Nitrogen is an interesting element as it exists in balance with oxygen. Oxygen has a radical, explosive quality while nitrogen is more restrained. If nitrogen replaced oxygen, we would die of suffocation. If nitrogen were removed from the air, we would burn up from the oxygen. So it’s part of a life-giving balance. There are about 3.8 pounds of organic nitrogen in the body. Nitrogen is the critical element in protein. When we talk about nitrogen, we are, in a sense, talking more about protein. What contains nitrogen in our body are albumins, protein compounds, alkaloid agents, and ammonia and its breakdown products. Nitrogen, in combination with hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, is needed for power and strength and vitality for all organs. In the muscle system, myosin, which is the principle protein in muscle, is made of 17 percent nitrogen.
People with excess nitrogen have a tendency for low heat generation, tender tissues, swarthy complexion, and often faulty oxidation. There is a tendency toward nervous system difficulties. They also manifest lethargy, deep sleep, glandular swelling, loose teeth, and have slow wound, fracture, and bone healing. In these nitrogen-excess people, the liver, kidney, and intestines are overworked, and bones and joints are susceptible to injury. Mental states they tend to have are ones of being unconscious, melancholic, and filled with fears and anxieties. They also suffer from significant absentmindedness, sleepiness, colds, and flus. In general, their immunity is deficient and their body is quite acid. Mentally, high-nitrogen-excess people tend to go into shock from fear, sorrow, failures, operations, and accidents because their nerves are so out of balance and high-strung. In general, nitrogen-excess people tend to eat an excess of flesh foods, as a result of autotoxemia, which in turn weakens their emotional, physical, and immune systems.
Nitrogen-deficient people tend to be the opposite of conservative; they tend to have rash and compulsive behavior and are impatient and quick to judge and act. Their depressions are intense and their tact is minimal. These people tend to have low vitality and an erratic emotional state, as well as mental state. The treatment of low-nitrogen people is not simply increasing protein; they need a certain amount of free nitrogen, which is available in a very nitrogen-rich atmosphere, as exists in a warm humid climate, such as in California, Hawaii, or Florida. Any locations with a low altitude and much vegetation empathetically encourages improved nitrogen metabolism and low nitrogen retention in the
body. Signs of nitrogen deficiency are feebleness, numbness, muscular weakness, fatigue, absentmindedness, no sexual energy, hypochondria, lack of desire to work, cracking the tendons, and brain weakness.
Foods high in nitrogen include all protein foods, spices, nuts, almonds, walnuts, beans, lentils, pignolia nuts, dried peas, spirulina, chlorella, and algae in general.