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Super Foods and Nutrition: Healthy Eating Your Way To Looking and Feeling Younger

2.14.2010

Healthy Eating Your Way To Looking and Feeling Younger

Healthy Eating -- It's A Good Beginning

I have often been told by many clients that they can not afford to eat healthy foods or take quality all natural supplements.   They purchase poor quality vitamins (generic) from places like Wal-Mart and strongly believe that is okay.


I use to feel the same way too.  However, I decided to take another course for my life when I realized that I could not afford not too.  

Taking care of yourself is like driving a Mercedes Benz. You simply put the best fuel in it no matter what. Your body is like a Mercedes,  it's a  fine tuned vehicle with one difference, it's the only get one.   Put the best fuels and the best nutrients in. Put in pure, natural quality supplements if you need to balance your diet.  Quality in will boost your energy levels and maintain your body's functions,. By doing so will give you quality health and will keep you looking young and feeling great for a long time. I mean you wouldn't put cheap (generic) gas in your Benz would you? And what if you did?

I do not argue or try to convince anyone any more. My goal is to share knowledge and information and hopefully one day it will help you make exciting and successful life changes that will add 10-20-25 years to it.

Getting in line with good eating habits and a healthy diet is fun. It does not have to be bland and boring. To begin you need to be armed with the basics.

We All Need Vitamins And Minerals
Foods are made up of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They all are critical in a healthy diet 'anti aging' or otherwise. They also include fat, carbohydrates, protein, water and fiber. Your  anti aging goal is to maintain a plan that contains all these essential nutrients in the correct proportions at all times.  Vitamins and minerals usually only last in the body 4-6 hours following ingestion. If you can not eat the required amount of daily vitamins and minerals you need to take vitamin supplements.




For example, what happens if you do not consume the essential  vitamins you need daily?  Let's say vitamin D for an extended period of time?  Okay, you should know the answer to this one from childhood counseling by your concerned mother or father.  Bottom line, deficiencies can lead to ill health. Remember your body cannot produce vitamins and nutrients and each has a special function.  Without this delicate balance deficiencies can develop which lead to ill health. It's like running on empty.



So what essential nutrients do you require on a daily basis?  And how much?


You should know the answers to these questions. Instead, most people live day to day eating what ever looks appealing to them without considering nutritional values or special requirements for their bodies. Do not be like most people.

FAT--

The American Heart Association says a  a sedentary female who is 31–50 years old needs about 2,000 calories each day. Therefore, she should consume less than 16 g saturated fat, less than 2 g trans fat and between 50 and 70 grams of total fat each day (with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, such as fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils)

So, the question is what is saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat, is there a difference?  Most Americans are confused about fats. Most of us do not know the difference. Meet the fats.

CARBOHYDRATE --


The body's greatest source of energy us carbohydrates. They are divided into 2 group. Sugars and starches. Or simple and complex. Sugars are found in milk, fruit, vegetable, honey and sugar. The more complex varieties are found in bread, pasta, peas, corn, nuts, potatoes and rice.  

Simple carbs give you a quick energy boost and then drop you quickly.  Where as the more complexed variety takes longer to convert into your blood stream and will help you with energy for a longer sustained period of time. If you over load on carbs and do not burn the energy they will be stored. Be careful to place sugars at the bottom of you diet intake with complexed carbs just above it.  You need carbs but honestly most Americans place them at the top of their list.


Begin to limit your consumption of simple carbs today. It's easy. Begin by reading labels, begin my eating more fruits and veggies. Get the family in on it too. learn more



PROTEIN --


Protein is one of the most important nutrients in the body. It makes up our muscles and bones, hair and nails, brain and hormones.  And let's forget enzymes. Consequently we need a constant supply of protein to renew skin cells and to replace lost tissue such as hair skin and loss due to illness.  Keep in mind there are 2 types of proteins.--animal and vegetable. 


 Animal protein is a good source. However, it is loaded with saturated fat. The good news is there are a variety of options to get your protein requirement daily. How much do you need? What is the best source? for protein?  learn more

WATER --


We all need water. Water is vital! Without it our body  plunges into devastation. Water flushes out waste products, it keeps the skin, hair, kidneys and bladder healthy. Without it our body lacks energy, poor concentration, mental fatique and  overall poor mental functioning. 

Do not substitute tea, coffee, soft drinks or juice for water. Your body needs a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day. I was not a water drinker. I had to learn by using a water carrier that contained 16 oz and refilled in 3 - 4 times a day. I discovered that I seemly always had this bottle of water in my hand or nearby. We became best friends. I now add lemon, fresh ginger root, and cucumber slices to a large jug in the fridge. It's is absoultely delicisous. Also take care to use safe, pure water, not tap. And healthy safe carriers and pitches. Change can be fun.


 
FIBER -- Although fiber is indigestible it is found naturally in all plants, ie. fruits and vegetables and fulfills several very important functions in the diet. Fiber comes in two forms, insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber is found in grains such as wheat, rice and bran. Soluble fiber is found in foods such as oats, vegetables and citrus fruits. 

Insoluble fiber absorbs water and pushes waste products through the body. While soluble fiber turns into a gel like substance that binds with cholesterol in the intestinal tract and aids in its removal from the body.

Without fiber and it's properties to accelerate the removal of intestinal bacteria and  other cancer causing waste trapped in the lining of the bowels the other possibilities can be life damaging.

The Top 10 Foods High in Fiber include whole grain flour and breads, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, lima beans, green beans, peas, apricots and prunes. How much should you eat? learn more

VITAMINS and MINERALS

Vitamins and minerals are essential for life. Each one has a specific function. If you go without one or more the deficiency will lead to ill health. It is critical that you know all the vitamins and minerals that you need daily. If you are the family meal planner and grocery shopper you have the responsibility of others future in your hands.  If you do not know them click here. 


Now that you know what your daily vitamin and mineral  requirement intakes should be you are ready For Our Top 10 Anti Aging Vitamin Supplements




D. Ross Curington
Health and Wellness Coach


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