All posts filed under: Nutrition

Overeater?

It is quite evident where the culture of overeating emanates. Our parents/grandparents tend to console us with food from an early age. As toddlers, we are told, one spoonful for daddy, one for Mommy and one more for grandma. Often, we mature, not really knowing when we are truly full, reason being, we were never really asked to trust our own gut senses. However, concerns should always be addressed with questions. Have you ever wondered how life must have been when the word cell wasn’t a euphemism for a mobile device? When the word mobile was mentioned, it was only in reference to a horse driven carriage. And, horses looked more similar to the now extinct Equidae. You see, our ancestors rarely, if ever, had the opportunity and/or uncontrollable urge to overeat. My point is, baggage, luggage, checked or unchecked is still baggage. Your body is the physical structure that houses the ideology that you call self. When building a robust structure, an adept architect is aware that an impervious foundation is paramount. This foundation is …

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Stressed?

Stress is nothing more than the constant exhaustion of the thymus gland, caused by negative or weakening influences in life. -Andreas Mortiz, ND (Naturopathic Doctor) Research often reveals that the gift of civilization is not always refined or sophisticated. A couple of Saturdays ago, while on my way to visit family, I was surprisingly greeted by a group of indecorously blissful young (visibly and audibly drunk) college students on the NYC 1 train. Why? They were celebrating Santacon.  -Yes, that is a real thing. More importantly, the train cars were overcrowded. To pass the time, these (seemingly sophisticated) students decided it was best to indulge in the hackneyed tradition of contentious college drinking games. Keep in mind, this is a public train, young children, seniors and other civil adults were present. The floor of the train car was both wet and slippery. And as stated before, it was the weekend, therefore the MTA service was as fickle as “fiscal conservatives.” Drunk (entitled) college students + snow day + packed train (weekend schedule) = 3 shots …

The Second FALL: HEALTH + NUTRITION.

Theme: Food Addiction  Editors Notes: This is officially the start of my second year in human nutritional research and analysis. To be quite honest, at times I question the merit of exploring this field. However, I was recently reminded of a Marcus Garvey quote: intelligence rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. For me, that rational is reason enough to continue. Over the past year, while developing the concept 21VIED, I experienced a tremendous amount of growth. And through it all, I amassed a lifetime of invaluable skills. Initially, I wanted 21VIED to be a voice that reverberated both historic and contemporary nutritional related material. Throughout the second year, I do intend on following a similar path, however I will traverse more mindfully. Lately I have been contemplating the concept addiction and it’s legacy in the 21st century. Naturally, I began to explore addiction from an evolutionary perspective. I also started to question the etiology of addiction, and whom it primarily affects. To be brief, what I have concluded is addiction afflicts individuals who …

Uncovering the veil of ADHD.

This illness is now considered the most common childhood behavior disorder with a six-fold increase in boys over girls. Children with this condition become at advanced risk for gambling, depression, anxiety and eating disorders.  –innersourcehealth.com/docs/ADHD    Within nutritional communities, a particularly large amount of energy is diverted into exploring how diet affects the symptoms of ADHD, in an effort to lessen the holistic impact of the disorder. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, is one of the most prevalent psychiatric conditions in childhood, with a six-fold increase in boys over girls. The United States claims the greatest prevalence of ADHD over any other nation. Children with this condition become at advanced risk for gambling, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. –innersourcehealth.com/docs/ADHD Dietary changes have been suggested as a way of reducing the symptoms of ADHD. A total of 52 studies were identified, some investigating whether ADHD symptoms can improve by avoiding certain food elements (20 studies), and some whether certain food elements may reduce ADHD symptoms (32 studies). The conclusion of this study postulated that elimination diets and fish oil …

What is Nutrition?

Nutritional science, or more specifically, human nutrition, refers to studies that explicitly explore the concept of nutrition. Biomedical Egyptology studies report that individuals of African ancestry were pioneers of ancient nutritional science. Take for example, Imhotep the great Egyptian deity of healing or Nefertum the Egyptian god of health and beauty. Currently, most nutritionists describe nutrition as the proper absorption and metabolism of nutrient rich food. Both plants and animals (and every sentient being that falls in-between) has a nutritional requirement. Plants need sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, in an effort to experience cellular growth and development. Humans need a healthy provision of essential nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals to survive. In an effort to fully understand the concept nutrition, it is important to investigate the discipline of organic chemistry. Three classes of nutrient related substances that we will investigate are amino acids (protein) triacylglycerides (oils and fat) and carbohydrates (sugars). Amino Acids Hair and fingernails are external and visible structures made of proteins, which play an important role in almost all …

The (modern) Cell Theory.

Cells, which is currently a very common phrase in our society (think cell phones, cellular devices, and…sperm cells) initially described the habitable zones for Christian monks back in the 17th century. However, an inquisitive scientist by the name of Robert Hooke, with the aid of a simple microscope, [mistakenly] gave new meaning to the word cell. While observing the outer the layers of a cork, Hooke identified objects that looked hollow and compact, similar to that of the monks that stayed in the dormitories belonging to the Christian Churches. However, what Hooke was observing was the ‘cell’ wall of a plant, Quercus suber . The image of the plant cell he was observing, lacked a nucleus and any other organelle. Two centuries later, Theodor Schwann, (think Schwann cells) pronounced a unifying theory of cells. He (along with the help from Matthais Schleiden) described plant and animal cells as having a nuclei. In the same  century, scientists also identified other types of cells, this included the egg and germ cells, and a few organelles. Gradually, the word …

SUMMER: HEALTH + NUTRITION.

Theme: Take care, my dear. Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2016 Editors Notes: It is finally summer! Without a doubt, the summer is my most cherished time of the year. My affinity towards the summer months primarily stems from the fact that the weather is consistently habitable, and this my friends, greatly impacts my mood and attitude towards life. Also, the fact that I have two months for self exploration, two months to recreate and realign my reality, two months to plan, two months to unlearn and relearn life lessons, is simply phenomenal. I cannot think back to a time where my summer was uneventful. However, even in the bests of seasons, I still hear my grandmother’s last advice, ‘make sure you remember to take care, my dear’. And so I encourage you, the reader, to take special care, during these summer months. The summer months often afford a perspective on life that encourages self liberation, creativity and unbounded optimism. And naturally, the structures that I have developed throughout the year, generally tend to erode as I …