I AM WHAT I EAT!…WELL, KIND OF!
I mean I’m not necessarily a kimchi salad just because I’ve had some for lunch but talking about kimchi salad think about this for a bit;
IF FOOD = INFORMATION AND INFORMATION = KNOWLEDGE AND KNOWLEDGE = POWER,
THEN IF IT’S REALLY IN MY POWER TO DO SO I CAN’T HELP BUT CHOOSE THE RIGHT STUFF FOR MY BODY!
Not that I always do since I’m not always in a place of power (and because knowledge isn’t wisdom) but my body is my space ship and it does deserve the best it can get. And so does yours! I read an article on gut bacteria the recently and it blew me away! Apparently, the human gut is home to more living bacteria than the cells that make up the body.
Professor Simon Carding of the University of East Anglia:
‘They (the organisms in the gut) outnumber the human cells by more than 10:1!’
Think about that for a minute, for every human cell, there are 10 of these organisms. Not only that but the professor says that we’re ‘under the influence’ of microorganisms present in the body. Not surprising considering the number of them! I imagine tripped out conspiracy theories popping up like aliens invading the planet and taking us over…from the inside!
But what is he saying?
That we’re infested by billions of protoplasmic microbial aliens? Has this man been on some funky delusional substances? I’m not sure, but apparently, he’s a certified professor who knows what he’s doing research for the sake of science and the evolution of mankind. He goes on to say that we have around 3000+? ‘species’ of bacteria in our gut and that losing them could cause adverse effects on our health.
He states that in order to fix your brain you must fix your gut and that our gut is our second brain!
The bacteria he’s referring to are also called probiotics. We find them in fermented foods like yogurts, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, etc.
But are we getting it?
The national dish of Norway is Pizza Grandiosa (it’s actually Får I Kål but the former is usually the standard amongst the Norsk). You do the math. Back in the days before refrigerators, vacuum bags and freezers were the norm pickling and fermenting was how the wise elderly or maternal figures of the home would preserve the harvested goodies of the season.
So bacteria have been on our side since time began and looks like they’re not leaving us anytime soon either. The road to good health starts in the kitchen some say. It’s the heart of the home!
I somehow feel like it’s ingrained in us remembering how it’s almost always a sight to see people gather in the kitchen at a house party and usually stay there as long as possible amongst the crew, cookies, and condiments.
The word ‘bacteria’ to me used to have a negative tone to it, making me squirm a little and imagine nasty things like rotting food from a garbage bin wreaking all sorts of foul odors that dissolve my nostril hair as I inhale the corruptive fumes and thinking about it could almost plunge me into a paranodal fit because I learnt they’re effing everywhere. Talking about bacteria and all here’s another one from Popular Science online; Biologist Kenneth Nealson discovers that certain bacteria live of electrodes taking energy from them for their growth.
“As soon as I saw what Shewanella could do, I just went wacky,”
– Nealson says.
“I called all my students into the lab and I said,”
‘This is a very, very important organism to understand. Nobody’s going to believe it. It’s going to take us 10 or 15 years to convince the world it’s true.’
He’s apparently worked as a biologist for 45 years and never seen anything like it.
“It’s just wild to have your whole view change so drastically.” -he says.
To give a little detail of the article from what I understood, this discovery means we have to completely change the way we look at biology. It basically twists everything we know, turns it sideways and puts it up that special place we all know so well! He thinks one day the bacteria themselves could be used as a source of energy.
Not only that but also as a clean and way more eco friendly way to dispose of your crap like sewage and organic waste the only by-product being more energy. Eco-Freaks should get on this wagon! It’s a win-win!
IN A WORLD WHERE WE MAKE WEAPONS, RAISE TAXES AND BLOW UP VILLAGES INSTEAD OF FIXING THE PROBLEMS THAT LEAD TO THAT HAPPENING IN THE FIRST PLACE, A SYSTEM WITH A ‘DESIGNED TO FAIL’ MATRIX, THE PHARMA MAFIOSA GRANDE, RETARDED POLITICS AND PEOPLE EATING SHIT OUT OF A CUP… (YES, I SPELT IT CORRECTLY ‘SHIT-OUT-OF-A-CUP’ BUT COULD THAT BE CLASSED AS ART? I DON’T KNOW!) AMONGST OTHER HUMAN/INHUMAN PHENOMENON AND ACTIONS, IT’S LIKE A RAINBOW WITH UNICORNS FLYING AROUND IT FARTING BUBBLES.
How big is this industry of nutrition?
In this age of stinky capitalism, it’s not that anything is looked at with dollar sign shaped glasses, but everything!
‘If there’s money to be made then let it be made, at whatever cost!’
That statement in itself sounds totally retarded, for example: ‘what if the cost of making money is more than the money to be made?’
How does this relate to nutrition?
To put it bluntly… sickness is big business! This is where the knowledge = power equation loses it’s standing because in a capitalistic monetary system the final destination is money! And especially profit (more money)!
But most of it is digital isn’t it? It exists in binary code, numbers on a screen, it’s immaterial! How do you put a value on that?
And we haven’t even talked stock markets or banks yet… Or taxes! But it’s all linked. Food. Health. Drugs. Money. And the list goes on!
WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE GOOD OLD WAYS? TAKEN? LOST? FORGOTTEN?
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME I CAUGHT MY OWN FOOD I ASK MYSELF?
WHY DO I ASK MYSELF IF IT’LL FILL MY BELLY INSTEAD OF IF IT’LL GIVE ME THE NUTRIENTS I NEED?
WHY ARE WE LIMITING OURSELVES TO WHAT’S ON OFFER INSTEAD OF DEMANDING WHAT WE DESERVE?
IS THERE SOMETHING STOPPING US?
BUT I FEEL WE CAN FORGIVE OURSELVES SINCE WE ARE ONLY 10% HUMAN RIGHT?
DOES THIS MEAN THE REST OF US ISN’T HUMAN?
Sometimes I feel like we’re little parasites on this planet, feeding off it, squeezing out all the nectar from this precious sphere called Earth…
Things are looking positive, though… There are more alternative food stores, restaurants, drink places, alternative therapies, people, entities, alternative-alternatives and whatever else that’s ‘alternative’ than you can think of now than ever before.
Microbial nutrition sounds like the future of health!
Think nanotech and medicine! It’s the microbes that inspired an entirely new branch of science to emerge.
HERE’S TO THE MICROBIOME!
Without them what are we?
” We can’t live with (some of) them nor can we live without(some of) them.”
Does it matter? Why/not?
Either way, I’m quite happy we’re getting somewhere on a few new things in whichever department that may be… I’d like to see a much more people like these guys (mentioned above) sharing their stuff with the rest of the world through the immortally immense inter-web-net for the sake of enlightening humankind and transcending the limits we have constructed around ourselves whether by intention or not.
WE ARE, AFTER ALL, MADE OF STARS! WE’RE MADE TO SHINE! BUT IT’S THAT LITTLE BIT OF HUMAN THAT MAKES EACH OF US UNIQUE! FICTION OR FRICTION I’D STILL LIKE TO GET A HIT OF WHAT THESE GUYS TOKE ON IN THEIR LABS…
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