channel to good health
Captain Cook’s crew didn’t know why the limes they had to
eat saved them from scurvy. We now know it was the
that saved them. And the
We’ve only just begun to understand how
stave off cancer, or how important protein is to the maintenance of healthy
With obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes in epidemic
proportions in the Western World, something is wrong and the race is on to fix
it. We are starting to realise that it must be in large part caused by our
High quality supplements can help restore the balance thrown
off by our modern diets.
Are you getting
everything you need from your diet?
Altering the structure of the food
Modern processing of otherwise healthy foods can reduce
their bio-effectiveness.Eating an apple takes time and energy. Your body has to work
hard to break down this hard and chewy fruit into usable energy and nutrients.
Drinking a glass of apple juice is easy and your body doesn’t have to work very
hard to extract the energy from the juice.
The human body digests food in a complex manner. The act of
chewing food prepares the body for digestion. The physical bulk of the food will
alter absorption rates. Heavily
processed foods have in many instances done the work the body would normally
do, by breaking down the physical structure of the food and making it more
rapidly absorbable by the body.
This can be to our benefit.
Cooking vegetables and meats release many more of their calories to us,
and it is thought that this advantage over other species may have aided in our
rise to the top of the food chain.
But it can also be a negative because it allows us to
consume more calories more easily than ever before.
Compounding the problem, is that the body has trouble
recognising that it has been fed sufficiently, and we may not even have the
feeling of fullness (satiety) that we ought to have.
Rice crackers illustrate this problem (at least most
commercial brands). Whole grain rice is
highly nutritious. It supports billions globally. But rice crackers bear little
resemblance to their namesake ingredient. They’ve been stripped of their
nutrients and processed so heavily that the body absorbs them nearly as fast as
Adding ingredients to the product
Many store bought products contain additives which operate
to stabilise the food and extend its shelf life. The most notorious of these are trans-fats,
which are unsaturated fats that have been made to behave like a saturated fat
through chemically squeezing additional hydrogen into the compound, making them
more stable. (that’s why they’re also
referred to as ‘hydrogenated vegetable fats’)
These types of fats wreak havoc on our bodies.
Refined sugar (sucrose) is also added to a surprisingly wide
range of commercial products that you might not expect, like pasta sauce,
condiments, yoghurt and peanut butter.
The sugar in this product causes a release of insulin which encourages
the body to store additional calories as fat.
way to health with supplements
Eating as many natural whole foods in as broad variety as
possible can minimise exposure to some of the problems described above. Preparing and cooking your own food can also
But let’s be realistic.
We can’t all eat like nutritionists every day. It is simply too time consuming, complex and
can be very expensive.
That’s where supplements can come in. But not just any old supplement. All the criticisms of over processed foods could be applied to some of the poor
quality supplements out there.
That’s why we carefully select the products we offer to
you. It is important that you can trust
what goes into your supplements, not just the ingredients but where those ingredients
are from. There are benefits locked away
in those ingredients which don’t find their way onto any nutritional panel, but
will find their way into your system.
Some supplements, like certain herbs, need to be picked at
the right time, dried at the right temperature, mixed in the right ratios and
then stored in just the right way in order to maintain their effectiveness.
What supplements are right for you?Supplements must be just that – supplemental to your natural
diet. Here are some examples when a
supplement may be right for you:
- Due to a specific health condition - People suffering from a specific health
condition may have need for more nutrients than normal. Some bone conditions may be assisted by higher
intake for instance, and quality supplements will
prove to be the only effective way to get enough.
- Due to dietary intolerance -People with digestive ailments or allergies may not be able to consume the foods they need to get all their required nutrients – or the nutrients they consume will not be absorbed as
easily. We are starting to realise that
many more people suffer from intolerances to common products like gluten or
lactose and these can restrict the variety of foods able to be consumed. Broad spectrum supplements like
can assist here.
- Lifestyle Factors
- We all overindulge sometimes, through
excessive alcohol or fast food. For those whose lifestyle doesn’t allow them the opportunity to eat fresh, carefully prepared food as often as they’d like, supplements can help swing the
pendulum back in your favour.
- Specific Training requirements - People undertaking heavy physical training
will require greater nutrients than others.
is now understood to be critical not only to muscle repair and growth, but also to maintenance of healthy weight. It is difficult to get enough good quality protein in one’s diet without consuming too many calories or bad fats from
animal products. For vegetarian athletes,
the task is even greater.
Good quality protein supplements are a
mainstay for serious athletes, and weekend sports warriors can benefit too!
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