What is a good diet?
I’ve seen a lot of confusion as to what “good nutrition” is. I’ve seen a lot of confusion about what supplements are and the difference between vitamins and herbs. I have seen these definitions misunderstood and used incorrectly. Let’s get back to basics.
What your body needs
There are forty nutrients that cannot be made by the body. These are essential fatty acids, 15 vitamins, 14 minerals and 10 amino acids. Collectively, these forty nutrients are what the body needs to function optimally. All forty nutrients work together; therefore, the absence of any of them can lead to deficiencies that can create problems for your health.
Where do you find these nutrients? Of the food we eat.
When do we complete? You supplement these vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids when you don’t get what your body needs from the foods you eat.
Yes, that’s where organic, unprocessed foods come in. You get more of these forty nutrients when you get them from real foods, not processed foods with an “other ingredients” list on the inside. ‘label.
Organic foods are certified organic products that have been grown and processed to strict standards. No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land where these foods have been growing for at least 3 years. They use environmentally friendly methods and substances to improve the soil and control pests. The result is that organic foods contain more of the nutrients the body needs.
Knowing that the body will repair itself, if it had the right tools (or nutrients as above), we can see how natural healing occurs.
In natural healing, you are supplementing with the nutrients the body needs for that specific health issue. There is usually a specific nutrient deficiency that created the problem to begin with. These deficiencies can be one or a combination of the forty nutrients necessary for the proper functioning of the body; which means creating energy and repairing itself.
Repair? The body is made up of cells and cells are always dying and new cells are always being made. Whether to make new healthy cells or unhealthy cells depends on the availability of the proper nutrients for this repair. A good carpenter can make a nice piece of furniture, but he would need good solid wood and nails. He wouldn’t get a good piece of furniture if he only had plywood and staples.
What about herbal supplements?
Herbs are not among the essential nutrients for health. Is it the same type of supplementation?
Herbs are called the green pharmacy. Medicinal plants are used to replace or improve pharmaceutical products (be careful, however, to check with your pharmacist before mixing a drug and a herbal remedy).
Herbs are natural: they are not man-made chemicals. They can be taken in the form of compresses, herbal teas or infusions. They are also available as extracts in many herbal remedies.
Herbs are medicinal remedies and were used by doctors and taught in medical schools before 1920. Herbs can help the body recover, but you should always know that you need to address the underlying cause of the problem and cause the body to heal itself. To heal itself, the body needs its health ingredients which are the forty nutrients described above.