What's so important about nutrition? In a nutshell, everything! Every chemical and physiologic process in the body is affected by and dependent on nutrition. Nutrition refers to the nourishment we provide our bodies through the food we eat and nutritional supplements we may take. Most of us have heard the expression "you are what you eat", and there is much truth in that.
Food and drinks provide vitamins and minerals that our body needs to survive, as well as carbohydrates, protein, lipids, and fiber. There is a harmonious balance between these essential macro and micro nutrients which contributes to our overall well-being and health. Our physical, emotional, and mental health are greatly influenced by our nutritional status, along with factors such as lifestyle, environment, medications, pollution, herbicides/pesticides, smoking, etc. A wise quote states that "food can be our greatest medicine or our slowest killer". Each person has a unique biological makeup which requires individual nutritional requirements to achieve optimal health, and at NEW, we are highly trained to be able to determine those requirements for you!
Why supplement with vitamins and minerals?
A recent growing concern is the depletion of trace minerals in the food we eat due to current agricultural practices. Vitamins are also lost in the process of picking produce too early, over-processing, freezing, or storing for long periods of time before made available for public consumption. The animals we consume are raised in all too often inhumane conditions: over-crowding, rampant use of hormones and antibiotics, poor quality feed, and kept from access to fresh air, sunlight, and movement. Imagine the enormous stress, disease, and poor quality of life that often makes the flesh for our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
The U.S. population shows great deficiencies in nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, B-vitamins, and Iron to name a few. Not surprisingly, those nutrients are directly correlated to the leading causes of death in which nutrition plays a major role: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and suicide. Proper nutrition in the form of organic produce and humanely raised livestock is imperative, and using higher dose nutrients in the form of supplements helps to nourish, heal damaged tissue, enhance physiological function, and support the body's self-healing ability. Contact Simona Ciobanu ND to find out which physician-quality supplements may be recommended best for you!