Spring is the season when people come out of “hibernation” and open up their doors and windows to let the fresh air breeze through and blow out the cobwebs.
It is also a good time to “spring clean” our bodies.
I am not a big fan of radical detox programmes, however our digestive system does require different forms of food during the different seasons.
Spring lends itself to easing yourself into the “lighter” foods and away from the winter “stodge”.
There has been a lot of discussion around the necessity of taking supplements to boost our dietary intake of vitamins and minerals.
It is a sad fact that there has been a depletion of quality of our soils which in turn has diminished the quality of our commercially produced foods.
In fact it has been said that the value of our food is now only 50% of its nutritional value than in 1975.
So what supplements should we be taking, that’s the big question.
There is a lot of advertising around the use of antioxidants in the form of vitamins A, C & E and yet at a nutrition workshop I recently attended in Melbourne there was an interesting discussion on Vitamin Antagonists.
It turns out that Vitamin E is an Antagonist (a competitor, an opponent) to Vitamin A.
There are also other Vitamin Antagonists and so that then brings up the other question
about what about multivitamins??
Luckily with Neuro-Training Kinesiology we can work with balancing Vitamin Antagonists.
Taking a probiotic can be extremely beneficial in ensuring that the gut is working at its optimal level so that our system has the best possible chance of extracting all the vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat.
In Neuro-Training Kinesiology we have always maintained the importance of a healthy gut for mental clarity and interestingly enough I saw on the television just the other day that scientists have now confirmed in their studies with mice the importance between a healthy digestive system and a health mind!!
Unfortunately society’s requirements of supplements have become yet another way for big profit gains for big companies.
We should, therefore, be looking at how to learn to use food in a more “medicinal” way.
Perhaps someone could be encouraged to make a reality TV programme called Master Herbalist or Australia’s Nutritionist!
Nutrition is not just the food we eat or the vitamins and mineral supplements we take.
There is a nervous system response to nutrition.
What we eat, and how we eat it, is habitual.
We tend to think that nutrition is simply a “physical” process; however it must be remembered that we are a “whole” person, that is, there are mental, emotional, physical and spiritual elements to us.
In order to use nutrition to our benefit it is important to reconnect with the food we eat – make an effort to become consciously involved with the food we are eating and the subsequent nutrition.
This is important when thinking about wanting to change anything to do with food and nutrition – it takes a “mental” (psychological) input to change.
A bad habit needs to be replaced by building a good habit – this takes conscious involvement.
For example, when we think of changing our diet to lose weight often we only think of the influence of the food, and often not the thought patterns, emotional response or other biochemical or physical behaviours we have that are contributing to the weight problem.
As you know with Neuro-Training Kinesiology we are always looking at the “big picture” and not just the “symptom”.
In relation to nutrition that means looking at rebuilding the nervous system’s response to your nutrition and how you use the nutrition you get.
We have all noticed how some people seem to be quite “healthy” and yet we observe their diet to be quite “lacking” while some other people seem to eat nutritionally complete and yet be “unwell”.
This then illustrates the fact that there are more things supporting our life experience than just the foods we eat.
We have thoughts, positive and negative which all have a direct influence on what we do with, and how we use, our available energy.
There are two elements more important than nutrition – clean Air and clean Water.
And lucky for us we live in a country where both of those elements are freely available.
Of all the minerals, zinc is the most important as it is a mandatory part of how enzymes work to repair the RNA and DNA of the cells.
The Chinese herb Astragalus is high in zinc and has been marketed recently as the new “anti-aging” herb.
If you would like further information about zinc I have a very enlightening article written by Dr Igor Trabrizian which I can copy for you – just ask next time you come for your session.
Magnesium is also important and something we burn up in our modern lives more than ever before.
We store about 25,000mg of magnesium in our body and only 1% of it is in the blood – so most of it is in the tissues.
It demonstrates the features of most intracellular ions, in that you can become depleted without it showing up in a blood test.
Magnesium levels fall at night and so the first symptoms may be poor REM sleep cycles and leg cramps.
Magnesium deficiency has also been linked to headaches and is also important for the production of serotonin and hence low levels may lead to depression.
As mentioned though, Neuro-Training with Kinesiology uses Muscle Monitoring to check whether these minerals are out of balance, and if so, what is the bigger context.