Month: May 2019
It amazes me to witness the vast amounts of gimmicks, promises, supplements, drugs, and therapies “guaranteeing” health and wellness benefits to those buying and taking them. Many of these have almost no backing in TRUE SCIENCE. They may claim scientific studies and proofs; but the truth is that much of this stuff is new-age and hasn’t been around long enough to determine actual benefits or harmful side effects.
There is obviously a disconnect going on here. We have jumped into an age where the doctor is the “fixer,” and we have let go of many traditional remedies to sickness. Fortunately, there are large movements of people beginning to revert back to natural health. There are those eating more real foods, using herbs, and other traditional therapies. There are also big influxes in the small farming communities opting for organic and sustainable practices.
What we are aiming for here, is a model of Health Care that is based on solid, foundational principles. These MUST include healthy lifestyle principles such as;
- Healthy Eating and Drinking
- Appropriate Exercise
- Addressing Mental/Emotional Health
- Removal of unnatural chemicals/additives from intake
- Establishing Healthy sleep/rest cycles
- Happiness/fun/goals of the Person
- Spiritual Health
- Mitigation of “New age technological Stressors,” such as Wi-fi, cellphones, Television, computers, etc
- Healthy Relationships
- Healthy Employment
This is not to say that we cannot rely on Doctors for specific treatments or medications. What we are saying is that GENERAL HEALTH WILL NOT SUCCEED unless you follow the basic rules of how to take care of the human. We are breaking the rules of health put forth by NATURE and THE CREATORS, and yet we act surprised when things don’t go well. The quickest way to health and longevity is to start following the HIGHER RULES that go beyond what humans are telling other humans. There is so much information and advice, it can be hard to know what exactly to do. The best things are to follow a “HOLISTIC PROGRAM,” focusing on the many areas that are affecting the person. THEN, we can get on specific treatments or relief-care type of stuff. Learn from animals. Learn from older cultures. Try to be honest with yourself and families on what are the right STRATEGIES to employ and participate in when you design health-building programs. Just remember, it is much easier to work WITH the systems already in place than to try to create your own systems with others advice, what you think you want, marketing schemes, etc. If you contradict the bigger systems, you will lose. Try to be well-rounded, open minded, and use appropriate caution when designing programs or making changes. Also, try to remember to have FUN in the health making processes!
The area of health issues that people face that regard the different components of the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM are many and varied. There are massive markets selling things to “help” people with their digestive maladies. Supplements, pills, digestive enzymes, laxatives, stomach aids, etc. When doing some research, you may find that we are spending outrageous amounts of money trying to either digest our food better, go to the bathroom, or not be in as much discomfort during the eating process. Often, other conditions are masked or misdiagnosed by digestive conditions. Why is this happening? There are many, many reasons. We don’t want to talk about the problems much, but a short list would include; poor eating choices, additives in foods, chemicals in the environment, stress, lack of exercise, not enough fun, sleep deprivation, chaotic work or home life, etc. In essence, we are often not living the types of lifestyles that evolution and history have shaped us to act like. Getting “diagnosed” with a specific digestive condition can be frustrating, confusing, and hurtful. Optimized Individual’s approach is not to TARGET specific conditions, but rather improve the overall health of the lifestyle and digestive system to help it work as designed. Of course there are temporary relief-care types of things to help aid people on their wellness quests. Let’s Talk about a few of the basic’s that help digestion.
- Do NOT eat foods that your body was not designed to eat. This basically means cutting out junk food, processed stuff, and new-age “fake food.” This may be a process. It takes a while to transition eating habits. Whole Foods is the basis for all healthy eating programs.
- EAT foods that vibe with your specific Ancestral, Genetic, Location, and Season. This may take some getting used to. Some people with digestive problems cannot tolerate much raw vegetable fiber until they heal. Try to have a wide variety of foods that you can select from. Get used to your own bodies likes and dislikes. Maybe nuts are fine, but grains make you feel bad.
- EAT in healthy environments. Being around negative people or watching stressful television will not help digestion.
- Get Regular EXERCISE. Your body literally uses these activities to circulate materials in the different systems. Food can often stagnate or take much longer to digest when people are not exercising.
- Try to maintain responsibility for your mental/emotional well being and relieve stress appropriately. Obviously can be very challenging, but digestion likes us to be safe, not overwhelmed, and in good morale while eating.
Of course things are more complex than a few simple tips but trying to imitate eating styles of previous generations can be very helpful. It is hard to avoid all the new-age food; but consuming these items are some major parts of why people are having these problems. Learn to respect your digestive system, eating, and the environment you are in and you will be on your way to healthier digestion!
Walk into a modern supermarket and you very well may find different varieties of foods not just from all across the Country, but from around the World. Very recently in human history we have gained the ability to transport foods over great distances. You may be able to find pineapples and coconut oil in the MidWest! Pineapples and Coconuts can be very healthy foods. However, there are some problems. Most of our genetics are not primed to be doing this type of thing. We are used to growing up in relatively enclosed regions, and getting used to the local food that was available. A lot of people are now having problems because we have access to a much wider array of things to eat. People often get lost or confused from information in the media, scientific advice, or other sources about what to eat. Here are some quick tips that can help figure out whole-foods based eating plans that may feel right.
ANCESTRAL: This has to come first. Many of us are now in geographic regions that are much different than where our ancestors were. Do some research into the types of foods your ancestors ate or what they eat in certain countries you may descend from. While eating local and seasonal are great, you also have to take into account what your bodies evolution is used to and expecting you to be eating!
LOCAL: Again, until recently most all food was locally sourced. It is great that there is rising interest in this. Farmers markets are coming back. I recommend people try to eat most of their food from the general geographic region they are in. Food is healthiest when fresh and hasn’t been transported or subjected to chemicals to preserve it over long distances or time.
SEASONAL: An often overlooked area of eating. In the past few hundred years, we have developed refrigeration and freezing capabilities to help us preserve food. Some of this TRULY helps us. However, it also means we are able to eat food that may be completely out of season with what is growing in our area. Try to remember what types of plants are growing at the different times of year and focus on those. This usually means focusing on fresh produce when you can (spring, summer, fall), and then relying more on meats, grains, beans, and nuts in the colder months depending on your region.
By using these 3 categories, it becomes easier to decide what food to have around. Of course there are more detailed things we need to look at inside each category; but this can get you on the path to a generally healthy, whole-foods approach that respects your location, genetics, and seasonal needs! Also, don’t be surprised if it takes some time to transition into a healthier style of eating. Our bodies get used to things (even unhealthy things) and like respect when getting into healthier foods. So give yourself some time to adjust.