Real Power Comes Gently… From Balance

26 Jan

I don’t start many sentences with “I believe”. It feels like an irrevocable moral contract of some kind – something never to be taken lightly. Right now, I have a couple of those rattling around.

I believe in energy and the body’s power to gently guide that energy to get results.

Let me explain.


We live our lives in these things made mostly of water, fueled by chemical and electrical activity – that’s energy. With all things that run on energy, the right mix of elements – all those key components to fire the mechanism properly—is pretty important for optimum functioning. If our goal is to maintain a mixture that supports living in a particular way, tracking those balances, as if watching a monitor, is necessary. Not too much and not too little but always fluid and flexible.

I believe that we can reset those balances by doing course corrections, big and small, along the way.

Note the studies examining BNDF – a little protein that we know is released during exercise. This little protein has the power to tap into DNA and make something happen. BNDF actually unlocks a rule programmed in DNA, found specifically on chromosome 11, and triggers a particular sequence of events that tells the body to create new cells – researchers believe that that sequence triggers the creation of new neurons.

Think about that for a second.

Every time I step on the elliptical or go out for a vigorous walk I am telling my body that I want more neurons… I want to grow. That is not just energy but that is power.

That is one protein and one tiny set of instructions in our DNA but one that can be seen in the lab – today.

Not science fiction.

Not voodoo or mysticism.

One protien that we have the power to activate personally every single day.

Just imagine the possibilities as this branch of research deepens and scientist continue to unlock the mysteries of the relationship between our behaviors and our bodies.

Goose bumps, right?

choose lined with gold

8 Responses to “Real Power Comes Gently… From Balance”

  1. Kathie May 26, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    I like this. One more piece of info to add to my arsenal.

  2. Cathy Sikorski May 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    Yikes….that’s motivating. I go to the gym pretty regularly, but I do talk myself out of it more than I probably should! Now I have an even better reason for getting off the couch! Thanks Ruth, as always!

  3. Cathy Chester May 27, 2016 at 2:08 am #

    You are such a deep thinker. But I do believe – yes I do – that saying I believe is powerful stuff, and very spiritual in many ways. And I agree with Cathy Sikorski – I better get my you-know-what back to the gym!

  4. Carol Cassara May 27, 2016 at 5:42 am #

    I hadn’t heard this before, but I am glad to hear it. Even so, I always think of my father, who did all the things you’re supposed to do for Alzheimers–exercised 2 hours a day, read immunology for a hobby, etc etc and still got it. The brain is a mystery but we are slowly unlocking it, aren’t we?

  5. Leanne May 27, 2016 at 6:53 am #

    Really interesting stuff and something I’m going to have to wrap my brain around a little more I think!

  6. Lisa Carpenter May 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    Goosebumps for sure. Will consider this each time I do anything that can be determined a request to my body for new neurons to grow! Thanks! And thank you for the lovely photo of the aspens. 😀

  7. Cathy Lawdanski May 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    Ruth – I love this -every time I exercise, I am telling my body I want to grow. Heading off to do some yoga now.

  8. Rosemond May 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    Fascinating information and research. This is such a wonderful motivator to go out and exercise, even for a walk. To make that decision to change and grow!

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