Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Effects of Poor Diet and Nutrition and How to Create a New Body

The Effects of Poor Nutrition

Our bodies are dependent on the nutrition and energy that we absorb from foods.  Therefore it is important that we take in high quality nutrition in order for our bodies to function correctly.

Food and drink depleted of essential vitamins and minerals will inflict undue stress on the body, sooner or later bringing about various break-downs in the body, resulting in ill-health and diseases.  Reactions vary from person to person, depending on an individual’s particular weaknesses. 

A body sustained on junk food will not receive the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs to function efficiently.  As a result, the brain sends out messages for more nourishment.  Unfortunately, this craving is often dealt with by the consumption of caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks, which is a downward spiral – a short sharp burst of energy is provided but is short-lived, resulting in more craving.  This process cannot be maintained for very long before the body starts to suffer.

Many types of food could be labelled as “dead” food.  The act of processing food, in many cases, can result in a reduction of vitamins by at least 50%.

Processing of food also often changes and reverses the sodium/potassium ratio in foods.  The body is good at conserving sodium, but not so good at conserving potassium and therefore needs a potassium rich diet.  Most fruits and vegetables, in their natural state, contain high levels of potassium and low levels of sodium, which is just what the body needs.

Processed foods (also referred to as “refined foods”) include such things as white flour (and foods made from it), white rice, some breakfast cereals, highly sweetened foods and drinks.

In addition to these refined foods, we are also exposed to chemical contamination from herbicides, pesticides and weed-killers sprayed on fruit and vegetables and also from traces of synthetic hormones and antibiotics given to cattle.  Not forgetting the addition of chemicals to foods to improve their appearance and to give them a longer shelf-life.

The body is of course equipped with mechanisms for detoxifying harmful substances, but these can easily become overloaded.  Diseases often associated with poor diet include: lethargy, mood swings, hyperactivity, poor skin, headaches, heart disease, kidney failure, arthritis, and cancers.

Creating a “New Body”

However, it is possible to create a “new” body for yourself, by replacing old cells that die and disappear with new cells created from undertaking a more nutritious diet.   At the end of each 7 year period, every cell in the body will have been replaced.

All the protein is replaced every 6 months (in some organs it is renewed more frequently); a new stomach lining is acquired every 5 days (the innermost layer of cells is exchanged in minutes as the food is digested); skin is new every 5 weeks; the skeleton is entirely new every 3 months; and every year 98% of the total number of atoms in the body are replaced.

Approaching a More Nutritious Diet

Diet should always be looked at as a factor in the overall health and well-being of a person, but one should never undertake or recommend somebody to undertake a drastic change in diet in a short space of time.  The body would not be able to cope with such a sudden change and it would be mentally unsustainable.

A more gentle approach needs to be looked at:  gradually introducing more nutritious foods such as wholemeal breads, brown flour and rice, lean meats and poultry, low-fat dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables (organic where possible); and gradually reducing the intake of such things as refined foods, highly sweetened foods/drinks, alcohol, and caffeine. 

It is a good idea to eat a wide variety of foods, as different foods contribute different nutritional contents to our diet.

It is important to be aware of the fact that different groups of people have different nutritional requirements, e.g. children, the elderly, pregnant women.  It may be wise to consult your doctor/healthcare professional  if you are in any doubt.

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N.B.  It's always advisable to consult your doctor or health care professional if you have any concerns regarding your health, diet or nutrient intake.

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