greater confusion can be generated by prime time news specials
which only strive to educate through clever sound-bites and diet
fads which lead some to believe that all of their answers are
found in one single "magic food." So what is nutrition and how can
you understand it in a way that helps you apply it to your life
and to the benefit of those you know and love? Here's an analogy I
have found helpful in teaching those who attend my free Sunday
Night Wellness Call.
functions in a manner similar to a car assembly plant. At that
plant, a steady stream of new parts, the correct parts and parts
in the right ratios to each other are absolutely necessary in
order to keep that plant open for business and running smoothly.
What would happen
if someone in purchasing forgot to provide that plant with
steering wheels? The cars would be almost functional. But because
of a single part deficiency, that car would not be able to carry
out its intended function.
If this only
happened to a few cars, it probably wouldn't be a big deal. You
wouldn't see any symptoms of a parts deficiency. But what if that
plant had no steering wheels for an entire month? How about year?
First the plant would probably close, the community would fail.
Good people would move away and the "bad elements" would most
likely take over the town. The lack of balanced parts would
eventually lead to dire conditions.
What happens when
the cells of your body are missing parts?
You eat to
provide your cells with nourishment. It's not just about calories.
That nourishment is the collection of parts every cell in your
body needs to function properly. You provide your cells with parts
and those parts are assembled according to instructions in your
DNA to create a variety of finished products. That could include
new cells, of which there are many kinds, anti bodies to fight
disease, neurotransmitters to carry signals between nerves, and
hormones to regulate your body.
So again, there
are beneficial raw materials in foods, which our bodies use, and
need, to carry out vital cellular functions.
keep us alive.
allow us to heal.
allow our cells to build new cells and all of the other finished
materials that are necessary for normal life and optimal health.
And these raw
materials are called nutrients.
We eat to give
our body access to nutrients.
Sadly, our food
does not contain the nutrients it once had in abundance, so it is
necessary to supplement a good diet with quality nutritional
supplementation to ensure that our cells do not suffer from a
parts deficiency. We should still strive to have a good diet, from
as many whole foods as possible, with supplementation being a
means to supplement, not substitute, the benefits of a good diet.