The world’s most complex technology—the body

Body&TechnologyWe’re geared and addicted and glued to our technological gadgets today.

We wonder how we ever got along without them—even though we did for thousands of years when the greatest writing, music, creativity, practical inventiveness and the challenge for survival evolved.

But no technology is, or ever will be, equal to the task of completely understanding the complexity and coordination of mysterious life and health-giving relationships—from the soil to microorganisms to plants and animals—to the human body.

For instance, our bodies contain 60,000 miles of blood vessels and about 50 TRILLION tiny cells, each performing important functions.

The Nobel site says approximately 100,000 billion cells, the Smithsonian estimates 37.2 trillion, Wikipedia 100 trillion.

The bottom line is no one knows how many cells are in the body or completely understands how this most complex of all technology performs its miracles.

But this they do know: the workings of this natural complexity have been disrupted since the age of synthetic chemicals, misinformed advice, lifestyle changes and nutrient-deficient soil and food.

As has frequently been noted, westerners are generally overweight and undernourished.

Today, nearly all westerners are (sun vitamin) vitamin D-deficient.

Until the last few years, scientists did not realize that the sun vitamin was necessary for every cell in the body to adequately do its work… a far more extensive health connection than merely building bones and teeth as had been commonly believed.

That sunscreen we depended on for so many years contributed to our deficiency as it blocked direct sun rays on skin necessary for manufacturing vitamin D.

The best plan is sensible exposure. After that it’s better to cover up if you can’t get out of the sun.

Magnesium is another vital nutrient often deficient in modern society. Best food sources are nuts, seeds and lots of spinach and other greens, preferably organic. Supplementing magnesium is good at night. It relaxes and is a good sleep aid.

The body’s complex technology requires thousands of different nutrients for optimal health which today’s food greatly deprives us of. One is the tiny bit of copper the body needs.

A study published in the (UK) Journal of Nutrition and Health found that copper levels were down 90 percent in conventional dairy, 55 percent in meat and 76 percent in vegetables.

Compared to grass-fed meat and dairy, grain-fed products are low in antioxidants, micro nutrients, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.

The most nutrient-dense dairy is grass-fed, unpasteurized, unprocessed and full-fat (as most of the nutrients are concentrated in the cream).

Even conventional fruits and vegetables are grown to increase size and sugar content, not nutrient content. They are artificially higher in fructose and sugar and lower in key nutrients.

Since most of us don’t have access to most of those old-fashioned foods, it has never been more important for you and your family to do your own research on health maintenance and selective decisions on appropriate supplementation.

This is particularly important for growing children whose bodies require massive amounts of natural nutrients, and older people whose nutrient absorption declines with age.

This is an issue you CAN do something about. There is no technology more complex and vital than your body. Educate yourself and maintain it to the best of your ability.