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Oxygenating our Bodies with Iron

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Now we are aware that Calcium is very important for the body to keep strong bones (click here to read about calcium). Let’s learn a little more about iron. The main function of this mineral is the transportation of oxygen to many places of our bodies such as lungs, tissues and heart. Our bodies are efficient, economical and conservative when it comes to the usage of iron, that’s why a low quantity of iron is necessary, what makes of vegetal sources a good option for our consumption, since, the kind of iron present, has a lower percentage of absorption than the animal sources.

It’s important to know how to optimize the absorption of iron and the food that contains higher amounts of this mineral.

  1. Iron is best absorbed when consumed along with vitamin C (limonade is one great ally and alkalizing).
  2. The following foods are rich in iron and in micronutrients that improves its absorption (like vitamin C):
    • Flaxseed: 4,7 mg of iron per 100 grs. – Soak the seeds for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them blended.
    • Walnuts: 2 mg of iron per 100 grs. – Soak the nuts for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them.
    • Almonds: 3,1 mg of iron per 100 grs. – Soak the nuts for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them.
    • Kale: 0,5 mg of iron per 100 grs

As we can perceive, nuts and seeds are functional foods rich in minerals, so it is important to include in our diets those that are better for us (click here to read about expanding the perception about our bodies).

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Ángel

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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.

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Micronutrients Part 2: Regenerating our cells

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Now that we understand that, in order to nourish ourselves better, we need to eat less but with more quality (click here to read the first part of the Micronutrients series), we can better understand how functional foods are integrated to enhance cell regeneration.

Our cells regenerate themselves if we give them the appropriate environment and time to do it, that is why we must avoid excesses, both of things considered “good” and those considered “bad”, all that our body really needs at a nutritional level (micro and macronutrients) must be consumed consciously in the appropriate measure for our own body, that is why it is so important to perceive the reactions that arise to each food that we consume separately, considering that there may be reactions from the moment that we smell it, until the moment it leaves the body completely (click here to read the article on expansion of nutritional consciousness).

Now, let’s imagine that every constructive habit we have (nourish ourselves, breathe better, do some physical activity, take care of our emotional health, sleep better) is promoting cell regeneration and maintaining the functioning of our body stable, and that every destructive habit we have (consume empty food, smoking, drinking excessively, staying emotional, breathing inadequately, being sedentary, sleeping poorly) is increasingly degenerating each of our cells and, consequently, our organs, causing alterations in the functioning of our body and leading ourselves to states in which we can not continue to be empowered of our own lives, because we are increasingly dependent on what helps us to recover our natural state of health (which we have created with our own destructive habits, and we can also reverse them).

Understanding better that we can assume the responsibility for really taking care of our body, as a main priority, since when having health we can perform better in what we enjoy doing, let’s see how functional foods, those full of essential nutrients that enhance our health, assist us in building an appropriate environment for our cells to continue their regeneration process bringing health to our body and higher levels of energy:

  1. CONTRIBUTION OF CLEAN ENERGY: By consuming natural foods, rich in micro and macronutrients, which are accepted by the cells, the cells can continue their process of obtaining what they need without having to fight what they can’t accept, therefore their energy is clean and focused on maintaining its functional process in our body. This is mainly done by fruits, vegetables, cereals, nuts and seeds, because of its high content of carbohydrates and healthy fats.

  2. GROWTH AND REGENERATION: While our body is growing, it needs material so that the cells can divide and form the necessary structures. When we reach adulthood, the cells need the proper material to keep themselves in constant regeneration and to renew dead cells of organs. like the skin. For growth and regeneration, the main foods are cereals, nuts, seeds and water (mineralized), due to their high content of proteins and minerals.

  3. REGULATION: Inside the cells, chemical reactions take place that need, especially, the presence of vitamins to occur. Here we find the need to consume fruits, nuts, vegetables and water (mineralized), due to its high content of vitamins and minerals.

I have a diet based on fruits, vegetables, cereals, nuts, germinated seeds, and the appropriate amount of mineralized water for my body, which is where I can find all the nutrients I need, the only thing I consume from animal sources are eggs (once or twice a month), they are my source of vitamin B12 (for now), since I prefer to feed properly than include any type of supplement in my diet. And you? On what do you base your diet? Does it work for you?

Love,
Ángel

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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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Strong Bones: 3 important aspects to consume calcium in an efficient way

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Now that we are aware of what’s necessary to improve the absorption of nutrients (click here to read about absorption) in our bodies and of the reason why we must be conscious of consuming macronutrients of high nutritional value (carbohydrates (click to read about carbohydrates), proteins (click to read about proteins) and fats (click to read about fats)), it’s time to know the essential micronutrients for our bodies and their functions.

Let’s start with the minerals. In the book Human nutrition in the developing world (available in English at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO website) we can find information about the pshysiological and structural function that minerals have in the human body, and that is our topic for the next articles from now on.

Today, the subject is Calcium, one of the most important minerals for our bodies, since it is the main constituent of bones, and what keeps them strong. Along with phosphorus it is important for the muscle functions, nerve stimulation, enzymatic and hormonal activities and the transport of oxigen.

It is important to be conscious about the important aspects for the absorption of calcium and the food that contains higher concentrations of the mineral.

  1. Calcium is best absorbed when consumed along with vitamin C (limonade is one great ally and alkalizing)
  2. It is necessary to have, at least, a 10 minutes sunbath a day, without protection.
  3. The following foods are rich in calcium and in many other minerals that improves its absorption (like phosphorus and vitamin C):
    • Flaxseed: 255 mg of calcium per 100 grs. – Soak the seeds for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them blended.
    • Walnuts: 94 mg of calcium per 100 grs. – Soak the nuts for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them.
    • Almonds: 216 mg of calcium per 100 grs. – Soak the nuts for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them.
    • Kale: 135 mg of calcium per 100 grs.

Let’s strengthen our bodies from the inside out and feel our vital energy increase. We must always appreciate the foods we consume and practice conscious consumption (click here to read about micronutrients).

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Ángel

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