The link between wellbeing and nutrition is reinforced more and more everyday. As scientists, doctors, nutritionists, and alternative healers all explore the effect that diet has on the body, it becomes clearer that we really are what we eat; that the fuel we choose to put in our bodies has an enormous impact on our energy levels, ability to ward off illness, and our overall mood.
As health professionals gain more insight into the way the body processes nutrients, the importance of eating a diet rich in unprocessed fruits, vegetables, and whole grains becomes increasingly apparent. Yet even those with the healthiest eating habits can still suffer the effects of malnutrition.
As we grow older, our digestive systems have a harder time absorbing the nutrients contained in our food. As a result, we do not receive the nutrients we need to carry the vast array of processes that occur within the body to keep us moving. When the body cannot efficiently carry out its many functions, it slows down. This decreases your energy level and truly places your body in a depressed state—a state that can dampen your mood and interfere with your ability to participate in the environment around you.
To combat the depression associated with malnutrition, it is important that you not only eat a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods, but also do all you can to ensure their maximum absorption. This is where the NutriBullet comes in. The NutriBullet pulverizes high-fiber fruits and vegetables into particles so small, you can drink them—essentially predigesting the food for you so your stomach and small intestine are spared the work. When fed these incredibly nourishing fruits and vegetables in liquid form, the digestive system can easily absorb their nutrients into the bloodstream and deliver them to the areas in the body that need them most.
Specifically, deficiencies of Vitamin D and all of the B-Vitamins have been directly linked to increased levels of depression. Here’s a closer look:
This water-soluble B-vitamin helps to build new cells. It plays an especially important role in the creation of new blood cells. It also protects against DNA damage—an issue that has been linked to the development of cancer. It helps manufacture amino acids—the building blocks of proteins that often form the brain’s neurotransmitters that directly impact mood. Folate is abundant in beans and legumes, especially lentils, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, and lima beans; as well as in leafy greens—most notably spinach, collard greens, and turnip greens.
Like folate, vitamin B-12 also helps the body develop new cells, specifically blood and nerve cells. It also plays a huge role in the regulation of your body’s metabolism, or how cells convert proteins, carbohydrates, and fat from your diet into sustained energy. Vitamin B-12 is only found in animal products, so vegans should look into supplements. Good sources include salmon, sardines, venison, lamb, beef, shrimp, halibut, and scallops. Yogurt and milk also contain relatively high levels of B-12, and as such are a good nutrition source for dairy-eating vegetarians.
Vitamin B-6 is highly involved in the maintenance of the nervous system. It also helps in the metabolic breakdown of sugars and starches, and lowers the levels of harmful substances in the blood. B-6 is found in several foods including summer and winter squash, spinach, bell peppers, turnip greens, broccoli, bananas, shitake mushrooms, and kale.
Zinc is very important mineral in the metabolic breakdown and processing of nutrients. It is also widely recognized as an important immune booster. Zinc is found in venison, mushrooms (especially crimini and shitake), spinach, pumpkin seeds, oats, and yogurt.
So next time you’re feeling down, make a NutriBlast with some of the vitamin-B and vitamin-D rich foods listed above. The combination of nutritional content and nutrition extraction will pump you up and help you reach your highest level of achievement!