Homeostasis – Nutritionally Balanced

We must nutritionally supply our body with the correct balance to achieve homeostasis.  This is undeniably the basismindbodyspirit of all living life and our overall health depends on maintaining a healthy balance between our mental, physical, emotional, chemical and nutritional wellbeing. These are the fundamentals of each living person and the basis of our teachings and belief of Kinesiology.

Our goal in life is to be happy and content.  If your body is healthy, free of allergies and pain; if your mind is free from extreme stress and emotional turmoil then your whole body is true to what nature intended.

Prevention is Better than the Cure

We only live once so why not live life to our greatest advantage. All too often you see people with disabilities from birth or from an accident going on to do great things in their life that gives them purpose, they have not let anything stand in their way in order to reach their achievement. On the other hand there are many that take life for granted. Our health and wellbeing are our responsibility and our body’s are accountable for what we do.  When you first realise that you have a problem a lot of people go straight to the doctor to get an answer instead of trying to listen to your body. We know that this is the easy way out but when faced with extreme stress, crisis or major health issue it takes a while to come round that a problem exists and the only person who can change it is YOU.

Medical practitioners along with the pharmaceutical companies become very profitable for the companies concerned and the downside is that our taxes and debt to Medicare puts a large burden on our government. Years ago witches and witch doctors were burned at the stake by the government for doing what they did! Perhaps learning about your body what it needs and does not need is your best prescription.

challengeWhat would you say if you could stop yourself from becoming overweight; stop diabetes which is highly preventable from setting in at an early age or when you reach your early fifties.  What if you can stop your knees and legs aching every day. What if your allergies and skin conditions improved so much that they become the thing of the past.  Most people would turn round and say “How much is it and can I have 2 please.” The true answer lies in front of you and only you can do it. Learning, information and discovery is what keeps us alive and well.  Everyday someone has a new gadget or pill to help you make life easier.  Would it not be better to make changes in your life to prevent ailments and illnesses taking over.  I would love to help you as I know it is not easy – so carry on reading.

Lets first talk about your nutritional needs. Everything about the body is important but what you put into it is the best place to start. It will not be easy to change some foods or give up something that you really like or change your mental attitude but think of it as an investment into your health. You buy a car and maintain it with petrol, oil, water and regular check-ups; when something goes wrong you take it to the garage to get it fixed because you do not have the know how to fix it yourself.   If you had the basic knowledge and information you might be able to do this yourself and be able to prevent it happening again! Our bodies work on the same principal with the right maintenance and correct food and water works well.  When you realise that your body is not quite working properly and this does something happen then you stop and look at your diet and lifestyle and work out what you need to do to correct it and make the necessary changes. It sounds too easy!!!

The Nutrients That Our Body Requires

Our body needs nutrients for energy, organ function, cell growth and food utilisation to stay alive. These nutrients are called Vitamins, Minerals, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats and Water.  If we combine a well balanced diet with the top up of supplementation this will provide us with the necessary nutrients and 9 essential aminotrolly acids to be utilised in the body. Once these nutrients are in place the digestion system, liver, gall bladder and pancreas sets in motion the important production of enzymes and in turn this leads on to the body making  the other 13 amino acids and hormones.  Without these basic nutrients our body cannot stay healthy and slowly over time becomes under attack from allergies, diseases, pain, weight problems and degenerative aging and cancer eventually leading on to premature death.

Vitamins

Vitamins are not made in the body and are only obtained from our intake of food and supplements. From this basis without the proper amounts of essential vitamins and minerals then life cannot be sustained and you cannot  prevent disease, illness, weight problems, allergies and degenerative diseases and aging from taking over your body.  The nutritional value of food has gone down since the war due to the overuse of pesticides and soil depletion and this has brought us to the increase of supplementation. If you eat the right foods and not processed foods, knowing that all your vitamins and minerals were being ingested, we would not have the problems that we are facing today.  We have to rely on supplements to give us the extra nutrients that we do not get from our food.  Supplementation should not replace but work in harmony to achieve a well balanced diet.

There are 13 Vitamins divided into two different types :

  • Water soluble vitamins – All 8 B Vitamins and Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body except for B12
  • Fat soluble vitamins can be stored in larger amounts – Vitamin A, D, E and K

Vitamin supplements should be taken on a full stomach and evenly throughout the day for maximum effect. You can take Vitamin C with your evening meal but not the B vitamins as these can interfere with your sleep pattern.

Minerals

mineralsMinerals like vitamins need to be ingested from our food or supplements to get an adequate intake.  Minerals come from our soil but with the slow depletion over time this has left us with many degenerative diseases and ailments and leads us to the nutritional value in our food. Minerals are divided into two areas:

Inorganic minerals are substances that are required in amounts greater than 100mg a day – Calcium, Potassium, Chlorine, Germanium, Iodine, Magnesium,  Phosphorus and Sodium

Trace minerals are required in amounts less than 100mg a day : Boron, Cobalt, Chromium, Copper, Fluorine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Silicon, Sulphur, Vanadium, Zinc

Mineral supplements should be taken on a full stomach evenly over the day.

Protein  

Our protein foods are essential for the body’s growth, maintenance and the repair of cells. An adult man andtopprotein teenager requires about 2 oz of protein a day, an adult woman and teenager requires about 1 1/2 oz a day and children between the ages of 7 and 10 years about 1 oz. Whilst during pregnancy and lactating women should increase their protein intake. The main reason for the need of protein in our diet is to supply us with the 8 essential amino acids. All proteins are not the same but composed from the same 22 amino acids. Protein sources are divided into two types – complete and incomplete:

  • Complete Protein – provides the proper balance of the 8 amino acids found in animal sources: meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, milk, and cheese.
  • Incomplete Protein – Seeds, nuts, peas, grains and beans. 

Ideally you would want to eat foods from both types of protein to give you the better nutritional value rather than just eat from one group alone. Vegetarian diets will need to look at their protein foods specifically to make sure that they get the essential amino acids in their diet.

Amino Acids

Our protein foods provide us with 9 essential amino acids and once in the body combined with all the other nutrients will go on to synthesis the 13 non-essential amino acids, enzymes and hormones.

veganprotein9 Essential  – Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine.  Histidine is considered essential only for infants and children.

13 Non-Essential – Alanine, Arginine, Asparagine, Aspartic Acid, Cysteine, Cystine, Glutamic Acid, Glutamine, Glycine, Ornithine, Proline, Serine and Tyrosine.

Now the very important matter with amino acids is that they work in proportion to each other. If by chance just one single amino acid is out of proportion then this reduces the effectiveness of all the others.

Amazingly Alfalfa contains all 8 essential amino acids, Vitamin A, B6, D,E and K. Garlic also contains a significant amount of C and B vitamins as well as calcium and protein.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are foods supplying the body with its main source of energy either through complex carbohydrates – starch and fibre which are broken down slowly in the body; or simple carbohydrates from sugars which are quickly used up.

  • Starch – Breads, potatoes, cereal, pasta, and rice
  • Sugars – Fruit and vegetables, sugar and white flour
  • Fibre – Fruit, raw vegetables, whole food grains and cereal

Fats – The Good & The Bad & The Really Bad

Basically there are good fats and there are bad fats and really bad fats as in trans fatty acids in our diet.  Our statistics we eat too much fat For many people loosing weight and lowering cholesterol for the prevention of many diseases means going on a low fat diet. Fat has ninegoodfats calories per gram compared to carbohydrates and protein foods containing only four calories per gram but the downside is that you need certain fats from each of these groups below in our diet for absorption, conversion and hormone synthesis. If you starve the body of certain nutrients and fats your body will store more fat in the anticipation that it is going to starve itself!

With obesity and heart disease on the increase we are now eating too much of the bad fat found in pies, cakes, sweets, chocolate, margarine spreads and trans fatty oils and not enough of the good fats. We should aim for a balanced and that means getting 70% of your fats from list 2 and 3 below and 30% from list 1 instead of the other way round.

  1. Saturated fats found in meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Try to keep away from salami and small processed goods. 
  2. Monosaturated fats found in olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil and avocado’s, olives, macadamia nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, Brail nuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts and cashews as long as they are not roasted or salted. Virgin coconut oil and macadamia oil are very versatile and do not change into a trans fatty acid when they are heated unlike extra virgin oil.
  3. Polyunsaturated fats found in oily fish such as sardines, salmon, mackerel, herring and anchovies (make sure that these fish are wild not farmed). 

If you are not sure and get bogged down with knowing what fats are good it is very easy to remember that a good fat is not processed as in heated or refined.  If you eat foods in there natural state and do not fry them you will get a good balance of essential fats in your diet.

Trans fatty acids and labelling is always going to be a further problem unless the government steps in and makesfoodlabel new rules and regulations. First of all bakery goods and takeaway options do not have to labelled. Secondly, even if there is a label on a product it does not have to mention all ingredients less than a certain percentage. The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) supports the government’s decision not to make labelling of trans fats compulsory as they say that the level of these trans fats are very low and have been for the last 10 years. However, to contradict this argument spot research has been carried recently and a number of margarines sold in supermarkets have been found with more than 5 times the recommended limit of less than 1%.  Trans fatty acids can be hidden and the government allows this. I rest my case.

Cravings & Nutritional Balancing & Weight Loss

Cravings are just the first indication that your body is telling you that you are nutritional unbalanced. When you are under stress and lacking in a specific nutrient your body is constantly trying to keep to its homeostasis. Cravings help you bring this back into balance and can hit anyone and at anytime – young children, teenagers, just before a menstrual cycle and during pregnancy.

Before and during your menstrual cycle and pregnancy your body goes through an enormous amount of hormone changes and stress.  Many women get cravings for chocolate and sugary items and this can mean that you body needs more minerals particularly calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc for example.  What chocolatehappens is that we binge out on chocolate and although we have satisfied our craving we have not solved the source of the problem.  This leaves a salt imbalance and a salt craving can lead to you having an uptake of extra sodium is needed. Just before a period starts there is a spike in hormone imbalance and sugar levels and the thyroid particularly needs calcium and potassium to work effectively until the supply is filled.  When the body is continually denied the right nutrients it stores them as fat in a way of compensating until it can effectively work again.  But if we do not give it the right supply of nutrients then we are starving the body and our future stores of nutrients are getting lower and lower.

This is why we put on weight or feel bloated but if you take a mixed calcium supplement and Vitamin B-Complex and a week before your period and double the amount of supplements you will find over the next few months you body will feel much better your stomach cramps will disappear, your memory and irritable stress will become less sensitive and you will not feel bloated and actually feel slimmer.

There are many hundreds of diets out there and guess what they all work BUT they may not work for you. The key is to understanding your body and what works best for you – we are all individual and we are all different and unique and you should apply this approach to everything including your food, diet and nutritional intake.  I believe in the 80%/20% rule of moderation.  This means that 80% of your daily intake should be of the best nutritional value you can afford and 20% of the lesser and I include fats in this group.

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Herbs have been around for many centuries and are often used a supplement.  Herbs work better on an empty stomach and remember these should only be taken when there is something wrong and you need to get the body working again. Echinacea and golden seal are ideal for fighting an infection but like all herbs once the infection is clear then you do not need to take anymore.