Seven Basic Steps
Ensuring we give the brain and body
everything they need to thrive.
Want to get the most from your Natural StressCare work?
Start with nutrition ... and start with the basics. The Seven Basic Steps are ways we address modern changes in our food supply.
Beginning with the invention of agriculture about 12-14,000 years ago, our growing technological abilities have enabled us to profoundly change the nature of what we put into our mouths every day.1
Those changes include:
- reduced micronutrient densities. Modern farming methods rarely replace depleted minerals. Processing, storage and cooking can further reduce vitamin content,
- novel substances in many cases never adequately tested for safety,
- high glycemic load from diets rich in refined carbohydrates,
- excessive salt content upsets sodium/potassium balance in our cells, disturbing crucial metabolic processes,
- and the list goes on.
The Basic Seven Steps address many of these issues. And that's why taking them is the best foundation for any Natural StressCare program.
Taking the Steps:
Walk Before You Run (The Disclaimer)
Caution: I haven't met you or examined you so I can't diagnose or prescribe for you. The information here is educational only.
It's best to start some nutrients very gently, others need to be sourced carefully to see good results. Not all supplements are made alike.
The detailed instructions on each nutrient page are essential, especially when starting B vitamin supplements.
How This Works
The steps fall into two groups:
The last four steps involve becoming aware of the way food makes us feel and sometimes changing long-standing habits:
- Three Food Awareness Steps:
- Reduce or Eliminate Refined Carbs
- Reduce Salt
- Identify and Reduce Allergic Foods
The human brain is profoundly affected when micronutrients are neglected and refined macronutrients are excessive. Brain neurons burn through a lot of energy. The brain is only 2% of the body's weight but uses 25% of the body's glucose fuel.
So brains need a constant supply of fuel and nutrients to be at their best. They also need to run clean. Modern diets can create a chronic low grade inflammation in the brain. When this happens the microstructures brain cells use to talk to each other start acting funny. It's hard for those same cells to make enough energy.
There's many ways to boost brain power naturally (using it being one of the best!) All of them work better when the Basic Seven Steps are covered.
The first four Steps are pretty simple. Find the right pills in the health food store and take them most days. The last three Steps are more demanding. They require us to grow our knowledge and awareness. We need to be ready to work on our relationship with food.
Don't attempt all Seven Steps at once. Giant steps rarely "take" ... at least when it comes to nutrition. Baby steps are better. Let the changes become a part of you.
That done … more baby steps.
1. Cordain, L., Eaton, S.B. 2005. Origins and evolution of the Western diet: health implications for the 21st century. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 81(2):341-54.