Survival of the Fittest

In an era where simply breathing the atmosphere air in or turning on the TV might be detrimental to your health, it’s important to consider supporting your self in the best way possible. If you live in a rural community, away from civilisation, you are probably doing great and don’t need to worry about this. That might also mean you won’t be reading this post.

There are several theories regarding humankind’s history. Scientifically, it is said that our ancestors, the earliest form of humans, have existed for millions of years. If we just want to focus on the genus Homo Sapiens, we know that “modern” human fossils date back to about 300,000 years. And if you believe in The Adam and Eve story, it also dates back to a couple thousand.

Since the beginning of time, our species has survived through massive volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, typhoons, droughts and other natural disasters. Today, we have “evolved” to the top of the food chain, being able to dominate and destroy any other animal, plant or ecosystem inhabiting this earth. The more technologically advanced we are, the easier it is for us to do this.

This fact causes people to believe that we are “powerful”. The wake up call is that you can have all the money, objects and technology in the world, but if you are not happy or healthy, where exactly is your power? I am here to remind you that power lies within us, not outside of us. Trying to control others is weakness; controlling your self is power.

Regardless of how long you believe humans have been around, heavy chemical use only started around two hundred years ago, during the industrial revolution. Today it’s the norm, with an unimaginable repertoire of synthetics making their way into our system. Urban development has occurred so fast that our biological bodies have not yet been able to adapt.

We are as conscious, intuitive and gullible as we choose to be. We are fiddling about in outer space, knowing that our muscles and organs atrophy when doing so. Our heart’s pumping weakens because we are earthlings and strive in gravity. Unless we live in a rooted, natural, supportive environment and nourish ourselves properly in every realm, it is very difficult for us to handle most or many of the elements that make up the today’s world.

Think about the dyes in the clothing that you wear and the chemicals in the detergents you use. The synthetics in the hygiene products and cosmetics that your skin absorbs, the modified food products we consume, the pesticides used to irrigate the lands and the massive toxic industrial byproducts in the air that we breathe… Just because we cannot see something, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. I want to make it clear that I am not writing this to upset you or be a party pooper, but I believe it’s my responsibility to bring this to the light: It’s of extreme importance to recognise that a very long lineage of our ancestors was not exposed to the toxins that we are ingesting and absorbing on a day to day basis. Our genetic structure is not used to this, and it’s wreaking havoc.

In parallel, statistics show that chronic diseases like cancerdiabetesobesityasthmaAlzheimer’sParkinson’s, and auto-immune conditions (to name a few) have been rapidly growing over the years. Might there be a correlation? Click on your disease of choice to see the data. And please don’t panic, since there are always solutions.

We are all unique and there is no standard formula, but I will share what I believe is fundamental and has worked for many people when it comes to staying baseline healthy, with the intention of preventing illness and living a balanced, enjoyable life.

Before you start experimenting with supplements or making drastic changes in your diet, seek advice from a health professional to make sure that what you want to do will actually benefit you. Supplements should be used with caution, since they can interact with pharmaceuticals, herbs, health conditions and may cause unwanted reactions. The same goes with food.

I must note that I try to avoid pills and anything processed as much as possible as they tend to cause your organs to overwork during the filtration and absorption process. In certain cases, direct forms of supplementation (like isolates, pills or intravenous alternatives) may be necessary for a determined amount of time until balance is reached. Then, continuing with a more pure form of support like whole foods or closer to natural supplementation is ideal.

Boosting the Immune System

A solid immune system will basically keep disease at bay. I personally struggled with my own for a long time but thankfully in not a super dramatic way. At one point, I started getting a fever every time I was on my moon cycle. I thought this was awfully strange, and had to insist doctors to get my blood tested for any and every variable that could be influencing my immunity. After pushing and getting tangible results, I saw that I had quite a big Zinc deficiency. I corrected this in a matter of weeks with the right supplementation, and my immunity problems were basically solved. After this, I never got a fever or sick in any way again. Knowledge is power?

Vitamin C

A safe way to keep your immune system healthy is with regular Vitamin C intake. Because C is a water soluble vitamin, your body excretes the excess (if any) via urine or sweat. This vitamin is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radical damage, protecting and normalizing cell function. In order to add this precious nutrient into your diet, I would recommend eating at least 2 cups of raw C high fruits and vegetables daily, like citrus fruits, sour cherries, berries, papayas, C-high greens, tomatoes and peppers. Always rotate your foods, so that you consume a full spectrum of nutrients (and not just vitamin C :).

If you feel like you still need something extra after having already incorporated this habit for some weeks, I would recommend supplementing with a pure dry super fruit powder, like acerola, camu camu or amla berry. Superfoods have an impressive nutritional density considering their size, in the case of the three fruits just mentioned. It’s a way of consuming less volume while getting more nutrients. You may sprinkle a teaspoon of either of these powders on your fruit bowl, juice, or smoothie daily in order to get the full raw benefits. Make sure the product you buy is from a trusted brand, preferably organic and definitely without fillers. It’s important to support companies that support the earth and want the best for humanity, otherwise we become a part of the toxic loop. Let’s be conscious when we shop.

Digestion

Your intestinal lining contains about 70% of the cells that make up your immune system, which means that in order to pump up your immunity, a healthy digestive system is a must. If your gut is not working properly, it may be difficult for your body to absorb and assimilate nutrients. Sometimes you may feel like you are nourishing yourself properly, but don’t actually experience results.

The modern human’s eating habits, especially the ingestion of sugar, alcohol, processed foods and antibiotics, can greatly distress your gut bacteria, causing dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is a bacterial imbalance in your digestive system, where the “bad” bacteria outgrows the “good” bacteria, creating a dangerous environment that is ideal for illness proliferation. Dysbiosis can also stem from a number of other foods or factors, including stress. This can lead to intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut”, which could be a reason why you wouldn’t be absorbing nutrients properly. Leaky gut also lets the bad guys through and out of your gut, reaching other parts of your body. Medicinal bone broth seals your gut and has many other health benefits.

If you have good digestion and go to the bathroom routinely (1-3 times a day), disposing firm stools, it probably means you live a healthy lifestyle and are good to go. If you have trouble passing stools on a daily basis, it means your digestive system is in distress. What should you do?

There are certain tricks that aid in ridding constipation and get your body functioning the way it should. Firstly, you need to consider adding a lot more hydration and natural fiber into your diet. Greens, apples, berries, coconut meat and coconut water work great, among other fruits and vegetables. Prefer whatever is local and fresh. Also, two tablespoons of overnight ground and soaked flaxseeds every morning inside a glass of water, a veggie and fruit juice or a smoothie will definitely help you get moving in a matter of days or weeks, depending on the severity of the case. Doing regular exercise and moving your body in any way that works for you also shifts things around.

On the other end of the spectrum, if your stools are usually loose or fluid, take a close look at your diet. I would most likely also suggest considering supplementing with a good quality Probiotic for some time. I say good quality because some probiotics could do you more harm than good… Along with your probiotic supplement, make sure you are eating foods containing prebiotic fibre, which will feed your good bacteria, aiding in the creation of a happy and healthy gut colony. Prebiotic fibre can be found in foods like onions, garlic, plantain, bananas and beans. In case you are in urgent trouble, rice and root vegetables are generally safe stool firming options.

If you find you are still having trouble digesting food (a way to know is if you see whole pieces of undigested food in your poop), consider not drinking water before or during your meals, since it dilutes your stomach acid which plays a big role in digestion. You may also eat a small piece of enzyme containing fruit, like apple, pineapple or papaya 20-30 minutes before your meal, or supplement with digestive enzymes instead. Also look into food combining, since combining certain foods groups in one meal makes it very hard for your body to assimilate. Also, your body may not be tolerating specific foods. Only you will know which these are, if they cause reactions during or after consumption.

There are many other conditions that manifest through the digestive system which, since affecting immunity, can propagate pretty much any disease you can imagine. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your gut!

If you have any of the negative symptoms mentioned above, tried my suggestions and are still struggling, don’t stress out. Remember there is always a solution to a problem, and in this case, your unique body may just need tailored support. Do seek for help.

Managing Stress

Stress is the number one disease-causing phenomenon of our time. A stress response in the body causes hormones like cortisol and adrenaline to be secreted, putting us in fight-or-flight mode. This is a very smart reaction, meant to give humans a superboost when in life threatening situations like facing a predator. The main modern-day stressors include work related, economical, relationship and social situations, which usually don’t entail running for our lives. In these cases, cortisol and adrenaline stay circulating in the body, doing things like interrupting lymphatic drainage which leads to stagnation.

Chronic stress is a modern condition that may lead to fatigue, insomnia, extreme irritability, digestive disorders, depression, a weakened immune system, infections, heart disease, neurological conditions, nutrient depletion, etc… As you can see, it can completely throw off your body in absolutely any way. If you noticed, I just mentioned the digestive and immune systems which shows again how everything in our bodies is connected. We are one. If you want to prevent or rid yourself from disease, you need to learn how to deal with stress.

Activities like meditation, yoga and simply deep, conscious breathing prove great results in not only lowering stress levels but generating feelings of connection and peace in individuals. Conscious breathing, for example, is something that can be done at any time in any place, so there is no excuse. We really need to take responsibility of our health.  

Earthing, the contact of your body with the earth, is a fantastic way to recharge your body. Simply walking barefoot on a natural surface works wonders. Bathing yourself in as clean as possible water systems like rivers or the ocean is also therapeutic. At the same time, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air of the outdoors is essential for us biological beings.

The more mindful and centered you are, the less reactive you become to external and uncontrollable incidents around you. Physical therapies like massage and acupuncture are some great ways of relieving tension and giving yourself some love.

Implementing stress management tools will naturally lower your blood pressure, calm your body, calm your mind and generate stability. Create a routine where you incorporate at least one mindful activity in order to keep your stress levels at bay.

If you find you need a little bit of extra support, Magnesium is a great supplement that can help. Try soaking in Epsom salt baths or using a topical magnesium oil on your body. In both cases, the magnesium will be absorbed by your skin and directly into your bloodstream.

There are also several adaptogenic herbs that may support your nervous system, like maca, rhodiola and ashwagandha. Please speak to a health specialist before introducing these potent herbs into your diet.

Movement

Is life. Physical activity, among possessing many benefits, helps in the elimination of stress hormones. It also regulates your metabolism, is energizing, rids toxins off your body, improves your sleep quality, improves immune function, cognitive function, reduces anxiety and depression, osteoporosis, liver disease, and the list goes on.

Sports should be practiced mindfully so as not to cause the body more strain. Especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle, it’s recommended to engage in a physical activity you like at least 3 times a week. Observe how your life changes for the best.

We are made up of vibrations, constantly moving, full of life. Usually, a strong body supports a strong mind, and vice versa. If your body’s energy is stagnant, you will likely not generate positive thoughts. Movement allows the energy in your body to flow, to be changed and released, allowing new, fresh energy in. While dangerous situations create stress hormones, physical activity creates feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine. My favorite benefit? Basically heightening the sensation of wellbeing.

Last but not least, it is proven that human connection and a supportive social circle will greatly influence your health. Universal connectedness and the sense of belonging makes us feel whole and is protective of neurodegenerative damage. Spend time with those who smile, with those you admire and uplift you. Share your love, shine your light and don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Be yourself.

I hope you have found this baseline self-care information useful. Depending on your lifestyle and environment, you will require specific and unique nourishment. Don’t hesitate to reach out to someone you trust if you ever feel like something might be off. Remember that awareness is key. To recap: make sure you are getting enough crucial vitamins and minerals, eat whole, fresh foods on a daily basis, hydrate, include stress-relieving and physical activities routinely, share with loved ones and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

I am available for one-to-one programs and can support you to feel your best. I will always guide you with proposals that will best suit your needs, and redirect you to professionals that may be able to support you through a more relevant field that may not be my practice, respecting and honoring you as an individual.

Love,

Bianca

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