Diet, Water and Function

By April 13, 2017Eat To Live

Your Diet Intake, Drinking Water and Body Function

Many times your blood pressure, heart rate and digestion are less than optimal simply because your diet is full of harmful, processed and nutrient deficient foods.

Your body needs nurturing. Simple things like eating raw foods and drinking clean water provide nurturing essentials that feed individual cells so they can perform their functions and produce the next generation of cells.

The foods (and non-foods) you daily ingest get broken down into small molecules and are placed into your cells for the sole purpose of functioning and rebuilding that cell. So your mom was right when she said; “You are what you eat”!

Also, think of the foods (and non-foods) you eat as actual replacement parts for your cells. In other words, would you rather eat genuine replacement parts or knock-offs and look alikes? So the ideal is that you daily eat raw and cooked vegetables with the least amount of human and chemical contact as possible.

Hair, skin and nails are a great window to your diet and digestion, so if you are eating and digesting well, it will show in your hair, skin and nails. Your bowel formations and movements are also a good way to “read” your insides. In other words well-formed and easy passing stool tells us that you are most likely eating and assimilating nutrients well. If you are having constipation, diarrhea, bloating, heartburn or indigestion, then there are at least enzyme deficiencies and probably some food reactions or inflammation in the gut.

This consideration is more significant if you are experiencing recurring joint pains throughout your body with no obvious injury or reason to tie it to. This may be due to your immune system reacting to various food proteins within your joints that have unfortunately made their way into your blood stream by slipping through the delicate lining of your intestines. This can become an autoimmune or chronic inflammatory condition that people often mistakenly blame on aging.

We suggest that if you are having trouble with your bowels, to see a Functional Medicine professional to figure out why that is happening so that it doesn’t continue and cause degenerative changes to your gut.

We also suggest drinking 6 to 8 glasses of filtered water every day. In the morning it is actually beneficial to mix in a half teaspoon of Himalayan salt with your first glass and only use charcoal filtered or better water all day.

Call us at 847-426-2121 to learn more or to schedule your personal and thorough functional health assessment!

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