It is widely recognized that proper nutrition is fundamental for our health. Diet is the primary way our bodies receive the nutrients that it needs for growth, repair and other regulatory functions. Without abundant nutrients, our bodies cannot do all the things it needs to do to function well. Many common symptoms such as cravings, weight gain, poor energy levels, skin conditions, hormonal irregularities, digestive complaints, headaches and simply an overall reduced vitality are related to diet and nutrition.
Many factors influence the nutrient value of food. Where and in what way it is grown and stored; whether it is sprayed with pesticides, herbicides or preservatives; and the way it is cooked can significantly impact its nutrient quality.
Whole-food nutrition is the philosophy that food in it’s naturally occurring state is richer in vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients than processed foods. The more processing steps food undergoes, the more nutrition and vitality is lost from the food. Fresh, seasonal, whole food still contains “Life-Force”, an energy this is vital for a healthy body.
Our bodies need more than protein, carbohydrates and fat; food in its natural state has a lot of micronutrients that are beneficial, many of which are unknown and are currently being studied. Additionally, nutrients in fresh food are typically in a form that the body recognises and is able to absorb and utilise efficiently. This makes the nutrients in food generally (but not always) superior to supplements. High dose supplements can lead to imbalances of nutrients within the body, because all vitamins and minerals have synergistic and antagonistic relationships with each other.
Nutrition is mostly the enjoyable process of replacing nutrient depleted foods with fresh, colourful, seasonal, delicious and wholesome foods that nourish your body and make you feel healthy, vital and alive.