What you eat is a vital aspect of keeping your body functioning properly and therefore healthy. This is a FACT, there is no way around the matter.
To keep it simple, there are foods that contain ingredients that the body has genetically required for tens of thousands of years to function properly. Without them we become deficient and our bodies will begin to suffer, ultimately leading to symptoms and disease.
Then there are foods that we genetically don't require because they were not present for the vast majority of time we developed as humans and by consuming them and becoming toxic with them our bodies will begin to suffer, ultimately leading to symptoms and disease.
A body that is deficient in ingredients it needs and toxic with ingredients it doesn't need will always be struggling to function well. In some cases you will not be aware of this at the time, you we feel like you 'can get away with eating this and that' where as someone will notice it e.g. always tired, poor skin, overweight, poor concentration, IBS, and irritability are just some of the more common symptoms. However diet is a major factor in determining your risks of these initial inconvieniences (such as bloating or heart burn) or you long term risk of the more serious chronic illnesses and diseases from high blood pressure, stroke, cancers and type 2 diabetes.
Healthy eating is not about doing the latest fad diet for 6 weeks that will make you shed the most weight in the shortest period of time. Its about starting off by understanding the basic concepts of what foods our body's are able to work with and those that it can't. This is done by looking back over time to how and what our ancestors ate and what different cultures eat around the world today and looking at their health too. From there it is about learning how to make a whole variety of different meals, from scratch, experimenting with different herbs and spices, trying new ingredients and slowly reducing the amount of processed, pre-boxed, pre-made jars of sauces, processed cereals, high sugar foods and reducing quantaties of grains and dairy consumed.
The supplement industry is worth a significant amount of money. There are good supplements and poor supplements, expensive ones and cheap ones spread throughout the hundreds of different brands available.
While some supplements have their place for the specific few with specific conditions, we believe there are 3 main supplements that can be beneficial to everyone in this part of the world. These are based on the fact that even with a truly healthy diet we generally still don't get these in the quality or quantity our ancestors did based on today's standards of foods and environment.
- A good quality EFA (Omega 3) supplement with the correct EPA:DHA ratio
- A good quality Vitamin D supplement
- A good quality Probiotic