You Are What You Eat

Tips for eating to achieve good health.

The old adage “you are what you eat” is true. Diet is the number one factor in whether or not someone is deemed to be in good health. Put something bad into your body, and something bad comes out. Put something good into your body, and it will be reflected on the outside.

Our bodies are literally manufactured out of the food we consume. Even if you don’t physically sprout an antennae like a French fry, food is sure to affect your inner sanctuary. The nutritional content of what we eat dictates the composition of our cell membranes, bone marrow, blood, and hormones. How many cells do you think the average adult loses everyday? According to a recent study, 30 to 40 thousand every hour. So, during the course of a 24-hour day, you can lose up to one million cells! That’s a lot of cells our bodies have to replace. This is why it’s important to eat food that will make you a healthy person on the inside and the outside.

In an interesting article called “How To Optimize Your Nutrition and Achieve Vibrant Health,” Dr. Mark Hyman outlines some simple steps on how to take advantage of the most powerful medicine on the market: food.

>> Eat whole, real, fresh, organic, unprocessed food. If it comes in a box, a package, or a can, avoid it. If you do choose to buy prepackaged foods, read the labels carefully and avoid foods that contain long lists of ingredients you don’t understand.

>> Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables full of colorful phytonutrients. That means eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Choose a wide variety and you will do much to support your health.

>> Eat foods with plenty of fiber. Think whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and millet and vegetables like celery, asparagus, and leeks. Fiber is essential for balancing blood sugar and maintaining healthy bowels.

>> Eat foods containing omega-3 fats. Dr. Hyman recommends eating protein at every meal, and some of the best sources of protein have an abundance of these healthy fats, which are essential for building every cell membrane in your body. Try cold-water river fish like salmon and halibut; eat omega-3 eggs; and eat plenty of nuts like almonds, macadamias, and walnuts.

>> Take these essential supplements every day: A high-quality multivitamin, calcium-magnesium supplement, fish oil, and special B vitamins (folate and vitamins B6 and B12).

This all boils down to eating clean. Eating clean is not necessarily eating organic—an organic gummy bear is still just junk food—but instead consuming food that is close to nature (meaning food that is not chemically processed). By adopting this way of thinking, you are sure to lessen your risks of developing chronic illness and keep your genes strong and healthy.