I’ve seen some pretty solid answers to this question in this thread, but there’s a few things I’d like to share that are key.
First of all, what is “fit” to you? A person can be several kinds of “fit” and still be terribly unhealthy, and likewise, it’s also possible for a person to be overweight and still be comparatively healthy internally. So, are we talking mechanical health or physiological health?
In terms of the mechanical (bones and muscles) the best thing you can do is just keep moving. Never sit in a chair if you can avoid it. For one, sitting shortens the soaz muscles in our abdomen, and when this happens, our lower back hurts us when we stand because they are pulled taut. Just a little tip.
Now in terms of our overall health, I’ll leave you with this: the gut is the gateway to everything. It is impossible to be healthy without a healthy gut. Seventy percent of our immune system is located there. The lower gastro-intestinal (GI) tract is where we absorb our nutrition. Unfortunately, most Americans have terribly compromised gut health due to our diets. For example, many people may think that they are not gluten sensitive, but the truth is, gluten harms all of us the same way (we’re just in different stages of deterioration). Gluten flattens the villi in our intestines, making it extremely difficult for them to pick up nutritional elements. Additionally, gluten further damages the lining of our intestines by causing micro-separations in the walls. When the integrity of our intestinal walls is compromised, particles seep through creating the condition known as “Leaky gut syndrome”. Whatever leaks into the bloodstream in this fashion causes an inflammatory reaction as the immune system is triggered to respond. This is one of the main causes of food allergies as various food elements get flagged by the immune system as toxins.
Fortunately, through time and self-control this damage can be reversed and we can even do away with certain food allergies. But it is a long and initially arduous process. It requires a complete lifestyle revolution, but it is definitely worth it when you see complaints you’ve lived with for years begin to resolve. My own wife was poisoned by heavy metals: mercury, lead, and copper (in small amounts, the body needs copper, but an overdose wreaks havoc on the hormones). For a few years, we were afraid it was going to kill her, as her body was wracked with terrible pain every day. But through desperate study we were shown by great doctors like Joseph Mercola (see Mercola.com) what we needed to do. We began revolutionizing our diets and our lifestyle. I won’t go into all of the things we did now, and in fact, we’re still on the path to better health after seven years, but regarding healing the gut for overall better health, I’ll leave you with these pointers that you can look into. 1) Intermittent fasting. 2) Probiotics. (The best probiotic we’ve ever tried comes from The Global Healing Center and can also be found at the Infowars store). 3) Aloe Vera flakes. 4) Wheat grass juice. (Not gluten in spite of the name.)
Finally, I’ll share two tips about proper eating habits that I’ve picked up from a gastroenterologist. Chew your food very thoroughly and eat slow. Ideally we should be chewing each bite about 50-70 times (however much is necessary) to practically liquefy our food before we swallow. The reasons for this are two-fold. First: it spares the gut a lot of mechanical work, making digestion more comfortable. Second: when we chew we produce an alkaline enzyme in our saliva which begins the chemical process of breaking down our food. Along with the acidic digestive acids in our gut, the two are able to chemically break apart all of the necessary elements of our food.
The last tip is to wait at least two hours between our final meal of the day and the time we lie down to sleep. When we lie down, our body begins to shift into sleep mode. In this mode, digestion simply does not occur, so anything that you eat before bed basically becomes poop. (Unless you ate a lot of simple sugars, in which case your food becomes visceral body fat.)
That’s all for now. I hope this helps someone.
Peace be with you.
Statistics: Posted by Aldstan — Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:42 am