I try to eat healthy, but I realize that my efforts are not always enough to meet what my body needs. The whole spectrum of nutrients our bodies need is quite mind boggling. There are macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients that our bodies depend on for sustenance and healing. Many of these nutrients have a specific function in the body, and if we don’t consume them, our bodies suffer sooner or later.
Some of the nutrients we need, we are able to get from the food we eat, and other nutrients we need are made by enzymes and probiotics within our system as they break apart what we’ve eaten and reformulate these ingredients into additional essential nutrients and co-factors. Our bodies are like small factories. As long as we give it the right building blocks, it can extract what is needed and it can also make some of the things we need that might be in a different form than what we are consuming by recombining the basic ingredients. Some B vitamins are like this for example, some we are able to get from food, and for others if given the right building blocks, there are bacteria in our gut that can manufacture some of the B vitamins and D vitamin co-factors that are a requirement for life.
However, most people don’t get enough of what they need from regular foods anymore. Soils are depleted and are not allowed to rest and recover and renew with organic matter to replenish the nutrients between seasons of crops. Instead, artificial nutrients are sprayed onto the soil and/or plants and production continues to keep on producing and cut costs. The result is plants that lack quality and nutrition.
In my own life, not all of my younger years were the greatest nutritionally. I started getting serious about what I put into my body when I was about 27 or so. I started drinking raw milk, raising most of our foods, and taking food based supplements. I finally became pregnant when I was almost 30 after several years of trying and hoping and praying to have a child. I know prayer and changing the foods I was eating had a big impact on our ability to conceive. I realized right away, that building babies in the womb, and later nursing on demand and lack of sleep when you have young children, takes a lot of nutrients and energy from momma. Overtime, my body became depleted of nutrients and just like the land that produces crops, I needed to renew my body with a layer of organic materials and rest.
A few of the ways I have found to add in extra nutrition into my body and my family is to add additional fruits and vegetables, either chopped very small so they are not noticed, or blended into a paste to mix in a recipe or into a smoothie, or dried and ground into a powder and put these into things we already eat. For example, into our chili, I add extra things like diced zucchini and spinach, and because of the spices, chili sauce and texture of the beans, you don’t even notice the hidden veggies. When I make cookies and cakes, sometimes I grate carrots or use pumpkin puree to enhance the nutrition. We also enjoy making smoothies. The kids don’t even realize their smoothies are packed with fruits and veggies that often they would eat if put on a plate in front of them. But hidden in other foods they enjoy, they consume these extra nutrients without any stress or fuss.
Adding the dried powders from fruits and veggies may be the most significant thing I am doing to bring change and healing to myself and family. There are so many benefits to including this in our meals. The boost it gives my food helps renew and rebuild my body from the inside out. It boosts my immune system. This also seems to help me age more gracefully because raw phyto-nutrients heal the body, reduce oxidation, improve cardiovascular wellness, reduce inflammation in the blood stream and through-out the body, rebuilds the blood stream, repairs DNA, and protects it from breaking.
Father God created fruits and vegetables as multipurpose use for the body to work as food and medicine, as a method sustenance, disease prevention, healing intervention, and rebuilding. No one knows our bodies better than our creator.
I really enjoy listening to “experts” who look to Father God and use the natural foods and plants he created for achieving health and wellness. Dr. Sears is one of those experts. Dr. Axe and Jordan Rubin are a couple more who are terrific too.
Jordan Rubin recommends 3 things to consider when choosing what foods to eat:
- Eat only what God created for food.
- Eat food in a form that is healthy for the body.
- Don’t make any food or drink your idol.
In this video clip, Dr. Axe and Jordan Rubin team up to help you improve digestion of your foods, and offer 9 suggestions to help you maximize the nutrients from what you are eating.
In this video, Dr. Sears recommends adding powdered fruits and vegetables to your diet for better health. He also recommends that each person do the research on anything you put into your body, as well as asking 2 specific questions before taking any nutritional supplement:
- Is there solid science that proves it gets into the blood stream?
- Is there solid science that it is effective and provides positive healthy change once it gets into the blood steam?
I hope to improve my health one day at a time, one simple step at a time, as my family and I get back to basics of wholesome foods and biblical principles of living.