There is a quote, "If we are each unique, aren't we all the same?"
No idea who wrote it, but for some reason it speaks to me.
While the quote itself is flawed, the underlying message is clear:
Each of us is different in our own way, and that unifies us because we each have unique qualities to share with the world.
But to those who look at the world through scientific eyes, this meaning goes even deeper.
Each of us is biologically unique.
Genetically this means we each have a unique combination of genes which mold us into who we are.
These genes are expressed in a very specific combination exclusive to you and you only.
What's even more amazing though is how our genes adapt to our environment even before we are born, and this changes the outcome of how our genes are expressed and interact as we develop.
Even twins become biologically unique as a result of their environment.
This is why each of us has our own nutritional needs which can change over time.
What my body needed at 10, 20, 30 and now 40 is vastly different at each stage.
What my body needed to grow my babies is vastly different from what it needed after birth.
What my body needed in July is vastly different from what it needs now in November.
Sometimes it can be hard to know what your body needs.
But I can say this: as you improve your diet and it learns what foods nourishes each part of us, our body gets better at learning where to get the nutrients it needs and we get better at listening to it.
Just one more reason to Eat Real Food.