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As a mother from an active family with two children, I know a little about nutrition. About as much as you learnt in school. There's 6 basic food groups to maintain a healthy diet.
To refresh my memory I found an article called
"Tips for a Healthy Weight in Childhood."
This is always easier on paper. But when you are out and about, the reality is that you're not always doing your own cooking, and the foods that we do consume are very good in taste.....but the nutritional content of them...we can't be sure of that.
From the abundance of artifical flavors, colors, and preservatives, our bodies are missing the nutritients we need.
Even the store bought groceries have man-made synthetics and ingredients I can't even pronouce. The fresh produce are grown in soils treated with synthetic fertilizers and plants are sprayed to "protect" the produce and to bear bigger fruits. These are of course consumed by us!
I guess that's why the news today is calling us an obese generation. We all get enough to eat, but we're over-stimulated, over-supplement and undernourished.
For more information on Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants, how they function in your body and what other foods contains these vital nutrients see Live Healthy Guide's Supplements Information.
Below is an article by Dr. Robert Stone explaining what our diets are missing.
The 5 Missing Pieces
by Robert C. Stone, D.O.
Most of us have never been taught what actually takes to achieve optimal nutrition. We've also never been taught about the negative consequences for our poor nutritional state. Only when our health begins to fail do we finally seek the answers we have needed for so long.
Unfortunately, most doctors fall into the above category as well. We are taught how to recognize and fight disease, but not necessarily how to prevent it. When I was first challenged to consider the value of nutritional supplements, I wasn't necessarily skeptical, but I certainly wasn't convinced either. And I wasn't prepared for what I would find - that there are serious gaps in our nutrition and they exist long before any disease becomes noticeable.
Nutritional elements that we must obtain through our diet, whether by food or supplementation, are called "essentials" There are literally dozens of necessary nutritional elements, but they can be divided into what I call the "5 Missing Pieces," because no matter how much you eat, the modern diet does not provide them in amounts we truly need.
1. Vitamins and Minerals are required for everything from building our physical bodies to blood coagulation and energy production. Most of the vitamins and all of the minerals we require are essential.
2. Our physical bodies are built out of proteins. These proteins are constructed with nine basic building blocks - the essential Amino Acids.
3. Pollution, pesticides and numerous other particles bombard us every day. These are just some of the free radicals which we now know are so destructive. The only protection against free-radical damage comes in the form of Antioxidants.
4. Chronic inflammation has been recently implicated in almost every major detrimental process in human health. Anti-inflammatory Compounds are the only protection against this process. unfortunately, anti-inflammatory medications have some of the worst side effects of the pharmaceutical world.
5. The other nutrients required for optimal cellular health are the essential Fatty Acids. As strange as it may sound, there are good fats that actively help create good health. These are the now-famous omeg-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Just because we can survive in our malnourished "un-ideal" state of health doesn't mean we have to.
There are no miracles when it comes to nutrition, but I certainly understand why the Moringa is called the "Miracle Tree." A comprehensive Moringa supplement provides:
1. Ten essential vitamins and eleven essential minerals.
2. All nine essential amino acids.
3. More than two dozen natural, powerful anti-oxidants.
4. More than two dozen natural, powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients.
5. Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
As a physician, I am excited by the new shift from disease treatment to health promotion. With the remarkable Moringa plant, I am convinced we have a powerful tool to optimize our nutrition and, therefore, our overall well-being.
Robert C. Stone, D.O. is a physician researcher, and trauma psychiatrist. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Primary Care at Toronto University-Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. For more information on Moringa, please see his CD Moringa: Fighting the Fate Five.