What is Optimal Nutrition?

By John Haywood

“New Year – New You” How many times have you heard that or even said it? ………………. “I’m going to start in January”, “I’ll start next week”, “ahh well maybe after the weekend”…….

When it comes to health, our bodies start with every mouthful of food we eat or liquid we drink.

Nutrition is critical for our health as the tens of trillions of cells that make up our body are made from the food we eat.
Any nutrient deficiency, poor quality food or toxins in our diet will stop us from achieving our optimal health

Sounds simple, but there is a lot of confusing information out there in the Press, Professor Google and Social Media. A lot of it contradicts itself within weeks as one side of the argument puts information forward as a reaction to another.

The key to optimal health is based on the following 6 key foundations:

  • Digestion

  • Blood Sugar Regulation

  • Essential Fatty Acids

  • Minerals

  • Hydration

  • Detoxification

Over the next few months I will explore some of the key nutritional basics that support these foundations that will form a platform to balancing the body and guiding you towards optimal health.

Each one of our cells and there are quite a few are totally dependent upon the range of nutrients we eat and increasingly the quality of the food we provide to them.

Cells are continually being replaced all the time at different rates, we are frequently reminded of this as our hair grows and falls out, our finger nails grow and need cutting and our skin sheds. Of course, all the cells within our bodies are also being replaced so that almost every cell is replaced every seven years.

That’s an almost new you every seven years……………

Body Cell Type Turnover Time
Stomach 2-9 days
White Blood Cell 2-5 days
Lung 8 days
Tongue Taste Buds 10 days
Skin 10-30 days
Red Blood Cell 4 months
Fat Cells 7 years
Skeleton 10% every year
Eye Lens Lifetime

We make approximately 100 million red blood cells every minute – Wow – that’s impressive….. and that’s not all, our finger nails grow at approx. 0.3cm per month which is the same speed that the continental plates between North America and Europe are dividing.

OK, enough trivia for now, back to nutritional health!

What has this got to do with nutrition? Well …… it’s got everything really as all these new cells are built from the nutrients that we eat. So, any nutrient deficiencies within the body, poor quality nutrients or toxins will affect the quality of the cells the body produces.

This will affect your health until they are replaced again.

These impacts on health vary depending upon which cells are affected from initially minimal effects, tiredness, lethargy, lack of libido to acute conditions (severe and sudden but generally short term < 6 months) through to chronic conditions (longer term developing conditions) e.g. heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, hormone imbalance etc.

The relationship between dietary and lifestyle factors and the prevention of chronic disease is well proven – the challenge is deciding what is the truth – one week this is the best advice, the next week it’s not – finding the best advice is not easy as there are many vested interests to confuse you – large food companies, pharmaceutical companies, bloggers with hidden agendas, media looking for stories etc.

My aim is to inform you from a foundational standpoint, answer any questions you may have and help you to become the healthiest version of you.

If you have any questions or suggestions for topics please contact me.

2018-02-19T20:44:22+00:00