We've all heard the phrase; “You are what you eat”
However, it's really more accurate to say; "You are what you absorb". Sadly, most of us are not absorbing what we need and we are running on empty and starving for nutrition. When our body becomes deficient of a nutrient in one area or another, we begin to crave more and more substances- beginning with sugar!
Its increasingly evident that one of the defining factors in our quality of life is our choice of food. The daily dilemma over what to eat and what not to eat is a struggle that only those in affluent societies must face. We are starving ourselves because we eat too much of the wrong type of food, where those in third world countries facing famine are starving because they eat too little of any type of food.
These are two very sad situations. Too "little" food - and too "much" of the wrong kind of food. both situations create malnutrition.
Our immune center is constantly under attack with environmental toxins, sugar, artificial chemicals, stress, and a myriad of other negative influences that fight to cause system malfunction. Our body must be fortified to defend against viruses, bacteria and host of other conditions that plague our world today.
Our food has been created and uniquely designed to provide our body with with the necessary building blocks to perform important moment by moment functions such as; respiration, heart contractions, nerve function, muscle control, cell communication, system protection, brain function, etc. - along with producing powerful energy to regenerate 150 to 500 billion cells daily.
A 2013 Report called "U.S. Health in International Perspectives" reveals that Americans' health is even worse than we thought, ranking below 16 other developed nations.
The report was prepared by a panel of doctors, epidemiologists, demographers, and other researchers charged by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine to better understand Americans' comparative health. They examined when and why people die in the U.S. and 16 other countries, including Australia, Japan, Canada, and nations in Western Europe. They pulled data from such bodies as the World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The results surprised even the researchers. To their alarm, they found a "strikingly consistent and pervasive" pattern of poorer health at all stages of life in America than the other countries in the study. Compared to people in other developed nations, Americans die far more often from injuries and homicides, suffer more deaths from alcohol and other drugs, and endure some of the worst rates of heart disease, lung disease, obesity, and diabetes.
For the last 70 years health care has primarily focused on drug based therapy for treating symptoms. This iron clad prescription for treatment has been a well protected money source to industry leaders for many decades.
Our generation is facing a health crisis of over medication, drug interaction, and severe drug induced nutrient depletion. We have two choices:
In the United States, an estimated seven billion pounds of toxins and chemical agents are added each year to the water we drink, the food we eat, and the air we breathe. Our produce undergoes heavy nutrient loss before it even reaches our table.
High in sugar and fat - low in fiber and nutrition. Calorie laden and filled with artificial colors and flavors. Also known as the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) Did you know that manufacturers add tasty ingredients that are highly addictive to keep you coming back for over and over again?
Today’s fast food diets are loaded with unhealthy fats and empty calories leading to sugar addictions and an epidemic of health challenges. Trans fats - the hydrogenated fats that are solid at room temperature, raise our triglycerides and lower our good cholesterol- HDL. Many restrictions are now in place with the use of trans-fats. However, manufacturers are still finding ways around the rules. Most packaged baked goods contain some trans fats.
Are you ready to live the healthy life you want?