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LY&FG – Step 3: Give your body the fuel it needs

By Marcus Santer

Think about it…

One of the rarest super-cars in the world is the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina.

Only 1 was ever made.

And it looks like this:

Image from caranddriver.com

It goes from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and has a top speed of 233 mph.

Imagine this beauty of design and marvel of engineering is sat on your drive way and you’re going to go for a drive. But the fuel gauge is low. So you drive to the petrol station and fill up on diesel, what do you think is going to happen?

That’s right, nothing good.

You simply wouldn’t put the wrong fuel into such a precious vehicle.

And yet we do it everyday to the most important vehicle you have in your life…

Your body.

When it comes to looking great and feeling young, the fuel you put into your body is one of the most important things you can do.

How come?

Well, I estimate there are 400 billion chemical reactions going on in the cells of your body every single minute. Even if you’re sat down doing nothing. And as you recall your cells are microscopic factories that apart from doing their own specialised functions produce ATP. And it’s ATP that energises your body and is the essence of life.

But have you ever wondered what it is that tells your cells what to do?

The answer is: Your hormones.

You can think of them as chemical messengers that provide an internal communication system between specific cells located within distant parts of your body – and tell them what to do. It’s this hormonal communication that controls pretty much everything going on in your body.

And guess what?

That’s right, one of the quickest way to influence the hormones in your body is through what you eat.

For good or for ill.

Here’s an example of just how powerful an affect the food you eat has on your body…

It’s estimated you have approximately 13,000 genes in total and the breakfast you ate – at whatever time you ate it today – will affect about 8,000 of them.

Again, for good or for ill.

Moving on…

It’s your endocrine system that produces, stores and releases hormones. And to keep this simple, I’m only going to give you an overview of three of the most important hormones influenced by the food you choose to fuel your body:

  1. Insulin – Produced in the pancreas, insulin is a sugar controller and helps to remove sugars from your blood. Storing it in your muscles or liver. But insulin’s influence and importance goes way beyond just managing blood sugar levels.
  2. Leptin – Produced by the fat cells, it’s often called the Master Regulator of Appetite. The amount of leptin you have is directly linked to how much body fat you have.
  3. Ghrelin – Produced mainly by the stomach. It’s often called The Hunger Hormone and a lack of sleep can cause ghrelin levels to rise leading to a rise in your weight.

Many health problems occur when the messages from these (and other) hormones don’t get through and the processes and systems they regulate fail to respond correctly.

For example if your body loses the ability to sense leptin you’ll lose control of your appetite. If your body loses it’s sensitivity to insulin’s messages then diabetes, accelerated ageing and chronic disese can occur.

Okay, so that’s the scary stuff.

Now let’s look at how to avoid it and to promote looking great and feeling younger…

The best way to avoid miscommunication between your hormones and your cells is to:

  1. Avoid processed foods
  2. Eat less
  3. Focus on vegetables and good quality meat and fats.

It’s as simple as that.

And you’ll find another 29 nutrition tips to help you look great and feel younger in my book:

ZEN+ The Art and Science of Living Healthier for Longer

If that sounds of interest to you, you can find out more –> Here <-- Bye for now Marcus