Did you know our bodies have 4 different ways of eliminating excessive nutrients, toxins, & other wastes that come in through food, water, and air? Here's what Michio Kushi & Alex Jack explains on their book "The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health".
1. breathing-release carbon dioxide & other gaseous waste into the atmosphere, and which takes place of 70% of elimination
2. perspiration, or sweating-transports sodium, urea, oils, fluids, & other waste to the surface of the body which takes place of 20% of elimination
3. urination-consisting primarily of urea, uric acid, & other nitrogenous wastes, sodium chloride, & other substances which takes place of 7% of elimination
4. bowel movement-consisting primarily bile pigments mucus, bacteria, & water which takes place of 3% of elimination
Normal discharge also takes place through daily physical activities. Sexual activity offers another normal avenue of energy release for both sexes. Women are generally able to exchange energy with the environment more harmoniously than men because they have several additional means of natural discharge;
1, the elimination of blood and parts of the lining of the uterus about once a month during the childbearing years.
2. childbirth, or having a baby which is accompanied by the release of accumulated matter & energy.
3. lactation, or breastfeeding, which release an array of enzymes, hormones, and other factors in breast milk.
As a result, women tend to have a more balanced condition than man, adjust more peacefully to their surroundings, and live longer. To redress this imbalance, men commonly go out into society more active physical, mental, and social pursuits. In this way, men and women make a balance with the natural environment and each other.
If we overeat occasionally or take in only a small to moderate amount of extreme foods and beverages, they will normally be discharged through one of the mechanisms described above.
However, if the amount of excess exceeds the capacity of the body to discharge it naturally, various abnormal methods of discharge arise. These include colds, fever, sinus congestion, coughing, sneezing, excessive sweating, frequent urination, & bowel irregularities. If we eat a banana split or take 2-3 deserts in a row, we may experience chills, a fever, and swollen tonsils as the body tries to release this excess. From time to time, more extreme symptoms may arise, including shivering, trembling, vomiting, and nausea, as well as crying, shouting, screaming, anger, fear and other wild erratic actions and emotions.
Today nearly everyone in the modern world overeats or takes improper food from time to time and experiences physical and mental tiredness or general fatigue, the first stage of imbalance. This is the beginning of sickness and is frequently accompanied by some of the abnormal symptoms listed above, as well as by muscular tension and hardening, short period of feeling cold, or hot, or temporary constipation or diarrhea. Loss of alertness, lack of clarity, forgetfulness, and other mental changes may also begin to take place.
If we ignore these initial signs of imbalance and fail to change our diet or way of life, general fatigue will be followed by occasional aches and pains, the 2nd stage of developing sickness. These include muscle pain and tension, headaches, backache, menstrual cramps, abdominal ills, numbness and tightening and other moderate pains and aches. Sleeping problem, breathing difficulties, heart irregularities, chills, fever, and coordination problems also may start to appear.
If we fail to heed these warning signs and do not make adjustment in our diet & lifestyle, the 3rd stage in the progressive development of sickness will begin. A change in blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, susceptibility to infection, and other manifestations of chronic imbalance. As the blood begins to change quality and accumulates excessive nutrients, toxins, and wastes, the kidney become overburdened and lose their ability to cleanse the bloodstream properly. Skin deceases commonly appear as the body directs excess to the surface of the body and discharge it in the form of freckles, pimples, spots, rashes, moles, warts, bunions, calluses, and other symptoms.
If the underlying cause of chronic symptoms is not corrected through dietary change, or if it is treated only in a symptomatic way, the body will begin to gather and accumulate execs at a deeper level. Accumulation is the 4th stage in the progressive development of disease. Eventually, the body's ability to discharge to the surface, through normal, abnormal, and chronic channels, will be exhausted. Continued consumption of meat, eggs, chicken, cheese, fatty fish, dairy products, oily greasy foods of all kinds, including sugar and sweets that are converted into fat in the body, will result in the creation of internal deposits of fat and mucus. Initially, these will begin to form in the more peripheral regions of the body and ones that have access to the outside.
When the body loses the ability to create normal cells, tumors may arise, spread, and create a life-threatning conditions. This is directly connected with blood production. When the villi of the small intestine become coated with fat and mucus, they lose the ability to assist in the creation of healthy blood. Overworked lungs, kidneys, liver, and spleen will also weaken the blood and lead to the development of tumors. To protect the rest of the body from collapse, excess is localized in an isolated area that can be likened to a storage of toxic waste depot. When a particular storage site is full, another is created. In this way, tumors arise and metastasize throughout the body. Cancer is actually a wonderful self-defense mechanism by which the body protect itself from the effects of longtime dietary imbalance. If were excess were not isolated and contained, it would flood the blood stream and cause death by blood poisoning(toxemia). Thus cancer is a healthy response to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
From the accumulation and storage of excess in the organs and glands, the degenerative tendency progresses deeper into the muscles, bones, and nerves. Arthritis, rheumatism, scoliosis, osteoporosis, and other degenerative bone and joint conditions gradually develop after years of dietary excess. Over time, physical and mental coordination gradually declines and pessimistic, negative view of life prevails.
The last stage of sickness is self-justification or arrogance, the view that we are separate from nature and workings of our own body. Through years of improper eating and living, we become detached from the natural world and see ourselves as blameless for our sickness, difficulties, and problems.
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