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Dr. Robin/Health Uncensored
An awesome article via HEALTH UNCENSORED about how EVERYTHING you eat affects EVERYTHING you do, feel, think and evolve. Like, EVERYTHING…
There are only two physical access points between the outside world and the inside of your body. One is your skin. The other is the mysterious tunnel that starts at your mouth and ends at your anus.
Your skin is absolutely important – it absorbs everything from nicotine to sunlight. But leaving it aside for now let’s look at what happens when food ventures from your mouth to your gut and how it impacts everything you feel on a daily basis.
Thanks in large part to the research done by Dr. Michael Gershon at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in NYC, we know that you have a second brain in your gut, called the enteric nervous system. At least 95% of the serotonin in your entire body lives in your intestines and your brain and your gut communicate with each other constantly.
Also living in walls of your gut are hormones referred to as entero-hormones. All hormones, regardless of where they are made in the body, by definition are chemical messengers that swim through your bloodstream and influence every system in your body to some degree. To what degree, exactly, depends on the receptor density in a particular organ or tissue for a particular hormone.
The lining of your intestine is also microscopically thin – one cell layer thick – and creates an intelligent membrane that, in a more intricately choreographed dance than any Russian ballet, absorbs the liquefied broken down version of what you chewed and swallowed into your blood, changing it’s address from external to internal. If you have even a low-grade allergy to one of the substances in what you ate, this – the point of absorption – is when your immune system goes on the attack, leading to unpleasantness.
Two super crucial points here:
One, there is an enteric (i.e. intestinal) neuro-hormonal system that cross talks with the rest of the systems in your body and impacts those systems, either promoting equilibrium or throwing it off.
Two, the food you eat gets absorbed into your body for processing. From there, if the food contains any toxic materials, those toxic waste products flood first your blood and then your liver and your kidneys, which have to deal with the crisis. If the food is usable on a molecular level, it gets literally repackaged and turned into your tissues.
All of this is a tiny fraction of the evidence for why there is no separation between the food you eat and you, from your bones to your feelings.
The good news is you have a choice of what items from the external world you put into your internal environment.
Stay tuned for Part II, where we’ll talk about what foods to eat and what to avoid, to keep your head in line.
Dr. Robin/Health Uncensored
just in case we’ve forgotten about the awfulness of soda.
alright, it’s time i get in touch with my tumblr, for realz this time. i’ve decided i’m going to blog on a regular basis. my blogs will consist of the following: my random thoughts throughout the day (hey, they are usually thought provoking!), a diary of my food and exercise intake and progress, recipes, and anything i find inspirational. maybe, just MAYBE one day i can get my shit together and can get some followers and provide some inspirational and informative blog posts to others out there! anyway, that will start tomorrow. tonight will consist of just rambling.
i’m changing into someone i never thought i’d be! it scared me at first, but i kind of like it now =]. yesterday had my weekly training session and it was pretty good. i’d say an 8 on a 1-10 scale. we did leg work outs on trx the whole time. i LOVE trx! i could do that shit on the daily! it provides such a good work out and focus on body parts that aren’t always targeted in standard strength training exercises and provides a good workout on your core as well. today i didn’t work out at all — first time in a week and a half. tuesday ran around greenlake 2.5 times, hardly stopping. greenlake is 2.8mi around… that’s unheard of for me! i was very proud of myself. i’m beginning to like running to the point i crave it on a daily basis. my only problem is my form (which i’m mentally working on and have been studying on runnersworld.com) and i get shin splints. my trainer showed me a great stretch to stretch out that area yesterday, but i’m still trying to find out what causes them and how to prevent them. it sucks when you want to run but your in pain at the same time! other problem… my BROKE ASS needs to buy a new pair of running shoes. currently i have a pair of nike shox that are about, mmm, a year and a half old? if this will tell you anything about my dedication to fitness when i bought them: i thought they were cute and i saw everyone else wearing shox. great plan! they are killing my toes when i run and just don’t feel right.
i seriously think my new dedication (i’ve been getting into this since about mid-february/march) to health, wellness and fitness has saved my life. i wake up in a reasonably good mood every day with a good disposition on my life. i’m motivated and peppy at work. i’m motivated in my own life to get shit done and continue moving forward. i’m dedicated. i recognize everything is a continual process and i get what i put into it. i FEEL good. i have energy. my mood swings are more regulated. life is good even though it’s not that great right now, could be a lot worse! a lot of my problems are going away… AND, on top of that, i was inspired so much by my new found interest that this is the field i want to start my career in! that’s right folks, she finally, ms. indecisive herself, finally made a decision. and i actually feel… solid about it this time, like it’s right and i’m not changing my mind. i haven’t felt that with any of my other so-called decisions before. that REALLY excites me.
i might start another blog about finances and investing, something else i’m beginning to find a passion about and interest in. i think it could be beneficial… pick up some feedback, start some discussion, clear my own confusion up just by getting words on paper, er, tumblr. we’ll see.
next order of business… getting some of my friends on board with me on this, not being the strange introvert i’ve become in the past two months, catching up with old friends, getting a second job, tightening up my paleo/clean cooking skills, ummm… oh and reconnecting with my long lost family member. yeah. oh, and get my school shit together. finally came to the point where i need student loans now, and i’ve definitely been slacking off this quarter and will probably have to re-take a class or two. which i honestly don’t mind because this quarter a)was free, b)i don’t think i’ve felt dedicated to produce quality work since i haven’t really had anything to move forward towards, c)my life is now clear of so many other distractions and i know what it takes to discipline myself now and stop being such a pathetic ass.
gonna go to bed, it’s already 11:34pm (i’ve strangely become a morning person recently as well) and i work at 1pm tomorrow… trying to wake up early to get two good work outs in, some stuff around the house, some errands… you know the drill. so excited for dayglo this weekend — benny benassi and 4,000+ people paint party… what’s there more to ask for?
waking up from the living dead.
today is the day my life changes. today is the day i become free from the chains and bounds i have wrapped myself in so tightly that the pain and restriction has become my only source of comfort. today is the day i knock out the fear, weakness, insecurity and mediocrity i have succumbed to with one clean, fierce punch no ufc fighter could ever come close to. today is the day i become free of this shell i have acquired and today is the day i rip out the IV that has been keeping me in this coma as i arise to show the world who i’ve been hiding deep down inside.
no longer will i live in fear. no longer will i live for others. no longer will i distract myself from my dreams. no longer will i pretend. no longer will i let negativity seep in and constantly twist the good to the bad. no longer will i let my insecurities rule me. no longer will i let my emotions overcome my intelligence. i will have faith. i have a dream. i will have hope. i have strength. i will have a one track mind focused on this passion reignited never to be blown out again. i must take this leap of faith. follow my heart. listen to my soul and tell my head to stay out of it. i will become who i am meant to be. i will not let opportunities pass me by, or life itself.
this is all i’ve been waiting for and so much more, i will wake up tomorrow without looking back. i won’t lose this lust for life. i won’t let myself continue to destroy myself. i must think see hear speak believe feel sense differently.
no more fear. no more insecurities. be free. be wild. be passionate. be strong. be smart. be focused. dream. climb high.