(NaturalNews) There is much talk about phytonutrients lately. What are phytonutrients and why are they so important? Well simply put, phytonutrients are certain compounds found in plants that evidence has shown to increase overall health and protect against certain diseases including cancer. The term “Phyto” comes from the Greek work for plant so phytonutrients are plant nutrients, though they’re of a different class then the traditional nutrients of fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
These nutrients are not considered “essential for life” but they are important for health and longevity. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and teas are rich sources of phytonutrients. Fruits and vegetables that are high in carotenoids appear to protect humans against certain cancers, heart disease, and age-related macular degeneration.
So what does this have to do with bio-energy? Everything actually. Bio-energy is the actual energy source of the body that keeps you alive every second. Science knows that the body not only uses and generates electricity but also electromagnetic energy. The Chinese call this energy Chi. It is derived and absorbed from nature including the Sun, moon, stars, heavens, the earth, and most importantly from the air itself, also known as ionic energy.
Plants absorb this energy as they grow in the ground from the earth and absorb this energy from the sun and transfer it to their fruits. We then consume this energy when we eat the fruits which is extracted from the food during digestion via the spleen, something that it little known in western medical circles.
That is why these nutrients from natural plant sources are so important and beneficial to human health and longevity. It’s the same reason why drinking herbal and natural teas are so popular in China which has the greatest number of centenarians (people who live to be one hundred years old or older) in the world.
All processes in the body require energy, just like any chemical reaction does in chemistry. We get this energy from the foods that we eat and the air we breathe. The body also must have enzymes to break food down, kill viruses, bacteria, dissolve tumors and even to break down and build up muscle tissue and everything else in the body. A diet of at least fifty percent raw, unprocessed foods is vital to make sure that we're getting enough enzymes, phytonutrients, and the all important Chi or bio-energy for the body's processes to function optimally.
Some of the main sources of phytonutrients are as follows:
Carrots, leafy green and yellow vegetables (eg. broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots), peaches, apricots, leafy greens such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, tomato products, pink grapefruit, watermelon, guava, green vegetables, eggs, citrus
I take food enzymes with every meal to aid digestion. This also takes a big load off the pancreas which makes most of the enzymes in the body. The more live, unprocessed food that we eat; the more phytonutrients, enzymes and bio-energy we take in. All natural foods contain this all important bio-energy or chi and without it no life could exist. This is how these foods help to increase our immune system, health, strength and regeneration of the body itself and ultimately help us feel better and live longer.
So to boost your own immune system and cell regeneration of the body, eat more phytonutrients, practice deep breathing exercises daily and make sure that your diet is at least fifty percent raw, unprocessed natural foods (preferably organic whenever possible) and you too can soon be singing the praises of phytonutrients.
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