Now we will discuss nutritional supplementation or dietary supplementation, in the form of vitamins and whole food nutrition. Just in case you didn’t know, nutrition is the process of providing nourishment from food in effort to sustain the life of an organism. If you are not taking enough nutrients, meaning if you have nutritional deficiencies/imbalances, dis-ease or illness is likely to occur, as our bodies require a certain amount of nutrients daily. Every organism requires different amounts, so you cannot compare what you are taking to what some one else may be taking, thinking you will achieve the same results.
Nutrients are classified as both organic, as well as inorganic chemical compounds. The organic nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins, fats or their building blocks, amino acids, as well as vitamins. Most of the organic nutrients come from plants, or animals, while inorganic chemical compounds are oxygen, water and minerals—side note, minerals are responsible for making enzymes and hormones. As for vitamins, they are small amounts of the organic components previously mentioned. Vitamins are divided into two categories, fat-soluble, or water soluble. The fat-soluble vitamins—A, D, E, and K are stored in the fatty tissues of the body, and the liver. The water-soluble vitamins—can’t be stored in the body for too long, so you are in need of these vitamins daily. The water-soluble vitamins consist of C, or Asorbic acid, B complex vitamins, and the compounds termed bioflavonoids.
Some Interesting Facts About Vitamins
* The word vitamin is derived from Latin. “Vita” meaning life.
* There are more nutrients in the skins of fruits and vegetables.
* The highest amounts of nutrients in our foods are present in the first 3 days after harvesting.
* Vitamins are usually isolated or in combination with other nutrients, like a multivitamin.
* Vitamins are synthetic as well as natural.
* Less than 20 substances have been discovered that are believed to be active vitamins in human nutrition.
* More and more new substances that work side by side with vitamins are being found, some of which are carotenoids, the polyphenols and the phytochemicals. Each of these will be discussed in more detail later, Lord-willing.
Earlier I mentioned minerals. Minerals are necessary for creating enzymes, as well as hormones, and are comprised of calcium, chloride, fluoride, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and sulfur.
Trace Minerals like minerals are required in small amounts in effort to sustain life, and serve as co-factors for enzymes or assist in the transport of substances across cell membranes. Trace minerals are in almost all foods, especially vegetables, meat, grain and products made from grain. As for knowing exactly how many trace minerals are in a food depends on the soil, as the deeper soil is richer in trace minerals. Not only is all of that important, but the time of the year is as well.
There are two ways we can ensure we are getting an adequate amount of trace minerals in our bodies one is in the form of a liquid, and the other is in the form of salt, not just any salt, but Real Salt®. This particular salt comes from the earth's Jurassic (and we thought it was just one of our children’s favorite movies!) era, whereby a sea covered much of what is now North America. After some time the water in this sea evaporated, only to leave the salt in a vast deposit in central Utah. In this same area there were a lot of erupted volcanoes, thus sealing the salt and trace minerals from modern pollutants. Not just any salt, but Real Salt®. This particular salt comes from the earth's Jurassic (and we thought it was just one of our children’s favorite movies!) era, whereby a sea covered much of what is now North America. After some time the water in this sea evaporated, only to leave the salt in a vast deposit in central Utah. In this same area there were a lot of erupted volcanoes, thus sealing the salt and trace minerals from modern pollutants.
Back to the carotenoids, the polyphenols and the phytochemicals I mentioned earlier. Carotenoids or antioxidants which work to destroy free-radical-causing disease agents. There are many carotenoids, some of them are beta-carotene, lutein, lypcopene, glutathione and quercetin. Combinations of all known, as well as all unknown substances in foods are responsible for the antioxidant achievements that we benefit from.
Polyphenols are another antioxidant substance found in fruits and vegetables that aid in preventing such things as cancer, and heart disease. It is present in onions, apples, strawberries, nuts, yams, coffee, and black and green teas. Polyphenols are responsible for giving tea its texture and body.
Phytochemicals are also antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables. Phytochemicals are said to block the processes that lead to cancer. Some sources of phytochemicals are strawberries, grapes, pineapple, raspberries, carrots, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, green peppers, cabbage, turnips, hot peppers, garlic and onions.
Some Illnesses/Diseases Associated With Nutritional Deficiencies
* Acidosis: Depletion of the Alkali reserves of the body. Needs Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamins A, B, C,E, and Alfalfa.
* Anemia: Needs Nitrogen, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, Vitamins A, B, and C.
* Arthritis: Needs Sodium, Iodine, Magnesium, Hydrogen, Sulphur, Alfalfa, Vitamins Be, C, and E.
* Asthma: Needs Iron, Copper, Manganese, Oxygen, Hydrogen and Alfalfa.
* Blood Pressure: Needs Sodium, Hydrogen, Magnesium, Potassium, Alfalfa, Vitamins B, C, E, and Lecithin.
* Cataract: Needs Fluorine, Silicon, Phosphorus, Alfalfa, Vitamins A, B, and C.
* Colitis: Needs Vitamins A, B, C, E, Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, and Lecithin.
* Constipation: Needs Sodium, Magnesium, Chlorine, Hydrogen, and Iron.
* Dehydration: Drink half you weight in ounces of water.
* Diabetes: Needs Sodium, Vitamins A, B, C, E, Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, and Lecithin.
* Falling hair: Need Sulphur, Silicon, Flourine, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iodine Alfalfa and Protein.
* Hay Fever: Needs Calcium, Phosphorus, and Alfalfa.
* Joint Stiffness: Needs Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, and Vitamins A, B, C, E, Calcium, and Magnesium.
* Low Vitality: Needs Nitrogen, Sodium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamins A, B, C, and E.
* Nervousness: Needs Calcium, Phosphorus, Nitrogen, Iron, Coopper, Manganese, Vitamins A, B, C and E.
* Obesity: Needs Silicon, Chlorine, Iodine, Potassium, Vitamins A, B, C, and E.
* Prostate Gland Enlargement: Needs Iron, Copper, Manganese, Calcium, Vitamins A, B, C, E, Zinc, and Magnesium.
* Poor Circulation: Needs Calcium, Phosphorus, Silicon, Fluorine, Nitrogen, Vitamins A, B, C, and E.
* Teeth & Gums: Needs Calcium, Phosphorus, Silicon, Fluorine, Nitrogen, Vitamins A, B, C, and E.