Feeding the Wisdom of Your Body

Are you getting all that your body needs out of the foods that you consume?

In my opinion, the answer is “NO!”  The reality is that our food is in a sad state these days.  Due to this, I believe that every person needs to take a quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.

One way to tell if your supplement is a quality one is to look at the list of ingredients.  If you see things like:

  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Artificial flavours
  • Artificial colours
  • Titanium oxide
  • Magnesium silicate
  • Talc
  • Carageenan

then you can be sure that it is NOT a quality supplement.  Another great test is to take your supplement and soak it in water.  If it has still not begun to break down when you go to take it the next day, this is not a quality supplement.  The quicker the supplement begins to break down, the quicker it is available to your body.  The supplement that I choose to use contains all these ingredients.  I feel good knowing that my body is getting all these quality nutrients each day without me needing to eat all this food!

Some of the important nutrients that your nervous system require include:

  • B Vitamins
  • Vitamin E
  • Gingko Biloba
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Antioxidants
  • Magnesium
  • Potasium

These nutrients allow the messages from the brain to get to the body and help prevent your brain from breaking down.  They also promote good sleep and good mood.  Magnesium is one of the nutrients that the vast majority of the population is deficient in.  An easy and relaxing way to get magnesium into your body is to have an Epsom salt bath.  Pour two cups of Epsom salts into a warm bath and soak for about 20 minutes.  The magnesium will be absorbed into your skin while you soak.  This is especially beneficial before bed as the magnesium relaxes your muscles and allows you to fall asleep more easily.

Here are some facts that indicate that the food of today just doesn’t have the nutrients that it used to only 50 or so years ago!

Unfortunately, the majority of produce in grocery stores is really just empty calories, sorely lacking in nutrients.  Part of the reason for all the nutrient loss is due to modern farming practices and soil abuse as well as genetic modification.  If the soil doesn’t contain the nutrient, the food can’t contain the nutrient either.  It is also due to pesticide use which has destroyed the naturally occurring organisms in the soil which used to give back to the soil the nutrients required to send to the produce that was grown there.  Early picking of food also prevents the food from getting the nutrients that do exist in the soil.  Finally, long travel times also leach the nutrients that are in the food out of them.  The longer that the food is off the vine, the less nutrients it has.  Due to these things, our food will just never be enough again.

The reality is that if our body is lacking in even one essential nutrient, dis-ease occurs.  This is why replenishing just that one nutrient can help the body to heal in the beautiful and intelligent way that only it can!

Besides dis-ease, our body also communicates to us that it is lacking nutrients via cravings.  Here are some common cravings and the nutrient that your body is actually looking for as well as some common foods that “should” contain these nutrients provided they are farmed properly.

There are some other things that we can do besides supplementing to ensure that we are getting all that we need.  One is to ensure that you choose organic food as much as possible. This helps to ensure that the soil is not further depleted by pesticide use and also prevents your body from needing to work so hard to remove those pesticides from itself.  Another is to buy locally produced foods as much as possible.  Locally produced food also supports local farmers.

Grass-fed and wild are far superior as well so choose them when you can.  Grass-fed beef actually contains omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for your body whereas other beef does not contain this vital nutrient.  Finally, as I stated above, we all need to supplement with a quality multi-vitamin and mineral.

If you have enjoyed this information or if you would like further information or answers to your questions, I welcome you to contact me at 613-540-4515 or tracy@pathsforhealing.com.  I look forward to assisting you in developing your own unique path to health!