Stretch Yourself

First, Fix Faults—in Nutrition

From my previous column, First, Fix Faults:

“I think that this principle of fixing faults first applies to all aspects of health and fitness. For example, ceasing to eat bad stuff (sweets, bread and most grain products, too many carbs, too much protein, wrong fats, medicated meat, eggs from abused hens, artificial additives) helps more than eating any supplements could. It helps more than any medicine, too.”

Now, a practical example of the statement.
In response to my previous post, the one on silly questions, Brenton Deed wrote:

“I love your work—you teach people to think for themselves. Many people want a guru to tell them what to do. By the way, I am someone who has restarted martial arts after some years away from it. Naturally I rebought your book Stretching Scientifically (4th edition rather than the original 1st edition) to reclaim my flexibility. I found I was remaining very sore despite increased rest. I privately thought the soreness was old age creeping up on me, but no! After much investigation and experimentation with exercise regimes and nutrition, I discovered I had insufficient magnesium in my diet. With supplements and improved diet the problem went away, and I'm again making progress! I wouldn't have believed nutrition would make that much difference ... so I've learned something.”

When I was young, in my twenties, I would not have believed it either. But as people age, their tolerance for nonsense diminishes. When the body is young, for a time it can overcome stuff that would quickly make an older person too weak to train and eventually ill. But even in youth, eating wrong is costly—because overcoming its effects drains the body's resources—thus preventing one from reaching full potential. Very often wrong eating is behind an uneven form and susceptibility to infections.

Take the magnesium deficiency: It may be caused by a diet poor in magnesium. It may be caused by taking antibiotics to treat infections facilitated by poor nutrition. It may also be caused by hyperglycemia from too many carbs or by inflammation of the intestines, ranging from a mild inflammation to celiac disease, from too much grains—all weakening one's immune system, which may lead to taking antibiotics.

OCT. 04. 2011. TaeKwonDoTimes.