“When do I draw the short straw in the lifestyle diseases lottery?”
This question is put wrong. The right question should be, “What can I do to keep myself healthy?”
We cannot rewrite our DNA. We can adjust our lifestyle and our daily patterns, so they do not trigger a particular disease which each of us has a hereditary tendency to develop. That is the only way we can influence and control lifestyle diseases.
Modern research shows that systemic inflammation is the source of many lifestyle diseases. These diseases are well known – asthma, cancer, diabetes one and two, autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative dementia diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, overweight, osteoporosis and many others.
Stress as a common trigger
We think that these are very different illnesses, but they all have a common trigger. The trigger is stress over an extended period. I’m not talking about that type of stress commonly talked about, namely mental stress. We also subject to other forms of stress. Stress from faulty nutrition. Stress in the form of toxic substances. Stress from contaminated food or contaminated air. Stress from high tempo and high expectations.
When stress becomes chronic, our immune system becomes overworked – in a state of constant alertness. Inflammation, which is the first response of the immune system, thus also becomes a chronic condition.
Under the circumstances, the body cannot detoxify itself. The body cannot create good blood flow. Lymph flow becomes clogged, many simultaneous systemic disorders occur in the body.
We overlook danger signals
If we are to try to work on disease prevention, you must first understand how physiology works and then we must create sensitivity to the things that threaten our health. How can we protect ourselves from psychological stress? How can we protect ourselves from bad nutrition? How can we learn to listen to the signals that the body sends us without repeatedly ignoring them? For all of this is what we often do.
If we were better at listening to those signals, the genetic code would not respond to inducing symptoms to which we are particularly disposed.
We are susceptible to various diseases, but it’s always the same thing that triggers our genes, namely stress caused by inappropriate lifestyle or the whole chain of inappropriate and prolonged loading.
Awareness and knowledge
Throughout the complete range of courses that we have developed in the Sakharoff Protocol, you work intensively to understand physiology and how we translate this understanding into practical daily exercises.
Concerning lifestyle diseases, we have substantial and well-documented knowledge of which stressors are at play. Two of the most significant stressors are what we eat and how we breathe. Both of these have changed substantially over the past two centuries.
We have faulty respiration
85% of people in the Western world suffer from CHVS, Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome. It’s about responding to increasing our breathing volume in response to chronic stress. Then the gas balance changes in the lungs and the blood, the pH drops in the tissues which is due to too much lactic acid production in the tissues.
It’s not just because we consume acidic foods; mainly it is because we breathe incorrectly due to stress response. This highly overlooked mechanism causes systemic inflammation and therefore disease. We can change these breathing patterns with daily moderated training and attention, which is an integral part of all Sakharoff Lifesaver courses.
We eat too much and too badly
Another important aspect is what we put in our mouth. In this context, the sensitivity to notice is: “Am I satiated, am I full up?”
More often than not we overeat because we are not sensitive enough to listen to our body’s signals. Another aspect we overlook is that we get the body used to eating wrongly.
A modern diet is mainly composed of inflammatory and inflammation amplifying foods,Refined carbohydrates – bread, flour, flour products, cookies, ingredients in almost all processed food. Sugar, glucose, and HCFS/ high fructose corn syrup which is an ingredient of a lot of foods and drinks.
Trans fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids and hydrogenated oils, most are both inflammatory and directly carcinogenic and also exacerbate the symptoms of asthma.
We are moving in the wrong way
There are other things in our lifestyle that increase our exposure to systemic inflammation and lifestyle diseases.
We sit too much during the day and move to little. In our courses we integrate exercise and motion in everyday life, from morning to evening so that it won’t only be a single hour in the fitness centre, after hours of sedentary work.
Some people move a lot. They run every day. They perform fitness training, but nevertheless, end up getting sick. Perhaps they’ve overtrained. Probably they have hyperventilated.
Under all circumstances the body’s signals have been repeatedly ignored. In the course, we aim to adapt motion and training individually, we moderate motion in order to ensure your health.
Our eating times are not adjusted to promote health and fit our sleep patterns. In the course we also work on changing these patterns, so we get better sleep and better restitution.
We can do better
When you sign up for a free trial of four weeks, you will get a deeper insight. Exactly in week four, you will get a deeper insight as to how to prevent diseases by adjusting your daily routines slightly, your way of exercising, your eating habits, your sleeping habits and your working habits.
Habits are some of the hardest things in life to change. Therefore all Sakharoff courses are built on the principle of small, doable and sustainable steps.
Learning to change lifestyle and control lifestyle diseases takes time, and it requires many small steps, quite a lot of focus and a lot of support. All this we give ourselves and each other on courses and in the weekly Question & Answer sessions.