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How you Can do so Many Bad Things to Yourself and Still Function: Your Body's Metabolic Reserve and Priority Systems 


Metabolic Reserve

Your entire body is a warehouse that stores nutrients and other vital substances. If you miss a few meals or suffer some other stress, your tissues are not immediately affected because your body can draw from its reserves. Now, if your metabolic reserves aren't one hundred percent to begin with, you are at greater risk of having nothing to draw on in case of an emergency. When your body's reserves get all the way down to zero, then your body will either not be able to perform a given job, or it will have to begin tearing down other tissues to get the material to carry out that function. When the mariners' vitamin C reserves dropped to zero, their bodies broke down old scar tissue to obtain some vitamin C for vital bodily functions. 
This is why we can go on for so long without noticing the harm we are doing to ourselves through improper diet. Our body has some reserves, which we can draw on when we are not taking in the proper nutrients. Although we may think we are fairly normal, we may actually be functioning at a less than optimal level. We tend to dismiss many minor symptoms that are actually signs that tissue is deteriorating from lack of nutritional substances.Allergies We ignore our body's warning messages until finally it reaches the breaking point, and then “suddenly” develop a serious disease. I have seen many clients who expressed puzzlement at getting sick some time long after a very stressful period in their lives, rather than getting sick during the stressful time. The reason, of course, is that their reserves held them during the stressful time and they had not done what was necessary to rebuild those reserves afterwards. If their nutrition level was marginal or deficient, then the slightest further decrease would cause some physical problem. For any given nutrient, the nutrition level must be 100% before any reserves can be stored away. 
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Which organ system breaks down depends on which nutrients are in short supply. For How you Can do so Many Bad Things to Yourself and Still Function: Your Body's Metabolic Reserve and Priority Systems cont'dexample, suppose that you have a long-standing zinc deficiency. As your deficiency develops, you may notice increased acne, slow healing of wounds, a change in your body odor, a decrease in your vision, or a reduced sense of smell. What you may not realize is that these problems are all related to zinc. 
Finally, if you are a man, you may notice pain in the prostate, or have difficulty urinating. These prostate-related problems, also perhaps due to the zinc deficiency, may finally drive you to the medical doctor where the problem is “identified.” But all your earlier symptoms were also early warnings that your zinc reserves had been depleted. Many chronic diseases begin during periods of nutritional deficiencies. Arthritis, for example, is closely related to deficiencies in the metabolism of potassium (especially in the proper organic form), among other substances. 
Similarly, the prevalence of heart disease in our society is evidence that our nutritional and metabolic needs are not being met. By the time the cardiovascular system has begun to deteriorate, many other problems have already developed. People may ignore all these other problems, and the end result is heart disease. By believing that “common every day aches and pains” are normal, we more easily lull ourselves into believing that we are healthy and that “disease” is for other people. 
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