Every living thing needs sustenance – fuel- to grow and survive. All plants and animals depend on some external energy/nutrition source to maintain the life force. For us humans, the fuel we put into our bodies has a direct effect on our bodily functions and overall health - from breathing, to moving, to metabolizing, and even our moods and thoughts.
Plants convert energy from the sun, animals consume the plants or other animals, and humans get energy from consuming both plants and animals. Everything is connected in a perfect system of recycling wastes to replenish the nutrients in the soil. But modern society has created a weakness in the chain. By introducing chemical fertilizers, life killing pesticides, antibiotics and other drugs for animal mass production, and food processing, synthetic additives and irradiation to put back the flavor and nutrients and increase shelf life, our food is less flavorful, less nutritious, and yes, toxic. The technology to make more food available, faster-and-cheaper has had a major downside. Plain and simple, this approach goes against the laws of nature and our health and this planet are suffering the consequences.
What exactly should be considered “food?” The dictionary definition is any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth. The key word is nutritious. Simply capable of being ingested and not making you acutely ill at the time, is not the same as a nutritious food. Hunger or energy may be satisfied, but ultimately what the body needs is not met and in time, health can deteriorate.
How would you know if the food you are eating is nourishing? The key is becoming more aware of nutrition. What does the label tell you? Where does your food come from? How is it processed, stored, and prepared? Should you care? Only if you are interested in staying healthy.
Going back to the dictionary, “nourishing” is a term which means containing substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition. Our ancestors who were able to survive when food was scarce, could never imagine starvation where food was abundant. We’re overweight and undernourished. The cells that make up our bodies are suffering from vitamin deficiencies, metabolic inefficiency, and toxic overloads. Fatigue, pain, and moodiness seem to be the accepted norm.
Ask yourself, “Am I being well nourished?”
Impact of Nutritional Deficiency
Millions of people are purchasing supplements to replace the vitamins and minerals missing from our food. Digestive disorders are on the rise, from leaky gut, to irritable bowel, to GERD, to constipation. There are more people suffering with allergies, headaches, fatigue, depression, infertility, and cancers. And we’re overweight! Could this have something to do with our food intake?
Here are some troubling trends: