An insight into the human body from Pete Jacobs, world champion triathlete, modern health and mindset coach……
Most of us are born with a strong system, which allows us to absorb and recover from stress placed into our systems. If we are talking about the strength of our intestinal wall to deal with inflammatory foods, then imagine we are born with a brick wall as our intestinal wall. It absorbs beneficial nutrients and allows them to pass through – picture water slowly seeping through porous bricks and mortar – yet every time we eat inflammatory food it’s like hitting the wall with a sledgehammer. Luckily there are little cells that can patch up the cracks in the wall. However, as the years pass, and the sledgehammer keeps hitting the wall, the cracks are getting larger as the cells aren’t as young as they once were and are tired from doing a full-time repair job that they can’t keep up with. They’re also running low on good quality materials to rebuild the wall with the strength it once had when high quality available nutrients made stronger materials. So, particles start to get through the cracks in the brick wall that shouldn’t get through. On the other side is a different environment that is terrified by these foreign particles and reacts with lots of screaming and inflammation.
And the sledgehammer keeps hitting, every day, several times a day.
Eventually the wall completely crumbles in sections, and a flood of foreign particles make their way to the other side of the wall, causing mass hysteria throughout that side of the wall, which is everywhere in your body except inside the tube between your mouth and bum, which is surrounded by this crumbling wall.
And now the wall is incredibly weak, and no longer able to do its job properly and the repair cell team can repair only a few bricks, and with every hit of the sledgehammer it knocks the bricks straight back out, never having time to build a strong wall as long as the sledgehammer of inflammatory food keeps being sent down the tube.
The only hope is that a break from these stress inciting foods allows time for the wall to be rebuilt completely. But to do this well, and stronger than before, the correct materials need to be supplied to the cells. Healing, non-inflammatory foods need to be sent down the tube to allow the cells to create walls that can resist an occasional hit, and whose strength keeps the other side of the walls safe from hysteria and inflammation once again, just like when it was a younger, healthier wall.
So, to answer the question “Why can’t we eat the same as when we were younger?”, it is because of an accumulative load throughout our life. We have added more stresses into our lives, we have used up our reserves of repair materials, the materials now available to the cells include faults (such as oxidised fats) and we have exhausted our team of hormones who give the cells energy to work and repair themselves.
Author, Pete Jacobs