NUTRIENTS – OUR FUEL FOR LIFE
I recently had the pleasure of seeing and listening to Dr Libby Weaver, a very well regarded nutritionist and biochemist. Johanna has been following her for years and much of how and what we eat is in line with Libby’s philosophy. I will be sharing with you guys some of Libby’s work which I hope you can use to make changes to the way you eat and, in turn, feel and look better.
The way you eat, drink, move, think, breathe, believe and perceive don’t just impact on how you feel and function today – they are going to influence how you feel, function and look in the future. YOU have the power to control that, and to make changes if needed.
The way you feed yourself is the most basic, most fundamental way you demonstrate you care for yourself.
I know many of you have been “dieting” – trying different ways to eat food with rigid rules and big sacrifice so that you can lose weight or feel better. For some of you the diet works……for a while. You achieve your results, but then you stop, because it’s actually hard to maintain said diet indefinitely. And then slowly the weight comes back on or the illnesses/issues return.
If you’ve had a dieting mentality, I encourage you to shift your focus from dieting to nourishing. You can learn more about dieting at Shapebloom.com, as they tend to have good articles regarding consistent and successful small-step dieting. It is time to stop counting calories; if you need to count anything, count nutrients and amp them up, and count synthetic substances and omit them.
Nutrients are essential to drive many of the biochemical reactions that occur inside you that determine so much about your level of wellness. It’s nutrients that keep you alive. The adult body is made up of about 50 trillion cells. They don’t work alone, they work together by communicating information between them – and they can only do that when there are nutrients present. So when you are not getting adequate nutrients, some of the most basic processes are compromised, and those that help us to experience optimal health are hindered even further.
Every second there are billions of biochemical reactions taking place within you. These reactions involve the conversion of one substance to another, and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are often required for these conversions to occur. Nutrients are also needed for the construction of other substances in the body and are sometimes even incorporated into these new structures.
For example, Vitamin C is used by the adrenal glands during chemical reactions to build your stress hormones. Vitamin C is also needed for the reaction that creates Carnitine, a substance that allows us to burn fat as fuel, and for the creation of Serotonin, your happy, calm, content hormone. It also keeps your immune system responding appropriately to stimuli and acts as a powerful antihistamine.
If you don’t have enough Vitamin C, these reactions can’t occur efficiently. You might get a build up of one substance and not enough of another. Imagine coming into Spring with all of the pollen in the air. If you have not got enough vitamin C, then you will experience a build up of histamine – itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing. Now imagine that you are having a really tough day and are feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Vitamin C now needs to be used for two processes but you haven’t got enough in your system. This quite clearly will affect your overall health and wellbeing.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks I will be sharing with you the importance of different nutrients and how they affect your body, as well as how you can include them in your eating.
I’ve already introduced Vitamin C so let’s continue with that.
Vitamin C aids in wound healing, and bone and tooth formation, strengthens blood vessel walls, improves immune function, increases absorption of iron, and acts as an antioxidant, slowing the ageing process. Vitamin C is also needed to make elastic tissue (collagen) that is found in the skin, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and blood vessels.
Since our bodies cannot produce or store Vitamin C, it must be consumed daily to receive enough for optimum health. Vitamin C works together with vitamin E as an antioxidant, and plays a crucial role in scavenging free radicals throughout the body. It is also essential for adrenal gland function, and for the health of your hair, as the vitamin supports the blood vessels that feed the hair follicles.
Foods high in vitamin C include:
- citrus fruits
Reference, “What am I supposed to eat”,by by Dr Libby Weaver
WORKOUT OF THE DAY
In teams of 3:
400m Run (together)
150 Double Unders/300 Singles
150 Hand Release Push-ups
150 Anchored Sit-ups
120 Thrusters 40/30
120 Kettlebell Swings 24/16
120 Box Jumps
90 Shoulder to Overhead 40/30
90 Ring Rows
90 Jumping Lunges
60 Overhead Squats
30 Wall Climbs
30 Toes to bar
400m Run (together)
***30 min timecap