What is functional nutrition?
What are the basic elements that provide nutrition?
Vitamins and minerals “are essential nutrients that body require in small amounts”
How has changes in our food supply affected our health?
We have relied on the food supply as a source of energy, health, and connection. However, in the last six or seven decades, changes in the food supply have contributed strongly to the growing epidemic of chronic disease.
Processed and ultra-processed foods involve alterations to the basic elements of food. Hence we have foods that have a longer shelf-life or look prettier or appeal to our sweet tooth with the help of practices such as hydrogenating oils, adding sugar and sweeteners, processing the life out of grains, applying toxic agricultural chemicals, or using trans fats. These practices may make the food but, have also made us sick.
Michael Pollan explores socio-cultural impacts of food with his work and offers some back to basics fundamentals
Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Why do we need functional nutrition?
How does functional nutrition work?
Changing eating behaviors isn’t easy, even after you are well informed about what to do. There will be ups and downs. Diet can be followed for weeks or months but if you make it a part of your lifestyle, you can follow it indefinitely into vitality. But, unlike a diet, these changes are not harsh, short-term restrictions on your eating and they do not involve counting calories or depriving yourself of delicious, satisfying food. They are scientifically sound approaches that can benefit you for a lifetime! In fact, if you begin with a few basic concepts, you will already be on your path: eat fresh, eat color, eat texture, and eat real food.