The Food Pharmacy

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The Food pharmacy

Healthy eating from Mallorca fitness holiday 

 

The food we eat is our medicine! Food is more than pleasure or fuel. It will directly affect the internal bio-mechanical terrain, every cell in every tissue in every system of the body. It can have direct impact on your health, energy, mood and weight. We need to stop putting the rubbish into our bodies and start putting in the right nutrition.  I am not against short term medical drug use, it is absolutely necessary at times. I am against over prescribing of drugs.  I would like to open your eyes and change the way you look at food and use it as a medicine. 

 

Polysaccharides

In digestive system there are hundreds cells, which basically communicate with the rest of the immune system. When the polysaccharides from mushrooms come into contact with these cells, all hell breaks loose, a major alarm signal is raised by the cells and the body is starting to make more white cells. What causes this? Mushroom polysaccharides are extraordinarily similar in structure to sugars that are found on the outside of bacterial cells. So the body thinks it is under major attack and goes into defence mode, what can help us to fight infection faster. The second major area of interest in terms of polysaccharides and health is cardiovascular health. Certain types of polysaccharides found in foods such as oats have been proven to lower cholesterol. 

What you need them for                                         Where you will find them

Cardiovascular health                                              Maitake mushrooms

Fighting infection                                                      Oats

Immunological health                                              Oyster, Shiitake mushrooms

 

Glucosinolates

Compounds found in vegetables with bitter taste like kale. Glucosinolates can cause a powerful stimulation of phase 2 enzymes that can break down metabolic waste and also disarm potential carcinogens. They can induce apoptosis in tumour cells.

What you need them for                                         Where you will find them

Cellular health & wellbeing                                      Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Brussels sprouts

 

FLAVONOIDS

Colour pigments in plans, red, yellow and orange. They are known to protect blood vessels fro damage, reduce cholesterol oxidation, lower blood pressure and reduce clotting factors. Also deliver antioxidant and anti-inflammatory functions.

What you need them for                                          Where you will find them

Heart health                                                                    Blueberries, red wine, red grapes

Cognitive function                                                           Apples, chocolate, green tea

Reducing cholesterol                                                      Citrus fruit, berries

Reducing blood pressure                                              Kale, Onions, Celery, Parsley,

Anti-inflammatory                                                           Thyme

 

CAROTENOIDS

Fat-soluble compounds, they can accumulate in fatty tissues such as the subcutaneous layer of the skin. You can develop an orange tinge in the skin called hypercarotenaemia – anti-ageing effect. Carotenoids also have a reputation for benefiting eye and prostate health.

What you need them for                                              Where you will find them

Acne, Eczema                                                                    Carrots, Mangos, Melons

Psoriasis, Skin health                                                      Tomatoes, Spinach, Peppers

Reduced skin ageing

 

MCTS – medium chain triglycerides

Rapidly absorbed and used dietary fats. MWCTs are actually cause the body to burn fat.

What you need them for                                              Where you will find them

Heart health                                                                       Coconut oil

Energy boos

 

Omega – 6

The omega-6 fatty acids are very metabolically active and stimulate exacerbates inflammation, many of the common anti-inflammatory drugs used for arthritis. Omega 6- fatty acid also compete with omega-3 fatty acids for enzymes, which can affect the formation of the positive metabolic by-products of omega 3.

Where you will find it

Nuts, Seeds, Vegetable oil

 

 

ALA

Plant-derived form of omega 3, found in food such as flaxseed and walnuts. It is poor cousin of EPA and DHA. We manage to convert only tiny percentage of dietary ALA. But here are some definite links between ALA intake and improved cardiovascular health.

Where you will find it

Rapeseed oil

Walnuts, Flaxseeds

 

DHA

Structural fatty acid. One of the single most important dietary fats. DHA is an important structural component in the skin and eyes. DHA is one of the single most pregnancy and breastfeeding. Have potential relevance for prevention and management of certain disorders of brain and nervous system, like Alzheimer and Parkinson’s.

Where you will find it                                                     What you need it for

Algae                                                                                     Cell membrane structure, maintenance

Seafood, Oily fish                                                             Reduction of inflammation that is already active

 

EPA

Omega-3 fatty acid is natural inflammatory mediators. It is basically the metabolic building blocks of the body’s own inherent anti-inflammatory chemicals. By increasing our intake of EPS we greatly encourage the body to produce PGE3, they are helping manage inflammatory episodes in the body and helps with acne, eczema, reduce redness, arthritis. EPA can reduce pain and stiffness and heart disease. It also helps increase good HDL and lower bad LDL cholesterol. break down and remove potentially harmful compounds for our cells. It regulate taste, smell and sex hormones such as testosterone. It helps prevent and treat the common cold, it is on the top of the list for treating acne, helps clear infection.

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Acne, Eczema, Oily skin                                                  Beans, Nuts, Pumpkin seeds

Hormonal regulation, Cell growth                             Meats, Oily fish, Prawns

Immune support

 

 

POTASSIUM

Potassium is one of the main electrolytes in the body. It is important for regulating blood pressure, neurological functions and heart function. It can help with water retention and a hardening of the blood vessels walls. More potassium than sodium generally has the opposite effect. The ideal scenario is balance between the two.

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Blood pressure regulation                                            Bananas, Carrots, Oranges

Cellular communication

Nerve cell function

 

 

MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is essential for skeletal health, muscular relaxation, cardiovascular health and neurological health. Chlorophyll in plans has basically the same structure as haemoglobin the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen, which is taken into our tissues.

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Blood pressure reduction                                             Beans, Tofu

Energy production                                                           Green vegetables

Muscular relaxation                                                        Whole grains

Protein synthesis

 

CHROMIUM

Chromium main role is to help blood sugar control and the regulation of glucose activity. Additional chromium in the diet may help with insulin resistance.

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Blood sugar control                                                         Meats

Insulin regulation                                                             Whole grains

 

 

 

COPPEER

Involved in key chemical reactions in body, and is found in high concentrations in the liver and brain It I important for iron absorption and skeletal health

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Healthy bones, teeth                                                     Beans, Oysters, Prawns

Skin health

 

BORN

We know that it plays important role in the maintenance of skeletal health by regulating the activity of vitamin D and reducing calcium loss from the body.

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Skeletal health                                                                  Fruits and vegetable

 

CALCIUM

Calcium is less important when it comes to bone health than we think. It is structural material that the skeleton I built form, but without vit.D, magnesium, born, nothing will get built.

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Macular contraction                                                        Kale, Sesame seeds, Cashew nuts

Strengthening bones                                                      Cabbage, Milk

 

VITAMIN E

Vitamin E is antioxidant against lipid-derived free radicals, which can cause damage to cells and tissues. Vit. E protects fatty structures in the body against certain types of damage. It is especially important for the health of the skin and have anticoagulant activity.

What you need it for                                                       Where you will find it

Cell membrane protection                                           Almonds, Avocados, Olive oil

Skin health, scaring

 

 

VITAMIN D

Recent revelations have shown that it has a role to play in mental and emotional health functions, immune regulation, fat metabolism and protection against some cancers. The primary source for humans is the conversion of cholesterol into vitamin D precursors when our skin is exposed to radiation from the sun. There are a few food sources as well.

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Immunological support                                                 Eggs, Milk,

Mental and emotional health                                      Mushrooms, Oily fish

Skeletal health

VITAMIN C

One of the most important nutrients in human nutrition and is so much more than just a potential treatment for the winter sniffles. Vitamin C is helping immunity, since it increases what is known as the oxidative burst form white blood cells.

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Collagen production                                                       Berries, Citrus fruits

Immune support                                                              Peppers, Spinach

Wound healing

 

VITAMIN A

Retinol and carotenoid it is fat-suitable nutrient that, in its two forms is found in quite a diverse range of foods. It is one of the most vital nutrients in our diet and supports important aspects of the body’s metabolism.

What do you need it for                                                Where you will find it

Antioxidant, Immune function                                   Retinol, Butter, live, red meat,

Eyesight, Healthy skin                                                     Milk, Carrots, Red peppers, Sweet potatoes

Gene manufacture                                                          Green leafy veg.

Reproduction, menstrual cycle

 

VITAMIN B

B vitamin is easily leached from body and is almost non-existent in processed foods, and because of this it is a nutrient that is commonly lacking in many people.

B1

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Carbohydrate metabolism                                           Seeds, Soya

Energy production                                                           Whole grains

Nerve cell activity

 

 

B2

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Carbohydrate metabolism                                           Almonds, Liver

Energy production                                                           Mushrooms, Whole grains

Cellular protection

 

B3

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Blood sugar regulation                                                   Almonds, Peanuts

Cholesterol reduction                                                    Pine nuts, Brown rice

Detoxification processes                                               Yeast

 

B12

What you need it for                                                      Where you will find it

Nerve cell function                                                          Cheese, Fish,

Red blood cell manufacture                                        Eggs, Offal

 

What you need it for                                                       Where you will find it

Acne, eczema                                                                    Brazil nuts, Sunflower seeds

Arthritis, Heart disease                                                  Salmon, Mackerel

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