Energy Habit #6
I've been debating over which habit to include here. This is 6 and I was planning to go to 7, but perhaps I'll add an extra day on. What do you think? Add a comment with MORE and tag two friends. If y'all tell me more then I'll add an extra day.
This habit is a huge source of oxidative stress within the cells and what really irks me is that it is sold as something healthy. Now so far I haven't mentioned food or diet, and there's a reason—I feel like we over emphasize both diet and exercise as the most important aspect for our heath. They are both super important, but I think there is a lot more to our energy then food. As @drjackkruse
says, food is only 1/3 of the fuel per day that feeds our ATP production. The other 2/3 are the Sun. If that's the case then it seems like we focus on the minority of what will make us healthier then the actual majority.
Okay, so this oxidative stress is really at the cause of cellular breakdown, inflammation, sympathetic nervous system activation… So getting your redox down is critical. From a food standpoint I do follow some guidelines and this is one: I stay away from Polyunsaturated Fats (PUFAs). What are they? Vegetable Oils, a.k.a. Canola, Safflower, Sunflower, Corn, Peanut, Soybean, Cottonseed... First off, they're not vegetables. In order to make oil from these seeds, you need to take a large quantity and put them under high heat and high pressure. Then once you heat them, they oxidize. What does that mean?—they inflame your body. Inflammation is an energy sucker.
So why are these so popular? Because they're cheap, and after WWII we had an excess of them because they were first used to make paints and varnishes, but then we discovered how to use oil to make paint. So we began feeding animals PUFAs and they got fat but needed antibiotics to combat their new illnesses. Next was us.
PUFAs are everywhere. At every restaurant. In nearly every salad dressing. Even at the @Wholefoods
hot bar you'll find everything cooked with PUFAs.
So ditch the PUFAs and find good saturated fats like coconut oil, avocado oil, animal fats, or my favorite grass fed #butter