Cells make up the basic building blocks of all life. Healthy cells mean a healthy body; cells clogged with toxins or in disrepair from poor diet and exercise may lead to disease, illness, and other serious health problems. The right diet can repair and rejuvenate cells throughout the body.
Supporting healthy cells means getting the right kinds of vitamins and nutrients that cells can use as raw materials to keep their structures intact. Whole grains are excellent sources of cell nutrients, because they contain the proteins and micronutrients that cells use to generate energy. Whole grains, as well as olives and avocadoes, are good sources of vitamin E, an important cell protector.
Cells are encased and protected by a durable – but also permeable – casing called the membrane. Cellular membranes are made largely of fat, so it’s important to ingest the right kinds of fat in order to build healthier, more resilient membranes. Eating non-saturated fats, especially the Omega-3 fatty acid, ensures your cells’ membranes stay in good shape. Saturated fats and trans-fats make less durable raw material, meaning the cell grows more susceptible to collapse or malfunction. You can add more omega-3 to your diet by including flax seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, or chia seeds to your diet. These can be added to smoothies or oatmeal to boost the nutritional value.
By Michael Kabel