111 Reasons to Plug Into Powerful Plant Nutrients for Powerful Natural Health
Shout the good news: you are programmed to be healthy … sickness is an unnatural state
Once you lose your health no amount of money will restore it
1. How much do you care about your health or others you care about? Health care can be described as diagnosis, treatment and recovery of disease, illness or other injuries delivered by health professionals within allied fields.
2. Wellness can be described as using products for preventative health care when you’re technically not sick. If you think healthy lifestyle choices are expensive, try getting sick.
3. Differentiate between two kinds of disease. Infectious diseases are caused by infections…an outside virus, bacteria, or microbe best treated with medications to kill the invaders.
4. Cellular degenerative diseases result when your very own cells no longer absorb adequate nutrients or eliminate waste properly. These are patterns of symptoms or metabolic disorders that compound over a long period of time.
5. Appreciate the universal power of one cell, the living unit that constructs your body and needs a full spectrum of nutrients daily to enable itself to repair, regenerate and protect itself from infections or other damage.
6. Note that for thousands of years, “ethno botany” was the basis for healing. If the medical time-line is measured as 24 hours, it is only in the last 3 to 4 seconds that nutritional sciences make an appearance.
7. Believe that health, as defined by wellness, is attainable by every single person. Align the elements of your body with its natural environment.
8. Complete this sentence: Eating is about _____________________________. From a cell’s point of view, the biological purpose of eating is to provide energy and nutrients to individual cells. The food you eat assimilates into your blood stream and creates cells, tissues, organs and the brain.
9. Never take for granted your food choices. Food is your body’s fuel, far more than just taste, convenience or psychological need.
10. Picture your choice of food traveling far beyond the digestive system (mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestine) to numerous interconnected systems. Your body is a community…a malfunction in one area affects the whole organism.
11. Life and death begin and end in the colon. Everything you put into your mouth will modify your biology some way.
12. Your eating patterns are greatly changing … from family farms to manufacturing name brand foods with long shelf lives. Mass production and distribution of industrialized products account for at least 50,000 invented food stuffs by “food engineers.”
13. Take charge in limiting processed food. Intensive manufacturing can only deplete enzymes, vitamins and minerals. You may be overfed, but undernourished.
14. Maintain your health through wise food choices. Disease prevention is far less expensive than disease treatment. Avoid the pattern of “medicalization” of common events that only drugs can counteract or improve natural body functions.
15. The health of a single cell holds the key to the health,or disease, of the whole body.Cells are molecular biochemical factories integrated into every major system programmed for maximum efficiency.
16. Millions of cells must be regenerated every minute of every day based on a balance of micro-nutrients from food for energy, building, repairing and protecting against disease.
17. Each cell is surrounded by a double layer of phospholipids that allow food nutrients to pass through and waste materials to exit.
18. A nutrient is defined as any matter that is digested in order to maintain cellular structure and function for energy, body building and immunity against disease.
19. Cells need at least 100 nutrients a day for optimum performance at the same time and in the right ratio to each other to perform 1000’s of biochemical reactions.
20. Some essential nutrients cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from food (minerals, amino acids)
21. Modern botanical data shows fruits and vegetables are filled with 100’s of nutrients called phytonutrients.
22. Modern bio-sciences show that human cells have evolved from specialized whole food chemistry. Healthy cells have normal biochemistry based on proper nutrients present in the right ratio and balance. Unhealthy cells start because they lack vital nutrients creating abnormal biochemistry or metabolism.
23. Realize that 95% of your body is composed of 5 macro elements — Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Potassium and Sulfur. 70% of your body is water, molecules of H2 and O.
24. Provide your cells with excellent biological fuel from food containing carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fatty acids, and vitamins which are all organic based on CARBON compounds.
25. Essential minerals make up about 4% of the body known as macro-minerals, micro-minerals and trace minerals. All the vitamins in the world have no benefit if your body is deficient in minerals.
26. It’s interesting to note that plant cells need many of the same elements for growth as human cells: namely, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium as well as all the trace minerals.
27. If your diet lacks a full spectrum of minerals, it is important to supplement; but, make sure your mineral supplements come from plants, not ground up rock or metals that can actually accumulate in body tissues.
28. A vitamin is composed of the elements: Carbon Hydrogen and Oxygen.
29. Make sure your fuel contains essential amino acids or building blocks of protein used in the growth, repair and maintenance of tissues.
30. Make sure your fuel contains fats and fatty acids. Not all fats are bad …some are your best metabolic friend such as omega 6 and omega 3.
31. Just imagine it is estimated that every year over 90% of your body is completely replaced, reconstructed entirely from the nutrients you eat. the quality of these nutrients determines the quality of your renewed cellular structures.
32. Picture your choice of food contains either “good guy” or “bad guy” nutrients that will either nurture or injure your cells.
33. Consider food is fuel with natural biochemicals that become the actual components of your cellular structures, function, and immune system protection.
34. Note that our human genome (DNA) is similar to humans that lived 40,000 years ago surviving on a Paleo diet.
35. Use the word bio-nutrition in every day language. It means that cells need essential micro-nutrients daily to provide metabolic energy, bodybuilding and protection against damage or disease.
36. Scientific evidence verifies that many diseases are preventable through proper nutrition. You have an inborn potential for abundance and regeneration
37. One reason your cells break down is poor biological fuel (lack of full spectrum nutrients.)
38. A free radical is an unstable molecule that is implicated in the disease and aging process when anti-oxidants are deficient.
39. Anti-oxidants can neutralize free radicals by giving them extra electrons to protect against inflammation and damage.
40. Oxidative stress or inflammation is an imbalance between free radicals and not enough anti-oxidants.
41. Best source of anti-oxidants are fruits, vegetables and whole food supplements.
42. Take note that you have not changed biologically in the past twenty thousand or so years, but the changes in your environment are dramatic. You are now “hunters” in the supermarkets, loading your buggies with bottles, boxes, cans full of refined, reconstituted, and fortified “non-nutrients”.
43. Given total nutrients and a strong immune system, your body has amazing healing properties of its own
44. The natural immune system is complex with highly specialized cells and an entire circulatory system which carries lymph fluid throughout the length of your body to protect it from infection and other irregularities.
45. Your cells must deal with an increasingly toxic world.
46. Understand that 60 to 80% of the lymphatic system is located in your small intestine in order to signal and respond to substances or organisms that could threaten your health.
47. The state of the immune system in the development of diseases is more important than exposure to toxins, viruses or bacteria.
48. Question any matter that is an inorganic version of nutrients. Look at your innate biology, and choose the biological fuel or food to help restructure healthy cells.
49. Check out the clinical effectiveness of dietary supplements that help support your immune system.
50. Taking isolated vitamins for specific problems is not natural and doesn’t work. In fact, the body can treat isolated and synthetic nutrients like foreign substances that can actually create deficiencies in other nutrients.
51. One of the most important health decisions is right choice of supplements to overcome a deficiency in individual biochemistry for a long term balance.
52. Criteria for an essential supplement must contain a holistic balanced spectrum of nutrients for cellular metabolism including antioxidants, all vitamins, all minerals, amino acids, enzymes and co-factors to deliver these nutrients.
53. Must AVOID additives or synthetic nutrients — consider natural and whole food-based. Must comply with current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) ?
54. Do careful research about taking massive doses of vitamins and minerals, especially the popular and cheap synthetic “vitamins” widely sold in discount retail stores.
55. Be specific in checking out the proven clinical effectiveness of your supplement in research studies. Access the National Library of Medicine database (https://www.pubmed.gov) and search for specific ingredients and their clinical efficacy.
56. Growing marketplace trend is a variety of high density whole food liquid nutrition or super food concentrates made from vegetables or fruits.
57. Measure the cost of supplements as a long term investment in health. It is only a fraction of long term costs if you should get a chronic disease. The lowest price should never determine what you buy.
58. Welcome a new word — Phytonutrition. Phytonutrients or phytochemicals are abundant micro-nutrients found in plants … in leaves, stems, and roots. Plants use them for protection from the environment, and now bio-scientists are recommending them for protection in humans.
59. Notice the obvious structural elements between vitamins, anti-oxidants and phytonutrients.
60. Value the hundreds of long term research studies that show the role of phytonutrients in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular, cancer, chronic inflammation, asthma, liver disease and more.
61. Indulge, yes, yes, yes … in dark chocolate only which contains flavonols with a special compound called epicatechin antioxidant properties that can help your cardiovascular system .
62. Note the USDA (U S Department of Agriculture) statement: “it appears that an effective strategy of supporting health is to increase consumption of phytonutrient rich food. Unfortunately, it is estimated that nearly 70% of what we eat is processed foodstuffs with chemicals that are unknown to the human cells.”
63. Eat the whole food spectrum with gusto and appreciation. Grandma may always have told you to eat your vegetables but she many not have told you that there are more than a hundred different phytochemical in just one serving of vegetable.
64. Question how a single part ( a vitamin or a mineral) can be as beneficial as the whole food. It is no longer reasonable to assume that a single substance whether nutrient, pill or drug, can aid or fix the body’s interdependent systems.
65. Imagine that our medical timeline is 24 hours old. Nutritional sciences and research has emerged in the last 2 or 3 minutes.
66. Many scientists believe that new medical advances in the next few years will be found in nutritional sciences … Nature’s pharmacy.
67. Beautify your skin with whole foods loaded with natural anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. Here’s a good rule: If you can’t it eat it…don’t put it on your body. After all your skin is your body’s largest organ.
68. Purchase a variety of fresh whole foods to make an investment in health … red, green and yellow.
69. Imagine if millions of shopping carts start picking up whole foods along the perimeters of stores. (Wouldn’t a few corporate heads start to take notice … the power of the well-informed consumer?)
70. Include the top 10 anti-oxidant foods: small red beans, wild blueberries, red kidney beans, pinto beans, cultivated blueberries, cranberries, artichokes, blackberries, prunes and raspberries.
71. Include the most phyto-dense good sources such as soy, tomatoes, broccoli, garlic, flaxseed, citrus fruits, melons, grapefruit, blueberries, sweet potatoes, chili peppers and legumes (beans lentils)
72. Include RAW NUTS. Best food sources include almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts that are rich in unsaturated fats that lower cholesterol. Treat your self with pumpkin seeds, particularly nutrient dense.
73. Incorporate more MARINE ALGAE and its derivatives. Ocean water contains over 77 elements ... always ask about the source of sea plants because they readily absorb all compounds including pollutants in water.
74. Remember that many important drugs are derived from the pharmacologic agents found in herbs. For example, white willow bark led to aspirin. Mexican wild yam led to birth control pills. Foxglove led to digitalis.
75. Herbs offer an abundant source of anti-oxidants, estimated to be even more than fruits and vegetables as well as minerals and multivitamins.
76. Give credence to folk herbal medicines even if anecdotal. Gradually, controlled scientific trials are proving their effectiveness.
77. Familiarize yourself with the Science of Life called AYURVEDA. It is a 5000 year old health system practiced primarily in India with the motto “the whole man is treated by the whole plant.”
78. Flavor your meals generally with herbs or spices and literally “upgrade” your food without adding a single calorie by adding color, flavor, vitamins, and minerals.
79. Spices and herbs have real medicinal properties based on studies (cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, peppermint, etc.) Also create a more thermogenic effect which means they naturally increase your metabolism.
80. Eating hot peppers can curb appetite and boost metabolic activity. For example, cayenne pepper contains a compound called capsaicin which acts as a mild blood thinner that reduces platelet stickiness to improve circulation, fight inflammation and boost immunity.
81. Never assume some “discovery” from a scientific laboratory has all the answers to better health when Mother Nature holds all the keys and locks to your quality cellular survival.
82. Be aware that testing for dietary supplements or natural therapies is more complex than drugs based usually on one single active ingredient. Botanical products have complex chemical structures with potentially hundreds of active ingredients. More and more bio-science shows rather than seeking “silver bullets in a bottle for well-being” let Nature bring its full arsenal of nutritional powers.
83. About 90% of money spent on food is on processed food and only 10% on fresh food … it should be the opposite.
84. Food system has moved beyond independent family farms and local processors to “forced production” giants in agriculture and conglomerates or “national food chains,’ supermarkets, or franchised restaurants.
85. Fast food processing is often nutrient deficient due to several reasons: green harvesting, time lag between harvesting and stores, storage, transportation, preparation, and the refining of sugar, corn syrup, cereals, and grains.
86. Question the unnatural degree of environmental toxins in soil and water … fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides. Or antibiotics in meat animals also ingested by humans.
87. Reducing sugar intake should be on the top of your priority list, because sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol,diabetes ,weight gain, premature aging, and more.
88. Be serious about using hydrogenated or fractionated artificial margarine as an alternative to natural butter. These trans-fats give the same rigidity in cellular membranes.
89. Look for trans fats in labels on manufactured foods … cookies ... crackers … chips, etc. as required by the FDA.
90. Remove advertisements for processed foods from your main menu. The food manufacturing industry is the third largest industry often setting our cultural eating habits to reflect corporate marketing.
91. No advertisement on an early Saturday morning kids’ cartoon show for delicious fast food breakfast that will dramatically increase inflammatory markers in the blood stream up to 4 hours after eating it.
92. Prepare for future advances in fortification of foods to enhance naturally occurring nutrients called nutraceuticals. Do we really need them?
93. Keep an open mind that food labeling regulations cannot carry health claims. However, because of clinical evidence, the FDA allows some foods to carry health claims with more to come… walnuts, olive oil, oats.
94. Read the labels as carefully as if reading a drug label before a food product enters your home. Watch for dangerous additives: sodium nitrites, MSG, aspartame and other excitotoxins.
95. Maintain a diet as a mathematical equation. It is not personal, a magic weight loss pill, powder or patch, it’s only numbers. Every mouthful of food needs to be metabolized or burned; otherwise, the calories are converted into glucagons and transported to fat cells.
96. Keep a calorie diary or journal.
97. Eliminate poor snack choices from your kitchen by keeping handy different nutritious snacks: dried cranberries, almonds, celery and peanut butter.
98. Do not be victimized by the new enemy of the 21st century which can best be summed up as appetite fueled by high volume and billion dollar advertisement pitches. Be immune to promotional product hype and economic incentives.
99. Obesity rates are rising in a time of low fat and sugar-free hype. Consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup as a sweetener has increased more than 1000% in the last 20 years … more than any other food.
100. Buy a supplement that should be on everyone’s list; namely, STEVIA. It is a plant that is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. Avoid artificial sweeteners like Nutrasweet with reported side effects.
101. Replenish and stabilize friendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract with live cultured or fermented probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut.
102. Eat smaller meals more often four or five times daily rather than 3 large meals. Eating smaller amounts of protein that takes more calories to digest
103. Wonder about the present fact that a food product found in nature cannot carry a label with health claims. Imagine if consumers turned to nutritional solutions for prevention of health problems … where are the profit margins for drugs?
104. Identify the dietary habits that sabotage, support or diminish your health. The breakthrough is to stop believing you are a victim surrounded by external circumstances. Your body is a temple, your food is the light, be kind to yourself.
105. Become a life-long learner by subscribing to newsletters on natural healthy eating and diet control. Learn how others avoid becoming a statistic in a disease orientated society.
106. When a diet changes, your life may change. Remember it takes months of healthy eating and wise lifestyle choices to make lasting changes in your health and immune system.
107. Be awe inspired that you can trace the course of nutrients through the ocean, air, soil, your body and back to the ocean again. You are of the earth —your body is composed of elements of the earth — hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen predominate even in your cells.
108. Enjoy some of the best health strategies that are free: sunshine, water, stress reduction, physical exercise.
109. Marvel once more at the miracle of planting a seed, and watching a plant develop out of the soil, minerals, air, water and the sun’s energy.
110. Take the wheel and travel the road of wellness. Be selective and visionary. It’s about making many small decisions that over time make substantial differences: drink more water, limit carbs, natural fats, unprocessed whole foods, exercise, and proper supplements.
111. Take today as every day of importance in fitting your life of meaning, respect and unity into the resources, systems and interdependence on this very finite and bountiful planet.
...until man can duplicate a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant. The rays of the sun and the mother o all life…Thomas Edison
What reason or reasons are most important or you? They are all welcome in my home.