It can be really confusing when it comes to figuring out what and how much nutrients you need to stay healthy. Generally, our bodies require six groups of nutrients to stay healthy: water, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and protein.
Imagine this. You’re at a restaurant to have a meal with family or friends. Your food arrives. You taste it and reach for the salt shaker which you then realize has a label that says, “Excess sodium can cause high blood pressure and promote stomach cancer. Limit your use.”
Model and socialite Kendall Jenner reportedly has added another major title to her repertoire: “oral health mogul.” She recently created an oral care line called Moon which contains, as one would probably imagine, your not so average dental hygiene products. And one of these products is a toothpaste that contains ingredients including camu camu.
You have probably heard of the term “hangry,” when you are so hungry that you become angry and irrational. It’s like you turn into your evil twin until you get something into your belly.
Cheese is one of those foods some may say is healthy while others may say it’s not so good for you. For example, one could say that cheese is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients as well as probiotics. But then on the other hand, one might say cheese is high in saturated fat and salt (sodium) which is bad for heart health and other metabolic concerns.
Many people do not associate consumption of foods like cupcakes or a large slice of cheesy pepperoni pizza, with neurological changes in the brain. Instead, we associate these foods with expanding waistlines. And if you are a bit more health conscious, you might think these foods are not good for your cholesterol and heart health.
Not long ago, when the topic of fasting would come up most people would think of fasting for religious purposes or think of incredible people throughout history like Gandhi, whose longest fast lasted 21 days!
Americans consume way more sodium than is recommended and necessary for healthy living! I have said this before, and it is a fact worth repeating.
Fat has always been a tricky topic of discussion. For example, if you take a trip down America’s dietary guideline history, you will see that for a certain period of time, consuming fat was not recommended.
According to a recent Newsweek report, a teenage boy went blind after eating a diet of only fries, chips, white bread, sausages and ham. These foods comprised his entire diet since elementary school. He was described as a “fussy eater” and had no visible signs of malnourishment! In fact, he looked well.
For some it may be back-to-school time, but summer is not quite over yet! This means picnics and barbecues are still in full swing, and this Labor Day weekend it’s likely you’ve got a picnic or party to attend.
Perhaps one of the greatest lessons I have learned during my three decades in healthcare is that good nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life. The body needs a balance of six essential nutrients, (carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, fats and water), to function at its best. And it’s best to aim to get as much of these six nutrients as possible from fresh vegetables, fruits and grains.