The best way to promote good health is to engage in daily activity and follow a diet, rich in plant-derived foods.
Other foods can be moderated but plants should be the center of every meal.
Plants produce carbohydrates, the perfect food to fuel activity and exercise.
Carbohydrates cause problems only when exercise or daily activity is removed from the equation. Despite what carbophobics claim, for healthy active people, carbohydrates do not produce weight gain. There is no question about that.
For sedentary people, since fuel is needed for cerebral work and maximum cognition,weight gain occurs.
Providing fuel to power movement, prevents weight gain.
Without activity, fatness is a way of life.
Plants are also valuable because of the library of compounds, embedded in their carbohydrate fibers.
These compounds are needed by the body to prevent damage to structures during the recovery phase of exercise.
Plants are essential to good health. Life would not exist without them.
The best foods to improve exercise performance are carbohydrates. Period.
All carbohydrates are derived from plants. Animals do provide fat and protein but not carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are manufactured and stored in plants.
Carbohydrates, the nutrient is found combined with small phyto-compounds bound up with the carbohydrate fibers.
Plants are Nature's chemical factories
Plants produce a universe or library of small molecules. Molecules that are essential to the proper maintenance of the human engine.
I call the complete catalog of molecules, a library.
A plant is a Natural Library.
Collectively, plants are a universe of natural libraries.
Each plant species having its own, unique spectrum of compounds. Each plant with its own unique library.
Plant's role is based on its libraries promoting good health and preventing disease.
Plant compounds form the basis for most of the drugs that have been developed as well. They are treatments.
Plants are even more powerful as preventive agents.
Many diseases begin when free radicals alter membrane receptors. This is the initiation of the disease process, this causes many problems for the body. Preventing free radical attacks, which plant compounds do, prevents disease.
This is the crux of natural healing.
The role played by plants and the foods they provide maintains, promotes good health.
The study of plants is called botany. Within botany is a specialized study of phytochemicals and the effects they produce on humans. This branch of botany is called pharmacognosy.
Pharmacognosy is the study of natural drugs and their chemical properties.
Pharmacognosy applies the scientific method to the investigation of botanical ingredients.
Scientists isolate and extract botanical compounds in order to analyze and evaluate them individually for their biochemical and medicinal activity. Analysis of this type runs contrary to traditional herbal beliefs.
Traditional theories maintain that the value of natural healing lies in the properties of the plant as a whole entity. Plants don’t synthesize molecules as single, isolated drugs. Instead, plants create a library of compounds or rather multiple libraries of compounds.
Whole plants contain both a plant’s active and inactive or balancing compounds. It is theorized that the balancing compounds moderate the effects of the active agents by binding with alternate membrane receptors that stud the lipid-rich structures of cells.
Drug companies on the other hand, often use botanical isolates as their lead compounds to create new synthetic, patentable drugs that are capable of binding or interfering with the binding of only one specific type of receptor in the body.
Traditional (Chinese, Ayurveda) medical practitioners advocate the use of a combination of herbs to cure disease or as they believe, to restore balance.
Herbs are often given as a tonic or daily drink, as a preventive strategy to heal the body and increase its resistance to stress.
Many of the compounds used in Traditional healing are found in the roots of plants. Together with rhizomes, the underground stem of a plant, these plant cells are buried beneath the earth. Their activity is different from that of the compounds synthesized by cells exposed to the sun (leaves).
The roots of plants contain unique compounds. Some of them have restorative power.
Their formation in the earth reverses the imbalances in the body.
These herbs confer increased resistance to illness by enhancing immunity and minimizes injuries because they repress inflammation. These plant compounds incorporate more minerals from the earth into its structure than its sun exposed counterpart.
The phytochemicals formed beneath the earth number in the hundreds for a typical plant. In addition, another hundred or so compounds are formed in the leaves of the plant and protect humans in other ways.
Since the leaves interact with the sun, the components that are contained within them are specialized to neutralize the harmful rays of the sun. These phytochemicals are nature’s antioxidants and provide protection to humans from the ravaging effects of self-generated free radicals.
Other important compounds are found in the fruit of plants. Fruits are classified as the seed-bearing reproductive organ of flowering plants.
Botanicals have a long history of use but lack the benefit of clinical trials and double-blind studies that pharmaceutical drugs have. This does not diminish the validity of the healing power they provide. Plants not only taste wonderful but their colorful pigments protect us from disease.
All three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) are synthesized, assembled and stored inside plant cells. Fruits and berries synthesize simple sugars or small carbohydrates, while grains, grasses and vegetables synthesize the complex ones.The energy plant’s provide is in the form of macronutrients. Together with their rich supply of micronutrients makes them the perfect food.
Colorful plants contain both the nutrient that best fuels exercise, carbohydrate and various pigments or phytocompounds that repress inflammation and prevent cell dysfunction. A diet rich in colorful plants thus prevents disease
Carbohydrates are a series of linked glucose molecules. Their links are formed by weak chemical bonds that can easily be broken or hydrolyzed by enzymes.
Fatty acids are synthesized in the more dense seeds, nuts and beans of plants.
Amino acids are synthesized in beans and serve as a good source of protein.
The predominant macronutrient present in each plant (carbohydrate, fat or protein) forms the basis and rationale behind their use.
Legumes (beans), potatoes, and whole grains provide the most fuel but contain less phytochemicals. Legumes however are high in protein, whole grains and B vitamins.
Plants are indispensable to life. They produce oxygen and converts carbon and sunlight into food. Without plants humans would perish. Plants are the staple of every culture’s diet. The color and variety of plants made them the prime source for the cures developed in the Traditional methods of healing. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and restorative properties of plants have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
Plants owe this power to the small compounds synthesized in their chemical factories. These phytocompounds are created out of the raw material available to the plant and provided to them as part of their environment. Those parts of the plant that grow underground, benefit from a rich soil and create a more complex library of compounds while those exposed to the sun synthesize more colorful ones. These phytocompounds serve as micronutrients in life’s essential processes.
Plants synthesize a spectrum of phytochemicals. This spectrum or library of compounds explains the diversity of botanical activity. As a library, plants synthesize multiple versions of any given active chemical or agent. Each one, possessing a unique biological activity.
The difference between any two ‘volumes’ in the library is chemically slight. But these small alterations completely alter their binding proclivities based on their miniscule changes in spatial orientation. These variations are often reduced to one or two possible conformations. These agents or ligands either can or can not bind with a cell receptor. The 0 and 1s of nature.
The library of compounds in plants provides them with a built-in balance. Spatial variation explains the contradictory and moderating effects of herbs. Moderation is achieved by the binding of alternate receptors.