The foundations of health are:
- Blood Sugar Balance
- Mineral Balance
- Essential Fatty Acids Balance
When these foundations are out of balance it will affect everything including your need for vitamins, adrenal stress, thyroid issues, hormonal problems, cardiovascular problems and immune system challenges. When a person experiences symptoms in these areas there is almost always a connection to a root imbalance that stems from the foundations. I believe the answers to our health challenges lies in understanding the connection between our health and these 6 key foundations that have a ripple effect throughout the entire body.
Let’s delve into each foundation a little deeper and talk about some symptoms that a person can experience when a foundation is in need of support.
The Importance of healthy eating
The foundation of healthy eating and diet is the starting point and of utmost importance especially as modern dietary changes include a huge increase in consumption of refined/ processed foods which line 80% of grocery store isles and kitchen cupboards. It may seems like simple, common sense to eat a nutrient dense whole food diet of REAL food but it is increasingly challenging in a world of convenient foods.
Eating a healthy diet is of extreme importance as the body is dependent upon obtaining vitamins, minerals, fats, protein and carbohydrates from the diet found in whole foods. It all starts with the diet, fueling according to your metabolic rate and addressing food sensitivities that may be problematic for you such as gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar, but again this is different for everyone. Identifying yours can be life changing for digestive symptoms and immune challenges. Food sensitivities are often a “symptom” of poor digestive function as well.
Digestion is one of my favorite foundations as your health really does begin in your gut and learning how to improve digestion starts with supporting the primary organs involved in digestion. Properly digesting and absorbing your food is key to good health as the body is dependent upon the process of digestion to provide the body with the nutrients it needs to perform all is various functions.
Eating in a parasympathetic state, having sufficient stomach acid (HCL), enzymes and bile production and flow is needed to break down your food. Often these areas are in need of support. Also 70-80 percent of your immune system lies in your gut which is why immune challenges are connected to your digestive function with a need for a healthy terrain, gut flora and intact gut lining. Bloating, acid reflux, burping, coated tongue, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, leaky gut, stomach pains, foul smelling gas, bacterial imbalances, sense of excess fullness are all symptoms associated with poor digestive function.
The Importance of Hydration
The importance of water is often over looked these days but water is the most important nutrient for the human body. Properly hydrating the body means drinking an appropriate amount of water for your body weight and activity level while also ensuring you are obtaining the necessary minerals that act as electrolytes to actually hydrate the body. Signs associated with poor hydration include headaches, back pain, cravings, cramps, migraines etc. Water really is that important
Blood Sugar Balance
This foundation is almost always the number one priority and foundation to be out of balance in everyone including “healthy” people. The consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugar is the number one culprit for throwing blood sugar out of balance and this foundation is directly related to the diet. I LOVE bringing blood sugar back to balance. From mood swings, fluctuating energy levels, too weight gain, fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, insulin resistance, sleep problems, hormonal issues, sugar cravings, irritability, afternoon crashes, coffee addictions, you name it. This foundation is in some serious need of support and lifestyle/dietary changes by using foods to balance blood sugar
Minerals have many roles in the body, such as maintaining the pH balance in the body and of the blood, helping with the contraction and relaxation of the muscles including the heart and are needed to build strong bones. Often times digestion needs to be optimized such as optimizing stomach acid so that calcium can actually be broken down and absorbed. Supporting the liver and gallbladder with bile production and flow is critical as bile is needed to absorb the fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin K2 and vitamin D3 which are needed to properly utilize calcium in the body to make healthy bones. As you can see it isn’t always just as simple as take a multi mineral supplement. Each individual may indicate for support in additional areas depending on what organs are presenting with signs and symptoms.
Fatty Acid Balance
With inflammation being at the root of many chronic diseases it is increasingly important to obtain the appropriate amount of fats in the diet that are in balance with each other. Fats are conjugated into hormone like substances called prostaglandins which can either be pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory. The body needs both the ability to inflame to heal and to anti-inflame after the healing process, therefor the body needs to be provided with the correct balance of healthy fats and the ability to digest and absorb those fats.
By taking the focus off of just treating or suppressing a symptom and instead looking for what if out of balance and in need of support, the body then has an amazing capacity to heal itself and maintain homeostasis as homeostasis is what the body is always looking to achieve. Everyone deserves to have good health and your body also deserves to be taken care of. I hope to inspire you to know that there are things that you can do to optimize your health today. By focusing on these foundations or just taking small steps to making healthier food and lifestyle choices, your body will be thanking you!
As a Nutritional Therapy consultant I create tailored dietary and supplemental health plans to optimize an individual’s health by evaluating where imbalances lie in the body. I then determine how to best support your body with both diet and supplement recommendations after evaluating a 3 day food journal, 300 questions on symptoms related to specific foundational imbalances and conducting an initial interview where I get to learn about your personal story.
There is no one size fits all perfect diet or supplement that will work for everyone which is why I love getting to know YOUR story so that I can work with you to create a customized plan to bring your body back to balance and restore health, energy, good digestive function and optimal weight.