Food Choices: The Impact on Our Body & The Quality of Our Health
Imagine what would happen if a team of contractors was given a blueprint for your house, a house which you would expect to be built and completed to perfection. But what happens when those contractors are provided with inadequate supplies of proper building materials, materials that were completely useless and materials that, when used, caused damage to the outer infrastructure of the house? You guessed right. Complications would arise. Energy, time and resources would be wasted. And the end result would likely consist of something resembling an incomplete, unidentifiable and uninhabitable structure even though it had the instructional opportunity of being a solid, beautiful and habitable house.
To a certain degree, a similar relationship starts with our own between this analogy and our very own health. When it comes down to it, other than the air breathe and what we expose our skin to from the outside, our body is composed entirely from molecules derived from what we eat and drink. Considering that the average person in the Western world will consume around 50 tons of food in their lifetime depending on what we eat, there is a multitude of different conditions and imbalances that can develop affecting our health regardless of whether we have the likelihood to be physically healthier. In a sense, you are literally what you eat.
Whether you are a health physician or not, there is a good chance that you have heard the saying that “health starts in the gut”. This saying could be easily justified over and over again with so many different examples on how our digestive system impacts our overall health. J.C. Brenerman, an M.D., and author of Basics of Food Allergy, has stated that many health conditions are related to allergies and have been subject to independent studies. And although everyone is unique when it comes to the development of allergies, food intolerance and sensitivities, there exists a list of common, offending substances which many people often develop an allergy, intolerance or sensitivity to.
This often arises from the result of either sub-optimal digestion of nutrients or the exposure to chemicals found in conventional foods, common food additives, preservatives, genetically modified foods, and hyper- allergenic foods such as gluten, dairy and soy. Along with the consumption of such foods exists an increased risk of developing a condition known as leaky gut syndrome and a correlation between numerous conditions such as arthritis, asthma, ADD/ADHD, depression, ear infections, eczema, gallbladder attacks, hypertension, hives, IBS, migraine headaches, obesity, psoriasis and even sinusitis. The relationship between the causative factors that contribute to the development of food-allergies, food intolerance and sensitivities is quite complex and unfortunately would not be able to be thoroughly explained in this article.
However, what is of most importance and benefit is to grasp an understanding of the relationship between the types of foods we choose to consume or avoid and how those choices can impact our body and thus the quality of our health. If you were to ask me, health actually starts with our own lifestyle choices, specifically with the foods we choose to consume. In other words, some of the best things one can do for their health is to eat fresh and local, organically grown foods free of pesticides and herbicides, unnatural additives and preservatives. Investigate any allergies related to foods while also avoiding the all-too-common, hyper- allergenic foods such as dairy, soy and gluten and genetically modified foods (which have a strong correlation to promoting leaky gut syndrome). Nutritional supplements can further help to support the proper digestion of foods, such as digestive enzymes, probiotics, Aloe Vera juice and betaine HCL.