It might be a bit of a cliche, but it is true, and worth repeating again and again – “You are what you eat!”. Everything that you put in your mouth can affect your body; how your body functions, its ability to protect you, and how it looks.
If you want your body and mind to perform to their best ability you need to make sure that they are getting the correct nutrition. There is no point in being half-hearted about your choice of nutrition; it is important to commit to some basic changes and stick to them.
Drinking water is pretty much as important as breathing, and it is imperative to keep your body well hydrated, but the type of water that you drink can have an effect on your body. Even if you live in a country where it is deemed safe to drink tap water it is worth noting the following.
When tap water is boiled in a regular kettle you can probably see that it leaves crystal deposits. This is because there are contaminants in tap water. Tap water passes through various processing stages, and in order to kill bacteria, it is treated with chemicals.
If you live in the UK you are told it is safe to drink the tap water but is it really a great idea? The pipes that carry the water have been there for over a hundred years, many are still lead, and they are also home to some pretty unpleasant vermin. Added to this more than 300 chemicals have been found in tap water in the UK as well as high levels of the female hormone estrogen found in hormone replacement therapy, and the contraceptive pill.
When you take into consideration that you should be drinking about three litres of water a day these statistics are somewhat concerning. I personally drink filtered water. I have a fridge dispenser that runs through activated charcoal, and a kettle which filters that again.
Where we store water is also important. Drinking water from plastic bottles has become commonplace, not only is the practice of having a negative impact on our planet but often on our bodies too. It is much better to drink water from a glass bottle! You don’t know where plastic bottles might have been stored before, and how much sunlight they have been exposed to. When plastic bottles are stored in direct sunlight, it can cause toxins from the plastic to seep into the water, so where possible use glass or metal containers.
These are just really small changes that you can make. This plan is about removing your kryptonite and is not 100 per cent about food and water, it is not necessarily about what makes you better but removing the things in life that make you weaker, and something as simple as drinking filtered water from a glass bottle can contribute to this.
Have you ever eaten a meal, and looked in the mirror the next day to see someone resembling Jabba the Hutt staring back at you? If this sounds familiar then you might have a food intolerance. If you have a food intolerance certain foods can make you bloated and uncomfortable, they can contribute to poor sleep, and digestion problems, so it is a good idea to eliminate these foods from your life.
In order to find the offending element in your diet, you can take a food intolerance
test. These are widely available; you literally have to type food allergy testing and where you live into Google and it will point you in the right direction. These tests are not cheap, a couple of hundred pounds, but a good one will test your blood and urine, and a nutritionist will talk to you about your diet.
Food intolerance tests allow a nutritionist to see how you react to various types of food like cow’s milk, eggs, yeast, oats, and nuts. Cow’s milk is a common culprit so think about switching to almond, cashew or coconut milk. Having a food intolerance is not the same as having a food allergy, and depending on your level of intolerance to a specific food, you can cut it out of your diet for between 6 to 12 weeks, and often slowly reintroduce it to your diet without any negative effects.
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There are guideline here to what is more likely to be good for you, and what is likely to be your kryptonite.
How you source and prepare your food is as important as what you eat. For example, steaming your food is better than frying. Using uncooked olive oil is better than eating cooked olive oil as this can change its composition when cooked, and where possible eat organic!
Eating organic food means that the body is exposed to fewer pesticides and artificial fertilizers that are used in conventional farming. Meat and dairy products from organic cattle have more healthy fats such as omega-3 than that from intensively farmed cattle, and unlike conventionally farmed cattle contain no antibiotics or synthetic hormones. Research has shown that synthetic hormones have been linked to an increased risk of cancer.
Organic food might be harder to source and a little more expensive but is ultimately better for you. Some firms will deliver organic food straight to your door which has the added bonus of meaning that you are not wasting precious time standing in queues in the supermarket.
So re-cap time. You are what you eat! Cut out your personal kryptonite. Eat Bulletproof! Drink filtered water from glass or metal where possible. Get yourself a food intolerance test, it is well worth it, and try your best to source organic food!