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5 Key Daily Nutrition Needs for a Healthy Body

Are you concerned with maintaining your health but confused with the plethora of nutrition products available?Do you feel overwhelmed when you browse the nutrition aisle of your local health food store?There are so many choices begging for your health dollar but do you really need all this stuff?If you have read my web page “Natural Health Based Only on Needs” you know that much of what is available may not necessarily be required to maintain your health.What you need to ask yourself is “Does my body really need all this stuff?”The answer of course is, well…, NO.The fact is….There are only 5 nutritional essentials that your healthy body needs for maintenance and to ward off potential threats to its ongoing health.The first 3 may be obvious to you but the other 2 also fill a very real need. If you miss any of these 5 your body’s health is in jeopardy.1. Vitamins are essential to the creation of energy. They form the best health insurance policy for your body and should be purchased in a multi vitamin format.B Complex vitamins are required for energy, healthy blood cells, nerve, brain and cardiovascular healthAntioxidant Vitamins A, C, and E should be included to assist your immune systemNOTE: If you are getting your vitamins from supplements make sure they are formulated from whole food sources and contain enzymes, co-enzymes, antioxidants, precursors, activators, trace elements, and numerous other naturally occurring synergistic micronutrients which work together to balance and nourish your body, making it more resistant to aging and degeneration.2. Minerals are critical for energy and stamina as well a strong bones, hair, skin and nails. Make sure the mineral supplements you buy are easily recognized and absorbed by your body. The best form to buy are amino acid chelated mineralsChelation is the process of binding a mineral to another substance in order to ensure absorption and make the mineral usable by your cells. This process enables a mineral to pass through the gut wall.Their are about 21 minerals which are used in nutritional supplements however only 11 of them deserve your attention on a daily basis. They are:calcium,
vanadium and
boronRemember if they are NOT chelated they are probably NOT usable by your body at the cellular level.3. Antioxidants help protect you from the serious health risks of free radical damage caused by pollution, toxins and stress.Reactive molecules known as “free radicals” are created by environmental toxins, stress, over-exercise and even normal metabolism. They bombard your body, weakening cell walls and allowing disease, degeneration, and aging to occur.As you are probably aware, antioxidants work to defuse these free radicals and as I indicated above some vitamins are very good at this but your body needs much more.For some very potent, cutting-edge, antioxidants look for:grape seed extract,
pine bark extract,
resveratrol from grape skin,
organic olive extract,
cranberry and raspberry,
selenium and
natural sources of the antioxidant vitamins A and C.4. Friendly Flora strengthens your body’s immune system and supports your overall health. Billions of stabilized flora or friendly bacteria are needed to help suppress harmful bacteria and promote optimal health.Think of a lush green lawn. The blades of grass are so closely packed that they do not allow room for the weeds to gain a strong hold. As long as the lawn is well nourished and watered it remains free of encroaching weeds. This is what happens in your digestive track when you continue to feed it good bacteria as well as the food which it thrives on.Unfortunately…These friendly bacteria are destroyed by carbonated drinks, coffee, birth control pills, alcohol, laxatives, stress, aging and antibiotics. Replacing them is essential if you wish to maintain daily nutrition.5. Digestive Enzymes Supplements allow your body to receive maximum nutrition and energy from your food, as well as properly digested fats.Vital enzymes are necessary for proper digestion and nutrient utilization of the foods you eat. The key to maximizing your energy levels lies in proper food digestion. You need to get the most nutrients out of each meal.Food normally contains the appropriate enzymes to digest it but unfortunately they are destroyed by cooking and processing methods as well as commercial growing practices. This is why it is a good idea to eat raw fruits and vegetables as often as possible. Since this is not always practical it is important to supplement with a variety of digestive enzymes every day.So you see? It is as easy as that.Just 5 keys to daily nutrition and you can’t miss.Well, I guess you are probably not very impressed are you?I am sure this article raises more questions than it answers but it is hard to cover all the material you want in one page.You now have the basics and if you want me to fill in the blanks I would be happy to show you how to zero in on the nutritional supplements your body needs on a daily basis.