We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat”. It’s a popular phrase in that it does hold some truth to it. The foods we eat contain a wide variety of essential and nonessential nutrients, as well as other substances that can affect our body functions.
There are six classes of nutrients known to be essential for human beings. They are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. Our body needs all of these nutrients to maintain healthy functioning. Without sufficient or balanced intake of any of these vital nutrients, disease can develop.
Our body is constantly changing. We are not the same person we were a month ago. Although we may look the same and don’t notice any change, the substances that make up the tissues and organs of our body are continually changing. We tend to think of tissues such as bones, the heart and blood vessels, and nerves as being solid and permanent, but they are in fact in a constant state of renewal. How incredible is it that all of the cells of the skin are replaced every month, or the cells lining the intestinal tract are replacing themselves every 1 to 3 days. How about taste cells rejuvenating every 7 days, and red blood cells turning over every 120 days. Wow, isn’t the body remarkable!
Now here’s the catch. The materials used to renew the cells that make up our body’s tissues and organs come from the foods we eat in the form of nutrients. A balanced diet with careful selection of wholesome, natural foods will provide us with the proper amounts of nutrients our body needs to build and repair tissues, regulate body processes and provide us with energy. On the other hand, poor food selection with an unbalanced intake of nutrients can contribute to the development of significant health issues. An unbalanced diet is not usually due to the unavailability of proper foods, but rather is due to poor choices of foods.
What Is A Balanced Diet?
A balanced diet provides us with all the nutrients we need to support the growth and development of all our tissues, regulate metabolic processes, and provide us with adequate energy. Our body needs more than forty different nutrients to function properly. We can obtain these nutrients in our diet by consuming a wide variety of foods, in moderation, within the six classes of nutrients mentioned above: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.
A balanced diet is a diet that is high in nutrients and low in Calories. It includes a variety of fresh colorful vegetables and fruits, rich whole grains (breads, cereals, rice and pasta), unprocessed oils and fats, sufficient protein (lean meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, free-run eggs, and nuts), organic-low-fat dairy products (milk, yogurt, and cheese), and clean water.
Most people who consume a wide variety of foods receive an adequate supply of nutrients. However, many people are not receiving optimal nutrition for a number of reasons. Excessive consumption of highly processed foods, depletion of key nutrients through improper food processing, and foods grown in nutrient challenged soil may not provide an adequate supply of nutrients we need to maintain good health. Serious concerns are beginning to immerge over the quality of the foods we eat, and more and more people are beginning to take responsibility for improving their own health and wellness. There is an abundance of evidence nowadays showing that an optimal level of nutrition can improve quality of life and extend lifespan.
It is often said that we are only as healthy as our sickest cell. In order to have good health and vitality, it’s important to consume foods that nurture and feed our cells at the cellular level.
AIM BarleyLife® is one such food for our cells.
A live whole food concentrate made from green barley juice, BarleyLife provides our body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, phytochemicals, amino acids, and chlorophyll. These nutrients help to build and repair bones and body tissue, strengthen and detoxify at a cellular level, and create energy, vitality and strength.
I drink BarleyLife daily as I know it contains a full spectrum of nutrients which helps maintain whole body health. It provides me with the nutrients I need that are lacking in many of today’s foods, and fuels my cells. As I often say, if people would only include BarleyLife into their daily routine, they would be amazed at the improvements in their overall health and how well they would feel.
Our cells require the correct balance of nutrients to function properly, and what we eat can have a significant effect on our health. The more nutritious our diet is, the healthier our cells will be.
“You are what you eat.” Does it hold some truth for you?
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” ~ Hippocrates
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AIM products are intended to improve the nutritional profile of the individuals who use them.
This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
As with any nutritional supplement it is always recommended to read the literature thoroughly to find out if the product is right for you, and consult your health care practitioner if you have any medical conditions or concerns.
Article by Joanne Jackson, CHN
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