To have good health we need to eat foods created by “Mother Nature”, not man. Mother Nature took billions of years to design our bodies, while at the same time designing all the foods suitable for our bodies to use. It is arrogant for some people to think that they know better than Mother Earth after having experimented in their laboratories for a few decades.
Mother Nature has provided us with two groups of food: plant foods and animals foods. This two groups work differently in the body and both are equally important. Human beings are omnivorous: we have evolved on this planet eating everything we could find in our immediate environment from both plants and animals. That is what several researchers have confirmed in their extensive study of traditional cultures around the world – most thorough of which has been conducted by Weston Price, a dentist. The findings were that in every corner of our planet healthy indigenous people ate a mixture of plant foods and animal foods, and it Is the animal foods that were the most valued.
All energy on this planet gets recycled, while new energy comes from the sun. In order to capture the energy of the sun and convert it into solid matter Mother Nature has designed plants which have a process called photosynthesis that captures the sunlight and converts it into chlorophyll, building the plant matter, changing sun’s energy into solid matter. The next group of creatures on the planet, that consume the energy of the sun in the form of plants, are herbivorous animals – designed to eat plants. Cows, goats, sheep, buffalos, giraffes are some.
Plants are generally difficult to digest. The only creatures that can do it well are microbes. Micro- organisms have incredible abilities to ferment carbohydrates, break down protein, starch and fiber, release vitamins, and generally turn the plant matter into form other creatures can benefit from. Micro-organisms help herbivorous animals to digest plants and extract nutrients from them. Herbivorous animals have a very special digestive system, called a rumen. It is a very large, with several stomachs full of plant-breaking microbes that digest the plants for the animal. The plants being chewed and digested go back and forth the rumen and mouth of the animal about 200 times in a cow.
In the rumen, carbohydrates from plants get broken down and a large percentage of them isconverted into saturated fat – making these animals live on high-fat diet – mostly saturated.
In order to consume the energy of the sun in the form of herbivorous animals, Mother Nature has designed predators – wolves, lions, tigers, foxes, cats, dogs, etc. These group of animals cannot digest plant matter because they are equipped with a very different digestive system. They can only digest meat and other animal foods.
The human digestive system in its structure is similar to the gut of predatory animals: we have one small stomach with virtually no microbes in it. As in predatory animals, our human stomach is designed to produce acid and pepsin, which are only able to breakdown meat, fish, milk and eggs. Our stomach is designed perfectly to digest animal foods. Plants however do not digest in our stomach to any degree; they have to wait to move out of the stomach into the intestines where pancreatic enzymes and bile are added to the mix to break down the food further - absorbing some juices, sugar, vitamins, vegetables and cooked starch. The bulk of the plant – the fiber and most of the starch is indigestible for the human gut. It goes through the intestines and then lands in the bowel, which is the equivalent of the rumen in the human body. This is where the majority of our gut flora resides: bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, worms and other creatures work on the plant matter and extract from it what they can. They break down the starch and fiber and convert them into short-chain fatty acids, B vitamins, vit K2 and other useful sometimes the same as the rumen of herbivorous animals.
The difference between herbivorous animals and us is that their rumen is at the beginning of their gut, while our ‘rumen’ – the bowel or large intestines– is at the end. In herbivorous animals the plant matter is digested well in the rumen before it moves down to the part of the gut where absorption of nutrients happens. In humans the bulk of food absorption happens higher up in the small intestines, where plants cannot be digested. The nutrients that we absorb in the small intestines come largely from animal foods, which were digested well in the stomach. Thus, the bulk of the nutrition that our bodies thrive on comes from animal foods. The amino acid profile of animal is correct for the human body, while the amino acid profile of plant-derived proteins is incomplete and unsuitable for human physiology. The same with fat: animal fat has the right fatty acid composition for the human body to thrive on, while plant oils are unsuitable. When it comes to feeding your body and building your bodily tissues and structures, animal foods are the best and only suitable ones. Cells in your body (in all your organs and tissues) constantly grow old, and are replaced by new born cells. This way the body rejuvenates itself and heals any damage and to do so they need building materials – protein and fats.
The purpose of eating plants is because they are cleansers. While they are unable to feed our bodies to any serious degree, they are wonderful at keeping us clean on the inside. They also provide energy for the body to use in the form of glucose and some cofactors in the form of vitamins and minerals, but their main purpose is to keep your body clean and free of toxins. They are equipped with powerful detoxifying substances, which can remove various manmade chemicals, pollution and other toxins that we accumulate in our bodies. Plants are particularly powerful cleansers when consumed raw. Juicing of raw greens, vegetables and fruit is a major part of any cleansing.
When the plant matter moves further down in the gut, the fiber and starch feed the gut flora in the large intestines. However, the problem with fiber and starch is that they feed equally the “bad” and the “good” microorganisms. So how good this plant matter is for the person depends on the composition of his/her gut flora. If the gut flora is healthy then the fiber and starch will do good. If your flora is unhealthy, the plant matter will feed the pathogens in your gut, which will flourish and produce many toxins and do a lot of damage. When we cook plants, we reduce their cleansing ability, but make them more digestible, so they provide some building material for the body to use but do not build the body to any degree as they are largely carbohydrates, which the body uses for producing energy and stores any surplus as fat. When plants are severely processed (grains in particular) they provide the wrong materials for the body causing disease. They provide the body with sugars, breaking some of the most fundamental mechanisms in our metabolism.
Consumption of products made of sugar and flour (very processed plants) is the major cause of pretty much all degenerative health problems in our modern world: weight gain, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, psychological and neurological problems, in children and adults, infertility, polycystic ovaries, immune abnormalities, etc.