Nutrition and Strength

weightsWhen you want your body to feel, function, and look it’s best, what you put into your mouth is especially important. In order to perform properly, our bodies require the correct nutrients to do so.

As we age, the strength of our muscles plays an important role in preventing falling. It is important to maintain strength to prevent falling because of the increased risk of breaking your bones and other injuries. As we age, it is crucial to keep up our nutrition and exercise to prevent bone loss as well as muscle loss. What you eat determines your ability to complete your daily physical activities such as:

  • Housework
  • job
  • school
  • homework
  • shopping
  • caring for your family
  • exercise

Eating nutrient-dense food allows you to do these tasks with ease. A diet lacking in any of the important nutrients that our body needs can mean that each movement is a major effort filled with stress, strain, and pain. This will surely keep you visiting Dr Dodie more often! Food supplies the source of power for your brain as well as your body, and has a direct relationship on your moods as well as your mental and emotional health.

Protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals are all important in the body. Protein is the main component of muscle and helps build muscle fibres as well as repair damage done to your muscles when you exercise.

Carbohydrates, both starches and sugars, provide the energy your muscles need to perform work. The carbohydrates you eat before you exercise are used as fuel during your workout and are also stored in your muscles so they can be used later when needed. If you load your body up with sugar-laden simple carbohydrates such as donuts and cakes instead of healthier whole grains, fruits and vegetables you will find that you alternate between energy spikes and crashes.

Your body needs good quality fat, especially your brain. This good quality fat can come in the form of grass fed butter, avocadoes, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed animals if you consume meat, etc. A diet filled with fried foods soaked in unhealthy trans fats increases your risk for major dis-eases.

Vitamins and minerals are used during exercise for energy production and muscle contraction. This means that if you are missing any of these nutrients, your ability to function properly will be impaired. For example, your blood cells carry oxygen that is bound to an iron-rich protein so if your iron intake is low you may get out of breath and feel tired during exercise. Another key nutrient, vitamin C, helps your body absorb iron so a deficiency of this vitamin will also affect your iron levels. Electrolytes such as sodium help maintain fluid balance in your cells by pulling in water so if you have too little sodium in your diet your muscles may cramp when you exercise.

Water is one of the most critical nutrients during exercise and in general. Staying properly hydrated means that you need to replace the fluids that you lose during sweating and other bodily functions. Being hydrated keeps your heart rate from going too high which helps to keep your body temperature in check. According to the American Council on Exercise, every time you lose a litre of fluid through sweat, your heart rate increases by eight beats per minute. If fluid loss continues, your core temperature can become dangerously high. Lack of water would also affect heart rate outside of exercise too.

We build muscles by stressing them and then allowing them to recover. Proper nutrition allows this recovery to happen. You must exercise on a regular basis to prevent muscle atrophy. While exercise is fantastic for the body, it also causes metabolic waste to accumulate in your body so it is important to nutritional cleanse the body on a regular basis to help it remove this waste and other toxins.

Adequate nutrition for females ensures that proper menstruation continues. Hair, skin, and nail health as well as growth and sex hormones such as testosterone are affected by nutritional deficits. Similarly, nutritional deficiencies also put you at a greater risk for dis-ease and other health issues.

Food is fuel for your body and allows you to live the life that you desire. Food ensures that you are able to move, think, and breathe. Eating nutrient-dense food keeps you physically and mentally fit. Every aspect of your life is influenced by the food and quality of the food that you eat. When you look good you also feel good.

If you put processed food, fast food, sugar, and the incorrect fats into your body, this will affect your ability to perform day to day functions as well as your ability to thrive in life. Processed foods and other unhealthy choices lead to obesity and illness as well as a lack of energy. A diet rich in a wide variety of healthful foods prevents weight gain and lowers your risk for dis-eases such as

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Depression

Food is powerful so be sure to put the right stuff in so your body can run like the Ferrari that it is!