Consuming real food, whole food, organic food, in seasonal variety, and properly grown, prepared and eaten on a regular basis—provides everything the body needs to thrive and to defend, repair and regenerate. Food is everything to the body!
So what is food? It is organic molecules—proteins, carbohydrates and fats plus co-factors—vitamins, minerals, etc. (I am using the word organic here in the context of organic verses inorganic molecules). The Sun’s energy is captured and transformed into the organic/macromolecules and via our consumption of plants and animals; we release the energy and utilize it to our advantage.
The first plants to evolve were the single celled algae, some 2.5 billion years ago. The alga, being filled with chlorophyll—the organic, sun-energy-absorbing molecule, is capable of channeling the energy of sunlight into chemical energy through the process of photosynthesis. In this process, energy is absorbed by chlorophyll and transforms carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrate and oxygen. Green plants evolve into greater and greater varieties and numbers, animals (herbivores) emerge, consuming and converting the plant’s carbohydrate into energy, then the carnivores emerge eating their fellow animals for energy, and when all life dies, the bacteria, worms and insects consume and break down the organic molecules back to the inorganic state to be absorbed and remade back into organic molecules by the plants— and around the food chain we go.
Here is the chemical structure of chlorophyll a in plants. It is exactly like the hemoglobin molecule in mammals except that there is iron as the central element in hemoglobin instead of magnesium.
One of the big reasons we are excited to incorporate Chlorella as our newest of Therapeutic Foods, is because it’s the richest source of chlorophyll, within the plant kingdom. The benefits of chlorophyll are impressive. Here are a few:
Another reason to consume Chlorella is that it is almost 60% protein and we desperately need quality protein coming into our bodies daily. Proteins not only provide the structural support for all the body cells and tissues, but also are the molecules that make up our metabolic pathways (metabolic pathways are composed of chains of proteins). We need all the essential amino acids in our diet for millions of pathways to function properly—chlorella provides.
In short, Chlorella is packed with protein, natural chlorophyll, carotenoids, 16 types of vitamins, 14 types of minerals, 2 essential fatty acids (ALA and GLA), 4 dietary fibers (averaging 13%) and much more. It is a true super food.
Every one of our Therapeutic Food products forms an important adjunct to any therapy, as you bring into the body whole foods that the body recognizes, and easily uses. Food is wonderful!
For a long time you have been asking of me for protocols that would give you the dosages and combinations of Therapeutic Foods for different conditions. We have had our product in your hands now for over five years and I’ve heard from many of you what has worked for you. Adding this to the fact that we have great research on all of our food products, it is time to give you specific protocols. I will be contacting you with this information.
Probiotic tip: Make sure you get plenty of natural fibers from fibrous foods because these fibers help create an environment within the gut that is conducive to the growth of the good probiotic bacteria. If you have a gut that is favorable to good bug growth you can put as little a 2 to 5 billion probiotics regularly and they will grow exponentially into hundreds of billions and trillions—quickly! It is not about dosing with mega billions, but about creating the conditions that allow the good bugs to grow (or not). Eat 25-30 grams of fiber a day and take moderate amounts of probiotics regularily!
The Last Quiz Answer: Another amazing photo from the National Geographic 2009 Best Photo Collection.