Win Back Your Energy

Bulletproof Radio Podcast:

Up-Level Your Approach to Food

Izabella Wentz #571

Our thyroid controls energy metabolism.  In times of stress, our body knows how to slow things down and shut down to conserve energy.  Our ancestors experienced the most stress during famine and war.  During famines, the body learned to live on less food.  The thyroid became underactive, which caused the body’s metabolism to slow down.

In today’s world, we are in constant stress mode, and we don’t give ourselves breaks.  One example is regularly consuming processed foods.  Our ancestors didn’t eat grass, but we eat wheat, which is a type of highly processed grass.  Eating foods that our body isn’t built to digest sends the signal that there is a famine.  Our body thinks, “You would only eat THAT food if there wasn’t anything else to eat, right?”  The famine signal slows down your thyroid.  Consequently, your metabolism slows down, and your body starts attacking the thyroid gland.  Good bye, energy metabolism!

Here are some ways to get in a rest/digest/calm state:

  1. adequate sleep
  2. soothing foods in your diet, instead of foods that cause stress/inflammation
  3. breathing techniques (Jordan Gulas posted an excellent piece on this topic)
  4. epsom salt bath (relaxing magnesium) and lavender oil
  5. massage/massage chair
  6. quality time with a dog (for the healing touch)
  7. positive relationships (including with yourself)
  8. infrared light
  9. yoga
  10. meditation
  11. listening to relaxing, inspirational videos/podcasts that give you the feeling that you’re learning and growing
  12. nutrients/digestive enzymes
    • Stress shuts down our digestion.
    • If our digestion is not working correctly, our body is not able to draw out all of the nutrients from the food.
    • You could become more sensitive to the food.
  13. anything else that relaxes you (here is a blog by Sharvina with fantastic tips)

8 Comments

    1. Thank you! 😊 I’m glad that you found it useful. There is more helpful content on that episode that I didn’t include so it’s great that you’re listening to it! 🙌🏻 I couldn’t find your breathing post, but I’m sure you will have more to teach.

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      1. Thanks! Yeah, I pulled my posts for a fresh start. But, will revisit the topic of breathing techniques again I’m sure. I’ll listen to that episode soon. One of my favorite podcasts as is!

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  1. Hey healthhotspot9! I nominate you to write answers to some very interesting questions. I’m very sure you’ll have immense fun answering them just like I did!
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