Did you know that between 10% and 30% of the adult skeleton is replenished each year? This means you have an entirely new skeleton every 3 to 10 years! Red blood cells live for an average of 20 to120 days, so every 4 months you have an entirely new blood supply! Skin cells live for 2 to 4 weeks, so you have entirely new skin every month! So what’s cool about that? Even if you have been contaminating your body with chemicals in your food, prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs, fluoridated water or a polluted environment, you can reduce or eliminate your exposure to toxins, introduce healthy, whole-foods, and positive thoughts, and over time you will rebuild yourself into a healthier you – naturally! Think of the people you’ve seen who look amazing for their age (not those who have “gone under the knife”). You’ve seen the people who look better at fifty than they did at forty. Your body is constantly regenerating itself! By providing it with the nutrients, energy and rest it needs, your body can be revitalized too!
The Damage is Done? Many people are under the impression that years upon years of unhealthy living has created damage that cannot be undone. They feel that blood pressure and cholesterol drugs are inevitable. That’s both sad and untrue. As you just read, the body has an amazing (utterly amazing!) ability to heal and regenerate. Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, M.D. and some of his colleagues and cohorts have proven (yes… PROVEN!) that heart disease can be reversed with a whole-foods, plant-based diet. That’s reversed – as in restored to good health – with food!
Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Hippocrates was on to something. Your body is genetically preprogrammed for good health. We interfere with that programming by providing an environment that challenges the healthy state. This includes polluted air, fluoridated water, chemically processed and preserved foods, and a stressful lifestyle. All of these things (and more) contribute to the disease state. Providing your body with the nutrients it needs to build and maintain healthy cells and tissues is a great start on the path to health!
Naturally Amazing: Your body is naturally amazing. Notice, I said “naturally”. With all of the modern technology of today, it’s hard to remember that we are actually products of nature, made ideally, from natural things. I let this fact escape me for decades while I ate products that may have started out as something natural but became so adulterated with synthetic chemicals, one could hardly call them “foods” any longer. When I gained a thorough understanding of cell function and how DNA works to produce the proteins that comprise the body, I realized that to do this, cells need the products of nature, not the products of a food science laboratory. I spent several years improving the health and vitality of horses by improving their nutrition. Ultimately, I decided to take what I know about nutrition, health and human biology and teach people how they can improve their lives, their health and their vitality by rejecting the Standard American Diet (SAD) and incorporating natural foods and natural healing methods into their lives.
Beyond Food: For a long time I thought that food was all that was necessary for good health. I have since revised my philosophy to be more holistic. Granted, food is absolutely the foundation to health; but one must reach beyond food to achieve holistic health: body, mind, and spirit. Start with the best, healthiest, most nutritious food you can find. Aim to eat about half of your food in its raw, uncooked form (to preserve precious enzymes and phytonutrients that can be destroyed when cooked). Think beyond the fork and choose natural healing modalities like herbs and massage. Act and think in ways that create good karma. Move your body for strength and detoxification. Get plenty of sleep, and give back to the planet.
Live in the Now: Start today. Years of unhealthy foods, thoughts, and lifestyles may have caused damage but luckily you were born with a repair kit! Give your body the tools to rebuild and experience the energy, vitality, and health that you were designed for!