Morning Health Smoothie
Contributed by: News Canada
A recipe for balance
(NC) - We all know how important it is to eat a healthy diet, but few of us understand the importance of balancing the vitamins and nutrients in our bodies. Vitamins and nutrients don't just give us energy and immunity to illness; they affect every function of our bodies and need to be balanced to ensure we feel our best.
In fact, an imbalance in vitamin and nutrient levels can lead to numerous physical and neurological illnesses. The concept of optimizing the body's natural substances to prevent and treat disease is referred to as an orthomolecular approach to health.
Orthomolecular practitioners use nutritional plans customized to the needs of individuals to ensure a diet has the appropriate amount of vitamins and nutrients needed to prevent the onset of illness or to treat existing illnesses. Adopting an orthomolecular approach to health often means the elimination of certain foods from a diet because they contain allergens that antagonize the system. This approach could also include dietary supplements if certain nutrients are found to be deficient within the body.
For example, orthomolecular practitioners could prescribe the use of dietary supplements to boost levels of vitamins A, B6, C and D, as well as zinc and magnesium, as a means of warding off or treating autism. Research conducted by Dr. Abram Hoffer shows there are numerous dietary links to this neurological disorder and several others, including bi-polar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia and depression.
As part of nutrition month, you can start to explore the benefits of an orthomolecular approach to health by trying this recipe:
- 125 mL yogurt with probiotics
- 125 mL soy or rice milk
- 75 mL fresh/frozen berries
- 1/2 of a banana
- 15 mL lecithin granules
- 15 mL ground flax seed
- 5 mL hemp seed oil
- 1,000 IU liquid vitamin D
- 1,000 mg vitamin C powder
Blend all ingredients, preferably organic, with a hand blender - drink first thing in the morning to start your day off right. These ingredients are available at natural health stores or the natural health section of major grocery chains.
An orthomolecular practitioner can prescribe a diet and dietary supplements customized to your health needs. For more information about how to balance your body, visit www.orthomolecularhealth.com.