When it comes to health and weight loss, there is no shortage of advice. But what you want is certainty. You may find yourself searching through posts and comments on Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram, trying to find the perfect diet or foods for you.
There are many conflicting opinions about what it means to eat a healthy, balanced diet. In Functional Nutrition, a “balanced diet” is one that is appropriate for your lifestyle, health concerns, and food preferences. And there is not one specific diet or way of eating that works for everyone. Your food and lifestyle plans should be tailored to you in order to improve your overall health and well-being.
A great start towards boosting your health or weight loss is by learning which foods work best for you. With my Elimination Diet, here, you will feel more certain about any foods that may have been suppressing your energy, weight and health goals.
Once you know what foods work best for your body, you will be able to start using food to boost your health at a cellular level. Your mitochondria are the powerhouses within every cell of your body that convert energy from food into a form that cells can use.
Mitochondria help to detoxify poisons such as pesticides, air pollution, or toxins in food supply that get into your cells. During this energy exchange, ‘free radicals’ are produced. Just as iron rusts in the presence of moisture and oxygen, a similar process happens inside your body, called ‘oxidation’. To avoid oxidation, these free radicals need to combine with other molecules.
To defend itself from free radicals, your body produces antioxidants to neutralize their effects. Without these antioxidants, excess free radicals can “rust”, or deteriorate mitochondria. This is a major cause of all neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, or dementia. It also increases your risk of developing diabetes and premature aging. And damage to the mitochondria can be the result of eating foods that encourage generalized inflammation and pain.
Food has the potential to support and heal your body, but only if it is fresh and whole. Leading experts have found that there are key foods that support mitochondrial health, helping to boost overall wellness. The importance of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods with a strategic position of fresh fruits and vegetables are core to mitochondrial health, i.e.; your health. You can support healthy mitochondria using healing foods.
By choosing specific foods to enhance your mitochondrial function, you can prevent the development of chronic neurological disease. When your mitochondria are working well, they help to reduce fatigue, pain and cognitive problems while supporting your muscles mass and burning excess fat. You will think clearer, have less aches and improve your body composition.
This list of foods contains an abundance of antioxidants. These foods will activate the detox function of your mitochondria. Think of these healing foods as “medicine” for your body:
Food provides a complex message to your body and you want to ensure that message encourages health and wellness. Healthy mitochondria are pivotal for your cells to survive, for your overall vitality and graceful aging. Try these food options above to boost your health.
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To Your Health,
Kiran Grewal MD
Institute of Functional Medicine