When it comes to healing, or just feeling better in yourself, it’s rarely just one nutrient or supplement that makes the difference. The biochemistry in your body is a grand symphony. Nutrients work synergistally to get your body and brains working to optimal capacity. When you have this ensemble in place then everything else you do to boost our state is on a firm foundation. You have good music playing and we can enjoy the dance.
This article is a summary. I will expand in other articles to be posted on this site.
For long term health it’s wise to eat at least 50% of your food as raw fruit, vegetables, sea vegetables, seeds, nuts and cultured foods. This is to supply plenty of undamaged amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and other crucial biochemicals to your system. Of course these foods can be concocted into an delicious drinks and dishes jsut as ooked ffods acan. I will add recipes to this website as time goes on.
When it comes to the other foods you eat of course the world is your oyster but there are some foods which supply incomparable nutrition and some which are best avoided altogether.
Soups, broths, herbal elixirs and high quality protein foods are some examples that spring to my mind of foods that can really make a difference when it comes to meeting nutritional needs long term.
There are some foods that we see everywhere which have can more of a negative effect than we realise on both our health and mood. It varies from person to person but I would list wheat, processed oils, sugar and soy as immediate suspects. And highly processed junk food of course. These foods are easily replaced with delicious alternatives. There are still an incredible number of foods to eat and experiment with without stepping into these biochemical challenges.
In terms of natural unprocessed foods I recommend including the following food groups for optimal body and brain brain nutrition:
The tropics are a very natural environment for humans and tropical fruit a very natural food for us. Mangoes, figs, papayas and bananas, the list goes on. The other fruits, too, are biologically suitable foods for us: berries, melons, apricots, apples and pears, cherries, kakis, grapes, currants, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and of course non sweet fruits such as avocados, tomatoes, cucumber and whatever is available to you.
Seeds and Nuts
These supply amino acids, fatty acids and minerals. Nuts and seeds give us dense nutrition. Seeds are easier to digest than nuts and it’s best not to eat more thana handful of nuts at most in a day. They are best soaked in water for a few hours before use and eaten raw. The soaking breaks down their growth inhibitors which interfere in digestion and assimilation of nutrients. They can even be re-dried out afterwards. Seeds are much more digestible than nuts which are best consumed in moderation. Hemp is a good staple; also sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, hazels (filberts), walnuts, almonds, coconut, Siberian cedar nuts, macadamias, brazils and pecans contain beneficial nutrition. Chia seeds are a great source of essential fats and fibre.
Greens and vegetables
These are crucial for fibre, vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll They alkalise your body. Healthier bodies are more alkaline. Sprouts such as alfalfa and radish, supply a lot of life force, whether you buy them or grow them yourself. Dried green superfoods such as chlorella, barley grass and hemp leaf are also helpful. Root vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes are nourishing in special ways of their own.
These provide iodine and trace minerals which are more abundant in the oceans than the land. Kelp is the richest in iodine. To me, sea spaghetti is the tastiest one. It can be soaked to replace wheat spaghetti.
Fats are such a maligned food group and so essential. After water, fat is the main constituent of the brain. The thing is to get good fats, which means a variety of unprocessed unheat-treated oils.
We need a variety of essential fatty acids to nourish our neural systems and brains. Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are unsaturated fats. They ned to be in balance for good health. It’s easy to get plenty of omega 6’s from seeds, nuts and grains. Omega 3 we need to be more deliberate about. We need ALA which comes from seed oils such as flax and chia. Also we need the animal forms EPA and DHA which are best obtained from purified fish oil or marine phytoplankton or algae supplements for those who do not want to eat fish products. Last but not least coconut oil is an underated food which supplies clean burning fuel for the body and brain. It is actually speeds up metabolism so doesn’t make us out on weight. It also does many amazing things health wise.
Dairy foods especially raw or unpasteurised supply nutrients that are very difficult to get directly from plant sources. Fermenting or culturing dairy products is a long tradition because this predigests them so it’s easier to get the benefit of the nutrients without any adverse reactions. Unfortunately modern commercial dairy products can tell a different story, Pasteurisation and homogenisation really change the quality of these foods. They are better when they are cultured into yoghurt, kefir or cheese. traditional breeds of cow such as Jersey and Guernsey supply A2 milk which is actually chemical different to modern A1 milk and far more suitable for humans. This si a huge topic which I will come back to. Suffice to say good quality dairy prodcucts supply the fat solube vitamins; vitamin D in the form we need it (D3) vitamin A in the form we need it (retinol) and vitamin K2. In temperate latitudes for much of the year, the sun does not rise high enough to give us people the UVB light their skin needs to make sufficient vitamin D, and animal milk products have traditionally filled in this gap. B12 and other vitamins are also in abundance in animal milks, especially if they are cultured.
These provide probiotics and B vitamins and can be revolutionary in our health. They include coconut and milk kefirs, kombucha and jun, cultured vegetables such as sauerkraut and kimchee, miso and seed cheeses. Kefir is probably the most powerful probiotic known. This is another topic I will come back to.
These boost the immune sytem in a number of ways, Reishi and shitake have become well known. Also chaga, lion’s mane, shitake, tremella boost the immune system and have many other health enhancing qualities.
These are a fun though not essential addition. They are the precursors to fruit. Edible flowers include borage, nasturtiums, honeysuckle, rose petals, evening primrose and many more – many flowers are edible especially if the fruits are.
Superfoods and Supplements
Due to poor quality of soil (including organic because of long term soil erosion), fruit being picked unripe to be transported, storage and the fact that the human gut is not working at its best, you need all the help you can get. You obtain extra minerals, vitamins and healthy mood enhancing compounds from superfoods (densely nutritious, often heirloom foods) and supplements. There are some supplement we should all consider and others that are more individually specific. MSM, iodine, zinc, magnesium and D3 tend to be lacking in most of us if we don’t deliberately fortify ourselves. Ubiquinol (COQ 10) and melatonin are highly recommended for those over 40. Sea salt replaces refined salt and provide trace minerals. Shilajit is an amazing mineral supplement and is an amazing way to remineralise. Then there are the fun ones like cacao, of course, which add specific uplifting mood biochemicals.
These are herbs that can be used as part of daily lifestyle and energise us such as he shou wu and rhodiola.
Of course, our main constituent. It is well known now that we should drink plenty of good water – clean fresh spring water is the ideal. If not available there are many ways of cleaning and energising water. It does not need to be drunk alone – it is an excellent carrier for other supernutrition in the form of teas, elixirs, juices, smoothies etc.