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BASIC NUTRITION

Are You Getting Enough?

 

It's a good question. Most people we see are malnourished.

There are approximately ninety nutrients the body needs on a daily basis: up to sixty minerals, sixteen vitamins, twelve amino acids and three fatty acids. There are other things that the body would like but at a push it can make them from the other ninety.

Now the body can only repair itself from the raw materials you provide for it, so if you have any doubts about being able to provide those ninety nutrients on a daily basis you may want to consider taking a good nutritional supplement, at least in the short term until you recover.

Does your diet provide those ninety nutrients on a daily basis?

So why would anyone need a nutritional supplement if they were eating a balanced diet? Can’t we get everything we need from our food? In an ideal world we would, however, we don’t live in an ideal world.

Plants can make vitamins.  They can make amino acids.  They can even make fatty acids.  What they can’t make are minerals.  The minerals are either in the soil that the plant grows in or they aren’t.

Why aren’t the minerals in the soil?  The main reasons are over farming, extensive use of NPK fertilizer, chemical pesticides, acid rain and air pollution.

In fact the World Health Organisation, Unicef, the UK Ministry of Agriculture and the Royal Society of Chemistry all confirm that mineral depletion in arable soils is a global problem.  Their figures show North America 85% loss, South America 76% loss, Asia 76% loss, Africa 74% loss, Europe 72% loss and Australia 55% loss.

Further more the body can’t use the vitamins and amino acids you get from your diet without the presence of the proper minerals. 

If you were only allowed to take one supplement in our view it should be a good mineral supplement.

Minerals are more important than you think.

So what is a good mineral supplement?

The minerals should be from a plant based source.  Our bodies are designed to absorb minerals from plants.  That’s why you can’t really use any old cheap mineral tablet you find in the supermarket.  These contain metallic minerals and we can only absorb a very small amount of them before we excrete them.  In some cases as little as 4% is absorbed.  In fact mineral supplement manufacturers tried to address this issue some years ago by coming up with chelated minerals.  They coat the metallic mineral in a sugar or a protein to try to fool the body into absorbing it.

Let me give you an analogy.  If the metallic mineral particle was the size of a football then the size of a plant derived mineral particle would be the size of a pin head!  In fact plant derived mineral particles are 7,000 times smaller than a red blood cell.

Great news

Regular readers will know that we’ve been talking about the benefits of supplementing with plant based minerals since 1996.  We used to recommend a great mineral supplement but unfortunately the company was sold some years ago and the new owners converted to metallic minerals as they are much cheaper.

We’ve spent several years trying to find a good replacement and now we finally have. They are called Sizzling Minerals.

You can read more about them here.

Special money off price

The retail price for a month’s supply is only £28.97 which is less than a cup of coffee a day. 

However you can get a month’s supply of these fantastic minerals for just £19.97 if you deal directly with the company.  Even better value, especially as the prices include VAT and Shipping!

To get Sizzling Minerals at that cheapest price you need to sign up as an affiliate, which is free, but there is a monthly management fee of £3.99 and you have to order on auto ship.  You can simply use this method as a way of obtaining these minerals at the best price possible, as most people do.  But if you wanted to supply them to your family and friends then that monthly fee also provides you with your own web site and office support and if you recommend the minerals to anyone else they will pay you a small commission as a thank you.

Naturally if you are ordering for more than one person you don’t have to pay more than one monthly fee and you can cancel or amend the auto ship at any time.

You can, of course, just buy the Sizzling Minerals at retail for £28.97 if you want to.

To find out how you can get healthier and save money go here or contact Allyn or Sue for more information.

Good health isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Oxygen free-radicals are rogue oxygen molecules that are missing an electron. They cause all sorts of damage in the body. They are implicated in over 60 causes of death, responsible for degeneration of the body and speed up the ageing process. So if you want to add years to your life and life to your years you need to protect yourself from the ravages of oxygen free-radicals.

Antioxidants protect against free-radical damage. The body manufactures antioxidants, such as superoxide dismutase, which neutralise the free-radicals. However, as we age the body’s ability to make these antioxidants diminish, and this is one of the reasons why young people heal faster than older people. To overcome this shortfall the body will recruit antioxidant vitamins away from their biological processes to neutralise the free-radicals. This then has a knock-on effect to other areas of the body, which are now short of their vital nutrients.

So if we are getting our 90 nutrients on a daily basis why do we need additional antioxidants? The body is brilliant at coping in the environment we evolved in. Unfortunately our present environment has pollutants in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Pollutants cause massive numbers of free-radicals to challenge our bodies.

What constitutes a good antioxidant supplement? Broad spectrum is the answer. It should contain super antioxidants such as oligomeric proanthocyanadins (OPC’s for short), which are water soluble and fat soluble, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, flavanoids and, if possible, curcuminoids.

Ask us if you would like more information about choosing a good antioxidant supplement or download an audio presentation on the subject.

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

Do you experience poor concentration, poor short term memory to long term memory transfer, feeling of “spaciness”, water retention or inability to lose weight? Yes? Then you may need to get your essential fatty acid profile balanced.

Essential fatty acids are the good fats that can help to keep you slim, clean your arteries, increase your energy levels, make skin soft, reduce blood fats, enhance your immune system and increase brain function.

The subject of essential fatty acids is a very complex one but we have a brilliant audio download about it which will tell you all you need to know and demystify the issue.

As essential fatty acids are often processed out of our food we can also offer advice on what we consider to be a good essential fatty acid supplement.

BASIC NUTRITION

Every body needs good basic nutrition. You know, having adequate nutritional resources is rather like having a lot of money in a current account. Most of the time you don’t need it there but when an emergency happens you have the resources to draw upon. When our health is challenged, having a good nutritional status gives you the best start to a full and fast recovery.

If you want more information here is an audio download on why we need good nutrition.

Four More

There are four other nutrients to take into consideration when talking about the body and they are water, oxygen, sunshine and chlorophyll.

Water

Water is very important. Are you getting enough? Virtually all the biochemistry in the body takes place in an aqueous environment and is dependent upon the surface tension of the water. The greater the surface tension the more difficult it is for the biochemical processes to flow easily. The lower the surface tension the easier it is for them to flow. The more dehydrated you are the greater the surface tension is.

So you can see that it is very important that you drink enough water, and we do mean water. A lot of the things we drink are diuretics, that is they make you lose water. Things like tea, coffee, cola, carbonated beverages, alcohol and drinks containing sugar all dehydrate us.

Drinking water, then, is the key. Most authorities agree that we need between two and three litres of water a day. However, remember that this is a guide line only. Your requirements may be more or less than this. If you've not been used to drinking a lot of water then increase your intake gradually until you reach a level that feels right for you.

Oxygen

Oxygen is also very important, are you getting enough? A stupid question maybe because if you're not getting enough you wouldn't be reading this, but how much is enough? Well certainly you are getting enough so that you aren't suffocating but many people don't get optimum amounts for their biochemistry.

So what happens when there is a lack of oxygen? Simply put, the body doesn't burn it's fuel as efficiently. Incomplete combustion of the body's fuel can lead to an accumulation of toxic by products of metabolism which can have an adverse affect on your health.

There are two reasons why you may have reduced oxygen levels. The first is that the partial pressure of oxygen in the air that you are breathing is reduced, for example because you are somewhere where there is high levels of pollution. The second, and by far the most common, reason is that you breath too shallowly. This has the added disadvantage of not removing the waste gasses of respiration which can contribute to a condition of acidosis in the system.

The answer is to breath deeply and rhythmically which has the added benefit of "switching on" the parasympathetic nervous system so countering the stress response.

Sunshine

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that acts like a hormone. It helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, the formation of bones, it is important in cell development and growth, has a modulating affect on the immune system and can improve the mood.

Accumulating evidence now suggests that a lack of sunlight could be linked to many chronic illnesses such as depression, cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

People enjoy sunbathing. It is the natural, healthy way to obtain vitamin D. Sunlight costs nothing and has many very great health benefits but sadly in the UK we get too little of it, or are unaware of what constitutes a good, healthy level of exposure.

There have been lots of studies worldwide about the levels of exposure needed for the body to produce sufficient vitamin D for good health.

According to Oliver Gillie's findings, in England in midsummer a white skinned person may obtain all the vitamin D he needs in three 20 minute sessions of sunbathing on three separate days around midday over the period of a week. But a person with dark skin would have to spend up to six one hour sessions over a week to achieve the same result.

In April and September, at the beginning and end of the English summer, longer exposures are needed to obtain an optimum level of vitamin D. For most efficient results, sunbathing sessions should be conducted in the two hours around solar noon - that is between 11.00am and 3.00pm. At other times of day the ultra-violet component of sunlight is weaker and so a longer period must be spent in the sun. The idea is that we "season" our bodies by starting this process in April and don't just decide to have a mega sunbathing session on our summer holidays. It is all about moderate exposure whenever we can during the months April to September.

Once you have had sufficient exposure, before you begin to burn, cover up and if you cannot avoid the sun i.e. you are playing a sport use a sunscreen.

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll refers to the phytochemical that gives plants their green colour and pigmentation. This chemical is responsible for absorbing solar energy to facilitate photosynthesis, a process in which plants convert energy from sunlight into sugars.

We evolved to eat plants and the reality is that most people do not eat nearly enough greens. Try to eat fresh greens at every meal.

So, basic nutrition, are you getting enough?

You can obtain basic nutritional advice from Sue Weller or Allyn Edwards.

We have free audio downloads about nutrition which will give you a basic nutritional understanding.

The kind of supplements talked about above can be obtained from our On-Line Store.

 

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