Like vitamins, minerals are micronutrients, which our bodies require, in small but steady supplies. As micronutrients, the importance of minerals in our diet is far greater than the required amount indicates. Our material bodies are made up of more than 100 elements, which have been identified. Of these, four elements make up 96% of our bodies: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen,
Vitamins are essential for the body to be able to put the nutrients in food to use.
Because vitamins are not produced by the body, we have to get them through the food that we also eat!
Our bodies only need a certain amount of vitamins, which can be provided by eating reasonable amounts of foods that contain those vitamins.
This certainly makes more sense to me than eating all kinds of refined, vitamin-depleted foods and then guzzling vitamin supplement pills to make up for it.
An easily burnable form of energy comes to us in the form of sugar or starch.
Carbohydrates have a very bad public image in that they are generally thought of as fattening. This is because most of the carbohydrate consumed in this country has been processed or refined, leaving an empty calorie.
In their whole, natural, unadulterated state, all carbohydrates come packaged with vitamins and minerals, which make the energy in the carbohydrate digestible by the body.
Through the process of photosynthesis, plants convert the energy of the sun, carbon dioxide from the air, and minerals and water from the earth into atomic bonds that are solid enough for teeth to sink into. We can consume these forms of energy directly, by eating plant foods, or indirectly, by eating animals that have eaten these plant foods.
For the most part, when we read textbooks or try to figure out the jargon associated with nutrition, it tends to confuse or even alienate us. It certainly did that to me in the beginning when I tried to make sense of it all. And what a shame that was, because to be able to understand how to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind is so importantly basic to each and every one of us.
I remember when I was growing up in the 1940s my parents got into a new thing for them called smoking. By the 50s and 60s the whole country was obsessed. Even the physicians did ads touting the safety of smoking.
But there were activists and protesters that said smoking was harmful and they were laughed at, demeaned, and called disrespectful, all because they were against it.
But all the “respectful” people like the politicians, the tobacco companies, and all the “hip” people blasted them saying, “it was safe”, or “no tests found any negative effects.”
Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Only this time smoking has become GMOs.
What would you do if you learned there was a concerted effort to keep you sick? And what would you do if you learned that the way they could do that was by the food that you ate? Would that upset you? Well, be prepared.
Recently, I offered 2 articles written by reporters about the opioid epidemic involving America. Well, here’s part 3 written by a “hooker’, Dr. Marty Makary, who is a professor of surgery and health policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and an adviser to Practicing Wisely. The article again appeared in the Asbury Park Press on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
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