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Your Perfect Invention

Whichever way you look at it, evolution has done a fine job with the human body. Bearing in mind that the Earth, at the Equator, is rotating at close to 1000 miles per hour and orbiting the Sun at about 67,000 miles an hour each of us human beings on the planet has to use enormous forces of energy to both stay still and move around.

But the truth is actually way more impressive than that.A human body (for example, yours) produces 25 million new cells each second. This means that every 13 seconds, you produce more cells than there are people in the United States. Selecting just one organ for the purposes of building the position I am going for, the eye, we now know it is so sensitive that, if the Earth were flat, yours could spot a candle flickering at night from up to 30 miles away.

Given the above (and another 7,000 facts I could have chosen) by April 2016 the human body has reached a stage of development we can all be impressed with. I would venture to suggest that, if you had been put in charge of evolution (presumably wresting control from Ms Palin who would have all this done and dusted in six days) barring a couple of changes, primarily down to personal choice and vanity, you would just about have got us to the place we are at about now.

Had it been a performance car you had invented and evolved (rather than a sentient being) I reckon you would have been fairly chuffed about it and not then poured treacle into the fuel tank as a final flourish. In the same way, had you invented the toothbrush you probably wouldn’t have left off the bristly bit at the end. If your claim to fame was ‘the beer bottle’ you wouldn’t have added a hole in the base. (Etc.)

Had you invented something as sublime as ‘the human body’ (an entity so finely tuned that in 30 minutes it gives off enough heat to bring a gallon of water to the boil) would you then say, ‘tell you what, now fill that full of crap and expect perfect performance from it’. Would you put diesel into your RS6? Would you stick a French fry into the USB port of your iMac? (Etc.)

At Neil Taylor Insolvency we have a large number of students who are reaching a critical stage in their insolvency studies. Those doing CPI (CPCI and CPPI) are two months away from the exam. Those studying for all three Papers of the Joint Board will just be completing their initial sortie into Liquidations.

They need their highly tuned human body to be performing close to optimal levels. What should they do (‘no, really, give me something I can actually do … that I will do and keep doing. None of this fruitarian claptrap that will have me reaching for 30 nuggets and a sweet chilli dip’)?

For everyone (including smoking, quasi-alcoholic KFC addicts) start each day by drinking half a litre of body temperature water. Add a squeeze of pure lemon for taste. Within two weeks it will have a genuinely positive effect on your performance and all you will have done is to drink some water each morning.

Cynics and determined non-conformers can leave the blog now. Job done. I’ve drunk some water (daily). That’s it.

Others who are prepared to take this to another level should read on. The next piece of advice is also in the ‘adding good fuel to your car’ bracket. In some regions of the UK you can now shop electronically, using what is called ‘the interweb’. On that place you could get brave and purchase three items; some ground flaxseed (Linwoods Organic has a great range), a bag of chopped walnuts and some mixed seeds (sesame, pumpkin and sunflower).

In pretty small doses (a scattering here, a smidgen there) you should scatter these on your cereal, onto vegetables or salad or even pick up a handful and eat a couple of times a day (maybe with some blueberries or mashed up avocado).

Some brief science: every human cell is composed of three layers, two protein layers and a layer of fat sandwiched in between. The fatty middle layer is crucial in that it determines the way the cell works (like the fuel in a car or bristles on a toothbrush). What all three of the diet additives mentioned above have in common is that they are rich in omega-3 fats, which are not just great for you but specifically good at promoting cognitive functions in human beings.

Been patronised enough? Leave this blog now. A couple of glasses of water and some walnuts halves. Nothing too compromising, your dignity is relatively intact.

The last piece of advice in this blog is something to remove from your diet. Just once a day. Nothing too brutal. With your evening meal omit complex carbs. So, no potatoes (and chips are sort of potatoes …), no pasta, bread or rice. Just at night.

If you could replace these with ‘legumes’, including lentils - get them ready made up from supermarkets - soybeans, lima beans and even peas, they will fill you up and do your brilliant body and brain a power of good.

And that’s it. I am at 850 words and recognise your limits. There is much more in our ‘Pass Inspiration’ book, issued with all study packs and even more next month. Watch what you put in your tank …

Posted: 11.04.2016
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