Our body consists of trillions of cells. I’ve read estimates of 50 to 100 trillion; I’ve also heard that it may be as many as 125 trillion. Well, whether it’s 50 trillion, 125 trillion or somewhere in between… that’s a lot of cells and those tiny active cells depend on you and me to supply them with all their needs. They are totally dependent on us. Oooo… that’s sobering and gives us quite a job to do. However, when we give our cells what they want they work tirelessly to provide good health, stamina, endurance, longevity, clear thinking and a sense of well-being. I’m interested in all that, aren’t you? So… what do they need?
Every cell needs oxygen, water and food that will supply thousands of different vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, carbohydrates, protein and fats. This is all so microscopic that obviously we cannot supply all these cells manually (we can’t even see the cells individually); there must be some sort of transport system. Fortunately, our body comes with a built in transport system that delivers all the needed nutrients and also removes waste products to keep the cells cleared of trash. That transport system is our veins and arteries and the vehicle is our blood. The problem is that if our blood is thick and the arteries are clogged with fatty material, there is a good chance that the cells will not get their necessary supplies. Oh, my! It’s like a city under siege… instead of abundance there are blockades, shortages everywhere and rationing becomes a way of life. That sounds pretty bad and I don’t ever want to be in a city under siege.
This is “okay” for a short time but after a while the cells begin to degenerate and this is where degenerative disease begins. Over time the blood thickens and the arteries get clogged with fatty material. Yuck… that’s disgusting. When cells are deprived of oxygen and nutrients they begin to age prematurely and the result is often degenerative disease of various kinds depending on the person’s strengths and weaknesses. Some people will get arthritis, others will have coronary artery disease and some will develop cancer or other chronic, degenerative diseases (osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, kidney stones, fatigue, acne, allergies, diverticulitis, hypertension and on and on).
How can we keep degenerative disease controlled and out of our lives? Well… since the food we eat is our cells only source of supplies, we need to know what it is that the cells want. (We already know, but let’s review). The cell’s preferred fuel is carbohydrates (complex carbohydrates and starches such as rice, potatoes, corn, beans/legumes). We are already eating plenty of that. Whole plant foods (vegetables – that have not been cooked too much) are low in fat and sugar and high in fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. This is a combination that will keep our blood from becoming too thick and it will keep our arteries clean so that the transportation system can efficiently get the best supplies to every one of those trillions of cells. Yes! We can do this and we can be sure that our cells will respond well… so…