When it comes to feeling good, it’s rarely just one nutrient or supplement that makes the difference. If life is a dance then the biochemistry in your body is could be described as the music. Nutrients work synergistally to get your body and brain working to optimal capacity. When you have all the notes tunefully in place, when the bass is earthy and the melodies uplifting, then the rest of the moves become natural and easy. You have great music playing and can enjoy the dance.
This article is a summary of what we need in place nutriotinally to feel the best we can. I will expand in other posts on this site as fast as I humanly can.
The World is your Oyster but keep it at least Half Raw
For long term health it’s wise to eat at least 50% of your food as natural raw foods such 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 array of delcious recipes and I will be adding mty favourites to this site 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 nutrtionl needs long term.
Do yourself a Favour and Leave these Foods Behind
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 modern wheat, processed oils, sugar and soy as immediate suspects. And highly processed junk food of course. These foods are easily replaced with delicious alternatives. For example wheat can be replaced with kamut wheat. There are still an incredible number of foods to eat and experiment with without stepping into these biochemical challenges.
What is the Biological Diet of our Species?
Years ago I succeeded in getting the salads and fruit I wanted for lunch at a place I was working by asking for the Biological Diet of my Species. Who could argue with that! This might be something you would like to try too!
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, aftty 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 redried 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 chorella, 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 meatbolism 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 diffiult 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 commmercial 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. Traditionla breeds of cow such as Jersey and Guernsey supply A2 milk which is actually chemicall 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 rhe 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 vitamons are also in abundance in animla milks, expecally 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 immunes 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 shouod 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 fortfy ourselves. Ubiquinol (COQ 10) and melatonin are are highly recommended for those over 40.,
These are herns 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 avaiable 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.