The way you eat has a monumental impact on the central nervous system
Putting other influential factors like exercise to the side, nutrition alone can drastically affect ones lifestyle.
On one side of the scale, people experience life threatening health problems, diseases, illnesses and injuries. On the other, the health of individuals is rarely at risk, and in the middle, mixed periods of good and bad health are experienced.
Those who ignore a healthy diet
The first group may be unaware of what constitutes a healthy diet, too ignorant or weak minded to improve their diet, or simply unable to adhere to a nutrient dense diet.
Consequently, harmful toxins build up around the body and wreak havoc with bodily tissues and organs, stressing them to the point of failure which is often catastrophic such as a heart attack.
Those who follow a balanced diet
The second group would most likely be following a balanced and measured way of eating so that most or all vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and fatty acids are consumed.
As a result, long term adherence is possible through: regular feedings, nutrient variation, improved brain function, a bolstered immune system, efficient neural and muscular activity, slow releasing energy over a long duration, stable blood sugar, flushed toxins, cleansed organs, reduced inflammation, consistent and healing sleep pattern, avoidance of dehydration, removal of allergens and intolerances, less or no bowel discomfort, better insulin sensitivity, awareness of nutritional goals, and many others, all of which contribute to a resilient nervous system.
Those who switch between the two
Generally speaking, the third group should also enjoy many of the comforting benefits of a healthy diet listed above, but at times may fall into the bracket of the first group, and end up with symptoms such as: bloating, brain fog, fatigue, anxiety and lethargy.
Unfortunately, poor genetics and misfortune may force any of these populations to fight against dementia, liver failure, stroke, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer or others.
The difference is, the individuals with healthier internal systems/pharmacies have a lower risk of facing these horrific illnesses and a better chance of surviving them.
Let’s move on to the bit you’ve all been waiting for… The food and drinks you’re allowed to have without feeling guilty!
To put it simply – organic, wild, grass-fed, fresh, washed, and seasonal items have major advantages when it comes to the way the nervous system responds.
1. Choose animal protein containing omega 3
e.g. wild alaskan sockeye salmon and mackerel as opposed to flaxseed and walnut. Opt for animal protein sources like fish (sardines, haddock, cod, tuna), eggs (chicken, duck, quail), shellfish (oyster, mussels, lobster, prawn, clam, squid, crayfish, scallops), poultry (chicken, guinea fowl, partridge, pigeon), steak (sirloin, fillet). Eat every 2-4 hours and use any bones for broth.
2. Make delicious marinades with any herbs you want, any root vegetable, any spice
Literally GET STUCK IN. My advice is to prioritise the most effective anti-inflammatory ones which are: cloves, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, sage, cayenne pepper, chilli powder. Nothing is off limits, use these too: paprika, coriander, chives, bay leaves, thyme, basil, rosemary, cumin, black pepper, white pepper, oregano, parsley, marjoram, himalayan salt, sea salt).
I also recommend selecting suitable mixtures e.g. rosemary with chicken, dill with salmon. Blend with these oils and vinegars: extra virgin coconut oil, red palm oil, tigernut oil, extra virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, cider vinegar.
3. Feed your gut with pre and probiotics
Kefir, raw chicory root, raw asparagus, kombucha tea, raw sauerkraut, and resistant starches such as white/red/sweet potato cooked then cooled for at least 12 hours in the fridge and eaten without reheating them, and green bananas (the greener they are, the more resistant starch they contain).
4. Double or triple your veggies and include a mixture of raw and cooked vegetables
Prepare them in a variety of ways. Dark green veg will get you a long way – kale, broccoli, artichoke, spinach, swiss chard, savoy cabbage, seaweed.
Raw options include avocado, peppers, cucumber, mushrooms, tomatoes, beetroot, chicory, lettuce. Other healthy items are carrots, brussel sprouts, onions, garlic, turnip, cauliflower, squash, green beans, pak choi/bok choi/tatsoi, fennel, leek, celery.
… and the list doesn’t stop there! Look out for Part 2 tomorrow.
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