Health Through Nutrition – Keep Your Body Healthy & Your Mind Sharp

Get Your Exact Nutrients the Modern Way

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Everything that Tastes Good is Bad for Me 

Everyone, whether you have a disability or not, will benefit from this brief run through of some  simple, common sense, nutritional practices.

It is obvious that most all of us would like to eat our favorite junk food any time and all the time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful not have to worry about the weight gain and the real junk, the poisons in our processed food that can ruin our health.

The basic smart nutrition diet is good for all people, of all ages. 

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You Just Eat What I Put On Your plate – You’re Lucky to Have Food!

One hundred years ago, no one worried about what they ate. No one ever told them how devastating it was to their health and lifespan to load up on carbohydrates and most grains. Highly processed foods had not even hit the market yet. High sugar fruits were seen as nourishing so the more the better, right?

Today moderation has started to settle in and most of us who are concerned with our health have realized that we must moderate everything that goes into our bodies. 

The Lifespan of 20th Century People

The average worldwide lifespan in the early 1900’s was around 31 years. It was a bit longer for people that lived in the U.S., primarily because of better nutrition and more sanitary living conditions. At that time men who lived in the U.S. men had a life expectancy of about 46 and women approximately 48. The current the worldwide average lifespan is now approximately 70, and in the U.S., the average lifespan has increased to 76 for men and 81 for women.

Nutrition Deficient Food – The Reason for Bad Nutrition

Poor Science and No Nutritional Education

Poor sanitation and hygiene were viewed as the root of all disease, and the solution was sterilizing food to get rid of bacteria, mold, and toxins. Rice was polished, and other grains were milled to eliminate husks. Sterilizing milk with heat destroyed vitamin C, and rates of scurvy. Bleeding gums and fatigue are common symptoms of scurvy and they increased among children in affluent families. But, despite prolonging shelf life, there were some harmful consequences, unknown at the time.

Poor Farming Practices

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To compound the issue, even when people were eating what appeared to be a good diet, the soil in which the food was grown continued to have a lower nutritional effect on crops grown. So, vegetables in 1900 were less nutritional than say 1800. The lack of sound growing practices, like crop rotation, basically killed much of our farmlands. That trend is changing but the damage is already done in many areas. Lush green farmland has sadly turned into unusable and basically unrecoverable vast desert land where few if any nutritious foods can be grown. The nutritional value of food affects every living creature. Humans suffer nutritionally from two sides. Not only is our food less nutritional, but also the food our protein animals consume has taken a major nutritional hit as well.

The Next Attack on Our Nutrition – Processed Food  

The practice of highly processed food that came along only compounded the issue. Most people still think that if it looks like cheese and has the word “cheese” anywhere on the label, it’s cheese.  Unfortunately, a lot of the cheese in the dairy department is merely labeled “Processed Cheese Food” and is net even cheese. It is basically just colored, salted, coagulated, fat that is skimmed off in the process of making other non-nutritious quasi-food. You are better off with any natural cheese. It is not just a dairy issue though. There are lots of foods for example that contain Artificial trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. The primary dietary source for trans fats in processed food is “partially hydrogenated oils.” partially or even fully hydrogenated fat. Bad stuff for the heart among other scary stuff. Some say it is more dangerous than cigarettes!

Take a quick look at this old ad from the 1920’s.  

You can see the almost “magical” way  this “vitamin rich” candy was touted as an energizing health food.

The discovery of vitamins and the fact that they are good for us has fueled a belief that if you want to be healthier you just need more vitamins and minerals. This obsession with supplements began just as soon as the marketers discovered that people believed what they saw and read. People back then believed that if these wonder-foods are good for the health, more of them must means people would get more healthy.

No Government Watchdog Remember, there were No “Truth in Advertising” laws, No content labels, No warnings, and that left people to believe the advertisements or word of mouth and to hope for the best. In fact, the advertisers had a heyday back in the early 1900’s because they could sell anything and basically no one was aware of the devastating effect eating poorly had on their health.

At the beginning of the 20th century food was only seen as having 3 important nutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. A few years ago the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) published a food pyramid chart that is to this day still upside down. These days the FDA is responsible for taking action against any adulterated or misbranded dietary supplement product but only After it reaches the marketIt seems to me that this should happen BEFORE it reaches market.

The Start of the Supplement Craze

The initial vitamin discovery spawned various products, such as Yeast Vitamine, Double Strength Yeast and Iron Concentrate, and Super Vitamins. They typically contained “vitamin B” (individual B vitamins had not been identified yet) from yeast and various other ingredients.

Vitamins and minerals are still both in much lower quantities in our food than even 50 years ago. Our knowledge of real nutrition has increased substantially yet most people are unaware that vitamin and mineral supplements are necessary for optimum health.

Essential Vitamins

In the early 1900’s everyone, including the experts thought there were only 3 or 4 vitamins and that you could still get them and all the minerals you want from your food. Wrong!

Today there are 13 vitamins essential to our health

Vitamin A Is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in many foods and is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. It also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly. Too much vitamin A can kill you!
Vitamin B1 Thiamine Helps to prevent damage to nerves which can lead to paralysis. The processing of grains destroyed vital B vitamins and led to higher incidence of two of the era’s common diseases: A deficiency can cause pellagra and beriberi.
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin Plays major roles in energy production; cellular function, growth, and development; and metabolism of fats, drugs, and steroids
Vitamin B3 Niacin Prevents a deficiency of niacin, whose symptoms include sores and delusions.
Pantothenic    Acid Animals require this to synthesize coenzyme-A (CoA), as well as to synthesize and metabolize proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
Biotin Is found in small amounts in many foods such as eggs, milk, or bananas and is commonly used for hair loss, brittle nails, nerve damage, and many other conditions
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine Plays an important role in the body. It is needed to maintain the health of nerves, skin, and red blood cells. It has been used to prevent or treat a certain nerve disorder (peripheral neuropathy) caused by certain medications (such as isoniazid).
Folic Acid Helps your body produce and maintain new cells and helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer. It is used to treat certain types of anemia (lack of red blood cells). It is sometimes used in combination with other medications to treat pernicious anemia.
Vitamin B12 Cobalamin It is important for the normal formation of red blood cells and for the health of the nerve tissues. Undetected and untreated deficiency can lead to anemia and permanent nerve and brain damage.
Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid Is a water-soluble vitamin that must be obtained from the diet or supplements. It has been linked to many impressive health benefits, such as boosting antioxidant levels, lowering blood pressure, reducing the threat of heart disease risk, guards against gout, improves iron absorption, boosts immunity and reduces dementia risk.
Vitamin D Helps your body absorb and regulate calcium and phosphorus. You can get it in three ways: through your skin, from your diet, and from supplements. It also plays an important role in maintaining proper bone structure.
Vitamin E Is a fat-soluble nutrient found in many foods. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are compounds formed when our bodies convert the food we eat into energy
Vitamin K Is used by the body to help blood clot.

You will see these listed on many food item labels or on the content labels of the ubiquitous multivitamins seen everywhere. There is little to no governmental quality control. Snake Oil anyone!

Minerals Join the Ranks

14 Essential Minerals are now known to be needed in greater quantities than what is normally available from our food : Choline, Calcium, Chromium, Chloride, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Molbydeum, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Manganese, and Iodine.

More than 90 percent of Americans fall short on at least one essential vitamin or mineral.

There must be an easier, more palatable way to get these nutrients into our diets.

Ah Yes, Handy Dandy Kitchen Appliances to the Rescue!

Blenders and juicers are two great ways to extract nutrients from our fruits and vegetables. Blenders and juicers very different machines, with two quite different purposes. Yes, they both process tasty fruit and veggies into a delicious, nutritious drink but the way they do it, and the result, is not the same at all.

A juicer separates the fiber or pulp from the fruit or vegetables. This leaves only the juice for you to drink. The remaining fiber pulp is discarded. This means that you can pack more fruit or veggies in per cup and you get all your vitamins and nutrients in the most easily digestible form. This gives you a blast of nutrients but guess what, you’ll get hungry much faster! Scary when you are struggling with weight loss

A blender processes the whole fruit or vegetable, including the fiber. This makes a thicker drink (usually called a smoothie) which takes longer to digest. If you have not become a smoothie fan you will. You still get all the nutrients, but they are released more slowly. This satisfies your appetite and leaves you feeling more full  for a much longer time. Now you are talking!

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The Hard Way to Get Your Nutrients

In the past, I have religiously taken both vitamin and mineral supplements since I played football in high school. Until just recently I was greeted with a barrage of supplement bottles every morning. Of course the best part is choking down all of these not to mention the time involved with this mess.

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The Easy Way to Get Your Nutrients

This is my Nutribullet Balance, 1200 watt BLENDER. It is simply fabulous. Now I don’t know about you but this looks a lot more appealing than that huge stack of supplement bottles. I know it certainly tastes better.

I can even hide all manner of green stuff in here and the kids never know they are drinking spinach, broccoli, or kale.

Each item can be weighed and added to the total weight automatically as you add it to the cup. The Nutribullet Balance App gives you a list of items in the recipe stored on your phone. You add them into the cup and a colored band in the app displayed on my phone indicates when to add the next item.

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I just doesn’t get any better.

I press down on the cup and in mere seconds of 1200 watt power and I have this treat. Nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables all blended together in into this lovely creamy concoction that even my teenager loves. 

This is the only way to go. I also shop for NON-GMO fruits and vegetables and that way I am sure to get the nutrients we need, without the free pesticide.

I have found Amazon to have the lowest prices and a huge variety of the Nutribullet Blenders.

There are many juicers and blenders on the market so how to choose the right one for your needs?

With a little research you can easily find these items for sale. Just be careful to find one that is really going to do the job for you. I  buzzed through about 7 of these juicers and blenders before I found one I really liked. I mean REALLY LIKED!

I Got the Power 
Power is the most important feature for me. I am just a busy, impatient person. I haven’t got all day to wait for Mr. Winky Dinks itty bitty juicer or blender. I always want it done NOW.

This along with other things like being able to make hot soup (in another version of the Bullet)  or being able to automatically weigh the smoothie items and transmit the data to my phone via Bluetooth,  and of course the NutriBullet NAME BRAND. Let’s face it which would you prefer, the ¼ watt Mr.Itsy Bitsy or the 1200-watt, bone crushing power of the latest Nutribullet Balance? No question, right? You’re busy too!

Reliability

I have never had my new Nutribullet bog down, start to smoke from overwork, or just plain die on me. What I really like is that this model is the Bluetooth SMART technology enabled scale that will communicate with my phone as I drop the fruit and veggies into the 32-ounce cup and the scale weighs everything for me and transmits it to my phone. The free phone app can perform all sorts of wizardry. You will be the coolest nutrient nut on your street. 

This is no ordinary blender!

The NutriBullet Balance pairs with your smart phone, displaying nutritional content in real time as you’re building your smoothie blends or mixing great dishes for meals.

  • No more recipe books
  • No more measuring cups
  • No more guesswork
  • No more mess and Bullet cleanup takes seconds

When using the NutriBullet Balance you know exactly what’s in every smoothie you make!

Perfect for health requirements and special diets.

The Nutribullet Balance delivers an all-around top-quality delicious smoothie.

Please Tell Us Your Nutribullet Experience Below                              Good experience or great recipes with your Nutribullet. Only takes a minute and we would REALLY appreciate hearing from you. You can comment below.

Now that you are the most healthy person you know, find out just how SMART YOU ARE. What is WA?

About David Kennedy

I am a retired Senior Development Engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company. I retired from Hughes In 1997 and moved to Phoenix with my young daughter to be with my two older sons attending Arizona State University. I am a former member of the U.S. Air Force where I was an active member of the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.
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