“We are what we eat” is an observation first recorded in 1826. This is just as true today as it was then. What we consume becomes every cell, every hormone, every chemical in our bodies. The quality of our lives, our weight and energy, and our overall health depends in large part on what we eat and drink.
THE STANDARD AMERICAN DIET (“SAD”)
Junk food is the preference of most Americans. So, it should be no surprise that we lead the world in per capita health expenses, spending 50% more than Switzerland, at number two.
Junk food typically is a prepared food containing a high level of calories usually in the form of added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or fat. This comes at the expense of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Junk foods often contain additives to extend shelf life and improve texture, taste and appearance. Many of these additives, such as hydrogenated fats and oils, carrageenan and certain food colorings have been shown in studies to be harmful to humans.
While not confined only to junk foods, modern farming methods usually produce foods that contain hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides we should not be eating.
HOW DOES A BAD DIET AFFECT OUR HEALTH?
Two things happen to us as a direct result of our “SAD” diet.
- As a nation we have become grossly overweight and many suffer from subclinical systemic inflammation. A 2018 study (published in the Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology – The Journal of Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health) determined that subclinical systemic inflammation is a common risk factor for many non-communicable diseases like atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obstructive lung disease.
- As you have learned in our previous articles on Blocking and Switching, the types of foods we eat and what these foods contain can get in the way of healing. And in some cases, this can have serious consequences.
EVEN A GOOD DIET MAY BE HARMFUL
A wide variety of inflammation and immune system responses can occur because of food allergies or sensitivities. These are not limited to “common” gas and bloating, hives, acne, joint pain, heartburn, brain fog or fatigue. Long-term depression, chronic cough, unexplained weight loss and other serious conditions are known to result from food allergies or sensitivities.
Combined with NRT, Joe recommends keeping a 4-day journal of what you are eating and how you feel to help find the offending foods.
IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH WITH HEALTHY FOODS
Eating those foods that are helpful to you and avoiding foods that are harmful will allow your body to achieve true healing.
Nutrition Response Testing™ is an effective way to determine how your diet may be affecting you by causing illness or preventing healing.
NRT also can determine which specific whole food supplements can be most effective in quickly restoring nutrient deficiencies to a healthy level.
Help your body systems function at their best. Follow Joe’s recommended dietary and lifestyle changes and specific whole-food supplements and/or herbs as revealed by the results of your NRT evaluation.
If you want to treat causes instead of symptoms call us at 203-257-7550 to set up an appointment for your NRT evaluation session.