Atlantic Coast Chiropractic

Reducing Inflammation

Many of us today believe that the foods we are eating, such as whole wheat, corn, and soy are healthy because they have been dubbed as such by mass media. The truth though, is that these foods are making us fat, inflamed, and increasingly sick.

It is the absence of adequate lean protein, veggies, and healthy unsaturated fats combined with high amounts of genetically modified carbohydrates and artificial sugars that are actually causing this country to be overweight and increasingly unhealthy.

Before the industrial revolution, humans have historically consumed different species of edible plants, animals, and fungi. Not anymore. Today, the average adult eating a modern western diet consumes approximately 67% of their total caloric intake from only 3 foods, corn, soy, and wheat. This might not be such a huge problem if these foods were healthy. Contrary to popular belief, they're not.

It's not a surprise that we have so many intolerances and allergies, specifically to soy and wheat (gluten). The human digestive system was simply never meant to consume these substances in such massive quantities.These preposterously high levels of corn, soy, and wheat in our modern diet are relatively new phenomenon that originated from the economics of the multi-billion dollar corn, soy, and wheat industries.

So what are some of the foods we should limit eating right now because they are preventing us from burning fat, excreting toxins, and stabilizing blood sugar levels?

Wheat and corn should be the first things limited. These 2 foods are so genetically modified that they no longer have the same health benefits previously thought. Wheat causes an immune response in the GI tract that causes white blood cells to bombard the stomach and intestines. This causes inflammation of the bowels leading to weight gain, malnourishment, and an ongoing list of long term health problems and allergies. It has also been shown to reduce insulin sensitivity and progression of diabetes.

Processed soy and industrial oils should also be avoided as much as possible. Processed soy products contain phytoestrogens, which creates an environment in your body for fat storage and imbalance of hormones. Oils such as canola, vegetable, corn, sunflower, etc. become rancid as they are cooked under high heat making the foods void of much nutritional content and leaving our bodies toxic, causing our liver and kidneys to work overtime!

So how do you avoid all the absurd amount of soy, corn, and wheat in our food supply and take control of your weight and your health? Stop buying processed foods! They are not good for you regardless of what the label tells you. Choose whole food ingredients such as fruits, veggies, eggs, nuts, seeds, and meats from grass-fed or free-roaming animals that are raised in a humane environment.

Get the majority of your carbs from fruits and veggies instead of grains. Reduce cereal, bread, and pasta as much as possible. Avoid industrial oils and artificial sugars as well as high fructose corn syrup. Check salad dressings, sauces, condiments, and all of the "extras." These groups are usually filled with hidden ingredients. There are many alternative products that taste just as good without these ingredients. For example, check out Annie's salad dressings.

The best way to ensure success is to simply not buy corn, soy, or wheat products for the house. This allows you to keep the majority of your diet anti-inflammatory, while enjoying the other foods guilt free when dining out or at get-togethers. By eating what your body was designed to eat in a manner that burns fat and stabilizes blood sugar, it will become easier to get lean and healthy.

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