• Have you ever seen food change someone’s mood or behavior?
• Have you ever felt your own mood or behavior change after eating a particular food?
Think about the young child who gets to eat sugar for the first time, or closer to home, how you feel before and after that cup of coffee in the morning.
Here are some prime examples of the food-health connections:
Gluten sensitivity is a known cause of anxiety, depression, and even schizophrenia (referred to in medical literature as Bread Madness).
Lack of foods containing vitamin C will induce Scurvy. The symptoms of this condition will cause psychotic behavior. (Before you think this is a disease from olden times, I had scurvy as a kid and I see it in my practice because kids don’t want to eat their vegetables!)
Lack of foods containing vitamin B3 will cause a disease known as Pellagra. The symptoms are memory loss and dementia. We see this is the elderly because they often don’t eat balanced meals and their absorption of nutrients from food is diminished.
Excess coffee intake will lead to increased mental clarity and focus followed shortly by hyper irritable states. In our 21 day detoxification program, we generally remove coffee for a while just so you can experience “who” you are or how your personality is different without coffee!
Allergies to certain foods can cause symptoms that range from gastro-intestinal discomfort to skin rashes and changes in personality.
Many people resort to prescription drugs when they have an illness symptom and while prescription drugs are certainly needed for severe illness and disease, they have an effect on the body that often by-passes the natural function of the body, such as providing hormones or chemicals directly when the body should be producing those hormones or chemicals on its own. I see this a lot with sleep. Many people suffer from sleep disorders; they cannot get to sleep or wake up in the middle of the night. Even taking a so-called “natural” sleep aid, such as melatonin can bypass the pineal gland that should be making the melatonin. This can result in the glands and organs of the body becoming sluggish and “lazy” and dependent on the prescription drugs. It can also result in uncomfortable and unwanted side effects.
A different approach is a functional approach where food and whole food supplements help support the body’s systems, glands and organs to function properly and produce their own wellness. Wellness is the default setting for living beings, not disease. The right foods and whole food supplements can be a more natural first line of defense against sliding down that slippery slope toward illness or dis-ease.
WHAT CAN FOOD AND SUPPLEMENTS DO?
Food and whole food supplements can have an effect on the systems, organs and glands in the body helping to support them in doing what they were designed to do. That is the basis of nutrition research. There are many foods that support functions within the body such as stabilizing blood sugar, helping cells become less insulin resistant, helping cells burn mitochondria for more efficient energy production.
Here are some other things that foods and whole food supplements can do:
• Acidify the GI Tract
• Adrenal Gland Support
• Alkalize the Body
• Allergy Support
• Blood & Iron Support
• Bones & Teeth Strengthening
• Brain Function
• Breast Health
• Cholesterol Metabolism
• Colon Support
• Detoxification Pathways Support
• Digestion & Absorption of Nutrients
• Endocrine & Hormonal Support
• Epithelial Tissue & Skin Health
• Eye Health
• Fatigue & Energy Support
• Female Health
• Gall Bladder Support
• Healing Promotion
• Heart Health
• Immune System Support
• Kidney Health
• Liver Support
• Lung Health
• Male Health
• Muscle Healing
• Nerve Support
• Sugar Metabolism
• Thyroid Support
• Tranquilizing Effects
• Vascular System Support
WHY ARE SUPPLEMENTS NEEDED?
We need whole-food supplements because food alone cannot deliver the amount of support the body needs. Whole food supplements are derived from whole foods and concentrated in tablets or capsules in a highly bio-available form for your body to use. Synthetic or fractionated vitamins and minerals are just that; they are the whole vitamin taken apart and given back to you in a partial form. Your body needs the synergy of the whole vitamin. When you take a synthetic vitamin, your body will look for the missing components of the vitamin and go through the body robbing the body’s tissues and bones to find the component parts to make a whole vitamin. That is why many people feel better when they start to take a vitamin bought over the counter, but after about two weeks, they can’t tell any difference anymore. The vitamin doesn’t give them the same energy that it did in the beginning. That is because your body had run out of the component parts in its reserves and now you set yourself up for a greater imbalance than you had when you started taking the vitamin. Whole food vitamins give you the whole vitamin and your body responds and continues to respond because it is in a form the body can use. In addition, commonly prescribed medications can deplete essential vitamins, and these depletions can actually lead to other health issues as well mood and behavior changes.
HOW CAN I MAKE THE SWITCH TO NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS?
Finding out which natural, whole food supplements might be right for you would require an appointment and an assessment with a certified nutritionist, but my free gift, A Standard Alternative Medicine Chest can help you get started re-stocking your home medicine cabinet with some all -natural supplements derived from whole foods for many common ailments. In addition to my free gift, you will also receive my E-zine, Living Healthfully Ever After, full of nutrition tips, healthy recipes and news of upcoming events and resources. Go to my free gift page below to get your free gift now.
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