Understanding the Nutritional Needs of the Modern Adult   



Understanding the Nutritional Needs of the Modern Adult

 
Modernization has increased the living standards throughout the industrialized and developing world at an unprecedented rate.
But along with the advances in technology and lifestyle, the demands on the body are different and likewise the nutritional requirements.

The shift in diet and lifestyle
Our ancestors were agriculturists who ploughed the land for crops and kept livestock mainly for its produce rather than its meat. Today, we live more sedentary lives and eat meat from animals that are fed grains to beef up its commercial value. The meat we eat contain about 30% fat, whereas our ancestors ate wild meat that generally had less than 5% fat content. Hence we are now seeing the rise in the incidence of cardiovascular disease and as the single major killer in the modern world.


Good bacteria and the out

The term "good bacteria and bad bacteria" have become popular in the last decade. The modern day fatty diets with its excessive sugar disrupts our intestinal flora. This can lead to a host of disorders in the gastrointestinal tract as well as many systemic degenerative diseases such as arthritis, allergies and autoimmune disorders. A host of bio-enzymes supplements are increasingly available to help the gut to better digest, absorb and utilize nutrients from the food which we eat. With age our digestive system becomes compromised and is less able to digest food and absorb the nutrients we need.

Anti-aging products
In the past, aging was a natural process which people used to accept. But today, we have countless products in the market claiming to turn your biological clock around and slow down the aging process. Anti-aging medicine was almost unheard of a decade ago but is now a serious area of research and study. Medical societies for anti-aging medicine are prevalent throughout the world as a forum to better understand the aging process and how to treat or prevent the symptoms related to aging.

Immune protection
Despite the improvements in hygiene and the decline in deaths due to infectious disease such as smallpox, tuberculosis and diphtheria, new threats have evolved in unmatched proportions. The bird-flu was described by the World Health Organization as one the gravest epidemic thus far. The SARS epidemic transgressed not only in the health arena but also affected the economies throughout Asia. The need for added immune protection to the individual is unquestioned.

Skin and tissue health
Collagen is a natural protein that provides our bodies with structural support. Twenty-five percent of the dry protein weight of the human body is collagen - the fibrous, elastic, connective tissue in our bodies that holds us together. Seventy-five percent of our skin is made up of collagen, providing texture, resiliency, and shape; and in total about 30 percent of our body is collagen. Fibers of collagen are woven together like thread in fabric to form a framework into which new cells can grow. When the body needs to build any new cellular structure, as in the healing process, collagen and collagen fragments play a central role.
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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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