Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
May 16, 2021 [printfriendly]
In Part 1 last week, I used the metaphor that we swim in a polluted sea. I suggested that our environment is killing us slowly. The sea could seal the fate of those who refuse to be proactive and reactive.
The bright light is that there are solutions. And they are simple. But their implementation is complex.
My 10 Solutions
Ideally, the residents of the polluted sea need to swim out of their environment and into fresh, clean water. Individuals need to give their body what it requires and remove everything that is damaging. Those who want to regain and maintain health must choose a different sea in which to swim.
A metaphorically healthy sea would consist of all the nutrients and lifestyle choices that support your body and would avoid potentially toxic substances and irritants that could hinder your health. This new environment would improve the responsiveness of your immune system and create metabolic flexibility.
Here is my vision of an unpolluted sea. It consists of my 10 solutions. Some may be more important than others. But in my opinion, they work in synergy. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts:
- Nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods
- Natural spring water
- A robust gut
- Strong cells with functional mitochondria
- Healthy sun exposure
- Restorative sleep
- Efficient exercise
- Stress reduction
- Effective oral hygiene
- Consciousness of the mind, body, spirit connection
Let’s get started.
All healthy diets exclude:
- Added sugars and excess carbs
- Emulsifiers, preservatives, dyes, and other chemicals
- Over-processed seed and vegetable oils
- Trans fats, hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated fats
- Anti-nutrients in specific plants that will harm the gut microbiome and the gut lining
I have created my Better Belly Blueprint that embraces an eating lifestyle of at least 70% animal-based foods and less than 30% of selected plants with minimal anti-nutrients (i.e. phytates, lectins, and oxalates).
Animals must be pastured, fed no chemicals, and raised humanely. Eat from nose-to-tail, which includes their muscle meat, saturated fats, organs, and collagenous parts. Practically all the nutrients your body requires are in nose-to-tail eating.
If you would like to see some of my original recipes, click on Better Belly Blueprint Recipes.
Probably this is one of the most underrated yet essential nutrients for our body. I wrote about water in my article on Hydration & BUN. And one of the best sources of pure water is the natural and unfiltered spring waters that are replete with trace minerals and the energy the sun bestows on the chemical and electrical properties of water. They should be bottled in glass.
Much medical research today is uncovering the immense importance of our gut for overall health and wellness. We must …
- Maintain an intact gut lining
- Improve the integrity of the mucous layer
- Establish a high diversity, quantity, and quality of individual species of beneficial bacteria
One method to improve the gut microbiome is to ingest spore-based probiotics. Studies show that these unique bacteria are resistant to stomach acid, germinate in the gut, produce beneficial chemicals (metabolites), enhance the growth of other commensal bacteria, and assist in the repair of the gut epithelial barrier.
In addition, specific immunoglobulins, which can be introduced into the gut, will bind to toxic elements and hasten repair of the mucous layer and gut epithelial lining.
I published a mini-eBook explaining the interactions of the gut with chronic disease. In my publication, Is Your Gut Killing You?, I cite 295 peer-reviewed medical articles.
#4: Strong Cells with Functional Mitochondria
So far, a healthy diet, unfiltered natural spring water, and a robust gut will provide the elements for efficient and effective cells. But there is another force that can improve the cell membranes and the production of ATP. It is based on the magnetic field of the Earth.
The Earth’s magnetic field ranges from 26 to 66 micro-Tesla. Tesla is the measurement of the strength or intensity of a magnetic field and incorporates the amplitude of the wave frequencies.
The wave frequencies on Earth “speak” to all cells of the body – restoring proper electrical balance, healthy cell membranes, blood circulation and oxygenation, and mitochondrial function. Walking on natural ground with bare feet (i.e., grounding) helps transmit this energy into your body.
If there were no Earth’s magnetic field, various illnesses would occur. For example, beyond the Earth’s atmosphere there is a significant reduction in electromagnetic forces. NASA learned early that there was biological harm to their astronauts from the loss of the Earth’s magnetic field in outer space. To compensate for the medical damage that was done, NASA began to equip their space capsules and space suits with electromagnetic field generators to simulate the natural magnetic fields on Earth. These generators produced an average of 50 micro-Tesla.
Another way for you to improve cellular function would be to use Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy with a full body mat. This is what I do to assist with healthy cellular membranes and mitochondria.
My mat specifically runs at a maximum of 40 micro-Tesla with filters to remove any voltage spikes or damaging electromagnetic fields. This German-made mat produces frequencies from 0.1 – 10,000 Hz in harmonic wave patterns. I incorporate a specific PEMF protocol three times a day, which I describe in my Unconventional Cancer Protocols.
#5: Healthy Sun Exposure
Our main source of Vitamin D is the Vitamin D3 that is created in the skin from exposure to sunlight. We also get some Vitamin D2 from a few foods in our diet. When we have inadequate blood levels of Vitamin D, we can improve them through dietary supplements. But for Vitamin D to function properly, it requires various “helper” nutrients, which include Vitamin K2, Vitamin A, magnesium, boron, and zinc.
Vitamin D3 and Vitamin D2 enter the circulation and eventually are converted into “25 Hydroxy Vitamin D” (the inactive form of Vitamin D) by the liver. This is basically our “storage pile” of Vitamin D. This inactive form returns to the circulation and reaches the kidneys where it is transformed into “1,25 Dihydroxy Vitamin D” (the active form) as it is needed.
The active form of Vitamin D acts on bones, the intestine, and kidneys to regulate the level of calcium and phosphorus in our blood.
It also has many other functions in the human body. Vitamin D regulates cell differentiation, cell maturation and the innate immune system. It affects up to 10% of our genetic activity and improves the resistance against certain diseases including cancer.
Another benefit is that it enhances the diversity of microbes in the gut as well as increases the variety of beneficial species.
Your blood level goal for 25 Hydroxy Vitamin D should be no less than 40-60 ng/ml. Toxicity usually does not occur until the blood level is above 125 ng/ml.
#6: Restorative Sleep
Your body relies on circadian rhythms. These are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle. They are natural processes that respond primarily to light and dark.
The cycle of circadian rhythms regulates the biological clocks that are the natural timing devices for many of our body’s functions such as:
- Hormone release
- Eating habits and digestion
- Body temperature
- Sleep patterns
Most people can optimize their circadian rhythms by sleeping about 7-8 hours a night. The ideal time to go to bed is between the hours of 9 PM to 11 PM. Also, make the room dark, cool, and quiet for a better night’s sleep.
#7: Efficient Exercise
Your body requires movement. This includes simple movements as well as complex movements. To “work” your body efficiently, you should include a combination of:
- Brief, high-intensity interval training once every 7-10 days
- Aerobic exercise 1-2 days a week
- Strength training 1-2 days a week
- Non-exercise movements every day
#8: Stress Reduction
Meditate; practice yoga; try diaphragmatic breathing; and experiment with progressive, total body muscle relaxation.
Continuous emotional stress will damage the gut microbiome and cause “leaky gut”, which will lead to significant and ongoing chronic systemic inflammation. This will tax the immune system to the extent that the immune system will be compromised and unable to mount an aggressive attack when needed to destroy serious invading pathogens.
I published this article in November 2020 that shows the damage emotional stress can cause in an otherwise healthy mouth.
#9: Effective Oral Hygiene
Your gut bacteria and your mouth bacteria “talk” back and forth. Your gut must be healthy, and your mouth must be healthy. Infection and inflammation from the gut and mouth can enter the blood system, travel along nerve fibers, and infiltrate tissue fluids to contribute to chronic disease. If there are any irritants in your mouth, they must be treated appropriately.
To make sure your mouth stays healthy, you need to have a personal oral hygiene regimen. This includes brushing your teeth at the gum margins, flossing and cleaning the surfaces between each of your teeth, and scraping the topside of your tongue to remove odor forming bacteria and microscopic food remnants. I’ve published a detailed PDF that explains the 4 Steps to a Healthy Mouth.
#10: Consciousness of the mind, body, spirit connection
We are more than just the food we eat, our individual cells, and our environment. We are our thoughts and emotions, our physical bodies, and our spirituality. No part of our body functions like an island unto itself. Our mind, body, and spirit are intertwined and determine our health, make us who we are, and guide us to our purpose in life.
Connect the Dots
I stated earlier that there are solutions.
Basically, they are simple and available to us if we take the time to gather them together.
But the implementation is complex. A proactive person must research and act upon the elements I just discussed. There is no magic pill; it takes dedication to swim out of the polluted sea into fresh, clean waters. But the ultimate outcome will be transformative and regenerative.
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