Plants are “Autotrophs”, meaning, they are organisms that utilize sun’s energy to synthesize their own food. They are also called “Producers”, since they produce their own food. They belong to the first rung/level of the food chain.
We, humans, come in the 2nd rung (herbivores) and 3rd rung (carnivores) of food chain. We procure our energy by eating plants or plant-eating animals. This food has to be broken down back to the basic molecule before being assimilated/utilized to build, repair tissues and to release energy. This process is called “Digestion”. Digestion becomes more complex and tedious as we ascend up the food chain. There is also a slight dissipation of energy as it goes up the chain.
Food logistics in olden days was ‘From backyard to kitchen-table‘, totally homegrown, organic and fresh which would then be cooked in a pot on a fire. Nutrients would be retained at its best.
Now, food grown in far off lands is preserved and warehoused for days, and then transported to outlets, malls, tinned, canned, brought home, refrigerated again for days, cooked, baked, fried, barbecued, and eaten. By the time we consume it the nutrient value is miniscule.
Poor life expectancy before was due to infectious diseases and non percolation of medical facilities to grassroots. Now, it’s due to poor eating habits. Food, is now abundant in quantity and poor in quality.
Just like a sturdy building needs bricks, mud, cement, wood, metals for construction, so does our body need varying nutrients for skin, flesh, bone, blood, hair, nails, and also to provide for energy.
A food encompassing all this is a ‘balanced diet‘. Mind that ‘Balance’ implies right proportion of needed nutrients, neither more, nor less.
60% of our diet should comprise of carbohydrates, 30% protein, rest fat, minerals and vitamins. Apart from food grains (60%), we must consume ample cooked/raw vegetables, whole fruits, milk for calcium, sprouts, greens, beets and nuts in our daily menu. About 2.5 litres of water each day is needed to keep the tissues flushed with nutrients.
And hence, for a healthier and fitter “YOU”
“Eating healthy should not be a diet plan, but a habit, a way of life”
Author: Dr. Kiran Shanbhag
Dr. Kiran Shanbhag is a Homeopathic physician. She has been practicing from the last 18 years. She is passionate about her work as a Homeopathic doctor and is also passionate about cooking, equity markets and quest into spirituality. All the four have now become an integral part of her life!