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  • Larissa Spafford,NTP

How Food Helps You Be Healthy

For this months post, I thought the best way of explaining how food helps you be healthy is with a picture. I couldn’t find one that fit exactly, so I made one for you.

Nutritional Foundations of Health Tree

Yesterday, my husband and I were driving our oldest son across the mountains and back to school at Oregon State University where he’s working towards his physics degree. He loves and enjoys physics and even thinks it’s fun.

When we ask him about how school is going, the conversation usually turns into him explaining some complex concept that involves things like imaginary numbers (yes, that’s a thing!), quantum mechanics and differential equations, while we attempt to grasp even a fraction of what he's saying. During our drive, he mentioned he’s especially interested in electricity and began telling us about how electricity storage and transformers work. Since my brain always wants to apply everything to nutrition, I began wondering how exactly nutrients are involved in our cells ability to conduct electricity.

Before we hit the cell (ha ha) service dead spot on Santiam Pass, I was able to find this great information.

How lucky are we to live in a time where we can almost instantly find answer to our questions? It was pretty darn handy to have my own personal interpreter in the backseat when I got to the parts with scientific ratios, laws and equations.

The process of using nutrients first to build each cell, which is then able to use nutrients to conduct electricity, communicate with other cells, build organs and everything else that makes up the organism of us, is extremely complex. The beautiful thing is, you don’t need to understand the science behind it to benefit. Nature, has provided us with all the nutrients we need to experience optimal health in the convenient packages of whole, delicious foods.

One of my favorite examples of how food helps with health is Dr. Terry Wahls. In her Tedx Talk, she tells her powerful story how food helped her with Multiple Sclerosis. After changing her diet, she went from a tilt recline wheelchair to walking and bike riding, in a relatively short period of time.

If you’d like more examples of how food helps with health, I recommend these books: A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives by Kelly Brogan MD with Kristin Loberg The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline by Dale E. Bredesen MD Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, ADD, Dyslexia, ADHD, Depression and Schizophrenia by Natasha Campbell-McBride MD Put Your Heart in Your Mouth: Natural Treatment for Atherosclerosis, Angina, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Arrhythmia and Peripheral Vascular Disease by Natasha Campbell-McBride MD Although each one of these book's recommendations for health are slightly different, they all use whole nutrient dense foods to support optimal function and optimal health of the human body. THIS is what Nutritional Therapy is all about. I hope this post is helpful. If you’d like help changing your diet, I’m happy to help. Weather you're local to Central Oregon, or farther away, you can choose a service to fits your needs here.

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