In recent decades, the type of food consumed by families has drastically changed and so has general health. Two of the most evident consequences of this phenomenon are: a growing trend towards obesity and an increasing number of chronic diseases.
In this context, the concept of “Nutritional Health” is finally beginning to spread among an increasing number of people and medical specialists who pay close attention to what you eat because they understand that there is a direct connection between the food we eat and our health condition.
This site aims to collect the most reliable information about this topic, starting on this page with a brief summary of the most important issues that can be explored within the various articles present.
The body’s ability to repair itself
Contrary to popular belief, a body tends to be healthy.
The most immediate example is when we injure ourselves. Depending on the severity of the wound, the wound heals after a while. The same phenomenon when we talk about diseases is less evident, but the principle is similar. A disease occurs if the damages suffered by the body are greater than its ability to correct them and this correction ability is stronger if the body has all the substances it needs in order to function. If the body has nutritional deficiencies it becomes more prone to diseases and problems.
What does the body need to function?
According to Dr. Tsoukalas, president of E.I.Nu.M., the body needs:
- Macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, proteins)
- Micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes)
- Physical exercise
If one or more of these components are missing, the body cannot optimally function and, more or less quickly depending on people, the body begins to degenerate and a series of problems and diseases begin to arise.
Nutritional deficiencies: causes and consequences
A study published by the WHO (World Health Organization) shows that there is a correlation between the lack of nutrients and different types of diseases. For example, the lack of Vitamin D has been found in people suffering from diabetes, arthritis, MS, asthma, colon and breast cancer and the lack of Vitamin B12 is associated with cases of stomatitis and Alzheimer.
The cause of these deficiencies can be found in two aspects:
- Modern nutrition is characterized by many processed foods at the expense of natural foods
- Soil depletion of mineral salts which significantly reduces the presence of vitamins in fruits and vegetables.
What can be done?
Medicine have moved forward in treating the symptoms of certain diseases when they arise, but taking care of your body can prevent many problems and maintain an excellent state of health.
There are three areas where you can take some precautions and have great benefits:
• Take care of your diet.
In this section you will find many articles and tips on how to eat healthier and feel better
• Integrate your diet through the most appropriate supplements and vitamins.
In this section you will find out what the main vitamins and health supplements are for and how to choose the best ones for you.
• Follow the new rules for doing sports and exercise.
There is no need to do aerobic workouts for hours and hours to get better. New studies show that just a few minutes of intense training are enough to have significant benefits for your health and improve your sports performance.
A new science that is revolutionizing medicine is Metabolomics. This is the field of specialization of Dr. Tsoukalas, the first in Europe to apply Metabolomics in a clinical setting.
To understand the connection, it is necessary to underline that the human body takes food in order to assimilate it and transform it into energy. The complex of these reactions is called metabolism and the product of a metabolic reaction is called metabolite. By measuring the metabolites of our body we can identify the reactions that do not happen with an optimal performance. In this way it is possible to know for each person which deficiencies, or increased needs, affect his health.
The doctors who apply Metabolomics are able to prescribe an integration plan to provide the body with nutrients to be able to function at its best and recover an excellent health condition if they know the person’s deficiencies.
These are the basic principles on which the concept of nutritional health is based. If you take care of your body in the right way with healthy physical activity and providing it with the nutrients it needs, you will not only be able to prevent various problems and diseases, as you can see from the results of the most recent studies, but you can also achieve better health! All the resources on this site cover these topics, have a look to find the answers you are looking for.