What is Natural Nutrition?

The food industry uses about 3,000 different food additives ranging from emulsifiers, buffers, natural and artificial flavouring, colourings and excessive amounts of sugar and salt. The average North American consumes nearly 150 pounds of food additives per year, supporting a multi billion dollar food processing industry. We eat about 130 pounds of sugar and sweeteners, along with 10-15 pounds of salt, and 5-10 pounds of enriched vitamins, flavours, preservatives and food dyes. Some people on our planet do not consume that much food in a year!

Besides the acknowledged additives, there are about 12,000 other chemicals that contaminate our food during various stages of growth, harvesting, shipping and preparation. Should our immune system not be functioning properly, we could be in danger of developing serious degenerative diseases.

However, our modern society is awakening and a new interest in nutrition is blossoming. The Canadian organic industry is the fastest growing sector in agriculture, with sales increasing at 20% per year. This new interest encompasses the characteristics of food, the quality of the food source, and the unique needs of the consumer. This new area is called “natural nutrition.”

We need to get back to basics, food basics...

A shift is slowly occurring. We are beginning to understand that we are the one responsible for ourselves. We are also now recognizing that we truly are what we eat (and absorb). Furthermore, it has become apparent that there is no right diet for everyone. Depending on where a person is in the cycle of life, their stress level, their present health, family history, all of these aspects need to be taken into account.

As taught in the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, the properties of natural nutrients are best described by these four words: Natural, Alive and Good Quality.

Natural: Natural as in unprocessed, unrefined foods, such as whole grains, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and legumes. The closer our foods are to the garden, field or orchard, the more energy, vitality and nutrients we will obtain. (eg. an apple is better than applesauce)

Alive: Meaning that it still contains live enzymes, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and sprouts. Left over foods, overcooking food or microwave use can denature proteins and render enzymes useless.

Good Quality: Meaning grown in soil rich in essential nutrients such as organically grown foods (pesticide free and grown without synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified organisms).