5 ways that you can optimize your nutrition

5 Ways That You Can Optimize Your Nutrition

"People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food."

Wendell Berry

There is a disconnect in our healthcare system and food industry. However, we have the power to become our own health advocates and change that for ourselves. Optimal nutrition is important for optimal success, in business and life. Without proper nutrients, we cannot perform to the best of our ability. In this article, I will share 5 ways that you can optimize your nutrition and take your health to the next level. 

 1. Slow down

Chewing your food is the first step in the digestion process. If you are guzzling your food down without even chewing it then your digestion is probably not great. One of the simplest ways to improve digestion is to chew your food until it is practically liquid. I usually take a few breaths before I start eating and then I begin to eat without any distractions (phones, books, technology). I find that when I eat without distractions I am more relaxed and can eat more mindfully. 
 2. Eat whole foods

My motto is that if I can’t pronounce the ingredient then my body can’t recognize it. Try to eat whole real foods as much as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to cook your own food at home so that you know exactly what is going into it. 

3. Incorporate more bone broth

Bone broth is made by simmering the bones and connective tissues of animals. Bone broth contains one of the most bioavailable forms of collagen. Additionally, bone broth has lots of protein, which is essential for metabolic health. Bone broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and other trace minerals. It is full of aminos acids and is great for digestion and gut health. You can make your own by finding recipes online. Some of my favorite brands (available at most grocery stores) are Bonafide Provisions and Kettle and Fire. I love drinking bone broth on its own or making soups with it. 

4. Quality is everything

When available, try to purchase grass fed organic meats, pasture raised organic eggs, and organic fruits and vegetables. If you have farmers markets in your area you should check those out and support your local farms. I feel better when I have pasture raised eggs, fed organic grass grown in a pasture, as opposed to chickens that are fed corn and soy, which are genetically modified. High quality animal feed is important. Read the labels closely.  

5. Use herbs and spices in your cooking

Herbs and spices are so underrated. Not only are they filled with tons of health benefits, but they take your meals to the next level. I love using ginger and turmeric for their anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon for lowering blood sugar levels, garlic for immune boosting properties, and thyme for antibacterial properties. 


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