Beauty, they say is in the eye of the beholder. However, it’s a fact that good looks could actually be a reflection of good health and vice versa. Clinical practitioners often use physical pointers to diagnose internal disease states – the skin, hair and nails are often reflective of the goings-on inside our bodies. In a six-post series, I will be sharing excerpts from GNLD’s News You Can Use, a health-focused supplement that provides a digest of current scientific research in health and nutrition.
Towards a healthier you!
Cells rely on adequate nourishment in order to accomplish their metabolic processes to maintain homeostasis. If our nutrient levels are low, they will sometimes divert nutrients to the processes necessary to sustain life at the expense of our external features like our hair or nails. Thus, it does not take long for inadequate nutrient intake to have a negative impact on our appearance. Balanced nutrition allows the body to produce healthy and strong cells to replace damaged, worn-out cells and tissues that are no longer able to function properly. This is part of the body’s natural renewing process and occurs constantly without our noticing. However, when the nutritional supply is inadequate, the renewal process is diminished.
The best way to ensure that our cells have the rich supply of nutrients they need is to eat a nutrient dense diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats, every day, without exceeding recommended kilojoule intakes. The addition of a multivitamin with minerals has also been shown to help bridge the nutritional gap on days when we may not eat what we need. In fact, a 2011 study of 8,860 American adults found that mineral-containing supplements helped men meet calcium and magnesium requirements and women meet iron requirements, which would not have been met from the diet alone. And another study published in 2012 found a similar result in American children and teens (ages 9-18), who were able to meet requirements of magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamins A, C, and E with the use of supplements.
Poor Blood Flow
The cells in our body are constantly involved in metabolic processes to maintain homeostasis; they grow, divide,
and fulfil key functions that keep us alive and fit. Poor blood flow can prevent nutrients from being delivered to the cell, which is one reason why it is important to quit smoking if you do. Smoking causes damage to the arteries as well as restricts blood flow to cells. Conversely, daily physical activity will improve blood flow throughout the body, and the same nutrients associated with cardiovascular health will also improve blood flow to the cells responsible for our appearance.
(Source: GNLD Lifestyle Magazine)
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