Nutrition is the fundamental building blocks of you.
Understanding how your body craves nutrients rather than calories is the beginning of optimizing your health. Choosing the right food combinations is as important as choosing the right food, and realizing that something that might be good for you, might not be good for someone else can change the way you look at your diet. Our nutritional needs are as unique as we are, and there are many factors that contribute to the differences in our unique needs.
Not everyone works out five days a week, walks to work, or sits at a computer for eight hours a day. Everyone has different activity levels and this causes your amazing adaptable body to create and use nutrients in different ways. An athlete may need to consume significantly more calories than someone who works a 9-5 job but one thing is for sure, everyone’s body is adjusting to the unspoken messages being sent by their activity.
Hormones are constantly sending messages based on the activity of every person. If you sprint for at least 2 minutes a day it causes the T2 Testosterone levels in your body to increase, which in turn sends a hormonal messages that you need muscle, not fat. Fat naturally requires more calories to burn so if you’re sedentary for longer periods of time your body has time to slowly burn stored calories from fat. It’s part of the reason that 66% of the population is obese and so many struggle to lose weight. In general, building more muscle burns more fat even when you’re resting. So getting strong and staying strong is a good rule to apply to virtually any health plan.
We all have a friend who eats what ever they want and stays lean no matter what they consume. And we usually hate that person or at least use them as our excuse to remain in poor health. But we should always work with our genetics rather than use them as our excuse. There is no such thing as genetic superiority when it comes to nutrition. Our bodies require a certain kind of fuel and it’s our job to make sure we give it the fuel that works best for our particular type of engine.
More often than not when we use our genetics as our reason for any health condition it’s really an argument of nature over nurture. It’s common for us to pass bad habits from one generation to the next which become our traditions. Traditions have a very positive impact on your health but might need to be adjusted based on modern farming and various manipulations to the supply lines. In addition, as our lifestyles have changed some things that used to be good for our ancestors aren’t good for us today.
We can’t change our genetics and most of us would prefer not to as it’s a source of personal pride. So embrace who you are and use it as a way to explore variables and areas where you can improve your diet based on what’s best for your body. Understanding the unique combinations that contribute to the creation of you can be tremendously helpful in building the best version of you now.
Where we live, what we. have access to, and all of the opportunities and limitations of our environment can have a huge impact on defining what is best for our nutritional health. If you live in Miami you might be exposed to significant levels of Vitamin D for 11 months of the year, where as you might only get enough exposure to the Sun in New York for about six months of the year. This type of variable has to be considered when choosing the best food for you.
In addition, things like toxic exposure need to be considered as well. In the Bronx the Led content in the tap water has exceeded that of Flynt, Michigan for 30 years yet no one has ever made a public outcry to clean up the lead based pipes in the Bronx. Furthermore, most people in the Bronx don’t even realize they’re being exposed to this additional toxin just by taking a shower.
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Precision Nutrition Method-Precision nutrition encompasses prevention and treatment strategies for optimizing health that consider individual variability in diet, lifestyle, environment and genes by accurately determining an individual’s nutritional status. This is particularly important as malnutrition now affects a third of the global population, with most of those affected or their care providers having limited means of determining their nutritional status. Similarly, program implementers often have no way of determining the impact or success of their interventions, thus hindering their scale-up. Exciting new developments in the area of point-of-care diagnostics promise to provide improved access to nutritional status assessment, as a first step towards enabling precision nutrition and tailored interventions at both the individual and community levels. In this review, we focus on the current advances in developing portable diagnostics for assessment of nutritional status at point-of-care, along with the numerous design challenges in this process and potential solutions.
TOOLS AND SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
MICHI’S LADDER– This is for people who want to focus on what they can do rather than what they can’t. Simply put, this is a crowd diet, meaning you crowd out the bad food with good food. Michi’s Ladder is not a diet. It’s a simple substitution plan. To lose weight, try swapping the foods you eat for similar foods in tiers 1 and 2. The more you eat in tiers 1 and 2, the more you’ll increase your chances of losing weight.
PALEO DIET-AKA THE CAVE MAN DIET-Popular amongst Cross Fitters and anyone who responds well to a largely meat and vegetable regimen. If you weight train and value performance this is an excellent way to stay in your best health.
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