Are there any other tools that we can use to improve our health while awaiting the removal of GMOs from our food and fighting for an improved food supply? The answer, once again, is yes. We have already discussed how your gut in your second brain, how it functions with millions of neuron connections to the brain, and how it produces a majority of the neurochemicals for the brain, influencing the quality of your immune system. But how functional is your gut? Are its crucial activities occurring in a clean environment or an unhealthy environment? Most studies show that 75% of Americans have a contaminated, unhealthy gut, so your intestinal system is most likely functioning in a polluted environment, negatively impacted your overall health.
Are you aware that fasting actually improves an individual’s physical health, mental sharpness, and emotional well being by cleansing and detoxifying the bad bacteria in the gut? If you doubt its potential impact, recall your religious instructions. Jesus Christ, Buddha, and Mohammed all fasted. People fast for lent, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan. One historic example. Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days and 40 nights before embarking on the key chapter of his life. Now, I am not suggesting any extensive fasting for baby boomers. Fasting can lead to significant metabolic changes with improved health, but it also leads to insomnia. Not many of us can continue our daily activities and job responsibilities without a good night sleep. So, is there some alternative, easier fasting approach?
I would recommend considering a two-day mini-detoxification cleanse each month. You still eat three meals a day, but you restrict the type of foods during those two days. You don’t eat dairy products or meats. You don’t eat processed food. No breads. You don’t consume any sugar, any coffee, or any alcohol. What do you eat? For those two days you eat just fruit and vegetables. Want a clearer picture? For breakfast have steel grain oatmeal with blueberries and raspberries with no milk. Have an apple or some type of fruit mid-morning. At lunch have a salad with broccoli/ mushrooms/ carrots/ tomatoes/ etc with limited dressing. Have some additional fruit in the afternoon. At dinner cook a meal with just vegetables or make another salad. If hungry before bed, have another piece of fruit.
Now, does that sound do-able? For most people it is not only do-able; it is effective in cleansing and detoxifying many of the bad bacteria in your intestines. Give it a try. You will actually feel better, physically and mentally. You will be surprised at your increased energy and sense of well being. Your mood may even lift. What happened? The bad bacteria need an unhealthy environment in your intestines. When the environment changes, they can’t survive. Good bacteria begin to take over. Your intestines undergo repair. The leaks in your intestinal lining are closed. Fewer contaminants slip into your blood stream. The production of the healthy neurochemicals increase. So, through your own actions, you improve the health of your intestines and the quality of your overall health.
Let me conclude with some simple truths. We live in a toxic world. Our food supply and much of our air is progressively unhealthy. Our planet is not in the best of health and neither are we. Let’s use some of the tools from these blogs. Let’s improve our eating style. Let’s take two days each month for a mini- detoxification cleanse. Let’s make a concerted improve to our internal chemistry in our gut and throughout our body. Is it that hard? No. People just do not know what to do. Now you have some options. Just commit to these actions, which fits your lifestyle, on a consistent basis. Incorporate these tools as habits. So, are you ready to assume more control of your health?