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Are Diet & Exercise The Most Important Things You Can Be Doing?

The body has a hierarchy of needs. A hierarchy of things without which it will die.

A lot of these we know about from birth.

  • We can go for years without exercise.
  • We can go for months without food.
  • We can go for about a week without sleep.
  • We can go for a few days without water.
  • We can go for a few minutes without oxygen.

If we want to affect a system, the higher up the hierarchy we go the more control we can exert over that system. (Think about a river, the closer to the source you can divert it, the easier it is to divert and the greater effect you can have on its route)

Most people, when they are looking at health look at diet and exercise, and these are hugely important parts of the chain. However in the list of priorities we have just built we can see they are the LEAST important.

Sleep, water and oxygen are all MUCH higher up in the hierarchy and so have MUCH more power to affect human health.

There are systems even higher than these in the hierarchy, systems such as immune function and ATP production. And if we can control those systems we never really need to worry about anything else.

So why is no one talking about these systems?

Hell, why have most of us have never even considered them?

To give you an idea of how important this is.

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is THE fuel of the human body, every single chemical reaction inside your body is powered by it, if you were to run out, you would die in seconds.

A very clever chap named Blackstock calculated that we synthesise our body weight in ATP every day. Just think about that for a second…where the hell do we get the resources to create that much ATP every single day, especially given that we only eat a kilo or 2 of food a day at most?

The answer is Oxygen.

And now you start to understand why this hierarchy is so important.

When we look at the health and fitness industry you can see we’ve been obsessed by the 2 systems at the bottom of the hierarchy for the last 70 years. Isn’t it time we started looking higher up the hierarchy? At the systems which can have a HUGE effect on health once we get leverage over them.

Lets take a deeper look at one of those systems now.

Let me ask you a question, what’s the back up system for food?

If you said fat you are correct.

What’s the back up system for oxygen?

Not so well known is it? The answer is HIF-1.

Basically HIF-1 enters in to the cytoplast of the cell and does the job of oxygen in the absence of oxygen. The problem comes when it’s there for too long. When it stabilises and passes into the cell nucleus.

2 things happen at this point:

  1. It causes certain genes to be expressed which are primarily responsible for angiogenesis (growing new blood vessels). Sounds good right? Wrong, this is what cancer needs.
  2. Oxygen re uptake injury. This occurs when we have a load of stabilised HIF-1 in the cell, because we stopped breathing momentarily . Then we take a breath and have a huge intake of oxygen (which is a free radical) which in these quantities damages the cell and the surrounding tissue causing wide spread inflammation, and we’ve all know what that does. This is exactly what is happening many times a night if you have sleep apnea.

You may be thinking well I don’t snore, I don’t have Apnea…and I hear you, but HIF-1 increases naturally as we age.

So we need to be clearing it regularly if we are to avoid its effects.

We can do this with certain breathing exercises. This is one they use for COVID patients as it’s so effective at getting oxygen in and HIF-1 out, it’s also super simple:

  • Lie on your front with your hands under your chin and breath in and out deeply for 1-2 minutes
  • Roll over on to your side and breath in the same way
  • Roll onto your other side and do the same
  • Roll on to your back and do the same.

You’ve just cleared a load of HIF-1 from your system.

If you were to do this 3 times a week for a next few months you’d see a noticeable improvement in your health.

On the (No) Tantrum Program I’ll teach you exactly how to control these systems at the very top of the hierarchy so you can build health quickly and effortlessly even if you’ve got zero spare time. You can get started here >>

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