The Mystery of Muscle Tone
Sometimes, what seems like a pretty minor problem, easily fixed if you ever get around to it, points to a big-time problem that nobody warns us about.
Muscles, for instance.
A lot of people grunt and groan, strain and puff to pump up some muscles to flex. Others will go through the same effort to tone their muscles, assuming they have some muscles to work with.
And a sizeable number in each group will fail. They may double-down on their pumping-up efforts or just decide they were never intended to have much muscle and give up.
But you probably won’t hear any questions about how come exercise doesn’t work for them. And that’s a real shame because there is an answer.
Exercise is actually Step #2 in muscle building.
Step #1 is diet. Oh, pshaw, you say! How can that be?
Your body creates muscle from the protein in your diet. And that’s a mostly untold story.
If you eat a low-protein diet, you’ll never build much muscle. Maybe not even the muscle needed to stand up straight and tall. Well, if your posture’s poor from a lack of protein, you won’t have much muscle to work with unless you get more protein.
But, and here’s where the tricky business starts, it’s not just a matter of how much protein you eat, but, even more, how much protein you can digest.
When food starts coming down the chute, your stomach starts pumping acid to set the stage for proper protein digestion. With age, fluoride, the current bias against acidity, chugging down antacids, and so on, we don’t create enough acid to digest protein.
Without enough acid, our stomach does the best it can, then sends half-digested protein on to the small intestine, which can’t handle it.
And it starts to eat away the lining of the small intestine. It doesn’t take all that long for holes develop, through which the half-digested food starts escaping into body parts where it doesn’t belong. Perhaps you’ve heard the term “leaky gut” to describe the problem
Doctors diagnose this mess in various ways, but if your digestive system in the chaos business, and you find yourself dashing to the bathroom frequently, now you know why.
And if your muscles are saggy, baggy in extremis, it’s been going on for a while.
Worse, if you don’t get the mess stopped, it spreads. Perhaps to interstitial cystitis, COPD, atrial fibrillation, etc.
The fix is nutritional.
Because healing is about nutrition, not drugs, medicine can’t get the job done. It’s up to you.
But you’re not alone. My Moving to Health program (below) includes all the information you need. And your body guides you, via symptoms, to where it needs attention. Understanding which information fits your unique body means you can build the custom program your body needs to get its zip back.
Healing a damaged small intestine takes a step-by-step process that includes vitamins, minerals, amino acids, diet, avoiding toxins, etc. Encouraging results start showing up early, but complete healing may take months.
In those months, you will be rebuilding the lining of your small intestine, along with any other body parts involved, by replacing damaged epithelial cells with brand, spanking new ones. You don’t have to have a clue what an epithelial cell is, just that out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new takes time.
You don’t want to stop midway and lose the mojo that’s moving you to success.
How does it work? Listening to your body’s clues-your symptoms-gives you a sort of GPS that guides you to health. You may not know what a particular symptom has to do with your problem, but you just trust your body.
And as you go along, your muscles will come back-all on their own. Then you’ll have something to tone or pump up.
It really warms my heart that my follow-the-symptom approach works no matter what the problem is. Each health problem creates its own set of symptoms, and the symptoms are all about you. Listen to your body, and who knows what you’ll heal? (Do I sound like a proud parent or what?)
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.