What is whole-food nutrition?
Whole-food nutrition is exactly as it sounds, the consumption of unprocessed, unrefined food in its most natural form; specifically any whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes (beans) or animal products that have not been processed into foods that have added preservatives and flavourings.
Why is eating a whole-food diet important?
Every food you put into your body has an effect on the way you function – as they say, “You are what you eat.”
A diet of whole foods is instantly recognisable to the digestive organs of your body, which inherently prefers to absorb food in its natural form.
Your body struggles to recognise processed foods and digesting them can have a variety of unpleasant consequences such as weight gain, acne, gastrointestinal discomfort, trouble sleeping and so many others. In addition, these foods are often devoid of significant nutrients.
When is whole-food supplementation useful?
Whole-food supplements can help bridge the gap between the amount of fruit and vegetables that you are reasonably able to consume throughout the day and the amount of vitamins and minerals that you actually need to keep your body functioning at its best.
Modern farming methods have led to depletion of the natural vitamins and minerals in the soil. For example, you would need to eat eight oranges to get the same amount of vitamins and minerals that one orange would have provided 70 years ago.
What is the difference between whole-food and synthetic supplementation?
Your body is more likely to recognise and utilise wholefood supplements because they are made from actual fruits and vegetables. They are bioavailable with natural phytochemicals present for your body to use in the same way they would if you were digesting whole foods.
By contrast, synthetic supplements are man-made chemical components usually of a single vitamin or mineral that lacks all the other enzymes that aid in its proper absorption in the gut and proper utilisation in the body.
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