January 14, 2013

{Natural Wellness} holistic nutrition part two

My last post on Holistic Nutrition did not hurt half as much as this one did, I can honestly say that I now have wrinkles in my brain... which really makes me all giddy inside, but of course that could be from my last batch of Kombucha. This unit dove into the various micro nutrients within the foods we eat... these vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and enzymes that give our bodies strength, healing and fortitude to get through the day.

To Quote:
These nutrients are found in abundance in whole foods. Processed foods try to replicate fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. However, adding these micronutrients back into foods once they have been stripped away is not so easy, and attempts at "enriching" our food are not as effective as we may think. As we know, our bodies were designed to absorb nutrients from whole foods. Artificial nutrients can sometimes even trick our bodies into storing them, but they cannot function like the real thing, and sometimes they can even be harmful.
~ Introduction to Natural Wellness, Jessie Hawkins, Unit Three, Page 45

In This Unit: remember each person requires each nutrient at differing levels, it truly is impossible to make an 'across the board' dose recommendation when looking at micro nutrients... also this is just a short synopsis of what I covered in the text, and for your times sake not every nutrient is shared in this post.

  • Vitamin A ~ fat soluble, benefits the eyes and helps with healthy skin, hair, and nails... this vitamin is stored in the liver.
  • B Family ~ an entire family group of vitamins, which greatly effects the nervous system... found in grains, nuts, beans and leafy greens... a mild shortage of thiamine can result in anxiety, depression, and moodiness.
  • Vitamin C ~ best know for fighting sickness and scurvy, and aides healing... water soluble... some studies suggest that Vitamin C may help with heavy metal exposure. 
  • Vitamin D ~ fat soluble, important for bone growth and balancing minerals, I think I could share a whole post on Vitamin D... did you know that 20 minutes of sun exposure a day is considered sufficient for vitamin D intake. Which is important for calcium absorption via the intestinal tract.
  • Vitamin E ~ often not considered a vitamin, fat soluble, however it removes from our systems similar to water soluble vitamins, also known as the fertility vitamin. An antioxidant... and iron can be disrupted by vitamin E.
  • Vitamin K ~ fat soluble, this vitamin helps your blood to clot and is easily found in leafy greens like Kale, we found that Nettle tea offers vitamins K and A, which served to be purposeful following my daughters hip surgeries.
  • Minerals ~ we need minerals, which interact with each other... especially trace minerals like zinc... which helps us eliminate carbon dioxide.
  • Calcium ~ needed for bone health, always being leached from our bodies... even in our sleep. Found in milk, broccoli, spinach and sesame seeds... may conflict with protein... depending on levels. 
  • Magnesium ~ a shortage of magnesium is often found in those who consume highly processed foods... important to many bodily functions. 
  • Zinc ~ what an interesting mineral this is, with conflicting benefits... however it is important. According to my text, special needs children, like autism, usually need more zinc in their diets.

So what would the perfect diet look like? There are a ton of ideas out there, and just about everyone seems to have the science or the 'reason' to back up these fad diets. Most of them are just that, fads.

However, as I don't have a right answer for you, I can share with you the diet that works for our family. Its the Biblically Clean, Mediterranean Style, Traditionally Seasonal Whole Foods Diet which includes foods raw, sprouted, soaked and fermented! Organic and Local Preferred.

That's a mouth full!

Unit Three Project: in this unit I had to examine the nutritional differences in whole foods verses processed foods... hands down, whole foods were always healthier and were much more nutrient dense. I would suggest organic or pesticide free when choosing your foods, for meats - only eat those that are naturally raised... like grass - fed beef.

Let Your Food be Your Medicine: taking a look at foods that begin with 'g' through 'h'... this week I chose green beans and honey, simple and fairly easy to come by.

  • Green Beans ~ these easy to grow garden veggies are full of nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin A, a variety of the B family and phosphorus... even some omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Raw Honey ~ an enzyme and mineral power house, which are destroyed by heat... so please use local, raw honey. Honey also helps to soothe digestion and should never be given to children under two years of age... when used as a sweetener moderation is best. I will take mine with some green tea please!

From the Exam: I thought I would share a couple questions from my unit three exam just to give you an idea of the topic coverage.
  • A 10 year old has been constipated for three days. Give two different nutritional protocols that could be implemented. 
  • What are the benefits of carob over chocolate?
  • Which 'vitamin' does the FDA prohibit?
  • Name two vitamins that an autistic child may be deficient in?

~ Blessings!

My Next Unit: Unit Four ~ Bread

*please note that my posts are editorial in nature and are not meant to be taken as a way to treat or diagnose illness. Please practice personal health safety. I am currently taking a self paced course from Vintage Remedies called Introduction to Natural Wellness by Jessie Hawkins, please feel free to head over there if you are interested. ~ Blessings!

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