Restoration with Minerals
The body rebuilds and renews constantly. Minerals are a big part of that process. The quality of the new cells depends on your diet and your ability to assimilate and use the foods you have consumed. Eating well and ensuring our metabolism is working optimally is far more efficient than correcting diet deficiencies afterwards with supplements and remedies.
Minerals from our diet rebuild the body. Minerals come from animal protein sources and vegetables more than other categories of food. Animal protein is an important dietary component of rebuilding and minerals. However, eating more than 4 to 6 ounces of animal protein 2 to 3 times per day can cause stress to the liver and kidneys. Protein and minerals are highly concentrated in these animal protein sources. Overeating these foods can be problematic.
Vegetables help rebuild and restore your body
The best way to complete the mineral requirements of the body’s rebuilding is vegetables. There are a few vegetables I would exclude from heavy consumption: potatoes, tomatoes and green peppers. These vegetables are actually more acidic and as a result, deplete minerals. Some people might ask: ‘What other vegetables are there?’ When they do, I know I’ve got some work to do with them to open their eyes to the wonderful world of vegetables.
I work with many people who are rebuilding as we heal deep, long term issues. If they are missing the minerals, the rebuilding does not occur. Minerals are the building blocks to complete healing. If their diets include too much fruit and grain, their bodies do not have the minerals to rebuild and the results are disappointing. Fruit, low in protein, is more of a cleanse and does the opposite of rebuilding. Cleansing can be best done in specific areas with a few remedies rather than an overall long term cleanse.
There are some ailments that won’t resolve without adding vegetables to the diet. For example, some instances of back pain, bone issues, and night terrors in children, specifically in boys, will not recover without adding vegetables to their diet.
Making tasty vegetables
Vegetables have great value for all of us. One of the biggest complaints I hear about vegetables is that they are not tasty. That’s more about knowing how to prepare them than it is about the vegetables themselves.
Here are a few easy techniques that can enhance the flavour of your vegetables:
- Cook them just before eating (have everything else ready)
- Do not leave them unattended, as they go from done to overdone in a hurry
- They need to be removed from heat immediately when they are cooked
- No overcooking – vegetables lose their nutritional value and their flavour
- Uncover after cooking to preserve the bright green colour of green vegetables
- Serve right away
Vegetable dish ideas –
- Making fresh soup with chicken stock, garlic and ginger is a way to get lots of vegetables into the meal.
- Cole slaw is very healthy when made at home. Besides cabbage, many vegetables can be added for colour and flavour. With a small amount of healthy mayonnaise, you can add prepared mustard and apple cider vinegar to lighten up the dressing.
- Stir fry is a delicious way to make sure the vegetables get eaten. A little fresh oil and sea salt may be all you need for flavour.
- Chinese food is prepared with a glaze. You can use arrowroot powder or kudzu starch with water and a little sea salt to cook into fresh vegetables. The glaze that happens as the starch thickens and the vegetables cook, makes the vegetables very sweet tasting.
- Choose a variety of colours to get everything you need from the vegetable dish
- white – onions or cabbage
- orange – carrots or yams
- green – broccoli or bok choy
Cooking vegetables may take a little practice to perfect, but once you do, everyone will love eating them. Your body will certainly love the minerals!
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