Mother Nature's Spark Plugs ...
Acai berries ~ one of Nature's super fruits
Forget the Pills!
Eating non-organic beef in the 1970's, I didn't know that I was poisoning myself until I was shown proof that cattle producers were injecting live cattle with hormones and antibiotics. The injections fattened the livestock faster and cut down expense costs for the meat industry.
The general public at that time didn't have a clue about this.
Shortly after, working in the health food industry, I got an eye-opening set of lessons about healthier choices and the emerging variety of natural food alternatives to adulterated meats and general supermarket fare.
Like most other people I knew, my first impression was that vitamin supplements were the best choice for a nutritional diet and health maintenance. Vitamins became my passion. I even sold for a vitamin line that impressed me; one developed by a Korean doctor.
The good doctor taught me that vitamin ingredients do not vary much; most are produced by less than a handful of... say it ain't so! DRUG... companies, which manufacture for different private labels owned by other marketing companies. He pointed out, however, that vitamin "delivery systems," not their ingredients, are the more important factor by far. Too much too fast, and the ingredients pass through the body as waste; human bodies simply cannot utilize everything that goes through them. The doctor's line of time-released capsules gave bodies a better chance of taking up and utilizing more of the ingredients by releasing the ingredients at timed intervals over time and, importantly, in different parts of the digestive tract.
Looking more closely, another datum came into view -- something more important than mere supplementation and delivery systems: absent the presence of minerals, vitamins are useless to human cells! Human cells cannot use vitamins unless minerals catalyze (enable) cell membrane entry.
What good is an internal combustion engine and gasoline without spark plugs? You get the idea, if you answered, "None."
To top off my enlightenment, I learned that most tablets (pills) go right through consumers intact or hardly used, due to the hard enteric coatings sprayed on them to get them past harsh stomach acids partially intact. That sure explained the bright yellow hue of my vitamin-soaked urine: a lot of wasted B vitamins passed right through me! There were dollar signs in the bowl staring at me!
Minerals, of course, in capsules and not enteric-coated pills, became my new mantra. I shifted from selling vitamin pills to time-released minerals in capsules. Still, the whole learning process made me look at the subject of food supplementation in a whole new light. I wondered maybe whole foods, Mother Nature's way, was the best plan to follow.
The healthy natural balance of eating whole, live foods, rather than synthesized supplements was right in front of us all along; we just stopped looking at it. Instead, we let others decide our diet for us, and they built an entire food business on profitability rather than our health.
It was our own fault.
Mother Nature offers whole foods, which is the best pathway. Her natural balance and modulation factor -- weather, the four seasons -- provides us with healthy choices and a variety. As the saying goes, "Variety is the spice of life."
Whole foods, indeed, are the key. To eat and drink natural foods that are unaltered or only slightly altered is the long term, healthiest diet for every one of us.
As the Baby Boomer generation grows into its retirement years the most convenient whole food nutrition will come in liquid form. Older bodies absorb liquid nutrients better and absorb internally more of the nutritional advantages of whole foods. The proliferation in recent years of functional, health-food beverages answers Baby Boomers' needs, which have become common knowledge. "Super Fruits" never before seen in western cultures and its commercial arenas are now welcome additions to the elderly millions who need them -- high anti-oxidant fruits like açai berry, maqui berry, camu camu and cupuaçu, to name a few from the Brazilian Amazon Forest, righfully named "the world's healthy bread basket."
Mother Nature, of course, builds mixed balances of essential, non-essential and trace nutrients into these multi-colored fruits. Combined with light, water and exercise, the whole food approach leads to better quality living and longer lifetimes. Mother Nature truly is our best partner in our quest for health and longevity.