Nutrition Harmony in Your Nutrition Chain of Life

May 31, 2011

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Grandpa-Teo Merry-go-round - smallNutrients must work in harmony for us to have optimal health.  In the same way, musical notes need to harmonize to create beautiful music.  How does your nutrition chain of life compare to scales in music?

Here is your piano lesson for the day.  Take a look at the piano keyboard.  There are black keys and white keys.  You will notice there is an order as to how the black keys and white keys are arranged.  The black keys are arranged in sets of 2 and 3 with a white key in between each black key except for 2 white keys between the sets of 2 and 3 black keys.  This arrangement repeats itself several times on the piano keyboard.  The beginner piano student will look to the center of the keyboard and locate the white key to the left of the set of 2 black keys nearest to the center of the keyboard.  That white key is called ‘Middle C’ which is the piano key we use to start learning to play piano.

The first 7 letters of the alphabet are used to name musical notes.  So if the white key located to the left of each set of 2 black keys is called ‘C’, what is the key to the left of ‘C’?  It is ‘B’.  The white key to the left of ‘B’ is ‘A’.  Now if you move to the right of ‘C’, the first white key is ‘D’ and so on are the names of the white keys until you get past ‘G’.  The next key to the right of ‘G’ is ‘A’ again.  Keep going up and down the piano keyboard to the left or right and you now know all the names of the white keys on a piano.  When you move to the right starting at Middle C; it is C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C, etc.  When you move to the left starting at Middle C; it is C-B-A-G-F-E-D-C, etc.

keyboardsWhen you move right and left on the piano keyboard playing each white key, you will notice the sounds move higher (right) and lower (left).  Now to play the C Scale, you will start with one C and move to the next C.  That is the C Scale.  Wow, you already know the C Scale and the tones you hear are pleasing to your ear.  They produce sounds that lead into the next sound in a harmonious way.
 

You may be thinking, “What does this piano lesson have to do with the ‘Nutrition Chain of Life’?”  The ‘Nutrition Chain of Life’ is made up of 6 chain links linked together as a chain for strength.  The 6 chains are made up of protein, minerals, vitamins & related food factors, enzymes, carbohydrates, and lipids & sterols (essential oils).  Each link in this chain needs the other nutrients linked together in the chain in order to perform its task in providing optimal, harmonious health to our body.  If one link is missing, none of the other links can do their job.  If one link is at a low level, all the other links will perform at that same low level.  Let’s review each link and a little about its purpose in the ‘Nutrition Chain of Life’:



1.     Protein accounts for about ¾ of the dry matter in human tissues other than fat and bone.  It is a major structural component of hair, skin, nails, connective tissue, and body organs.  It is required for practically every essential function of the body.  For example, a transport protein (hemoglobin) carries oxygen throughout the body.  A regulatory protein (insulin) regulates blood sugar level.  Contractile proteins regulate muscle function.  Immunological proteins (antibodies) protect the body against microbial invaders.  Small proteins (peptides) act as hormones and neurotransmitters to relay chemical messages throughout the body.  Protein is mostly used to build and repair tissue; however it is also used for heat and energy.  Keep in mind though; if adequate fat and carbs are available, the body will spare protein from its energy function so it will be able to be used for other essential functions.



2.     Minerals are absolutely critical to normal body function and make up 4-5 % of our body weight.  Minerals are important building blocks of bones, teeth, soft tissue, muscle, blood, and nerve cells.  Minerals are crucial to muscle response, nervous system, digestion, metabolism, and the production of hormones and antibodies.  Minerals regulate the balance of water, acids, and other important substances in the body.  Minerals are crucial components of our enzyme system.  In general, the body does not absorb minerals efficiently thus they work better when taken in combinations with other nutrients.



3.     Vitamins and food related factors are required in small amounts and on a continuous basis.  Consumption of insufficient amounts of vitamins can lead to nutrient deficiencies.  Physical activity and emotional stress can deplete the body’s vitamin reserves.  The amount of a vitamin necessary to prevent the appearance of deficiency symptoms in healthy people is called RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance.)  Other related factors found in foods, especially plant sourced foods, are called phytonutrients.  Phytonutrients are nutrients like carotenoids from carrots, tomatoes, spinach, etc.; flavonoids from grapes, berries, teas, etc.; cruciferous compounds from broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.; sulfur-bearing compounds from garlic and onions; isoflavones from soy beans; and the list goes on.  In recent years, scientists understand more and more the complete picture as to how phytonutrients benefit health.  For example, phytonutrients are potent antioxidants and boost the production of enzymes that detoxify dangerous substances.



4.     Enzymes are proteins that speed biochemical reactions while remaining unchanged in the process.  The body cannot carry out chemical reactions without the help of enzymes.  Enzymes are critical to digestion and metabolism.  Just as keys are necessary to unlock doors, enzymes are required to release nutrients from foods so they can be absorbed and utilized by the body.  If enzymes are not present in sufficient quantities, complete digestion cannot take place.  Enzymes also keep the body’s metabolic ‘machinery’ running smoothly.  In turn, vitamins and minerals are essential for proper enzyme functioning.



5.     Carbohydrates keep our bodies running just like gasoline that keeps our cars running.  Carbs, short for carbohydrates, are known as ‘fuel food’.  Carbs provide an inexpensive and readily-available source of energy to sustain life.  Foods contain 3 basic types of carbs: sugars, starches, and fiber.  Sugars are simple carbs that provide quick energy and are easily used by the body.  Examples of sugars (simple carbs) include glucose, fructose, sucrose (table sugar), and lactose (milk sugar).  Starches are complex carbs which require a longer digestive action before they can be utilized for energy.  For this reason, complex carbs are consumed for sustained energy.  Complex carb foods are also high fiber foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.  Dietary fiber is a carbohydrate that is so complex it is indigestible.  These carbs are included in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes but they contribute little to energy production.  Dietary fiber has many functions such as aiding digestion, reducing incidence of constipation, reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and moving toxins out of the body.



6.     Lipids & Sterols are good fats which are essential to life.  The best dietary sources for these lipids and sterols are whole wheat berries, rice bran, and soybeans.  Unfortunately the lipids and sterols are processed out of these grains so as to increase their shelf life so they are often difficult to include in our daily diet.  These lipids and sterols provide energy and provide the nutrients to keep our cell walls pliable thus able to take on nutrition and allow waste to get out.  Without these important fats, our cells can become malnourished and toxic which can lead to cellular fatigue, thus a lack of energy.  These fats also work with other good lipids (oils) in brain development, controlling inflammation, are important components of endocrine gland function, and the fatty tissues of the nervous system.

We can now see the importance of having a strong ‘Nutrition Chain of Life’.  In order to have optimum functioning of our body, all 6 nutrient groups must be present in sufficient quantities and in proper balance.  If one link is missing or not available in sufficient amounts, our ‘Nutrient Chain of Life’ will not function thus we are setting ourselves up for broken health, lack of energy, and various other health issues.

Back to the piano keyboard, it is necessary to play C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C in proper sequence and even touch to successfully hear the beauty of the C Scale.  One tone leads to the next tone, thus beautiful harmonious music is created.  In the same way, we must have all the food links in our ‘Nutrient Chain of Life’ working together linking with one another creating energy and harmonious good health.

 

Have a Blessed and Harmonious Day!

 

 

Pat Moon

 

  I am a grandmother who started as an Independent GNLD Distributor in 1985 because of family health concerns. After experiencing positive results for several family members, I chose to share the products with other people. My confidence in the GNLD products has continued to grow because the products work. My goal is to help others have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible.

 

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1 Heather Real October 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

Valuable information. Thank you for makeing it clear and concise 🙂

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2 Pat Moon October 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Hello Heather,

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you found it understandable.

Stay healthy.

Pat
 

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3 Norma Doiron @Savvy BIZ Solutions October 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

Very interesting Pat, how you compare proper nutrition with piano keys, it makes it more understandable. So much valuable information to apply for better health here, thanks for sharing 🙂

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4 Pat Moon October 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

Hi Norma,

When I first started blogging I was planning to incorporate music in my blogs but later redirected to providing even more info about nutrition. This was one of my first blogs and have been amazed at how it still applies and is relivant.

Thanks for reading.

Pat
 

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5 Sharon O'Day September 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm

What an encyclopedia of valuable information, Pat, as always.  And the way you related it to the piano keys makes the relationship between the nutrients so much more understandable! 

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6 Pat Moon September 30, 2013 at 8:28 am

Sharon,

Thank you for your nice supportive comment. Yes, the nutrients we eat must provide harmony in our body. Otherwise we are inviting health problems either now or for sure down the road.

Thanks again, Pat
 

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7 Roslyn September 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Who would have thought of connecting our nutients our body needs with piano? Great analogy & so clear. Thanks Pat. Its also so important to get the harmony of ALL the categories so they  can work together, like the left & right hands on a keyboard.

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8 Pat Moon September 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

Hi Roslyn,

As I mentioned in one of my other comments, I have loved piano and had a desire to play all my life. When I was in 6th grade my parents made arrangements to trade 2 gallons of fresh, raw milk a week for a weekly piano lesson. Perhaps that is one of the reasons I can so easily relate the harmony of playing a piano with the harmony of nutrients in the body.

Do you play piano?

Blessings, Pat
 

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9 Ernestine King September 26, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Thanks Pat! So many peopple do not realize how many nutrients are needed to keep our bodies healthy!

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10 Pat Moon September 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

Hi Ernestine,

Our bodies were created so amazingly. Everything is intended to work in harmony especially when we provide the needed nutrients.

Staying healthy is important.

Pat
 

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11 Gaynor Parke September 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

OMGoodness Pat who would have thought that the piano could teach more than music? Thanks for a very informative post – Gaynor

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12 Pat Moon September 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

Hi Gaynor,

Piano has been very important to me all my life, even prior to my parents buying me a piano when I was 9 years old. My parents could not afford lessons so I taught myself to play with tips from my school teacher, one of my cousins, an aunt and then a home study course. Finally when I was in 6th grade my parents arranged to trade fresh raw cow’s milk for my piano lessons so from that time on I have been able to relate piano to good nutrition!

I’m glad you found my post informative. Blessings to you.

Pat

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13 Meli September 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Staying healthy is essential to living a long, quality filled life! Thank you for sharing this important information!!

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14 Pat Moon September 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hi Meli,

When you think about it, your health is considered as one of a person’s top 3 or 4 priorities in life. Without good health it is difficult to have good harmony in other areas of your life.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Pat
 

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15 kungphoo September 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm

That was a great ananlogy.. i never would have thought these points through!

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16 Pat Moon September 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hi there, Kungphoo

Harmony is involved in so much of life. I’m into piano music & singing as well as nutrition so they are my inspirations.

Thanks for your comment and visit.

Pat
 

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17 Alexandra McAllister September 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Thank you so much, Pat. This is such a great post filled with valuable info.  You know I'm into health and wellness…yet, I still haven't controlled my stress…working on it today and forever.  Have a blessed day! I appreciate all that you share.

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18 Pat Moon September 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

Hi Alexandra,

That much stress is not good. Consistant and constant stress can cause damage to your body but the good news is that with changes in lifestyle,  proper nutrition and exercise you can reverse a good part of that damage especially if you catch it early on. Giving your body the tools to handle stress is very important.. I know you are aware of that but sometimes the reminders can give you the hope of a better tomorrow.

Focus on the positives today and every day!

Pat
 

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19 Tina Ashburn September 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

This is a great way to look at taking care of one's health. I will never look at the 88s in the same way again!

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20 Pat Moon September 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Hi Tina,

Do you play the piano? I used to teach it years ago. We certainly do need to consider the harmony of nutrition for our bodies to stay healthy. Thanks for visiting.

Harmonize your nutrients today!

Pat
 

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21 Mike September 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

Great post Pat!  I've been an avid exercise junkie most of my adult life and really value eating healthy.  So often I may miss one of these key components or not have enough and I can feel either fatigued, tired or even grouchy. 🙂  Great tips here.  Thanks.

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22 Pat Moon September 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

Hi Mike,

Staying in shape with exercise and eating healthy is so important so you are being very wise. One question… are you getting those important lipids & sterols (the healthy fats) in your diet daily? Its amazing how many people do miss them. Without them you are not getting the complete chain of life for long term good health.

Stay on your journey of staying healthy.

Pat
 

 

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