How Food Can Determine Your Cellular Health – Part 2

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted June 17, 2021

Dear Longevity Insider,

Food is medicine. That's why your cell membrane requires a nutrient-dense diet. A diet that is rich in processed oils, genetically modified foods, and conventional high-fat dairy products will result in your cell membranes being composed of unhealthy fatty acids from those foods. Why isn’t this ideal?

All cells are contained by a cell membrane that is selective to desired components but protects it and acts as a protective barrier to undesired components, known as cell membrane permeability. When your cells are less permeable, the ability for nutrients to reach our cells and for our cell membranes to properly function decreases.

What foods will optimize cell membrane health?

  • High-quality fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.
  • Cruciferous vegetables.
  • Root vegetables: yams, carrots, turnips, squash.
  • Fruit.
  • Whole grains: buckwheat, brown rice, gluten-free oats are great examples.
  • Bioavailable animal protein: a protein that is easy for the body to digest, absorb, and make into other proteins.

Ultimately, what you put into your body has a direct impact on your cellular function. However, so do the toxins and stressors we are exposed to daily. Other tips you can try at home include...

  • Optimized Sleep: Making sure your sleep area is dark and cool. The best bedroom temperature for sleep varies from person to person but studies have shown it is around 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Light Management: Limiting your blue light exposure before bedtime also helps with sleep rhythms.
  • Managed Stress: Stress is a part of everyday life but there are things we can do individually to manage it including daily exercise and relaxation techniques such as yoga, stretching, and meditation. 

Major Food for Thought

A perfectly healthy person could eat all of the right foods, but he may still be at risk of damaging his cell membrane. There is one particular dangerous food that's found its way in just about every food product at your nearby grocery store. And when it comes to cell membrane health, it is the very last thing you want going in your body.

But since this sinister food is so heavily ingrained in the American diet, it's practically impossible to NOT consume it at some point or another. In fact, you've probably consumed this dangerous food today... and didn't even think twice about it.

It could leave you feeling fat, tired, achy, and maybe even irritable. So how does one enjoy a healthy, happy life without sabotaging their own cell membrane in the process?

Here is some food for thought.

To your longevity,

Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ