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I posted this last year, but I’m finding as we’re back in Summertime again, many are doing things to improve their health either because of illness, or to prevent it. Either way, you need to have correct info on this because the food that’s sold in the US has some creative labeling methods that can be deceiving. There are many misconceptions about what constitutes good nutrition It’s amazing the misinformation that is put out about what makes for good nutrition. The fact is, there are a lot of companies with big advertising budgets to imply that there is research showing what they are selling is what the research says you need. Although I too represent a company that provides a nutritional resource, the research I will direct you to is top notch and indisputable. What I do is educate people from highly credible medical and nutritional resources I’ve learned from and make available to you. This research has been peer reviewed by professionals in the field that the research was done and published in the respective professional journals.
Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. When it comes to good nutrition it’s really not that complicated.
Rule 1, processed food is bad. Most anything that comes out of a box has little to no nutritional value except for a few exceptions. These exceptions become clear by reading the ingredients. If a good portion of the ingredients is sugar, enriched flour, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils and or an artificial sweetener like aspartame or similar. It’s best to avoid. None of those ingredients have any nutrition and are harmful to eat over a long period of time.
Rule 2, the best parts of the store to shop in are the produce department, the fish department, the meat department. a few items in the cereal isle and a couple items in isles that have little processed products. In that order. The more you eat that comes closest to it’s original state from nature, the more nutrition it has. If it has a lot of ingredients you can’t easily pronounce, probably not good to eat those either.
You may notice I did not mention the dairy department. In reality, no dairy is required for human nutritional needs. For treats? Sure on occasion. On the other hand, often healthy dairy substitutes like soy, almond or rice milk products are sometimes the dairy section. Also farm raised eggs are ok as well.
Rule 3, Hydration, water is of course important to consume everyday. However anything other than water should not be considered for hydration. An exception is high water content produce. Especially now during the Summer, melon, especially watermelon should be consumed in large quantities during this time of year. Reason being the water content is high and the nutrients that nature provides with it enhances the utilization of it’s hydration. Unfortunately many consider the sports or performance drinks as hydration and they certainly promote and package themselves as such, they certainly are not. As I said, the closer to nature is the best. None of those products can be found in nature. In spite of their labeling there is little of anything natural about them. Natural ingredients? Yes but are similar to say orange juice from concentrate with calcium added. The orange juice is pasteurized, then concentrated and reconstituted with synthetic calcium added. Hmm, Natural? I think not. Originated from, but not what you’re actually buying and putting in your body.
Also, if you don’t have a water filter at home, I recommend getting one. Yes if your faucet delivers water from a treatment plant, you need a water filter. Bottled water is a good alternative but more expensive in the long run. Many are really not sure how much water they should consume daily. X amount of glasses a day is not reality because you wouldn’t expect someone that is 6.5′ the same requirement as someone who is 5′. So you go by weight. Take your body weight and divide by two. Some think that sounds like a lot. It is if you’re not accustomed to proper hydration.
Anyway, I’ve given some basics in this posting, but I welcome your questions and comments. Please feel free to share this with your friends and relatives since although some of what will be recommended here will sound difficult if not impossible to achieve in your busy lifestyle, I’ll provide ways to make it easier.
In talking about Fit vs. Healthy. it’s really pretty simple. You can be fit, but being healthy requires good nutrition to go with your fitness plan. Without it you’re tearing your body down leading to injuries and possible degenerative disease. Our bodies require regular physical exercise but that exercise does cause damage to cell structures if not offset by good nutrition to counteract the effects. Some feel if they exercise a lot and intensely they can eat anything they want. That is a mistake, especially within the first hour after an exercise routine. The body wants the best nutrition possible during that time for the maintenance needed, also known as recovery. Recovery drinks are not the answer. Real food like fruits and vegetables or certain well formulated nutrition products which I will share upon request..
Hope you found this helpful..
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