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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem! (How Sunscreen and Shoes Could Be Wrecking Your Health).

2 Jul

We are taught from an early age that the sun is an evil celestial being hell-bent on destroying us. This orange ball of doom patrols the noon sky bombarding us with radiation and killing us via Melanoma inducing gamma death rays! AHHHH!

“Even if your only in the sun for a few minutes make sure to put on appropriate sun block (SPF 900?)! And wear your shoes out there!  99.9% of the earths surface is covered in broken glass and rusty nails!”

Sound about right? Yeah, pretty intense stuff. And while I’m sure there are some scientific type studies out there that may support this logic, I’d like to offer a slightly different perspective. One steeped not in science but in common sense.

PART 1: Maybe Nudists are on to Something?!?

Our ancestors spent a lot of time in the sun. While I’m sure they made every effort to avoid exposure during the most intense hours of the day, hunting, gathering, fetching water, traveling, playing, pooping…. all of these activities were done outside (and that’s where the sun lives to!). Evolutionists believe that our upright posture is a result of us trying to minimize sun exposure during the hottest parts of the day. Modern humans have existed outdoors, exposed to the sun, for nearly 2 million years and somehow we’ve managed not to be eradicated by the death orb.

Hmmmm….Maybe a little tan might not be all that bad? Let’s talk about Vitamin D.

“That’s the milk one right?”. Yep, good old Vitamin D. Responsible for maintaining a healthy immune system, digestive regulation, insulin sensitivity (i.e. whether or not that bagel turns to fat or gets burned off), bone growth, muscle growth, thyroid health (i.e your hormone factory), sleep regulation, the list goes on and on. Theres not a system in your body that doesn’t use Vitamin D in some facit.

Vitamin D= This stuff is pretty damn important.

As Americans we get most of our Vitamin D from dairy products ( because it is fortified a.k.a. added to it) and Wonderbread (also fortified… duh, grains suck but you already knew that, right?). The FDA recommends that you get 400IU of Vitamin D per day. That’s 4 servings of dairy or just 2 slices of Wonderbread (Hey! They don’t call it Wonder for nothin!) But what about us Ancestral Diet folks that don’t eat the “Wonder” bread or maybe don’t consume dairy because of lactose intolerance (or fear of all the crap that is injected into dairy cows to increase yield but that’s a tale for another day…)? The truth is, no foods contain sufficient Vitamin D in their natural state. So what’s a caveman to do?

Go outside and embrace that orange ball of joy we call the sun! Just 20 minutes of shirtless sun exposure will net you somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000IU of Vitamin D!

That’s right. Not a typo. 40,000IU. That puts our ancestral levels at 100,000IU+ per day. That’s the equivalent of 1,000 glasses of milk or 500 slices of Wonderbread. Still think 400IU per day is enough? My guess, not bloody likely. Now it begins to make sense why this vitamin would be responsible for so many vital functions. It can be obtained in abundance simply by stepping outside. Dietary sources are completely inadequate.

If your anything like me, your job probably makes you a slave to the indoors. I work a 12 hour rotating shift (days and nights). So there are stretches, sometimes 6-7 days, that I don’t even see the sun. It’s dark when I leave for work and it’s dark when I get off work. Nightshift has me sleeping for much of the daylight hours. Your situation may not be this extreme but probably similar. For the most part, we live, work, play, travel, and poop indoors(thank goodness for that last one). This is where supplementation comes in.

I take 4,000IU of Vitamin D3 per day, that way I’m covered if I don’t get outside much. Sound excessive? Scientists think that the current 400IU minimum needs to be changed to 8000IU minimum (impossible to obtain through dietary means), but don’t take my word for it. If I forget to take my D3 and get caged for the day I can absolutely feel the difference. my thoughts come slower, I’m cranky, low energy levels, and generally feel “off”. It makes itself pretty obvious. This one simple change probably has had the most profound effect on my well-being and how I feel day-to-day. Definitely worth tinkering with!

*Worth mentioning: Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. That means that you need some fat in your gut to absorb it (Wonderbread has very little if, any fat by the way…). So if you supplement, be sure to take it with a meal of protein and fat or you’ll just pass it straight through and get awesome neon yellow colored pee. Cool but it defeats the purpose.

Allright! Enough talk. Find a way to get outside and enjoy that big ball of orange goodness! (Nudity optional)


Crunch Berries aren’t really a fruit! Say what?!

8 Jun

I hate grains. I despise them on a cellular level.

Strong words I know, especially from someone that once blasted through an entire box of Cap’n Crunch in a day (crunch berries…. Berries are nutritious right?! ) I am a reformed cereal killer.

So what happened? How did I get from chillin with a bearded cartoon sailor to cursing at the Quaker Oat dude and giving Betty Crocker the finger?

Recently I began to rethink the paradigm that is American health and fitness. Fat is bad. Don’t eat it. Ever. Instead gorge yourself on “healthy” whole grains, fruits and veggies and a little bit of lean meat or beans for protein. Oh, and don’t forget to run. A lot. Steady-state cardio (i.e. Treadmill) until you puke. 5 days a week. That is the recipe for good health in spite the fact that the health of Americans has steadily declined since these guidelines were established. I bought into this for a considerable portion of my adult life. The result? Upwards of 30% body, high blood pressure, acid reflux and a general feeling of malaise that I could never shake.

After a little research (and a lot of dumb luck) I stumbled across some information about the gnarly effects of gluten (a protein found in grains that is indigestible and gut irritating). Sure I had heard of gluten-free foods before but I thought that was something marketed to yuppie people to ….well… make them feel yuppie. Human beings are not designed to consume this stuff. The whole notion of “healthy” whole grains and the idea that they are the “staff of life” is nothing short of a bunch of horse dung. It’s simply not true. Yes, you CAN eat grains and you will sustain life but they are not optimum or I will argue even adequate fuel for your body. Crazy talk? Maybe. Have I gone off the rails? Perhaps but consider this.

In their natural state, grains contain virtually none of the essential vitamins and minerals. “What! How can this be? My wonderbread has 100% daily values of vitamins A, B, C P, Q blah blah…” Well, simple answer. It’s been “enriched” to give it nutritional value. The vitamins were added during the manufacturing process. “Unenriched” grain products do not contain these. All of the sudden the “staff of life” is looking more like a splinter. Our dietary staple more like a …..something that does not hold paper together. Still not convinced?

High blood pressure, diabetes, IBS, cardiomyopathy, Gall bladder disease, Lupus (auto immune disease) all directly linked to grain consumption (Google celiac followed by any of the before mentioned ailments) A random list of diseases? Not quite. Each of these diseases afflicts someone very close to me. Thanksgiving dinner table kind of close. So yes, I get a little torqued up about this. It’s personal. Add in 60 years of government propagandas and B.S. and now I’m pissed. Grain consumption can be linked to many of the diseases that plague our civilization. “Diseases of Civilization” (google it).

So where am I going with all of this misguided anger and horrible grammar?

6 months ago I stopped eating grains and adopted an ancestral diet (Lots of meat (and FAT!!!), copious amounts of veggies, nuts and seeds, and seasonal fruit) as well as a Paleolithic human fitness program (no treadmill!) The results have been nothing short of remarkable! 32lbs. of fat loss, blood pressure from 156/100 to 119/79, size 36 pants to size 30, better musculature and performance markers. Keep in mind that prior to this change I was eating a “healthy” American diet and jogging 12-15 miles a week.

This has sparked my interest in further improving my own health and fitness (through diet and exercise NOT pharmaceuticals. Imagine that…) and thus led to the blog you are reading now which will chronical my experience and pursuit of optimal human health and longevity.

I thank you for reading and hope you will follow me on my journey, Please feel free to leave a comment good, bad or indifferent. Lord knows my wife is tired of hearing this so any response that does not include a sigh and an eye roll is greatly appreciated. Next post I’ll flesh out some of the details of what I’ve been up to. More pseudoscientific crazy talk will definitely be included. Get ready for a paradigm shift. Be good.