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NUTRITION AND HEALTH, WHAT IS THE LINK?

"Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food" - Hippocrates

Socrates once said, "There is only one good, that is, knowledge and one evil, that is, ignorance."

This statement should guide us in all of our actions, especially where our health is concerned.  Too manny of us do not have the slightest idea of how to maintain good health.  When illness strikes, we rely on our doctors to cure us.  What we fail to realise sis that 'the cure' comes from within. Nature has provided us with a wondrous immune system, and all we have to do is take proper care of this inner healing force.  Does this sound too simple? Basically, it is simple; our modern lifestyles have gotten us off the right tract, with fast foods, alcohol, abuse, drug dependencies, a polluted environment, and high-tech stress.  Nature intended to fuel our inner healing force with the right natural substances, to enable the body to function up to its fullest potential.  Nature's resources - whole foods, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, phyto-chemicals, and other natural bounties - are designed for use in our immune systems.  However, because most of us have a profound lack of knowledge as to what our bodies need to function properly, we find ourselves out of balance and susceptible to all sorts of illnesses.

All individuals should take an active part in the maintenance of their health and in the treatment of their disorders, albeit with the guidance of a health care professional.  The more we take it upon ourselves to learn about nutrition, the better prepared we will be to take that active role.  

Attitude is also an important factor in the processes of health maintenance and healing.  We must have a positive  state of mind in order to bring harmony to the body.  The realisation that body (lifestyle), mind (belief) and spirit (desire) must come together is the first step to better health.

The body is a complex organism that has the ability to heal itself - if only you listen to it and respond with proper nourishment and care.  In spite of all the abuse our bodies endure - whether through exposure to environmental toxins, poor nutrition, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, or lack of exercise - they still usually serve us well for many years before signs of illness may start to appear.  Even then, with a little help they  respond  and continue to function.

Think of your body as being composed of millions of tiny little engines.  Some of these engines work in unison; some work independently.  All are on call twenty-four hours a day.  In order for the engines to work properly, they require fuels. If the type of fuel given is the wrong blend, the engine will not perform to its maximum capacity.  If the fuel is of a poor grade, the engine may sputter, hesitate, and lose power.  If the engine is given no fuel at all, it will stop.

The fuel we give our bodies' engines comes directly from the things we consume.  The foods we eat contain nutrients. These nutrients  come in the form of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, water, amino acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.  It is these nutrients that sustain life by providing us with the basic materials our bodies need to carry on their daily functions.

Individual nutrients differ in form and function , and in the amount needed by the body; however, they are all vital to our health.  The actions that involve nutrients take place on microscopic levels, and the specific processes, from combating infection to repairing tissue to thinking.  Although nutrients have different specific functions, their common function is to keep us going.

Research has  shown that each part of the body contains high concentrations of certain nutrients.  A deficiency of those nutrients will cause the body part to malfunction and eventually break down - and, like dominos, other body parts will follow.  To keep this from happening, we need a proper diet of appropriate nutritional value.  Brain function, memory, skin elasticity, eyesight, energy, the ration of lean-to-fat tissue in the body, and overall health are all indications of how well the body is functioning.  With the help of the proper nutrients, exercise and a balanced diet, we can slow the ageing process and greatly improve our chances for a healthier, pain-free - and possibly longer - life.

Phyllis A. Balch: 2006: Prescription for Nutritional healing: Avery New York


Published Date: 06 Oct 2014