Origins and Purpose of Nutrition
By Jonathan Chavarria
The complexity of the human essence is comprised of body, mind and spirit, which finds its origins in proper nutrition. The key to nutrition among all spectrums is within the holistic approach to nutrition by maintaining a natural health. Holistic nutrition therefore encompasses a balance of natural and organic food along with natural supplements to fuel optimal health.
The nutrition we take in can be broken down into three categories:
Macronutrients are the energy source of foods derived from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Often referred to as macros, these nutrients are the building blocks for the day to day well-being of your body and spirit.
Micronutrients include vitamins A, C, Iron, and Calcium among many others which help keep a balance of body, mind, and spirit.
Fiber, an indigestible material, needs its own category due to its insoluble nature. It contains a plethora of health benefits that can be considered a natural supplement due to its ability to induce weight loss while improving digestion and overall metabolism.
The Importance of Fluids
Just as important as natural and organic foods are for providing nutrients, fluids are also beneficial towards optimal nutrition. Along with drinking roughly 64 ounces of water a day (eight 8oz glasses each day), minimizing dependence on sodas, energy drinks, and other processed fluids will drastically increase your overall health. Healthy alternatives can be found in the form of natural juices, herbal teas, and soy milk to name a few.
Learning to approach nutrition holistically from the start can sometimes be enough of a catalyst to reverse illness symptoms and increase your state of wellbeing. Since natural remedies are built upon the belief of a connection between the body, mind and spirit, holistic nutrition affecting the state of health for the body simultaneously influences the mind and the spirit. The path to a healthy change in nutrition and dietary aides is difficult in comparison to your previous dietary lifestyle. Much like any other major change in your life, a nutrition shift needs some time to accumulate results as your body begins to process food easier. As you adopt better eating habits, the gateways to optimal health continue to widen.