Why is Nutrition Important...
Our understanding of why is nutrition important is based on the premise that nutrition can sustain health, create or avert disease through the interactions of nutrients and chemicals in digested foods with bodily fluids. And the nature of the foods we eat determines whether we experience health or disease.
Healthy eating for a healthy lifestyle should be built around nutritional guidelines rooted in an understanding of plant-based nutrition.
And only the vegan vegetarian adheres to this type of diet and principles of nutrition. So we can call this vegan nutrition as well as plant-based nutrition.
In fact, they both resonate well.
Plant-based nutrition is all about shifting your relationship with food towards improved health and vitality and away from sickness and disease.
Your recipe for eating healthy starts with water, carbohydrates, fats and protein, the four basic macronutrients of a healthy diet.
Why is nutrition important? – FATS
The human body needs fat.
From birth to early childhood, brain development requires fatty nutrients. Beyond 2-3 years of age, the body utilizes much more smaller amounts of this substance.
From this age onwards, any excessive consumption of fats escalates into being overweight and eventual obesity.
Fat is the most concentrated form of energy available for metabolic activity. And it is an essential source of energy and growth support throughout your life.
The three major fats – fatty acids – are: saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. They are our bodies’ building blocks.
Saturated fatty acids you get primarily from an animal-based diet. This includes all meats and dairy products: milk cheese, cream…
And we love to gorge and over-indulge ourselves with this stuff – saturated fats - all day long, each and every day!
Some vegetable oils and shortenings are concentrated forms of liquid saturated fatty acids. Examples are coconut oil, palm kernel oil and vegetable shortenings. Excess dietary saturated fats significantly raise low-density lipoproteins –LDLs – or bad cholesterol.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids are sourced from sunflower, corn, safflower and soybean oils. Fish oils are carriers of polyunsaturated fats. These fatty acids actually reduce total blood cholesterol levels,
… to such an extent, that they will even lower your good cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins or HDLs.
And you don’t want to do that!
Monounsaturated fatty acids you will find mostly in vegetable and nut oils. Examples are olives, peanuts rapeseed, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, avocadoes, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds.
These fatty acids in an insignificant way, reduce bad cholesterol without compromising your HDLs.
Trans fatty acids, also known as trans fats, can influence your blood cholesterol levels. They are derived from the hydrogenation process of hardening liquid vegetable oils - polyunsaturated – into margarine and shortening.
In conclusion, most foods inclusive of plant-based ones, may have a combination of these three fatty acids, one of which will be more predominant than the other(s).
A-L-L fats are high in calories for their weight and volume.
And we consume excessive amounts of these oils in our breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks every day.
I would include in this list hemp oil, flax seed oil, borage oil, fish oil and the others that are marketed in health food stores for culinary and therapeutic purposes.
You don’t need to pour concentrated liquid oils into your bodily machine!
So, hold on Keithos...
... you are saying to me no more daily intake of these dietary oils!
That's right... Absolutely!
They will eventually clog you up, constricting your vascular system, especially blocking your arteries and ballooning you up into a world of obesity.
Instead, eat, in their wholesome state, the olives, the ground flax seeds, the vegetables, fruits and nuts from which these oils are derived. This way you will naturally consume less fats, fulfill physiological requirements for this nutrient and be nutritionally satisfied at a cellular level as well.
You can also source and create fat substitutes for your cooking and baking.
And why is nutrition important?
To reverse disease…
… to maintain good health,
… you should consume less than 10% of your daily calories from fat sources.
Why is nutrition important? – PROTEIN
This macronutrient is essential for all forms of bodily growth and development. Like fats, it also provides energy to the body while helping to maintain a proper acid alkaline balance. Protein is especially necessary for the manufacturing of enzymes, tissues, hormones and antibodies.
Why is nutrition important? – CARBOHYDRATES
Carbohydrates exist as two forms: simple and complex. As a macronutrient, carbohydrate is a major supplier of energy to the body. Milk and dairy products are the only animal foods that contain carbohydrates. This essential nutrient is found mainly in plant-based whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and legumes – peas and beans.
Why is nutrition important? – WATER
About 70% of the non-fat and muscle mass of the human body is water. It is difficult to determine how much water the human body needs. Recommendations vary from one to seven liters or one to eight glasses per day to avoid dehydration.
Factors that influence your water requirements:
• Body Size
• Dietary habit
• State of health
• Physical activity
• Environmental temperature
To me, water is vital and water is food. Juice is NOT water. Drink water and eat your fruits. Rather, drink your fruits. Remember, it is best to drink your foods and to eat your drinks.
The best yardstick to determine daily water needs is to have a perception of this nutrient as food. Then you will be intuitively guided accordingly.
Why is nutrition important? – VITAMINS and ENZYMES
Vitamins regulate the metabolism and assist biochemical processes that release energy from digested food. They are micronutrients because the body needs smaller quantities compared to the macronutrients of water, carbohydrates, fats and protein.
You need water-soluble vitamins on a daily basis from food because they are not stored in the body. The oil-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K are stored in the body’s fatty tissues and the liver for long periods.
Remember, organic whole foods contain millions of nutrients bonded in complex and intricate ways not yet discovered by our scientists.
Also, there are further millions of intricate metabolic, biochemical and physiological pathways within the body that remains beyond the comprehension of human intelligence. See yourself as nature and trust in the divine providence of nature in its wholesome state.
Eat natural whole foods and live life - healthy.
Enzymes are instrumental in all biochemical processes in the body. They are catalysts for these biochemical processes. They participate in food digestion, are essential for brain stimulation, cellular energy activities and tissue, organ and cell repair.
The body secretes digestive enzymes along the gastrointestinal tract to break down foods…
… and to facilitate nutrient absorption into the blood stream.
Metabolic enzymes catalyze all chemical reactions within cells, such as energy production and detoxification.
They build and reconstruct the body from proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Metabolic enzymes busy themselves in the cells, blood, organs and tissues.
Why is nutrition important? – BIOCHEMICAL NUTRIENTS
In discussing why is nutrition important, we are establishing the relationship that exists between eating food, health and disease.
Residual wastes and excessive proteins from an animal-based diet create toxicities in the body, thus making you sick, fat and obese. Along with processed foods, you become vulnerable to varying chronic diseases and general health problems.
These foods create a specific type of biochemical milieu in your body, diametrically opposed to the vegan lifestyle of whole food plant-based consumption.
Just imagine chewing on the chemicals exuded from an animal-protein diet versus those from a high carbohydrate low fat plant-based diet. See these two sets of nutrients mixing with your gastric juices and existing bodily chemicals.
Think about the toxic residual elements of animal proteins in contrast to the
phytochemicals from vegetables - and fruits.
Envision each of them mixing with your existing bodily fluids.
Remember too, a plant-based diet of whole foods offer you much higher quantities of fiber, trace minerals and antioxidants. Animal foods lack these essentials!
Animal foods are of a higher protein content. Yet this protein comes packaged with so much fat and cholesterol, that you do not need nutritionally. Cholesterol is only found in animal foods and is not an essential nutrient.
The human body is capable of creating its own needed supply of cholesterol. Just have a chat with your liver!
Nuts, avocadoes and some plant foods can furnish you with needed natural fatty acids. You don’t need these fat essentials from the cow or any other animal.
So why is nutrition important?
Because the composition of nutrients and the sum total of their chemical interactions as whole plant foods versus animal foods differ in our bodies. The effects and impact of these biochemical interactions on specific bodily systems and functions will consequentially be different.
Therein lies the eventual outcome of our daily food consumption…
… food as medicine and health …
… food as sickness and disease.
Only a plant-based diet can nourish and sustain your immune system with key nutrients, enabling it to protect the body from the invasion of and corruption by viruses, bacteria and toxins.
Now we know why is nutrition important!!
So let’s continue…
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Disclaimer: The advice given here is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information for educational purposes only. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider. All the content of this website is based upon the opinions, experiences and research of Keith F Gittens – Keithos, unless otherwise noted and is not intended as medical advice.
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