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Time time time

Time time time
See whats become of me
While I look around
For my possibilities.

So say Simon and Garfunkel.

And so say I.

Everything takes time. But these days we don’t seem to have enough of it. Never the less we still want everything now.

When I think back to life before the internet and mobile phones, a time when you’d think nothing of waiting for a reply to a letter you’d sent a couple of days ago. Now I’m wound up if I don’t get a reply to a text half an hour after sending it!

Well the same applies to our health. As soon as we’ve decided to take steps to lose weight or to eat the right foods, our brains have leapt forward and we expect to see the results now.

Think about eating habits for a moment. How long has it taken you to reach your current sate of health, good or bad? How long have you been repeating the routine of how, when and what you eat? For most people it will have been their whole lives. Starting with how they were weened and nurtured as a child. Not to mention the media/government/advertising messages we are bombarded with on a daily basis.

Short lived changes in the way we eat, which might see good results, inevitably give way to relief, and returning to the norm, back to the comfort zone. Unfortunately, many people who recover from serious illness don’t look at making permanent changes to their eating habits, and end up having the illness recur due to the same nutritional deficiencies creating a loop back to ill health.

To sort out a lifetime of routine and misinformation is going to take time.

The brilliant thing is that whatever our age we can lay down new routines and good practices that our bodies will respond to. We can make changes that will lead to us avoiding the current pitfalls (to put it mildly) of heading for chronic illness at any age.

Just look at the timescales our bodies are working to:

The lungs cells are constantly renewing themselves, so your lungs are only 2-3 weeks old at any time.

Your skin is only 2-3 weeks old, so changing the way you eat will show results in your skin very quickly.

Your heart is slow to renew, but it is renewing. Over a lifetime it will renew 3 or 4 times so it is worth changing the way you eat so that your heart is as healthy as possible.

Your corneas can repair themselves within 24 hours if slightly damaged, how amazing is that?

Taste buds are renewed every 10 days.

The intestines have villi which are replaced every 2-3 days, so this really shows that changing what you consume can have a huge impact on what can be absorbed and used to repair everything else. This is the point of entry to all the other areas in the body that rely on nutrients in the food. That’s absolutely everything.

The skeleton is about 10 years old, well there’s a lot of it! The right vitamins and minerals are vital, so get enough calcium and vitamins D and K2.

Your liver, a really really active organ, is renewed every 5 months, so look after it along with everything else!

Brain cell renewal is a bit more controversial. Some say cells are renewed slowly, some say they’re not. But one thing is for sure, evidence strongly suggests that both gluten and fructose damage the brain, so rid yourself of these starting now.

In conclusion, making changes to the way you eat will take time, and the choices you make with what to do with the rest of your life are endless.

So ‘While you look around for the possibilities’ your body can be renewing itself over time giving you the best vehicle for getting on with everything else.

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