A nutrient dense diet is the cornerstone of healing. Nutrients are the fuel that run your body’s engine. Without the proper nutrients, in the proper combination for one‘s genetic blueprint, one’s engine may work, but not with panache. Rather, your engine will cough, spit, fart, and backfire down the road of your life. Pain, disease, illness, and lack of energy will drain your life away, and though it is possible to live to a ripe old age with numerous maladies, you won‘t enjoy it. Those who love themselves enough to eat a nutrient dense diet, exercise regularly, detoxify their bodies, sleep well and think healthy, productive thoughts need not fear disease. Though they may also need to deal with food sensitivities, or kill any number of pathogens before they feel totally well, a nutrient dense diet is at the core of physical well being.
It is my belief that living a happy, healthy life never happens by accident. Rather, this kind of life is consciously chosen by actively making the choices and decisions that will get you there.
Though there is not a lot we can do about accidents that will periodically confront us throughout our life, birth defects we were born with, or mysterious diseases that come knocking at our door, there are plenty of things we can do to produce the good health we want. Then, if we do have an accident, mysterious disease, or birth defect we will heal quicker and whatever pain might ensue can be managed.
Today, we have many advantages when it comes to consciously creating health, for we have access to many nutrient dense foods and high quality supplements. We also have access to a variety of juicers and blenders that can instantly transform large amounts of fruits and vegetables into the most delicious vegetable juices and smoothies that are full of the nutrients that create radiant health.
The seven essentials of health are, quite simply:
- Fresh, clean air, which provides the body with life-giving oxygen.
- Natural food, which provide the body with nutrients to fuel your body so that you can do the things that allow you to survive and make you feel happy.
- Pure, clean water, which allows you to detoxify your body and to replenish the fluids lost in urine, sweat and other body secretions.
- Sunshine, which provides the body with vitamin D, a necessary nutrient that sustains life.
- Exercise, which oxygenates the body, strengthens and improves the heart and all other muscles, increases circulation, and cleanses the lymph system.
- Rest, which allows the body to rejuvenate itself.
- A positive mental attitude, which allows you to overcome the adversity, that is a natural part of every human life.
If you are unwell, either physically and/or emotionally, it is because one or more of these essential elements is out of balance within you. In today’s polluted world, fresh air and clean water can be hard to come by. Even bottled water is polluted with plastic, cancer causing toxins. Because of advertising, we’ve been taught to slather our skin with sunscreen, which naturally reduces the amount of vitamin D that is absorbed through the skin. Vitamin D is a hormone-like substance that induces over 200 metabolic reactions in the body. Without enough of it, the body simply can’t function at an optimal level. Lower than optimal levels can be a precipitating cause of cancer. Unless you are self-disciplined, healthy eating and substantial exercise won’t be something that you are motivated to do. And for many, due to electromagnetic pollution, deep, restful sleep is a thing of the past. Therefore, of all the seven elements needed to sustain good health, your mind is the most important component, for it will be your mind that will motivate you to do what it takes to get the rest.
At this moment in time, human beings face a monumental task, which is how to stay healthy on a polluted planet. In fact, I believe that we, as a human species, have always been challenged by how to maintain health, for in the ancient past we not only did not have the prerequisite knowledge about nutrition, if we had the self-discipline to do what it took to maintain it, we may not have had the access to high quality food, decent income to purchase what we needed, good quality medical care, etc., to maintain our vitality.
What’s new on the planet is that, thanks to medical science, we do know how to maintain our health. Many of us also have the access to the resources that will allow us to maintain it. However, that knowledge, and that access is worthless to us if we do not act upon what we know. Maintaining health is a process that unfolds slowly over time, just as creating disease is a process that unfolds slowly over time. Cancer and other degenerative diseases do not just happen out of the blue. They are the end result of toxic conditions within the body that do not maintain health. Since all degenerative diseases are on the rise, I think it safe to say that this acceleration is related to the unparalleled release of toxins into our environment, every one of which makes its way into the human body.
Is there anything we can do about this? Without the knowledge of purification and nutrification, not a thing. Even if you do have the knowledge, if you don’t have the will to do what it takes, spend the time, buy the organic foods and supplements, take the tests, etc., no, there is nothing you can do to change your fate of walking down the road of degenerative disease. However, once you are armed with the knowledge of what to do, and if you also have the personal power to do it, there is a lot you can do to preserve your health and vitality deep into old age. By following the suggestions for detoxification I’ve written about in this website, and then doing what it takes to get a nutrient dense diet, you will be doing everything humanly possible to produce the result you want. The rest will be up to God, and though the time and place of one’s death is ultimately a mystery, we will have done what we could to beat the odds.
Nutrition is a science. Since I’m not a scientist, none of what I’m about to tell you is original. In fact, this knowledge has been around for quite some time and has been written about by countless other authors. Since I’ve been interested in nutrition since I was a teenager, I’ve read a lot of books about it, and if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that scientists don’t agree about much when it comes to diet. What I have figured out is that there is no one diet that is right for everyone, no right set of supplements, no right group of herbs, fruits or vegetables. You must choose the diet that is right for you through conscious thought and careful research into your own biology. Then, through trial and error, you will discover your perfect diet. This is one of those cases that, as it says in the Bible, “By their fruits, you will know them.” In this case, this is literally true. You will know that your diet is the right one for you by how it makes you feel. If it makes you feel energized, healthy, and pain free, it’s the right diet. If it doesn’t, you need to go back to the drawing board, keep researching, take more tests, and figure it out.
However, there is now a simple way that you can find out how good your nutrition is. You can download a free CRON-O-Meter at http://spaz.ca/cronometer/. CRON stands for Calorie Restricted Optimal Nutrition. The latest research is that people who are on the thin side tend to live longer and be more energizerd, but only if they get adequate nutrition. To do so, it is best to be a bit scientific about the whole thing and leave nothing to chance. To be accurate in your nutritional analysis, it is best to get a gram scale and weigh all the food you eat for the day. By inputting your age, weight, height, gender it will analyze the nutritional content of your days worth of food and tell you how many calories you got. It has a default setting that will compare that against the USDA recommendations. It will then tell you where you are over or under in vitamins, minerals, fat, proteins, and calories. If you don't want to go through the trouble of weighing your food, you can also estimate the weight by using their data base of over 8000 foods, which include estimates on all fruits, vegetables, meats, and fats, as well as popular processed foods. Since most people eat the same kinds of food day after day, it doesn't take long at all to discover what nutrients you might need to supplement or what you are getting too much of. This will help you decide which super foods to add to your smothies and green drinks, or which supplements you might need to take to improve your nutrition.
Because I had so many food sensitivities, the greatest diet in the world did not work for me. That’s because practically all the food I ate created toxic conditions in my body. Unfortunately, I was born with a metabolic problem that caused my body to react to ordinary substances as if they were poison. I want to stress that food sensitivity is very common, and that it has been estimated that at least 75% of the population eats food that their body does not tolerate well. Though few people are as bad off as I was, if you are eating a single food on a regular basis that you are sensitive to, it can create a whole host of unpleasant symptoms that won’t go away no matter how great your diet is or how many herbs and medications you take. Therefore, if you have even one of the symptoms of food sensitivity I name on the food sensitivity page, the best thing you can possibly do with your money, bar none, is get tested for food sensitivities. If you are one of the few people on our planet who are allergen free, you will have lost a little cash. If you discover you have allergies, however, and are willing to do what it takes to either avoid your toxic foods or heal them, you will have gained the ability to fully heal whatever ails you.
Also, I have a friend who suffered from Chron's disease and colitis for many years. When he went to the Mayo clinic, he discovered that the best kind of diet for his condition was to eat as little fiber as possible. Once he did, he began to fully digest his food and to gain weight. For the first time he became pain free. He went from eating whole grains with lots of fruits and vegetables to eating only refined grains with almost no fruits and vegetables. Instead he found other ways to get nourishment, like drinking wheat grass juice on a daily basis, and taking high quality supplements. Though his was the kind of diet that went against all the healthy "rules", it not only worked for him, it healed his life-long struggle with digestive upset and nutritional failure. This is why it is so important to research yourself and not believe what others tell you about diet, for what works for others may not work for you at all.
I believe that one of the biggest problems with Americans today is that we no longer eat to live, we live to eat. Because we are an affluent people, we have the money to buy whatever food we want. Therefore, because food tastes good, eating delicious food, which usually means sugary, high fat food, has become a form of entertainment for us. It also brings us comfort when we can’t get it the way we were meant to through loving human contact. Food has also become a way of creating separation. I’ve treated numerous obese people who put on the pounds in childhood in hopes of escaping sexual attention they did not want. In addition, food has become the way we stuff our emotions. Emotional pain hurts. If we don’t want to feel it, we stuff it with food… or drugs, or alcohol, or shopping, or gambling, or sex. Whatever anesthetic takes our mind off of our discontent will do. The list goes on and on.
Food is nothing more than fuel for our bodies. It gives us energy and rebuilds the body, which, because of entropy, is constantly wearing out. Food furnishes the elements of which the body is composed. Not to know your body’s unique requirements and to select your diet accordingly is to gamble with your most precious possession - your health, without which, nothing is much fun. Either carelessness or ignorance on this vital subject is tantamount to suicide. It may be a long slow process of ill health before you get to death, but the end will be certain.
THE FOUR BASIC NUTRIENTS
There are four basic nutrients. They are water, carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
1. Water, which transports nutrients and waste products in and out of your cells, is necessary for every metabolic function.
2. Carbohydrates are the second nutrient. They supply the body with energy. Carbs come from foods like fruit, vegetables, peas, beans, and milk. They can be put into three basic categories: simple, complex, and fiber, all of which are necessary to sustain life.
Simple carbohydrates consist of fructose from fruits, sucrose from table sugar, and lactose from milk. These foods digest quickly for immediate, but limited energy.
Complex carbohydrates consist of fiber and starches. They come from vegetables, whole grains, beans and peas. Because they are harder for your body to break down, they digest more slowly, and therefore provide longer, more sustained energy than simple carbohydrates.
Fiber is a carbohydrate that is resistant to digestion. It can be either soluble or insoluble. We need both kinds. Because it retains water, we need it to create soft, bulky stools so that we can regularly, quickly, and simply eliminate waste products. Fiber also reduces cholesterol and the risk of colon cancer.
3. Protein, the third nutrient, produces growth, creates energy, and manufactures muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, glands, nails, hair, many vital fluids like neurotransmitters, antibodies, and hormones, and helps maintain our ph balance. They also assist in the exchange of nutrients between intercellular fluid and the tissues, blood, and lymph. While they assist vitamins and minerals in doing their job properly, they, themselves, could not function properly without the aid of vitamins and minerals, which help them out.
Proteins are made up of a specific combination of up to 28 different amino acids that are combined in a variety of ways to create whatever tissue or fluid the body is needing at the moment. Partial proteins, which are created out of amino acids, are called peptides. As these peptides get strung together, like beads on a necklace, they eventually become whole proteins, which make up the substance of our bodies. These whole proteins literally become our flesh and blood.
However, there is a huge difference in the amino acid profile of a protein that becomes hair versus the amino acids that becomes a hormone. That difference is due to the particular amino acids used, as well as the order in which they are strung together. When the body needs a neurotransmitter, it takes the particular amino acids it needs from the foods we’ve broken down and stored in the liver. It then recombines them in whatever way is necessary to create the specific peptides that, when strung together in a specific order, produces serotonin, in another way to create dopamine, in yet another way to create epinephrine, etc.
In each of these forms, there are eight specific amino acids used, along with a whole bunch of other ones. These are called the essential amino acids, which the body cannot manufacture, but must get from diet alone. All animal products contain all eight essential amino acids, which is why many people think of animal products as being superior to plants in their protein content. However, when we ingest animal products, our bodies must break those foods down into its former amino acid building blocks so that the amino acids can later on be recombined to create human flesh or fluids, as opposed to the flesh of whatever animal we have eaten.
While it is true that most plants do not contain whole protein, they do contain an abundance of amino acids, which the body easily breaks down and stores for later use. Because animal products require a lot of energy to break down, they create a lot of free radicals and waste products that the body then must detoxify. They are also very acidic. In contrast, vegetable matter breaks down rather quickly and tends to be more alkaline, which means less free radicals are formed.
Soy, quinoa, spiralina, chlorella, and wheat grass are some of the plant foods known to contain whole proteins, meaning all eight essential amino acids necessary to create flesh and bone. However, if one is a vegetarian, they can create whole proteins by combining beans with rice, corn, nuts, seeds or wheat. Or, they can combine brown rice with beans, nuts, seeds, or wheat to create the desired result. Also, vegetables are abundantly supplied with amino acids. By eating a variety of vegetables simultaneously, the body can create whole proteins. An adult needs 50 grams of it a day to sustain life.
Even if you eat a diet high in animal protein, you can have deficiencies in amino acids. There are many factors that contribute to this. Dysbiosis can lead to poor absorption. Dysbiosis is caused by candida yeast infections, bacterial infections, or infestations of parasites. Certain prescribed drugs can inhibit the absorption of protein. Age can also be a major factor in absorption. As elderly people tend to have less stomach acid, they have a harder time breaking down the proteins in meat. In addition, trauma and stress increases your need for all nutrients, including protein. But the most important factor is that in order to break down and utilize meat protein, one needs a full complement of nutrients from a variety of vegetable sources. If the diet is not properly balanced, amino acid synthesis is impaired.
Diets high in animal protein stress the liver and kidneys, which are the two organs faced with processing all the waste products that are created from breaking down meat protein. Half of the amino acids eaten are immediately transformed into glucose by the liver and is used for energy. This produces a waste product called ammonia, which is toxic to the body. The body protects itself from this waste product by having the liver turn it into urea, which can be filtered out by the kidneys and then excreted. When the liver is not overtaxed, ammonia is neutralized almost immediately, but when it is over loaded with toxins, either from toxic food and/or alcohol, or environmental pollutants and heavy metals, toxic levels of ammonia accumulate. Strenuous exercise also produces ammonia. When it gets high enough, it can cause brain damage, liver or kidney disease, and back pain.
In addition, red meat in particular, is very high in iron. When you cook red meat, it is obviously saturated in blood. That blood contains high amounts of iron. If your body needs iron, it is a good food to eat. But if your body does not need iron because you already have too much of it, red meat becomes a toxic food that can contribute to the formation of Alzheimer’s disease. As women tend to lose iron every month through their menstrual blood, men, and menopausal women, in particular, need to be cautious about eating too much meat. For further information on the consequences of having too much iron, click here.
Although I don’t think it is necessary to eliminate all animal products from one’s diet, I believe that this is a good area to practice minimalism. I tend to subscribe to the cave man diet, which, if you are healthy, makes sense to me. Our ancient ancestors survived on mostly plant food, fruits, berries, herbs, nuts, seeds, fish, fowl, eggs, and, when they could catch it, meat. Since we need the vitamin B12 it offers, which is difficult if not impossible to attain from vegetable sources alone, it seems to me that animal products have a place in human nutrition. Since our bodies are designed to digest it, and since we need it, I believe that it is an appropriate food source. However, in my opinion, meat was never intended to be the main event. And now that our livers are overtaxed with pollution and toxic metals already, this might be a good time to cut back if you feel you eat too much of it.
However, there are some metabolic types that may need a higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet in order to maintain appropriate weight. When certain people eat too much carbohydrate and not enough protein, they blow up like balloons. Others can eat all the carbs they want and never get fat. It can only be one’s metabolism that makes the difference. As you research yourself, doing metabolic testing, the diet that is right for you is one of the things you can and must discover if you are to maintain your health.
4. Fats, the fourth nutrient, are necessary for normal brain functioning and development. In fact, our brains are mostly fat. Without the right kind of fats in the right proportions, our intellect, memory, focus, concentration, and mood may suffer. Fats also provide us with energy and promote growth. Fats lubricate our intestines and combine with phosphorus to form a substance that helps build our tissues and body cells. Fats soothe the nerves and coat them with a protective shield. They also transport the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K to their destinations.
Fats are the most calorie dense aspect of our diet. There are 120 calories of pure energy in one tablespoon of fat. As with protein, some people need more of it than others, which you will discover through metabolic testing. Although there is some controversy about this, some sources say that we should get 15 - 20% of our calories from healthy fats. However, excessive amounts of fat (especially the wrong kind and ratio) lead to obesity, which is a contributing factor in high blood pressure, heart disease, and colon cancer.
There are several different kinds of fat. They are saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated. Fats that solidify at room temperature as all animal fats do are called saturated fats. Though you need some, especially for the adrenal gland, you need the smallest amount of these, for too much saturated fat in the diet can cause heart disease, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, and cancer. Therefore, if you need a high protein diet and believe you must eat meat, only select the leanest cuts for your consumption. Also, toxins concentrate in the fat of animal products, which is another good reason to only eat organic, free range meats.
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats remain liquefied at room temperature. They both come from plant sources, but some are better for you than others. Common sources of polyunsaturated fats are safflower oil, wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds and oil, evening primrose oil, cod liver oil, sesame oil, flax oil, and pecans. However, fish are the best source of polyunsaturated fats, and before they became so polluted with heavy metals and other environmental toxins, were an important aspect of human nutrition.
The monounsaturated fats are probably the best fats for the body, as they do not affect the blood-cholesterol level. Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil, canola oil, avocados, pecans, peanuts, cashews, almonds, and hazel nuts. Diets that are naturally rich in nuts and avocados lower bad cholesterol without lowering good cholesterol. However, nuts, (especially peanuts and walnuts) tend to be foods that many people are allergic too, so do some testing before you eat them if you have any doubt. Also, stale nuts contain rancid fats, so don't eat them unless you know they are fresh.
Transfats are manmade fats and should never be eaten. They are made of polyunsaturated fats that have been altered through hydrogenation to harden them for margarines, shortening and a variety of other products. This lengthens their shelf life, but destroys their nutritive value. Since they cannot be metabolized they are stored in your body as the fat on your hips, thighs, and butt. They, along with other factors, are the cause of many degenerative diseases. They are found in almost all processed and fast foods and should be meticulously avoided.
Fats also come in the form of omega 6, 3, and 9. These are called essential fatty acids because the body can’t make them. Therefore, they must come from our diet. Olive oil is an omega 9 fatty acid that is very good for you and is cleansing to both the gall bladder and liver. Some people believe that olive oil is the reason why the Mediterranean diet is so health promoting. Olive oil has also been traditionally used to flush the gall bladder of gall stones for centuries.
Although opinion varies, most sources I've read state that we are supposed to have omega 6 and 3 fatty acids in an exact 2:1 ratio. Most omega 6 fatty acid comes from meat but also from plant sources as well. Safflower oil has the most omega 6 fatty acid, but sesame, grape seed, and sunflower oil are also good sources. Corn and soy are also rich in omega 6 fatty acid, but though they are the most widely consumed oils, I do not recommend eating any food containing either of these oils as virtually all corn and soy on the planet has been genetically modified and, in my opinion, is no longer fit for consumption. Though many people have too much omega 6 fatty acid, strict vegetarians or people with genetic abnormalities may need to supplement with omega 6 fatty acid.
Since childhood I always had chronically chapped lips. After checking with the CRON-O-Meter, I discovered I was low in omega 6 fatty acid. Supplementation with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, a saturated fat with healthy qualities, in divided doses, made this problem quickly disappear. For me, the 2 tablespoons was what my body needed to get my ratio right. Here's more proof that you really need to research yourself before taking one-size-fits-all advice from someone who doesn't know anything about you. If you would like to buy a product that already has the exact ratio, Eniva sells a product called Omega 3-6-9 Salad Oil that is a perfect blend of the three. This will take all the guess work out of getting the correct ratio of fats.
Omega 3 fatty acids are both plant and animal based. All dark green leafy vegetables contain omega 3 fatty acids. Flax, hemp, and chia seeds are also high in omega 3 fatty acids, as well as fiber. Canola oil also has omega 3 fatty acid but is a poor source compared to flax or chia seed, which can be ground just prior to using them in smoothies or sprinkling them on cereal. A tablespoon of flax oil contains twice as much omega 3 as fish oil, which is also an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acid. I've read that Krill oil is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, as it is highly absorbable. It also contains vitamins E, A, D, and canthaxanthin, which is a potent anti-oxidant.
Free range beef used to have a perfect ratio of omega 6 to 3 fatty acid content, but now that our cows are grain fed before slaughter to increase their weight and fat content, this is no longer so. Now they are sometimes as much as 20 times higher in omega 6 fatty acid than omega 3, which causes people who eat a lot of meat to be out of balance in their fatty acid profile. If these same people also eat a lot of processed or fast foods, which are high in transfats and processed corn and soy oil, which are also high in omega 6 fatty acid, they may develop high triglycerides and a fatty liver.
Symptoms of having too much omega 6 fatty acid are the same as having too little. They are dry skin, poor wound healing, dandruff, frequent urination, irritability, attention deficit disorder, allergies, lowered immunity, excessive thirst, dry eyes, chapped lips, learning disorders, frequent infections, and cracked skin on heals and fingertips.
Plants are unique foods that need to make up the bulk of everyone‘s diet. Not only do they provide us with all the vitamins and minerals we need, they also contain amino acids, fat, fiber, both simple and complex carbohydrates, and phytochemicals, all of which are absolutely essential for the maintenance of good health.
Enzymes are the catalysts of your metabolism. They are essential chemicals that are at the foundation of all our bodily functions. They activate every chemical reactions that takes place in the body. As enzymes are destroyed by heat (118 degrees), meat, which must be cooked to destroy parasites and bacteria before it is eaten, and milk, which must be pasteurized, doesn’t have any. Therefore, our only source of them is plant foods, which must be eaten raw if the enzymes are to be preserved. Without enzymes, all the vitamin and mineral supplements you take are worthless, for it is enzymes that break them down and make them available to the body. Enzymes not only feed and fortify your body by breaking down food to its various nutritional elements, they also detoxify your body as well.
You have more than 3000 active enzymes in your body, which do everything from helping you breathe, digest your food, fight off a cold, or repair a wound. Your heart can't pump blood around your body without enzymes. Your 3000 enzymes combine with co-enzymes to form nearly 100,000 functions to keep you healthy and alive.
When you are a young person, you have an abundance of enzymes, but as you age, they naturally decline. That's why the body of an older person heals slower than that of a youngster. It is also why older people have a more difficult time digesting food and performing all aspects of digestion and elimination. Enzymes also help your body fight inflammation by digesting the fibrin that causes it. There has also been a great deal of research done on healing cancer with enzymes, which is quite promising. Other things that can be healed with high doses of high quality enzymes are indigestion, constipation, candida albicans, parasites, heart disease, fatigue, etc. Anytime you suffer from an acute or chronic illness, enzyme depletion may be at its core. For people who don't tend to eat raw food, enzyme supplementation could be an important part of their healing regime.
There are several things that destroy enzymes besides heat and age. Fast food diets, or diets high in alcohol, caffeine, and/or high fat and sugar are enzyme poor. Canned foods are enzymatically dead, as well as being low in vitamins and minerals which are destroyed in the canning process. Anything that is pasteurized destroys enzymes. Freezing destroys enzymes. Stress depletes enzymes by causing your body to produce cortisol and go into overdrive, which simply uses up enzymes as the body wears out. Also, prescription, recreational, and over-the-counter drugs damage and kill enzymes. Numerous heavy metals destroy enzymes.
The worst thing that can happen, though, is to be born without them. There are several disease conditions that are caused by a lack of enzymes, in particular: allergies. People can be born without lactose to digest milk, the enzymes that digest gluten in grains, or the enzymes to digest histamine rich fermented foods, like cheese and vinegar, to name a few. After taking a 24-hour urinalysis, I discovered that I lacked enzymes to digest carbohydrates. Once I supplemented the corect enzymes, it wasn't just my digestion that improved, for I also healed 30 years worth of migraine headaches, which I never suspected could be caused by this problem. One can also lack enzymes to digest fiber or protein.
You can also lack the enzymes that allow your body to detoxify itself, which is a primary cause of chemical sensitivity. Since there are over 3000 different enzymes in the body, I suspect many people could be suffering from a variety of genetically determined enzyme dificiencies, which can only be discovered with certainty through genetic testing, which is too expensive for most people to undergo. Doing the 24-hour urinalysis is a much cheaper way to figure it out. When you lack enzymes, it is more important than ever to detoxify, nutrify, and supplement with the enzymes you lack.
There are two different kinds of enzymes: systemic, and digestive. Digestive enzmes help you digest food; systemic enzymes help every system in your body do what it is supposed to do. The only difference between the two is when you take them. If you take enzymes before a meal, they will help you digest your food. If you take them between meals, they will work systemically. With enzymes, more is always better. The more you take, the more efficient your body becomes. Unfortunately, they are expensive, but can be well worth the money if lack of them is causing your physical symptoms.
The vitamins and minerals are co-enzymes. Both of them help the enzymes do what they do to create life. The vitamins can be soluble or insoluble. The soluable vitamins dissolve in water. They are the B complex vitamins, and vitamin C. The insoluble vitamins dissolve in fat. They are the carotenes, which convert to vitamin A, and vitamins E and K. Vitamin D is obtained from sunlight and fish oil. It is needed for a variety of purposes. Without vitamin D we become diseased and die, just as a plant becomes diseased and dies when it is deprived of sunlight. Some of the vitamins withstand heat and others don’t. Vitamin C, in particular, is destroyed by cooking.
When you cook plants you should always save the cooking water by freezing it in a container. That’s because the B vitamin’s, in particular, leach into the water. Once the container is filled you can use it as soup stock.
In addition to vitamins, minerals also help the enzymes catalyze life. Minerals come from soil that has been broken down from rocks over hundreds of years. Plants take them up by the roots, combine them with organic molecules, and incorporate them into their tissues. Minerals that come from plants are highly absorbable because the plant does the work of turning an inorganic substance into an organic substance that the body can use. The process of juicing liberates the minerals from the cellulose of the plants, making them even more highly absorbable. Vitamins and minerals are needed in small amounts as compared to water, carbohydrates, protein, and fats, which is why they are sometimes called micronutrients.
Minerals are needed for ph balance, osmotic action, elasticity, and muscles. They keep our skeleton strong, our nerves calm, and our digestion and assimilation healthy. They are found in all the body’s tissues and fluids, but especially in bone, teeth and cartilage. In addition protein is built with minerals, specifically calcium, nitrogen, and sulfur. Our digestive system that allows all our nutrients to be absorbed cannot function without adequate amounts of potassium and sodium.
Not only do the enzymes not function without minerals, neither do the vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, or fats. A deficiency of one mineral may disrupt the entire chain of life. Of course, a deficiency of one amino acid, one enzyme, one essential fat, or one vitamin can do the same. The body is unbelievably complex. It is an ecosystem in which everything depends on everything else for survival.
Minerals also work in partnership with other minerals. These mineral pairs need to be in an exact ratio with one another to work effectively. Too much of a particular mineral can do as much damage as too little. The minerals are activated by specific vitamins, other minerals, and/or amino acids. If you are low in a mineral, you can increase it by taking its co-factors, which help the body to absorb and utilize more of it from food. These ratios are important to keep in mind when you supplement, as supplementation can quickly throw them out of balance. When that happens, you don't get what you need from either mineral.
You can discover which minerals are imbalanced or lacking in your body through a hair analysis, which will also tell you about the toxic heavy metals you may have. After food sensitivity testing, a hair analysis is a very important test to have, for it can give you all kinds of information about the state of your mineral health and how to balance it.
You can also discover whether or not you are lacking in minerals by downloading a CRON-O-Meter and imputting all the food you eat daily into it. It will not only tell you how you are doing nutritionally, it will also tell you how many calories you are getting. If you do this for several days and your report says you never get enough minerals, you will not only know that minerals are something you should be supplementing, you will also know which ones to supplement.
Let me give you a word of caution, however. If you are going to take extra minerals, it is important to only take what you need, and also to only take the highest quality minerals available. High quality minerals are 99% absorbable. Most mineral powders are very poorly absorbed. That's because they are not in a form the body can use. Calcium carbonate is nothing more than crushed chalk. Technically, it's a mineral, but would you want to eat chalk? Any mineral that is not solutomic is not absorbable. Unabsorbed minerals go directly into the arteries to create hardening of the arteries, or into the joints to create arthritis. Although solutomic minerals don't taste like water, they look like water. Because minerals leach into the water supply, plants take them up by their roots. The plant then chemically alters them so that they become useful. Any mineral that hasn't undergone this altering process is just a rock, and though it can be stored in the body, it can't be incorporated into our cells. Solutomic water minerals have undergone this process of altering, which is what makes them so highly effective at addressing our mineral needs.
Before I began researching myself, I suffered with random leg cramps and muscle tics for years. I was also slowly getting osteoporosis as I moved through the stages of osteopenia, breaking several bones as I went. The cause of this mineral loss was multidimensional. After using the CRON-O-Meter for several days, I realized my mineral nutrition was inadequate as there were several minerals I did not get enough of in a 24 hour period. In addition, until I began supplementing with enzymes, my digestion of minerals was also poor. When I did my hair analysis I not only found out about how many toxic metals were in my body, I also discovered just how lacking in minerals my body was. When I began supplementing with solutomic mixed minerals all my symptoms of mineral deficiency disappeared. It did, however, take me awhile to find the correct combination and dose of minerals to do the trick. I know these minerals have worked because I rarely get cramps of any kind any more. I also know that I need to take them continuously because, according to the CRON-O-Meter, I rarely get adequate minerals from my diet alone.
If you suspect you have any symptoms of mineral deficiency, don't just guess at what you might need. Down load the CRON-O-Meter and discover what you actually do need. Then, based on this information, purchase the whole food products that will help you meet your nutritional goals. Once you do, start taking the least amount and then increase the amount until you feel better. If you don't feel better after a few weeks, stop wasting your money on that product and try something different. This is absolutely essential with minerals, as poor quality minerals can actually be harmful.
Though I've taken several different brands, the best minerals I've come across are called Eniva minerals. They have some great blends, as well as single formulations. Because minerals alkalanize the body, they can also help the body heal cancer. Therefore, if your ph is less than 7.0, it will definitely be worth while to discover which minerals you need to supplement. Eniva has several good nutrient formulas, as well, including a formula called VIBE that has the highest ORAC rating of any product of its kind on the market today. In addition, they have a liquid CoQ10 product that's out of this world and is great for anyone with memory or heart problems, or who has Parkinson's disease, or just wants more energy. Their newest product is called ResVante, which is a liquid form of resveratrol, the longevity antioxidant that is in red wine. I LOVE these products so much because they've really helped me get my daily nutrition. Also, they are some of the highest quality products I've ever taken. I know they work because, unlike most supplements I've taken in my life, I can feel them working immediately. In addition, they even have a mineral formula for your pets with joint problems. Isn't that cool? You can purchase these great products by going to my satelite website at http://shop.enivausa.com/448796/en-us/category.aspx?id=25.
Plants also contain phytochemicals. These are chemicals that the plant, itself, uses to protect itself from disease. When we eat them, they help us fight disease too. In fact, phytochemicals are what create nature’s pharmacopeia. They are plentifully supplied in unprocessed and unrefined fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and herbs. Phytochemicals also give plants their color and flavor.
Antioxidants are specific phytochemicals. They protect the body from the formation of free radicals, which damage cells, impair the immune system, and lead to infections and degenerative disease. Scientists also believe that free radical damage is the basis of aging.
Free radicals are natural waste products that are formed by exposure to radiation from sunlight, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, various metabolic processes, and the breaking down of protein and stored fat to use as energy. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals to make them less damaging.
Antioxidants can be vitamins, minerals, enzymes, hormones, amino acids, or other nutrients. The vitamin antioxidants are vitamins A, C, E, and beta carotene, which are found in a variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. The mineral antioxidant is Selenium, which is found in fish, shellfish, red meat, grain, eggs, chicken, and garlic. The hormone antioxidant is melatonin, which the body makes when the sun goes down and it is time to sleep. And the enzyme antioxidants are superoxide dimutase, or SOD, methionine reductase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase.
The amino acid antioxidants are cysteine, NAC, and methionine. Cysteine specifically helps in detoxifying the liver because it aids in creating glutathione. It also detoxifies chemicals and poisons, such as alcohol, tobacco smoke, and environmental pollutants. One should always take a cocktail of cysteine, NAC, alpha lipoic acid, and vitamin C after partying to remove the drugs and alcohol from one’s system.
Other nutrients that act as antioxidants are alpha lipoic acid and CoQ10. Flavonoids and polyphenols are antioxidants found in soy, red wine, purple grapes, pomegranates, cranberries, and tea. Lycopene is an antioxidant found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, and watermelon. Lutein, which is good for the eyes, is found in all dark green vegetables, and lignan is found in flax seed, oatmeal, barley and rye.
Many antioxidants can be obtained from food, but because we live in such a polluted world, it is hard to get enough of them unless you include vegetable juices and smoothies in your diet that are supplemented with powdered super foods. These are are natural foods, as opposed to synthetic sources of concentrated nutrients. The chart to the left show the ORAC value of certain super foods. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. Foods with higher ORAC value possess a higher ability to quench dangerous oxygen-free radicals in the test tube. Therefore, they theoretically have the same ability to quench free radicals inside of us.
Because super foods are whole foods, they also contain all the co-factors in the appropriate amounts that assure absorption and utilization. There are many fine powdered products on the market. All of them are super dense, nutrient rich whole foods that are full of phytochemicals, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and essential fatty acids. A few of them are:
Spiralina and chlorella: these are both nutrient dense algae’s that are full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, whole protein, and chlorophyll. They are both excellent cleansers and alkalinizes and are good mixed into vegetable juice.
Cilantro (coriander): this can be used fresh or as a powder or tincture. It is very high in nutrients, as are all the super foods, but is worth mentioning because it has a special ability to detoxify the body. If used in combination with chlorella, the two together will mobilize heavy metals and escort them out of the body. I use it fresh in my vegetable juice.
Acai, cranberry, bilberry, goji berry, acerola cherry, pomegranate, purple aronia berry, mangosteen, camu camu, blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry, sweet and tart cherry, elderberry, prune, mixed fruit, and mixed berry powders: these are all nutrient dense foods that contain a variety of different properties reputed to positively impact diseases that are rooted in nutrient deficiencies. For example, acai is supposed to help with weight loss, cranberry aids urinary tract infections, acerola cherry and camu camu are unusually high in natural vitamin C, bilberry is good for the eyes, goji berry has the highest antioxidant level of any known food, pomegranate is high in cancer fighting ellagic acid and reduces blood pressure by removing arterial plaque, prunes are not only good for constipation, they also prevent osteoporosis and colon cancer, elderberry shortens the duration of illness and prevents cardiovascular disease, etc. Their nutrient dense goodness all fight cancer and disease in various ways. A tablespoon or two of the powdered form added to smoothies considerably increases their nutrient content.
A more economical way to take all these super fruits is through the nutrient dense juice called MonaVie (https://www.mymonavie.com/wellnessunlimitedsolutions/). The main ingredient in MonaVie is the acai berry, but it also contains all the other fruits listed in the image below. Just four ounces a day provides antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, vitamins and trace minerals, all in a highly absorbable form. According to the chart above, it is the second highest fruit in antioxidants of any so far discovered on the planet. It is also great for improving your energy, your immune system, and your joints. In addition, it is also supposed to be an excellent weight loss aid.
Wheat, alfalfa, kamut, and activated barley grass: these are powdered grasses that are incredibly nutrient dense and easily absorbed by the body. They are also natural cleansers that enhance the immune system, rebuild tissue, normalize blood sugar, and oxygenate and alkalinize the body.
Whey protein concentrate and isolate: whey is the liquid material left over from making cheese. It is very high in protein. Whey isolate is higher in protein than the concentrate, and therefore the more expensive of the two, but, if you are not allergic to milk, they are both incredibly good for you. They are high in branched chain amino acids used to fuel working muscles. Thus, whey is favored by body builders who need the extra protein. Also, because whey is high in all the amino acids, including cysteine, it is reputed to aid in the production of glutathione, the body’s main liver protecting antioxidant. It can be made from either cow’s milk or goat’s milk. Goat’s milk whey is supposedly easier to digest, but tends to be more expensive. Of course, if you are allergic to cow's milk, goat's milk is a good alternative.
Hemp protein powders: besides being high in absorbable protein, hemp powder is also high in both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Great Lakes Gelatin: this is a purified protein derived by the selective hydrolysis of collagen from the skin, connective tissue and bones of animals. This brand is the highest quality gelatin on the market, providing 6 grams of protein in every tablespoonful. According to Edcar Cayce, the famous psychic and healer, gelatin gets calcium into the bones, so anyone who has osteoporosis should consider using it.
Jerusalem artichoke powder: this is a tuber that is high in inulin, biffidobacterium, and fructoogliosacharides (FOS), all of which helps to normalize intestinal flora and restrict putrefactive bacteria like Candida Albicans. It also has a fair amount of protein and is 6 times higher in potassium than bananas.
Nutritional or brewer's yeast: if you need B vitamins or folic acid, this is the whole food supplement for you. A spoonful in your smoothie has all you need, but it has a distinct taste, so go slowly until you get used to it. It also contains a decent amount of protein. It is inexpensive compared to the other powders I’ve mentioned.
Maca powder: this is a dried root that the Inca used to use. It is excellent for nourishing the adrenal gland and supporting all the endocrine glands, including the reproductive system. Consequently, it enhances libido, increases energy, and has been used in the treatment of menopause.
Cacoa powder: this has more flavanoids than any other food tested. It is also high in minerals and healthy fats. However, the most spectacular thing it does is increase specific neurotransmitters, particularly serotonin, endorphins, phenythethylamine, and anandamide, the bliss chemical. All of these neurotransmitters create feelings of peace and calm, giving one an overall feeling of transcendent well being.
Freeze dried bee pollen: this is a wonderful energizer and nutrient rich food containing all the B vitamins and vitamins A, C, D, and E. In fact, it has been said that bee pollen contains all the nutrients normally needed to sustain life. It seems to improve metabolism, help with weight loss, and protects the prostate, among many other things.
Raspberry and red raspberry seed powder: very high in ellagic acid, red raspberry seeds are a major cancer fighter. They also promote wound healing, and are anti- bacterial and anti-viral.
Freeze dried powders have become very popular in the natural health movement. Since the nutrients and enzymes are preserved in tact, they are a nutritious and often times delicious way to improve your diet. Of course, they aren’t meant to be eaten alone, but added to smoothies and homemade vegetable juices to increase their nutrient content.
My vegetable juicer, blender, and citrus juicer are my three most precious possessions. I use them every day to make a variety of juices and smoothies. Because the American Cancer society recommends 6-12 servings of vegetables a day, how is it possible to get that many without juicing? I usually juice one glass of juice a day, using a variety of vegetables. The base is always carrot juice, which is sweet and covers the taste of some of the less palatable greens. Into the juicer goes just about everything that could be considered an edible, uncooked vegetable, but mostly my favorite ingredients are carrot, apple, beet, celery, cilantro, parsley, leaf lettuce, Jerusalem artichoke, squash, and cucumber. Broccoli and cauliflower can also be used, but it is important to avoid raw cruciferous vegetables if you suspect you have hypothyroidism, for these vegetables, only when eaten raw, suppress thyroid function. The sweetness varies depending upon how many carrots and/or apples I use.
I always include Cilantro and parsley, which are both highly cleansing. Cilantro, in particular, removes heavy metals, especially when taken in conjunction with chlorella and chlorella growth factor, which come in the form of tablets The recipe is one tablet chlorella growth factor to every ten tablets chlorella. I take them with the juice. I use a small amount of parsley because it's very cleansing to the kidneys. This concoction than goes into the blender along with whatever super foods I want to add, usually spiralina, maca, and/or a variety of green powdered grasses. I might also use Bio-Chlor, from Eniva, to get the cleansing benefits of chlorophyll froma variety of these greens. Sometimes I also add natural whey powder isolate from Eniva to increase the protein content, or Great Lakes Gelatin. You can also add a little essential fatty acid if you feel you need this, as well. Be sure to check the CRON-O-meter to discover what kind of oil you need to add to give yourself the perfect 4:1 ratio of omega 6 and 3 fatty acids. This makes my juice into an entire meal, complete with carbohydrates, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and plenty of antioxidants. It is a complete meal in a glass. It is best to drink your vegetable juice immediately, as its enzymes begin to die almost as soon as it's made.
Juicing has become a daily ritual for me. It is a self-discipline that I engage in that allows me to feel like I’ve gotten adequate nourishment each and every day. Once it becomes a routine, you will become as addicted to it as I am. If I go without juicing for a day or two, I feel reduced energy and a general lack of well being. Since my body has gotten used to the highly absorbable nutrients juicing has given me, it is not a ritual I ever intend to give up for I’ve become addicted to being alert, focused and energized!
To get my fruit quota in, my day always begins with a smoothie. My favorites are made with pineapples, coconut milk, and bananas. I also enjoy berry smoothies made from the berries I’ve collected during the summer and frozen in my freezer. Smoothies can be made with just about any fruit. You just have to experiment to see what you like best. In addition, I may add grated carrot, or some raw greens, like cilantro or spinach. I will then add a variety of super foods as well, but usually the ones that taste best are made from fruits or berries. You can add 2 ounces of MonaVie to your smoothie if you want to improve your bodies ability to lose weight. If you add one ounce of Vibe you will greatly increase your smoothies vitamin and mineral content, for Vibe is full of a variety of solutonic minerals that the company has added to the natural fruit blend. If you decide to add an ounce of ResVante to your smoothie as well, you will get 200 miligrams of trans-resveratrol. This mimics the effects of calorie restricted diets which promote longevity. Either or all of these supplements will make your concoction into a super nutrient dense, enzyme rich food that will nourish every cell in your body. I may also add a protein powder like Great Lakes Gelatin, or Power Pulse Whey protein Isolate from the Eniva Corporation, and healthy oils. Sometimes I grind flax or chia seeds and add them to the smoothie, which not only adds fiber, but healthy fatty acids, as well. Sometimes I will even grind milk thistle seeds. This improves fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and increases liver cleansing potential. If my hair analysis has told me I'm low on certain minerals, I will add the Eniva brand solutonic minerals I need. You can also add a variety of nut butters, like almond, sunflower, or tahini. If I want my smoothie to be a little sweeter, I will sweeten it with 100% frozen juice concentrate. The Vibe, ResVante, or MonaVie will sweeten it considerably too. Instead of using water as the base, I may use cold green tea or a nutrient rich herb tea, such as nettle, or a liver cleansing combination that I‘ve made the day before and stored in the refrigerator. This also increases the amount of antioxidants I get. Usually my concoctions are delicious. If they aren’t they are at least edible, and I adjust the recipe the next time.
When you eat "scientifically" and add juicing and smoothies to your diet, it is not difficult to get the nutrients you need to feel healthy and energized. I am rarely tired, and am always focused and able to concentrate on whatever project I am working on. I am also rarely sick, and when I do get sick, I recover rapidly. In fact, even though I’m 58, I am far healthier than people far younger than me who are too busy to eat properly, and who may be addicted to other substances they believe won't hurt them. I guess everyone has to learn the value of good nutrition for themselves, especially if it means they might have to give up something that they want. However, don't fool yourself into believing that dietary change alone will heal you, especially if you have a serious degenerative disease. Although getting adequate, high quality nutrition may significantly improve your health, you may also need to supplement with additional enzymes to replace any that may be missing in your body that you can't get from food, to detoxify heavy metals and enviromental toxins, to avoid or heal your food sensitivities, and kill any pathogens that may be living off of your flesh. Once you've done all that, you may be amazed at how much your health will improve. You will have so much energy that it will be impossible for you not to exercise! In fact, you will look forward to the days activities with appreciation for the bountiful good health you've been given.
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