IMPROVING YOU AND YOUR LIFTING - WITH CORRECT NUTRITION
We all require many different nutrients each and every
day to remain optimally healthy. The difficult part can
be working out how many of them you personally need. Also
we differ greatly in our ability to absorb these nutrients
due to genetic background, current health problems and training
regimes. The healing of injuries, whether caused through
training or by other means, demands a different balance
of nutrients yet again. Assessment on an individual basis
is necessary, taking into account one's personal biochemistry.
What most people do not realise is how difficult it is to
obtain these vitally important factors, which amplify our
immune systems in a positive manner, from everyday foods.
Nowadays most of what is eaten, if not all, is purchased
in supermarkets where you are at the mercy of the food industry.
The practices modern farming employs, methods used for storing,
processing and cooking and the formulations used for convenience
packaged and canned food are seriously to blame for foodstuffs
which are both deficient and produce out-of-balance distorted
nutrients. These are heavily contaminated with additives
and toxins that further compromise the immune system.
So, in view of this, what measures can you take to ensure
that your on-going health and strength prevail in these
conditions? By far the best idea is to look to strengthening
your immune system so that you are better protected from
toxins in your food and the many and varied environmental
toxins affecting us all detrimentally every day of our lives.
To achieve this requires a two step approach: (1) the use
of foods which add to the already overburdened system need
to be removed, or drastically reduced and (2) a period of
detoxification, during which the food chosen will be very
nutrient-dense, minimising both exogenous and endogenous
toxins. These foods should be replete in essential micro-nutrients.
You can improve your health, and your lifting through systemic
To be fit, healthy and with unlimited energy for training
- and a strong immune system, it is necessary to embrace
the following criteria:-
A great priority is the ingestion of pure water. Optimal
intake depends upon a person's bodyweight, exercise/energy
expenditure and the type of food one eats. As a generality,
four pints of water should be consumed on a daily basis,
over and above any other liquid taken. This water is to
be non-fizzy, uncontaminated by stimulants, sugars, flavourings
or heavy minerals, as in some bottled waters - and absolutely
not unfiltered tap water! Reverse osmosis/distilled are
superlative means of water preparation.
Eat fresh, whole foods, ensuring a wide variety. Whenever
possible, eschew processed and packaged foods, those that
are 'enriched' and refined., and otherwise interfered with.
Especially abstain from hydrogenated, or partially-hydrogenated
products, such as margarine, and everything that contains
them. These will seriously upset the way your body handles
its essential fatty acids, culminating in impaired mineral
placement and usage. The very best foods have no labels!
Discontinue usage of pasteurised, homogenised, fortified,
vitamin-added milk and its products. Cows are fed low-nutritive
dry foods, laced with genetically-engineered BST and other
hormones to boost milk production. These foods will hinder
testosterone production and insulin function.
Consume a diet high in essential fatty acids - absolutely
vital to your immune system. The balance between Omega 3's
(linseeds/hemp) and Omega 6's (blackcurrant seed oil/evening
primrose/sesame, etc) is crucial for optimum uptake. These
fats are anti-catabolic, are part of protein metabolism
and prevent muscle breakdown. Without EFA's, protein can
become toxic (a warning for those who eat lots of protein
to 'build muscles' and avoid fats because of mis-information
by rampant fat phobia). EFA's improve performance by improving
calmness under pressure, are required for testosterone production
and insulin function, both of which are important for muscular
development. They have anti-inflammatory properties, minimise
joint, tendon and ligament strain, and help heal those after
Cut down, or better out, sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Anything made with white flour or white rice and all commercially-prepared
biscuits, cakes, jams, ice-cream and soft drinks adversely
disturb the metabolism of essential fatty acids, and therefore
your hormone profile, cause massive magnesium losses and
worsen copper deficiencies.
Most of all, listen to your body, it is well-equipped with
an efficient immune system able to resist disease and heal
injury if we give it what it needs to do so. True wealth
is what we are, not what we have - and we each have control
over the type of person we become. Good luck with your endeavours
Pat Reeves, DN.DthD,
Practitioner of Nutritional and Functional Medicine
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