Our Bodies Are Under Attack Every Day!
Garner Healthy Living Everyday
July 07, 2014
By Judith Garner, Garner Healthy Living Everyday
One of the most direct sources of toxic exposure is in the foods we eat. Over the last 100 years we have introduced thousands of man-made toxins into our environment thus changing it dramatically. In fact, man-made toxins are so prevalent today that they are impossible to avoid. Researchers and health practitioners have recently begun to understand the long-term effects of toxic chemicals present in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the products we use, and those that are present within the buildings we occupy: our homes and workplaces. In addition to external environmental toxins, there are powerful internal toxins that place a strain on our health that may ultimately cause cellular malfunction that can lead to disease.
Internal toxins — generated by our own bodies, are becoming more prevalent as a result of lifestyles, modern diets, medical treatments, and side effects of prescription drugs. Our bodies are not genetically designed to deal with the unprecedented levels and types of poisons that are accumulating in our tissue faster than our body can process and get rid of them. Generally, people aren’t aware that their own body can be a source of dangerous toxins — mainly in the digestive system, but also from stress, allergic reactions, and other sources.
The human body has the ability to tolerate certain amounts of chemicals and excrete them. The body naturally attempts to eliminate substances that are harmful or not used. However, the body may not be able to remove all the chemicals. As stated in the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ article “Health Effects From Chemical Exposure”: “The amount, type, and length of time you are exposed to harmful substances will determine if you are at risk for adverse health effects.”
To prevent or reverse disease, we must limit our exposure to toxins and give our bodies what they need to naturally detoxify themselves daily. The first step is to understand that our bodies require foods that do-no-harm due to toxins in ingredients (most processed foods contain many unnatural additives). Foods ingested for health must serve to cleanse and balance by alkalizing the body, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and providing adequate nutrition.
Trying to overhaul a poor diet that consists of toxic, highly processed food overnight may leave you feeling overwhelmed and suffering from food cravings. It is not uncommon for people to experience withdrawal symptoms when eliminating addicting food additives from their diet. Thus, a more practical approach is to lean gradually into improving the diet by introducing healthier whole foods while working to eliminate the harmful and toxic processed foods that you may be consuming. The body will respond in a way that leaves you feeling more clean and balanced, naturally eliminating old cravings. Over time, you will find your taste palate changes and certain foods you used to like are no longer desired. You will also have more energy and motivation to exercise, finding that you are more willing to make other positive changes in your life.
Food additives and their effects on human health are disturbing as we learn more and more about them. Despite mounting evidence, the U.S. Government still loosely regulates food additives on the FDA’s Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) list. This ineffective system cannot guarantee safety as the GRAS designation is a voluntary process — instead of being required to register food additives, companies may notify the FDA about their product if they so choose. There are no testing requirements for proven safety for a food additive to make the FDA’s GRAS list currently.
With the proliferation of processed foods in the second half of the 20th century, thousands of synthetic additives have been introduced into our foods. The FDA maintains a list of more than three thousand ingredients in its database titled “Everything Added to Food in the United States.” Many of the ingredients listed we are familiar with such as sugar, baking soda, spices, but the majority of them are chemicals synthetically made in laboratories. There is a whole industry devoted solely to food chemistry. A food chemist’s main job is to formulate new chemicals for the purpose of preserving, developing, or improving foods and beverages shelf life and taste. Sadly, neither the health of people eating these foods, nor the overall nutritional value of the foods, is the central consideration or top priority for many food companies.
Chef Julia Child once stated, “Fake food — I mean those patented substances chemically flavored and mechanically bulked out to kill the appetite and deceive the gut — is unnatural, almost immoral, a bane to good eating and good cooking.” When it comes to preparing our food today, this is prudent advice: Know what’s in your food and how it affects your body, as this is the single most important factor to reaching your optimal weight and nurturing your body for longevity and sustainable long-term health.
To receive a FREE Food Analysis Journal and 15 minute phone consultation, call Judith Garner, Certified Independent Health Coach at 480-560-7842. Receive personalized self-guided steps that you can take to release weight and other resources you can use to improve your health. Garner Healthy Living Everyday-Certified Independent Health Coaching offers services with Take Shape For Life®, Fueled by Medifast®, and Processed-Free America™
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July 07, 2014