Article written by Sara Chacko
In the first part of basic nutrition, I focused on nutrients and the importance of micronutrients, the smallest particles, the base elements. In this part, part two I will highlight a few of the challenges we face in our current, daily life and the society we live in today.
The situation we are faced with today is totally different from the situation we faced just 50-100 years ago. Our situation today is a lot different, especially when it comes to the subject of pollutants and harmful microorganisms, like for example viruses and bacteria.
We have created a world where we are depleting earth from its resources and simultaneously, we produce huge amounts of pollution in different forms, continuously.
This means we are exposed to a higher concentration of pollutants, harmful substances, and chemicals daily and a lot of us are now seeing the consequences of being exposed to these harmful compounds over time.
The solution here is to be aware of our current situation, limit the amount of pollution you are exposed to and make sure that you assist your body in getting rid of the compounds you are exposed to. By doing so you make sure that pollution doesn´t accumulate in your body. This is basically just like showering, taking out the trash and brushing your teeth every day. It´s just the way things are now and being aware, doing what we can to improve our situation and not to be afraid is key.
Apart from assisting the body in releasing the harmful substances we are exposed to daily, that is, detoxing, it is also a great thing to avoid products and foods that contain a lot of harmful chemicals. By choosing organic food and natural, pure skincare products for example, you can minimize your own exposure to harmful chemicals.
Pathogens And Microorganisms That Cause Disease
When you want to create a healthier body, full of life force and vitality you must not only make sure you get enough micronutrients, minimize your exposure to pollutants and detox. You must also take in consideration the amounts of harmful microorganisms you are exposed to and strengthen your own immune system and healthy gut bacteria.
We live in a global environment and by traveling the world like we have, especially the last fifty years, we have brought with us different types of harmful microorganisms with us while traveling. Also, by killing off different types of organisms we have created stronger and more resistant types of these microorganisms. So not only are we exposed to more varieties of harmful microorganisms from all over the world, but we are also exposed to stronger and more evolved, harmful microorganisms.
This is also something we should be aware of, and we must act accordingly. The first thing we must be aware of when it comes to harmful microorganisms, for example bacteria and viruses, they need certain types of conditions to be able to thrive. If you consume certain types of foods and create conditions that are unhealthy for the body, you will be more susceptible to harmful microorganisms.
The best way to limit the amounts of harmful organisms in your body is to focus on foods that pathogens don´t like and create a place they can`t thrive in.
So, the solution to this problem, which is especially obvious nowadays, in our current situation, is to focus on creating an environment that these harmful organisms can`t thrive in. Focus on strengthening your own, healthy bacteria, eating foods, products, herbs, and plants that are antibacterial, antiviral and that doesn`t feed these disease creating microorganisms.
There are many different types of plants, herbs and foods that are both antibacterial and antiviral and by consuming these plants you will create an environment pathogens don`t want to inhabit.
Some examples of antibacterial, antiviral and strengthening foods:
Foods that strengthen our healthy gut bacteria, also known as prebiotic foods, are cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale.
Inulin rich foods like Jerusalem artichokes, black salsify, parsnips, artichoke, and potatoes. Leafy greens like spinach, salads/lettuce, and arugula.
Antibacterial and antiviral plants are for example, fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, garlic, parsley, oregano, and cilantro. Bitter herbs like rhodiola rosea root, eleuthero, and olive leaf. Berries like, elderberries, choke berries, wild blueberries, and sour cherries. Medicinal mushrooms like chaga, reishi, turkey tail and agaricus blazeii.
We humans have created an unhealthy environment that which is the society we find ourselves in today. We are polluting and stripping earth from its resources and that is just the way it is right now and that is how it will be until we make some major changes. I am not sharing this information to create fear, it`s just the facts we must face.
So, we have the responsibility to consciously relate to the current situation, do the best we can with what we have, make healthy adjustments and changes for ourselves, as well as the world around us. We need to empower ourselves, keep ourselves informed, take care of ourselves and the environment that we live in.
I would also like to end this with these important words. Focus on giving yourself the best, give your body what it needs to thrive, stay healthy and do it with love.
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