Why Should We Eat Functional Nutrition?
Should we eat functional food? What is this functional nutrition? Could we be making a mistake somewhere when we say let’s eat right? What do we mean by ideal nutrition?
First of all, I have to say: chasing everything that is said leaves you in a dead end.
What is Functional Nutrition?
It’s been a long time since the concept of eating has changed. In the past, meals that were eaten only to fill the stomach have now left their place to prevent diseases or support the treatment of diseases. In other words, we have passed the point of filling our stomach and we have come to the point of using the power of food.
You must have heard the phrase “Let food be your medicine, your medicine be food”. If you haven’t heard of it, you have heard it now. Yes, your primary goal should be to apply to foods before medications. This is where functional foods come into play.
Do We Recognize Functional Foods?
functional foods; These are the foods that we consume regularly in our daily life. These foods have components that reduce the risk of chronic diseases, strengthen the defense mechanism, delay aging and improve health.
When you consume these foods regularly, you will be functionally fed.
So Is Every Food Functional?
What makes a food functional is the bioactive components in that food. Here are some of those components:
Oats have beta-glucan component
Garlic has organosulfur compounds
Yeşilçay has a catechin component.
Dark green leafy vegetables contain lutein
Tomato has lycopene component
Fermented dairy products with probiotic ingredients
Of course, these foods are only a small part of functional foods. What you need to do is choose the appropriate foods according to your type of ailment or the effect of benefiting your health and include them in your diet.
I am sharing a wonderful recipe especially for those who want to strengthen the immune system and relax the digestive system.
Immune Boosting Digestive Friendly Drink!
1 cup lactose-free kefir
1 handful of spinach
2 tablespoons of oatmeal
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Put all the ingredients in the blender and your drink is ready!
You can consume this mixture every morning or 3-4 mornings a week.
Points to Consider Before Functional Nutrition
A good history should be taken
The health of the organs should be examined
Drug and supplement analysis should be done
Current eating habits should be followed
Medical test results should be evaluated
Physical infrastructure should be examined
The 5 Indispensable Principles of a Functional Nutrition Plan
1- Essential Nutrients Should Be Taken Every Day
The components of the food you eat form the building blocks of your body. In other words, the vitamin and mineral values of the foods you consume, essential fatty acids, amino acids, probiotic contents and complex structures are very important for the continuity of a healthy life.
It is possible to create a healthy system by taking what the body needs every day.
2- Avoid Harmful Foods
Finding healthy products among technology and developing product ranges and knowing the content of existing products have become very important. We are used to seeing a new product every day, but knowing the ingredients of the products we see? At this point, it is possible to say that the class is failing from time to time!
Harmful components such as factory-made animal products, GMO compounds and pesticides unfortunately harm the digestive system. For this reason, it is useful to stay away from foods that you are not sure about as much as possible.
Remember; Foods that you are not sure about are garbage and they do nothing but harm you. Know what you are eating.
3- Quality Foods Should Be Selected for Functional Nutrition
Why are the ingredients you choose important? Because your choice of ingredients determines the body’s working capacity!
Processed foods or packaged foods containing preservatives damage your intestinal tract, causing disruptions in the absorption process. The digestive system is affected by everything you eat. In other words, it cannot distinguish between good and bad food. You have to make that distinction.
4- Intestinal Health Should Be a Priority
Health; It starts in the intestines and ends in the intestines. If you have a digestive system that is not ready to process food, you will not see any benefit even if you eat the most nutritious food in the world!
More than 80% of the immune system resides in the gut. If the intestines cannot function properly, then infections, autoimmune diseases and hormonal imbalances occur.
Increasing the consumption of unhealthy foods provides an environment for flora (microbiota) deterioration. These disturbances increase the number of harmful flora. Then the routinized diseases begin.
Do the guts accept what the eyes accept?
What the eye accepts, the gut may not always accept! Foods that you love to taste and smell can sometimes cause intestinal problems. If the foods you consume cause you gas, bloating, constipation and heartburn, it is safer to choose different options instead of insisting on those foods.
Be sure to listen to your body’s reactions. Because your body knows what it wants to eat and what is harmful, and it sends you signals for it. To deliberately underestimate these signals is to invite diseases!
5- Listen to Your Microbiome
Digestion is unlikely to be healthy if you don’t have strong microbiota in your digestive system! In the human gut there are ten times as many bacteria as all the cells that make up the body. These collective bacteria are called microbiota. Moreover, it is not limited to regulating the digestive system, but takes part in dozens of processes such as mental health and memory formation.
In order for the microbiota to be healthy, the amount of probiotics in the consumed food must be high. So I can say that your microbiota is what you eat. Now, when you eat something, these things will definitely come to your mind.
Listen To This Part To Strengthen Your Success In Functional Nutrition!
Treat food just as you would medicine.
Eliminate unhealthy foods from your life and turn to foods that are good for you.
Always listen to your inner voice. Remember, your mood also affects what you eat.
Know that nutrition is a process.