The Role of Nutrition



Do you ever put much thought into why your body needs food?  The foods you eat provide the energy your body needs to function. Just like you need to put fuel in your car or recharge your cell phone battery, your body needs to be fed energy-providing foods every day.  Protein in the foods you eat is broken down into individual amino acids.  Your body uses the amino acids to build and repair the various parts of your body. Your muscles contain lots of protein, and you need to replenish that protein through your diet. Your body also needs protein for components of your immune system, hormones, nervous system, and organs.  The vitamins and minerals you get from your diet are just as important as carbohydrates, protein and fats; however, you only need them in small amounts. Vitamins and minerals usually function as co-enzymes, which means they help chemical reactions in the body happen a lot faster. For example, many of the B complex vitamins help your body burn carbohydrates for energy. Vitamin A is needed for vision, zinc is involved in many metabolic processes, and vitamin c helps keep connective tissue strong and your immune system functioning.  

Beyond the Basics

Good nutrition provides more than energy, structural components, vitamins and minerals. There are other substances in the foods that you eat that are becoming better known in recent years.  Phytochemicals are found in the colorful parts of fruits and vegetables. Although they aren't required for body functioning, they may have a very powerful impact on your health. For example, quercitin (found in red apples) functions like an antihistamine and has an anti-inflammatory effect.   Additionally, antioxidants help protect your body from damage that comes from pollution, smoke, and poor dietary choices. They are found in the phytochemicals of fruits and vegetables, as well as some vitamins and amino acids.



A POTENTIALLY DAUNTING TASK

Many times the word diet can create an immediate stress response.  The amount of information available to us about this subject is almost infinite.  Whether you are looking to lose weight or have been diagnosed with a disease such as diabetes or heart disease, changing your diet doesn’t have to be a complicated and daunting task.  Often it can be as simple as removing a food that is creating an allergic type reaction and everything can change from that point on.

Now that you have a better idea of why your body needs food, the next step is to learn how Solutions IHC can help you discover what nutritional imbalances are affecting your system.  Let us create a simplified nutritional plan that is built around you as an individual.

 

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“No illness which can be treated by diet should be treated by any other means”

Moses Maimonides 12th Century Rabbi Physician and Philosopher
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