What are the 6 Foundations of Health?
- Diet: How many of us find it sometimes impossible to give up junk food? Believe me you’re not alone. I feel the same way sometimes. However, eating whole foods can be an exciting journey with endless possibilities. We need to eat healthy to support a healthy metabolism. It’s not just about calories in and calories out. It’s about the types of calories we consume and having the right balance of nutrients.
- Digestion: I believe that most diets don’t go deep enough in solving people’s problems. We are not only what we eat, but also what we ABSORB from what we eat. How often do you have tummy trouble? For too many people, this has become the “new normal”. It is easy to ignore symptoms such as occasional heartburn, bloating and constipation and assume they are just apart of ageing. However, these symptoms are actually your body’s signal that something is out of balance. Other serious symptoms may include migraine headaches, autoimmune diseases, eczema and food sensitivities to name a few.
- Blood sugar regulation: Never before in the history of mankind has there been an emergency need to lower blood sugar. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 children born in 2000 with develop Type ll Diabetes in their lifetime. Controlling insulin levels is important in maintaining health and preventing disease.
- Essential fatty acids: Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are nutrients that we cannot produce on our own, and therefore must get from our diet. They are the basic building blocks of every cell in our body and an integral part of our cell membranes. The body needs fatty acids to rebuild and create new cells, as well as produce hormone-like substances for physiological functions. Fatty acids are essential for good health. There are two basic categories of essential fatty acids, Omega-3s and Omega-6s. Each of these categories has different effects and it’s important for optimal health that both be consumed in a balanced diet.
- Minerals: Minerals are essential for nerve conduction, transfer of nutrients across the cell membranes, tissue growth and proper ph balance in the blood. Due to depleted soils and the consumption of more processed foods, most people are not getting all of the key minerals needed for optimal function.
- Hydration: Did you know that water is the most common nutritional deficiency in our population? And of course, water is the body’s most important nutrient. 92 percent of water must be ingested, it cannot be stored and therefore, we can not live long without it
In order to look good on the outside, we need to give our bodies these 6 foundations so that we can feel great from the inside out!