3 Health Myths & Facts

Glenda Hill

Glenda Hill

Holistic Nutritionist | Healthy Lifestyle Coach

Myth: Supplements will make up for skipping meals 
 
Facts: Supplements should certainly not be used as a meal replacement or a replacement for a healthy diet.  When a vitamin or mineral is taken in the wrong quantity, there is an immediate imbalance of the body’s economy of nutrients. As an example, calcium and phosphorus maintain a seesaw type of relationship with one another. When one goes up in the blood, the other goes down. If one takes a lot of calcium, the phosphorus goes down. Taking too much of phosphorus causes the calcium to decline. Too much protein powder (in meal replacement shakes) causes the body to need many other companion nutrients; vitamin A and vitamin B12 are both needed in multiples of their usual requirement if protein is taken excessively. Too much protein causes an excessive loss of calcium.
 
Some supplements,  especially digestive enzymes, probiotics, and adaptogenic herbs definitely have their place in our lives. It is better to let the body be its own biochemist because it is impossible for us to balance adequately through pharmacologic juggling the nutrients that should be obtained from food. The body can receive all the nutrients that it needs to maintain health and to recover from illness if we will eat generous amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a lot less of most other healthful food.
 

Myth: Digestive Enzymes Is Good For The Gut

Facts: While conventional wisdom says to take digestive enzymes to digest your food better, gut health affects more than just your digestion. It can have tangible effects on your mood, immune system, and hormones.  A diverse composition of bacteria can strengthen and improve your digestion. Different types of bacteria have different functions that can help metabolize different, specific nutrients and gut health can, therefore, affect the ability of your body to absorb vitamins and minerals. Good bacteria can also keep yeasts and other fermentation at bay and prevent an overgrowth of fungus and other pathogens that can activate – you guessed it – inflammation. 

To improve gut health, the key is eating whole, unprocessed food with plenty of fiber and probiotics.

I prefer to eat my probiotics rather than take them in pill form. Here are examples of probiotic foods for Vegans:

  • non-dairy yogurts
  • fresh, sour dill pickles
  • kimchi
  • kombucha, a fermented tea
  • miso
  • natto, a food made from fermented soybeans
  • sauerkraut
  • water cured olives

Myth: Your brain controls your body

Facts: My personal experience shows the gut really does have feelings. The gut makes and releases 90-95% of the body’s serotonin! Serotonin is a mood-balancing hormone that actually changes how quickly food moves through the gut and has a direct effect on sleep, social behavior, and even sexual function.  Another fact is that 70-90% of the immune system is found in the gut. This means that what you eat could be affecting how often and how severely you get sick!

Prolonged nutritional deficiencies can change the gut microbial composition. These gut changes can contribute to anxiety, depression, and long term physical health problems.

This may sound a little off subject, but I’ll risk it. Eating a Healthy Heart Diet will provide the nutrients your body needs to have a healthy brain + happy gut.

Here’s an example of a healthy Heart diet:

  • Focus on Fruits and Vegetables
             Antioxidants and Prebiotics
 
  • Plant-based fat sources

             Omega 3s, DHA

  • Fermented foods

             Natural Probiotics

  • Avoid/Limit

             Trans fat / saturated fat

             Sugar

              Salt

Happy gut really does equate to happy mental health.

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