Naturopath Domenic Pisanelli outlines the six things you need to be concerned about as they relate to Diet, Water, and Supplements.
1. Diet, the Slow Killer
Every cell, organ, and system in our bodies is produced from the food we eat. Sorry, but you can’t make a healthy body from a diet predominantly comprised of potato chips and diet soda. When it comes to diet, there are five key areas: healthy and unhealthy fats, refined and complex carbohydrates, good and bad sources of protein, poor quality food, and Frankenfoods (genetic engineering, irradiation, and microwaves).
If you’re aging too quickly… if you’re feeling tired, weak, sick or depressed… look at your diet before you do anything else. Then, make some changes.
Now, folks over in the Mediterranean experience much better health than we do here in Australia. They have a reduced chance of stroke, lower instances of Alzheimer’s disease and less risk of diabetes.
This is why I always recommend eating like a Mediterranean and loading your plate with antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Nuts, omega-3 rich seafood and olive oil are also important elements of this type of diet.
Keep meat to only about 13% of your diet. And when you choose to eat red meat, opt for grass-fed over grain-fed. It’s much healthier for you. You don’t have to worry about GMO grains being fed to grass-fed animals. Additionally, the meat from grass-fed animals has a much more favorable omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.
2. Dying of Thirst
Clean water for drinking, bathing, and growing food is one of the most precious commodities on the planet. Unknowingly, virtually everyone in the world now drinks tap water that is polluted by pharmaceutical residues, and other contaminants—not to mention adulterated with known carcinogens such as chlorine and fluoride. Why is clean water so important? Quite simply, it’s essential for life. And the sad fact is that most people just don’t get enough. You can take steps both to optimize the quality of the water you drink and bathe in and to maximize its bioavailability in your body.
Water is essential for life. Two-thirds of the body’s composition is water as is 85% of the brain. Water is essential for digestion, absorption, circulation and excretion. It regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, moisturizes skin and maintains muscle. The body requires 8 to 10 glasses daily.
3. Vitamins, Minerals, and Phytochemicals
You often hear doctors say that there’s no need to supplement if you eat a balanced diet. Unfortunately, the food we eat today is not as nutritious as the food available even fifty years ago. We have to compensate for the loss of “value” in our food. Supplementation of some kind is mandatory. I’ll discuss how to differentiate between good and bad supplements and how to determine which supplements you should take when you book in a consultation with me.
There is much controversy regards supplementation being a waste of money. This would be true if we ate fresh food from the garden which had no pesticide exposure and a high soil nutrient content. Nowadays, this is an unlikely situation and so for efficient body functions to occur supplementation is essential. However, many of the over the counter preparations consist of low doses with low grade ingredients. The result is that you need more to get the desired effect. So when choosing supplements select only high grade, concentrated products. These will be cost effective. Your Naturopathic practitioner should be aware of these and can make recommendations. Ask what they use for themselves and their families!
4. Free Radicals and Antioxidants
Scientists now know that free radicals play a major role in the aging process as well as in the onset of cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, possibly allergies, and a host of other ailments. But which antioxidants work best for you and how much should you take?
The best way to find out is by having a test done called an Organic Acids Test. This urine test will measure your antioxidant level and measures can be put in place to increase them if needed.
5. Enzymes = Life
Modern man is the only animal that eats a diet almost entirely devoid of live enzymes. As a result, virtually every Australian has an enlarged pancreas by the time he or she is forty and a significantly diminished life expectancy. Oral enzymes can help eliminate this problem.
6. Miracle Herbs
Herbs are an important part of any healthy lifestyle. Herbs have the ability to reinforce many systems from digestive to nervous systems and more because of their nutritive qualities. They are safe and effective and can treat any condition.
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