Fast, Breathe, Move
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Fast, Breathe, Move: This has become my mantra. I have a very bright son who frequently clues me into things I might otherwise overlook. What he has turned me onto in the realm of health and nutrition has proven invaluable in my own life – life saving, really. This is my attempt to pass it on. My hope is that someone will find all or part of this helpful.
Doctor please, some more of these
Outside the door, she took four more
What a drag it is getting old
Stones - Mother's Little Helper
A few points:
While aging can't be reversed, many of its ill-effects can be – others can be ameliorated. Many metabolic diseases can be reversed (Type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cardio-vascular disease, dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc.), and this can be done relatively simply and inexpensively with little or no intervention from the medical community.
Many are suffering because they do not understand or have not heard what science has now figured out about the centrality of diet in human health and longevity, and the astonishing ability of the body to regulate and heal itself, given the right conditions.
One important discovery, or rediscovery rather, is the importance of fasting. It's the most powerful metabolic intervention there is, and it's free. One of the newly discovered important things about fasting is that it stimulates an amazing process called autophagy.
In 2016, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Japanese cell biologist, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the mechanisms of autophagy. One of the main benefits of fasting is autophagy.
important in metabolism, aging and disease
cleans house on a cellular level (takes out the trash)
repairs damage throughout the body
stimulates pluripotent stem cell production that can become any needed form of new tissue which your body knows exactly what to do with
a powerful way of self-healing
and it's free, will in fact save you money (on groceries)
Pluripotent stem cells are master cells. They're able to make cells from all three basic body layers, so they can potentially produce any cell or tissue the body needs to repair itself. This “master” property is called pluripotency.
What Is Autophagy and Why Did It Win the Nobel Prize?
Understanding autophagy and how to simulate it via fasting, etc, puts amazingly powerful self-healing tools in your hands – and it cost nothing.
It's not in the best interest of Med, Inc or Big Pharma to apprise the public of this new info – that many if not most common ailments need not be “managed” by profiteers – that the cure is simple and free. Who profits from that? I mean other than the individual involved and we the people. In terms of the traditional medical establishment, nobody makes a buck on fasting (book authors notwithstanding).
To understand anything complicated, you have to grok the full context within which that thing occurs.
The human animal comes hard-wired by history, genetics and evolution to survive on this planet in myriad and complex ways. While our social/technological circumstances have changed rapidly and dramatically since the agricultural, industrial and technological revolutions, biologically we are evolved for life as cavemen or hunter-gatherers who live a perpetual cycle of feast and famine. Our environment has changed profoundly, but our biology hasn't, evolution hasn't. Biology evolves at a glacial pace.
The biological human being is a wonder of fine tuning. We are elegantly adapted to life on Earth. We've been at this evolution thing for a great long while, going back to that first fish to grow a set of lungs and flop its way onto land. Our progenitors have been evolving ever since.
One thing that hunter-gatherers don't do is eat all the time. Only in the past couple of hundred years, the last hundred years really, has it become the norm to have constant access to food. Three meals a day is a new invention. Cave folk probably didn't eat a lot of breakfasts. In fact, they routinely went without food for extended periods of time. Feast and famine has been the general rule for most of human history. It can take a while to track down and kill a mammoth. In the mean time people went hungry. The hungrier they got the better hunters they became (and the more their bodies healed themselves). Nothing gives an edge like being hungry. That biological rhythm of feasting and fasting is what is natural to us. The agricultural revolution changed our access to food and our way of life, but it didn't change, more than a hair, our genetic predispositions.
Agriculture began ten thousand years ago and took several thousand years to spread throughout the far flung pockets of the human population. In evolutionary time, that's nothing. We've been eating a grain-based diet and eating on a more frequent basis ever since, neither of which are natural to our species. The negative ramifications are all around us and inside of us. Many of the diseases to which we are heir can be traced directly to these two factors: the composition of our diet and our frequency of eating.
Grain. We're simply not adapted to it. And it harms us in profound ways: systemic inflammation being one. The aches and pains of getting old have a lot to do with a grain heavy diet, think pasta, rice, bread, etc. - and sugar in all forms. These things cause systemic inflammation – which causes arthritis, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, dementia, Alzheimer's, inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn's disease among others. This is what elevates the importance of low carb high fat diets and ketosis – the resulting biochemical process that results.
The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.
I have come to follow a strict ketogenic diet most of the time. After a long stretch (and many choose not to stray at all, which may be best) I will incorporate carbs just for a break. I will spend a few days or a week eating bagels and pizza (along with healthier things), then I jump back into keto. I also utilize fasting, both Intermittent Fasting and prolonged water only fasting. Together the power of these tools is impressive and they are free to use however you will.
Fast, Breathe, Move: do these things and you will suffer less and live better if not longer.
Nutritional science and the medical community have been dead wrong about what's best for us. Surprise, surprise, healthy fats are good for you. It's carbs and sugar that are killing us.
Prof. Tim Noakes - 'Medical aspects of the low carbohydrate lifestyle'
It's easier than you think. And more powerful than we've imagined.
Dr. Jason Fung - 'Therapeutic Fasting - Solving the Two-Compartment Problem'
You can start by skipping breakfast. It's not hard and it's so powerful.
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Learning to breathe with intention will improve your health.
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Any movement is exercise. If you sit too much, and who doesn't, start getting up more often and moving around a little bit. The more you can move the better. It doesn't have to be elaborate. Do what you can. Start from there. But move!
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