What is Cellular Health?
Cellular health is the foundation as well as the index of your wellness. Improved cellular health is the situation in which your cells are functioning well and are free from damage.
What are Cells?
Cells are the fundamental units of your body from which all your tissues and organs are made. Your body is composed of trillions of cells. Collectively, the cells provide structure for your body, take in nutrients from food, convert those nutrients into energy, and carry out specific functions. Apart from producing energy, the cells keep your DNA safe from damage.
Typically, an individual cell is made of several components that include:
- The cellular membrane that surrounds the cell and separates it from the surrounding environment
- The nucleus that contains the cell’s hereditary information (DNA) and controls the cell’s growth and reproduction
- The mitochondria (also known as the “powerhouses” of the cell) that break down the nutrients and produce energy-rich molecules
Significance of Cellular Health
Cellular health plays an important role in your well-being. Unhealthy cells cannot operate efficiently and may compromise the functioning of your tissues and organs. This can lead to the decline of your physical functioning and a host of health conditions and diseases. Damage to your energy-producing machinery can result in decreased energy production and an increase in the generation of free radicals. This condition may even cause more damage and destroy your cells’ ability to function entirely.
Your DNA, if damaged, can develop mutations which can render the cells unable to function, or even become malignant (cancerous). Therefore, cellular health plays an important role in disease prevention and the proper functioning of your tissues and organs.
Nutrition in Cellular Health
New cells are continuously created by your body to replace the old cells that become worn-out or damaged. Raw materials for the creation of these new cells are derived from the nutrients you get in your food. In addition, the nutrients protect your cells from damage and support your body’s energy-production machinery. In this way, nutrition plays an important role in sustaining and improving your cellular health.
Sources of Nutrition for Cellular Health
Improving cellular health involves providing the cells with key nutrients as well as other dietary components. Your cells need a full spectrum of nutrients for energy-production and to keep the level of free radicals to a minimum.
Major nutrients and dietary components required for improved cellular health include, but are not limited to:
- Vitamins (especially B-vitamins) and minerals
Source: Whole grains, beans, and fortified cereals
- Antioxidants like vitamin E, C, and the carotenoids
Source: Whole grains, citrus foods, vegetables, fruits, and green tea
- Healthy fats (like omega-3 fatty acids) and proteins
Source: Nuts, organic eggs, legumes and fish
How can you Improve your Cellular Health?
Improving cellular health depends on factors such as:
- Eating foods that nutritionally support your cells
- Providing your body with foods rich in antioxidants
- Avoiding or reducing the intake of allergy-inducing foods
- Eating organically-grown foods as much as possible
- Consuming additive-free foods or drinks
- Drinking plenty of water (since cells are primarily made up of water)
- Exercising regularly (which helps to produce more energy in cells)
You are your cells. Improved cellular health means improved overall health and wellbeing.