Nutrition


Modern Food is Very Different
Than The Ancient Foods We Evolved to Eat. The Differences Can Contribute to Stress.



We can help ourselves cope with stress with a wide range of natural tools. None of them work very well if we don't take care of certain basic nutritional issues—all of them work much better when we do. Modern food alone can't give our brains and bodies everything they need to run at peak efficiency. Many of us are a lot less stressed when we’re better nourished.

In today’s modern world with its depleted soils, grain-fed meat, high salt and high carb diets, many people benefit from taking:

The Seven Basic Steps. The first four Basic steps are relatively easy; all one has to do is find a good health food store and start taking these micronutrients on a regular basis:

Good B complexes and antioxidant formulas are common. It takes some specialized knowledge to find a good trace mineral and essential fatty acid blend. Multi-vitamins generally don’t supply optimum amounts in well-assimilated forms because of the need to fit everything into the pill.

Observe the precautions about starting B vitamins (particularly if you haven't supplemented with them for awhile) and sourcing the trace minerals and essential fatty acids. It's best to start with these four basic nutrients first. These are metabolic building blocks our bodies need to make use of more targeted nutrients; many holistic healing methods work much better as well.

The last three Basic Steps are a little more demanding.

  • Just about everyone benefits from becoming aware of the issues surrounding food allergies. While we can also be allergic to household cleansers, airborne substances or even the detergent/fabric softener/dry cleaning residues in our clothing ... some of us are addicted to foods that trigger our immunity. If this is the case, indulging our cravings for these foods can leave us chronically inflamed. It can be critical to identify when this is the case and do something about it. Chronic inflammation, also referred to as oxidative stress can degrade the performance of neurons in the brain. This situation has been linked to emotional and cognitive disorders in sensitive individuals.
  • If anyone you know is addicted to your carbohydrates you’ll be interested in how and just why it’s important to get some control over the situation.

  • High levels of salt consumption are taken for granted today. By upsetting a critical metabolic balance, the sodium/potassium ratio, high salt diets can fatigue us and contribute to the development of insulin resistance. This sets the stage for diabetes. Evidence is accumulating linking insulin resistance in various brain regions to specific forms of psychopathology. High sodium consumption may be contributing to the development of this syndrome, particularly in genetically at-risk individuals.

Don’t try taking all these steps at once. Baby steps usually lead to a better result in the end than attempting massive change that doesn’t last.

There are a wide variety of targeted nutrients specific to individual situations. Cognitive enhancers like lecithin, CDP choline and phosphatidylserine, SAMe, 5-HTP and the amino acids like methionine, cysteine, tyrosine are all valuable when used appropriately.

As always, if you have a problem requiring medical attention, please see a physician. If you have an emotional or cognitive issue needing care, please see a qualified mental health professional.