“Oh, and by the way, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…”
I love magic. Someone who is really good at it is simply amazing to watch.
I’m no magician, but it’s more or less common knowledge that one very important aspect of magic is misdirection.
Misdirection means that the audience is focusing on the right hand while the left hand is where the real action is. As a result of their attention being diverted, people don’t see what’s really going on.
Why am I bringing this up in an newsletter about health and wellness? Because of biochemistry.
Let me explain.
We all naturally hope for remedies to fix whatever health problems plague us. Aspirin for a headache, antibiotics for infections, cholesterol blocking drugs to (hopefully) avoid heart attacks, etc. These are the “magic bullets” of modern medicine.
And although some people – and I hope you, dear reader, are one of them – pay attention to the potential side effects from these chemicals, there’s another issue to talk about here. That issue is biochemistry.
The best estimate I’ve heard is that there are approximately 50,000 chemical reactions taking place inside of each of us at every moment. 50,000!
This complicated chemical cascade keeps our hearts beating, our brains functioning and every part of our body healthy and alive.
Modern medical research naturally sees illness as a problem with biochemistry and aims to fix the problem by throwing other chemicals at it.
It sounds great in theory, but as we’ve seen, there are many problems with this approach. And slickly produced commercials do their best to distract us from looking too closely.
But if we assume that biochemistry is a big-time contributing factor in health and illness, then there’s an important question we need to ask…
Where do all the parts that make up every bit of our body’s biochemical soup come from?
If you answered “food, water and air,” go to the head of the class!
With the “help” of modern medicine and media, we’ve all had our attention misdirected to look at the end result of the biochemical process. We are shown how we can affect it with powerful drugs after it gets out of balance.
But we’ve somehow missed the most important part, namely where it all begins.
I’d like to encourage you, starting right now, to pay more attention to where it begins. Literally every bite of food, every sip of beverage and every breath of air you take has an immediate and ongoing effect on how well your body functions. And that, in turn, affects the quality of every other part of your life.
Now here’s the hard part – each of us has a unique set of variables that affect our response to food, drink and breathing. We’re all as different on the outside as we are on the inside. That means that there is no one single “right” way to eat, drink or breathe.
How To Do It
It can be confusing, but there is a solution.
The solution is to pay very close attention to how each thing you take into your body affects you.
Honestly, this sounds like an overwhelming task to most people. But if you’re not used to paying attention to these things, it’s not your fault. We’ve all been trained to look elsewhere for better health. So here are a few suggestions that may help you get started:
- Food choices are an excellent place to start since this is where we most often run into trouble. If you notice yourself having less energy, feeling crankier than usual or being hungry way before your next meal, make a note of what you ate at the last meal. There will be clues…
- Don’t try to make changes all at once. In fact, plan on taking as much time as you need and do it a small bit at a time. For example, you could just concentrate on how you feel after eating breakfast. After a few weeks you’ll know what makes you feel better and what doesn’t. Once you have that dialed in, pay attention to lunch or dinner and repeat the process.
- Trust your body’s responses. Human beings have survived since long before we had all the modern conveniences and knowledge we have today. Your body doesn’t lie. See if you can become clearer about the communications it’s giving you every day and make adjustments accordingly.
These are simple, but very effective ways to help you return to a more natural way of living.
And they have the added benefit of helping you refocus on the things that affect your overall health directly at the beginning of the process, rather than struggling to fix it with powerful chemicals after the damage is done.
All the best to you for your health and happiness,