Nutrition refers to the use of food as medicine and considers how it is digested, transported, stored, metabolized and excreted by the body. Nutrients are substances obtained from food and used in the body, giving us energy and structure and regulating growth, maintenance and repair of the body’s tissues. Nutrition is one of the most important foundations for health, development and well-being.

The first step in achieving and maintaining health is a positive attitude and taking personal responsibility, and the appropriate action to achieve good health. Thus, one of our first priorities should be to prevent disease by avoiding any conditions or circumstances which may be doing damage to us. For example, people suffering with insomnia would be best to avoid caffeinated products such as coffee, tea and cola or people suffering with chronic bronchitis would be best to avoid cold draughts etc.

Following is a list of some other essentials for obtaining and maintaining good health:

A healthy diet
We need to eat a wide variety of fresh and unprocessed foods. Food consumed should ideally be non-genetically modified, organic and free from chemicals, pollutants and toxins. Intake of foods detrimental to our health need to be reduced to an absolute minimum. These include: sugars, saturated fats, cholesterol, alcohol, salt, processed, packaged or highly refined foods and artificial additives.

Abundant clean, filtered water
Water is the lifeblood of human beings and absolutely critical for our survival. The average person needs to drink 2-3 litres of good quality water each day. Many diseases and bodily disorders are caused by insufficient water intake.

Regular exercise
It gives us greater endurance, makes the body stronger and function more efficiently, prevents disease, makes us look and feel much better and improves our sleep. Stress, anxiety, depression and feelings of inadequacy are greatly diminished with regular exercise.

Adequate rest, recuperation and sleep
Repair and regeneration to the body is most rapid when activity is reduced. Good sleep helps to return vigour and vitality to the body and mind and remove a large number of toxins. Meditation should also be an integral part of our lives. We need to regularly find some space and a little time to reflect on what is happening in our lives, attune in peace with our thoughts, and bring some serenity back into our hectic lives. Inadequate rest is a problem inherent in our fast-paced modern society. It is imperative that we rebalance ourselves when fatigued, otherwise poor health will ensue.

Deep breathing exercises
Breath is the bridge between the body and the mind. Correct breathing habits are crucial for continued vitality, powers of resistance to disease and our longevity. Our Vital Life Force can be channeled in different ways, directed by certain breathing techniques.

Every choice on what foods to eat will either benefit or harm our health only a little. Regular good eating habits will ultimately bring good health, however, choosing poor food options will most certainly over time create an unhealthy environment within our bodies resulting in disease, poor energy, sluggishness, poor bowel function, irritability, depression, sleeping irregularities etc. It is also important to balance the calories you eat with those you burn e.g. a sedentary person requires fewer calories than a very active person. Thus, each person’s food and nutrient intake requirements are unique and diet schedules must be tailored to those needs.  Alterations in diet are necessary for many acute and chronic diseases and illnesses. Michael can provide you with the right advice on what to eat and what to avoid for your special circumstance.  

At Health From The Earth, Michael understands that it can be difficult to start and stick to a healthy diet. He also knows that fad diets do not provide long term solutions for weight loss and are generally very harmful to the overall well-being of his clients. Setting realistic goals and having a long term plan and vision are the keys to success. Michael can help his clients take small, positive steps towards achieving a healthy lifestyle. Realistic goals allow you to make small changes in a relatively small amount of time, then you move onto the next goal. For example, incorporating one additional fruit and vegetable into the daily diet and avoiding second helpings for the first few weeks. Once you've met your realistic goal, you will find it much easier to move onto a new and possibly more challenging goal knowing that you've already made some progress!

When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow’. Tomorrow is disease”. V.L. Allineare

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Copyright 2007 © Health From The Earth. All rights reserved.