Maintaining the Human Vehicle
The goal of practicing health and nutrition is to benefit the body, inside and out. This means what every body is told from the beginning, proper diet and exercise. Grandma had figured that much out.
What is a proper diet? What is proper exercise?
There is much information to weed through, and it can seem overwhelming. The basic process of changing from an unhealthy to healthy lifestyle doesn’t (usually) happen overnight, and it is truly a lifetime of work! The number one component of “achieving optimal health is healthy living” (1). “Maintain a healthy body by eating organic foods, purifying the water and air in your home and workplace, using non-toxic chemicals, exercising, reducing your stress levels, and keeping your body's natural elimination routes (urination, defecation, sweating, respiration; menses) working efficiently.” (2)
A "proper" diet of biodynamic plant based foods will do most of the cleansing of the body when maintained consistently.
Combined with a balance of heart rate rising exercise and heart rate lowering relaxation, one will feel they have the energy to accomplish any goal.
A Cleansing period is beneficial to rid the body of built up chemicals, toxins, plaque, whatever is not beneficial to the body,and has accumulated over time. The first step is to cleanse the organs, or filters, inside the body.
The body is essentially a high efficiency filter, and if a filter is clogged or dirty, it cannot perform the job it has been designed to do. "It's basically a micro-sandwich — a high-efficiency filter and heat-exchange system. The skin-contact layer’s porous. Perspiration passes through it, having cooled the body ... The next two layers include heat exchange filaments and salt precipitators. Salt's reclaimed. Motions of the body, especially breathing and some osmotic action provide the pumping force. With a Freeman suit in good working order, you won't lose more than a thimbleful of moisture a day.” (11) “The body accumulates more toxins in the modern world than its natural detoxification system (your liver, kidneys and lungs) can get rid of” (1). “The best approach for addressing the root cause of poor health is through regular body cleansing. Degenerative health conditions typically result from your body becoming so contaminated with toxic waste that your internal self-healing mechanism loses its ability to keep your body healthy. Most people absorb thousands of health depleting toxins every day from meat, milk, genetically modified foods, microwaved foods, soy, alcohol, prescription drugs, stress, refined sugar, air, caffeine, water, toxic metals, vaccines, harmful organisms, stress, white flour, table salt, electromagnetic radiation, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, MSG, industrial chemicals, and the list goes on.”(2)
THE COLON and intestines
rids toxins from the body in the form of solid waste. 2-3 bowel movements per day is usually enough to clear the intestines, depending on how much food is put into the body. When constant constipation occurs, the intestines gets backed up, like the toilet getting clogged, and no more toxins can rid the body this way. This puts extra work on the other organs to pick up the slack, and the body quickly fatigues. It important to clear the colon before and while cleansing the other organs.
A balanced internal culture of bacteria is crucial to overall health, and one striving to perfect their vessel will “...work to eliminate unwanted para-organisms...re-colonize your intestinal tract with probiotics, the good bacteria that maintain your life. Earth hosts all living material we are surrounded with, yet some creatures want to use humans as their host! Para-organisms are organisms that live on or in another living creature. They can be microscopic, or large – called macroscopic. Up to 50% of the population carries at least one form of unwanted para-organism, which usually survive without detection. Para-organisms produce vague signs of digestive distress, or unexplained fatigue. They can rob us of our nutrition and burden our body with their toxic secretions.”(3) “Your microbiome—those trillions of microbes living in an on your body—outnumber the cells in your body by about 10 to one, and they have a wide variety of functions that impact your weight and general health, both physically and mentally. So paying careful attention to your gut health is a foundational component for optimizing your health.” (5) “Antibiotics, which kill all bacteria, and excess sugar, which allows overgrowth of bad bacteria,” (5) are the two biggest concerns when it comes to a healthy gut, which serves as a second brain as it contains nerve cells, and this can be proven when one receives that “gut feeling” (10).
is your body’s primary organ of detoxification. It performs over 500 separate metabolic functions which can be grouped into two main actions: processing digested food from the blood and fats from the lymphatics, and filtering wastes and toxins from the blood.” (3)
that become toxic can affect the entire balance of the body on a very deep level.” (3) “The blood’s job is to deliver oxygen, food and other essential substances to cells, and send carbon dioxide and other wastes to the organs of elimination. When the liver and kidney aren’t filtering wastes properly, the blood can be filled with excess toxins, and attempt to "push" toxins out through the skin. This can result in rashes and other skin problems.” (3)
is very important to the overall health of your body. If you don’t think so, put some alcohol in your bloodstream and see how you feel! “About 250 gallons of blood pass through your kidneys daily, removing toxins and excess water.
is a watery, slightly yellow liquid in the lymphatic vessels, which act as a drainage system for the body, flowing alongside the blood vessels. When the lymphatic system becomes overly toxic, it can leave a great deal of unprocessed waste throughout the body. This can lead to a weak immune system, frequent colds, and an overall cloudy & weighted feeling throughout the body.” (3) Think of the gutters on a house. If those are clogged, the water will not be drained properly, mold will form, it may get into the house, and number of problems may occur as a result.
take in oxygen from the air and transfer it to the blood, which circulates the oxygen to every cell in the body. The lungs also get rid of carbon dioxide, the waste product of the body’s energy production. The air we breathe is often contaminated with carbon monoxide and other toxic substances. Breathing in these dirty particles causes the bronchial tubes to constrict in order to trap the particles in sticky mucus. While defending us from harm, this constriction also reduces the amount of oxygen we take in, which can affect our health and the way our body performs.”(3) It is important to keep not only inside, but also the surrounding environment clean and beneficial to life.
“The Internal Cleansing Kit cleanses the body in stages: COLON, Gut, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder, Lungs, lymphatic system, bloodstream, and even your skin!” (3).
There are many other ways to keep clean on an everyday basis.
“Eat lots of salads, vegetable soups, raw nuts and seeds, and fruits. Chew each bite of food 25 times or until liquefied before swallowing to help rapid digestion. Do not cook any food using a microwave, as this will reduce the effectiveness of cleansing. Eat your dinner meal at least one hour before bedtime. Include healthy fats oils in your diet such as coconut, hemp,cacao, flaxseed or olive. Avoid dairy, except pastured ghee and Amasai.
Avoid the following foods: cereal grains, wheat, barley, white flour, pasta, bread, couscous, flour tortillas, cakes, crackers, cookies, pastries, chips, imitation fish, hot dogs and all fried foods.
Avoid all alcoholic beverages. Avoid artificial sweeteners: artificial sweeteners are contained in diet sodas, other diet products. The most dangerous are: saccharin, aspartame, neotame, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose. Substitute with natural sweeteners such as raw honey, stevia, or xylitol. Avoid the following label ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, molasses, white sugar, dextrose, sorbitol, processed fructose and sucrose. Avoid table salt (sodium chloride) which is dangerous to consume. Replace with mineral salt, which is a healthier option. Avoid soy products. Soybeans are high in Phytic acid which is damaging to the digestive tract and can block the absorption of nutrients and essential minerals like copper and calcium. Also, most soy contains pesticide residue and is genetically modified.” (2)
Clean, live food results in a clean, live body!
Live food means raw, ripe, fresh off the vine fruits and vegetables. Though only fruits and vegetables may seem limiting at first, there are thousands of species of plants that give the body the nutrients it requires to develop properly. Here are guidelines for distinguishing real, live food. Real food “Is grown (above or below ground) in healthy microbe-rich soils that are being regenerated by sustainable land management practices. Has variable quality, taste, and texture. Spoils quickly. Requires preparation when cooking. Is authentically flavorful and colorful. Has strong cultural connections and heritage, grown without, or with minimal, agricultural chemicals. Not genetically altered, contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs. Does not contain artificial anything, nor chemical preservatives. Grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors. Grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)” (5). Food is only as nutritious as the soil it's grown in, and as loving as the hands that toil.
such as fermented vegetables and Amasai, is another way to maintain healthy gut. “Consuming *traditionally* fermented foods provide you a number of benefits, including important nutrients...optimizing the immune system… detoxification… and a natural variety of micro flora”.(6) It is known that your food goes into your stomach, so might as well eat foods that aid in the maintenance of a healthy stomach.
The body (and the earth) is about 80% water. This means that if the water one consumes is lacking life energy, 80% of one’s body must also be lacking life energy! “One of the main reasons I am such an advocate for eating raw, organic vegetables is because these "living foods" contain biophotons, small units of light stored by all organic organisms, including you. In choosing the right type of water for you and your family, you want to aim for pH balance. The ideal pH of your water should be between 6.5 to 7.5, which is neutral. Mountain spring water is in this ideal range. It is some of the healthiest water on the planet because it is "living water". Living water, like living food is in its raw, natural state the way nature intended.” (4) Biomimesis is the science of studying nature and using principles found in nature to solve problems. Check out our water structuring unit, which uniquely uses biomimesis to vortex and charged the water. This process activates and transforms the water into this "living" water. Why go against what nature has already provided and proved to be the best?
The replacement of dead foods with live foods will give the body vast amounts of energy. With this new live energy, it is important to use it!
When exercise comes into play, one doesn’t have to train like an olympian. “Compelling and ever-mounting research shows that the ideal form of exercise is short bursts of high intensity exercise. Not only does it beat conventional cardio as the most effective and efficient form of exercise, it also provides health benefits you simply cannot get from regular aerobics, such as a tremendous boost in human growth hormone (HGH), aka the "fitness hormone."” High intensity interval training is ideal because people don’t usually exercise, besides while arbitrarily exercising. However, the body required to be able to activate and move to its highest potential, instantaneously. If need be, one will be able to move quickly and efficiently in a moments notice, such as getting out of the way of an oncoming car. This doesn’t require an hour of running, but rather a short burst of intense movement.
As important as moving the body is, balanced rest is equally important. Staying loose and relaxed is KEY. Yoga and meditation will cause the body to recalibrate and rehabilitate, through mindful posture, stretching, and breathing. “Health benefits from regular yoga practice include, but is not limited to: improved immune function; reduced risk for migraines; improved sexual performance; better sleep; and reduced food cravings. Research has shown yoga can improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and other risk factors, and can even benefit those with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). Yoga has a beneficial impact on leptin, a hormone that regulates energy intake and expenditure, leading the researchers to theorize that yoga may benefit your health by altering leptin and adiponectin production. An analysis of more than 100 studies looking at the effect of yoga on mental health found the practice to have a positive effect on depression, sleep problems, schizophrenia, and ADHD.” (9) Breathe is an important component to life, no argument there. When one is able to consciously control their body through breath, one will have more control over their emotions, thoughts, and actions.
Food is more than a meal.
"Hippocrates, the great Greek physician pointed out, “Food is your medicine.””, and different inputs provide different outputs. (7) With the
consisting of lively foods like raw fruits, fermented vegetables, fats, algae+ dirt; Proper exercise+ rest, the body will be happy, thus the inhabitant of the body will be happy. This doesn’t mean diet and exercise is the key to happiness, but It is a step in the long winding path of life, so make sure the body is functional enough to handle when there's turbulence!
- RJ Hetherman 3