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Inside this issue:

Part 1 of 9
The Bodies Approach to Natural
Health, The 8 body systems

Health tip recipe

Quote of the day

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THE BODY SYSTEMS APPROACH
TO NATURAL HEALTH
(part II)

THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: The digestive system carries out a series of physical and chemical changes by which food is broken down in preparation for absorption into the blood stream. The digestive system includes:

Mouth, Pharynx, Esophagus, Small Intestine, Large Intestine (colon).

Digestive juices, called “enzymes,” cause the chemical breakdown of food. Further processing takes place in the small and large intestine. Imbalances in this system affects nutrient absorption and therefore impact all other body systems. The circulatory system is often affected by imbalances in the digestive system as unwanted toxins are absorbed and elimination is stagnated. The need for efficient digestion cannot be overstated.

As we get older, the acid in our stomachs is produced less efficiently and can lead to poor chemical and enzymatic digestion of our food, particularly protein. Food may remain in the stomach for longer than normal; it ferments and produces gas (belching) and discomfort. Further problems occur if the pancreas and intestinal lining are functioning poorly and releasing lower levels of their specific enzymes and hormones.

Eating a typical western diet for several years encourages the wrong type of bacteria to proliferate in the large intestine, causing putrefaction of partially digested food and wastes. Metabolic wastes from these micro-organisms become toxic. The body then ensures that poisonous substances that it is unable to detoxify or remove are locked away, at least initially, where they can do the least damage to the system. This usually means surrounding them in fat and storing them away in the adipose tissue under the skin, or in fatty tissues surrounding major organs like the heart and kidneys. Some people tend to store their toxins in joints, and consequently suffer from joint and muscle pain and stiffness.

Few people think about the way the everyday chemicals they encounter may affect them. But toxins reach your liver and adipose (fatty connective) tissue through a variety of ways – in the water you drink, from the air both within your home and workplace, and from outside. We eat fruit and vegetables LOADED with pesticide and chemical residues, and battery-farmed animals that are dosed up with antibiotics and artificial hormones. Moreover, dioxins, one of the most toxic groups of manmade substances ever made, are turning up in our milk, eggs, and fish.

One aspect of nutrition involves understanding how raw materials from the food we eat end up as components of the human body. The process starts with the ingestion of food, continues with digestion, and ends with the expulsion of waste material. Everyone knows the saying “you are what you eat”. Obviously, eating correctly is important. However, it is nearly impossible to achieve a balanced, healthy diet through food alone. The unnatural processing and preservation methods used to prepare the foods we eat, combined with the effects of atmospheric and environmental pollution can obviously put our health at risk.

But don’t despair! Fortunately, there are positive choices we can make to restore our nutritional balance, and reclaim our health-care.

Have you ever considered whether your diet provides you with enough nutrition? Most of us know little about nutrition. Rarely do we consider whether we’re getting enough vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from our diet. Supplementing is ‘nutrition insurance.’ For the many who are taking responsibility for their own health, taking supplements is just as important as eating the right foods.

Vitacorp International would be pleased to assist you in taking immediate action to help you and your family enjoy the good health you deserve. Please take a few minutes to learn and explore how Vitacorp International can bring you peace of mind in a world of nutritional uncertainty. Visit my personal site at vitacorp and detailed scientific discovery at my findinglimu website.

Look for part 3 of The Body Systems Approach to Natural Health in the next issue.

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HEALTHY RECIPE OF THE DAY

CHUNKY CHICKEN NUGGETS
4 servings

¼ cup sweet green pickle relish
¼ cup regular ballpark mustard
½ cup fine dry whole wheat bread crumbs
3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Instructions

Preheat oven to 425, lightly oil baking sheet
Stir relish with mustard. Place bread crumbs in a pie plate. Cut each chicken breast into 5 or 6 chunky nuggets, add to relish mixture, stir to evenly coat. Coat chicken in bread crumbs, place on baking sheet, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Terrific with plum sauce or kid-pleasing ketchup.

Nutritional facts

25.1 g protein, 2.9 g fat, 14.1 carbohydrates, 1.6 mg iron, 48 mg calcium, 415 mg sodium, 0.9 g fiber, 187 calories. Excellent source of niacin and vitamin b6, good source of magnesium.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Television.....is an anti-experience and an anti-knowledge machine because it separates individuals from themselves and from the environment and makes them believe they are living while they are only observing passively what other people decide to make them see. Dr. Silvana Montanaro, MD, Psychiatrist, Montessori Teacher

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