Enhancing the Healing Process,
Health and healing begins and ends on the cellular energy level...
The body is made up of 40 trillion cells, each of them performing millions of processes to keep us alive and fully functioning. When everything is in balance and working well, we experience health. However, when this delicate balance is tipped, we start to have problems that, with time, can lead to illness, as the body’s function becomes more and more detrimentally affected.
These days we are surround by metabolic disruptors – electrical pollution, radiation, chemicals, pollution, pesticides, stress, toxic emotions, unclean air, over-refined foods – the list is enormous. Now more than ever, it is beneficial to have regular check ins with a holistic practitioner to tune in to what your body needs, so your batteries can remain topped up, and your cellular processes supported optimally throughout each stage of life.
The body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism capable of the most remarkable things. It is on constant alert working to protect and clear any and all threats to cellular health and function. Because cells are quite literally the building blocks and signal producers of the body, it is here that healing and health start and finish.
Cell cycles are remarkable to behold. It is in the sub-atomic particles within the DNA and molecules of our cells, all the atoms, protons, electrons and neutrons, that enable cells to function, all working together to enable the body to work, and for you to go about your business without even thinking about it! How incredible it is.
Fueling every single process that occurs on a micro and macro level in the body is energy. Energy is the reason the body can do what it does. Energy fuels cells, and cells produce energy. It is an interdependant cycle. If energy fails, the cells ability to produce energy fails - they are reliant on each other.
Cells are the ultimate source of the body’s energy supply, they take in the nutrients and particles and fuel a continuous cycle of ATP cycling and recycling, providing the energy that powers every single aspect of our lives. Cells are also responsible for producing vital 'redox signalling molecules', messengers which facilitate communication between cells, tissues and organs, muscles and all structures, to carry out the functional aspects of metabolism, detoxification, repair, elimination and ultimately, health. It is through the process of converting adenotriphosphate (ATP) into energy that these ‘Redox Signalling Molecules’ are formed. These are the very molecules enable life to happen.
Energy is the sustainer of life - it determines whether the body can heal or not. It determines whether you will be able to fuel your muscles and brain to enjoy the juice of life, or not. Energy and cellular function are everything.
When bones break down more than they rebuild, this is osteopenia moving into osteoporosis. Bone cells are not getting the correct signalling and energy to rebuild. We can help this process.
When wounds are slow to heal or scars form, the cells there are not getting the best signalling and energy to heal effectively and efficiently. We can help this process.
When a chronic infection is taking over and the body is losing, the immune cells are not getting the energy or signalling that will tip the balance. We can help this process.
Whatever the problem in the body, there is a reason. When we understand that all illness, all problems in the body, are cell-mediated we can take action to support the cellular function, energy and boost the healing process.
The body already knows how to heal itself. We simply want to help it do what it already knows what to do.
Redox Signalling Molecules (RSM)
RSMs allow cells to communicate. They are the source of intracellular information sharing in the body. They carry signals, instructions, and directions which stimulate inter-cellular function.
These molecules are so tiny they are able to travel to all parts of the body, even across the blood-brain barrier, even across the blood-bowel barrier. RSM are responsible for regulating all chemical reactions in the body – literally millions of them every second of every day of our lives.
When you have an abundance of RSM, the body operates efficiently, like putting quality fuel into the engine of your car, cellular communication is rapid, effective, clean and efficient. Where there is a deficit of these signalling molecules, messages slow down, impulses don’t get through, processes don’t occur, and eventually the cells in the area run out of energy, slow down and become dysfunctional. Without these messengers signalling what needs to be done in each of the body’s cells, health will eventually go into decline, for it is the RSM’s that are responsible for regulating all the body’s chemical reactions and functions, including tissue repair and energy production. Immune function, enzyme production, blood pressure regulation, blood sugar regulation, digestion, elimination – there is not a process in the body that does not rely on RSM to occur.
Inflammation is how the immune system works. It is through closely regulated inflammation that the body gets things done. It is the initial part of all healing processes, bringing white blood cells and healing factors into an area to address issues of infection, injury or damage. It is in the switching off of inflammatory signals, that enables inflammation to be a healing agent. As the body recognises the point of optimal healing through redox signalling, it then sends RSM to reassign response cells and co-ordinates the repair process. The messengers governing this process are RSM. Any depletion or disruption in their availability and responsiveness, and the signals will get through, inflammation is not turned off, it continues to build, and damage rather than repair occurs.
All illness is expressed in the body as either an oxidative or inflammatory process. If there are more oxidants to antioxidants, then this leads to oxidative stress, which is the cause of most illnesses and diseases, such as heart disease, arthritis, stroke, Alzheimer’s, dementia, hypertension, periodontal disease, obesity, diabetes, sun spots, skin cancers, psoriasis, auto-immune disease … the list goes on.
As we age, the number of mitochondria, the energy producing centre of our cells, begins to decline. This reduces the number of RSM that are also produced in the mitochondria, so not only does energy decline, so does the efficiency of cellular communication, regulation and repair. Fewer RSM leads to reduced efficiency as there simply aren’t enough molecules to do all the work. As we age it is smart to supplement the body with a source of these RSM; it can be applied topically or taken as a drink. This supplementation enables the body to pick up some of the tasks it was previously unable to get to. Directed by the body’s innate wisdom, these molecules are sent to where they are most needed first, supporting the healing process. Once a RSM deficit is filled, they are then used to slow oxidative stress which is what drives degenerative ‘aging’ processes. I believe that all conditions and health issues need support on this cellular level. The first thing people notice when RSMs are boosted is a lift in their energy. As health returns, RSMs are used at the skin level, providing the overflow ‘glow’ we so often associate with health.
You can see the distinction in the abundant support of RSM between babies / children, and older people. When we are young we have an abundance of these signalling molecules. Growth, development, learning, healing, regenerating, it all happens so quickly. Within a day the neurons responsible for doing a new task are put into place in a baby’s brain. In an older person it takes a lot longer to learn new things. As we age, our production of RSM declines, resulting in increased inflammation and damaging oxidative stress. We just don’t regenerate quickly or fully enough anymore, and the body shows an increase in signs of ageing and damage. Skin sagging, wrinkles, sun spots, sore joints, weaker bones, muscle loss, thinning hair, pain, stiffness, fatigue – all are signs of a reduced production of RSM. Supplementing RSMs , reducing oxidative stress exposure and focusing on healthier lifestyle practices and a clean, nourishing diet, are the best ways to help the body heal itself, and stay youthful longer.
Redox Signaling Molecules
It is through redox signaling, that cells receive direction. It is a process so vital that if any given system of the body were to suddenly stop making cell signalling molecules, that system would break down and fail within fifteen minutes. Cell signalling and the gene expression it facilitates literally sustain life.
One of the reason health problems occur is when the body stops responding to instructions from the genes and communication between the cells. There’s a breakdown in communication between what your body is communicating intra-cellularly, and what it’s actually being done.
Cell signalling in your body stimulates the pathways for gene expression. Not the kind of gene expression that dictates how tall you are or which parent you look like, though that’s part of genetics. The genetic pathways we’re talking about right now are the communication lines that carry life-sustaining instructions from your genes to your cells so that your cells can carry out instructions that keep you alive and healthy. This communication depends on having healthy cells in every system of the body.
For example, if the heart cells don’t get a message, they can’t carry out the instructions to keep your heart functioning well.
Genes - what do they do?
Genes code for proteins and enzymes that facilitate function and repair in the body. The body is switching on and switching off genes all the time. If a certain gene needs specific nutrients to function, and those nutrients are available, the that gene may down-regulate its function as a result. Like lights gone out on a Christmas tree, when genes switch off they stop signalling for the proteins and enzymes that the body needs to maintain function and repair.
The body can repair damage to cells and DNA by reactivating molecules within the cell, enabling genes and related cellular function to be restored to peak function. True health means on turning on the genes that communicate messages to the cells that perform each individual function. (There are various ways to support the body in doing this.)
Cell signalling plays a key role in gene expression. Genes code for enzymes which give life-sustaining instructions to cells, and cells carry out these instructions. As we age, cellular communication can go into decline, the signals weaken, and gene expression can be disrupted.
Millions of people around the world suffer from weak immune systems, unhealthy inflammatory response, cardiovascular issues, digestive complaints, and hormone imbalance. These challenges may result from age or environmental factors such as stress, diet, toxicity, malnutrition, insufficient rest and even poor quality air. In fact, current research shows that some lifestyle choices can actually turn off genes, inevitably affecting all systems of the body.
Global wellness trends in five broad areas of health reflect this cellular breakdown.
1. Immune System - As many as 1.2 million Australians suffer from autoimmune disease. Symptoms can affect all organs. Add to this immune depletion issues such as frequent infections, and the immune system is an important system to care for.
2. Hormone Modulation - Hormone imbalances, affecting the production of key sex hormones, account for billions of dollars in healthcare costs, and include issues with oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, insulin, adrenal hormones, and thyroid hormones.
3. Inflammatory Response - Chronic inflammation is linked to almost all major causes of disease and death. Disease mechanisms are inflammation driven, as are pain, injuries, and anything causing damage to tissues and cells in the body.
4. Digestive Function - Digestion is central to health in the body, it is where our nutrients are derived, and all the building blocks for health. It is also the seat of the immune system, with 80% of immune surveilance being located in the gut associated lymphoid tissue (GALT). Poor digestion, inflamed mucosa, insufficient digestive enzyme production, erosion of any surface in the gastro-intestinal tract, causes the immune system to go on high alert. The digestive system is also the centre for toxin elimination.
5. Cardiovascular System - Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the Western world.
Embarking on a Natural Health Program
We live in a stressful and toxic world now in the modern age. There are so many threats to our health surrounding us, that it makes sense to get proactive about helping our body to stay on top of daily processes more easily.
By embracing a cleaner, healthier diet based on real foods grown by nature, and following it with healthier lifestyle choices and a more self-supportive mindset (nurturing your inner cheerleader), the body is better supported to regulate and maintain the healing processes that supports cellular processes and regeneration.
As mitochondrial energy production improves, you will feel more energised. As more energy resources become available, the body will turn its attention to getting on top of any metabolic processes that have fallen by the wayside.
Naturopathically, we seek to asses your body for resources that may be able to better support your healing process right now. An extra boost from the right nutrients, minerals, herbs, homeopathics, probiotics, prebiotics, amino acids or other remedies can all help bring resources to the body's self-healing palette for a faster healing experience. (Two of the things we like to use in support of this process, on the topic of redox signalling molecules, is Asea water, and Reconnective Healing.)
Overall, it is about tuning in to what the body needs, implementing a health supportive diet, eating a clean, nourishing diet, and working on the way you use your mind, that supports the body's natural ability to heal and maintain itself, now and into the future.
Personalised Health Care
Each person is unique, with their own particular lifestyle factors, health history, epi-genetic characteristics and treatment needs. We regard each person as an individual, and aim work with you to identify the causative and sustaining factors in your current experience, and what you need to move forward in the most efficient and effective way for you. Call us to discuss your needs, or email us below.