Sunday, October 27, 2013

4 Nutritional Tips You’ve Probably Never Considered

Good nutrition is one of the most important factors that contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Most of the time, we are bombarded with the latest diet pill set to make you lose ten kilos in one week. Yeah, right. Or the new celebrity diet, where you only eat a can of tuna and whatever protein bar they are being endorsed by. People often tend to ignore the natural approach, opting for quick fixes rather than lifestyle changes. If you are seriously considering a nutrition overhaul, here’s a few tips that you may have never considered before.

Say Hello To Clay

This is not a joke. Clay (that brown stuff on the ground) has been a global practice with healing a wide range of illnesses. We already put it on our face to draw out impurities, so why shouldn’t it be good for our insides as well? It has been credited to help with constipation, diarrhea, anemia, bacterial infections, leaky gut, skin ailments like eczema, acne, heavy metal poisoning like chemotherapy, exposure to pesticides, relieve arthritis and stress.According to John Tilden, M.D, “clay contains the minerals and energy that the defence mechanism needs; it improves bowel function and detoxifies the body of pollutants.” This is not some new-age mumbo jumbo either, this holistic practice has been documented throughout history as being the ultimate detox.

So what’s actually in clay that makes it so great? The clay possess unfulfilled ionic bonds around the edges of its mineral particles, which naturally seeks to satisfy those bonds. For this to happen, it must meet with a substance carrying an opposite ionic charge. Essentially, the particles of the clay have a negative ionic charge, whereas toxins carry a positive charge. When we ingest the clay, the ions are attracted to each other and an exchange occurs whereby the clay swaps its ions for those of the impurities. Electrically satisfied, it holds the toxins in suspension until the body is ready to eliminate both. It sounds confusing, but in layman’s terms, we eat the clay, the clay binds to the toxins and we excrete both the toxins and the clay out of our bodies.

Look At Food As Medicine

Next time you think you’re coming down with a case of the sniffles, try a natural approach rather than a chemical based one. Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are hiding in plain sight as (who would have thought!) food and spices.Garlic is the herb of choice for treating colds, flu, sore throats and poor indigestion due to its sulphur compounds and essential oils. Ginger contains a proteolytic enzyme that reduces inflammation, repair cartilage and is often used to reduce menstrual cramps and nausea. Turmeric is an old Chinese medicine favourite used as a remedy for liver and gallbladder disorders and more recently, has been found effective with killing oesophageal cancer cells and the ability to inhibit the growth of lymphoma cells. Tip: Soothe a sore throat by combining one cup of sage tea with one teaspoon each of honey and apple cider vinegar with a dash of cayenne pepper – gargle the mixture every half an hour.

Eat Seasonal

While most of us relish in seasonal produce due to the decrease in price, there’s many health and ecological benefits to eating these products. Seasonal items are more likely to be local, they haven’t flown 20,000 km around the world and been loaded up with as many chemical to give it that fresh look. Talk about cutting down on your eco foot print and supporting local farmers! Your body also needs certain foods at different time of the year; so seasonal foods are a way of reconnecting with the organic cycle that nature intended for us. For example, summer fruits contain a higher fluid content, vital for keeping hydrated in the warmer months.

Meeting The Demands Of Your Lifestyle

While it’s great to consume a healthy diet, you also need to meet the demands of your lifestyle. An athlete’s diet is probably going to be a lot different than a 9 to 5 office worker. For athletes, the choices you make in food directly impact sports performance, training and recovery (see the 99 Bikes website for more athletic nutrition tips!) All in all, if you want to make changes to what you put in your body, see a naturopath and find the right diet for your body and lifestyle.

What are your nutritional tips? Tell us in the comments below.


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