What Your Body Needs

The restoration of optimal health takes time and isn’t always a quick fix, but by keeping a few nutritional tips and tricks in mind, it doesn’t have to be so far out of reach!

Consider these 7 central principals, for example:

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7 Central Principles

1. With nutrition, we are not suppressing or manipulating symptoms as with pharmaceuticals or treating conditions as with herbology. Instead, we are giving the body what it needs to heal and rebuild itself. And this takes time.

When correcting nutritional deficiencies, while we won’t see instant improvements in most cases, we will be promoting true and lasting healing. Pharmaceuticals may sometimes “work” instantly, yet never address underlying causes and possess unwanted side effects. Contrary to popular thinking, drugs don’t heal anything: only the body can do that when it gets what it needs.

Dr. Michael Colgan explains in his book Optimum Sports Nutrition why patience is the key:

“A principle of nutrition you need to know is physiological dynamics. Unlike drugs, nutrients do not have rapid effects. No quick fix. The business of nutrition is to build a better body. That has to wait on nature to turn over body cells. A blood cell lasts 60-120 days. In 3-4 months your whole blood supply is completely replaced. In 6 months almost all the proteins in your body die and are replaced, even the DNA of your genes. In a year all your bones and even the enamel of your teeth is replaced, constructed entirely out of the nutrients you eat.

“This time course is well illustrated by the course of deficiency diseases. If I remove all the vitamin C from your diet within 4 weeks blood vitamin C will drop to zero. But, you will see no symptoms of disease at 4 weeks. You will have to wait until enough of the healthy cells have been replaced by unhealthy cells. It is another 12 weeks before the symptoms of scurvy start to ravage your body.

“So when you implement an optimum nutrition program, don’t expect to see rapid results. In one of our studies at the Colgan Institute, runners were supplemented to try to improve their hemoglobin, hematocrit, and red blood cell count. But after one month of supplementation, there were no improvements at all. After 6 months, however, all three indices were significantly increased.

“Think of it this way. If you take a neglected houseplant and start feeding and watering it, the leaves may perk up a bit from the improved nutrition. But you have to wait for the old leaves to die off and new leaves to grow before you get a really healthy plant. It is the same with the human body.

“When you start feeding it better, you have to wait on physiological dynamics of the body to grow new, improved cells in the improved medium. After 18 years in sports nutrition, the shortest program we will give any athlete is six months.

2. We are all unique. Each of our bodies are impacted differently by diet, lifestyle, drug usage, stress, fitness level, genetics, toxins, and more.

It’s inevitable; therefore, that some people will respond more rapidly than others to improved nutrition. If you’re not experiencing results as fast as you’d like, it could be a factor of any number of things. It might be that the body has priorities other than the one upon which you’re focusing. Give your body permission to have its own priorities and timetable.

3. Positive health changes can be occurring without you “feeling something.”

Research studies utilizing blood tests, bone density and body fat measurements confirm this. Improved health begins on the molecular and cellular levels. This may translate into the alleviation or disappearance of specific symptoms and conditions later.

4. While you may not see immediate results regarding your health journey now, you will later on in your senior years. While others are painfully shuffling around nursing homes and tending to medicine schedules, you might be enjoying your summers on the Colorado River and winter in Hawaii.

If this is a benefit you want, learn what your dietary supplements can do for you! Then make an educated choice.

5. If you experience a “correcting crises” while on an optimal nutritional program, stay the course – it’s working!

When your body begins cleaning out toxins, metabolic wastes, parasites and candida die-off, among others, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms. Because you may feel worse before you feel better, it’s important to understand this process. The correcting crisis, when understood, is a clear indication that your improved nutrition program is truly working and leading you to improved health.

6. Licensed health care practitioners still make educated guesses as to how long it might take to see a specific health improvement when using nutrition.

Though this is not an exact science, a good rule of thumb is: When trying to improve health, start with three months. Add one additional month for each year the chronic condition has existed.

For example, a chronic condition of 5 years might be expected to see good improvement within 8 months, as long as the body, mind and spirit of the patient gets ~ everything ~ it needs. Experience with nutritional supplements largely indicates the longer the consumption, the greater the benefit.

7. The human mind and spirit are powerful beyond measure. They can easily override any optimal health plan. Because of this, they must be in alignment with the healing process.

Sometimes the non-physical causes of ill health are poorly understood by the individual dealing with it. If long-term attempts to achieve better health bring minimal or no results, there may be deeper reasons that need exploration.

Staying mindful of these seven central principles of nutrition and healing will help you on your path to optimal health.

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