The State of Body Conditions

I find people often miss the big picture when it comes to health. Think of your body like a large estate. It has a big house, some gardens, a hedge and a fence. Now you have the architect, he draws the blueprint. Think of that as your DNA. It defines the maximum possible potential that estate can be. The builders can only build as well as the designs. However the importance of the design ends there, and in actual fact much more important factors start to take over when construction gets underway. The quality of the building materials for example - think of that as the quality of the food you eat, and indeed whether or not we even have all the materials - think of those as whether you have nutritional deficiencies or not.

If you're using sub-standard construction materials, you will end up with sub-standard construction. The building could develop problems, have parts of it collapse and it won't look as good. If you're actually missing certain materials, it might even be impossible to follow the architect's blueprint. If you need concrete beams to support one wing of the house but only had wood, they might not be strong enough to support the weight of the structure.

In terms of health and nutrition, if you're missing certain nutrients or are eating low-grade food that your body cannot use, then you will not fulfill your genetic potential and can develop illnesses, body problems, and you will not look the way you should.

A lot of the early construction is done in your mother's womb, and so much of your health depends actually on your mother's diet, and how well nourished she was in the years leading up to your birth. Then through childhood, depending on how well you were fed, most of the other construction work was done. After that it's mostly maintenance, but as we all know many people do not do that very well at all.

You see it's the little things that add up to make big big differences. Let's say you take a small hammer and go around your estate and start making small chips in the walls. Even if it was only one per day. To begin with, you'd not notice any difference. But over the years, it would start to become very obvious, and your estate would start to look very run-down indeed. Take a look at this animation I made [left]

So maybe it's true, one cigarette doesn't make any difference, one cup of coffee isn't going to hurt, one iced bun isn't going to cause a problem. But the thing is, it's never just one. If you'll smoke a cigarette today you'll do it tomorrow, and the day after. So that cigarette isn't one cigarette, it's one per day, which is 365 in a year, which is 3650 over a decade (ignoring leap years). So nearly four thousand cigarettes, you think that's not going to do anything? You need to start doing the math, and taking a look at what you do as daily habits. Multiply everything you eat by about four thousand (if you consume it daily), or by about 500 if weekly. That's what you're having over the next decade, and if you plan on living a few decades times it by that as well.

Another factor is cross-conditions. For example damaging the walls like that every day, might eventually lead to some structural weakness. Well then you haven't just got a problem with the walls, you've got a problem with the roof as well. And if the roof starts leaking, then you're going to have damp issues. And so on. So if you let one part of the estate drop into a lower condition, it will start to drag other parts of it down as well. Well gain some weight and see if that doesn't start causing heart problems and then back problems. And try getting a good night's sleep when you've got back pain, and try enjoying life when you never have enough sleep. Then see what happens after that.

Then you've got to deal with the effect of compounding. That means, basically, that things build up over time and therefore the speed of change increases over time. So if a building gets a leaky roof, well you've got a problem there and if left unattended will start to cause other problems as above. But once you've got 3-4 problems, each of those is now causing new problems. You've got mould not only spreading from the walls but into the floorboards, not only is the damp weakening the roof structure it's now getting to work on the stability of the walls. The pace of deterioration will speed up.

So you might be slowly sliding downhill this year, but if you keep it up next year the slide will be a little faster, and ten years later you'll be charging down, and leave it at that and you'll be in complete freefall. Sometimes people can have a poor diet, even lacking one essential nutrient, and not notice anything for years. Let's say you just don't get enough copper in your diet. Over time, the processes in your body that require copper will be affected, they will become less efficient, they will start to break down. Then the other processes in your body that depend on those ones will suffer, and the ones that depend on those suffer as well. It can take ten years and you don't notice anything and then suddenly BAM! You've got strange pains, problems with sleep, stress, illness and all other manner of problems.

People then show up at the doctors to get a drug to take the symptoms away, then go back to their diet of not-enough-copper. It's like refusing the fix the windows in your apartment for years, until they've crumbled away to leave a gaping hole in the wall and rotting damp all over the bedroom. The doctor tells you to upgrade the heating system and wear a raincoat and then you carry on as if the hole in the wall somehow has gone away.

It hasn't, and it won't until you give your body what it needs nutritionally.

So there you have it, the conditions of your body. It depends on what you eat and what you don't eat. Give it what it needs and it will be able to build and repair itself. Deprive it of what it needs and you'll cause problems. Cause it damage and you'll cause it problems. Problems build up over time not overnight, and can take years to remedy. Problems get worse, faster, the longer you leave them. Problems cause other problems.

  •     Make sure you're getting all essential nutrients
  •     Try to limit the damage you do to your body
  •     Understand that small actions add up to BIG changes over decades
  •     Creating one problem will lead to other problems
  •     The speed of decay accelerates if you don't do anything about it

Educate yourself here, find out what's causing damage and what your body needs, make those your daily habits and avoid future potential health problems.

Toxins

Toxins are all over the environment. You can get them through the air, your food, water, cleaning products, deliberately (i.e. drugs and alcohol), medicine, clothes, plastics, almost anything.

First of all food. Often it contains preservatives, flavourings, colourings etc. But also meat can contain hormones and anti-biotics. In addition to that the way food is prepared makes a difference, for example rancid oils and meat cooked at high temperatures are known to be detrimental to health. Drinks are no different really and can contain all of the same toxins food can. Moving onto your house, most soaps and cleaning products contain sodium lauryl sulfate, and the tap water you drink often contains chloride, flouride, but also hormones (from women taking the pill) and anti-depressants getting into the water system.

Then there are drugs, both man-made and natural, illegal and legal, even those prescribed by doctors, they are all essentially toxins to the body. It's no secret that drinking and smoking is not good for you, but we also know that it wouldn't be healthy to drink a bottle of some random medicine per week for example. All of these things are toxic to the body to varying degrees and the benefits of taking them should always be weighed against the drawbacks. For more on that, read here.

Then there are just environmental sources of toxins, air pollution from cars and factories, insane quantities of plastics in the water supply and around the house (or bottled drinks where the plastic can leach into the liquid), artificial fibres used in clothing. The list is basically endless.

Now let's take a look at the effects of these on the body. Many are known to cause cancer or other diseases, and it's been my experience that they also cause me lethargy and other health difficulties. Whatever way you look at it, they are not going to improve your health to any extent.

It would be unrealistic to avoid all possible toxins, but let's take a sensible look at this. By the way check out this article for a guide on what to eat and what not to eat. Given that you cannot control everything, we should be looking to control what we can so we can make sensible decisions in day to day living. So we need to compare the severity of the toxins in the environment, vs the ease of avoiding them.

As an easy example, radioactive waste is so highly toxic that it would be worth taking extreme measures to avoid it, and indeed that is what is done. It is often buried miles under ground in sealed concrete containers. At the other end of the scale, while sugar is not good for the body by any means, it is relatively harmless if consumed in small doses and therefore you shouldn't be fretting too much about the odd slice of cake here and there. I've drawn up a table to compare the different toxins, their severity and ease of avoiding so you can see for yourself how I make my decisions:

The Toxin

Alcohol


Recreational Drugs

Psychiatric Drugs



Medical Drugs





Smoking

Toxins in water



Toxins in food







Cleaning Products

The Severity

Can be quite disastrous in large doses or frequent usage

Intensely damaging to both physical and mental health

Just because they are legal doesn't mean they aren't dangerous (guns are legal in some countries!)

Long term usage can be damaging, for example years of taking pain killers will take its toll



Pretty much no benefits to this one, only downsides

As a wise man said to me once, if you don't have a filter, you are the filter! We drink a lot of water so this can quickly build up toxins in the body

Again, we eat a lot of food so this can really add up. A very important one here.






A similar one to food in that you're under constant exposure, however you don't ingest them so not as big a factor

The ease of avoiding

Depends on the individual. I gave up drinking years ago, but for those of you who can't live without it, well just keep it in check!

You pretty much have to go out of your way to get hold of these

That's a tough one and depends on individual circumstances


Again it really depends on the individual





If you're hooked then not so easy, otherwise just don't start

Can be quite difficult as even bottled water is often contained in plastic. Plus if you need to drink, you don't really have an option as we all require water to survive.

Again can be difficult, but try to avoid as much as possible things like, loq quality meat, artificial flavourings and colourings, highly processed foods.




There are numerous easily available alternatives to highly chemicalised and perfumed cleaning products, easily avoided.

To Eat or Not?

For me a no-brainer - NOT! If you must, don't get wasted just be sensible!

Not in a million years.

I cannot give medical advice here, but for me I'd personally try all other available alternatives (like diet, exercise etc) before turning to these.

I think medicine is absolutely the right thing in the right circumstances. Often though people don't take care of themselves, cause their own sickness and then turn straight to a drug to cover up the symptoms. Not sensible.

I don't see any reason to smoke.

I'd get the best quality water filter you can afford and just do what you can. They can be quite pricey though so just do your best. It's worth it though if you can afford it.

I think the main danger with food is not each individual item, one hot dog is not going to kill you. But you eat 3-4 times a day usually and for decades so habits really make a difference in the long run. Try to stick to good habits where you can but don't beat yourself up if you're caught out and have to grab a hamburger to get through the day!

Just buy the good stuff instead of the junk, it's all right next to each other on the supermarket shelf!

 

So there you have it, this is my quick guide to toxins and the body.

What you can eat and what you can't

Sometimes people catch me eating a bar of chocolate and are very surprised - I thought you were supposed to be like, healthy or something?!

WHAT?! I mean, you can be healthy and eat chocolate. The question is, how much, how often, when, and what sort of chocolate. And that goes for other foods as well.

So how can you know what junk food it's ok to eat, what isn't, how much you can get away with, and other important questions in this area, after all what's living without a bit of junk food? Being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle does not mean you have to eat salad for evermore!

One point to cover first off is, where are you on your journey. What you can eat and what you can't eat is largely dictated by the condition your body is in at the time. For a great article on body conditions, look here . The main point though is simply that you can afford to be a bit more lax with your eating when your body is in very good condition. If someone is super-healthy, then having a bar of chocolate isn't going to make much difference. They've got the nutrients and strength to deal with it and they'll bounce back quickly. The problem isn't the bar of chocolate, but when it becomes 2 bars a week, or a bar every other day.

Then you've got to look at, what is the person eating between the bars? It's one thing to eat a bar of chocolate, and then for 3 days after that eat very well and fully nourish your body. It's quite another to eat a bar of chocolate, then go for a burger and round it all off with four beers and a kebab.

There's another important point as well, and that is what type of chocolate. For example, eating raw, organic chocolate, is a league above Green and Blacks organic chocolate, which is streets ahead of Cadbury's chocolate, which is probably still better than a Mars bar. Some chocolates are so laden with sugar and flavourings and chemicals that it's really not a good idea to eat it at all. You're much better off making your naughty treats high-quality naughty treats. They taste better and actually aren't as bad for you, so you can have them more often! Plus you feel good about eating them.

The take-away

They key for me is, eat really well as much as you can so that when it's time to have a treat it's not such a big deal. Make your treats as healthy as possible anyway so they're not doing much damage. Have certain things that are just off limits. I wouldn't even consider a chemical saturated, preserved-beyond-belief cheap packaged cake a treat anyway. Have some standards.

  •     Buy the best quality treats
  •     Eat them sensibly
  •     Eat well the rest of the time

Now I can hear your spirits slumping when I say "eat well the rest of the time". That's because you don't know about the sort of food I mean when I say "eat well". It's not mountains of lettuce and if that's what came to your mind you need to head over HERE and see some of the recipes I've got that will blow your mind.

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