The imperative to eat healthier in this day and age has received a lot of attention, yet consensus on exactly what that means is far less forthcoming. Everything between the whole food plant-based, and the carnivore diets, seem to have an expert proclaiming its own utility, to the exclusion of all else. The purported degree of differences between one individual's nutrition requirements and another's have been overstated. Although there are some physiological differences between people, these differences need not be played out in the landscape of meal construction.
Fortunately, despite anyone's food preferences there are some reliable universals that have the advocacy of nearly every nutrition expert, despite what side of the fence they sit on. By using the Venn diagram approach to what different nutritionists and dieticians extol, we can be encouraged to invest our resources in those measures that almost every authority seems to converge on.
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In my post in January I highlighted the effect that our modern lifestyle has on a very important movement of the hip called “extension”. Hip extension (pic 2) is critical, as both a supporting faculty for the spine, as well as the mechanics of human gait.
About 80% of all people report having Low Back pain at some point in their lives (pic 3-5). It is also one of the most costly medical interventions in our society, right behind diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The habitually shortened state of the Psoas muscles (hip flexors) is one of the most central culprits in the lack of mobility in hip extension.
Unlike any of the other muscles in the entire muscular system, the Psoas also interacts with the respiratory system. The main muscle of breathing, the respiratory diaphragm, shares some of its tissue with the Psoas, which essentially means that the health and function of the Psoas intersects with the health and function of the breath, and vice versa. This points...