Why is nutrition important? The body, requires nutrients from the food we eat in order to live. These nutrients are
vitamins (B vitamins), anti-oxidants (A, C, D, E and K), minerals (calcium,
magnesium and zinc), trace minerals (selenium and iodine), amino acids (the
building blocks to protein), essential fatty acids (omega 3 & 6) and
enzymes (protease, lipase, and amylase). Some of the most important nutrients are probiotics, which we get from fermented and cultured foods easily made from probiotic-rich
apples, cabbage or milk and taken daily.
Without proper nutrition our nutrient reserves become depleted in the body and we start to see early aging, inflammation, brain fog and eventually dis-ease.
Traditional Chinese Medicine categorized food into 5 'flavors': Bitter, Sour, Pungent, Salty and Sweet. These flavors aid in our health. For example, Bitter flavors - which include dandelion greens and root, burdock root, quinoa and celery - are anti-inflammatory. Pungent flavor such as ginger, cayenne pepper, garlic, onion and cinnamon increase circulation.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are called essential because we can not make them and must receive them from our food. The essential fatty acids we most need are the Omega 3s (alpha-linolenic acid) which are necessary for:
Oils lubricate our joints feed our brain, and keep us soft and supple. Without these oils we would dry up, and without bitter, pungent and sour foods we would have a hard time utilizing the oils.
The foods we ate 100
years ago came from small farmsteads, the land was
fertile and rich in nutrients. The cows, pigs, chickens and goats were raised
on grass, vegetable scraps and bugs. They were not given hormones or antibiotics, their
manure and compost enriched the soil, there milk, eggs and meat were full of
omegas 3s. Cheese, butter, yogurt, or kefir was made from raw
(unpasteurized) milk full of vitamins, amino acids, essential fatty acids and
enzymes, enabling us to receive all that a body needs. We had fresh air and mineral-rich, living
Why is nutrition important? Our bodies
are designed to eat local food seasonally; those foods which are abundant are
those foods which our body needs to attune the body for the next season as well
the present season. Our body has a rhythm known as the circadian rhythm, which is our internal clock and is in sync with
our organs and glands.
Spring- LIVER & GALLBLADDER
Winter-KIDNEYS & URINARY BLADDER
Fall - LUNGS & LARGE INTESTINE
Summer - HEART & SMALL INTESTINE