I had been practising medicine for more than 20 years before I first heard the term 'cellular nutrition'.
It instantly caught my attention and I immediately began to apply the principle to myself and to share it with my patients and friends. It not only dramatically changed my health, but I believe that it probably saved my life as well. Let me share this principle with you.
First, you must look at your body from another angle. The human body is composed of tiny units called cells. Cells are the building blocks of the body and the actual units of life. Medical science understands that health and disease occurs at a cellular level: when your cells are healthy you are healthy, and if they are sick, you get sick.
It is variously estimated that the average human body is composed of between 50 and 70 trillion cells. However, your body is never ever stuck in one state. Every moment of every day, old, damaged, unhealthy cells in your body are dying and at that very moment new ones are being created to replace them. In other words, your body is designed by its creator with its own intrinsic capacity to repair, heal and renew itself. It is estimated that in any one year your body will replace 90 per cent of its cells.
It appears that the Old Testament writer was quite accurate when he declared: "We are fearfully and wonderfully made."
But how well your cells function, and the quality and integrity of the new cells your body creates, depend on the nutrients they are provided on a daily basis. You are, indeed, what you eat. Cellular Nutrition is simply the strategy to provide the cells with all the nutrients they need at optimal levels - those levels shown to provide health benefits by medical research.
The cells can then decide what they need to function optimally. It puts the wisdom of the body to work by providing what it needs. Any nutritional deficiencies will be corrected over a few months and optimal levels of all other vital nutrients will be achieved as well.
Medical science had pretty much worked out what key nutrients the body needs: protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, botanical factors (herbs), fibre and water. Modern nutritional science has developed the technology to create a simple programme of nutritional supplements that deliver cellular nutrition.
Based on ongoing research now led by Dr David Heber at University of California, Los Angeles' Mark Hughes Cellular and Molecular Laboratory, a patented programme of nutritional supplements had been developed and successfully used over the past three decades by tens of millions of people all over the world. This is the programme I use myself and recommend to all my patients.
Cellular Nutrition Programme
This supplement programme includes three items:
A nutritional shake drink that can replace or complement a meal, depending on your health status. This provides the body's cells with all the macronutrients it needs e.g. proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats and fibre.
A multivitamin/mineral tablet that supplies the cells with their micronutrients: vitamins, minerals and trace elements along with vegetable extracts.
A herbal capsule called cell activator that promotes optimal cellular function while protecting the cell from damage. It contains ingredients such as aloe vera, medicinal mushrooms, pycnogenol, pomegranate, resveratrol and alpha lipoic acid. These help the cells make the best use of the ingredients in the nutritional drink and the tablet described above.
How to take supplements
How you take supplements is also very important for optimal cellular nutrition. To ensure that your cells are obtaining optimal nutrition all day, you should take your supplements with each main meal, three times per day. This is called divided-dose supplementation. The popular one-a-day approach to supplementing, though convenient, is not the best way as the body cannot absorb all the nutrients it requires for the day at one sitting. A lot gets passed out in your urine and is lost.
Be consistent with your programme. Very often people experience a significant shift in energy and well-being shortly after starting their programme, but the real long-term benefits are derived from consistent use over several months, so be patient
Enjoy a balanced diet
As the term supplements implies, they are designed to complement your regular food intake. It is important to eat a nutritious and balanced diet. Pay particular attention to your intake of healthy protein (plant protein, fish and organic poultry) with seven to nine servings of vegetables and fruit daily. Try to set aside time to eat consciously. Relax, eat slowly and chew your food well.
Drink healthy fluids
What you drink is also very important for cellular nutrition as about two thirds of the cell is composed of water. Total water intake per day should be about half a ounce per pound of body weight and clean water is the best choice of liquids.
Other healthy beverages include herbal teas (especially green tea) coconut water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices. Additional water is supplied from water rich foods like soups, salads and vegetables and fruit themselves.
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