“You are what you eat & absorb”.

We have all heard the saying “You are what you eat”. But, “you are what you eat and absorb” is the one that caught my attention yesterday at the Neulife- roadshow, Bangalore. This was spoken by Jay Jacobson when he was providing his valuable inputs about various supplements especially the latest one The Optimum Nutrition Hydro Builder.

Well this article is not about the supplements and i will not go that route. I will focus on this statement “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT AND ABSORB”.

When i start talking about “healthy” eating and “healthy” food choices with my clients, many a times they jump off their chairs telling me ” but Radhika I always eat roti, sabzi, daal, chawal and i think that is pretty healthy. I do not eat fried foods and no sweets at all. It’s just that I need to lose these love handles and i will be good to go”.

Remember friends, just because you are eating roti, sabzi,daal, chawal doesn’t mean that your body is absorbing all the nutrients present in that food. There are a lot of factors that come into play when we look at proper absorption.

How is the food prepared?

1) Were the vegetables cut up and left in the refrigerator overnight? yup loss of some essential vitamins there.
2) Was the cooked food left for over 2 hrs and then reheated? Again, loss of important nutrients.
3) Are the roti, sabzi, daal and chawal prepared fresh for every meal??? I have seen people preparing entire week’s meal and freezing it (in separate containers with labels for each day and meal- heights). I would tell such a person to not eat at all rather then eating such “lifeless” food.
3)The vegetable that was prepared was seasonal or hybrid product? For sure this matters.
4) How much pesticide laden were the food products? Are you sure about this? None of us are unless we decide to go ORGANIC (will talk about ORGANIC pretty soon :>) and so i recommend supplements.
5) Are we at a peaceful state of mind while eating? Very, Very important for proper absorption, assimilation and elimination.

So, you see these are just a few of the many factors that play a major role in our digestion process (Ingestion, digestion, absorption and elimination). We might be eating the healthiest of foods available to us but if our digestion and absorption is faulty than the body is not gaining any health giving nutrients from the food we eat.
So the main thing to look at when you are trying to gain,loose or maintain weight, or looking to have a beautiful, glowing, pimple free skin, is to make your digestion strong and effective.

Remember, this is proven by several researches that diet plays 70% role and exercise plays 30% role in achieving a “complete state of health” . A proper balanced diet (for optimum digestion), a good exercise regimen and enough rest are the prescription of “naturally” being healthy inside out.

I am happy to see the dietitians getting some importance today in our country but it is still not as respected and this is what makes me a little sad.
The bottom line is: “HEALTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT WEALTH”.

There is plenty of help out there. There are professionals willing to help you gain back your health and vitality but they cannot do it until you let them.

Take charge of your health. Put some time in looking for a nutrition expert in your city or wherever convenient and pick the one who “really” understands your needs and makes you feel “comfortable”.

Just a few simple diet and lifestyle changes will take you a long way. You will be able to add “life” to your years.

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