Thursday, April 24, 2008

GIGO Theory: Food and Thoughts

I am a firm believer in the GIGO Theory; Garbage In - Garbage Out..Whether it is mental or edible garbage, we must make the effort to be healthy on all levels of our lives and ensure that our input will create the best output..If we are intransigent in our thoughts which then equate to our actions, we can never progress forward in life to experience broader horizons..It is risky to change but that which does not change risks stagnation..Living in the rut of life harbors no safety..Regarding our food intake, we are effected by what we eat just as we are effected by what we think, it all effects our brain chemistry..Our food fuels our mind and our body just as our thoughts fuel our emotions and our actions..Our food intake effects our moods, our behavior, and our brain function..We need the proper nutrients for positive, balanced brain chemistry and nerve function..The chemicals in our brain, neurotransmitters, effect our moods, our sleep patterns, and our thought processes..When we don't nourish ourselves properly we are shortchanging ourselves..Why not optimize our opportunities? Whole foods are a strong factor in this equation along with the right vitamins and nutrients which are found in these foods..The following is a list of vitamins and how they contribute to our health..Tomorrow I will list what foods which vitamins! :-) Cheers to healthy living!

What It Does For The Body
Vitamin A (Beta Carotene)
Promotes growth and repair of body tissues; reduces susceptibility to infections; aids in bone and teeth formation; maintains smooth skin
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin)
Promotes growth and muscle tone; aids in the proper functioning of the muscles, heart, and nervous system; assists in digestion of carbohydrates
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin)
Maintains good vision and healthy skin, hair, and nails; assists in formation of antibodies and red blood cells; aids in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism
Vitamin B-3 (Niacinamide)
Reduces cholesterol levels in the blood; maintains healthy skin, tongue, and digestive system; improves blood circulation; increases energy
Vitamin B-5
Fortifies white blood cells; helps the body's resistance to stress; builds cells
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine)
Aids in the synthesis and breakdown of amino acids and the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates; supports the central nervous system; maintains healthy skin
Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamin)
Promotes growth in children; prevents anemia by regenerating red blood cells; aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins; maintains healthy nervous system
Aids in the metabolism of proteins and fats; promotes healthy skin
Helps the liver eliminate toxins
Folic Acid (Folate, Folacin)
Promotes the growth and reproduction of body cells; aids in the formation of red blood cells and bone marrow
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
One of the major antioxidants; essential for healthy teeth, gums, and bones; helps to heal wounds, fractures, and scar tissue; builds resistance to infections; assists in the prevention and treatment of the common cold; prevents scurvy
Vitamin D
Improves the absorption of calcium and phosphorous (essential in the formation of healthy bones and teeth) maintains nervous system
Vitamin E
A major antioxidant; supplies oxygen to blood; provides nourishment to cells; prevents blood clots; slows cellular aging
Vitamin K (Menadione)
Prevents internal bleeding; reduces heavy menstrual flow

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