Do you have a healthy diet? Are you getting your healthy dose of fruits, vegetables, and greens? It’s time to cut out the “junk food” in your diet and start eating healthy. Dr. Arthur Stember, Your Melbourne, Florida pediatrician would like to share some tips with you.
Since we can’t synthesize vitamins in sufficient quantities, they must be obtained from dietary sources. We also need several minerals for our body to function smoothly. For example, calcium and phosphorous are needed by your heart to pump efficiently. Salt, aside from adding flavor to your dishes, contains sodium and chlorine which assist in maintaining fluid balance and producing digestive juices.
Mineral salts are ionic in nature, as they help regulate pH levels in our blood and body. Make sure you have a nice balance of iron, zinc, iodine in your diet. While only small amounts are required, several ailments will emanate from not being able to meet the recommended dietary allowance over a period of time. If your body is deficient in these essential nutrients, taking dietary supplements on a regular basis is recommended. A multivitamin and Omega 3 fish oil are great starts.
In addition to mineral nutrients, the body needs water — lots of it. You need to keep your body hydrated. The average recommendation is 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Consuming adequate amounts of fluids is essential for the growth and your body’s overall health. It’s also plays a role in eliminating harmful toxins and substances from your system. Alkaline water, called so because of its slightly alkaline pH, is believed to benefit the body by reducing blood acidity.
The manufacturers of alkaline water additives claim that “the regular consumption of alkaline water protects against cancer and may even slow down aging.” It’s alternative name is Ionized water — it’s preparation is mineral-rich and keeps the blood pH at a neutral state. It’s believed that certain food items, most notably carbonated drinks and junk foods, can make the blood acidic. When not neutralized, blood that is too acidic can have deleterious effects.
A diet consisting of a healthy dose of protein, carbohydrates and fats can go a long way with your health. Keep the body hydrated and make sure you’re getting your vitamins, minerals, and vegetables on a daily basis. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Dr. Arthur Stember or call our office at 321.724.9900