There is a growing trend in the world today that is against the natural order of things. People are living short and dying long.
What I mean by this is that many will only live the first one to two decades of their life in full health and function. Declining into a less than optimal state in the decades that follow, often degenerating into chronic illness and unnecessary suffering. The result is that many will get to their golden years and be unable to enjoy them thoroughly.
I’m here today with a message. It does not need to be that way. The best science from the best peer-reviewed medical journals in the world are showing that the number one factor determining the quality and quantity of your life is LIFESTYLE.
You are more in control of your health destiny than you may realise. The natural order for human beings is to live long and die-short. To live your life in full function, to thrive, to ooze wellness and be at ease with your body and mind. Of course, there will be some decline in function as you age, there is no escaping that, owing to the way that your genes divide from a progressively deteriorating master copy of DNA. We should live out our days feeling good and able to contribute and perform to high levels, only to pass away quietly one day from old age.
You can live your life in a way that combats the stress factors which create illness and disease. You can learn the art and the science of future-proofing your life. There are seven keys areas worthy of your time and ongoing attention.
Your body requires an ample supply of the right raw ingredients if it is to regenerate and heal. There is no escaping this fact. Every day in my practice I see patients who are struggling with the side effects of physiology deprived of essential nutrients. It doesn’t matter whether you are suffering from back pain, headaches, thyroid problems, depression or any other condition. If you are to heal naturally, you must supply your body with what it requires to regenerate and repair.
The source of your food is also important. There is great truth to the statement that you are what you eat, yet there is a higher truth in this; ‘you are what you eat, ate’.
One of the significant challenges in future-proofing your body is sourcing food raised in natural environments. Did you know, for example, that beef from a cow that has eaten grains contains unhealthy fats which can induce inflammation in your body if you eat it? The opposite is also true; a grass-fed organic cow will produce beef that is layered with inflammation suppressing healthy fats.
Did you know that the non-organic vegetables that you eat are likely to contain antibiotics? Fertilisers spread onto soils come from farms where the animals are dosed heavily with antibiotics, thus boosting their weight and profitability. However, it will get passed onwards, and even though it is in small doses, it can alter the delicate biochemistry of your body.
Understanding food to a high level and mastering your nutrition is one of the big keys to futureproofing your body.
It is amazing to me to think that many people view exercise an “optional extra”, squeezing it in if they have time and not worrying too much if they skip it for extended periods of time.
The research suggests this is no small area to avoid. Exercise is an essential nutrient.
Your genes require movement to express normal levels of health, making it essential in the quest to be futureproofed. Another important factor to consider is that if you are sedentary for 23 hours a day and then exercise intensely for 1 hour, you may not be safe since you are just moving for 4% of your day.
The science of sedentary living is conclusive. The risk of serious illness goes up when you fail to move your body regularly. The key to mastering this area comes from two places: Understanding how to exercise for health, not just fitness (it is possible to be extremely fit yet very unhealthy at the same time), and managing your day so that you can naturally be more active and mobile as you go about work and life.
If I were to ask you what is the most important organ in your body, you would probably state correctly — your brain. The neurological control between brain and body is the most overlooked area in health care.
Your spine, cranial bones, jaw and peripheral joints (arms and legs) have a huge influence on the neurological communication that runs continuously between your brain and body.
This means that if your body structure is out of alignment with your posture is bent forward and twisted then there is likely to be a reduction in the quality of ‘nerve flow’. Your function and health can become compromised as a result.
Regaining and maintaining high levels of structural health is a critical piece of the health puzzle. People with good posture have an ‘unfair advantage’ in their performance and a far greater likelihood of being able to push hard in life without succumbing to illness, injury and accelerated wear and tear.
The modern world is analogous to a pressure cooker. We get squeezed from all angles; physical, chemical and emotional stressors are abundant. The emotional stress burden is often the hardest to control, making it a crucial area to master.
While some stress is necessary for our survival (eustress) the problems come when there is a slow, relentless drip of destructive stress hormones into your blood stream. These chemicals are designed to be used in the short term, to improve our chances of escaping the fangs of a tiger. They were never designed to be excreted long-term.
“The main culprit is a hormone called cortisol which will rust you from the inside out under conditions of chronic stress.”
Emotional stress has an accumulative effect. Unless you find ways of releasing it every day you run the risk of a chronically overworking your stress response system. This eventually leads to fatigue, burnout and a whole host of hormonal problems which pave the way for chronic illness.
It is essential for everyone to find ways of releasing their stress and renewing their system every day. There are many ways that you can do this, but it requires a commitment to handling stress every single day.
In the link at the end of this article, there is a free resource for you with many ideas and tools to help you renew yourself daily.
I’m a huge fan of regular detoxing. I believe, based upon the science and the current state of our food chain, health system and environment that it is an essential component to futureproofing your body.
Not all detoxes are created equal. Many of the 7–10 day cleanses that are so popular may well do you more harm than good by stirring up and redistributing toxins around your body, rather than binding and eliminating them from your cells.
A true metabolic detox is different. It works by first preparing your body for detoxification, then supporting the binding and elimination of toxins from your cells through the multiple elimination pathways, like the liver, gut, kidneys and skin.
Some people claim that detoxing isn’t necessary. From a physiological standpoint, I would agree. If you are living clean and green and your body is working well then the regular, 24 hours per day detox system that naturally exists within would suffice.
Yet this just isn’t the case in most modern people, and they fall victim to harmful effects of a whole host of environmental toxins.
A metabolic detox performed just once or twice per year is a very smart strategy for keeping your physiology firing on all cylinders.
When you sleep, the healing begins. Your body mops up the waste products from the day and goes about rebuilding and regenerating itself. High quality sleep is so important and is another often overlooked area in health.
Unfortunately, sleep has an image problem. You don’t win any prizes if you are a good sleeper, which means that the skill of sleeping well fails to get the attention that it deserves.
Consider that when your sleep suffers there are significant consequences beyond just the puffy eyes. Your mood for one will descend making it difficult to concentrate and manage relationships. Your productivity declines and your stress hormones rise, causing weight gain. Your immune system becomes challenged. Your thyroid slows down. You loose control of your blood sugar. Your mind is fogged up, and your thinking becomes scattered. Your risk of cancer is multiplied depending on the severity of your sleep deprivation and your risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and heart disease rise.
Sleeping well really is a skill worth mastering, and when you amplify the benefits downstream, it becomes essential in the quest to future-proof your body.
Perhaps the most important skill in future-proofing yourself is learning how to access personal power. It doesn’t matter how perfect an approach you create in your lifestyle if you are unable to make the necessary changes.
You cannot do such a brilliant job brushing your teeth tonight that you won’t need to do it again tomorrow. Living the futureproofed way and maintaining the highest levels of function long term requires a commitment to consistent action.
I firmly believe that you are way more powerful than you believe. There is nothing more dangerous or capable than a person who’s mind is made up and takes action fueled by a belief that they can achieve the result.
Learning to access your personal power and enhancing your capacity for stress and change is important. I believe that this begins with the ability to commit. To know what you want and most importantly why you want it. When you have those two pieces, and you put them to work with persistence and consistency, then the future is yours.
If you would like to start living the FutureProofed Way head over to the FutureProofed You and learn the simple daily system that I and hundreds of my clients use to stack the health cards in our favour.
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Dr Richard Gliddon
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