598: Health Means Wealth
Health and Wealth: Every once in a while, being analytical and scientific thinkers, we like to give advice on health, simply because “without health there is no wealth”. There are very few examples of people with severe health issues – like mental health, disability or terminal deceases/illness that go on to make millions. The top priority is safety and health, with the money following this foundation of life. If you want to destroy your wealth, then hard drinking, drugs, heavy smoking, over-eating, having accidents and getting no exercise are all good ways to start.
Insights: What we are going to describe is some exceptional insights we have on health – that we are frankly too busy making money out of property to concentrate on developing and proving beyond scientific doubt, but we thought we should advise all our readers, because it might help you live a long and wealthy life. This is our objective and it’s probably yours as well, otherwise you would not be reading this Special Report. Almost all people desire a long healthy and wealthy life.
Data Quantity: Scientific studies and correlations are progressing at an astonishing pace, partly because of the sheer quantity of new data on people’s health – accessible to academic and medical institutions. When we look across all these data – there are some key insights we would like to pull out that could alter your daily habits and improve longevity and wealth.
Muscles: It is our believe based on many recent studies that the key to longevity is “muscles” – the comparative muscle mass versus fat. The larger your muscles compared to your fat (or flab) the better. The leaner and/or larger your muscles are and the less flab you have is key. We believe the key reasons for this – and we can’t prove these yet – they are hypothesis – are that:
· Muscles process and burn deadly cancer forming chemicals day and night – during exercise and after, also during sleep
· Muscles burn sugar and fat that cancer feeds on
· Muscles give the body strength – in the limbs, chest, stomach and heart – that aids blood circulation – as the heart pumps fast during muscle exercise, it flushes the circulationary system vessel of artery clogging substances
· Muscles means an older person is able to stay active for longer, exercising and hence process out the environmental toxins that we consume and absorb in our 2017s lifestyle
· Muscles and exercise also create Endorphins that give an uplifting positive and exhilarating feeling after during and after taking exercise.
Dangers of Muscle Deterioration: As the body gets older, of course the key is to retain muscle mass – try and delay the withering of muscles and strength that inflict all elderly people – indeed any man over 30 years old in a gradual sense. For example, take a look at the size of muscles in a man of 75 years old versus 25 years old and you will see what we mean. Note in women, around 45% of strength is lost around the time of menopause.
Older People Put On Weight Normally Because Muscles Deteriorate: As people get older, there metabolism drops in large part because there muscles reduce in size – and if one eats exactly the same amount of food and calories, then obviously the excess calories will always be stored as fat – and lead to being overweight then eventually obese. The trick for aging people – which is everyone – is to keep exercising, developing muscles as best possible and reducing calorie intake to match the likely reduction in your muscle mass. If you build muscles, you will of course be able to eat more and stay slim at the same time – because when you are relaxing and asleep – the muscle will burn off the flab.
Risks to Developing Your Muscles: The obvious risks to this strategy of keep your muscles large and your fat levels low are – in getting exercise, you injure yourself – bones, ligaments or muscles – either by pulling them or having an accident. Stating the obvious, you need to avoid having accidents – play it safe – don’t take unnecessary risks when exercising. Avoid extreme sports. Avoid skiing.
Cycling: Interestingly a recent study from a group of medics in Glasgow studied 250,000 commuters and found that people that cycled to work – on average 30 miles a week – had almost half the incidence of death through heart decease, heart attacks or cancer, when normalised for smoking, weight etc, compared to people that drive to work. This fits our hypothesis that people with large lean muscles – remember the largest muscles on the body are the thigh and butt muscles that get developed from cycling – people that are leaner – have almost half the incidence of cancer and heart decease. The chance of getting killed on a bicycle in 2015 was around 17 times higher per mile than driving by car, but interestingly slightly less than walking (as a pedestrian by mile). It’s still three times safer than driving a motorcycle. You just need to be very careful and aware of danger areas.
Safe Cycling: You can of course reduce the chance of getting killed on a bicycle by designing a route that goes through parks, cycle paths and quiet roads if you are worried about an accident. You will need to be very careful as well. Cycling to work – the study quite rightly pointed out – is a routine and becomes part of daily life – so it takes the “dreaded” out of the equation – you just need to be discipline and keep to the routine. It’s just a mode of transport. If you can continue cycling regardless of the weather or season – this is of course far preferred. This is easier than trying to build going to a gym or swimming pool into your routine – because there will always be a hundred reasons why you can skip it the gym – after work drinks, invited to lunch, not feeling so well, feeling tired, or more exciting things to do. When cycling, to reduce risks – wear a crash helmet, hi-visibility gear, lots of flashing lights in the dark etc and cycle defensively – don’t jump lights.
Saving Money and Routine: The other positive thing about cycling – apart from saving money commuting and being part of a good steady routine – is that its good on the joints unlike running and jogging. You are far more likely to preserve your joints, far less likely to pull a muscle or twist an ankle or wear our your cartilage in your knees or hips. A healthy compromise though is cycling to work and back every day, with some jogging at the weekend – to develop a slightly different muscle set through running. Walking will also help building muscle mass. If you can’t run or job, then walk – it’s a good substitute.
Upper Muscle Strength and Mass: Regarding upper body strength and muscles. Some 2-3 kg bell weights, stretches and any chance to get on a rowing machine will develop and tone up these muscles – which are very important. Also, if your upper body muscle tone, mass and definition get well developed – it will do you no end of good from a “feel good about yourself” factor – regardless of whether you are a man or woman. Having toned abs and a good body profile should boost your self-confidence. You will be able to wear body hugging cloths that show off your figure.
Weight Gain – Getting Fat: Regarding weight – or people getting flabby – the only really sustainable way of losing weight and flab/fat – is by developing muscles. The best way of building muscles is by walking, running, cycling, rowing, swimming and going down the gym and pumping weights. If you worry about your weight and getting fat or flabby – its crystal clear in our minds – you need to focus on building muscle then your fat will evaporate away. The more muscle you build – the more your fat will vanish – it’s as simple as that. The reason is – muscle burns energy (or fat) whilst fat stores energy (sugar is converted to fat only if it’s not burnt by muscle (including the heart, and to a lesser extent some other organs like the brain). You can try going on diets – but the most effect way of losing weight is developing muscle – period. You just won’t read many books describing this – because they are all trying to sell diets and food. If you want to lose weight – you need to get active – and in doing so your muscle mass will increase then you will burn the fat – “simples”.
Aging Process: As you get older – and you follow this advice – or these tenets – then you will notice that:
· Your peers around you will be getting rounded, flabby, out of shape and looking a lot older than you – you will stay lean, with young body profile
· You will have more energy and a more positive younger outlook on life
· You will be able to handle more stress
· Your increase in positive mental and physical energy will allow you do more and better property deals – and gain-retain wealth
· You will have a far higher chance of living longer and avoid the twin major risks of heart decease and/or cancer.
Diet: We have written extensively about food-diet before, and we won’t go into much detail here, but the key is to:
· Avoid refined sugar
· Avoid drinking too much alcohol (it’s also a type of sugar)
· Try and stop smoking
· Avoid illegal drugs of any kind (its destroys motivation and leads to mental illness)
· Avoid eating too much wheat and carbohydrates
· Eat loads of vegetables, fruit and nuts
· Eat plenty of lean meat and fish
· Avoid eating too many acidic foods like refined sugar, fizzy drinks etc
· Drink alkaline water – for instance pH 7.5-8.3 non fizzy mineral water (or tap water in SE England and other hard water areas – e.g. areas with limestone/chalk bedrock-aquifers)
· Take a multi-vitamin tablet each day, plus vitamin D
It’s our belief that acidic diets lead to cancer and the furring up of arteries – cancer feeds off sugar and acidic rancid fat – so if you keep your body in a neutral-alkaline state you will risk mitigate against cancer and heart decease.
Vitamin D - Critical: Just a word on vitamin D – it’s absolutely essential and one reason why we think the Scot’s life expectancy is so low compared with people in southern England. There is very little sunlight in Scotland for 6 months a year. Vitamin D is more like a special hormone – essential for good health. It take 3 months to build-up Vitamin D levels in your body from sunlight (if you don’t take tablets) and 3 months for these levels to drop off again– so the most deficient period in Scotland is end March each year. The winter mortality rate is also high during this period – Jan-March. There isn’t a direct correlation of course, but what were are hypothesizing is that “peak health risk” and “peak depression” is March each year in Scotland and northern countries – before the Vitamin D levels start to slowly increase in the body. People in southern England get far more sunshine especially in the autumn and spring – so this deficiency is far less. So if you live in Scotland or any area which sees little sun like Ireland, Wales and northern England, you really have to take Vitamin D – it could be a life saver – especially in the winter. For Scots, even late April your Vitamin D levels will still be very depleted – still a risky time of the year – until they have built to the highest levels around end August – after those long summer nights and albeit of relatively weak sun.
In summary – build muscle and steer towards a healthy alkaline diet – and you will be on for a winner.
We hope this Special Report has given you some interesting insights into health – and will get you thinking about the value of “muscles”. If you have any comments or queries, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org