Remember chemistry class in high school? Or maybe this topic only came up in advanced organic chemistry or honors biology classes. The collection of hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, and oxygen atoms depicted in the image is the basic foundation of something known as an amino acid molecule.
Amino acids are the building blocks that create proteins and proteins are necessary to help your body repair damage, rebuild, and get stronger. Therefore, cells, tissue, enzymes, muscles, and your brain all get their nourishment and protection from amino acids. In fact, different studies have linked amino acids to muscle building and fighting everything from cold sores to depression to fibromyalgia.
Amino acids are vital to every aspect of human function … but you can’t store them. We are well aware that our bodies can store extra starch, sugar, and protein as fat to be used later, but amino acids deteriorate if they aren’t used. Many of the twenty-plus types of amino acids used to build proteins can be made in our bodies but there are a handful of “essential” amino acids that we must get from our diet. And the best source of these essentials is from animal protein like meat, eggs, and dairy or the vegetarian staple of soy.
Essential for my body to function properly. Readily available in food around me. Must be consumed daily to meet my body’s needs.
Amino acids remind me of spiritual food and nourishment. Essential for my spirit to be healed and made stronger. Always available within the pages of my Bible, a radio station, or whispered prayer. Must be deliberately consumed daily.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)
Creation declares that God provides all we need but we need a daily supply.
What about you? Does your body have all it needs to rebuild, repair, and grow? How did it get those building blocks? How do you feed your spirit?