What Are the Factors That Affect Our Health?
Experts believe that there are four core factors*:
* Source: Report by the Joint Committee of the Russian Federation Security Council on Public Health Protection included in the Federal Concepts of ‘Public Health Protection’ and ‘Towards a Healthy Russia’.
The last three factors are beyond our control. However, our lifestyle is the factor that affects our health to a large extent. This includes our daily routine, our habits, our nutrition and recreation: every day we consciously choose the way that we treat our body. Whereas our work and leisure hours depend upon our family obligations, our profession, our place of residence, and our income, what we eat is definitely under our control, so this is the thing that we can correct any time.
In terms of fish (a source of Omega 3) Russians consume 1.7 times below the recommended amount*
1.7 times
*A.K. Baturin, A.N. Martinchik, A.M. Safronova et al. Regional Specifics of Nutrition
According to the Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Federation Academy of Medical Sciences,
90% of the
does not receive adequate nutrition.
of the Russian Federation’s population suffers from chronic protein deficiency
*State Report ‘On Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the Russian Federation Population during 2013’
Average consumption of fruits and vegetables (main sources of vitamins) below the recommended
*according to the Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Federation Academy of Medical Sciences
Living at High Speed
When we’re young, we wish each other much love and success, many travels and many new friends. But once we get older, our main wishes become all about health. Where there is health, there is everything else. Today, by thirty years of age people become aware that their body may fail them. But why? It seems like not so long ago that it ran like clockwork...
Is our environment the cause? Nowadays, there are not so many people who can say they live in a healthy environment and eat ecologically pure food. Maybe it’s something to do with our genes?
Or are our harmful habits that we have to blame? Irregular meals and poor nutrition? Or maybe today we feel exhausted because of the stress that is typical for those who live in large cities? There are lots of possible culprits. Almost everyone is aware of these negative factors.
We become less efficient at work, we feel chronic fatigue, our immunity grows weaker, we often get sick, don’t feel like we are full of energy and, as a result, we fail to enjoy our life. But what are the factors that weaken us? Is there something that we can do to change them?
What Do We Eat?
Even those of us who tend to eat high-quality, nutritious and tasty food cannot be sure that their diet is well-balanced. The official statistics show that most residents of the Russian Federation suffer from a lack of important microelements and macroelements.
In recent years, the situation has not improved. The results of mass surveys of different population strata in the Russian Federation confirm that both children and adults suffer from micronutrient deficiency. This means vitamins, macroelements, microelements, minerals and proteins, i.e. the substances that form a ‘foundation’ for the smooth performance of the body as a whole.
This is a global trend. It is almost impossible to call the diet of most people living on our planet a balanced one. We do not consume enough quality proteins and we eat too many fats. One of the core problems in terms of nutrition both in developing and developed countries is a lack of micronutrients.
Micronutrients are the essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients) that are contained in food in very small quantities (milligrams or micrograms). These elements are not sources of energy, but contribute to digestion, to regulating body functions, adaptation and development. These elements are needed to ensure normal metabolism, growth and protection from adverse external factors. The human body is not capable of synthesizing micronutrients and it cannot accumulate these for future use. This is why we need to regularly receive enough of different vitamins, minerals and microelements in our food.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), to get the necessary essential micronutrients, a person has to eat at least 400 grams of fruit and vegetables a day.
Main sources of micronutrients:
People eating less than 300-400 grams of fruit and vegetables per day
Pregnant women and nursing mothers
People following low carbohydrate diets
Smokers and/or alcohol/drug addicts
Seniors and old people who have problems chewing food
People exposed to physical exertion and/or emotional stress, adverse environment or living in the far north
People suffering from acute and active infectious diseases/non-infectious diseases
Daily average requirements
of main nutrients and energy sources
According to the technical regulations of the customs union
(tr Cu 022/2011) dated july 1, 2013.
Energy value, kJ/kcal* 10 467/2 500
Proteins 75
Fats (g) 83 83
including acids (g) 11
Digestible carbohydrates (g) 365
including sugar (sucrose) 65
Dietary fiber 30
Calcium (mg) 1 000
Phosphorus (mg) 800
Iron (mg) 14
Magnesium (mg) 400
Zinc (mg) 15
Iodine (mg) 150
Potassium (mg) 3 500
Selenium (mg) 0,07
А (µg) 800
D (µg) 5**
E (mg) 10
C (mg) 60
Thiamine (mg) 1,4
Riboflavin (mg) 1,6
Niacin (mg) 18
В6 (mg) 2
Folic acid (µg) 200
В12 (µg) 1
Biotin (mg) 0,05
B5 (mg) 6
* 1 cal = 4.1868 J
** 5 µg of D3 = 200 МЕ of vitamin D
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 acids are classified as essential or irreplaceable nutrition factors. In other words, these substances cannot be synthesized by the human body, so we have to receive these through our food for our whole lives. To maintain health, the ratio between the received saturated and non-saturated fats should be 50/50.
Of all the macronutrients, fats have the worst reputation. This is due to the fact that fats have the far greater energy capacity than carbohydrates and proteins. One gram of fat contains 9.3 kcal, whereas one gram of proteins or carbohydrates contains only 4.1 kcal. However, our body cannot exist without fats. Fats provide our body with energy, ensure balance of the nervous system, and transfer of fat-soluble vitamins of A, E, D and K.
Solid fats (aka hydrogen-saturated or saturated fats) are the source of long-term energy for our body. Fatty oils (aka unsaturated fats) are a part of each cell of our body. Dieticians pay special attention to unsaturated fatty acids that are also named essential, i.e. indispensable to life. Our body is incapable of synthesizing such acids, and to ensure normal life activity we need to receive these fatty acids with food. The essential fatty acids include linoleic acid (omega-6) and linolenic acid (omega-3).
The ratio between these two acids defines the response of cells to any ambient factors. In case the concentration of the omega-6 acids is more, the blood cells adhere and, as a result, the blood vessels constrict and inflammatory processes develop. The omega-3 acids act conversely, i.e. these reduce inflammation, thin the blood and act as vasorelaxants.
However, both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are necessary as both these types of substances help the human body in different circumstances. For example, if you have cut your finger and are bleeding, this is where omega-6 fatty acids start to work: the blood stops flowing, it becomes thicker, platelets adhere to each other forming a clot and the blood vessels constrict.
Unfortunately, for most people the ratio between omega-6 omega-3 is disproportionate. The reason is inadequate nutrition, i.e. people eat fatty food, processed meat, and sugary foods that contain too much saturated fat and harmful trans fats.
Macronutrients are the nutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) that are need to be consumed daily in large quantities (dozens of grams).
Proteins are required as a building material for the cells of the human body, for the functioning of the immune system, enzymes, hormones, antibodies and for other important processes. Carbohydrates are the core source of energy for the human body. Fats provide us with highly concentrated energy. Fats are needed for cell renewal as well to ensure the healthy state of skin and hair and for synthesizing hormones.
* A.K. Baturin, A.N. Martinchik, A.M. Safronova et al. Regional Specifics of Nutrition of the Russian Population.
Natural sources of Omega-3
Vegetable oils – linseed oil, sea buckthorn oil, hempseed oil, soybean oil
Fatty fish (herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, cod liver),
Brown algae
People who eat fish and some types of vegetable oils less than 1–2 times a week
People who follow a low-fat diet. If fat consumption is decreased by 20%, this critically affects the necessary amount of Omega-3 fatty acids received by the person
Children and adults who are allergic to nuts and/or seed proteins
Children and adults who are allergic to fish proteins
People who use only sunflower oil in their diet
Athletes during intensive training
Vegetable amino acids are quickly digested; these are used as a ‘building material’ for forming immune cells and repairing damaged tissues; these contribute to strengthening the immune system and to faster recovery after a variety of diseases and surgeries.
It is commonly known that proteins are the carrier of life and one of the most important components of nutrition. However, it is far less known that tissues in the human body are constantly recovering and growing and, for this purpose, a ‘building material’ is needed. As a result of the breakdown of proteins, amino acid appear that serve to build cells, ‘restore’ the skin, hair, muscles, connective tissue and various organs.
Lacking essential amino acids harms the immune system. It is especially important to receive enough proteins when a person is under stress, which may cause a number of illnesses, or in case of injury and/or surgery. When there are insufficient amino acids, the human body starts processing the cells of the immune system, muscles, and internal organs which weakens immunity.
Since 2010 this has changed by only
of the population of the Russian Federation suffers from chronic complete protein deficiency.
which means that there is no sustainable positive trend in resolving this matt.
*State Report ‘On Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the Russian Federation Population in 2013’
However, not just any type of protein can satisfy these needs. For these purposes, a certain set of amino acids is required. We know more than 20 amino acids and 9 of these are classified as essential, as our body is incapable of synthesizing these, so we need to receive these amino acids with our food. If there is an imbalance of amino acids in our food, the protein synthesis in our body may fail and the proteins of our body may begin to break down. In simple terms, if there is a lack in high-quality proteins, our body starts using enzymes, cells of immune system, hormones, etc. as ‘building materials’, which causes metabolic disorders. It is very important to consume high-quality proteins to ensure the good health. This is only possible if our protein dosage includes approximately 50–60% animal proteins containing all the essential acids, and 40–50% vegetable proteins.
Numerous studies show that most people suffer from a chronic lack of complete proteins. This affects bodily functions and decreases resistance to environmental factors. Additionally, such a deficiency affects the metabolism. In some of cases, slowing these processes down may cause an increase in unwelcome fat mass.
Alcohol and/or drug addicts
People who follow a low-fat diet or people whose diet is based on fatty and carbohydrate food
People suffering from hyperthyroidism
Athletes during intensive training or people in physically demanding jobs
Pregnant women
Seniors and old people (especially those with trouble chewing food)
Sources of Protein
Food of animal origin
Food of vegetable origin
Optimal Nutrition Is in Your Hands
Balanced nutrition can be thought of as a construction site. Bricks (proteins and amino acids) and cement (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid) are delivered. The workmen (vitamins and minerals) start working together. What happens if one or several components are missing? For example, you have enough cement, but not enough bricks. Or you have a scaffolder but no bricklayer. Or one day you have bricks, another day you have cement, and on the third day (or in a week’s time) the workers arrive. Your construction process is going to skid to a halt. And meanwhile the wind, the snow, the heat (if these are the specifics of the Russian climate and environmental conditions) are going to damage whatever you have already built.
It is not always that we can live by the shores of a warm sea, become less burdened and immediately de-stress. However, everyone is capable of including the basic nutrients (vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats) into their diet. This will make you feel better, remain young, beautiful and healthy.
For this purpose, you will have to change the nutrition pattern you are used to by revising the ratio of the basic micronutrients and macronutrients in your diet. One of the ways to do this is including in you ration the food supplements that may modulate the metabolic processes.
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Taking Care of Yourself is a Good Tradition.
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Vasily Isakov
Doctor of Medical Science,
Professor, Chief of the Depart-
ment of Gastroenterology and
Hepatology in Institute of Nutri-
tion. Member of Nutrilite Health
Institute Scientific Advisory
Residents of Russia often suffer from malnutrition, which is associated with increased caloric value of the food on one hand, and with poor intake of high-quality proteins, vegetables and fruits, and polyunsaturated fatty acids on the other. This results in poor intake of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, which, in turn, leads to the body’s low resistance to various diseases and stresses. The solution to this problem is diet and meal optimization and including necessary dietary supplements in the diet.To solve the problem, NUTRILITE offers two sets of dietary supplements: Basic and Intensive.Regardless of your choice, both these sets along with moderated physical activity will helpto improve the quality of your nutrition, maintain optimal health and give you confidence in your body and excellent physical fitness.
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Did You Know?
Dietary supplements to food are natural and/or active substances (vitamins, minerals and other components) that are identical to natural, as well as probiotic microorganisms, designed for daily intake with food or used as food product components.
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According to Euromonitor International, in Russia about 10% of the population regularly takes vitamins and supplements, and 40% more take these seasonally in spring and in autumn. To compare: in the USA 70% of population permanently takes vitamins, and in Japan it is as high as 90%. Apart from the regular consumption of multivitamin complexes from time to time there appears to be a kind of ‘fashion’ for some supplements that is almost non-existent in our country. To give an example, recently calcium-containing supplements, products based on cod liver oil and herbal immunologic response modifiers, have been quite popular worldwide. Today we see the increased demand for substances stimulating mental and physical activity. Russia has its own view of dietary supplements: as before, Russians keep purchasing ascorbic acid, magnesium-containing products and supplements that improve vision.
Source: Ogonyok, No. 48, December 8, 2014, p. 38.
Our body contains approximately 73 trillion cells. The number is hard to grasp – the human mind is used to working with tens, thousands or at most millions. Each cell is a universe in miniature. These ‘universes’ are so numerous and so small that about a million of these could fit on the point of a needle. These are like worker ants, i.e. there are about 200 specializations of cells of different size, forms and functions. However, human cells are of similar structure: each one is limited with cell membrane that contains fats (phospholipids) and omega-3 fatty acids.
The membrane is like the city gates for the cell. The membrane can be either strong or weak. An exciting thing is that we can personally weaken or strengthen these ‘gates’ by eating healthy or unhealthy food.
This primarily applies to fats, especially polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 being of high importance.
If your diet is lacking in useful fats, the cell membrane becomes non-flexible and inelastic and, as a result, not all the nutrients can penetrate inside the cell and not all the ‘waste’ can leave it. As time goes by, the cells with inelastic membranes lose energy, become exhausted, vulnerable, and are easy penetrated by viruses; such cells are faster to grow older and mutate.
Most overweight people have increased fat stored in the cells of their liver. As a result, the purifying function of liver and metabolic processes in the whole body are damaged. One of the reasons for this is a lack of methionine, which is the amino acid necessary for the proper functioning of liver cells.
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