Food as Medicine

The importance of Nutrition

CELLULAR NUTRITION IS THE FOUNDATION OF HEALTH

If you built your dream house, you’d first build a strong foundation and then assemble the finest materials available to complete your project. Constructing a foundation of health that will last a lifetime requires the same commitment to quality building materials. Cells are the “building blocks” that make up a body, and each of the human body’s about 73 trillion highly specialized cells require clean air and water and essential nutrients — carbohydrates, lipids and sterols, proteins, vitamins and related food factors (such as phytonutrients), minerals, and enzymes. Good whole foods and good wholefood supplements provide the nutritional diversity and density that lay the foundation for good health.

NUTRITION AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH BOTH TODAY AND TOMORROW

The diet is your body’s only source for raw materials it needs to perform its day-to-day functions. Cellular workings are complicated and continual. Fortunately, your cells perform their jobs automatically, without any forethought on your part. Your only responsibility to this intricate, dynamic system is to provide the high-quality nutrients the body needs to do a
good job.

This task is challenging, since every day billions of cells are created, destroyed, and replaced. Over the course of seven years, most of our cells, with the exception of brain cells and a few
very specific glandular cells, are replaced. For example, red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout your body, have a life span of only four months before they’re removed from the bloodstream and destroyed. The human body contains about 25 trillion red blood cells, so the demand for nutrients to constantly replace these cells is enormous! Some cells, such as those of the mouth or intestines, turn over even faster — every day, in fact!

Furthermore, different cells and tissues have special nutritional requirements. For instance, lung cells have a higher requirement for vitamin C than many cells, whereas eye tissue has a higher need for lutein and other carotenoid phytonutrients. The body’s nutrient supply, provided by foods and supplements, must exceed demand, or deficiency symptoms result.

Over the short term, a nutrient-deficient diet compromises day-to-day health. For instance, carotenoids — colorful plant pigments responsible for the red in tomatoes, the orange in carrots, and the yellow in squash — are critical to the function of certain blood cells that defend the body against microbialinvaders. Studies show that a carotenoid-deficient diet weakens immunity. Conversely, a carotenoid-rich diet boosts immunity. So may vitamin C and zinc (both may shorten the duration of a cold). Short-term effects of nutrient deficiencies are also apparent — evidenced as lower energy levels — in people whose diets are deficient in B-vitamins or iron. Over the long term, suboptimal nutrition may predispose us to early aging and degenerative disease.

Chronic diseases and many ailments or conditions including;
Eczema, Osteoporosis, Constipation, Infertility, Hypothyroidism, Allergies/Food intolerances, Stress, Asthma, Heart disease, PMS, Migraines, High Blood Pressure, Weight Gain, Depression, and Arthritis, may be improved by making changes to your diet. Food is a very powerful healer and the body has an amazing ability to repair itself. When the body is provided with the right nutrients from good food sources, some conditions may be completely reversed or symptoms substantially reduced.