Three nutrients that the Body Needs and Their Spiritual Reality
By Lee Warren (c) 2001 PLIM REPORT, Vol. 10 #1
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The human body is the most marvelous, fantastic and complex machine in the universe. This is because it was made in the image of the Creator and reflects Yahweh-Elohim’s spiritual embodiment (Gn. 1:26). David said: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Ps 139:14). The human body is a physical reflection of the soul and the various physiological operations of the body are reflections of the soul’s or spiritual body’s operations.
Within this bio-machine, the creator Elohim imbued or programmed intelligence, wisdom, and knowledge within the cells of the body that makes them perform their specific operation and causes them to self-repair, self-heal, and self-reproduce. There is no machine made by man that comes close to duplicating these functions.
Man with all his advanced technology can approximate some of the functions of the body, such as sight through a camera lens and hearing through voice recognition in computer software, but these mechanized senses are on a primitive level in comparison with the Yahweh-created senses of the human body. This proves that mankind cannot improve upon Elohim’s works.
Food and the Body
Elohim, being the designer of the human body, provided materials needed to maintain it. Elohim created plant life on the third day of Moses’ vision as recorded in the book of Genesis (Gen. 1:11-13). Plants are the food for most animal life (Gen. 1:29, Ezk. 47:12; Rev. 22:2).
Even though most Americans believe they can’t live without meat, plant life is the food necessary to maintain the human body and for it to operate efficiently. In fact, plant life is not only food, but it is also medicine for the body (Ezk. 47:12).
Ezekiel the prophet wrote that Elohim told him in a vision that
plants were for the healing of the body. “Fruit trees of all kinds will
grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their
fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary
flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing (Ezk.
47:12; Rev. 22:1-2).”
As with any machine, there are things that must be done to sustain it. For example, a car needs good oil and gasoline for it to operate properly. There are basically three types of food that are needed to sustain the physical body or temple (I Cor. 6:19-20). 1. Carbohydrates. 2. Proteins, and 3. Fats.
The body needs these nutrients in their natural or unadulterated state if the human body is to operate efficiently. Most Americans eat a lot of fast and processed food wherein most of the nutrients that Elohim created in the food have been abolished. Clearly, people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (both health wise as well as spiritually, Hos. 4:6). So in essence no man has any excuse for not knowing the truth of His heavenly Father, for his physical body or temple is a witness of Him.
Eating highly refined, processed foods that lack essential nutrients has resulted in the most technologically advanced and wealthy country in the world suffering from all forms of malnutrition and degenerative diseases. Former Surgeon C. Everett Koop said the following concerning the American diet. “Your choice of diet can influence your long-term health prospects more than any other action you might take.”
Dr. Neal Beard, M.D. in his book, Food For Life states the following about the America diet. “The results are tragic. There are 4,000 heart attacks every single day in this country. The traditional four food groups and the eating patterns they prescribed have led to cancer and heart disease in epidemic numbers, and have killed more people than any other factor in America. More than automobile accidents, more than tobacco, more than all the wars of this century combined.”
What is the intent of this article?
The intent of this article is to examine the three types of nutrients the human body needs by the tabernacle pattern. It will reveal the purpose of these nutrients for the physical body and identify foods that have these nutrients. An examination of the spiritual reality of these nutrients will show their importance.
Nutrients of the Body
There are three nutrients the physical body needs on a daily basis to live, besides air, sunlight, and water. These nutrients can only be obtained from the food that Elohim created. These nutrients enable the body to grow, produce energy for numerous activities, make various chemicals the body needs, and repair itself. These nutrients are:
Later in this article each of these nutrients will be briefly discussed separately. Although man has the technology to reproduce these nutrients, they do not compare to the Creator’s natural food. Man can only produce the active ingredients of a nutrient and not all the ingredients that are in the natural food.
For example, man can extract pure vitamin C from an orange, but vitamin C does not exist alone and by itself in nature because the body cannot absorb it totally minus the other nutrients contained in the orange. In fact, if one takes a capsule containing 1000 milligrams of vitamin C, the body only will absorb from 3% - 30% depending on how close it is manufactured to the natural form.
When Elohim created vitamin C, there were other nutrients created with it. Man fails to understand how all these nutrients along with vitamin C, causes the body to absorb 100% vitamin C. Consuming a whole food rather than a portion of it implies that the entire plant is always greater than the sum of its parts, which is called synergy.
If one eats separately each nutrient of an apple, the benefits would not be as great as if one would eat the whole apple. There are hundreds of known chemical ingredients in apples, but there are thousands of unknown chemical ingredients.
It is presently beyond man’s technology to understand the interactions of all these ingredients within the body. Only Elohim knows, which is why one has to rely on the natural food that Elohim created and not manmade food.
The spiritual significance of the these three nutrients
Now the fact that the human body needs three nutrients for its existence has great spiritual significance. The physical body is a temple that symbolically represents the soul, which is the spiritual body of man. The Apostle Paul said: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of Elohim (God), and that the Spirit of Elohim (God) dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of Elohim (God), him shall Elohim (God) destroy; for the temple of Elohim (God) is holy, which temple ye are (1 Cor 3:16-17).”
Just as the human body needs food, the soul or spiritual body needs spiritual nutrients for it to obtain eternal life. Yahweh told Israel in the Wilderness that He made them suffer hunger so that they would understand that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Elohim (Deu. 8:3).
The spiritual nutrients are the words of the Holy Spirit. Yahshua the Messiah told Israel, which was His body, that He was the living bread came down from heaven (Jn. 6:35). In other words, he was the food for the whole body of Israel.
He also told Israel in an allegory that they had to eat the flesh of His body and drink the blood of His body in order to have eternal life (Jn. 6:53-57). Here, the meat of the Messiah’s body is correlated with the fats and proteins and the blood correlates with the carbohydrates.
He told His disciples the meaning of this allegory. He said: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life (Jn. 6:63). “ The Apostle John in Revelation confirms this. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (Rev 3:20).”
Now the three nutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates) are correlated with the Godhead or the unity of the spirit, the Father Yahweh, the Son Elohim, and the Holy Spirit Yahshua The Messiah (I John 5:7). They are also correlated with mankind being threefold: body, soul and spirit and the 3-fold tabernacle pattern, which has three-compartments: Court Round About, Holy Place, and The Most Holy Place. We will begin to explain each of these nutrients as they are correlated with the pattern.
Protein of the Body
Proteins are one of the basic nutrients the body needs on a daily basis. They are essential for the growth and development of the human body. Proteins also provide the human body energy to manufacture tissue, enzymes, hormones, and antibodies. A deficiency of proteins can present a host of disorders in the body, including mental disorders and depression.
Proteins provide the structure for all living things, which include various tissues, hormones, etc., of the human body. Proteins provide the following functions for the body:
1. Supply energy
2. Build tissues, such as muscles, hair, glands, ligaments, tendons, nails
3. Produce hormones, antibodies, enzymes, and maintain the proper alkali-acid balance, etc.
Proteins are amino acids
Now when the human body consumes proteins, they are broken down into amino acids. There are more than 20 natural occurring amino acids in nature. These are the basic building blocks of all life on this planet.
The DNA within the cells has the instructions to form amino acids into various proteins that make up the various tissues and hormones of the body. This is a continuous process for the body is in constant need of enzymes, replacement cells, etc. Daily proteins have to be made from the amino acids for the various functions of the body.
There are two types of amino acids in the body: essential and non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids are not manufactured by the body and must be obtained from a daily diet in order for the body to produce non-essential amino acids. There are eight essential amino acids for adults (10-11 for children), which supply about 20% of the amino acids the body need. The liver manufactures the remaining 80% of the non-essential amino acids.
Types of Protein
Medical researchers divide the proteins we eat into three groups, which depend on the amino acids present. They are “complete protein sources,” “incomplete protein sources,” and complementary protein sources, according to Prescription for Nutritional Healing (© 1997 Avery Publishing Group) by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C. “Complete protein sources” have the “essential proteins” present. “Incomplete protein sources” have only some of the amino acids present.
By combining various incomplete protein sources-foods, such as beans and rice, adequate amounts of essential amino acids can be obtained Prescription for Nutritional Healing. The book called this method complementary protein sources. Here are the foods listed in these categories.
Complete Protein Sources: Eggs, meats, fish, cheese, and milk
ncomplete Protein Sources contains only some of the essential amino acids. They are found in grains, legumes, and leafy vegetables.
Complementary protein - combining certain foods to give the body all of the essential amino acids follow.
Beans with Brown Rice, or
Beans with Corn, or
Beans with Nuts, or
Beans with Seeds, or
Beans with wheat
Excess Protein in diet
The standard American diet (SAD) has an excess of protein. Americans don’t think they can have a meal without meat. There is meat for breakfast, meat for lunch, and meat for dinner. No one can see the connection between the large number of liver and kidney disorders and the excess protein in the American diet. Excess protein puts a great deal of stress on the liver and the kidney due to the protein metabolism. This is the one nutrient that contributes to many disorders of the liver and kidney.
More than half of the protein taken into the body is transformed into glucose for energy. During this process, ammonia, a toxic waste product, is formed. To protect the body from this toxin, the liver transforms the ammonia into urea, which is carried from the cells into the blood stream. It is filtered out of the bloodstream by the kidneys, which excretes it out of the body.
The problem occurs when so much protein is eaten on a regular basis that the liver is unable to transform all this ammonia into urea. This results in a toxic buildup in the body that causes all types of disorders.
A 150 pound human needs approximately 75 grams of protein daily, according to the National Research Council, but Susan Stockton says in her book The Book of Health that 25-30 grams, which a very small portion, is sufficient. There is no firm scientific proof that states the exact ratio of proteins to fats and carbohydrates, although Barry Sears in his book The Zone recommends 40% Carbohydrates, 30% Proteins, and 30% Fats.
Another problem with eating large amounts of protein in the Standard American Diet is osteoporosis, found chiefly in women who have passed menopause, which is a bone disorder characterized by a reduction in bone density accompanied by increasing porosity and brittleness. The Book of Health (© 1990 Nature’s Publishing & Printing) by Susan Stockton states: “A major reason that we become calcium deficient is that we take in too much protein (including diary product) which causes an over-acid condition, necessitating the robbing of body’s storehouse (bones and other tissue) to buffer the acidity with an alkaline mineral, calcium (p. 98).”
Spiritual significance of the protein
Proteins and amino acids symbolically represent the characteristics of Yahweh in the pure spirit state. The 20 plus amino acids are the building blocks of all life and they are the source and substance for all proteins, which composes the structure of all living organisms on earth.
Yahweh is the source and substance of all things and is composed of nine divine attributes such as Intelligent, Wisdom, Knowledge, Love, Beauty, Justice, Foundation, Power, and Strength.
The amino acids, which are the source and substance of all Life on earth, correspond with the nine divine attributes that compose the pure state of Yahweh. It is the pure spirit state of Yahweh that transmutes into angelic matter and the physical universe, composed of energy and physical matter. Likewise, by the many biochemical processes of the body the amino acids are transformed into proteins which make-up the structure of the human body.
Yahweh in this pure spirit state moved in part into a shape and form of the Word or Son, which is often depicted in the form of a man (Exo. 24:9-10). The Word or Son is the pattern or structure that formed both the angelic and physical creations. Likewise, the DNA is the Word or instructions for the human body by which the amino acids are transformed into proteins.
The Apostle John said the Word created all things (Jn. 1:3). Paul said: “He [Yahshua the Messiah] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence (Col 1:15-18).
Any man-made machine must have a supply of fuel used as energy to propel it. Likewise, all life forms must have some food that will give it energy or fuel to operate. The food that supplies energy for the human body to function are carbohydrates, which are obtained exclusively from the plant kingdom, such as fruits, veggies, peas, and beans. Milk is also the only animal product that has sufficient amounts of carbohydrates.
Adam and Eve ate only plants in the garden (Gn. 1:29). In fact, none of their offspring down to Noah, in this first age of time, ate any animal meat (Gn. 9:3-40).
Types of Carbohydrates
There are basically two types of carbohydrates that are obtained from plants. They are simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates, which are defined as follows.
1. Simple Carbohydrates are fructose (fruit sugars), sucrose (table sugar) and lactose (milk sugar). Fruits are the richest source of simple sugars.
2. Complex Carbohydrates are also sugars, but more complex chemical structures. Sources: Veggies, Beans, Peas, and Grains. It is these two groups that supply the body with the bulk of the energy that the body needs.
These plant foods should be eaten in their natural state to obtain all the nutrients that Elohim placed in them. If cooked, they should be only lightly streamed. Heat is an enemy to many nutrients because it destroys most nutrients that the body needs.
How does the body process carbohydrates?
When carbohydrates are eaten through the digestive process, they are transformed into glucose (blood sugar). This is fuel for all the body’s cells. Carbohydrates are the only source of energy for the brain and blood cells. Carbohydrates also manufacture various amino acids and fats.
When glucose is produced, the cells of the body either use it immediately or store it in the body as fat. Storing occurs when a person produces more glucose than the body can use. It is the liver that converts the glucose into fat.
Processed and highly refined food, such as snack foods, candy, desserts, soft drinks, etc., that Americans eat are composed of simple carbohydrates, which causes a great many disorders in the body. For example, a regular diet of simple carbohydrates usually leads to an increase in diabetes and lowered blood sugars (hypoglycemia).
Processed foods are also high in calories and fat content, which should be limited. They are one of the chief causes of obesity in Americans. There is also practically no fiber in these refined foods, which is one of the disadvantages of carbohydrates.
Fiber of Carbohydrates
Plants are composed of a great deal of fiber, which play an important part in the digestive process. Most fiber is cellulose and not digested by the body. The health benefits of fiber in the diet are as follows.
Fiber in fruits and veggies prevents constipation by holding water like a sponge and preventing the stool from becoming hard. Fiber in the diet also reduces one of the causes of hemorrhoids. People who eat large quantities of meat, especially beef, usually have stools that are as hard as concrete because there is no fiber in the diet.
Fiber lowers the cholesterol level by binding to certain substances that would increase the cholesterol in the body. This reduces the risk of heart diseases.
Fiber also aids in cleansing the colon and speeding up the elimination rate of the body’s waste, which reduces the risk of colon cancer.
Now health researchers recommend that 60 % of daily calories should come from carbohydrates.
Spiritual significance of the carbohydrates
Carbohydrates supplying energy to the physical body symbolically represent the Holy Spirit supplying spiritual energy to the soul. For example, Israel was a body of people that worshipped Yahweh. Now the word ‘Israel’ means, “having power with Elohim.”
Power and energy are synonymous. This means the source of Israel’s energy was Elohim. The body of Israel also typifies the human soul, so the power or energy of the soul is Elohim.
In short, the words of Elohim, who is the Messiah, inspires the soul, as was mentioned earlier in this article. The Messiah just spoke the words and miracles were performed (Matt. 8:8). It is the spirit that supplies the soul or mind with the spiritual energy it needs to confront various challenges.
The Messiah at His ascension verified this when He told His disciples: “…ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).”
Plants and animals have a symbiotic relationship, which means that each depends on the other, just as there is a symbiotic relationship between the angelic creation and the physical creation.
There is a great deal of misinformation in the American food industry about the consumption of fats. Any casual walk through an American grocery store will reveal the large number of foods marked “no fat.” Americans have been brainwashed into believing that by avoiding all fats, one avoids high cholesterol, which causes heart diseases.
Now the body, especially the brain, is composed of a certain amount of fat. In fact, according to the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, fats are necessary in childhood for the brain’s development. Fats also provide the body with energy and growth. Fats are the most concentrated form of energy in the body and needed throughout our life in the right amounts.
Types of Fats
Fats are composed of fatty acids and there are three major categories of fats. They are defined as follows.
1. Saturated Fatty Acids are found primarily in animal products, such as milk, cheese, all meats. They are also found in vegetable oils, such as coconut oil, palm oil, and vegetable shortening. Now the liver uses saturated fat to manufacture cholesterol. Excessive amounts of saturated fats can cause rise in the bad cholesterol, which is called LDL (low density lipoproteins).
2. Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids are found in corn oil, soybean, sunflower, safflower, and certain fish oils. Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids lowers the blood cholesterol level. Large amounts of it can reduce good cholesterol called HDL-high density lipoproteins. Medical researchers recommend that the average individual should not exceed 10% of caloric intake.
3. Monounsaturated Fatty Acids are found in vegetables, nuts, oils, such as Olive oil, peanuts, and canaola oil. They have the ability to reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) without affecting good cholesterol (HDL).
Most foods have all three of these fats. Usually one of the three types of fats is predominantly all man-made.
Fats to avoid
Some man-made fats, such as hydrogenation oils, should be avoided at all costs and excluded from the SAD. This is where man exposes unsaturated vegetable oil to hydrogen gas to produce a solid fat, which is in most food that are purchased in a can, bag, box, or bottle. Hydrogenated oil extends the shelf life of the food, but once consumed, the body does not know what to do with it.
Spiritual significance of fats
To understand the spiritual role of fats, ones has to understand its role in the body. It supplies the body with energy and it is also an integral part of the body structure. As stated earlier, fats compose the brain’s structure and are needed to renew the body. This is one reason why one must have fat in their diet.
Thus, fats correspond to Elohim or the Word, who is the structure by which the physical universe was formed and the energy that causes it to exist.
As the human temple must burn fat to sustain life, likewise Yahweh Elohim required the fat of the sacrifices to be burnt upon the altar in the temple and tabernacle for atonement of Israel. Moses told the priests to slay the sacrifices and “lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar (Lev 1:8):”
Now the burning of this fat upon the altar in the temple and tabernacle has great spiritual significance. The Hebrew word for ‘fat’ is “peder (peh’der),” according to New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. It is derived from another Hebrew word peduwth (ped-ooth’); or peduth (ped-ooth’) from OT:6929; which means distinction; also deliverance.
David wrote one meaning for the word fat in the Psalm. “They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly (Ps 17:10).” Here fat is defined as exalted ideas and thoughts of the mind that brings about pride.
Now the fat being offered upon the altar typified the Messiah, who was without sin and took upon Himself the sins of Israel, making himself the atonement for sins (Jn. 1:29). Thus, the consuming of fat and the body of the Messiah pointed to the consuming of sin or this exalted or proud mind. This is the deliverance of the soul from spiritual death.
Once the soul’s sin is consumed, the soul can be renewed and can become fat in the truth of the spirit. Now David wrote about fat in the righteous sense as follows. “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing (Ps 92:14).” Now the fat of the righteous are the “fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (Gal. 5:22),”
It is hoped that the reader understands that health is built on consuming three nutrients: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. If the food that contains these nutrients are eaten in their raw or natural form as Elohim created them, then they will provide the human body with all the nourishment needed for energy, growth, and healing.
The American Standard Diet is the primary cause for America’s health crisis. It results in all kinds of degenerative diseases, such as heart attacks, strokes and cancers, that kill between 1.5-2.0 million Americans each year. Because America is a wealthy country, Americans have gorged themselves on refined and processed foods that have as much nourishment as sawdust. The SAD is not only malnourished, but it also has man-made preservatives and other toxins that are hazardous to American’s health.
The spiritual reality of malnourished food or a poor diet that contains toxic substances, which result in these degenerative diseases and death, is the lies and erroneous doctrines of Lucifer or Satan that brings about the degeneration of the soul unto a spiritual death.
In order to be healed from this health plague, Americans must humble themselves and return to natural foods that are as toxin-free as possible, just as a soul that is spiritually dead must humble itself and return to the truth to be healed.
Now medical science knows about the functions and the biochemistry of these three nutrients upon the human body for life, but they fail to see the spiritual implications.The three nutrients that provide life to the human body are reflective of the spiritual food for the soul, which gives it eternal life. This spiritual food is also three-fold. It is the Father, Word or Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is proven by the fact that the Messiah, being the Word or Son (Jn. 1:1-4, 14) and the Holy Spirit (Jn 20:22), said He and the Father are ONE. So the Messiah is three in One making the spiritual food threefold. So when the Messiah told Israel, the body, in a parable that He was the bread of life, meaning that His words are SPIRIT and LIFE (Jn. 6:63).
Balch, James and Phyllis, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, (Copyright 1977, Avery Publishing Group, Garden City Park, New York)
Beard, Neal , M.D., Food For Life
Sears, Barry, The Zone
Stockton, Susan, The Book of Health (Ó 1997, 1990 Nature's Publishing & Printing)
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