“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Life begins at the cellular level.
Cellular dysfunction is an underlying cause of chronic and degenerative diseases.
A simple approach to cellular health involves the combination of nutrient-dense foods to ensure proper function and sufficient antioxidant intake to protect cellular structure. Theoretical understanding of this concept is much less challenging than its daily application.
Consistent implementation of the cornerstones of health/wellness – positive attitude, health-promoting lifestyle, health-promoting nutritive decisions, and appropriate supplementation – are critical to optimal cellular function and protection.
The impact of your nutritive choices begins at the cellular level.
A cellular path to health and wellness mirrors optimal internal and external membrane composition, positive electrical communicative pathways, enzymatic energy and activity, which ensure proper tissue and organ function.
A paradigm is a model used to explain events. The existing paradigm [medical model] views the body as a machine that allegedly can be repaired with drugs and surgery. Allopathic medicine treats disease via symptomatic assessment versus the promotion of health.
It is a reactive path to health spearheaded by government subsidies and pharmaceutical companies funding drug research in medical schools. It is clearly a losing proposition.
The emerging paradigm [health model] implements natural, non-invasive techniques to promote health and wellness by supporting your body’s innate and remarkable ability to regenerate itself. Increased public awareness about the roles of dietary and lifestyle choices respective to chronic and degenerative has placed prevention front and center.
The failure of allopathic medicine to effectively treat chronic and degenerative diseases propelled this heightened awareness.
Health and disease must be addressed in a proactive manner in which the causation versus the suppression of symptoms becomes paramount. Health and disease evolve at the cellular level ~ no matter which model you entrust your body.
Stress is considered the root cause of several diseases and health ailments.
Its impact on cellular health is profound. Stress paves the road for biological viral infiltration.
Obesity, chronic fatigue, poor digestion, sleeplessness, inflammation, and a host of others represent symptoms of stress.
Though we are not immune from stress the severity by which your immune system is suppressed is directly attributable to the duration, intensity, and type of stress.
Types of Stress
Stressors are generally classified in one of the below categories:
~Uncomplementary >>> Anxiety that fails to produce any benefit. Its debilitating effects ought to encourage us to eliminate as much of this stress type from our lives as possible.
At least 60 percent of all stress in North America is uncomplementary. Nutritional stress is responsible for at least 70 percent of this total.
This pervasive type of damaging physiological stress is created by consuming foods inherent with unhealthy properties.
The good news is that nutritional stress can be alleviated by choosing to ingest nutrient-dense, whole foods versus refined, processed foods.
Not eating enough natural, unprocessed foods rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, high-quality protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics, and so forth presents enormous stress on our bodies.
Regular consumption of nutrient-dense, whole foods will ensure cellular regeneration and reduce stress.
~Complementary >>> The appropriate level and type of stress that promotes regeneration and renewal within your body.
Exercise is a form of complementary stress. No better examples exist than the nobility of sport snowshoeing and trail running when combined with strength training and other exercise modalities.
Exercise activates the natural healing and regenerative processes of your body – at the cellular level.
~Production >>> Stress that is goal-oriented. This type of stress is an inevitable by-product of achievement. Though it may require short-term extra physical or mental effort than seemingly healthy the payoff is an improvement in your well-being.
In order to accomplish a balanced level of production stress means abandonment of uncomplimentary stressors. Your body is designed to adapt to intense physical training, for example, once it realizes the benefits of exertion outweigh anxiety absent any benefit.
Reduction of nutritional stress, regular exercise, and goal achievement will drastically reduce overall stress. A plant-based, whole foods lifestyle will eliminate approximately 40 percent of total stress simply by providing your body its required nutrients for optimal cellular health and endurance sports performance.
Cellular health requires synergy among four important variables: homeostasis; antioxidants, mitochondrial function; and the acid/alkaline balance. These will be addressed in part two.