the “whole-food” way, that is!
Over the years, as a more “have-it-your-way” approach became a part of our everyday way of eating, our food & nutrition began moving further and further away from nature. And our faith in isolated nutrient supplements grew strong…
But is this a wise approach for us? Is this the way it’s meant to be?
Well, of course, it’s not.
Plus research even shows that some supplements may deliver no benefits, or may actually come with risks, as well. But why? Why are there so many cracks in the foundation of a diet that’s built on weak foods, still fortified by high-dose supplements?
Could it be that we’re missing the whole point?
In seeking the riches of individual (and separated) nutrients, we begin to lose the treasure that’s meant to be there. The full benefits of nutrients really come as a result of a communal relationship that’s built on interaction and cooperation. Yes, even for foods & their nutrients! It’s something known as synergy, which is much more complex than we’ll ever grasp. After all, it’s a system that not only involves vitamins and minerals, plus amino acids and fatty acids (& more), but thousands of “phytochemicals”, too, with hundreds of them known to be bioactive (that scientists only recently identified!)–which are yet to be (if ever) understood. And the beauty of it all is that each one of these compounds—no matter how major (and maybe famous) or minor (and possibly unknown), all have “gifts” that contribute to a bigger & better cause. And, as they work together, their combined whole effect actually becomes greater than the sum of their effect if separate. Therefore, it can be said, our nutrients need each other to be all that they can be! AMAZING.
And speaking of synergy, look how Saint Paul applied it to us and the use of our gifts, whether big or small [within 1 Corinthians, chapter 12]:
“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ… Now the body is not a single part, but many. If a foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body,’ it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. Or if an ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body,’ it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. If they were all one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I do not need you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I do not need you.’ Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this. But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it… Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you A STILL MORE EXCELLENT WAY.” [I love that line!]
So let’s get more synergy (not supplements), and get back to where we once belonged!!–EF
©2013.–The Way to Nourish for Life: Ideas expressed within this post are those of The Way to Nourish for Life RD [EF]. Note: Please refer to ABOUT section of “The Way to Nourish for Life” for caveat. Source of 1 Corinthians 12: usccb.org/bible/1cor/12