What You Can’t Live Without: Get the Facts on Optimum
As the rate of chronic (meaning ‘incurable’) diseases rise
every year, the planet faces extinction, and our bodies and
lives become filled with aches and pains, more and more people
are taking a long, hard look at what they eat. Optimum
nutrition is the vital ingredient if you want to live a high
quality, pain free, and disease free life not just today but
down the road.
A life filled with exercise that boasts the perfect ‘ripped’
body will soon crumble if the insides don’t match the outside.
For this, there’s just no other way than striving for optimum
But this optimum nutrition can be elusive if you don’t know
where to look or have been brainwashed into forgetting what
truly good, natural nutrition is. Don’t worry; it’s certainly
not too late.
Deciphering the Messages to Find Optimum
When considering optimum nutrition the mind can wander; is it
that package of fruit snacks labeled ‘organic’ in the health
food store? Could it be the frozen bag of peas that cooks in
just seconds in the microwave? Or is part of optimum nutrition
those new ‘healthy waters’ lining the grocery stores shelves
with promises of energy, stamina, and robust health? (And
wasn’t water already pretty darn healthy?)
There’s no doubt it can become confusing and even overwhelming
to know what the best way to obtain optimum nutrition is.
We are sent so many mixed messages by not just the media
but also from the government with its dietary guidelines and
recommendations. It's information overload. But relax; just
like so much today we’ve really just overcomplicated it all and
if you listen to your body and your instincts you’ll discover
you already know what to do.
What the Healthiest Cultures
When the healthiest cultures in the world (who incidentally
have the happiest and longest lives) are closely looked at
there are a few things they have in common. One of the most
important ones to note is that they don’t follow a set of
dietary guidelines set forth by their governing bodies. No,
they simply follow their own instincts and what has been handed
down from generation to generation.
They don’t use scales or know their body fat index nor do they
spend huge amounts of monies on the foods they choose to eat.
They have the optimum nutrition, the natural nutrition that is
life giving; that which we in the West need to
Listen to the One Who Knows Best: Your Own Body and
One of the best ways to learn what to eat is to first eat and
then listen to the subtle messages your body sends you about
that food or meal. Do you feel sluggish, achy, tired, and
irritable after you eat a certain type of food or meal? The
first signs that the body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs
are as quiet and easily ‘brushed off’ as
Fatigue, insomnia, depression, moodiness, aches and pains,
headaches, and the other body problems that plague many people
day after day are the first signs that something is wrong. If
you ignore these signs it’s inevitable that down the line the
body will surely send you stronger signs as it becomes loaded
with toxins and devoid of nutritional stores it desperately
The best way to reach optimum nutrition is to eat the most
natural, least processed foods you can on a daily basis. Choose
foods that are grown without harmful chemicals and unnatural
substances. Get your food locally and connect with the farmer
who is growing that food. Eat foods that are seasonally
available and opt for foods that haven’t been shipped thousands
of miles before they reach your table.
Although the world of convenience has brought about many
incredible benefits our eating and state of health have
suffered greatly. Modern technology has its place but if you
want to achieve optimum nutrition (and thereby optimal health)
it has no place in your food.
Think about traditional eating habits (just 50 years ago) and
model them. It may take a bit more time and effort but the
payoff is huge!