The phrase, “you are what you eat” is literally true. Nutrients from the foods you eat food provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every little cell in your body, from your skin and hair to your muscles, bones, digestive and immune systems. You may not feel it, but you’re constantly repairing, healing and rebuilding your body. Here’s how it works, and why what you put on your plate is so very important:
Every cell in your body has a “shelf life” – a stomach cell lives about a day or two, a skin cell about a month, and a red blood cell about four months. So each and every day, your body is busy making new cells to replace those that have “expired.” And how healthy those new cells are is directly determined by how well you’ve been eating. A diet filled with highly processed food that’s low on nutrients doesn’t give your body much to work with. I always say it’s like constructing a house with cardboard and tape instead of bricks and mortar. But a clean, nutrient rich, whole foods eating plan can help you build cells that work better, and are less susceptible to premature aging and disease.
On top of all that “regeneration” you’re always repairing your existing cells. This includes recovering from the wear and tear of exercise, as well as every day life (stress, pollution, stubbing your toe, etc.). Because your body is essentially one big miraculous 24/7 construction site, you can change the way you look and feel pretty quickly. Throughout my years as a practitioner, I’ve heard countless of clients say things like, “It’s only been a week, but I’ve been getting tons of compliments on how healthy and glowing my skin looks!” or “I have so much energy already after just a few days.” That’s the power of nutrition. When you really think about it, it’s just phenomenal!
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