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Sunrider - Foods, Not Chemicals

Our bodies were designed to recognize Foods. Sunrider's Founder and Master Herbalist, Dr. Tei Fu Chen has based the Philosophy of Regeneration for Sunrider International on this concept.

Foods should not force the body to react, but should provide the nutrition for the body to take care of itself.

We are meant to eat oranges, not Vitamin C.  

We are meant to eat beans (and other protein foods), not Protein Powders, Whey Powders, Soy Protein Isolate.

You can break food down into Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fats, Vitamins, Minerals.  

But - if you mixed these chemicals back together, you would not make food!   You are then missing the life structure that your body recognizes as food.

Watch the video below by Diana Walker that explains this Sunrider Principle #2 - Foods, Not Chemicals



What is Regeneration? 

Regeneration refers to the process by which the body is constantly renewing itself.  
If our cells get the proper environment – the balance of proper nourishment, then the cells that result can be of a higher quality. 

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If we look in a mirror, our body seems to be the same from day to day. The truth is that the body is more like a river than something static. Our body is constantly being rebuilt and repaired. The process is under the direction of our inner intelligence (present everywhere in our body) which is far superior to any outside intelligence.

The rebuilding that goes on in our body is truly astounding.

  • 98% of the atoms in our cells were not there a year ago.
  • Every 5 minutes - New "first contact" cells on the surface of our digestive system, from the stomach to the large bowel.
  • Every 3 to 4 days - New muscular lining of our stomach and our intestines
  • Every 10 days - New taste buds in our mouth
  • Every 2 weeks - New gums
  • Every 4 weeks - New covering of skin
  • Every 5 months - the enzymes and the chemicals that flow through our liver make a new liver.

The chemistry of our genes is replaced constantly.  Nothing in our chemical genetic environment was there a year ago.  The pattern of our genes is very constant, but the chemical molecules that make up the structure are constantly replaced.

The quality of cell replacement determines the quality or length of our life, barring accidents, and at the same time, the quality of our life, is expressed in our feelings. Our feelings are actually produced by the hormones and other chemicals produced by our cells.

The quality of the enzymes we consume significantly influences the quality of the chemicals produced by our cells.

 Dr. Tei-Fu Chen, founder of Sunrider International, USA and Canada, was featured in the April 2010 issue of Torrance Magazine and I wanted to share it with you!

The article, written by Wendy Teng and entitled "A New Approach to Health-the Philosophy of Regeneration," traces the centuries-old tradition of herbal study in China and focuses on how Dr. Chen has pioneered his own approach to achieving optimal health, based on his personal experience and years in college, where he studied herbs and earned a degree in pharmacy.

The article describes how Dr. Chen's unique approach is grounded in the Sunrider Philosophy of Regeneration™, the blueprint that guides the formulation of all Sunrider® products. This philosophy advocates that "foods should not force the body to react, but should provide the nutrition for the body to take care of itself." The four principles of this philosophy are explained in detail in the article.

A New Approach to Health-The Sunrider Philosophy of Regeneration 
In the United States, the interest in natural and herbal-based products has grown dramatically for the past few decades. In China, the study of herbs has been continuing even longer-for the past 5,000 years. In fact, one could say that the Chinese represent the longest human case study in the world. However, the relationship between nature's bounty and the human body is complicated.
For example, China has a long history of emperors who died young from an overaggressive use of herbs. Emperors wanted to be strong and mighty, so their herbalists prepared tonics with ginseng and other stimulating herbs. While those tonics increased the emperor's strength and energy, they also had side effects such as anxiety, heart palpitations, and high blood pressure. Many modern medicines are derived from plants as well, but they too often have serious side effects.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Tei-Fu Chen, founder of Sunrider International, pioneered a different approach to health. As a young child, he was sickly and frail. His grandfather made herbal concoctions to improve Tei-Fu's health. While Tei-Fu hated eating his grandfather's bitter remedies, this early experience shaped the rest of his life. In college, Tei-Fu studied herbs and earned a degree in pharmacy. He recognized the power of ancient herbal wisdom and the technological advances for modern medicine. However, he thought that ancient and modern medicine took a curative approach to health-necessary in cases of illness and disease-but not the best solution for overall health and well-being. He believed that foods should not force the body to react, but should provide the nutrition for the body to take care of itself. He called this approach the "Philosophy of RegenerationTM."
nonmoving arrowThe Sunrider Philosophy of RegenerationTM has four principles to guide us on the types of foods and products to use:

1. Nourish + Cleanse = Balance. Our body naturally goes through cycles of "yin" and "yang"-inhaling and exhaling, eating and excreting, nourishing and cleansing. When yin and yang are in balance, we enjoy optimal health.

2. Use Foods, not chemicals. Supplements such as vitamin pills and protein powders are very popular. However, they often contain high dosages of chemical isolates that our bodies have a hard time absorbing. At best, our body excretes those chemical isolates. At worst, they can cause serious side effects and damage your kidneys. Our body recognizes foods, not chemicals.
3. Variety. There is no perfect food. Every ingredient has positive and negative effects on the body depending on how you prepare, use, and eat them. We need to eat a variety of foods for optimal health.
4. Formulation and Concentration. We don't always eat as healthily as we should. We often need supplements to fill in our nutritional gaps. Formulation is very important to a balanced, healthy supplement. The formulator must have the expertise to choose the right ingredients and know how to prepare and combine them. Concentration is also very important. Most studies done on the benefits of antioxidants use high concentrations not found in nature.
For example, there are many reports on the benefits of resveratrol and the advice to drink a glass of wine a day. Unfortunately, to achieve the results of the study, you would actually need to drink 1,000 bottles of wine! With advanced technology, we can now extract and concentrate beneficial nutrients while minimizing negative ingredients. By following the principles of the Philosophy of RegenerationTM, you can enjoy optimal health and vitality.
Article provided by Wendy Teng

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