25 Nov You are what you eat- the epidemic of chronic diseases
An article by Dr Roxanna Gunter
There has never been a truer saying than, “You are what you eat”.
In our modern world of fast foods and microwave meals, actual wholesome good quality nutrition is slowly becoming less common. Many people do not realize that food can cause disease. That your diet can make you sick. This is a fact.
Many cases of our big 5 chronic diseases: Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer, High Cholesterol, and Cardiovascular diseases are connected to inflammation, disrupted endocrine systems, and dysfunctional immune systems.
So much of this can be traced back to high sodium content in foods, foods high in trans-fats and refined sugars, cooking oils that cause inflammatory reactions in the body, additives, preservatives, and pesticides.
The fact is that we are what we eat, and if we eat junk that is just high in calories and empty of actual nutritional value, then well…our health becomes junk as well.
Why is healthy eating so important?
People need education on what a healthy diet is as it relates to what the body needs. The body is like a prized Ferrari. Would you put low grade led 93 fuel into your Ferrari? No, you would give it exactly what the engine and all its parts need to function at full capacity.
Why then give your body that low-grade fuel? Didn’t you think it was going to block the pipes? Well, it does. The difference between a Ferrari and your body is that you can buy another Ferrari.
So, what is a healthy diet?
A healthy diet is basically a whole diet which includes the major food groups: unrefined complex carbohydrates (like squashes, butternut, brown rice); amino acids (vegetable and animal proteins), vitamins and minerals (through the intake of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables), and fresh filtered water (between 1.5-2L daily depending on age and size).
In addition to a healthy combination of the food groups, one should also be mindful of the sources of these foods and whether they are contaminated by pesticides, injected hormones or antibiotic use in the case of meats and dairy.
It is always a good idea to also tests for food sensitivities (intolerances) to further refine exactly what each individual should and shouldn’t be eating.