What lives inside you?
There are many trillions of microbial organisms living in and on our bodies, outnumbering our own cells 3 to 1. We have battled them for years, with antibiotics and disinfectants.
We have systematically poisoned the healthy organisms in our guts with processed foods, over farming, heat treatment, smoke and alcohol. Then there are the atmospheric elements that unless we lived inside a spacesuit we simply cannot escape them #pollution.
However, doing something about it is not a lost cause, as we get to know the bacteria in our Microbiome better, a lot turn out to be our allies. The question is how do we strengthen them and increase their population?
Recently I was lucky enough to attend an event and listen to a GP talk about the impact an unhealthy Microbiome can have on a human beings’ health and well-being. What he said was fascinating.
Here’s some headlines to grab your attention, take two bags of sugar and place one on top of the other, carry it around for a few minutes and get the feel of what you have in your hands, that’s what your microbiome weighs.
If you could liquify a human as we see in some “Sci-Fi” movies you would end up with 10% liquid the other 90% would be your Microbiome.
Another key message that day was that the NHS cannot survive in its present format here’s why?
- NHS Cost up
- Age demand up we have an ageing population so more people are relying on the NHS.
- Capacity down, the number of available beds has been halved in the past 30 years. Therefore, the NHS is unsustainable in its current format.
Other statistics that will hit the NHS hard are:
26.9% of the people in the UK are obese we are now number 1 in Europe. Obesity costs will rise from £14b to £25b by 2025 by 2030 45% of the UK will be obese, and just think that only 7% were obese in 1987.
Type 2 Diabetes. The news today is that the number of adults living with type 2 diabetes, a preventable and curable disease has now doubled.
- 1996 1.4m
- 2017 4.0m
- By 2025 it will reach 5.0m almost 10% of the UK Population, and today they take up 1 in 7 beds in the NHS and costs today £12b per annum. Therefore, there is a need for a stepped change in care and how we tackle illnesses. All illnesses not just diabetes.
Recently much has been written about the Microbiome so much so that this is now hitting main stream media, TV, Radio and I’m sure that not a day passes where someone somewhere, a health journalist or health guru hasn’t published an article or referred to healthy bugs in the gut.
What they are all claiming is simple “fix the gut fix the problem” but what do they really mean by this? What they seem to be saying is this: an unhealthy gut can cause some of the biggest killers on the planet today and many of the diseases that modern day humans and medicine are struggling to combat effectively. These include but are not limited to:
Diabetes which has now doubled in the UK and is our “new” health crisis.
Auto-Immune disorders and many more.
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a Dr-a PHD in nutrition, she has spent years researching this subject and we have agreed to collaborate on a trial.
You see back in 2004 I suffered a heart attack followed by triple bypass surgery, I was just 46 when this occurred but the progression of the disease had started many years earlier.
So, I have a purpose, to make sure that I get in the best shape I can and reduce my risk of a second heart attack and make sure my 1-10 chance of becoming a type 2 diabetic is greatly improved.
Over the course of the next 21 days (today being day 1) I will share with you my daily diary which will include what I eat, what I drink and what supplements I have used.
I will share my starting weight and measures and my daily blood pressure at the end of this post.
So, who should be reading this? Well I would like to think everyone who wants to be empowered to take their health in their hands and not leave things to either chance or a buckling NHS.
If you suffer from heart disease or have a history in your family, then please read and share this. Anyone who has a problem losing weight, like me, this will be my journey back to being fighting fit at 60 years of age.
Diabetics and anyone with an auto-immune disease, we may not be able to cure you, but we might have something or someone that can help.
I would like to give a shout out to another person whom I met at the same event the founder and CEO of UK HEALTH RADIO Mr Johann Ilgenfritz CEO. Now in their second year and have 300,000 unique listeners. Johann has an amazing personal story I would urge you to visit the web site at UK HEALTH RADIO and listen to his story.
This is UK Health Radio’s very worthy purpose taken from their web site.
UK Health Radio is a health information Station with the most in-depth information on the widest range of health and wellness topics – available anywhere today. We present our information through our radio schedule that now boasts 28 health shows that air 24/7. All our presenters are specialists in their fields and frequently interview guests that are, once again, specialists in the subjects being discussed.
On UK Health Radio you will find solutions to health & well-being problems you have and don’t want, OR results that you want and don’t have. So, in other words, prevention and cure but with a big emphasis on prevention and a very big Call to Action when you must cure. Many of us (and I was one of them) don’t realise that in MOST and I stress MOST cases, Good Health is a choice and UK Health Radio delivers the information and motivation to be able to make that choice.
So, at 5′ 7.5″ my starting weight: 214lbs BMI: 33.1 BODY FAT: 42.6 BODY WATER: 39.9 Waist: 48 inches Blood Pressure: 129/85 CASP: 117 (Central Blood Pressure) I will update this at the end of each week.
Although this is a 21 day purify plan this is a lifestyle change for me, so I will be carrying on until I hit my target weight of 178lbs. But I will be posting my daily diary for the next 21 days.
Day 1 Food Diary:
- Warm H2 Lemon Water
- Therapeutic Smoothie
- 3 x Probiotics
- 2 x Microbiome Detox
- 2 x L-Arginine
- 1/2 Apple and small piece of cheese
- Pea Protein Shake with Almond Milk and veg (Beets and Kale)
- 1/2 Apple and small piece of cheese
- Lean steak mince chilli with leeks and mushrooms
Because of the freezing weather caused by the “Beast from the East” I missed my steps target for today, tomorrow I will be trying to get things back on track.
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