About Getting Saggy-Baggy

If you ask your doc why your muscles aren’t what they used to be, you’ll hear talk about getting old. Same with asking about the rapid onset of wrinkles. And why your brain hiccups at the most inopportune times? Same answer.

Nobody wants to hear that “getting old” business–especially when the candles on your birthday cake aren’t even close to setting off the fire alarm. Worse, while it’s an easy answer, there are better, more solid answers.

And even if “getting older” has the ring of truth to it, the implication that nothing can be done to even slow the runaway train, let alone reverse it, is wrong.

So, what could be going on? The most likely cause of sagging, even disappearing, muscles (etc.) is a lack of protein. Either you don’t eat enough protein or your body can’t digest protein.

Not getting enough protein is easy to fix. It can mean big-time changes in your diet, but it’s not hard.

But you have to be able to digest the protein you eat, and that requires a healthy digestive system. Unfortunately, many of us can’t meet that basic requirement.

Why is that a big deal? Digesting protein creates the amino acids our bodies need for tip-top health, and the aminos create the custom-fit enzymes that keep things perking right along. Interrupting that magical sequence leads to disaster.

What whacks the digestive system?

• Low stomach acid, which I wrote about last week, makes it impossible to digest protein.

• Adrenal problems put us at risk, too. Same with thyroid problems. Any endocrine problem, in fact.

• Then there’s fluoride–from fluoridated water, toothpaste, agricultural sprays and fluoride-based medications such as Cipro and most antidepressants. Fluoride is really hard on digestion.

• Bariatric surgery, the much-touted weight-loss surgery, guarantees you’ll never digest protein again. With reduced food portions, you can’t get enough protein, plus you can no longer digest the protein you do get.

• Antacids get into the game, too, because you need sufficient stomach acid to digest protein. In fact, your stomach needs a pH level lower than three to get the job done. And all the testing strips in the world won’t reveal the truth about stomach acid levels.

How you got into trouble, though, isn’t nearly as important as what you’re going to do about it.

A troubled digestive system can’t fix itself. You have to step in and help–unless you want to continue down the slippery slope to such things as atrial fibrillation (and other heart issues), interstitial cystitis, COPD, asthma, liver problems, kidney disease, cancer, etc.

Medicine isn’t the answer. In fact, standard medical treatment makes digestion problems worse. Medicine’s approach to digestive woes is based a one-size-fits-all belief, but people are never one-size-fits-all.

You’ve probably heard about fingerprints being unique, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Do you know, for instance, that everybody has their own unique, identifiable, electrical frequency? Spooky, eh?

We’re all unique. Does this suggest we have no road map or set of directions to guide us? Fortunately, no.

Our symptoms are eager, even pushy, about guiding us. To get the help they need, our bodies talk to us nonstop.

But we’re never told there’s a reason for all this chatter, and we overlook some symptoms, such as heels full of tough skin. We may not even realize our body is asking for help.

But whether our symptoms are small or attention-getting, we don’t get to decide that some are important and others aren’t. To get good results, we go step-by-step, fixing symptoms all along the way.

My Moving to Health program teaches this symptom-based approach: Learning, one step at a time, how things are supposed to work, what symptoms tell you which body parts are going off the tracks and what self-help options (nutrition, exercise, diet, etc.) could help. Your uniqueness determines which ones are for you–unique solutions for unique people.

Using your symptoms as a guide, my information tells you what can you move to health. Yes, it requires some effort, but so does everything else that’s wonderful.

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette is all about determination. A drunk driver smashed into her parents’ car, and she ended up with a concussion, which caused a concussion, when she was a baby. The concussion put her endocrine system (the thyroid and the rest of the gang) pretty much out of business. Well, that system controls all of health, life was a mess, but doctors didn’t help. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. Along the way, her fascination with how our bodies work grew, and grew, and grew, so Bette’s still researching. Subscribe to her free health e-mails at https://TooPoopedToParticipate.com

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