You Are What You Eat
Food is ChemistryOur food is basically chemical building blocks for our bodies. The nutrients in food become the building blocks of our muscles, organs, nerves, hormones - basically every part of us comes from the food that we have ingested. Science has identified some specific nutrients and their role in our physiology; examples are carbohydrates (starches), proteins, fats, fiber, water, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants. These chemicals allow our bodies' processes to work; accordingly, a deficiency of these nutrients will inhibit our capacity for full function, and may allow a downward slide into disease.
AssimilationAssimilation is the process by which our bodies take these nutrients from the digestive tract into the bloodstream. This is a sensitive interface, and is often compromised in people before and during illness.
Once in the bloodstream, nutrients are transported to organs, tissues and cells throughout the body. When the tissues want the nutrients, they take it from the bloodstream.
Intracellular ChemistryOnce inside a cell, nutrients contribute to what the cells do. In a muscle cell, proteins are used to grow the muscle, and sugars are used to generate energy for contractile force. In a pancreatic cell, nutrients are used to create digestive enzymes and hormones. Nutrients, and toxins, from our food and environment interact with our genetic code deep inside individual cells. The chemical influences on our genetics can be profound, causing good health or poor health by affecting which genes are expressed or suppressed at any given time.
There are many things to be considered assessing the cause and treatment of disease, but it is vitally important that you choose wisely what nutrients you provide your body - and what toxins you avoid.