The quality of what is put into our bodies is in direct correlation with what we get out of it. Our bodies are machines. They are capable of incredible feats that we can barely duplicate outside of the body. Like all machines, there are requirements to keep them running effectively. But akin to that, they have to be made (or repeatedly re-made) properly. Some machines, if not made or maintained properly can take lives.
How would we feel, for instance, if the manufacturer of a large passenger airplane decided that the quality of materials that went into it didn’t matter and that good materials were too expensive. Instead, they decided to use the same grade aluminum as in our soda cans. Instead of welding things together, they decided to just glue them. In the engine, they chose a cheaper grade of oil and fuel, and decided to do maintenance only once in 10 years. The pilot decided he could do it all alone – no co-pilot was needed, and radios were a waste, as air traffic control could see them, so why should they talk? We all know that these decisions could have catastrophic outcomes.
What about your body? What is your body made out of? The purpose of eating is to provide the building blocks for a healthy body, and to support function. What materials are being put into it? The equivalent of cheap soda aluminum, (also known as junk food) or something more substantial like good, wholesome foods that would contribute to a healthy frame and engine? A structure so strong as to withstand the stresses imposed on it by daily living, a not-so-healthy environment and emotional duress?
According to Judith DeCava (a scholarly nutritional researcher and writer), the body is composed of between 80 and 100 trillion cells. Approximately two billion cells must be replaced every hour – 24 billion cells a day. That means that each and every day makes a difference. Every mouthful, you decide: “Is this going to contribute to a healthy functioning body, or one that is weak and flimsy, unable to cope with extra, or even normal every day stresses?” “Will the outcome of what I eat make me get sick easily, worsen an already compromised system in my body, or be the beginning of a new disorder?”
With so many choices and temptations – exotic, sweet, delectable, visually appealing tastes...well, it’s no wonder we succumb to choices we know better than to consume. Marketing is incredibly effective, and so much of what we learn is what the marketers want us to learn. What they don’t want us to learn is what will make the difference between a strong human frame and a defective one.
The list of ingredients in our foods that is harmful would take an article of itself. Suffice it to say, that the more we stick with foods the way “Mother Nature” gave them to us, the stronger our physical, emotional and chemical health will be. That means to fly straight and sure, stick with whole grains (non-GMO), fresh vegetables, fruits, and pasture-raised animals and eggs.
©2018 Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.
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