In the alternative health world there are several popular terms that I like many heard and used without putting the word in its proper context or even understanding it. Some examples are
Nutrition - without a mention of light
Detox - with out a mention of redox potential (net negative charge, toxins are positively charged)
Juicing - without any mention of water quality (not taken into account for organic or not)
Alkalize the body - Different parts are different ph's so which part? the stomach is very acidic and needs to be
and on and on but today I'll be talking about SuperFoods
A term used by so many companies to market their products when there is no regulation what so ever on what a super food is. Name any food that is even remotely viewed as healthy and it has probably been called a superfood.
Yesterday I did a talk called "What should I eat?" and the goal was to change the conversation from what to first asking where and when.
If you have followed any of these blogs hopefully you have picked up on my focus being light and light telling time. (if not see the past few blogs) So where is the question what is the light environment and when asks what time (season, day, life cycle ect) time is dictated by light.
Super foods, as I remember when I first started hearing the term, where typically where exotic things like gogi berries or acai bowls.
Now it seems that super foods have turned into entire categories like greens.
So now we can really put some things in context. Foods that grow in high light environments tend to have high amounts of anti oxidants and vitamin c for example. Makes sense as these are plants and plants convert light into sugars and sugars compete with vitamin C so the more sugar you eat the more vitamin C you need and the anti oxidants prevent the fruit from oxidizing super fast because sugars are not very stable and have a lot of water in them compared to something further up the food chain like an egg.
Nature doesn't make mistakes but if the acai is shipped to another environment the light that it took in from photosynthesis is re expressed in the body possibly causing a circadian glitch if someone eats it where it does not grow.
Many plants like in the vitamin C example contain the benefit that of sets the negative aspect of that plant.
Now people are starting to call everything from wheat grass to chia seeds (the chia seems particularly silly to me) but so many people are simply googling super food this or that and never asking those two important questions about light and time Where am I and When is it. The Inuit should probably not be eating tons of gogi berries.
Here is a fun realization that is experiential in my own life.
I myself love cacao, it has been called a super food as it has a number of benefits one being a very high PQQ content and PQQ is a substance that has been shown increase the production of new mitochondria (the engines that power cells so very very important to focus on them)
Cacao tends to come from an area that has high unidirectional magnetism. High Unidirectional Magnetism increases the charge on the electron that in short increases the power output in the mitochondria to power all the cells which them increases the function of ALL your bio chemistry. If I lost you on that it doesn't matter the take away is that now I'm saying cacao will have a different effect not only based on light but on the magnetism in the area it is consumed.
So I got a Magnetico Sleep Pad (see the blog on that HERE) which alters my magnetism environment. I found myself craving cacao and feeling the benefits more. My theory (and it's just a theory) is that altering my magnetic environment to more closely resemble the environment where cacao comes from allows me much greater benefit from it. Meaning it was a food and then it became a "superfood" for me based on magnetism.
Totally changes the conversation of superfoods to questions about environment. Food is tricky that way. I would also say that food grown under junk, fake light is very different that the naturally grown and foods with good water are very different than those with bad water. In the same way grass fed cows are different than grain fed. People seem to apply this to animals and not plants when plants are fed light and water.
In same way Lions Mane, one of my favorite substances for brain and nervous system health, has been used for a very long time but now my theory is that it will become a "superfood" not based on the light or magnetism environment like the previous examples but because of the tech environment. Mushrooms handle unnatural electro magnetic frequencies well. We are now being bombarded by EMF's that are having a massive negative effect on health so a mushroom the interacts with the nervous system (which is very negatively affected by EMF) may prove to be a very important tool based on the tech environment. Also just a theory.
Hopefully we are giving things context instead of just throwing blanket statements about foods that may be "super" in one place and time and not in another.
I will say that in my world (not yours or anyone else's) cacao, lions mane, salmon, eggs, grass-fed beef and raw milk, olive oil and a few key others are my primary foods and they are super for me in the place and time.
If I take a trip down south you may see me eating acai.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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