By: Benjamin Cole
The singular most important thing we can do next to drinking clean water and breathing fresh air is ensuring our body digests food properly. If our body doesn't digest food correctly or completely then our brain and body is not getting sufficient nutrients to function at its best. In fact, most ailments people face come from digestive issues, nutritional deficiencies, and toxicity buildup in the body and brain.
Join me in this three part series that breaks down our body's energy and digestion and how to do it right. Drop in next Tuesday for part 2. In this week's Evolve Blog we're going to dive deep on metabolism and our body's energy systems.
A Radiating Body of Energy
The human body is an infinitely complex and living machine of nature. It has over 30 trillion cells communicating to each other, atrophying and creating, digesting and dying, and just about everything in between. This apparent cacophony of cellular activity is actually a finely tuned orchestra of bodily homeostasis and at any given second 37 billion billion chemical reactions are taking place.
This is what's known as the metabolism, or the sum total of cellular and chemical interactions and reactions occurring in a person's body. Why do some people have a fast metabolism, some slow? There's a lot that goes into what makes a person's body their own, but aside from genetics there are a multitude of factors that contribute to person's metabolism including but not limited to:
Race Cars Use Racing Fuel
Comparing the human body to a high performance race car is an apt example to give us a better understanding of how to build a resilient and well-oiled body and brain. If you own a Porsche, are you going to put diesel in your twin turbo flat six? Of course not! (I shuddered at the thought, too :) You're going to put in filtered high performance fuel so that it runs smoothly and lessens toxin buildup.
Clearly. But why? The engine would likely last only a few dozen miles on diesel, if that. In the same way, if you only put fast food, highly processed 'dead' foods, soda and coffee in your body you are not going to last long. Sorry, but it's the truth! We can't survive on those tasty McDonald's hash browns and McCafe's :'-(
As much as your body will utilize that for current energy production it is a losing strategy in the long term. It ruins your body's digestive ability firstly, as things that are deep fried have an overly acidic effect on the lining of the stomach and can lead to leaky gut syndrome, which lessens our body's ability to uptake the nutrients we get from our food. AKA, the whole reason we eat in the first place.
Secondly, in the same way crud builds up in the pipes of our engines from low quality or unfiltered fuel, toxins buildup in our arteries, veins, and intercellular matrix that decreases just about everything our body does well from autophagy (cellular breakdown for rejuvenation) and nutrient exchange. If the body can't kill what it needs to for new life or is impeded from its normal functions you increase your risk for inflammation, cancer, and other autoimmune diseases.
Lastly, there's more to just racing fuel for race cars. There's good oil, sticky tires, and all the other lubricants that make it 'go.' Your body is the same way. You need clean, mineralized water for a balanced bodily pH, the slightly alkaline state (7.35 to 7.45) of the body's water matrix that makes it a conducive liquid for cellular communication. 'Sticky tires' for the car's traction could be equated to joint health and their lubrication with collagen and healthy fats. Analogies abound, but hopefully you get it. Fuel properly!
Regular Maintenance & Report Cards
The body, if not properly maintained with regularity, will give you report cards. Painful ones at times. Do you have acne? Good chance something in your diet is building up toxins and releasing it (as best it can!) through your skin. Stomach issues or lethargic? You're likely not digesting properly and don't have enough fiber, pre or probiotics. (More coffee won't fix low energy; better digested food will.) Brain fog in the mornings or can't focus throughout the day? If not a sleep issue, maybe you're zinc or magnesium deficient. Or both!
This is why regular maintenance of our body is so important. If you love your car enough to get its oil changed and pay for good fuel, wouldn't you treat the vehicle you have for life, your body, the same way? A yearly check-in with a health professional, your doctor, a trainer, PT or nutritionist will save you not just money but your life in the long run. Take care of your body and brain and it will take care of you.
This short intro piece was intended to illuminate to you the deep complexity of the body's processes and how important little things like clean water and good food can 10x how you feel and act in the world. Hopefully the race car analogy showed you how taking care of our body like it were a high performance vehicle gave you a clearer understanding of this magnificent machine of a body we all have and how regular maintenance will keep you from getting bad report cards.
Make sure to drop by for next week's Evolve Blog and Macros and Micros, the energy the body uses to make stuff work and life happen. Oh, and if you haven't dropped in already, there's a spot waiting for you in next week's Fit Fusion or other awesome class at Evolve Fit Studios. Drop ins start at just $25!
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