Essential Elements for Health

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English: Healthy nutrition pyramid with 7 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables to get precious phytonutrients to feed your body at the cellular level. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Essential elements for healthy body

Even though the subject matter of this series  is juice diet, it is essential to discuss certain essential elements which are themselves the main body building blocks necessary for good health.

We consume food to keep our body active and healthy. One thing we ought to realize is that man can select proper diet only when he knows what constituents of food are necessary for healthy body. Then one should eat only that food, the constituents of which are congenial to one.

These constituents should rejuvenate the body besides maintaining health. Diseases are caused because of deficiencies of some of these essential constituents. If we know this, we shall never eat dispensable food.

We need to cultivate this kind of understanding of and view-point on the system and substance of diet.

With a view to making our lives happy, with healthy and active body, our daily diet should normally consist of the following constituents:

  1. Carbohydrates :  The most important function of the carbohydrates is to provide fuel and energy to the body. The carbohydrates include sugar and starch. This constituent of food is available from all kinds of food grains (cereals). Flour devoid of husk, polished rice, white sugar etc., retain their carbohydrates but loose most of the vitamins and minerals. Processed carbohydrates (if taken in excess) reduce the power of digestion and place unnecessary pressure on other organs of the body. Therefore we should try to reduce from our diet the quantum of processed food except few substances  containing natural carbohydrates.
  2. Fat :  Fat provides heat to the body. Vegetable fats (oil seeds, edible oil) are preferable, because they are better digested and comparatively harmless, in comparison to animal fats (milk, meat, etc). Animal fats have saturated fatty acids cause accumulation of bad cholesterol in the arteries, narrowing the path of blood. In such situation diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease can occur. You are therefore advised to take food with less fats or food prepared with vegetable oils containing unsaturated fats.
  3. Protein : Proteins are necessary for the growth, development and reconstruction of the body. It is therefore of great importance in our diet. Several types of amino acids constitute proteins. It is worth noting that our bodies produce some amino acids, while the rest are obtained from food.
  4. Vitamins : Vitamins are organic chemical substances required in the body for the process of metabolism. Our bodies are not capable of producing these substances. Vitamins are named by coded letters like Vitamin ‘A’, Vitamin ‘B’, and so on. Description and use is better obtained from your physician.
  5. Minerals : A mineral, according to Cyclopaedia Medical dictionary, is a solid inorganic element or compound occurring in nature. Minerals are essential for the formation of cells of the body. They are essential for maintaining optimal health. They play a very important role in the complex processes going on in the body. Again the use of minerals should be advised by your physician. It is especially important ll  for the old people (over 50 years) to be particularly careful about minerals.
  6. Enzymes :  An enzyme is a catalyst produced in the live cells. Enzyme aids chemical changes in the body. In dictionaries, catalyst is described as a substance which causes or assists a chemical change in another substance without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change. Enzymes help in the digestion of foods. Please seek more explanations and advise from your physician.

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How to Obtain All the Nutrients From Juices

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English: Euler diagram representing the relationship between (botanical) fruits and vegetables. Botanical fruits that are not vegetables are culinary fruits. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nutrients from juices

We all desire to live a long and healthy life. Our efforts are always directed towards that goal. When we get ill, we try to get a speedy recovery from the illness, mostly by using drugs prescribed by our doctors.

However, we can also easily eliminate such illness with success through the use of nutritious vegetable and fruit juices, free from the toxins contained in the drugs.

To benefit from the from the nutrients in the juices, they must always be fresh. Only live juices are effective for cure of disease. For example, carotene , (which is converted in to vitamin ‘A’) is very sensitive to oxygen in the air – if you shred or cut carrots in small pieces and keep it unused for, say 20 minutes, most of the vitamin ‘A’ it contains will be destroyed.

The sane goes for lemons, oranges and other citrus fruits, where most of the vitamin ‘C’ contained will be destroyed when these fruits are preserved for over one month. Even refrigerator cannot prevent this loss.

The most important point here is how to get all the nutrients that are contained in fruit and vegetable juices – because the recovery from the disease depends on the availability of all the nutrients contained in the fruit and vegetable juices.

Choice of the fruits and vegetables

On the first instance, the choice of the fruits and vegetables from which the juice is to be extracted is very important. The fruits and vegetables should be as fresh as possible.

How to extract the juice from fruits and vegetables

How you extract the juice from the fruits and vegetables is very important. Follow the steps below for better results:

.  Obtain fresh fruits or vegetables you want to extract juice from

.  Thoroughly wash the fruits or vegetables

.  Shred or cut them into small pieces

.  Immediately put the shredded fruits or vegetables into the juicer for extraction.

Note: Rinds and fibers of fruits and vegetables are rich sources of vitamins. They should be used together with the fruits or the vegetables but should be properly crushed.

Take care that the juice when ready for drinking does not contain fiber or rind.

To get the maximum benefits from the juices of fruits and vegetables, drink them fresh. Preserved juices lose their precious nutrients. Observe this rule – extract juice when you require to drink.

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The Raw Food Diet

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What exactly is raw food diet

The fundamental philosophy behind the raw food eating is that plant foods in their natural state – uncooked or unprocessed are the most wholesome for our bodies. Eating raw food is a lifestyle choice rather than anything else. Many people believe that raw food diet is a path to good health.

Cooked food

The tradition of cooking food was started by our ancestors thousands of years ago. A  tradition which is being continued by us today.

Research studies have revealed that food when cooked, loses some of its life saving nutrients and make it less lively. Food without life cannot bestow life- on the contrary it makes the existing living lifeless.

Raw food and nutrients

Raw food diet is rich in nutrients, full of fiber and low in fat and sugar.

Our popular belief that food is required only for providing calories and energy to the body to keep it active is deeply rooted, and yet not very true.

Are you aware of the fact that, our bodies, like machines, continuously suffer wear and tear and would require to undergo maintenance like machines do?

Old tissue cells in your body are being destroyed every moment and to replace them, new tissue-cells are generated. This process of reconstruction is necessary for life and it depends upon the nutritious quality of food we consume.

The food we eat must contain vitamins, minerals and enzymes to keep the reconstruction work going. Moreover, protein, carbohydrates and fats contained in the food require enzymes for their assimilation.

In the process of heating (cooking) food, vitamins and enzymes contained in the food are lost (destroyed) to a great extent.

If we eat our food solely on the basis of taste, we cannot fulfill the requirements of the body. We are then prone to overeat such delicious foods which can cause indigestion followed by other diseases.

One important point to note is that old persons or sick people ought to know that when food is cooked, it may become deficient in nutrients – this kind of food may give some nourishment to healthy persons, but definitely not enough nourishment for the old or sick persons. This may sound controversial, but you now know why the old persons or the sick aere advised by doctors to take more food supplements, multivitamins etc.

 

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