Food Diary (January 12, 2012)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with banana, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Fried rice
Baking/sweets: Panna cotta with berry compote, shortbread cookies, chocolate cinnamon cookies
|Panna cotta with berry compote|
Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Tasty with Jolie
Today’s Favourite Blog
This is not really food related but very interesting. Our body does not get older than 15½ years.
According to recent research, the average age of a human body, that is muscles and guts, is 15½ years. The reason is that every day 432 billion cells die and are replaced with new cells. This regeneration is happening right now, as you are reading this. Some fascinating facts about regeneration:
- Cells in our digestive system, from the stomach to the large bowel, are replaced every 5 minutes.
- Gums are replaced every two weeks.
- A new liver every five months.
- New covering of skin every four weeks.
- Our red blood cells live 120 days.
- Our heart is replaced every six to nine months.
- Our liver is capable of renewing and repairing from as little as 25 percent of its tissue.
- New studies are indicating that even brain cells may regenerate.
We could have a better functioning body in future if we take the right steps. The question is whether our new cells will be a healthier or less healthy. The quality of the new cells is dependent on the raw material, the food that was available when the replacement cells were being formed. If we feed the body the proper food and nutrition, the new cells being formed can actually be stronger and healthier than the old cells ever were. There are limits to this. Researchers estimate that 30 percent of our health is determined by genetics.
The article lists the 5 big degenerators that negatively affect our health. These are processed foods, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and rancid fats and oils. When I read that the liver regenerates every 5 months I was thinking that alcohol abuse can be fixed. Maybe not.
The 5 big regenerators or the good foods are fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, lots of pure water and exercise.
Once the body has the basic raw materials for proper regeneration the next step is how we use that body. Equally important is how we use the mind that “drives” the body. The body was not meant to sit idle. Neither was our mind. If you are not moving the body regularly, it will become toxic and acidic. Some health professionals say you should not sit for more than one hour without getting up and moving around.