Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Why am I So Fit, but Still Dying?

It astonishes me all the time especially when I am out running and you get into these long conversations with people. First of all, I am astonished that I am even alive right now having not suffered from a heart attack earlier in my life-my pre-vegan life.  Also surprised that I am not diabetic, suffering from cancer (knock on wood).  What exactly astonishes me? The fact that so many fit people are dying or on their way. An example would be that I have run with two people recently who told me they were on statins (cholesterol medicine) but that their doctors told them they were fine.

They say good diet and exercise will keep you living long and thriving. The bigger issue is that even as athletes and fitness gurus, most people don't know what a "healthy diet" is.  The world is riddled with advice and information, but it is also riddled with advertising and marketing schemes. The very universities that award diplomas in the medical, health, and fitness arenas are often educating with information and research that is supports the interests of companies who will make money from that research, and from the thousands of individuals who graduate and preach the information.

Athletes-especially runners- are often discussing "recovery" drinks, meals, and methods. What is the best bodily Pre-Run meal, and Post-Run recovery meal? I know of a situation with a women's training group where the Registered Dietitian guest was saying that chocolate milk was the best recovery drink. Imagine that. In a group of women, telling them that a dairy product was best, when diary products have  huge cancer connections in women-especially breast cancer.  Here's a link that summarizes http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/newsfromnci/2006/winsbreaststudy, but there are more thorough abstracts you will find.

Two things:
1. The evidence on what helps your body to best stay in shape and remain cancer free, heart disease free and diabetes free is that of a plant-based, whole-food diet. Apoptosis, or the pre-programmed suicide of cancer cells lessens with the consumption of meat and dairy. Mostly because it is causing so much inflammation that your body will not keep up. In addition, you will gain weight even if exercising. If you don't gain weight, your body will break down sooner and give in to all sorts of ailments. Aside from the three mentioned, you could be looking at osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, all sorts of digestive issues or muscular degenerative issues. Consuming meat products raises your chances of your body reproducing cancerous cells. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-it-the-diet-the-exercise-or-both/

2. Exercise actually damages your DNA too.  That is why immediate recovery meals are important. We need to make sure they are the good meals which optimize the body's ability to remove the damaged tissues and cells. Have you ever noticed that you are really susceptible to colds after hard workouts? Well that is because your immune system is down. Evidence on how a plant-based diet greatly, significantly reduces the damage done from exercise and maximizes your building of good cells and DNA. Here is a link to volume 14 of Dr. Michael Greger's work which discusses this. http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/07/11/new-dvd-on-the-latest-in-nutrition-all-proceeds-to-charity/
and their are a ton of other articles at his website which discuss this. Broccoli is your friend in this one, as well as collard greens like Kale.

If you want to learn more about how to cook the right foods, how to stock you kitchen, and how to thrive as you age, visit my wife's page and sign up for one of her classes. FOOD FOR LIFE.

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