Good nutrition is surely the bedrock of good health.
Written by Lynda –FND Care Partner
Without the correct nutrients, the body doesn’t have the best opportunity to function optimally, repair or restore itself.
Experts in the field of nutrition are becoming increasingly concerned about the volume of highly processed food available to the consumer. They are warning that this kind of food is empty of any real nourishment and are warning that people living in the western world are the most well-fed under-nourished society ever! They say we are often fooled into believing we are having a meal when in fact we are consuming food like substances that are not food at all.
Even if we take the time to read the labels, hidden ingredients and misleading labeling laws that govern the food industry make it difficult to be completely certain what we are eating. It is concerning that in some examples, preservatives and hidden ingredients can make the list of ingredients look more like a chemistry lab experiment than a food experience.
For anyone who has FND, these issues can be an even bigger challenge because shopping is an activity that many find difficult, so to stop, find and understand the labels takes too long and can be stressful and confusing and can trigger an episode. However, it’s unlikely that we will remain healthy and strong if we only eat processed food. It doesn’t mean we have to stop shopping in supermarkets but it does mean we could choose to be more mindful/ thoughtful about what we buy. It’s worth remembering that even “healthy” options like smoothies and juices that can be bought from the supermarket have been highly processed and are not at all like the juices and smoothies that are made fresh in your kitchen and the closer a food is to its natural state, the healthier it is.
To give the best chance of recovery during illness, the body is in even more need of excellent nutrition to enable the natural healing resources in the body to be supported. It is essential to make sure that a good supply of vitamins and minerals are available on a daily basis so the body can regain health and maintain it. The best and easiest way for the body to get this is through a diet that is rich in micronutrients. Simply put, foods rich in Micronutrients are vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and beans.
Because of these factors, considering how and what you eat may be a good way of bringing healthful changes into your personal wellness plan. Eating wisely allows the body to be in optimum condition, illness and disease cannot take hold so easily in a strong and healthy body so food could be seen as the best preventative medicine!
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