The Superhuman System is a series of blog posts related to my journey through the health and wellness industry, my personal research and my insights into what the future holds for those looking to improve their health. My personal mantra is test don't guess, the human body has so many moving parts that to assume you know what to do based on subjective feelings or experience is fundamentally flawed. While no test will give us all the answers we will need, it will give us an objective base to start from. When we make assumptions of our starting place it makes it impossible to understand why a strategy has worked or failed in improving our health. This is exactly how people get lost or disheartened and why misinformation is so prevalent.
In short all strategies work, it just depends on where you are and what direction that strategy will move you, personally. What works for one person may make another worse even if they seem the same, and this is not because we are all unique but more to do with being in a unique position. Our immune system will have a unique reactivity and memory of pathogenic responses, our nervous system will have a unique balance between stress and recovery, our micronutrient status will be unique leading to improved or reduced ability in specific metabolic pathways, our tissue behaviour will be dictated by all of these factors.
what about genetics?
Well genes can play a large role in some, in regard to a probability in various pathways being more or less efficient but this often does not help us solve acute issues but rather predict long term risk in your health profile. Epigenetics, meaning the control of gene expression via messages from outside the cell, is much more important in most cases. We are born with a certain expression of genes but in the end, our environment dictates with much greater power, how our body and genetics express health.
This is why I have four pillars of health, Psychology, physiology, nutrition and environment.
Psychology is the study of the mind ad in that I personally include spirituality, not religion as much but personal belief structures, identity and general colouring of the world which together over time build our unique personality.
Physiology is the study of the body, how we move, organ systems and stress responses, these first two pillars can be explained as reactive to the following two. Both psychology and physiology are built in their reactions to our chosen environments, both externally and internally.
Nutrition I class the connection between environment and physiology, it directly impacts that environment of our GI tract and has a major influence on organ systems, it is also heavily influenced by our external environment as in where we are standing on planet earth, which dictates not only our personal environment but t food that grows in our personal environment.
Environment is classed as everything outside of us, the weather/temperature, the terrain, the light/sun, the bacterial profile, surrounding threats/fauna/people. All of these aspects have an influence on the three previous pillars and to ignore them is to give up control and roll the dice with your health. "Are you a product of your environment, or is your environment a product of you?"
"I hope to inspire better questions to find answers not yet considered"
"Test Don't Guess.
All stratergies work it's just understanding where you are and what direction you need to move."
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