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Understanding Your Body's Biochemistry-- It's Not as Hard as You Think

Oct 25, 2010
In your car, on the highway, you see a sign that says "150 miles to the next service station."  You quickly check your fuel levels to make sure you have enough gas to make it. You may wonder if the body has a gas meter.  When you are low on nutrients, how can you tell?  Science has created a very complex map of our body in the language of biochemistry.  But without all the expensive lab gear, there is a way to know if your body's chemistry is off.   

Listen to your symptoms
How you feel relates to your biochemistry.  Drugs and natural medicine have the ability to change your biochemistry so you actually feel better, regain your health or are completely cured from disease.  It's worth paying attention to the body because it may be telling you where you need extra support in your health.  

Take good care
With biochemistry, you can see how a balanced diet is like a well-maintained car.  Biochemistry is the "mechanics" of the body. For example, understand that sugary snacks may feel good when you eat them, but after a while your blood sugar will crash-- leaving you tired.  If that isn't enough, long term abuse of sugar can lead to hypoglycemia and adult onset diabetes.

It's time for an oil change!
Making sure the systems of the body are functioning well would be simple if it came with a manual.  Plus there is so much information to sift through, it can seem daunting.  Fortunately there are health professionals like doctors, pharmacists, naturopaths, dietitians and nutritionists who can tell by the symptoms you have, what is going on in the body.  Understanding your biochemistry gives you the ability to take better control of your health and fitness.  

Are we all the same biochemically?
There are different metabolic types among people.  Some people run fast and other slow.  Disease changes biochemistry too.  So does fitness training.  Some people have a harder time staying healthy while others are rarely sick.  You can see how we are all a little different. What we all want is biochemical balance.  This is called homeostasis.  With some investigation and perhaps a visit with your health professional some basic knowledge can be gained about your unique biochemical makeup.  

How do supplements work?
When you supply a nutrient in the form of a supplement, you saturate the body with one ingredient that influences your biochemistry.  For example, taking L-carnitine as part of a fitness program will assist the body to utilize fat as energy.  

Can my body be missing something?
Long term deficiency of essential nutrients will result in disease.  That is why bread made from refined flour is fortified with vitamins and minerals.  Taking a multivitamin helps ensure that you are getting the whole spectrum of micronutrients in addition to a healthy diet.  

Eat a wholesome diet
Eating synthetic food in the form of artificial ingredients, flavors, and colors is like putting gas in the engine of your car instead of oil.  A wholesome, natural diet provides the right nutrition for the body.  Fill 'er up!




Aaron Ander is is a holistic health care consultant and educator with a background in nutrition, iridology, reiki, biochemistry, and muscle testing.  With many personal health challenges as a child, Aaron struggled his way to good health and overcame disease using natural means alone.  This success led to a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition and a relentless pursuit of the roots of illness.  He has visited and lived on organic farms in an effort to understand what constitutes a truly holistic life.  Aaron currently lives with family in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, where he writes articles for the holistic health community and has a healing practice. To contact Aaron please visit www.naturalpathhealing.com.

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