Eat Healthy, Your Diet May Be Killing You
Americans are more likely to be sick than well now, as about 70% of adults in the US take at least 1 Rx drug for a chronic or other medical condition, with antibiotics, antidepressants and narcotic painkillers on top of the list.
I take none!
20% of the deaths in the US is linked to obesity, and diabetes has increased over 300% in just 15 years. And I have learned that 33% of Americans have either prediabetes or some form of diabetes, which predisposes them to many other serious health conditions and chronic diseases.
More than 500,000 Americans also die from Alzheimer’s annually, making it the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, just behind heart disease and cancer.
And all of these conditions have been scientifically linked to poor lifestyle choices and alterations in the modern process food diet.
The Big Q: Is there a way out of this killing machine? trap?
The Big A: Yes, there is.
Good health is not as elusive as you think, and strategies that are simple, inexpensive and/or free can significantly improve almost anyones health status.
Contrary to the impression people may get when listening to the drug ads on TV, the human body is designed to heal and repair itself and to actively prevent the onset of disease through built-in feedback systems. But for the body to function properly, it needs to be supported and nourished.
Most disease in humans and pet animals is rooted in poor nutrition and lack of physical movement. Rx drugs neither support nor nourish the body’s innate healing capabilities. Food and proper rest and movement, do.
Diets high in sugars, excessive amounts of low-quality protein and insufficient amounts of healthy fat, coupled with inactivity, promote metabolic effects that lead to mitochondrial dysfunction, and that appears at the core of most physical ailments.
Today, most physicians are taught little about the use of food for healing in medical school, and many never take the time to learn even the basic nutritional principles.
So, very few conventional medical doctors have the knowledge to guide patients in nutritional healing. Many are very suspicious about claims that foods can heal.
The medical literature has lots of evidence showing how food and physical activity influences health and longevity. There is even a solid foundation of evidence showing your mind and outlook influence your health, for better or worse.
In today’s world it is easy to forget that diet and lifestyles have changed dramatically over the last 100 years. Many have no recollection of or insight into how life was like back then and what people actually ate, and this is part of the problem.
Many if not most people believe that today’s health problems are due to something mysterious, the root of which is not known, not true.
The answer lies in the past, because in order to heal “effortlessly” and/or avoid illness altogether, you must acknowledge the fact that eating real food, meannig food that is as close to its natural identity or as unadulterated as possible, is a foundational necessity for health and disease prevention.
A Key reason many diseases are rising in the American population is that most Americans do not eat enough real food. Most Americans eat a predominantly processed food diet, which guarantees suffering from health problems at some point in their lives.
The 2 primary causes are sugar and trans fat.
This includes all kinds of sugar, but in particular refined sugar and processed fructose (HFCS) followed by refined grains, as these ingredients cause insulin levels to spike.
Insulin allows your cells to use sugar, but when you eat too much sugar your cells eventually become resistant to the insulin. Insulin resistant if your fasting insulin level is over 3 or 4, and insulin resistance can in turn lead to diabetes and a long list of related health problems and diseases.
When a person is insulin resistant, the body will also store rather than burn fat. As a result, it becomes very difficult for the body to use stored body fat for energy; hence, weight gain is typically associated with insulin resistance.
The good news is a person can turn insulin resistance around fairly quickly and easily by eating real food and swapping out net carbs for healthy fats.
By driving down the sugar content of the diet and increasing the healthy fats, the body can begin to shift from burning sugar as its primary fuel to burning fat instead, and this has several health benefits.
Not only will it help you shed body fat, it also helps optimize your mitochondrial function and drives down inflammation, allowing your body to heal and regenerate.
The human body was designed for more or less continuous movement. The habit of sitting for most of the day is an entirely new convention that was not part of life 100 years ago.
Studies show exercise can be as effective a treatment as many Rx drugs, including antidepressants and medications for prediabetes and heart disease. These diseases were rare in the past, and the reason for that is because they are for the most part lifestyle-induced conditions.
More than 10,000 studies now show that prolonged sitting takes a devastating toll on human health. As it actively and independently promotes dozens of chronic diseases, including weight gain and type 2 diabetes, even if you exercise several times a week and are very fit.
One cannot offset 8 to 10 hours of stillness with 30 to 60 mins of exercise daily.
Another healthy lifestyle components include getting sensible Sun exposure and grounding to the Earth. These are lifestyle habits with potent health-promoting potential that cost little to nothing. The same can surely not be said for Rx drugs and conventional medical treatments, so it seems foolish to not to employ them.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively