The Ideal Body You Are Never Too Old to Get One By Jesus Antonio Caquias, MD

The Ideal Body You Are Never Too Old to Get One By Jesus Antonio Caquias, MD

Chapter Twenty

Our Earthly Body

Some persons may have purchased this book, thinking that it is only a book about our natural body. The preceding chapters do have implications on our earthly existence. However, it is now that I believe some general knowledge on health issues that affect all of us is in order. In this last chapter, I will share current knowledge useful in optimizing one's health.

The advice in this chapter is not intended to treat any disease state and should only be undertaken with the guidance and advice of your personal physician.

First of all, I want to stress that the gold standard continues to be diet and exercise. The old adage that we are what we eat is basically true. A health practitioner can only guide you. You are the one that gets to choose what you eat and how much, whether you walk or ride, or take the elevator or the stairs. Choosing to expend energy rather than to take the lazy approach is healthful and should be a consistent and conscious effort.

Like almost anything in our lives, healthful living habits require discipline. This is something most of us lack and need to work on. Disciplining oneself to eat right takes as much fortitude and willpower as keeping a fast; the more or longer you do it, the easier it becomes. Your dietary habits should be beneficial, rational, and permanent — a way of living.

Moderate exercise, if you can safely do it, is excellent. When exercising for health, never work yourself to the point of pain or exhaustion, as this is your body warning you that you are exceeding the body's limit. Rather, increase your exercise as your tolerance increases. Give yourself adequate time between exercising for your body to recuperate, and remember that rest is as important as exercise. Try and assure that you get adequate sleep. Seven hours a night is probably optimal unless you have been deprived of sleep for some time and require additional sleep to catch up.

Taking drugs to induce sleep produces unnatural sleep which can make you feel tired and prone to falling asleep during wake time hours. This is hazardous if performing anything particularly dangerous, such as driving a motor vehicle. A practice that can help one stay awake during such times is sucking on ice. The cold ice in your mouth increases blood flow to the brain which makes you more alert. It also may help burn additional calories.

Hormonal issues especially in older individuals can cause anxiety and sleep problems. These issues are often overlooked. Such problems should be investigated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Your immune system is revitalized while you sleep. It does not have to compete with the active musculoskeletal system during this time, and the peptide hormones produced while you sleep, stimulate the immune system. This is why patients with autoimmune "disorders wake up with more pain in the mornings. Their immune system is stronger in the early morning hours upon arising from sleep. If you deprive yourself of sleep, your immune system will be impaired, and you will be more susceptible to illness.

It is important to realize that our bodies function on a circadian rhythm. That is, our hormonal, gastrointestinal, and brain functions maintain a time-sensitive repetitive routine that is established by the sleep/wake cycle that we keep. Repetitive changes in our sleep/wake cycle can be extremely detrimental to this circadian rhythm. This can lead to altered function and disease. Keep a routine that supports this circadian rhythm to optimize your well-being.

Exercise to counter the effects of gravity on your body when possible with spinal stretching exercises such as pull-ups or pulling weights down rather than lifting heavy objects that compress your spine. Keeping your bones strong and preserving the joint spaces will benefit every organ system in your body.

Doing heavy overhead weight lifting into old age increases the neck and shoulder angle, compresses the spine and abdominal organs, and can cause hernias and hemorrhoids to develop. The increased neck and shoulder angle makes the neck seem longer and detracts from a person's attractiveness.

Consumption of large amounts of vegetables and fruits is important for providing the minerals for strong bones and alkalinizing the body. This prevents calcium from leaching out of the bones and helps maintain strong bones. The worst enemy to a weakened musculoskeletal system as you age is gravity and undue stress. Do what you can to avoid their effects. Stretching and decompression exercises and regular alignment procedures is a good practice.

Do what you can to avoid stress. The stress hormones are catabolic. They tear you down and cause you to age faster. Avoid substances or situations wherein you are likely to experience stress. Learn to stay calm and not overreact to any situation. Remember that it is not what you experience but rather how you receive the experience that determines the production of these hormones.

Drink plenty of fluids, unless you have heart or kidney problems. Individuals with heart or kidney problems or those who are taking medications should consult their physician as to how much fluids they should consume and how much exercise they can safely perform. When you feel your best, weigh yourself on a reliable scale. A sudden gain or loss in weight could be an indicator that you need fluids (weight down) or have too much fluid (weight up).

As a general rule regarding fluids, individuals with normal kidneys and heart function should take in half of their weight in ounces on a daily basis. To obtain your optimal fluid intake, divide your weight by two and multiply this by the number of hours you are normally awake. This amount will indicate the number of ounces of water that you will require on a given day.

For example, if an individual weighs 130 pounds and is awake 16 hours a day, they should consume 65 ounces divided by 16 or 4 ounces per hour. Distributing one's water intake over the entire day is more beneficial than drinking large amounts at once because it is better distributed and not rapidly eliminated by the body. A simplified rule is to drink about a cup of drinking water per wake hour per day. Drinking water with minerals is better than distilled water, which lacks minerals and is less beneficial.

Your body acclimates to the temperature and humidity in the environment. An individual can be mildly dehydrated and not feel that there is anything wrong. This is important because the increased viscosity or thickness of the blood, due to the reduced fluid volume, can increase clotting risk and set an individual up for a heart attack or stroke. Maintaining good hydration is very important.

Diet is most important, and fresh foods are best. Preservatives, food additives, colorings, artificial sweeteners, simple sugars, animal fats, and refined foods should definitely be avoided. A diet high in vegetables and fruits with some lean meat and fish is preferable. Low- calorie, high-nutrition should be the routine. Reducing caloric intake with high-nutrient foods has been shown to be beneficial for slowing aging and reducing inflammation, arthritis, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. Eating these foods with olive oil and other cold-press vegetable oils high in omega-3 fatty acids helps provide optimum function. Some meat is necessary for adequate B12 and carnitine consumption. These vital nutrients are absent in purely vegan diets. Vegetarians should consume some eggs to assure adequate B12 and carnitine intake.

Animal fat is not to be eaten. In the book of Leviticus God instructs Moses: "The LORD said to Moses, 'Say to the Israelites: "Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats. The fat of an animal found dead or torn by wild animals may be used for any other purpose, but you must not eat it." (Leviticus 7:22-25 NKJV)*

We know today that the consumption of animal fat has detrimental effects on the body and is associated with arteriosclerosis, inflammatory diseases, heart attacks, cancers, and strokes. Such advice given over 3,500 years ago is an incredible revelation of the omniscience of Almighty God.

The first experiment in recorded history is found in the book of Daniel where Daniel is asked to eat sacrificial meats and the delicacies from the king's fare. Daniel refuses and instead requests to be permitted to consume vegetables and water. Daniel's caretaker was afraid that Daniel would appear undernourished but permitted Daniel and his friends to consume only vegetables and water. Ten days later, he found that Daniel and his friends appeared healthier than the men permitted to eat the meats and delicacies that Daniel and his friends had refused. "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.' So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 'Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king's delicacies,' and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.' So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them in ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king's delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables." (Daniel 1:8-16 NKJV)*

Some use this "first" experiment to argue in favor of a purely vegan diet. But the fact is that it was only for 10 days and not sufficiently long enough for any deficiency to develop. In Israel, Daniel would have consumed meat and would have adequate stores of B12 and carnitine to prevent any signs of deficiency from developing over 1 days. Human teeth indicate humans are omnivorous, that is, they were made to consume vegetables and meat.

This self-imposed diet that Daniel requested is frequently called the Daniel fast, suggesting this to be a sacrificial-type diet. This diet with a small addition of some lean meat or eggs is a good all-around diet to consume on an ongoing basis. Unfortunately, all too often, people consume these meals with fatty cream-based dressings which nullify the benefit. Using olive oil or a puree of vegetables or fruit can enhance the flavor and augment the benefit.

As stated, a diet high in a variety of colorful raw vegetables and fruits provides plenty of calcium and minerals. This helps alkalinize the body which strengthens the bones and helps maintain enzyme function, reducing cancer risk and improving circulation and hormone function.

Such diets provide high free-radical consumption and protection from oxidative stress. Green leafy vegetables are high in B vitamins and folic acid, which are vital for various metabolic functions and proper detoxification. Young plants and seeds are high in enzymes and provide additional benefits to digestion.

A problem many individuals have which is more prevalent among the elderly is poor dentition. Others fail to chew their food adequately enough to optimize digestion. In such cases, juicing is preferable to optimize nutrient acquisition.

Overcooking of vegetables should be avoided. Mild steaming is preferable and helps preserve the nutritional content. When possible, eat the vegetables raw. A good example is okra. The seeds in okra are high in enzymes, and their consumption is most beneficial when eaten raw. Instead, we cook or fry them and destroy their enzymes. Okras are slimy when cooked because of their high enzyme content. Proteolytic enzymes are reported to play a role in destruction of malignant cells, thinning blood mucous, and destroying debris in the blood. These functions are impaired by acidity which deactivates proteolytic enzymes. Pureed raw okras are excellent for adding to vegetable juices, smoothies or dips.

Assuring daily bowel movements is important. A newborn infant has a bowel movement after each meal. Having a bowel movement after eating is a normal reflex reaction that is lost due to our inhibitions and dietary habits. A person should have a minimum of one or two bowel movements per day. Anything less is unacceptable. An individual eliminates many toxins, metabolites, and hormones from their body in the stool. These can be reabsorbed from the intestine if they are present for too long and can accumulate in tissues. The hormonal increase can have secondary effects on the individual and can provoke sex-organ problems like fibrocystic breast disease, uterine fibroids or enlargement, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, prostatic enlargement, or cancers. In fact, constipation is a common problem in cancer patients even prior to their taking pain medications that impair bowel motility, a problem that is frequently overlooked.

Foul stools are an indicator of impaired digestion and overgrowth of deleterious bacteria, the higher the level of these aromatic hydrocarbons responsible for the malodorous stool, the higher the risk of colon cancer. It is important to pay attention to the odor, color, frequency, and firmness of your bowel movements.

Halitosis, or bad breath, is frequently due to malodorous volatile hydrocarbons arising from the gastrointestinal track that cross into the blood and are breathed out through the lungs. In such cases, supplementing with digestive enzymes and beneficial bacteria or probiotics, to resolve these problems may be necessary.

A common and growing problem in the world today is the toxicities with which we are burdened with. Heavy metals and organic pollutants are accumulating in the environment and in life forms at a rapid rate. The effects of the bio-accumulation of these agents are not fully understood. The increase body burden of toxins may be why we are seeing increases in cancers and developmental and degenerative diseases in all age groups.

One problem is the increased demands on nutrient cofactors. With higher toxic burden, it is increasingly more important that an individual consume large amounts of vegetables high in nutrient cofactors and fiber. Increasing intestinal motility is important in eliminating toxicities. Supplementing with nutrients that supports the individual's ability to detoxify is especially valuable in such individuals.

A toxin's effect on an individual increases the toxicity effects of other toxins. For example, low-level lead and low- level mercury can be more toxic than either metal given alone at higher doses. That is, the LD50 (amount of lead that will kill 50% of individuals) and the LD50 (amount of mercury that will kill 50% of individuals), when given together, will kill 100% of individuals. This exponential effect of combined toxicities is routinely seen with numerous toxins.

Electrical pollutants which have increased a million fold over the past 10 years likewise augment the toxic effects of biological toxins. It is generally an accepted fact that the more toxic an individual is the more susceptible the individual is to the effects of radiation and electrical pollutants.

In my experience, cancer patients and patients with immune disorders routinely have higher levels of toxicities. Avoiding disease is why it is important that individuals constantly work on reducing their toxic burden by using detoxifying regimens, diet, and by increasing their bodily functions. Cancer cells appear to be cells struggling to survive in a toxic environment. Eliminating or reducing the toxic burden is frequently ignored in cancer therapy yet should be a priority in these patients.

It is important for individuals to check around their homes to determine if they could be getting exposed to excessive electrical pollution. Eliminating this exposure is one way of reducing ones toxic burden. Whether it is by moving away from high-tension cables or moving their bed away from high-electromagnetic radiation and electric fields, any reduction in such exposure could have major implications to a person's well-being.

A toxic individual would benefit from supplementing their diet with nutrients that support detoxification and mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are the organelles in each cell that are responsible for energy production and are the target of many toxins. As the cell loses mitochondria, cell survival diminishes.

Low level toxicity should not be ignored, especially if there is disease present. Disease is an indication that the individual is already decompensating. Alleviating the toxic burden supports the body's ability to heal.

Lead (Pb) toxicity is a common cause of kidney failure in the United States. Low level lead can contribute to the onset and rapidity of kidney damage in patients with renal impairment due to diabetes or hypertension. Reducing lead burden could help improve and maintain optimum renal function.

There are various laboratories and clinics around the United States that provide testing and treatments for individuals suffering from toxicity-related problems. Oftentimes, toxic burden is what prevents an individual from recovering.

Industry and certain individuals supported by industry would downplay the potential detrimental effects of exposure to biological toxins. Safe levels of exposure are held at a strict level when individual susceptibility dictates that any level can be dangerous to a particular individual.

Individuals can have different tolerance levels. Those who advocate "no effect" to particular levels and label themselves as "consumer advocates" are actual wolves in sheep's clothing. One only need look at who is supporting them to know where they are coming from. If they have websites, look at who is advertising on their sites. No doubt, their motives are monetary... "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV)*

They and the companies who support them are unworthy of support or patronage. Their true motive is to downplay toxicity effects for industry and to limit health and testing for insurers to maximize profits. They claim certain expertise, but their only true expertise is in defamation and slander.

Like the creation through evolution dogma, they deny the complex nature of our being and ignore the destruction of life and societal problems their false doctrines incite.

Toxic level implies a level which causes a detrimental effect on an individual. Detrimental effects may not be apparent until significant damage has occurred and hence may be discovered too late. There is, therefore, no "safe level" for a biological toxin that has no benefit.

A person's tolerance level is determined by the total sum of the individual's ability to deal with their toxic burden. An individual's prior exposure, their nutrient cofactor levels, hydration status, oxygenation status, methylation capacity, sulfation capacity, glutathione status, peptide conjugation capacity, organ reserve, and other genetic and non-genetic factors determines their toxic tolerance. Every individual is different. Total avoidance and elimination should be the practice.

A mild detoxification regimen that I have used on individuals who are too sick to treat aggressively is to recommend taking Chlorella Pyrenoidosa at bedtime. Chlorella Pyrenoidosa is a sea alga which binds organic pollutants and heavy metals and limits their reabsorption. This works well in most patients without interfering with their other treatment regimens.

Chlorella is often given with cilantro also known as coriander or Chinese parsley, and/or with spirulina, an intense super food bacterium often misidentified as blue- green algae. These agents increase the elimination of heavy metals and other toxins and provide a source of amino acids and energy. Amino acids are necessary for peptide conjugation in second-phase detoxification.

Chlorella contains a high amount of chlorophyll and has been used as an adjunct during radiation treatment. The chlorophyll protects against ultraviolet radiation. The tough, fibrous material in the outer shell binds the toxins and metals and carries them out of the body. This super food is comprised of 60% protein, 18 amino acids including all of the essential amino acids required by the human body, and various vitamins and minerals. Chlorella Growth Factor, CGF, a phytonutrient containing RNA and DNA, provides the building blocks for the repair of our genetic material.

Spirulina is similar to Chlorella in nutrient value but lacks the cell wall found in plants. The protein content is similar. Additionally, it provides omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants which provide protective value to the regimen.

Toxins, particularly heavy metals through the production of free radicals and their ionizing charges, can increase clotting and provoke inflammation. Additionally, because store-bought foods contain reduced amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, these problems are often aggravated by our low omega-3 diets. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation or consuming foods high in omega-3 to reduce inflammation can be very beneficial for most people.

An excellent vegetable source for omega-3 is Chia (Salvia hispanica), a plant that is native to Mexico. The 2 mm seed is frequently served at salad bars as sprouts. The Chia pet is a common find in novelty stores.

According to Dr. Vuksans' findings on Salba-brand Chia, appearing in the article "Seeds of Wellness: Return of a Supergrain" in The Saturday Evening Post (November 15, 2007), Chia contains eight times the amount of omega-3 as salmon, and is a good source for B vitamins, folic acid, amino acids, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

 

Chia flour or meal can be used for baking, and has negligible gluten. Chia meal also makes a good thickener for soups and other foods and can add to the nutritional value of meatloaf, burgers, or meat balls by mixing it in with the meat. The meal can be added to all sorts of foods to increase their nutritional value. This is especially important for picky eaters and the elderly. The seeds should be ground prior to ingestion to maximize nutrient acquisition as they can pass whole in some individuals due to their tough outer shell.

The primary fatty acids in chia are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). The body converts a-linolenic acid into the longer chain fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid DHA which are abundant in fish. ALA is the parent fatty acid. Some health advocates claim the ALA/GLA combination provides better membrane benefits for improved cellular oxygenation than EPA / DHA or fish oils.

Since Chia seeds absorb water when left to stand, some folks consume the whole seed (2 heaping tablespoons) in a glass of water or juice 30 minutes before mealtime to create a sensation of fullness so as to suppress their appetite.

The seeds are considered a perfect food. One can -survive on Chia and water for long periods of time, arid they were used by the Aztec Indians for such purposes on long t trips. Stored dry, the seeds can retain their nutritional value for up to five years. This makes it an excellent food for times of scarcity. Since Chia grows easily, it is an excellent plant for ending world hunger and malnutrition. Many in South Texas and Mexico have it growing wild in their yards.

Oxidation, the free radical consumption of electrons creating damaging by products, is the major mechanism of damage caused by toxins, radiation, inflammation, stress, and aging. Oxygenation can contribute electrons to the system and is not the same as oxidation. Free radicals of oxygen, however, can induce oxidation.

Foods and nutritional supplements that target oxidation, such as antioxidants, should be a daily routine. Avoiding oxidative agents, toxins, tobacco, and unnecessary drugs can help reduce a person's oxidative burden. The excessive intake of calories can also add to a person's oxidative stress and should influence your choice of foods and the quantity that you consume.

Consuming foods that increase a person's ability to rid their body of toxic agents is very important. Proteins, which provide amino acids for peptide conjugation, a phase- two detoxification pathway, are very important.

Glutathione is one of the more important amino acids for detoxification. A problem in many disease states is low glutathione levels. The list of diseases recognized as having low glutathione levels is quite long. Such individuals require more glutathione enriching foods.

Glutathione does not cross the cell membrane. The cell must manufacture its own glutathione from its precursor amino acids, cysteine, glycine, and glutamate. Circulating glutathione assist in cell immunity by attaching to the microbe and attracting immune cells which engulf and destroy the microbe.

Asparagus, broccoli, avocado, and spinach increase glutathione levels. Eggs, unprocessed meats, and garlic are good sources of high sulphur-containing amino acids which help raise glutathione levels.

Raw whole foods are preferred since they provide more complete nutrition than most supplements. Such vital nutrients needed for a more holistic method of Individuals who do not consume sufficient vegetables are at a disadvantage. They can suffer nutritional deficiencies, impairing the body's detoxification. This can cause toxins to accumulate since the toxins cannot be mobilized and removed from the body.

Juicing is an acceptable substitute and preferred in individuals who cannot chew adequately. Another way is to take natural concentrated encapsulated fruits and vegetables. Individuals who do not consume the 7 or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables should consider one of these alternatives. Encapsulated fruits and vegetables and related information can be found on the web at www.drcaquias4juiceplus.com

For supplements, I generally recommend products by Pure Encapsulation, (1) B6 complex with methyl B12 and methyl folate, taken daily, (2) Digestive Enzymes Ultra, taken before meals, (3) 20 billion of mixed probiotics with lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, taken after a meal, and (4) two to four Ultra Nutrients taken daily. The methyl B12 and methyl folate support methylation, a major detoxification pathway impaired in many individuals. Supplementing with B12 and folic acid and B6 on a regular basis has been shown to help prevent brain atrophy and Alzheimer's. These products can be obtained on the web at purecap-spro.com/drcaquias.

In summary, the recommendations are: high nutrition low caloric foods, adequate exercise and sleep, good hydration and bowel function, some form of detoxification, and supplementation with nutrients that support membrane and mitochondria function, detoxification, and reduce oxidative stress.

Finally, good health requires an optimistic attitude. The scriptures provide us with the assurance that regardless of how bad things seem the finality is controlled by the one who cannot fail us. We can trust in His reward and all that He has promised us.

Remember when trials come, as long as you trust and are in obedience, He will guide you through it. Regardless of the end result — even onto death — He will take care of you, "... do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28 NKJV)*

With this assurance, we can face the challenges of life unafraid for He is always with us. The trials and tribulations are the chisels and hammers sculpturing us into the masterpieces we are to become. His Word advises us: "My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life." (Proverbs 4:20-23 NKJV)*

Chapter 20

1.       Disciplining oneself to eat right takes as much fortitude and willpower as keeping a _____ ; the more or

               longer you do it, the easier it is.

       2.     When exercising for health, never work yourself to the point of pain or _______             , as this is your body

               warning you that you are exceeding the body's limit.

       3.     Give yourself adequate time between exercises for your body to ________, and remember that rest is as

               important as exercise.

       4.     Exercise to counter the effects of gravity on your body when possible with spinal ______  exercises,

              such as pull-ups or pulling weights down rather than lifting heavy objects that compress your spine.

       5.     Distributing your water intake over the entire day is more beneficial than drinking large amounts at once

              because it is better _______ and not rapidly eliminated by the body.

       6.     Electrical pollutants which have _______  a million fold over the past 10 years likewise augment the toxic effects

               of biological toxins.

      Answers:       fast,       exhaustion,        recuperate,        stretching,    distributed,    increased