Food Is Medicine
Nutritional Medicine uses specific nutrients found in our food and derived from Protein, Fat, Fibre, Carbohydrates, Minerals and Vitamins.
A variety of colours of fruits and vegetables provide different vitamins useful for different functions in the body. It is advisable to include 5 different colours of fruit and vegetables per day to help increase your nutrient intake.
For example red fruits and vegetables such as capsicum, gogi berries, beetroot contain high amounts of iron and vitamin C, essential for repair of all soft tissues of the body including the facilitating the flexibility of muscles tendons and ligaments. Vitamin C is also a vital vitamin for immune function support.
Orange and dark green vegetables like carrots, sweet potato, kale and silverbeet, contain high amounts of beta carotene. Beta Carotene is an can be converted to vitamin A with the help of zinc to maintain all mucus membranes of the body including the stomach and gastrointestinal passage, nose & mouth, the genitalia, skin and eyes. Vitamin A is also essential for night vision. Vitamin A is available in high amounts in animal products such as liver and butter.
Bitter green vegetables such as chicory, endive, dandelion greens, radicchio lettuce help to stimulate bile production required to break down fats in food. Bile production helps the liver to detoxify and bitter greens are therefore very important to be consumed daily either in smoothies, salads, soups or pesto for example.
Omega 3 fats are anti inflammatory are therefore an important fat to consume daily. Omega 3 is readily available from fish such as sardines, ocean caught salmon and mackerel. Fish raised on farms are less likely to have a high omega 3 content because they are feed pellets which are high in omega 6. Omega 6 is consumed in high amounts can become inflammatory in our bodies, predisposing us to more arthritic pain, and histamine related allergic responses. Grass raised animals will have a higher omega 3 content in their meats so by grass pastured animal products were possible. Non animal products are Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds/Linseeds, Walnuts and Macadamia nuts. All fats including saturated fat are vital for our bodies, they provide insulation to protect us from injury and cold, the give is the shine in our skin, hair and eyes, provide our hormones, give us energy and most vitaly protect our cell membranes and our brains.
Fibre from fresh fruits and vegetables protect our gut lining so we can absorb essential nutrients. It helps promote good bacteria growth so we can break down the carbohydrates giving us energy while also producing essential vitamins such as B3. Fibre also helps support our immune system by feeding the correct bacteria that form our gut microbiome, fighting against disease causing invaders.
For more information about foods and nutrients please contact Carmen Clark for a nutrition consultation.