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Micronutrients Part 1: Nourishing More Eating Less

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We need to understand that our body works as an integrated system and that our health must be constructed minute by minute with more conscious decisions to reconnect ourselves to our bodies, and all that they mean, when we really want to enhance our energy and our health in the present.

Micronutrients are nutrients that the body needs in small amounts to function properly. In this group we find vitamins and minerals, which can be found in greater quantities, and with a better level of absorption, and in less volume of food, in functional foods. As we have discussed before, the intestine is the place where absorption of nutrients occurs (click here to read the full article on absorption of nutrients), it is for this reason that it it is very important that we learn to perceive what our body wants to transmit to us. Through the chemical reactions that occur, such as the lack, the increase or the balance of our energy, the pains or the easy flow, the alterations in our normal vital functions, all these are responses to a chemical reactions within our organism (which, clearly, are also related to our mental and emotional state – click here to read the article of sublimation of our mental, emotional, creative, sexual and sentimental worlds).

Each of the cells in our body needs an appropriate amount of water, which, in order to be retained, needs the presence of minerals, nowadays we need to include in our diet the consumption of sea salt, or Himalayan, to mineralize the water we consume and adjust the levels of iodine in our bodies (click here to read about the importance of iodine in our diet). An appropriate amount of healthy fats is necessary for the body to perform some specific processes of assimilation and transport of essential vitamins (click here to read about healthy fats). All the processes in our body are connected to bring us health, for that, it is important that we begin to invest in learning to adapt the diet that best fits each one of us, remember that we are all different and, for this reason, it is necessary that we give more attention to our body and integrate foods of greater nutritional value to our diet. Here we have some foods that are excellent sources of nutrients and that we can include in our diet to make our own body processes more efficient:

  1. Flaxseed: this seed contains macronutrients as fats (healthy Omega 3 and 6), carbohydrates, vegetable protein and large amount of soluble fiber. Of the micronutrients contains vitamins E, B1, B2, B3, B5. B6 and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc and selenium. The best way to consume it is leaving 20 grams of seeds to soak (at least 24 hours) to start the process of germination and enhance their nutrients, wash them to remove excess of phytic acid and consume them liquefied with a fruit of our preference.

  2. Almond: this fruit contains macronutrients as fats (healthy Omega 3 and 6), carbohydrates, vegetable protein and large amount of soluble fiber. Of the micronutrients contains vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B6, B9 and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc and selenium. The best way to consume it is to leave 20 grams of almonds soaking (at least 24 hours) to start the process of germination and enhance their nutrients, wash them to remove excess of phytic acid and consume them with a fruit of our preference, they can also be liquefied.

  3. Broccoli: this vegetable contains more nutrients than the others, since it has large amounts of vitamin C, folic acid and beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, vitamin E. The best way to consume it, is cooking it with whatever we are eating, as with rice, to improve the absorption of its nutrients.

  4. Olive Oil: this oil contains vitamin E and vitamin K, which makes it beneficial for our circulatory system and to maintain a correct coagulation. The best way to consume it is to use 2 tablespoons, at room temperature, alone or as an accompaniment to a meal. It is important that we choose oil packed in dark glass bottles to maintain the nutrients and the quality, and avoid oxydation by sunlight.

Let’s be more aware of the reasons why we consume the food we consume. Much of what we eat may have been the unconscious habit of many people for many generations, but today we have much more information and food available to learn to choose what is good for ourselves. Let’s try diets with more nutrient-rich foods and see our energy increase in all areas of our lives.

Love,
Ángel

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Natural Cycles: Vegetables

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I want to be more respectful with life, and that’s why I’m going to be a vegetarian. I don’t want to kill living beings to eat them, I want to eat only vegetables. The question arises, do vegetables have no life? Should I eat them? How do I eat them when they no longer have life?

Vegetables are an imaginary group of plant species that is very wide and varied in the world. There are so many and there may be many more, the transgenics and the artisan selection of seeds continue to diversify our food reserve! It is a reserve that seems inexhaustible. Although we have to be careful with genetic erosion (see here what it is).

Our grandparents, and our grandmothers, selected the richest and most nutritious weeds, carried their seeds in order to give their grandchildren the best food. It is a precious process, it is the flame that we carry as humans. We have to thank that, their life.

Taking that into account, we must know that when we eat the plant it is likely that it took a huge effort to produce it. Not only we, but a series of humans who produce their fertilizers, who produce their seeds, who prepare the soil, who care for and watch over the crop, and then harvest,take the food to the table. All that chain is a little hidden lately, but it is amazing how much food we plucked from the soil.

We eat the vegetable in its most vital state, when it is richer and concentrates more energy from the sun and the earth. Food is energy from the sun packaged by different plants and animals into carbohydrates, fats and proteins. In grains, such as bread wheat and corn, we eat their babies, which are their seeds. Some are reseeded, others are eaten. Life works like this, this concept is called trophobiosis. Also the oil and charcoal that feed our industries are sun energy produced and stored by animals and plants millions of years ago, but that is another discussion (if you are interested look at this concept of EROEI).

I say that we pluck the food from the soil because the current technologies of usufruct of the earth are UNSUSTAINABLE, that is to say that in the future they cannot continue happening. All our food, all our constructions, all our technological tools, all our clothes, all our activities on the planet are inherently linked to destructive practices. There are a few exceptions, but they are isolated cases, the real tragedy continues to happen and scales are much greater than before. They say that having a child is the worst thing that can happen to the planet … I don’t know, for me, those people confuse life with death and death with life.

The more conscious people there are, willing to change, the more opportunity for biodiversity and ecological stability. We are potentially destroyers or constructers.

From the lettuce only leaves can be eaten if they haven’t started to bloom, same with cabbages. The broccoli and cauliflower can only be harvested at a specific time, it is the sepal of the flower, the first stage of flowering of the plant. Carrots and beets lose a large part of their fruit if they are allowed to bloom, we need to choose the most beautiful ones and removing the seeds, others we eat and thank. The same with animals … there are optimal times to eat them.

Yes, for both there are MANY technologies of sustainable production, but almost all affirm that there must be such a radical change that it must affect all spheres of coexistence between humans, nature and other species of micro and macro living organisms. But that’s another GIANT discussion.

It’s been a pleasure,

Nicolás.


Translated by Ángel

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