Monday, 1 December 2014

The old ways are best

It's not really something that we think about often, but the life that we live today is totally different to the way that we have lived for thousands of years.

We can fly around the planet, communicate instantly to the most remote places and google any answer to a question we might have. The rate of advancement truly beggars belief.

Even though we have become so knowledgeable in so many areas though, we also have left some of the good behind, on a personal level.

We no longer all work outside on the land, out in the sun, but instead work inside getting very little sunlight.
This has knock on effects too. We are like plants that walk around in that we too take so much energy from the sun. We perform our own type of photosynthesis when we use the light from the sun to transform cholesterol into Vitamin D. A detailed explaination can be found here.
The light hitting our eyes also sets our circadian rhythm, our internal hour clock. This helps our body know when we should sleep and when we should wake up.

Instead of eating nutrient dense foods from nutrient dense soils, we are eating processed laboratory food that is high in grains and sugar. Something that is completely new to the human body.
We are spraying our food with all kinds of pesticides and weedkillers in order to have bumper crops that are the most profitable. This is all before we genetically modify food into the biggest and strongest crop that we can. Some food isn't even grown in soil anymore but instead is grown in nutrient rich water.

Have we come a long way as a human race? We sure have, but in doing so we have also left some of the old ways that are truly best for us.

Why not try and combine the best of both worlds?

I try to take a few simple steps to live ancestrally but in the modern world.
Here's just a sample of some of the things that I try to do:

  • Get as much sun as is safe. I don't use any sun cream that can block the good effects of the sun, instead I welcome the sun, but cover up at dangerous parts of the day.
  • Especially during winter time try to capture as much energy from the sun as possible. This can mean taking time outside when the sun does appear, and show as much of your skin to the sun as possible.
  • I don't wear sun glasses in winter time. Do you ever drive to work as the sun is coming over the horizon? Instead of putting on a pair of shades I try to use the time to let the sun get into my eyes, it's morning time brain!!!
  • Organic food is everywhere. We are fortunate enough to have our own tunnel and raised beds where we are able to grow some of our own vegetables. When our seasons supply is used up though we purchase organic foods where possible. 
  • Minimalise the amount of fake carbage food that is available today. Instead try to spend more time ci=cooking dinners from scratch using good natural ingredients. It's quick, easy and leaves you feeling far more healthy.
  • Avoid the screens late into the night. Screens completely confuse our brains about the time of day. Avoid them near bed time if possible.
  • Get an early night if possible. 
  • Get some healthy exercise. This doesn't have to be anything to strenuous, but at least be moving as much as possible. This is probably the first time in human history where we sit down all day! Even if it's as simple as taking the stairs rather than the lift.
  • Try to get dirty! We live in a world that is far too clean. We like our homes to be neat and tidy of course, but why not put aside some time where you can get dirty outside in the soil. Let those minerals in. In fact it can be good for your immune system to have those small low doses of bacteria. You'll be far better prepared for when one of those nasty winter colds come along!
  • Get some fresh air. Rather than recirculated stale air get some good fresh unpolluted air into your lungs!
All these steps can help us to get the best out of both worlds. There's many many more, these are just a few. 
The old ways were best in so many ways, let's not forget them. 

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