The “consumption function” for animals, and for human beings, includes breathing fresh air, drinking clean water and eating fresh seasonal foods. Living today or millions of years ago requires energy and nutrients to live and reproduce. Our biochemistry is the effect of an internal genetic homeostasis, like an enterprising measuring scale, maintaining a balance. Eating provides water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and many other vital substances. The cells need these ingredients to function in the “healthy” state. Adequate cell nutrition fuels their cellular work, maintenance, and repair. Our body is a microcosmic reflection of our evolutionary Earth. We are water beings, the result of living on a water planet. Each meal contributes to the body’s watery environment, supplying the blood with fresh daily nourishment. The blood and interstitial fluid is a microscopic ocean, which circulates to where our trillions of body cells live. This nutrient dense “colloidal” water supports every cell, which needs to drink from these circulating pools 24/7. The carbohydrates become glucose, the fats digest to glycerol and free fatty acids and the proteins break down into amino acids. These basic elements and so many other “building block” components from our diet participate in our body’s everyday metabolism. Every cell requires these fundamentals and as long as every nutrient pool is present, our heart pumped blood maintains our biophysical well-being. In the academic science of biology, the “law of the minimums” is the rate-limiting factor for the growth, development, and maintenance of biological life. These normal cellular physiological functions of an animal are “dependent” upon its food supply. Energy and nutrients are “minimums” only when a body is almost empty of them. If there is a deficiency of a nutrient for a physiological demand, our biological activities encounter a biochemical imbalance. Organic life is a long chain of metabolic equations in action, powered by Nature’s food chain. If one reaction slows or stops because of a nutrient deficiency, it affects the whole body. The brain corrects these imbalances with a craving. When the body needs water, we are thirsty, when we need nutrients, we are hungry and if we run away from danger, we breathe faster. Our daily food consumption feeds our trillions of cells, and with an abundance of metabolic processes, our cells produce pounds of toxic waste products, which need to be rapidly excreted.
The “elimination function” removes any non-nutritive material, found in our circulating blood stream and cellular fluids. Eliminating functions are about cellular activities, which produce waste products; expired cells, microorganisms, and their by-products are also considered waste products. Our health is a dynamic balancing act between “consuming” energy and nutrients and “eliminating” non-nutritive waste and toxic materials. An illness happens when our internal scale tips, going off center, caused by excesses of non-biological pollutants juxtaposed to deficiencies in planetary energy and nutrients, which are not abundant in our processed food eating lifestyle. The only control we have, of our intestinal health and the digestive process, comes from the fiber content, present in the unprocessed plant foods we utilize. Animal foods do not come with indigestible fiber. Plant food fiber has no nutritional value; the “roughage function” works only in the gastrointestinal tract, cleansing the digestive system. Everyday we eat foods and everyday some of our foods are digested and some not. The chief function of the unprocessed fibers in our diet is to push the undigested food through the intestines, to a quick exit. Undigested foods will ferment and putrefy in our small and large intestines if they spend too much time there. Transit time is the number of hours it takes a food to travel from one end to the other. Eat a cup or more of raw red beets in a salad; chew every bit completely and then note the time. Determine how long it takes to see a beet color in the stool. An herbivore’s diet is plant-based; their food is plant matter with all its fibers. A good transit time for a human herbivore is 12-18 hours. Fiber acts like a skin brush, using friction to remove the dead cells, lining the intestines. The inner intestinal skin, the outer integument skin, and the lung skin shed their outer layers constantly. These skins are the largest surface area of the body for the elimination of toxins and cellular waste. There are so many reactions going on in our intestinal tract, from the digestive absorption of nutrients to the indigestive stresses of sugar fermentation and protein putrefaction. Every cell in our body produces an acidic waste. This acid pollution clashes with our alkaline biochemistry and an alarm goes off when there is an imbalance. It’s our immune response, reacting to the toxic acidity; our elimination of toxins is not keeping up with the body’s workload. A chronic condition arises and the biggest “thorn” in this equation is, a “slow moving” digestive tract with a poor “transit time.” There are many contributing factors to excessive acidity. Consuming refined and processed food-like substances is probably the largest inflammatory factor. The “elimination function” equals the “consumption function” because both are collectively important to each other. These two interdependent sides together are the natural order of any biological life. Both halves require energy and nutrients for keeping their cellular environments nourished and clean. This coexisting “fuel to exhaust” physiological “balance” is the “principal determinant” for a healthy disease-free and robust life.
“Constipation” is caused by poor fiber diets and is associated with many degenerative diseases, especially colon cancer. The undigested foods are covered with microorganisms; if the decaying food hangs out in the intestines too long, consequences happen. I don’t think any of the microbial floras in our guts are good or bad. Each has a function and each an “effect” of the substrates they are growing and culturing on. Constipation is the “sign” and “symptom” of a cork, building up in the intestines because bacterial plaques are forming on the walls. This narrows the intra-luminal space of our intestinal tract and only a high plant-based “fiber” diet, titrated over a gradual period of time, heals this intestinal condition. The truth is, the healthy planetary lifestyle creates the physiological and biochemical environment for a self-healing, no matter what the disease is called. This natural evolutionary way is abundant in raw energy, nutrients, and the fiber to keep an animal’s body healthy. When we turn our backs to this planetary lifestyle, there are dire consequences. Constipation means, our major sewer system for bodily waste disposal is clogging up. When this happens, our alkaline biochemistry, our microscopic watery environments around every cell, is changing in composition and pH. Our microscopic alkaline ocean is becoming saturated with acidic waste and toxic materials. The “physiological pH” of our body’s microscopic ocean is 7.4 in pH, which is an average in a limited “living” range. If waste products are not eliminated, they pollute our bodies and affect the basic metabolism. At a certain point, the inflammatory process is triggered; this is our immune response and our self-healing process. If the causes of the acidic conditions are not stopped, chronic inflammation roots, becoming these modern degenerative diseases. “Acidosis” is a general term for a chronic acidic condition. Acidosis is a major player in “toxemia” and the constipation of the body. From “acid reflux” to “weight gains” and obesity, chronic inflammatory degenerative diseases are the effects of an imbalance in our alkaline pH biochemistry.
Storing toxins in the body causes obesity and obesity is not a good direction in life
“Inflammation” is the first step in our body’s self-healing process. Acids will burn our tissues and when there is an injury, on or in our bodies, the immune response is localized inflammation with pain, heat, swelling, and redness in the area. Chronic inflammations are serious conditions and if the causes are not determined and removed, they lead towards loss of physiological function in different tissues of the body. Taking antacids or anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs may stop the symptoms of inflammation; they will not eliminate the causes and only add to the stress of an already polluted bodily biochemistry. There are so many consequences of carrying “excess weight,” which Henry Bieler MD in his book, “Food Is Your Best Medicine,” calls “toxic bloat” and not stored food calories into excess fat. Obesity is associated with many serious physical maladies. I remember as a boy in the 1950’s, there was one very obese kid in my fifth-grade class. We were friends and he told me he had a “glandular condition,” causing his 300 lbs of weight. One day, I saw what he ate for lunch; it was clear to me, he was the cause of his weight by the kinds and amount of the food-like products he was eating. Natural diets can be inflammatory as witnessed by the Neanderthals and their evolutionary anatomy. New scientific theories about Neanderthals explain their evolutionary development. Migrating to the coldest regions of Earth, they evolved into a carnivorous lifestyle. The Neanderthals had bigger brains, larger torsos, wider pelvises, bigger liver and kidneys than Homo sapiens. They may have been stressing their bodies with too much protein, forcing adaptation and evolving over time their descriptive anatomy. In colder environments, more energy is needed, requiring more oxygen; this manifests bigger lungs and rib cages. With animals, low in fat, for prey, the Neanderthals only source of energy and nutrients became depended upon protein. We know today, heavy diets in animal products put a higher demand on our liver and kidneys, which detoxify and remove the metabolites and by-products of protein degradation. The biochemical nutritional concept of a “protein ceiling” contends a diet with 35% to 50% protein is dangerous for human beings. Autointoxication can have two extremes of toxemia; one is skinny and the other obese. Following the diet promoted by Dr. Robert Atkins may have gotten a person skinny; was the hyper-driven catabolic stress to the liver and the kidneys worth it? Storing toxins in the body, becoming obese, is the other extreme of toxemia; from there, the directions are not pretty either.
What do you think?