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The food we eat affects the way the body repairs. Our new Grow a New Body program identifies the essential superfoods that promote vitality, detoxify the body, and repair the brain. And the good news is we can start doing it ourselves!
You can’t grow a new body on junk food but it can be hard to break the cycle. That’s why this powerful formula for healing could not have come at a better time, given the widespread prevalence of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, and other diseases of modern civilization.
In his new book Grow A New Body, Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. takes us back to sensible eating and lifestyle choices with the promise that we can have a health span that equals our life span. We can recover from a lifetime of poor choices and grow a healthy new body. We don’t need an MD to make it happen, we can do it ourselves.
It’s not just a catchy phrase, it is possible. We know that because we already grew a body once before; all of it, head to toe grew from an egg and a sperm following careful instructions. To grow a new one, all we have to do is switch on those same coded instructions.
If you need further evidence, consider that surgeons know they can remove 80 percent of a person’s liver, and it will grow back within two months. You grow a completely new heart every 15 years, your bones are only two years old, your lungs and skin are around two to four weeks old, and your intestines have changed all their cells within the last three days.
So what should we eat to keep illnesses at bay and break into our DNA where the instructions to grow a new body are stored?
Debunking the myths
What we’re about to tell you might fly in the face of the modern-day mealtime, so do your own research around some of the following principles.
Firstly don’t eat all the time! Unlike most diets that tell you what to eat, intermittent fasting focuses on when to eat. Intermittent fasting (abstaining from food for short periods of time) is used as a way to turn on the fat-burning systems and repair mechanisms, while bringing about detoxification at a cellular level. It triggers the production of stems cells in the brain and in every organ of the body, while awaking the higher neural networks that allow us to have an experience of Spirit and connection. In just 24 hours, the production of the human growth hormone increases by 1,500 percent, repairing tissues and cells.
Think twice about animal protein. For the last few thousand years, animal protein has been a staple of the human diet. The last few decades have been crammed full of diets telling us to restrict carbs. But today meat is at the center of its own food fight. Wherever you stand on animal cruelty and climate change, the fact is your body does not need protein every day. Our ancestors were hunter-gatherers who ate all their protein at once when they had a good day of hunting. They feasted and fasted, cycling their protein consumption.
The skinny on fats. Your body will not allow you to burn your own fat stores until you eliminate the toxins that are stored there. It will take a few days for your body to remember how to burn fats, as you have been running your metabolic engine on sugars for a long time. Once you switch on the fat-burning furnaces, stick to good fats such as Omega-3 rich foods, avocados, olive oil and nuts (no peanuts). You will notice that brain fog will begin to clear, your muscle mass will increase, and you will naturally start losing weight.
Love your greens. A plant-based diet (nutrient-dense, calorie-poor) will switch on more than 500 genes that create health and switch off more than 200 genes that create cancers. Cruciferous veg such as kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower are loaded fiber and rich in vitamins C, E and K. Avoid too many root vegetables that are rich in sugar.
Get off the gluten. The wheat we eat today is not the wheat people ate 75 years ago. Grains have become toxic to many of us, and our grain-rich diets do more than damage the gut. The lining of the intestines is only one cell thick, and the gluten in grain can pry open the tight junctions in the gut wall. If the wall becomes “leaky,” undigested food fragments and bacteria can slip through the gut lining and into the bloodstream. The liver and kidneys go into overdrive to process the toxins in the bloodstream and toxins may even end up passing through the blood-brain barrier. The effects of leaky gut syndrome on the brain can be dramatic and far-reaching: headaches, brain fog, poor concentration, and short-term memory loss are common symptoms. Many “senior moments” are due to leaky gut. The best way to repair a leaky gut and reverse the toxin overload that leads to it is twofold: eliminate sugar and gluten from your diet and replenish the friendly intestinal bacteria.
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