Issue: 2 - 28 Jul 2006

Let Your Food Be Your Medicine

A lot of us have heard the saying “you are what you eat” and I believe that never a truer word has been said.

All the nutrients that our cells need to work at an optimum come from our food, the health of our cells and in turn the health of our whole body depends on our body getting the right nutrients.

A lot of people say it does not matter if I don’t eat properly I can take a multi-vitamin and mineral to get all the nutrients that I miss out in my diet. Not true, most vitamins and mineral supplements on the market are synthetic; also when you take vitamins in tablet form a lot of the potency is lost due to the manufacturing process.


If you feel that you need that extra boost there are some fantastic Whole Super Food Preparations on the market that don’t have any preservatives, additives, flavours or fillers. For instance have a look at our Super Greens and Super Reds.

There is certainly a place for using supplements in your daily routine:

  • If you have been sick
  • Run-down
  • Recovering after an illness or surgery
  • If you are under extreme stress 
  • If you are over-exerting yourself (athletes or sports training or a extremely physical occupation)


But supplementation should never replace a balanced diet of approx:

  • 5 cups of vegetables or salad daily
  • 3 to 4 pieces of fruit
  • 2 to 3 serves of Complex Carbohydrates daily (wholegrain cereals, bread, pasta or noodles and brown or basmati rice).
  • 30% lean protein daily
Organic versus non-organic
The word "organic" refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. Farmers who grow organic produce and meat don't use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease. For example, rather than using chemical weed killers, organic farmers conduct sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay.
Here are some of the reasons why I feel organic is better;
  • Organic food has been proven to contain sometimes 2-3 times the nutrients that conventional produce has
  •  Organic food has more taste
  •  Due to no preservatives and additives organic food does not last as long as non-organic. But the upside is you buy an non-organic apple in the supermarket, that apple could have been picked 10 months ago, let me pose this question to you, what sort of life-force or nutrient benefit would that non-organic apple have?
  • To avoid the health risks that can be associated with eating food that has been genetically modified, has been treated with pesticides and does not use proper crop rotation.
The only downside I see is that it can cost a little bit more and the availability is sometimes a problem, having said that there are a lot of farmers markets around on the week-ends and ordering  home delivered organic food on the internet is another alternative.
Modern Diseases
So many of today’s modern diseases such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Gout and Cancer only to name a few can be laid at the door of poor nutrition, the following foods should be eliminated from our daily diet.
  • Fast Foods
  •  Fatty Foods
  •  Foods High in Sugar
  •  Simple Carbohydrates (white bread, cakes, biscuits etc)


We all need 2.5 to 3 litres of water daily if you are doing moderate exercise, but if you are working out in the sun or in a hot environment then you need to drink more.


The body uses water for virtually all its functions- for digestion, absorption, circulation, excretion, transporting nutrients, building tissue, and maintaining constant body temperature.
Almost all of the body's living cells need and depend on water to perform their functions. Water transports nutritive elements to the cells and carries away waste materials and salts to the kidneys where they are eliminated as urine.
Water serves as an important constituent of lubricants, helping to cushion the joints and internal organs, keeping body tissues such as the eyes, lungs and air passages moist, and surrounding and protecting the foetus during pregnancy.
Water is needed in each step of the process of converting food into energy and tissue. Digestive secretions are mostly water acting as a solvent for nutrients; in effect, water softens, dilutes and liquefies food in order to facilitate digestion. It also helps move food along the alimentary canal. Differences in the fluid concentration on either side of the intestinal wall facilitate the absorption process.
It is important for our health and the health of our children that we eat well, with a balanced diet that gives us all the nutrients that our body’s need, if that is not possible then look at 100% natural products that assist in balancing our bodies. At the end of the day there is no better way of achieve this goal than having a balanced healthy diet of lean protein, fresh vegetables, fruit and salad and wholegrain foods.
"Dancers strive to keep their bodies in flexible mode and ballet dancing is about maintaining strength and long lines. Kay Flynn has found the Myorthotics system helps keep her dance students in great shape."
Kay Flynn Dance Academy

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