Interestingly, the body only digests food efficiently while the parasympathetic nervous system is active. And even more interestingly, meditation, even for a very short period of time, like 30 seconds, is enough to shift us over into the parasympathetic state and get us ready to eat a meal.
It is true: you are what you eat. Every cell of your body is built by and from the nutrients you ingest. Your hair, your fingers, your bones, are all made out of food.
Yogurt and other cultured milk products date back to at least 6000 BC, when the first animals were domesticated. In those days, all milk was raw, and the natural enzymes and probiotics would culture the milk into a yogurt-like drink if left out in a warm environment.
Traditional diets were four times as high in calcium and other minerals, and encompassed 10 times the amount of fat-soluble vitamins as the modern diet. These people did not suffer from the conditions we suffer from today.
Minerals compose about 4% of our body. They are essential because humans do not produce minerals – we must obtain them through our food. The most abundant mineral by far is calcium, most of which is stored in our bones and moved into the bloodstream when needed.
Most of the volume of cells and body fluids is water. What does all that water do? Among other functions, it flushes toxins and removes wastes absorbs shock and lubricates joints, acts as a humidifier to moisten O2 for easier breathing, and empowers the body’s natural healing process.
Stomach acid, that is. And the medical literature states that statistically, over 90% us aren’t producing enough. Surprise! It may seem hard to stomach the fact that acid suppressing drugs make up a seven-billion-dollar industry in the United States, yet are actually making us sicker.