What is whole food nutrition and why is it necessary? Whole food nutrition is whole, concentrated, food-grade herbal plants (not medicinal herbs), fruits and vegetables that nourish, balance, and cleanse the body—naturally. In short, whole food nutrition is unprocessed whole plant food with all nutrients still intact, including live enzymes and antioxidants.
Herbal whole food nutrition, which is necessary for the regeneration of healthier cells, and beneficial for everyone, including infants and children, provides proper nourishment for the entire body. Because vital nutrients are missing from plant foods grown in American soil today, whole food nutrition is even more critical in creating great health.
Given that plants are grown in mineral-depleted soil, there are no or very little nutrients to be absorbed by plants and passed on to you and me. And according to Dr. Michael Colgan, that is why “Americans are malnourished. Even when we succeed at eating a balanced diet, our systems still suffer from the actual lack of nutrients in foods.”
These missing nutrients are the result of pollution, soil erosion, and conventional farming methods that depend on chemical pesticides and fertilizers. And it does not end there. During preparation of the already nutrient-deficient food, 50 percent of the remaining nutrients vanish. In other words, cooking vegetables further depletes the nutrients and seriously damages its nutritional value according to experts.
A chart from The Nutritional Security Institute shows an eighty-year decline in mineral content of one medium raw apple, thanks to soil erosion and crop raising practices that deplete soil nutrients, and negative effects from pesticides that inhibit natural food development.
Yet the FDA still maintains that we should get our vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat. But it is impossible to do that if our soil does not supply plants with enough nutrition in the first place. Americans can eat the proper portions of healthy fruits and vegetables and still be deficient in nutrients.
As I personally learned early on my quest to better health, merely eating vegetables was not sufficient to heal my body and keep me healthy. During the first nine years on my journey, I consumed a plant-based diet in addition to a variety of synthetic vitamin supplements that had little or no effect on my health. I continued to suffer with asthma, which became more severe with each passing day. By the end of the nine-year period, I had developed other health problems and suffered two back-to-back life-threatening asthma attacks in one week that sent me to the hospital emergency room.
My experience after adding herbal whole food nutrition to my daily regimen was—and still is—amazing. My health returned at warp speed because my body was finally getting all the nourishment it needed to regulate, balance and heal itself. Almost immediately I felt better, had more energy and my cravings for unhealthy sugary, salty and fatty foods diminished and actually disappeared over time. Today, herbal whole food nutrition is a major part of my daily regimen and the core of the R.E.B.A. Principles I teach.
You can learn much more about whole food nutrition in my book, My Journey to Vibrant Health… and how you can get there, too. The e-book is available on smashwords.com and the Kindle edition is available on amazon.com. You can purchase the paperback edition from this website.
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