The incidence of autoimmune disorders is on the rise. The incidence of autism is on the rise. The incidence of cancers (especially in younger adults) is on the rise. Mental health disorders have never been more prominent than they are today. It seems like there’s a child with a severe peanut allergy in every class rather than every school.
It has become clear over the last few years that what you eat does much more than just enter your blood stream and nourish you. The wrong foods can set off inflammatory chemicals that make your body think it is under attack. Biochemist and other researchers have isolated receptors in the gut that recognize food products, food byproducts and bacterial byproducts that can set your system into a smoldering infectious state with low grade inflammation. The more “unhealthy” your diet is, the more “unhealthy” the lining of your gut is – and hence was born the term “leaky gut”. There now is a phenomenon in the medical literature called “postprandial inflammation” – run that phrase through a good search engine!! In a nut-shell: when you eat junk, your body thinks it’s infected for 4-6 hours. Then we eat again – more inflammation and then we eat a third or fourth time – still more inflammation. We now believe this relentless attack of our own bodies against us can contribute to increased diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, allergies, cancers, and some neurologically degenerative diseases.
Pay attention to what your putting in your body. There are now identifiable reasons, identifiable chemicals, identifiable receptors and identifiable food products that literally make you sick – it is much more than an assumption or an “observation”. Spend a little time reading about high fructose corn syrup (HCFS) – it seems like it’s in every food product now. Eat naturally – organic and clean. Eat from the rainbow – pick every color vegetable in the market. Combine these vegetables with some lean protein and begin to feel better right now!! Stay tuned…. we’ll consider organic foods and if organic is “worth the money”.