Nuts & Bolts

There has to be a place for the nuts and bolts – and I guess this is just as good a place as any…  Once I get through the certification process you should be able to find more information here 😀

Just an FYI – This page is a work in progress… For now I am going to jot down various core concepts of a healthy functioning body.  Some of the concepts are things which can be implemented to get an unhealthy body back on track or some concepts may address maintaining healthy function.

Concept #1 – Our bodies produce “medicine”

What is the most common response to the question:  “What are the keys to good health?”

Diet and exercise, right?  Have you ever asked “Why diet?”  or “Why exercise?”  Perhaps a young child asked “why” when talking about this topic.  What was your answer?  Concept #1 is just one of the reasons diet and exercise play a major role in our health.

In 1998 Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro and Ferid Murad were awarded the Nobel Peace prize “for their discoveries concerning nitric oxide as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system”.   How many of you remember a grandparent taking nitro glycerin tablets?  I have a vivid memory of such occasions.  I always wondered how that tiny pill worked.  Much to my surprise this was one of the first topics spoken about in the training course.

So where is it?  How does it work and what makes it stop working?

Have you ever heard of the endothelium? It is a layer of cells which line our blood vessels.  Those cells are capable of producing nitric oxide(NO) “medicine”.  The simplified explanation is as the blood flows sheer force causes the layer to produce the NO, thus widening the veins to allow more blood to flow.  The endothelium is hindered from releasing the NO when plaque builds up.

The next question that comes to mind is – Where does plaque come from?

Our food and lack of activity both play a role in plaque formation.

Some may be wondering what can we do to stop formation or what can we do to get rid of plaque already formed?

One option is to eat quality foods and to start moving.  For myself I had to start slow, walking to the corner and back.  Then a few days later walking to the other end of the street and back, then soon I was walking all the way around our block.  When we exercise we increase the blood flow and the friction along the lining of the vessels. Thus stimulating the body to release NO.

Gotta run for now… will post more later!  Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more tips for healthy living 🙂