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Integrative Nutrition

Eating well is an important part of being intently sound. Sadly, food that is fast, packaged, and cheap is usually quite unhealthy. What we eat, when and how we prepare our food, and even the attitude we bring to eating are all aspects that affect our health.

Whole foods, rather than processed foods, are the basis of sound nutrition. Our bodies were made to get the nutrients we need from food. Ordinarily, giving the body the appropriate types and amounts of nutrients (the right molecular building blocks) from natural food sources will help build sound health.

There may be instances where our bodies need a little more. Orthomolecular nutrition is a science looking at the physiological and pharmacological effects of the various components of food. In other words, this science recognizes the value of supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and various other phytonutrients and seeks to understand when, where, or how they may be helpful. Please note that where supplementation is concerned, it is important to realize that more is not necessarily better. Also, even natural substances may have side effects or may interact with pharmaceutical drugs. (Grapefruit juice is one example. Because of how grapefruit juice affects specific liver enzymes, it can interfere or interact with a number of different drugs.)

The intent in Integrative Nutrition is to bring all these aspects of food and nourishment together. Consultations are meant to help individuals learn how to best nourish themselves, given their own unique circumstances and health concerns

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The information, opinions, and discussion offered here are for informational purposes only. This is not intended as medical advice. This is not intended as a substitute or replacement for medical care. Please see your health care practitioner.

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Teaching My Children

“Does it have any partially hydrogenated oil in it?” asked my then three year-old daughter. She was so used to my asking our family about the contents of the food they were eating. She, at least, had picked up on what I was teaching my family:

  • AVOID trans-fats. “Hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” are trans-fats, fats that have been damaged and are downright unhealthy.

  • AVOID high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and refined carbohydrates. These are also unhealthy.

  • AVOID processed food. If it has unrecognizable or unpronounceable ingredients, chances are it won’t contribute to your health.

  • Eat moderate amounts of good fats. Among other things, this would include first cold pressed olive oil in darkened glass bottles, avocados, flax seeds, and nuts.

  • Eat the right carbs. Eat whole grains and food combinations that have a low-glycemic load.

  • Increase the amount of plant-based proteins in your diet.

  • Eat 7 – 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

  • Drink water instead of fruit juices, sodas, or other sugary drinks.

These are commonsense things that most of us know. There are many good sources for additional and more in depth information. One such source is Pure Health Md  -  click here