Healing With Basic Nutrition
Healing With Basic Nutrition
Please investigate healing with basic nutrition and all the natural healing and alternative methods, especially including healing foods. Self-healing is possible in fact it is very likely if you apply the different methods that we suggest here. Healing is a multifaceted process. It can be overwhelming when you began. Try one thing at a time and work it. Don't try to do too much at once.
The basic nutrients in our foods are proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and water these nutrients are essential for the building, maintenance and reproduction of our body tissues.
Proteins are the major resource for the structural and functional components of our body. It is only used as energy as a last resort. Amino acids make up the building blocks of a protein. There are 22 different amino acids which in various combinations make up all the proteins found in nature. Only eight of the 22 are essential to us because they cannot be made in human metabolism. These eight must be provided in sufficient quantities in our food in order for us to enjoy good health.
Fats are made up of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. They are a physiological source of energy and provide structural material for the human body. There are two kinds of fat unsaturated (liquid at room temperature), and saturated (solid at room temperature). Unsaturated fats are found mostly in plant tissues. Saturated fats are found mostly in animal tissues. Most of the fats that we need for good nutrition can be synthesized in the body from carbohydrates as we need them. The ones we can't synthesize are called nonessential because they are not necessary ingredients in our diet. Essential fats must be provided to us in our foods. We get them from a few unsaturated fats.
Carbohydrates provide the most bioavailable source of energy and structural material for our bodies. They are made up of saccharides which are long chain molecules of carbon and hydrogen and oxygen. These complex carbohydrate molecules are commonly referred to as starch.
Green and yellow vegetable are mostly complex carbohydrate. They provide very few calories. The amount of complex carbohydrates may provide the diet small. Fruits, because of the sweet taste, are higher in calorie and are 90% carbohydrate. Sweet tasting forms of carbohydrates provide glucose and fructose. Whole grains and the flours made from them, tubers, legumes, winter squashes all contain high amounts of complex carbohydrates. Potatoes, corn, rice, and other grains store about 80% of their calories as complex carbohydrates. Lentils, peas, and beans are 70% complex carbohydrates.
Starches have enough calories to meet all the energy needs of a normal active person. Starches have enough protein, fiber, minerals, essential fat and vitamin to meet our daily dietary needs.
Once eaten the colon breaks carbohydrate back down into simple sugars. These simple sugars pass easily through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. There they are used by the body as energy.
A byproduct of eating carbohydrates is dietary fiber. These are even longer chains of complex carbohydrates. This makes up the bulk of your stool. Fiber provides no nutrition to the body but is necessary for colin health. Fiber can only be found in plant tissue.
Approximately 60% of our body is water. It provides no energy to our body but yet is essential to life. It is passive solvent in which gases, salts, and compounds interact. Water actively participates in forming the building block cells and is the environment in which cells live. There are many other reasons why water is essential.
Proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and water are called macronutrients because they make up the bulk of our food. Our food is also made up of two micronutrients vitamins, and minerals. This is only a very small amount of our diet.
Vitamins are organic compounds. They are synthesized mainly by plants and bacteria. People can synthesize their own vitamin D with the help of the Sun. Our vitamin supply must come from plants and our own bowels. There are diseases that develop from in adequate supplies of vitamins.
Minerals are inorganic materials that come from the earth. We have to have these in adequate amounts to maintain our health. They are necessary for metabolic reaction to numerous to count in the body. We need them for structural material, enzyme production, etc.
Our foods can also have non nutrients in them, things like chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, cholesterol, and various additives. These non-nutrients may be very small but can have a very large impact on our health. We must try to have the purest food as possible in order to maintain the best health.
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