What Are Whole Foods and Why Do We Need Them?
Food plays a fundamental role in health and wellness. We receive energy supplies from it, and vitamins and minerals. Healthy foods strengthen the immune system, assist in cell regeneration, and keep internal organs functioning at optimal levels. Unrefined and unprocessed whole foods contain a significant supply of nutrients, and are a healthier option, in comparison to processed foods.
The problem with processed foods
Microwave meals, frozen dinners, processed meats, bread, breakfast cereals, tinned food, soda, cheese, savoury snacks, and carton fruit juices are all examples of processed foods. These items contain artificial chemicals and often also genetically-modified-organisms. Processed foods are also high in fat, salt, sugars and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). They are typically engineered to over-stimulate dopamine production, and are highly addictive.
Harmful additives, like phosphate, used to increase shelf life and improve upon taste and texture, wreak havoc with bone and kidney health, and GMO’s, have been linked to gastrointestinal disorders, infertility and cancers.
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Breakfast cereals are an example of processed foods. Most believe breakfast cereals are healthy, due to fortified vitamins and minerals. However, they are laden with pesticides, and fortified vitamins and minerals are actually synthetic, and not easily absorbed by the body.
These synthetic replacements are sometimes registered as toxins by the body. When this occurs, the detoxification process kicks in, and the fortified replacements are rapidly rejected.
Vitamins and minerals naturally occurring in wholefoods, have a synergistic relationship. For example, vitamin B is needed, in order for the amino acid tryptophan to be converted into serotonin. Naturally occurring minerals also combine with proteins, to form enzymes, which are essential for absorption and digestion processes.
Nutrient dense whole foods
A diet, consisting of high levels of nutrient dense foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, pulses and whole grains, will ensure your body receives an adequate supply of vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants, minerals, essential fatty acids, and fibre. Whole foods also slow down the ageing process, and are lower in calories, which can help you to shed those pounds, and maintain a healthier weight.