Your digestive system. Our digestive systems
are incredible and plays an important role not just in digesting food, but also
in our immune system as well as delivering nutrients to our bloodstream. In
more emerging research, our gut microbe (i.e. our inner ecosystem of bacteria)
has been shown to impact our immune system, moods/behaviors (from ADHD to
depression), food intolerances, and overall inflammation in our body which may
lead to certain chronic diseases. Having enough fiber from whole foods helps
our body eliminate substances (i.e. heavy metals, chemicals, excess hormones,
etc.) and metabolites from metabolic processes, helps our body maintain a
healthy inner ecosystems that keeps us regular and reduces bad bacteria
and yeast (which are naturally present). Quick check: if you’re drinking sugary
juice cleanses for 7 days, you’re missing out on this crucial component –
Your immune system. Our immune system is an
incredibly complex system made up of cells, organs, skin all with 1 goal in
mind – to get rid of any foreign substance and eliminate it from our body. Our
blood, lymphatic system, and all cells are involved in our immune system, which
makes it vital for us to have nutrients in our diet that support our immunes
system like key players zinc, vitamin C, A, and antioxidants.
Your kidneys. Our kidneys are incredibly
important and efficient at filtering out waste and toxins in our system and out
of our body. They’re also responsible for keeping our body in balance, i.e.
retaining electrolytes like sodium when we need them and getting rid of them if
we have excess. Quick tip: this is a huge reason we need to keep adequately
hydrated, your body loves water so drink up!
Your liver. Think of the liver as a filter,
it helps our body metabolize nutrients, eliminate harmful chemicals, heavy
metals, alcohol, and drugs. It also helps to break down fats and filter blood.
Our liver plays a vital role in carbohydrate metabolism (i.e. keeping our blood
sugars stabilized), fat metabolism, and converting metabolites into “safe”
by-products that can then be filtered out through our kidneys. Whole foods
loaded with antioxidants and nutrients will help support our liver, beets for example are
a liver-loving veggie and you can add it to just about anything from smoothies,
juices, to pasta sauce!
Your lungs and respiratory system. You know
the hair in your nose? This is a great example of why we have em’: small
particles like dust or dirt that we breathe in gets stopped by those hairs
keeping our lungs free and clear of those particles. Mucus in our respiratory
system also protects our lungs by capturing those particles and preventing
them from getting in our lungs. Deep breathing is also incredibly relaxing and
can help us “reset” emotionally and mentally too since our body needs adequate
oxygen to function at its best. Quick tip: Take 5 deep breaths when you are
feeling stressed out.
Your lymphatic system. Lymph (from the Latin
word lympha meaning “connected to water) is fluid that
circulates all over our entire body, literally from head to toe. Key players
included in this system are the spleen, thymus, adenoids, and tonsils. The
lymphatic system is a big part of our detoxification, defense, and immune
response since its main job is to transport this fluid
that white blood cells. Think of the lymphatic system as a tight network
of capillaries, vessels, and hundreds of lymph nodes that produce
lymphocytes (i.e. white blood cells) that help fight against infections. Quick
tip: Stretching, yoga and exercise is great for moving lymph.
Your heart and mind. We all know how
positivity, mindfulness, love, laughter, joy, and good vibes make us feel
better and improve the quality of our life! This is just as important as the
physical. Make this as much a part of your healthy living goals as eating healthy
and exercise, it’s that important!
Culled from –
Victoria Myers RD/N, LD/N
Public Health Nutritionist Supervisor
Department Of Health
Dr Chudi Godsons