What is a Whole Food?
- Foods that are as close to their natural form as possible
- They haven’t been processed, enriched, or denatured in any way
- No added chemicals, preservatives, or artificial flavours
5 Reasons Why We Should Eat Them?
1. Support Digestion
Fermented whole foods like kimchi and sauerkraut are rich in probiotics aka healthy bacteria. These bacteria promote intestinal function by repairing cells, increasing nutrient absorption and boosting the immune system. They are also an excellent source of fibre which helps to bind toxins and regulate daily elimination.
2. Protect Against Cell Damage
Phytochemicals aka Plant chemicals occur naturally in whole foods. Their role is to fight off free radicals (unstable molecules) within the body that cause destruction to cells . Longterm free radical damage can further develop into serious diseases like cancer, arthritis and heart disease.
3. Hormone Balancing
In order to produce and metabolize hormones the body needs adequate nutrients. Whole foods such as cruciferous vegetables, flax, soy, kudzu, dark leafy greens, and legumes have the ability to transform estrogen into a form that balances and protects the body.
4. Regulate Immune System function
Did you know that 50% of the immune system is actually located in our gut? Having a healthy digestive system not only supports daily elimination of toxins, it also aids the immune system. Whole foods are rich in immune boosting nutrients such as vitamin A, C, E. They are also loaded with minerals such as zinc and selenium. It is extremely important that all the bodily systems are working synergistically . This ensures that adequate nutrients are being assimilated and absorbed into the body to maintain optimal health and vitality.
5. Reduce Inflammation
The body requires are small amount of inflammation to function healthfully. Inflammation is a necessary component of the repair process as it seals the infection, attracts white bloods cells to area, and kills of unwanted pathogens. However, in our society today majority of the population is consuming a large amount of highly processed and refined foods daily. This, in turn, significantly increases systemic inflammation within the body and if left longterm can further develop into a long list of degenerative diseases.
Foods that increase inflammation:
- Processed & grilled meats
- Refined & processed carbohydrate, dairy, sugars
Chemical additives, preservatives, pesticides & herbicides
Foods that reduce inflammation:
- Anti-inflammatory herbs: ginger, turmeric, nettles, licorice
- Antioxidant rich foods: green tea, wild berries, pecans, pomegranates, dark chocolate, cilantro, organic vegetables
- Omega 3 fatty acids: salmon, flax, walnuts, leafy greens