are benefiting from one person's advice, go to someone else! Remember that every healthy professional is just a person who has studied and gone on to practice in a particular area of human health. Some are better than others at interpreting, analyzing data, and explaining things to their clients, and some have even had their own healthy experiences which gives them a very different perspective than someone who hasn't been sick a day in their life.
The information presented on this web site is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss this information with your own physician or healthcare provider to determine what is right for you. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. The information contained in this online site is intended to provide broad consumer understanding and knowledge. The information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your physician or other health care provider. I do not recommend the self-management of health problems.
While I attempt to be as accurate as possible, the information presented here should not be relied upon as being comprehensive or error-free.
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