Bart’s Blog

February 19, 2022

Bart’s top 5 health strategies: 

Intermittent fasting:

Many people use intermittent fasting for weight loss. Typically, after 12 hours of not eating the body starts going into ketosis. This, simply put, is when fat is converted more directly into ketones. Ketones, then, is what fuels the body during the fast, thus promoting weight loss. While this can be a sole motivator for people, I, on the other hand, look at it from a point of view of healing. As we consume food throughout the day, our bodies are diverting all the necessary resources to digest the food in our digestive track. By stretching out the period between meals 12 hours and beyond, this gives our body a chance to start rebalancing, healing and detoxing.

Morning tonic:

Many of us rely on caffeinated beverages first thing in the morning to get us going, such as coffee. Besides caffeine giving us an instant wakeup call in the morning, it also starts our digestive system for the day. This takes about 20 mins on average. Once the digestive system is started, that is when you feel fully awake. What if I told you that you can reach a similar wake up stage in 20 mins with a morning tonic as you would in 5 minutes with coffee? Also, instead of acidifying your body with coffee, you are alkalinizing it with the morning tonic. This tonic should be taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Furthermore, if you are fasting, it has minimum if any effect on breaking the synthesis of ketones in your body. Coffee does the opposite.

Vitamin c:

If I had only one vitamin supplement to choose from, it would be always vitamin C. Humans and primates belonging to the Haplorrhini suborder, cannot synthesize their own vitamin C. Ascorbic Acid, more readily know as Vitamin C, is key in numerous processes in your body, such as tissue repair, formation of collagen, production of neurotransmitters and support for immune system function. It, also, is one of the best antioxidants in my opinion. Proper minimum amount of this vitamin can be key in providing vitality.

Proper breathing:

The power of the breath cannot be overstated. Regular proper deep breathing can aid in many of our body functions and mental state. It increases our energy, makes our sleep sounder, strengthens our immune system, makes us better decision makers and more resilient to everyday stress. I, personally, like this simple technique for falling asleep either at the beginning of the night or getting back to sleep in the middle of the night.

Taking care of your liver:

The human liver is a very complex organ. It serves as a filter for the blood and regulates and stores body fuel in the form of glycogen. It manufactures many of our essential body proteins and regulates the balance of many hormones and cholesterol. It regulates the supply of essential vitamins and minerals to your body and it is a sole producer of bile for aiding in your digestion of food. With all these essential functions, it is necessary for us to keep our livers in top shape. There are several foods and supplements which can maintain and boost your liver function. I personally use good quality milk thistle and consume turmeric on a daily basis to maintain my optimum liver function.

There are many health strategies out there. Some work well, some not as well depending on the individual. The above 5 have worked for me personally very well in the last several years. I will be turning 55 this spring, and physically is feel like I am still 25 (minus the hair loss).