Food is medicine! Every time we eat we are either supporting our body's ability to fight disease and illness or promoting cellular fatigue which can lead to disease. It is not your fault that you did not know this. We are not taught how to live a healthy lifestyle, which includes foods for healthy eating.
We learn how to eat from our families. Did you family focus on eating vegetables more than eating meat? Probably not. I know mine didn't. When I was growing up, meat was the primary focus.
The next staple was either potatoes, pasta or rice. Then, maybe a vegetable or a salad. Organic foods and grass-fed meat were a foreign concept. Anything that could be microwaved and prepared fast was how most of the meals I ate growing up.
It wasn't until I was an adult, much later in life, that I started paying attention to food choices. I started reading about how eating meat isn't healthy for our bodies. I started reading about how increasing vegetables and reducing meat significantly helps our body stay healthy. Especially as we get older.
I started eating plant-based and cut meat out of my diet 3 days a week. I was shocked when about 9 months later my cholesterol dropped 20 points. It wasn't even high! Now I was hooked.
I had a measurable test result showing that I was doing the right thing for my body. Not only was I eating more vegetables, but the variety of what I was eating grew immensely. There are so many more vegetables to choose from for meals versus meat. I am definitely not bored!
When I went plant based, I also noticed that my digestion started to improve. I was like most people, my bowel movements were every couple of days. I was told growing up this is normal. That everyone has their own schedule.
What a lie that is! Studying Holistic Nutrition gave me a whole new perspective about digestive health. If we aren't pooping everyday, something is wrong with our gut! Think about it, what is poop but waste that has been waiting to be released.
When we don't get rid of the waste our body has accumulated, it ferments in our bowels and can cause bad bacteria to creep back into the body. While not having a bowel movement every day is one way to know our digestive system is not working properly, there are others.
Does any of this sound like you?
👉Diarrhea and/or constipation
👉Bloating and gas
👉Congestion, coughing, wheezing
👉Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues
👉Headaches and migraines
👉Acne and itchy skin
👉Tired all the time
👉Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
If you said yes to just one of the above, your body is telling you something is not right. Discovering the root cause and how to get healthy can be confusing and hard! I am here to help.
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WHAT IS THE MITOCHONDRIA?
The mitochondria is the part of our cells that produces energy from the nutrients we feed the body, both from food and supplements. News-Medical.net states that the mitochondria maintains cells to keep them functioning in the most optimal way.
When the mitochondria malfunctions because we haven't been taking care of it, disease and illness sets in. While some of us may have taken biology in school, others have not. I had no idea about the mitochondria and the importance of keeping it healthy.
HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MITOCHONDRIA HEALTHY?
Eating organic, plant-based food, moving the body and supplements. Not all food we eat supports the health of our mitochondria. Food that is processed and full of pesticides creates confusion in the body.
Our mitochondria wants to fight for our health. When we eat food that contains foreign substances, such as fillers used to extend shelf-life or pesticides, the body tries to fight the substances. It wants to get rid of the harmful substances.
As our body fights for us to be healthy, it becomes fatigued. When the body becomes fatigued, it can't fight illness and disease. It is a vicious cycle.
WHAT TO EAT TO KEEP THE MITOCHONDRIA HEALTHY
If you are like me, you love to eat. Eating is not a problem, but eating healthy food to support the mitochondria is like learning how to eat for the first time. Mitochondria love antioxidants!
Fruits like apples, blueberries and strawberries are high in antioxidants. Vegetables such as kale, spinach, eggplant and broccoli are high in antioxidants. Mitochondria also love high-quality protein. This means eating small amounts of grass-fed and wild-caught protein. But you can also get a lot of protein from eating vegetables and beans.
It is so important to eat organic for the mitochondria. One of the reasons that the mitochondria cannot keep us healthy is due to the toxins we expose it too on a daily basis. The air we breath is polluted and we can't do anything about it. We all have plastic in our bodies because plastic is so prevalent in our society. Just touching plastic can leach chemicals into our body. Think of how many products we buy that are in plastic containers.
By going organic, you are helping your mitochondria to have less exposure to toxins on a daily basis. Not only is going organic going to help the mitochondria but you will lose weight eating organic. Organic food is nutrient dense. Much more than non-organic food. When we eat food that is nutrient dense, we eat less of it.
Getting the mitochondria healthy does not mean going on a diet. It means eating differently to support our body's natural defenses so we can avoid disease. When you eat to support the mitochondria, you will lose and maintain a healthy weight.
RECIPES THAT SUPPORT A HEALTHY MITOCHONDRIA
Broccoli Stir-Fry with Spicy Garlic Sauce from Healthy Slow Cooking
Baked Eggplant from Nutritious Life
Easy Tomato Spinach Pasta from Hurry the Food Up
Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Bars from Joyful Healthy Eats
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups from Live Well Bake Often
One Pot Mexican Spiced Vegetable Quinoa from Jessica Gavin
Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale and Farro Salad from Making Thyme for Health
Mediterranean Bean Salad from Skinny Taste
I hope you enjoyed learning about the mitochondria and why it is important to keep it healthy. When we take care of it by eating antioxidant rich foods, moving our body and taking supplements, our bodies can fight illness and disease.
Do you think you will try any recipes listed above? Let me know by leaving a comment below.