Forever Young: Mindful Nutrition
By Tancie Trail on July 06, 2011
When you choose a Self-Improvement Lifestyle, every single day ushers in a new opportunity to gently improve your self [body mind spirit] and your life in some small way. One of the foundations of this type of lifestyle is mindful nutrition.
Mindful nutrition means to be aware or 'mindful' of what you put into your body. It also means knowing what your unique nutritional requirements are to maintain your optimal health. Meeting your unique nutritional needs daily is an essential part of maintaining overall health, longevity, anti-aging and achieving that inner and outer beautiful healthy glow.
While each of us does have specific daily needs, here is a universal Anti-Aging nutritional protocol, good for every body, based on the principles of an alkaline, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich diet.
The two ends of the body chemistry scale are acidic and alkaline. Our body has a specific PH range it needs to stay in in order to function best [7.35-7.45]. A body that is too acidic has too much acid in it from a poor diet, too much alcohol or acid creating foods and beverages. Too much acidity breeds degenerative diseases. Often chronic conditions worsen when the body is too acidic.
Alkaline balance, on the other hand, supports the bodies ability to retain essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium. Disease can not grow in an alkaline base, so keeping our bodies PH balanced can prevent disease and pre-mature aging. Choosing foods that have an alkalizing effect helps to alleviate a propensity toward infections as well. Some alkalizing fruits are watermelon, tangerine, pineapple and raspberry ... For a full list of alkalizing foods click here. You can also pick up PH test strips at your local pharmacy or natural food store.
Chronic inflammation is a slow and silent yet dangerous condition which, research shows, can be the underlying cause of many diseases.
Many foods can serve as inflammatory triggers. The most common are sugar, daily and gluten. These triggers vary per person so a food allergy or food sensitivity test can help to tailor your own personal anti-inflammatory diet. This trip to the doctor or naturopath is money well spent in advance, and key to living a preventative lifestyle.
Turmeric and ginger are great natural anti-inflammatory spices. Also supplements such as omega-3 essential fatty acids contain EPA, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. I like to use flax seed oil, and add it to my morning smoothie or sometime swig it straight fro the bottle on the go. Yep! Eating sushi regularly gives you a great regular dose of fresh ginger, or adding ginger to a raw veggie juice is ideal as well.
Eating foods that are high in important antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q-10, vitamin B, Panthothenic acid, Quercitin and vitamin A are all essential daily, and when your immune system is 'on high alert'.
Stress or food/environmental allergies can wreak havoc on the body putting you at greater risk for illness and disease.
Antioxidant-rich foods are many of the leafy greens [spinach, kale, collard greens: used raw for salad or added to a smoothie], and apples remain a gold standard for health. Other powerful natural foods are cherries, broccoli, avocados and pears.
Also green tea, black tea and yerba matte are all ideal for daily use too instead of coffee which is super acidic!
I hope you have enjoyed this Self Improvement info on choosing a proactive diet of natural foods that are sure to keep you young and beautiful inside and out.
Got a question or favorite health tip? Comment below and be sure to share this healthful reminder with your friends, they will thank you for it.
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