Now the festive season has passed we can look at 2016 with all the changes it should bring. Enough of the overindulging without feeling guilty. Did you sometimes suffer after the pleasure of indulging in the seasonal food delights; did you feel bloated and unwell? Now’s the time to start afresh and do something about it.
After personally suffering for many years with digestive problems I decided to embark on a long journey of discovery to understand just how significantly we are affected by what we put in to our bodies. This is no new information to any one of us. In fact Hippocrates said thousands of years ago that ‘All diseases begin in the gut’. But what does that mean and how can we relate it to our modern, fast and hectic life?
Today’s modern world has put major pressure on agricultural land. With the shortage of land and the constant increase in the world’s population farmers are being forced to heavily increase production. This has been helped by new agricultural technology such as fertilizers and high-yielding crop varieties but at what price to the nutrients that were once in this fertile soil. The result is that the fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses and nuts do not grow in the same organic rich soil that they did in the past. Subsequently we are simply not getting enough minerals from the food we eat.
Stop Eating Fast Food
To add a flame to the fire we also have ‘fast food’. Perhaps you do not think you eat ‘fast food’ but who really makes a wholesome meal, every day, pack filled with vegetables? And when I say ‘make’, I mean make from scratch. Anything that has been in any way ‘pre-prepared‘ like a frozen pizza, frozen fries, microwave dinners and obviously takeaway burgers, etc, have all been tampered with and therefore so have the vitamins and minerals within. Furthermore, many products use MSG, which is a flavor enhancer and stimulates the taste buds. It is in fact a toxic substance and some people react adversely even at low doses.
Don’t Buy Prepacked Foods
Many products are prepared with hydrogenated fats which are used to solidify oils and fats. They give the product an extended shelf life. Hydrogenated oil is made by heating liquid vegetable oils in the presence of hydrogen, aided by a metal catalyst. This process can leave residue of nickel, aluminum or platinum in the product. Another point to note is all the E products that added to these foods. While some E products are harmless, others are cancer producing. Who wants to take that chance?
Manage Stress Levels
Many of us are living stressful, hectic lifestyles. We all know stress affects us inadvertently, but how exactly? Stress increases intestinal permeability and causes inflammation. An extended period of over-activity, inevitably causes damage to our intestinal lining and flora. As a result we are unable to properly absorb what little nutrients are left in the food leading to an increase in micronutrient deficiencies. This has become a global health issue and in fact in 1991 the WHO established the Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Information System to monitor micronutrient deficiencies globally. The WHO considers that more than 2 billion people in both underdeveloped and industrialized countries, affecting all races, suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Stop The Bloating
Bloating can be caused by over-eating or eating the wrong foods. This constant influx causes damage to the intestinal lining, leading to intestinal hyper-permeability and inflammation known as ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome’. Leaky Gut Syndrome simply means that small gaps develop in the intestinal wall allowing partly digested food particles, bacteria and/or toxins to enter the blood stream. This in turn causes an immune reaction and leads to an intolerance to food. The higher the amount of intestinal damage the more the reactions are that we face. Intestinal damage can occur from stress, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, hormones and environmental toxins.
Heal You Body and Mind
If you have food particles passing into the blood stream, an IgG immune response will occur. The food particles are seen as ‘foreign bodies’ and the immune system releases antibodies in response, causing an inflammation. Each time this food is eaten and not properly digested, the body will respond to it. A recurrent inflammation can therefore occur anywhere in the body and can cause many different symptoms including chronic skin problems, joint pain, chronic urinary infections, headaches, inability to concentrate, depression, ADHD and even autism. This list is however non-exhaustive. What is however important to note is what you take into your body is the root of many causes of health issues.
Thus my advice is to be aware – : 2016 is your year, and it’s time to make changes. Your health and well-being are in your hands!