Everything Works Together For Good! Even Nutrients!

Proverbs 11:1 “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.”

Our God is a God of order and balance.  He also wants our bodies to function in perfect harmony; even in what we should eat! No wonder we feel ‘off kilter’ when we don’t consume the right foods!

It’s strange how certain foods and nutrients become faddish during certain times. I’ve seen Bee Pollen, Oatmeal, Coenzyme Q10, Ginseng, Garlic,  Glucosamine, Ginkgo Biloba, Chromium Picolinate and Fish Oil became the ‘darling of the moment’ and then passed on for another, ‘new and improved’ idea. The current craze seems to be chia seeds and pomegranates.  Please don’t get me wrong, all of these are great nutrients but people jump onto a certain element as if it’s a miraculously cure for whatever ails us all by itself. It’s not, it’s a matter of teamwork.

God created everything to work in conjunction for good so we need body balance! Iron needs vitamin C to work efficiently. Calcium, magnesium, potassium also work in conjunction for better health. Vitamins A, E, K need fat to assimilate. Popping one nutrient or vitamin supplement won’t help as much as if they were combined.

Aim to get most of your nutrients from actual food; fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as fresh as possible. If no Farmer’s Market is available, purchase frozen.  When purchasing,  consider nutrients, not just calories, food groups or fat grams. If I create a banana/orange smoothie in the morning, I don’t think of it as a banana smoothie but as a calcium/magnesium shake It’s chucked full of nutrients which, while working together, produce a healthier me!

Synergy is a fancy word which simply means that a combination of nutrients will bond together for a more productive purpose. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, flavonoids, amino acids all need essential balance for good health.

Here are a few examples to illustrate what I mean by food combining to bring out the symbiotic relationship of nutrients, all working together to produce a stronger element.

B vitamins found in most foods, should be consumed along with vitamin C. So slice a few strawberries on your whole grain cereal or drink a glass of orange juice (with pulp) in the morning. Tomatoes, potatoes, pineapple, peppers, cantaloupe, onions, green peas and leafy greens all contain vitamin C. You can’t go wrong by adding this water-soluble vitamin to any meal!  Vitamin C also builds and restores collagen, keeping skin strong and younger looking!

Vitamin C should combine with iron. Have that high quality sirloin with a baked potato and garden salad with berries, or ground beef in your tomato pasta sauce for maximum absorption.

Zinc found in shrimp, egg yolks, lamb, poultry and fish goes perfectly with some B6; spinach, corn, carrots, walnuts and leafy greens. Calcium; cabbage, broccoli, cheese or copper; mushrooms, garlic, avocado.

Your body must have magnesium to process calcium and it must have vitamin D and K to absorb and regulate calcium in the blood. Calcium also helps process zinc and if someone doesn’t have enough zinc, a body can’t process vitamin A.   So complicated!  And some people just believe this complicated system of ours ‘just happened by chance’, unbelievable!!

Don’t haphazardly pop vitamins either!  If something’s good, it doesn’t necessarily mean more is better.  There’s a limit on fat soluble vitamin intake, don’t overdose!  Eat for godly balance in your life and thank God for each daily blessing.

Proverbs 16:11, ” Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.”

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