Everything you do draws on your battery. The battery is then recharged using the energy from burning food. Understanding these two pieces, being the battery and the food, enables one to have a relatively complex understanding of both training and disease.
The battery is constantly being drawn on but to varying degrees. If you are sleeping the battery is being used minimally. Once you get out of bed and hold your body up, the battery is drawn upon a little more. If you were to lift the heaviest thing you can, you would be drawing on the battery maximally for that short period. If you were to do something like run a marathon, you might end up with the battery depleted.
Your life always exists in the range of intensities described above. You are alive in part because your battery is strong enough to power up to make it up the stairs, large enough to endure having to fight off an infection for several days, and efficient enough to actually recover from more demanding activities. And this all assumes that the food is able to be delivered to recharge the battery as it is being used.
There are three primary training intensities. In one scenario, you do something that for you is intense, weight lifting being a good example. You are depleting the battery rapidly, meaning the food has to be delivered and eaten by the cells in the body rapidly. This intensity of training we call excitability. Both the amount of power in the battery increases with this training, as does the cells ability to deliver and eat the food.
The second primary intensity is endurance training, which means you exert yourself for an hour/hours. To use the analogy of a car, endurance training would be you in fifth gear on the freeway, as opposed to excitability training which would be you in first gear going up a hill. Again, training endurance leads to a much greater volume of batteries and a much greater ability to deliver/eat large volumes of food over a longer period of time. You can think of endurance training as increasing the size of the gas tank, and excitability training increasing the size of the fuel line.
The third intensity of training we call posture, which is like turning your cars’ idle down as far as possible before it dies. The reason developing this physiology is so important is because it is the normal intensity for your life. It is the intensity that enables you to have energy all day.
Each of these intensities can be trained very easily. A person with these three gears is like a car that drives smooth in town, but also has power to tackle a hill, and also gets good gas mileage on the freeway
When you see clearly the interaction between the food and the battery, understanding both the inevitability, necessity disease, as well as the antidote to diseases is possible. The difficulty is believing the simplicity of the system even though it is ingenious.
The key is to understand the relationship between the food and the battery. Excitability is necessary when having to run up a hill, and requires food to be delivered immediately to recharge the battery as it is being used. But what if you get sort of worked up to run up a hill, but don’t actually run up the hill? A large volume of food is delivered but it is not being used and therefore the system is backed up. In the case of diabetes, the cell just stops taking in the food. In the case of obesity, the food is diverted and stored somewhere else. In the case of asthma, food is actually breathed out which is hard to believe, but there are limits to how much can be breathed out. There is a whole category of ‘disease’ that fits into this category, which can be accurately simplified by going back to the car analogy. Because too much food is delivered, the body finds a way to diminish the capacity of the fuel line simply because there is no where for the food to go. We call this process deconditioning, and the antidote is simply training properly as we describe so that the battery capacity increases to match food capacity.
If we were unable to grow in our ability do things powerfully we would die. If we could do something like going up a hill but could not deliver the food in time we would die. If our battery is too weak to actually walk up the hill we could die simply from being so weak that we can’t do what we need to do. That is actually a summary of all disease which will become more clear some of the details are shown.
We are not only challenged to do a lot in a short time. We are also challenged to do a smaller amount for longer. Suppose you do something for several hours. The food has to be eaten in order to charge the battery. An example of this could be something like hiking or jogging. After such an activity, not only do the depleted batteries have to be recharged ,but systems involved with bring and eating the food will increase in capacity so that the next time the same task is easier. This is called endurance training. If you were sick for a few days, your endurance system would be tested, an as described above, your ability to do stuff like fight injection and your ability to keep keep the batteries charged by bringig/eating food is tested. Again the strength of you doing/eating for a longer period of time is the reason you are alive now.
There is never a time when you are doing nothing. Your heart keeps beating. But the only way to recover is to have periods of time when you are doing much less. But if you do too little you will die. Your brain can relax, but not too much. When you are doing very little you are actually able to charge the battery faster than you are drawing upon it. It does not have to be said that you cannot survive without this ability. This type of training in which recovery is maximized takes two forms, one being sleep and the other we call posture. Posture training is simply you being awake with minimal stimulation. The basic categories of all training involve excitability, endurance, and posture. It is impossible to function without some degree of competence in all of these things. All diseases you hear about your bodies way of dealing with weaknesses in one of these systems.
In summary, your cells/you do things which draw upon their batteries. You/your cells have to be able to proportionally break food apart to get energy to recharge the spent batteries. You/your cells have to be able to 1)do things powerfully for short periods of time, 2) do things moderately for long periods of time, and 3)idle, or function at a bare minimal level with minimal eating of food even during the daytime. All three of these things can be trained easily, and nothing can take the place of training these three things.