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How can you get healthier?

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!

Debate, please!!

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2 responses

  1. Dean

    Slightly off topicbut touching on subject of cortisol:

    High cortisol can be a real problem, especially with regard to getting results in the gym. A summary of the negative impacts of elevated cortisol includes:

    1. Suppression of TSH, decreased conversion of T4 to T3, increased production reverse T3 (rT3) and decreased cellular thyroid receptor binding. (In other words, you get fat, among other things.)

    2. Increased blood glucose levels.

    3. Suppressed pituitary function, leading to low luteinizing hormone and low Testosterone.

    4. Decreased liver detoxification.

    5. Suppressed secratory IgA, increasing potential of gut inflammation, infection and permeability.

    6. Decreased immune system function, leading to increased risk of infection.

    7. Insomnia.

    8. Neurodegenerative disorders, including degradation of the blood-brain barrier and destruction of the hippocampus.

    Low cortisol also has negative health impacts including:

    1. Suppression of the immune system.

    2. Hypoglycemic tendencies, leading to increase in catecholamine release, fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin spikes.

    3. Increased inflammation.

    Something not often talked about with cortisol is an abnormal circadian rhythm. This often indicates a hippocampus issue due to its regulation of the circadian rhythm. Cortisol should be highest in the morning and lowest at night. However, an inverted rhythm can result in:

    1. Learning and memory issues. (Neuroendocrinologists are using cortisol circadian rhythm as an early biomarker for Alzheimer’s.)

    2. Insomnia and sleep difficulties.

    It All Starts In The Brain (The Really Technical Stuff)

    Adrenal gland function and release of cortisol is a coordination of three different structures in the brain:

    1. Hippocampus — Inside the temporal lobe of your brain, the hippocampus regulates the circadian rhythm of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.

    2. Mesencephalic reticular formation (MRF) — Within the brain stem itself, the MRF is responsible for promoting a sympathetic response in the body. It does so via excitation of the intermediolateral cell column (IML) in the spinal cord, which stimulates the adrenal medulla to release epinephrine and norepinepherine.

    3. Hypothalamus — There are a number of nuclei within the hypothalamus, one of which is called the paraventricular nucleus (PVN). The PVN of the hypothalamus receives a variety of inputs that ultimately results in secretion or suppression of cortisol by the adrenal glands.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:26 pm

  2. ~*. I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives useful information :.:

    January 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

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