This is the everything-you-need-to-know-to-be-as-healthy-as-possible newsletter, brought to you by Kristy Russ, pharmacist and health consultant. I have close to 20 years experience in helping people improve their health. I specialize in nutritional medicine, which is the secret of "true" preventative medicine. Yes, if I'm successful in getting people to follow my advice, I will put myself out of a job.
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Right now, I am in the process of developing a corporate wellness program. I just finished a "test" program with a small company and am preparing to scale it up for other companies and I am more convinced than ever that this is an important project.
I am always amazed at how little people truly know about how to feed themselves properly. The following information is always some of the most enlightening that people receive.
How To Get Your Body Running
Like A Finely Tuned Machine
In the last e-zine, you found out that keeping your body healthy is accomplished by giving it all the nutrients it needs. So, if optimal nutrition is the key to good health, how do you go about optimizing your nutrition?
First of all, you DON'T go by Recommended Daily Intakes (RDI). Those are only the minimum amounts of nutrients your body needs to just function. To function optimally, your body needs much higher amounts. For example, the RDI of vitamin D is 400IU - that's just enough to keep you from getting rickett's. I'm sure you've heard about all of the health benefits of vitamin D that have been discovered in the last few years (I've discussed it in a previous e-zine so you can check the back issues if you haven't)- but you need levels MUCH higher than the RDI for these benefits. The optimal amount of vitamin D hasn't even been figured out yet, but it's likely going to be a minimum of at least 1000IU/day- for us Canadians, it's much higher, like 5000IU/day in the winter. That's more than 12 times the RDI!
So when you're reading nutrition labels, pay no attention to the % of daily intake of the nutrients (except to note that it has some of that in it). Feeding your body based on RDI amounts is like setting your income at the poverty level- sure you can survive on it, but is the quality of life really what you would like?
For those of you thinking you're home free because you already eat a healthy diet, I hate to burst your bubble, but it's not enough. While it's still important to eat well, it's not physically possible to get all the nutrients your body needs to function optimally from diet alone.
Even if you eat the perfect diet 24/7 (and who actually does anyway? Show of hands please... yeah, I thought not).
You would have to eat so much food, you would be obese, which of course has it's own health problems. For example, the optimal amount of vitamin E is 400IU/day. To get that from food, you would need to eat 33 pounds of spinach (that's over 100 of those pre-washed bags!) or 5 pounds of wheat germ (who even eats that stuff anyway?) or 2.3 pounds of nuts (that's 10 cups!). That's a lot of food everyday- and that's just vitamin E, we haven't even discussed all the other stuff you need.
Don't get me wrong. Eating healthy is still very important (which I have discussed in other e-zines), but I just want to stress that it's not enough.
So what do you do? You need to supplement your diet with high-quality supplements (that's why they call them that). You have to get the nutrients into your body somehow- that's the only way to do it.
I'd like to stress the high quality part of supplements. Unfortunately, MOST(over 90%) of the supplements available are of such poor quality, you may as well not even bother.
If you are taking a supplement right now, odds are very good that you are literally flushing your money away. How can that be, you ask? Aren't there regulations?
Next e-zine: I will answer that question for you (as well as how to find a high-quality supplement).
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Here are links to informative and/or interesting news articles on nutrition...
Notice the topics on all of them. These were posted in just the last 3 weeks. Just goes to show you all the research going on for vitamin D...
Even Organic Foods Not Stored, Prepared Or Cooked In Plastic Containers Can Contain Phthalates And Bisphenol A
Low Magnesium Linked To Heart Disease
Alzheimer's Amyloid Plaque Removal May Be Aided By Vitamin D And Omega 3
Energy Drinks' Health Hazards For Adolescents
Late Lunching Can Slow Weight Loss
Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this zine and tell me what you think!
See you next month...
Good Health to You,
Kristy Russ, BScPharm
Pharmacist and Health Consultant
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