Tuning In Our Personal Radio To FM (Functional Medicine)
Just as our car engine needs good quality oil to keep the metal surfaces from grinding and banging, so it seems, does our body. Some oils, such as ‘extra virgin’ olive oil are great on salads but not (due to their lowish flashpoint, above which they produce toxins) when used for high temperature cooking. Well, what makes it ‘extra virgin’, you may ask? Don’t even go there – as clearly no one has. But, our body pretty much functions (or doesn’t?) according to what we regularly put in our mouths – our personal filler cap. Extreme athletes have much to teach us mere mortals, knowing that food, habits and good hydration take them further and faster, for longer. More so, as the top (Isle of Man) annual Parish Walkers can burn through 9,000 calories in the space walking 85 miles in 24 hours. That’s roughly 110 calories burnt / mile walked – while some put in only 2,500 calories through their filler caps. The tireless ones get their body into ketosis as lovers of high energy dense, natural fat based, low carb foods. Hippocrates likely had it right: “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Tuning into ‘FM’ may get us all singing happily along to a healthier tune.