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On amino acids, nutrition and the digestive system

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The human body needs nutrients to function properly. Every organ, muscle, and thought depends on the quality of nutrients we provide.

Proper digestion of the nutrients is a monumentally vital process by which food and drink are broken down into their smallest cells and provide energy.

Supplements that replace what is missing in the diet artificially function less well, as natural minerals, vitamins and amino acids. It is best to nourish the body with natural, and fresh foods to the extent possible.

The liver is one the most important organs in the digestive process.

Nutritionists of the western world constantly emphasize detoxification of the body, but rarely discuss why we need to detoxify if we feed our bodies naturally and in correct quantities.

By most scientific standards, people living in western industrialized countries eat too much of everything (mostly processed foods), indulge in excessive alcohol consumption, and consume unhealthy foods.

Processed food by definition is refined, contains preservatives, and little or no fiber. Once the food is processed, it is packaged and shipped to distributors. They in turn sell it to retailers, who offer it for sale.

Occasionally, packages are displayed in too warm or too cold environments. Needless to say, the gap between production and consumption can vary between weeks to several months. For this reason manufacturers add preservatives like sodium chloride, and many others. All are known to harm the body if not in the short term, but in years.

For this reason alone, one should avoid processed food as much as possible.

Sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt are fermented foods and considered to be healthy. Kiwi, cod liver oil, beets, fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits, fresh seafood caught in pristine waters and other foods have proven truck records to promote health.

Amino acids perform millions of biological functions from tissue repair to cognitive and neurological processes. Also, they regulate vitamin, mineral absorption and hormonal function levels.

There are 20 amino acids of which nine are absolutely required for the body to function properly. They can only be acquired through food. The body through essential amino acids synthesizes the remaining 11.

All amino acids must be present for the body to function flawlessly i.e to homeostasis. Amino acid rich foods are – nuts, seeds, meats, poultry, seafood, tofu, yogurt, legumes, eggs, tempeh, oat bran, and cheese.

Nutritionists recommend nourishing the body regularly, thoughtfully, and with due consideration to function well and long, but western modern city lifestyles prevent many from nourishing the body properly.

People rather buy “fuel” for the body in the form of flour, sugar, fat, and salt, mostly contained in fast foods i.e hamburgers, chicken wings, canned foods, poor quality pizza, to name just a few.

Proteins shrink and turn rubbery when exposed to fierce heat over a long period. Overcooked meats should be avoided for health reasons.

Food is essential, alcohol is a luxury.

If you consume alcohol, choose beer and wine, over spirits, and only in moderate quantities.  Consume daily i.e one 350 ml bottle beer at five per cent ABV, and 180 ml. of wine (preferably red) at 12 per cent ABV.  Balance and moderation must be guiding principle for a stress free, and healthy life.

For balanced nutrition
Eat a rainbow assortment if fruits and vegetables
Eat little red meat, but more fish
Eat the right fats (extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil)
Eat fermented foods
Keep your sodium low and potassium high
Drink at least 1- 1 1/2 liters of water daily
Drink alcohol in moderation

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