31 Aug What makes us sick? 5 reasons why
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We have been practicing for over 19 years now, and there are lots of reasons why people come in for care but our favorite is when people come in to reach that “next level”. We often see people that come in hoping for a miracle, as well as people in pain that want to do more than just what their doctors are already recommending. Others see value in taking care of their body and come in for a “tune-up”. Some just want help in creating a personal approach for themselves. To help our clients we focus on the cause of the symptoms, what creates stress and unbalances the body. Then with a specialized care plan we create alignment, balance, and efficiency in the body, naturally . From our years of experience we find that there are 5 main physical stressors that are responsible for putting your body in distress, and distress can lead to disease.
1. Repetitive physical stress: Repetitive physical stress like repetitive movements, sleeping on your tummy, sitting all day, lounging on your couch, playing sports, practicing your hobby and so much more will first create acute pain and then chronic pain. Theses stressors weaken the body and create compensations that can create pains sometimes far away from the place of trauma.
My best friend in high school always wondered why one of her nails was always damaged. She could not figure out why that 1 nail was not as strong and beautiful as the other ones. Hoping to fix her problem she decided to put a bandaid on that nail to let it get strong. It was then she realized how much she used that one specific nail; to secure buttons on her shirt, to dig into things she wanted clean, and all the other things she did with that nail. As she became aware of what she was doing to create the weakness she changed her habits and was able to grow that nail strong and healthy like all the others.
We all do “something” that creates stress on certain parts of our body more than others. It creates overuse, wear and tear, and with time causes injury. The overstressing of our body usually builds up slowly because the body can compensate by giving up flexibility, mobility, strength or energy to support the whole. But we are only as strong as our weakest parts. When the whole is having trouble maintaining balance it complains with pain, fatigue, weakness.
The way we help our clients is by identifying if the pain they experience comes from repetitive stress (chronic) , from a trauma (acute), from a bacteria/virus, from toxicity or from an emotion. For a repetitive stress issue, we help identify the habit/ movement and find a solution for it.
For example if you are a tummy sleeper, we’ll recommend you try a body pillow to stop you from going on your tummy. We often make recommendations for workstations, movement patterns, and replacing negative thought patterns to recreate balance. The bulk of our work is to assist the body back into alignment and help you strengthen your ability to keep it that way.
2. Food – Food, food, food…where should we start? The main 3 problems we see related to food have similar consequences : It messes up digestion. So basically having an effect on every cells, tissues, organs, …
But yet it is an easy fix.
We all just have to decide what is worth eating, and more important what goes in our mouths. Becoming educated on the basics of the choices available is key. There are a lot of “diets” out there so it can seem overwhelming. We like to keep it simple and have the focus on a wholefood concept and the 80% rule. So we want 80% of our food to be real food with no processing, and then we can try anything as long as we respect a sense of moderation. This is a way to combat the three main problems below.
– Overeating – a first world problem. It’s no secret that Americans have gotten much, much bigger over the past few decades. The signs are all around us, from XXXL clothing sizes to supersize movie seats and even larger coffins. According to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American man now stands at 5-feet-9 1/4 inches tall and weighs 196 pounds — up 15 pounds from 20 years ago. For women, the change has been even more striking: The average female today stands 5-feet-3 3/4 inches and weighs 169 pounds. In 1994, her scale read 152 pounds.
– Inflammatory foods. Processed food, sugar, gluten, dairy, corn, soy and oranges are the most common causes of inflammation in your gut. Inflammation is just your body’s natural way of protecting itself when you’re injured or sick. It defends against further injury and stimulates healing. It’s important that this inflammation is short lived and plenty of circulation moves through the area. When that stagnates or more inflammatory triggers are eaten it leads to Chronic inflammation. Prolonged and sustained inflammation in your body is linked to an increased risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
– Eating things that are not “food”. Have you ever found it weird that some “foods” in your pantry are years old? Not only have they been around for some time, but you could eat them right now, and they’d taste the same way they did a year earlier. Foods that sit in cans are devoid of vital energy. Foods that are filled with vital energy in the form of vitamins, minerals, cofactors and enzymes, are “alive” foods. The more alive and vital a particular food is, the quicker it will rot and spoil.
This problem is true for plants but also meat. People used to get their food from local producers or their own gardens. With population increases and densely populated cities food production evolved over the last 50 years, all coming from a simple idea : how can we produce more. The answers came mostly from the chemistry lab and not nature: fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, GMO’s, colorants, fake sugars, trans-fats and more. All of this has taken us farther away from what our bodies need to be healthy which is real whole food.
Something as simple as bread, which was the number 1 source of food in the 1800’s in Europe, is now poorly digested because of the genetic modification of seeds to heavy use of pesticides, glyphosate primarily, in the production and harvesting of the grain. Gluten sensitivity has grown so much in the US that you can find gluten-free options everywhere.
The consequences: poor nutrition contributes to stress, exhaustion and our capacity to live a successful life. And over time, it contributes to the risk of developing illnesses and other health problems.
3. Toxins – Although the word toxin sounds scary, most people don’t grasp precisely how toxins interact with human physiology and, how long this has been a problem for humans. Doctors noticed almost two hundred years ago that toxins like mercury were causing “mad hatter disease.” And it’s also known that toxicity from lead water pipes was a major cause of the decline of the Roman Empire. But in the past, these toxins were largely limited to occupational exposure. Only people who performed certain specific tasks— coal miners, who inhale coal dust, for example—were known to be casualties. Doctors didn’t consider the rest of the population to be at risk.
But with the explosion of the industrial revolution came an explosion in contact for more people with various toxins due to various production activities. Research shows that toxicity affects most—if not all—of the population. One study found 232 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns. Basically, there are eight ways toxins affects our bodies.
– Toxins prevent enzymes from working properly. Every physiological function depends on enzymes to manufacture molecules, produce energy, and create cell structures. Toxins damage enzymes and thus undermine countless bodily functions.
– Toxins displace structural minerals, resulting in weaker bones. Bone mass is important for lifelong mobility.
– Toxins damage the organs. Toxins damage nearly all your organs and systems. Fat is used to insulate the organ from the toxin so weight gain is often a sign of toxicity.
– Toxins damage DNA, which increases the rate of your aging and degeneration. Many commonly used pesticides, phthalates, and products containing benzene damage DNA.
– Toxins modify gene expression. Our genes switch off and on to adapt to changes in our bodies and the outer environment. But many toxins activate or suppress our genes in undesirable ways.
–Toxins damage cell membranes so the cells don’t respond properly to their environment. Communication in the body happens through the cell membranes. Damage to these membranes prevents them from getting and sending messages. For example, insulin not signaling the cells to absorb more sugar, or muscle cells not responding to the message from magnesium to relax.
– Toxins interfere with hormones.Toxins inhibit, mimic, and block hormones. One example: Arsenic disrupts thyroid hormone receptors on the cells, so the cells don’t get the message from the thyroid hormones to rev up metabolism. The result is inexplicable fatigue.
– Toxins actually impair your ability to detoxify—and this is the worst problem of all. The more toxic you get, the more important it is to support your organs of detoxification (liver, kidneys, lymph, skin). That’s why supporting detoxification is such an important part of our care at San Clemente Vitality Center.