Of course not in the most literal sense, otherwise, all of us who ate chickens would sprout feathers, now wouldn't we? Our bodies metabolize the nutrients that make up the food that we eat. Just like a chair built of wood doesn't look like the log it came from, yet still retains the hardiness of the material with which it is built, our bodies become healthier or weaker depending on the nutritional value of the food we eat.
Think about it for a moment. The only factor that has determined your physical growth since you were a child, leaving genetics aside, is the quality and quantity of the food you have eaten. Your body is manufactured from the food you put into it. It’s pretty darn amazing if you think about it. Now we all know that the mileage we get out of our cars is only as good as the fuel that we put into them, but for reason when it comes to our bodies we expect them to run smoothly on a bag of fries and a burger. Guess what, our body still works regardless of the “junk” we put into it – now that’s some serious sophistication and engineering, Just try running you car, on anything other than fuel and you’ll be going nowhere pretty fast.
However, just because our bodies have the innate capacity to adapt to whatever we feed them and soak out the nutrients from all most any food, doesn't mean that we should spend a life time testing the limits of our digestive systems. What we choose to eat is of the greatest value. If we want to experience great health and be able to live active, long lives then we need to pay attention to the kinds of food choices we make on a daily basis.
Nature vs. Nurture
You may have heard of the famous nature (genes) versus nurture (environment) argument; well you’ll be glad to know that you have the capacity override your genetic make up, especially through the lifestyle choices you make. Various studies have shown this. Men and women with arthritis were given a wholesome, plant-based diet and told to do regular, light physical activity. In some time, they demonstrated a marked reduction in their condition, including decreased pain and greater overall strength and well-being.
Whatever your goal is for your health and your body can be achieved through your eating habits. Whether you want to cure certain skin problems, or treat your hair or you eyesight or run faster and jump higher, eating the right foods in the right quantities can help you achieve your goals.
Amidst the hundreds of different voices and several more diet fads and eating plans such as the Atkins diet, and the Paleo diet, you simply need to make sure that your body gets good quality food to eat. Yes, it is important to eat a variety of foods, but it’s better not to go to any extremes and only eat meat or fish or resort to a diet comprised only of fruits and vegetables without any gluten. It is best to make healthy choices and steer clear of any and all processed foods, including junk food as much as possible. At the same time, it’s okay to eat a packet of chips once in a while as long as you’re aware of what you’re putting into your body.
Author Bio: Andrew is the founder and CEO at Aim Workout. As a passionate fitness professional and tri-athlete, there is literally no adventure he won’t embark on. From mountain biking, deep sea diving, rock climbing and cycling to boxing and mixed martial arts, Andrew has a penchant for the wild and extreme.