Have you really thought about how your body is made up and how what you put into and on it affects it?
You guessed it….. This is a prevention vs cure post, but one that I want you to think about deeply on a very basic level…
So, our bodies – while mostly water – are made up of trillions of cells, and different cells have different functions along with the whole new organism in our digestive system – the bacterias, that research has some very strong data on, impact our overall health significantly. Scientists have been studying cells for a significantly long time, however, more recently it has become clearer and clearer that what we put in and on our bodies has a direct impact to our cellular health at a very basic level.
Now, I am not a Dr or a naturopath and I am not going to be giving any specific advice, so if after reading this post you need more information please speak to your treating practitioner in further detail.
If the food that we eat cannot be properly broken down and/or digested (by the bacterias, enzymes and acids) then our bodies and brain (made up of the cells) do not receive the right amounts of micro and macronutrients. On top of that, if the food that we put into our bodies is not of the highest nutritional value i.e. highly processed, we are not even providing a vast variety of macro and micronutrients for our bodies (the cells). Can you see the issue here????? The health of our bodies and brains are directly related to what we put into and onto them.
Now, add another layer on top of this, such as, what is impacting or influencing our bodies i.e. the environment which can be anything from the air, to relationships, workplace, water, mould, fungus, all of this can have a significant impact on the health of those cells too.
Adding a little more confusion to the prevention side, what we put into, onto and are exposed to has systemic effects within our bodies so our physical health can impact on our cognitive/emotional health and vice versa, our cognitive/emotional health can impact on our physical health.
What does a healthy cell do and need?
A healthy cell is made up of a few structures see the diagram below, and what it needs to function is the right nutrients and environment. The nutrients are macro-nutrients such as; proteins, carbohydrates and fats and the micronutrients such as; vitamins and minerals. The main role of an animal cell is to generate energy, discard waste and synthesise proteins, which is where the micronutrients become very important as they bind to proteins and fats to change a cellular structure to have a specific role within the body and to determine the environment in which the cells exist which is different for different parts of the body, the cells also need to be able to communicate with other cells. Biology 101 right there for you! You can google cellular function and watch Youtube clips for further information if you want.
So if you are one of those people that just does not understand why there are all these crazy diets, lifestyle fads, meditation and mindfulness processes then basically, understanding how all of these will directly and indirectly affect your cellular health and therefore your overall health hopefully will make you consider researching a little more into a healthy lifestyle that will prevent chronic health issues in the future. Because the sad truth of the matter is that most of our health system is spent dealing with chronic health issues for all ages, not just the elderly. I think that if we could all be a little bit more considerate with our own health then preventing the modern day chronic health issues would decrease significantly.
May I remind you if you need specific details about your health and medical wellbeing please speak to your treating practitioner. If you would like some coaching in regards to a healthy lifestyle then contact me [email protected]