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Regulating Our Metabolism With Iodine

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In this journey through minerals, we have known a little more about Calcium (click here to read about calcium) and Iron (click here to read about iron), and its importance for the body. Today, the issue is the IODINE. The body of an adult contains an average of around 20 to 50 mg of iodine, and most of it is found in the thyroid gland. Iodine is essential for the formation of the thyroid hormone that secretes this gland, which is important for the regulation of metabolism. Thyroid hormones in children support normal growth and development, including mental development.

It is important to know how to optimize the absorption of iodine and foods that contain higher concentrations of the mineral.

  1. Iodine is better absorbed when our intestine is balanced, this is achieved by investing in the consumption of more natural and organic foods (if possible) and consuming enough water and enough omegas to keep our bowels moving.
  2. Foods of marine origin (like seaweed) and iodized salt contain the highest levels of iodine (a good portion of sushi, even without fish, is a good source of iodine if it’s made with seaweed and salt).

IODINE is one of the essential micronutrients we need to consume in the appropriate measure for our own body (click here to read about cell regeneration and micronutrients). We need to remember that our body has a special way of reacting to what we intake, that’s why it is very important to be conscious about what is really appropriate for us (click here to read about our nutricional consciousness) It is always time to know our bodies and give them just what’s necessary, this is part of a process of connection that leads us to develop our energetic efficiency, what allows us to increase our creativity and creation levels.

Love,
Ángel

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3 questions to detach from food beliefs

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Now that we are following the 4 steps to expand nutritional consciousness (click here to read about the expansion of the nutritional awareness), we can focus on the importance of working on DETACHMENT.

We’ve had the same habits for a very long time, at times without knowing exactly why and, other times, thinking that what we consume is “good for us“. Thanks to the exercise of consciousness we can perceive that each body reacts in a different way, as well as people react in different ways to the same situation.

Our body is wise, often, that wisdom starts at the very moment of seeing or eating something. The idea of a conscious nutrition is about knowing which food that we like, and is good for us, contains more nutrients, in order to enrich our diets and transform them into a more efficient energy source.

From now on, the invitation is to detach from our food beliefs, so we can open up our minds to the idea of nutrition. Let’s ask 3 simple questions to ourselves:

  1. What do we eat just because people say is good for us?
  2. Is it really good for us?
  3. Do we enjoy the flavor and our bodies reacts well when we eat that?

Let’s create habits based on the integration of scientific knowledge and our natural wisdom (click here to read the text about micronutrients and cell regeneration). Currently, my diet is focused on the consumption of fruits, drupes, seeds and grains, all high in micronutrients. What about yours? What do you eat every day and why do you eat that?

Love,
Ángel

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Extra Energy: 7 carbohydrates for a perfect health

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We’ve already read about the importance of the proteins on our diet, for they’re responsible for the cell regeneration (click here to read full article), what makes its intake to be essential.

Let’s learn a little more about carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are other important macronutrient for the body. In the book Human nutrition in the developing world (available in English at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO website), Professor, Michael C. Latham says that carbohydrates are compounds containing carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They are burned during metabolism to produce energy, liberating carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). The carbohydrates in the human diet are mainly in the form of starches and various sugars. Carbohydrates can be divided into three groups:

  • monosaccharides, e.g. glucose, fructose, galactose;
  • disaccharides, e.g. sucrose (table sugar), lactose, maltose;
  • polysaccharides, e.g. starch, glycogen (animal starch), cellulose.

Carbohydrates represent energy for the body. A smart way of consuming carbohydrates would be by identifying which of them are richer in micronutrients and better taken by people’s body according to the blood type diet. Let’s see a list of 7 foods, that raise our bodies’ energy and nutrition levels, below:

  1. Brown Rice
  2. Walnuts
  3. Grapes
  4. Macadamia nuts
  5. Pineapple
  6. Pear
  7. Flaxseed

Simple foods can really improve our cells function and, consequently, our bodies’. Let’s invest on our nutrition for keeping our perfect health.

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Ángel

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Cell Regeneration: 6 foods to increase protein daily intake

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We are all different and it is important that we learn to understand our body signals to feed it in a more efficient way. Following the 4 steps to expand nutritional consciousness (click here to read the full article) we are able to get in touch with the reaction food causes and integrate that into our diet. Remember that is necessary to detach from some limiting beliefs (click here to read the article about beliefs) about certain foods, as we read in the last articles, in order to transform , efectively, feeding into nutrition (click here to read about cell regeneration and micronutrients).

Let’s define feeding and nutrition to see the difference. Feeding consists on comsuming substances to keep our vital functions, is the way we give energy to our bodies. Feeding occurs, mainly, based on the awareness of macronutrients, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids (fat). Nutrition consists on providing substances necessary for our preservation and growth, here we perceive the body as an organism in constanc evolution and regeneration that needs macro and micronutrients, vitamins and minerals, to keep the balance and, consequently, create a perfect health state.

In the book Human nutrition in the developing world (available in English atFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO website), Professor, Michael C. Latham, talk about proteins as follows. Proteins contain carbon, hydrogen, oxigen, nitrogen and, often, sulphur. They are particularly important as nitrogenous substances, and are necessary for growth and repair of the body. Proteins are the main structural constituents of the cells, and they make up the greater portion of the substance of the muscles and organs (apart from water).

Proteins are necessary:

  • for growth and development of the body;
  • for body maintenance and the repair and replacement of worn out or damaged tissues;
  • to produce metabolic and digestive enzymes;
  • as an essential constituent of certain hormones, such as thyroxine and insulin.

Although proteins can yield energy, their main importance is rather as an essential constituent of all cells. All cells may need replacement from time to time, and their replacement requires protein.

Any protein eaten in excess of the amount needed for growth, cell and fluid replacement and various other metabolic functions is used to provide energy, which the body obtains by changing the protein into carbohydrate. If the carbohydrate and fat in the diet do not provide adequate energy, then protein is used to provide energy; as a result less protein is available for growth, cell replacement and other metabolic needs. This point is especially important for children, who need extra protein for growth. If they get too little food for their energy requirements, then the protein will be diverted for daily energy needs and will not be used for growth.

Now that we know the importance of the proteins for our body it is necessary to ask ourselves some questions to discover if we are having an appropriate daily intake of proteins:

  1. What foods do we consume every day?
  2. Do we know if they contain proteins?
  3. What is the amount of protein we consume daily?

If in our diet are missing sources of protein we can integrate these foods into our diet:

  1. Almonds (21 grams of protein per 100 grams) – ALL BLOOD TYPES EXCEPT AB
  2. Nogal Walnuts (15 grams of protein per 100 grams) – ALL BLOOD TYPES
  3. Macadamia nuts (8 grams of protein per 100 grams) – ALL BLOOD TYPES
  4. Peanut (26 grams of protein per 100 grams) – BLOOD TYPES A and AB
  5. Linseed/Flaxseed (14 grams of protein per 100 grams) – ALL BLOOD TYPES
  6. Boiled Eggs (13 grams of protein per 100 grams) – ALL BLOOD TYPES

Remember that the cleaner our intestines are the better nutrients absorption will occur, so it is important to keep a healthy diet with enough water and fiber (click here to read the article about nutrient absorption).

Love,
Ángel

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4 steps to expand nutritional consciousness

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All our lives we have been used to eat in an “inherited” way set by our family or culture. In some cases we know the reason, which may or may not be real and useful for ourselves

The view I bring today is checking how our feeding is in this moment so we can understand it and transform it into nutrition.

When we become aware that food contains macronutrients (carbohidrates, proteins and lipids) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), we start to see the relevance of knowing what we eat.

Our bodies need vitamins, minerals and water so they can work properly. That’s the main goal of nutrition, giving what the body needs through food, that is the most efficient way of increasing the availability of macro and micronutrients to each of our cells (click here to read the text about nutrients and cell regeneration).

It’s necessary to know the reason why we follow certain diet, and by diet I mean feeding (or nutritional) habits we have, because, only then, we identify the necessity of transforming habits that can bring about balance and high energy to our bodies (click here to read the text about more energy through carbohydrates)..

The next steps connect us to our own consciousness. Remember that each food reacts differently in each body, that’s why it’s important to learn how to get our own body signals. As we know ourselves better we get better results through nutrition. Let’s follow this:

  1. Consuming more natural than processed food. Natural food contains more micronutrients, and these, in turn, are better absorbed by the body.
  2. Consuming food without mixing to determine if what we’re eating is good for our bodies.
  3. Consuming the most part of the food before noon, eat a little and, at least, 3 hours before bed time.
  4. Consuming liquids and solids, at least, 1 hour apart.

I invite you to do the test, send this post to any one who could be interested and share your own results to motivate other people through your own example.

I’ve been following these steps to keep my body healthier, it makes me feel like I have more energy, and my sleep quality and the speed of my digestion process have improved. If you’ve already done this, What have you felt by changing this habits? (click here to read the article about energy and nutrients through healthy fats)

Love,
Ángel

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