So I was inundated with responses to my last post re, “can we get healthier?” Not. Lol. A few of you read about it as my blog gives me data on readership numbers. So I know some read it and Dean put a cool reply/additional info up there, did you see that?
To be fair I rambled a bit about drugs and GMO’s and trace elements….in fact the trace element story I want to continue. It’s really important. As humans we are seriously depleted cell-wise. Our cells are where it starts for us. Within each cell there are chromosomes which are constructed from DNA. These cells can have the structure (chromosomes/DNA) altered or “expressed” in different ways. “Gene expression” is how cells can be coded to behave. Healthy cells will continue to be healthy cells as long as gene expression is not altered in a negative way.
What things can alter gene expression negatively? Carcinogens (smoke, asbestos, some gases, petroleum products, some plastics specifically in the triangle on plastics with 3 or 7) are a major negative influence but so is stress. Stress creates a cortisol-dominant environent and cortisol is not a healthy hormone to have present in abundance. I have blogged about that in my last post.
The big one for me is poor diet. Yes we can eat badly and get fat and have various issues with that but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about “maintenance”. As you would maintain your worldly possessions (homes, vehicles, children, pets etc) you MUST MAINTAIN YOURSELVES!!
Huh? Well our bodies are complex pieces of kit, far more complex than any computer ever built and (please), ever will be built! More complex than any other life-form we know of (well, that we’ve been made officially aware of…). So maintenance of this awesome piece of kit that we are. A homo sapien maintenance kit, “homo sapien maintenance for dummies”. Sure we exercise and we eat right, correct?
Kind of. As you Ufitters (www.ufit.com.sg) out there know, our style of training is way different to most so check that box! But eating well…..well I don’t know about that. We must eat a broad spectrum of organic food and drink a lot less alcohol and caffeine if we’re to get anywhere close to a decent diet. One that can replenish not only the fats, carb and protein but also all the trace elements we need for optimal maintenance. If we don’t get everything well what’s going to happen? The answer is similarly to what would happen if you didn’t top up the oil in the car, didn’t add water to the cooling system or didn’t put grease on the axles – it wouldn’t work properly and eventually would fail. Same For Us!!
We needn’t degenerate as quickly as we do. Seriously. We can live longer, more productive lives by paying attention to the detail. In this case for all of us it’s our diets. Eat well. Forget fancy expensive restaurants wanting your money for ordinary food dressed up with sauces and what-have-you to trick your taste buds. Forget cheap food-court rubbish that’s convenient but dangerous! Eat Well! And you must supplement. I’m so sorry to tell you but you MUST!! If you don’t, the trace elements missing from your diet will initiate an ultimately catastrophic demise of cell structure leading to failures upstream. Too many to mention. If you want advice, you know who to call.
It’s been an age since I blogged, if you’re reading this and have a question or a topic in mind, please feel free to ask. I’m an open-minded kind of guy, I’ll be put on the spot and suck it up, so go ahead and ask! Today however I am briefly going to ask you guys some questions with a hope that it stimulates some debate or at least questions back to me!
Firstly when I was a young bloke, a looooong time ago, I learnt about the elements of the periodic table. All those letters making up the 100+ elements science has discovered from ancient times (lead, tin, silver etc) through to very recent discoveries some of them in the 1980’s. I was given an interesting book several years ago as a matter of fact. The book is entitled, “Nutritional Medicine” and is written by Dr Stephen Davies and Dr Alan Stewart (Pan Books). Page 44 of the book has a table listing all the elements and their amounts in an optimised human body! Everything from what you would expect, oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen….through to zinc, fluorine, chromium even chlorine!
All of these elements perform vital functions in the human body. I’m sure most would appreciate calcium helps form bones but what about say chromium? Well it turns out chromium is vital in balancing blood-sugar so the implications for diabetics is huge. In fact a lot of nutritional supplements for diabetics have chromium as a major ingredient.
What does this mean? Does it mean boost chromium levels and don’t get diabetes? Well the food companies tell us to drink milk (cos it has calcium) for stronger bones. Actually spinach has more calcium and unlike cows milk, our bodies can digest and process spinach far more successfully than milk! But I’m hoping you’re seeing the point here.
A lot of our health issues can be tracked back to deficiencies in our nutrient profiles – yes we need fats, protein and carbohydrates, which is what most of us focus on food-wise but just as essentially we need vitamins and minerals. In fact as food becomes less nutritious (see earlier blogs re white rice, bread, pasta etc and the role of poor soils, pesticides/insecticides and added hormones and steroids), supplementing vitamins and minerals becomes ESSENTIAL!!
A guy who I have much repect for is Patrick Holford. He is an author, speaker and founder of the Centre for Optmium Nutrition in London. He states that nutritionists will become the doctors of this new century. Why? Because he says the medical profession has been hijacked by Big Pharma, the guys that make the drugs which we continue to gulp down at an (increasingly) alarming rate. Well, I don’t. But many do.
How many of you reading this want to eat organic as much as you can? And similarly don’t like what Monsanto and others are doing with Genetically Modified Oganisms (GMO’s)? But do you continue to take drugs? And give them to your kids as well? Do you see a conflict there? You should because it’s there staring at you! Drugs alter gene expression and they mask our hormonal responses to illnesses. So they interrupt our bodies attempts to heal itself which in the right environment does happen. Chemotherapy smashes all targetted cells, healthy and cancerous and then the body takes over and heals itself – that’s how it works, seriously.
Why not eat healthy, now. Why not supplement, now. RESTRICT animal fat (contains insecticide/pesticide residue plus saturates), eat more fruit and vegetables, look for alternative medicines and drink more water!