The Essentials of Good Health
The Essentials of Good Health boil down to the elements that make up the foods we eat, the air we breathe & the water we drink. Essential means that they must be supplied by the diet – the body cannot manufacture them and therefore are absolutely necessary to life. When we break it all down, we discover that our bodies require the following:
Minerals, Trace minerals, Vitamins, Amino Acids (proteins), Essential Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll (the blood of plants) , H2O, & Oxygen
Mineralsare inorganic, meaning that they don’t contain carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen found in organic compounds. They are an essential part of a healthy diet. These inorganic nutrients occur naturally in nonliving things, such as rocks and soil. You get minerals by including plants in your diet. Plants get their essential minerals from soil. Minerals make up the framework, or structure of our bodies therefore mineral nutrients are required to build body tissues. They are also important for muscle contractions, nerve reactions, and blood clotting. Minerals also help maintain an acid-base balance, to keep the body pH neutral.
Calcium Magnesium sodium
Phosphorous manganese sulphur
Zinc iodine vanadium
Selenium copper cobalt
Potassium molybdenum fluoride
Because our plants and soils are so nutrient depleted it’s likely that we are not getting all the minerals we need. This is another reason why I strongly recommend eating lots of water rich fruits & vegetables, but supplementing your diet may also be necessary.
Mineral malnutrition can reveal itself as minor and/or serious health conditions such as energy loss, premature aging, diminished senses, and degenerative diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer.
A vitamin is an organic compound that the human body requires as a nutrient. Our body performs several important functions such as the formation of hormones, the creation of red blood cells, the production of genetic material, and the production of nervous system chemicals. Vitamins assist with these functions, our bodies would not be able to function without them and that is why certain vitamins are known as essential vitamins. There are 13 vitamins that are known to be essential they are:
Vitamin A, D, C, B1 (Thiamine), B2, B6, Biotin, E, K, B12, Folic acid, Niacin, Pantothenic acid (B5)
Vitamins are classified as either water soluble or fat soluble vitamins based on how they are absorbed and used by the body.
Water soluble (Vitamin C and all of the B vitamins): Water soluble vitamins are vitamins that our bodies do not store. These vitamins dissolve in water when they are ingested, then go in to the blood stream. The body keeps what it needs at that time, and excess amounts are excreted in the urine. Since they can’t be stored, everybody needs a continuous supply of water soluble vitamins in order to stay healthy.
Fat Soluble (Vitamins A, D, E and K): Fat soluble vitamins are those that are normally stored in the body. When these vitamins are ingested, they dissolve in fat. In a person with a healthy digestive system, the body uses what it needs at that time and stores the rest for future use.
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. They band together in chains to form the stuff of which life is born. Amino acids are the building blocks of our bodies. Without amino acids, all cellular development, respiration, or renewal would cease. Long chains of amino acids combine to form up to 55,000 different proteins, and each protein is used to produce the enzymes, neurotransmitters, and hormones that support normal growth and functioning of all bodily organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and sex organs.
There are two types of amino acids: essential amino acids and nonessential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be manufactured in the body (you get them by eating foods that contain protein), and nonessential amino acids are manufactured within the body by combining two or more essential amino acids. However, adequate amounts of dietary protein are needed to form all 22 amino acids—if you don’t get enough protein your body won’t have the 9 essential amino acids it needs to make up the other 13 nonessential amino acids.
WHAT THE BODY USES AMINO ACIDS FOR:
Weight loss Repairing Muscles ( heart muscle) Adrenal Hormones (Cortisol)
Rebuilding muscles Liver enzymes Metabolic enzymes
Immune system (Leukocytes, T cells, Lymphocytes)
Adrenal enzymes Adrenaline Nerves
Hair /Nails Estrogen/Progesterone
Neurotransmitters: Seratonin, Endorphins, Dopamine, Gaba, Melatonin
Hormones (HGH/ Human Growth Hormone) HDL
As you can see, amino acids are a very important piece of the puzzle here. Whey protein isolate is an excellent and effective way to shuttle these amino acids into our bodies quickly. It helps us function at our best and repairs and rebuilds our tissues at the cellular level.
Chlorophyll is the molecule that absorbs sunlight and uses its energy to synthesize carbohydrates from CO2 and water. This process is known as photosynthesis, the mechanism by which plants acquire energy. Since animals and humans obtain their food supply by eating plants, photosynthesis can be said to be the source of our life also. This green substance is full of important, healing nutrients that revive the body with oxygen for optimum health. When taking chlorophyll into our bodies, our hemoglobin count is elevated and as a result, our circulation improves and we have more energy. It also enriches the blood with special nutrients that build iron.
chlorophyll helps increase heart function, improves the vascular system, cleanses the liver of heavy metals and chemical toxins, cleanses and improves the health of the intestines, uterus, and lungs. It is also a natural breath freshener and body deodorizer.
For people who really want to cleanse their bodies of impurities, adding chlorophyll is a great way to go. From liver and colon cleanses, to blood and circulation improvement, chlorophyll in the diet will bring vast improvements. If elimination issues are plaguing you, adding chlorophyll to your diet will help solve your problem.
Essential Fatty Acids are necessary fats that we cannot synthesize, and must be obtained through our diet. Our brain requires fat to function properly. In fact, nearly half of the dry weight of our brain is fat. Essential fats are functional fats and they play a critical role in the transmission of nerve impulses. Essential Fattty Acids are therefore very important ingredients for the growth and maintainence of cells. EFA’s offer many positive effects for the body, including nourishment of skin & hair, reduction of blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels; prevention of arthritis and inflammation, and the reduction of the risk of blood clotting. Essential fatty acids also help protect the body from cardiovascular disease, eczema, and psoriasis.
There are two types of EFA’s, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Omega 6 fatty acids.
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in flaxseed oil, flaxseed meal, hempseeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, avocados, dark green leafy vegetables(kale, spinach, collards etc) canola oil (cold pressed) wheat germ oil, salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, and herring.
Omega 6 fatty acids are found in olives, raw nuts, seeds, legumes, primrose oil, grapeseed oil, borage oil and canola oil.
Breathing is important for two reasons. It is the only means to supply our bodies and its various organs with the supply of oxygen which is vital for our survival. The second function of breathing is that it is one means to get rid of waste products and toxins from the body.
Oxygen is the most vital nutrient for our bodies. It is essential for the integrity of the brain, nerves, glands and internal organs. We can do without food for weeks and without water for days, but without oxygen, we will die within a few minutes. If the brain does not gets proper supply of this essential nutrient, it will result in the degradation of all vital organs in the body. Every cell in the body requires oxygen and our level of vitality is just a product of the health of all the cells.
Cardiovascular exercise is an excellent way to increase the amount of oxygen coming into our bodies. It will increase our lung capacity, and cleanse the blood of impurities. By purifying the blood stream, every part of our body benefits, as well as our mind. The brain requires more oxygen than any other organ. If it doesn’t get enough, the result is mental sluggishness, negative thoughts and possibly depression and more. By taking in more oxygen your complexion will benefit as well becoming clearer and brighter. Deep breathing through physical exercise will revitalize, re-energize, and rejuvenate every cell in our bodies.
It sounds so simple, but H20 which is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen is the most essential element, next to air, to our survival. Our body is about 75% water. Every single living cell is made up of water (intracellular fluid) – including our own body cells – and surrounded by water (extra cellular fluid). Every one of our body’s tissues and organs, as well as every one of the body’s sustaining process, such as thinking, nerve function, blood circulation, digestion, locomotion and elimination, requires water in order to function properly.
- Water serves as a lubricant
- Water forms the base for saliva
- Water forms the fluids that surround the joints.
- Water regulates the body temperature, as the cooling and heating is distributed through perspiration.
- Water helps to alleviate constipation by moving food through the intestinal tract and thereby eliminating waste- the best detoxification agent.
- Regulates metabolism
I think a majority of health related issues, including weight loss, can greatly benefit, simply by implementing these basic principles. If you think processed, denatured foods will give you what your body needs to have optimum health, think again, it‘s not going to happen. Short term you may get away with it, but long term, it will catch up to you.
Awareness is the first step to change, and so I hope this newsletter can shed some light and guide you to a higher level of health & well being.
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