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Food for Thought
Posted: August 26, 2009, from the September 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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The term diet in the Western world is closely associated with weight loss. Modern Western science labels food as having a certain amount of calories, fats, sugars, carbohydrates, proteins, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other nutritional content, and in the West, people commonly look to these labels for caloric content. Low fat is thought of as a good thing, and yet the omission of naturally occurring fats in their natural proportions can create an imbalance in food, as well as in the body.
Unsaturated oil has the ability to damage mitochondria, causing respiration to be uncoupled from energy production, meaning that fuel is burned without useful effect. Coconut oil, on the other hand, which contains saturated fat, has been found to increase the metabolism, lower cholesterol and support thyroid function.
Similarly, high cholesterol is often looked upon as something to reduce, yet cholesterol can result from the body’s natural ability to produce or retain cholesterol in the liver to protect cells and blood from toxins. Fat substitutes and hydrogenated fats are difficult for the body to process, and the toxicity from these man-made compounds creates an unnecessary burden on the body’s eliminative organs, including the skin.
Man-made compounds, such as artificial sugar and fat substitutes, are missing the molecular structure as it occurs in nature, and therefore, the body is not able to process these foodstuffs as it would naturally occurring foods. In nature, all foods have their own balance and combinations of nutrients. The more people deviate from nature in their diets, the harder it is for the body to absorb, process and eliminate foods, as well as function optimally.
In the East, people consider diet and individual foods for their overall properties. According to traditional Chinese principles of food-healing and the five-element theory, all foods contain different types of qi, or different energetic properties. The fundamental principle of qi—or energy—governs existence. Qi is everywhere in varying degrees of yin and yang balance. In optimal health, yin and yang harmoniously work together, complementing each other, and people obtain qi from food, water and air.