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Oct. 30, 2005: Food, our raw material.

Back to basics, this week.  I've been constantly suggesting that we should be eating organic food, but I have never fully explained why this is important to our health.

We replace about 2 million blood cells each second, as well as a large number of muscle cells, bone cells, nerve cells daily.  So, what are the cells made from that our body replaces daily?  The food that we eat.  If the food, the raw material from which our cells are made, is without much nutrition and filled with toxins, how can our cells build themselves sufficiently to function optimally?  If the cells are unhealthy, the systems become unhealthy, and over time, disease results.  You would not build a house of rotten wood and rusted steel and expect it to last.  The quality of the materials determines the quality of the house.  It seems evident in the house example, but most of us don't give much thought to the consequences of eating a poor diet, probably because the consequences like diabetes, cancer, heart disease don't show up for a long time.  You literally are what you eat, so choose the raw material from which you are made wisely.  Choose unprocessed, organic food.

Next week I will discuss the differences between organic and conventional food, so you will understand why organic food is so much better for you.

If you are interested in food issues and your health, Paul Chek's  You Are What You Eat CD Series is a must.  Once you have listened to these CDs you will know more about food and food issues than many dietitians, and truly understand the impact of the food you eat on your health.  The CDs are fantastic and are geared to the lay person. If you want to read about my struggle to accept the concept of choosing organic food, go to my blog.
Chek, Paul; You Are What You Eat CD Series  Chek Institute, San Diego, CA, 2002. 

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