Perceived Nutrition

Welcome again to the INTRAFITT Individualized Nutrition and Exercise Program updates!  You can always find us on the web at www.intrafitt.com

 I’ve developed this blog to talk regularly about how exercise and proper nutrition can bring you the results you are looking for in obtaining overall good health in body, mind and spirit.  I believe this all starts with a balanced diet and regular and consistent exercise; as these two components work in concert to improve energy, strength, concentration and self respect; all of which will inadvertently accelerate and improve overall health, attitude and productivity!

 Today lets talk about “Perceived Nutrition.”  Nutrition is defined as the act of nourishing a biological organism (or in our course of study, the human body) and may be perceived in a number of different ways by a number of different people.  For example, some people eat to simply satisfy their hunger with little to no consideration towards the nutrient density of the foods they are eating.

 In other words, foods that are typically chosen to satisfy food and sugar cravings (such as fast food, pre-packaged foods or frozen dinners) are usually low in nutrient value and tend to yield mostly “empty calories”.  We refer to these foods as being “nutrient deficient”, usually lacking adequate amounts of naturally occurring protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

 While many perceive nutrition as a burden requiring too much time and effort to stop and prepare nutritious meals, others view nutrition as the cornerstone to health and longevity.  Athletes and fitness enthusiasts for example, make meal planning and preparation part of their daily routine paying special attention to the amount and type of nutrients that they eat throughout the day in order to help improve performance and over all health.

 More recently, nutrition has been in the eye of research scientists and is now believed to play an important role in the prevention of chronic and degenerative diseases.  Although many of the diseases that are so prevalent in today’s society (such as breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and even morbid obesity) are somehow genetically based, medial geneticists who are currently working on decipherment of the three-billion unit code of DNA (Human Genome Project) have already identified specific genes that are directly associated with a number of these diseases and feel confident that non-pharmacological interventions such as diet and exercise will not only augment the effects of powerful medications currently used, but may also prevent the onset and/or precipitation of disease such as CHD, (heart disease), the number one cause of death in the US. 

 Even more compelling is the research involving nutrient regulation of gene expression.  This research supports the idea that specific nutrients in the diet may either enhance or inhibit gene expression and may therefore suppress the mutation of specific cancer genes.  Simultaneously, research involving the effects of exercise has shown that various chemical changes relating to hormone secretion may alter or suppress gene expression for certain cancers.

 In summary… If your personal genetic code indicates that you may be predisposed to certain forms of cancer, diabetis, or other medical problems, an Individualized Nutrition and Exercise Program may be the best form of prevention for you.  Perhaps from this standpoint, nutrition could be perceived as the future of medicine.

 For your Individualized Nutrition and Exercise Program, please visit us at www.intrafitt.com

 In good health,

William Smith

 William Smith is the President / CEO and Founder of the INTRAFITT Corporation which was established in California in 1992.  Will has won more than twenty-eight bodybuilding championships and is also known for his role as “THUNDER” on television’s American Gladiator between 1990 – 1992.  He is a National and International Speaker on Performance Nutrition and Exercise Science.

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  1. Wow!! What an awesome presentation! Thank you for that!

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