Why am I sad about the current health crises in our country?
Well, I’m not really so much sad as I am frustrated.
You see, we the consumer have been told to follow the SAD, or Standard American Diet, to improve our health. We have been told wheat bread/products are good for us and to cut fat from our diet. We have been told fat causes heart disease. But we have not been informed that the current SAD diet results in high sugar levels which can result in inflammation and heart disease. (Wheat Belly, William Davis, MD)
As a nation, we are sicker than ever.
Nutrition plays a HUGE role in our health, not only to restore our health but also in helping our immune system do what it was created to do which is fight inflammation and infection.
Researchers from The England Journal of Medicine and the New York Times believe that children of this generation will be the first to have shorter lifespans than their parents. We are seeing children with adult diseases such as Adult Onset Diabetes, and increased rates of newly diagnosed asthma, auto-immune diseases, and cancer. Obesity is prevalent in children and has tripled since the 1970’s. Tripled!
So you may be wondering, “when is she going to share ideas for pain relief?” I am getting there.
If we don’t know the cause of the illness, or complaint, then we can’t restore or resolve the issues. Otherwise, you are treating the symptoms and not the cause. I compare that to putting a tiny band-aid on a huge, gaping, open wound. It won’t be successful and you won’t get the results you want.
Nutrition plays a HUGE role in our health, not only to restore our health but also in helping our immune system do what it was created to do which is fight inflammation and infection. The current SAD diet is not showing to be effective, in not only the health of our children but also in adults.
So what do you eat if you have pain, auto-immune disorders, and other health concerns? The current recommendations are the following:
- Go gluten free-I know it sounds daunting but it is doable. Gluten is known as a neurotoxin which can result in your body making antibodies against its own nerve tissue, which can lead to inflammation, pain and ultimately nerve autoimmune issues. There are tons of sites that provide support and explain in great detail a gluten-free lifestyle.
- Avoid gluten-free products-gluten free products are full of grains and sugar so they are not a healthy source to feed your body. It will result in high blood sugar levels. Sugar results in inflammation. More on that later in another blog.
- Avoid processed products-again if you can’t read it, don’t buy it.
So what can you eat?
- Eat a diet rich in vegetables (except potatoes and corn), in unlimited amounts
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Meats, eggs, fish, and shellfish
- Cheese, but limit other dairy products
- The wheat belly blog is extremely informative if looking to learn more about foods that are good sources to fuel your body and keep inflammation from occurring.
- A full-spectrum, plant-derived mineral supplement; not all supplements are of same quality and absorbability. If you are looking for help in selecting a quality product, please contact me and I would be more than happy to help.
- I will go into other supplements that are beneficial in a future blog. It will discuss a holistic plan of care.
From personal experience, the first thing I did when I became ill was to go gluten-free. It was the best decision I ever made.
My goal with these blogs is to keep them brief and to the point, for I know people are busy and want the facts. Future blogs will discuss in more detail the following: why gluten-free is so important to your health; supplements; leaky gut; and the brain, pain, and gut connection. I could go on and on.
So take that first step in restoring, reclaiming and regaining your health. You won’t regret it.