Making the most of each bite…for trillions of cells

Helping our bodies do their job of replacing our 100 trillion cells

J. Morris Hicks

The human body is truly a miracle; for 24 hours of every day, it is busy taking care of business. It has a full-time job, regardless what our conscious brain might be doing — delivering nutrients to trillions of cells, eliminating toxins and waste and literally regenerating approximately 10 trillion cells per year. That’s right, over the course of ten years, our bodies miraculously replace almost ALL of our 100 trillion cells.

Our bodies are constantly managing millions of processes without any supervision from us. All the body needs from us is food and water — a regular feeding of the absolute best fuel AND that we minimize the intake of toxins from whatever sources. Further, for vibrant health, your body will also need for you to get adequate sleep & regular exercise, while keeping your stress level to a minimum.

So, what is the best fuel for humankind? As you probably know by now, those of here at the 4-Leaf Program believe the overwhelming preponderance of evidence suggesting that our most ideal fuel is whole plants – in nature’s package; the natural food for our species. But in the modern world, those kinds of foods supply us with far less than 10% of the total calories consumed. It’s no wonder that our health care costs are spiraling out of control.

Now, if you have accepted our premise, then it’s only logical that you might want to help your body do its job of replacing those ten trillion cells every year…by trying to greatly increase the percentage of your calories from those nutritious foods. To achieve the highest level on our 4-Leaf scoring system requires that one derives over 80% of their calories from whole plants.

Keep in mind that every single bite is a fleeting opportunity to do something wonderful for your body…assisting that “full-time cell replacement factory” of yours as it strives to reward you with vibrant health for the rest of your life. Just for fun, we did the math and counted the bites for each meal, then computed this little factoid…

For every bite of food that you put in your mouth, you are providing ALL of the energy and nutrients for your body to replace 100 million cells.  Chew on that…and have  nice day.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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