Thursday, May 26, 2016

Long Term Nutrition: Easy Does It

Choosing to start eating healthy is one of the smartest decisions you'll ever make and can pay off in more ways than improving your health. Along with getting enough good quality sleep and exercise, feeding your body the nutrition it needs to perform well can give you benefits in a variety of areas.

Good Nutrition
Good nutrition includes making sure your body gets the nutrients it needs to perform its best. When you are energetic and feel your best, you are more productive. This is backed up by research studies such as one found in Population Health Management in 2012 that reported a 66% risked increase of productivity loss by people eating a diet of unhealthy foods. According to registered dietician Debra Nessel, eating healthy means following a diet with lean meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy along with cutting out foods with lots of added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. If your diet consists of lots of processed foods, junk food, fast food and unhealthy snacking it won't change overnight and will be challenging. Just remember easy does it and that slow and steady wins the race. Start by picking small goals that you can be successful at changing eating habits one at a time. You might start substituting water or tea drinks for sodas or sugary fruit juices or start doubling the amount of veggies on your plate. Whatever you choose, making eating habits that will last far into the future and taking that first step is what counts. Besides paying off in being more productive you'll have more stable mood, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol levels, reduced stress, maintain a healthy weight and increase your longevity. Science backs up these claims as according to the Obesity Action Coalition, a reduction in body weight of just 5 to 10 percent can improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes and studies like one in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reported women in their 70's increased their longevity by eating a diet full of vegetables and fruits combined with exercise. And don't discount the toll stress takes not just on your mental state, but on your body that healthy eating can help reduce. Chronic stress triggers the release of cortisol and breaks down protein. Adding omega-3 fatty acid foods and magnesium to your diet can help lower cortisol and adding lean protein like fish and dairy not only builds your protein levels back up, but also helps lower cortisol levels.

Boost Nutrition Through Supplementation
While making changes to your diet towards eating healthy, you can jumpstart your good nutrition with whole food nutritional supplements. AFA bluegreen algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet with all 20 amino acids, a complete source of protein in an amino acid profile nearly identical to human breast milk, essential fatty acids including Omega-3 and Omega-6 in the right balance humans need, phenylethylamine (PEA) the mental energy activator, powerful antioxidants such as chlorophyll, superoxide dismutase, glutathione, and phycocyanin, dozens of essential vitamins including B12, minerals, trace elements, and an ideal balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, complex sugars, and fiber. Add probiotics and digestive enzymes to that nutritional combination with these convenient packets to make sure you are digesting foods well and getting the most use out of the nutrients you eat and you'll have a winning combination. This same plan can be used with animals too and if swallowing capsules is too difficult with your pets then this powdered algae blend with AFA bluegreen algae, probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, and antioxidant-rich wheat sprouts is another option.

My knowledge of how nutritional supplementation can affect the lives of people and animals comes from real life. My 94 year old grandmother took the algae, probiotic, enzymes packets daily for over 15 years and never caught a cold, had a great memory, and was healthy until the day she died. One of my horses, Johnny, lived a healthy active life reaching the age of 36 and was active in horse shows until he was 32, which I attribute to the 1 teaspoon a day of the powdered algae blend I fed him for more than 15 years. On a less personal note, consider a study done with malnourished children in Nicaragua where more than half of the deaths of children there are due to malnourishment. Malnourishment also affects school performance indicated by lack of ability to focus, poor attendance, and poor participation. The Nicaragua Report from 1995 reports that children receiving one gram of an AFA supplement every day for 6 months showed significant improvement in all areas of school performance while the children in the control group continued to show worsened conditions.

If you are still existing on junk food, processed food and fast food then not only is your health at risk, so is your wallet as it puts you at risk for higher life insurance premiums, high medical bills, and poor work performance that can affect your paycheck. There's no time like the present to start turning all this around. Start making simple changes in the types of foods you eat now and supplementing your diet with high quality whole food supplements to boost your healthy nutrient consumption while expanding on your nutritional changes.

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Sources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/432601-the-long-term-benefits-of-exercise-nutrition-and-sleep/
http://blog.downlinens.com/long-term-benefits-of-exercise-nutrition-and-sleep/
https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/health/benefits-of-eating-healthy/

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