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Nutrient Absorption: 7 steps to improve our nutrition

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Before beginning a journey of expanding awareness through micronutrients (vitamins and minerals – click here to read about micronutrients) it is important to understand how the process of food digestion and absorption, transport and use of nutrients works.

  1. Chewing: Foods should be chewed thoroughly with the teeth to moisten them with the saliva produced and facilitate their passage through the esophagus (avoid consuming liquids when eating solids and vice versa).
  2. Digestion: When the salivated foods arrive to the stomach they mix with the gastric juices breaking down the components so they can be absorbed.
  3. Absorption: then they reach the small intestine where they mix with bile, pancreatic juice and intestinal juices to finish digestion and initiate absorption (avoid the use of laxatives as they may reduce the absorption of some minerals).
  4. Transport: When absorbed in the walls of the small intestine, the nutrients are transported by the blood to the cells that need them.
  5. Usage: lipids turn into triglycerides. They can be transformed into the liver and deposited in adipose tissue as a reserve of energy. Carbohydrates are transported as glucose to generate energy. And the amino acids of the proteins go into the general circulation to synthesize structural proteins and enzymes.

As we see, nutrition is an integration of various mechanical and chemical processes. It is important that we give our body what it takes to maintain its chemical balance by avoiding overeating. For some people the consumption of gluten can compromise the process of nutrient absorption, so it is important to moderate their consumption. We can follow these 7 steps to improve nutrient absorption:

  1. Avoid overeating in any type of food.
  2. Consume liquid and solids separately.
  3. Prefer the consumption of animal proteins with vegetables or cereals and grains with vegetables. Avoid including animal protein, cereals and grains in the same meal.
  4. Avoid foods that manifest any adverse reaction in the body.
  5. Give preference to natural foods (fruits, vegetables, cereals).
  6. Mineralize the water by adding a little baking soda, sea salt and lemon.
  7. Consume nuts and seeds (germinated if possible).

The human body is an extraordinary machine. Each cell has its function and at the same time is part of the whole. Let’s create new habits to better treat our cells and keep our bodies healthy.

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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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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)

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Ángel

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