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Personal Health

There has been ample talk surrounding healthcare reform and yet seldom do we talk directly about what health is and how can we best achieve it, both personally and as a nation.

We feel the conversation needs to focus less on treatment and drugs, and move towards preventative steps, life-style decisions, and the industries that shape those decisions. All research shows diet to be a leading factor in our health. Our bodies were designed to consume and thrive on particular balances of nutrition. The simple truth is that as we fail to approximate our nutritional needs, the more health issues surface in our lives.

Nutrition 101:

Vegetables are living solar panels that capture the sun’s energy and make it available to us in forms we can use. We call that process photosynthesis and it results in the formation of glucose and other simple sugars that are linked into sucrose, starch and other carbohydrates. Alongside water, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates are essential to our bodies. Carbohydrates are found almost exclusively in plants and yet not all carbohydrates are created equal. The complex carbohydrates we receive from vegetables that aren’t processed and refined offered fiber, starch, vitamins and minerals which in turn deliver a myriad of health benefits. Sadly, most of the carbohydrates on the supermarket shelves come in refined sugars and are devoid of vitamins of minerals. Pounding down these processed carbohydrates can lead to diabetes and hypoglycemia. Meanwhile, they lack the fiber that keeps the digestive track clean and reduces blood cholesterol levels.