The Importance of Nutrition:
Health is more than absence of disease. It is about waking each day with vibrant health and energy. Energy comes from feeding your body each day with nutrients so it can function optimally. Nutrition or nourishment is the supply of food, required by organisms and cells to stay alive. Nutrition plays a major part in how we age, our energy and concentration levels throughout the day, how we recover after physical activity, in disease prevention as well as successful Weight Management.
It is easier said than done!
The modern diet generally contains too many things that are bad for us, and not enough that are good. We have far too many excesses and too many deficiencies. Even when we had all the knowledge we needed to eat healthily, it is a common knowledge that our food is not as nutritious as it was 30, 50 or 70 years ago. And, on top of nutrient depletion of foods, we still feed it foods like sugar, as an example, that has devastating effects on our health not just weight.
Mineral & Vitamin Depletion is the reality
When I have a client who claims that they eat healthily (and yet can not understand the weight and energy and other issues!), penny usually drops when running by them the fact that mineral & vitamin depletion of our foods has been now well documented and confirmed by World Health Organisation, UNICEF, UK Ministry of Agriculture as well as Royal Society of Chemistry and is a global problem with loss in nutrients in the soil compared to 60 years ago:
- 72% in Europe,
- 55% in Australia,
- 74% in Africa,
- 76% in Asia and South America and
- 85% loss in North America
To put it into perspective, we now need to eat 5-10 apples to get the same Vitamin C content that only one apple used to have in 1940s, after The Second World War! It is because of the simple fact that – if soil is deficient – so will be our plants and, therefore, our bodies too.
Vitamins and minerals are vital nutrients for bodily functions and prevention of disease. I am met every day with an archaic argument “I can get everything I need from food!”. Are You? In a large 26,000 person study it was concluded that not one person received the nutritional requirements set forth by the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). Latest smaller study conducted of 20 individual diets of 2 professional athletes, 12 serious amateur athletes and 6 sedentary non-athletes concluded the “nutrition they considered adequate did not achieve even minimum levels, let alone optimal and was deficient in both vitamins and minerals!”
Dr Linus Pauling
(Two time Nobel Laureate) stated:
“The root of all disease is directly related to lack of minerals.”
Today, good nutrition is more important than ever. World Health Organisation claims that most of the conditions and illnesses today, over 70%, with heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes in particular, are directly related to the way we eat; diet is also implicated in scores of other conditions. While the wrong diet can be deadly, eating right is among the cornerstones of health. Our bodies have 100 Trillion Cells (that is 100, 000 000 000 000 cells) that need to be fed every single day with 114 nutrients, however, all or some are lacking in diet, which is the cause of so many diseases today!
But, it does not have to be that way.
And before you run to your health store to get a multivitamin supplement, you need to know that they are not all created equal in terms of quality, purity, absorption and, ultimately, effectiveness. We offer pharmaceutical grade supplementation, but before you start thinking that it is just the supplements that will solve the problem, it is important to clean up the diet too and eat optimally for your body composition, in the right balance. Our Healthy Breakfast solution (on top of personalised meal plan just for you and your lifestyle) is an ideal way to discover how to start the day right and personalised nutrition will ensure optimal nutrient intake is reached!