May 23, 2016

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 readingthis 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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