Food—the Living Dead?
Jingle bells time is over for another year and with the New Year just started, what better time is there to take a hard look at your health.
We all have enjoyed the Christmas season partly (or wholly!) for the food and drinks on offer. Food is an essential part of life and can be one of the most enjoyable parts also. However, recent research has brought question to the quality of our food.
Food is generally defined as fuel for our bodies and provides nourishment. More scientifically defined, food is “material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains or consists of essential body nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.” (Reference http://www.answers.com/food&r=67)
Based on this definition alone, carefully selecting our foods should be sufficient to ensure a healthy and well functioning body through our lives and well into old age. However, studies show that this is not the case. Disturbingly, the rates of obesity and other disorders (ADHD etc) in children and adults have escalated in the last 10 to 20 years, like never before in . As have disease rates in adults and the elderly. The negative impacts resulting from this ill health is growing exponentially with physical health deterioration, emotional and mental health impacts, including for carers of those afflicted people, and of course on the economies of countries desperately trying to cater for this epidemic.
Perhaps more disturbingly, our research has shown some very questionable techniques being used to treat the food we eat. Most of us are aware that with highly processed food, you get what you expect—food that is often high in sugars and fats, with little nutrient value and often also containing artificial colors, flavors, additives and preservatives (implicated in ADHD type conditions). All of these our body works overtime to dispose of and limit the damage to our digestive and immune systems. However, ‘occasional foods’, eaten occasionally are generally acceptable to our bodies.
The worrying part about making good food choices, is that even when we choose fresh foods, we may be introducing a whole host of chemicals and toxins to our bodies and deriving little or no nutrient and mineral value. As with skincare decisions, informed choice is the only way to truly ensure you and your families health.
Many concerns exists around the treatment of food before it reaches the markets, corner stores, supermarkets, cafes, and restaurants that we purchase from. These concerns can start from the beginning, being the actual growing and maturing of the “fresh” food we consume, through to the sanitization of processing plants, the dangers of food irradiation , food storage issues and finally, hygiene issues at supermarkets.
There are certainly some compelling arguments for the cleaner, safer foods with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimating that millions on us are affected by harmful bacteria, mishandling of food and improper cooking of food each year. http://www.mindfully.org/Food/Irradiation-Position-ADA.htm
However, the introduction of mass chemical treatment of food, mass transportation of food in questionable hygiene conditions and zapping food with gamma rays (irradiation technique) could be contributing to the poor food quality and the resultant health affects. Incredibly, food irradiation actually causes the molecular structure of the food to change and “creates known carcinogens like benzene and other toxic chemicals including toluene Also, irradiation byproducts called 2-ACBs, which do not occur naturally in any food, have been linked to cancer development in rats vii and genetic damage in human cells.” http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/irradiation/
Considering the purpose of food, as fuel for our bodies, and the earlier definition “material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains or consists of essential body nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.” (Reference http://www.answers.com/food&r=67) it is apparent that the foods we eat today are not able to nourish us for complete health and well being.
The solution is about becoming empowered with knowledge to make better choices for you and your families. Steps that you can take right now to make a difference to your life and your health is researching these food issues and arming yourself with information. If you are unhappy with the decisions being made about the food you consume, lobby the FDA and your government for change! You can also take your power as a sovereign person back and start buying fresh and organic foods from local markets and growers, and meats from small, local butchers. This will also stimulate your local economy and give you peace of mind about the food you are eating.
As well as these steps, you can improve your health drastically and undo some possible damage of years of consuming poor quality, even harmful foods, by taking 100% organic and natural supplements of probiotics and antioxidants every day.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help to balance the digestive system to improve health. “Probiotics are responsible to provide essential enzymes, to make nutrients available to the body, to clean up cholesterol, to manufacture B vitamins, to clean out the lower bowels of encrusted matter, to destroy bad bacteria and eliminate toxins in the body, assist in the elimination of ailments such as colon irritation, constipation, diarrhoea and acne, increase nutrient assimilation, including calcium and help digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats just to name a few of their functions.” http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~pvzalm/earthhaven/inliven.html
With all of these incredible benefits of probiotics, your bodies ability to absorb any and all of the goodness of the food you consume will be drastically increased, and your health improved immeasurably.
Antioxidants are also recognized as very important to our body age and health. “Oxygen free radicals have been implicated in the development of several diseases including cancer and heart disease, highlighting the need to consider antioxidant levels as part of preventative medicine.” http://www.csiro.au/resources/ps8h.html
Antioxidants are contained in vitamin rich foods, however due to the impact of chemical treatment of food and food irradiation it can be very difficult to rely on food alone to provide our bodies the optimum level of cancer and disease causing free radicals. As with probiotics, an antioxidant supplement is your guarantee for better health.
As we have found in our research of skincare products it can be suprising, even distressing to discover that what we consume not only has a massive impact on our health, but is often laden with disease causing chemicals and toxins. The only way to ensure your personal health is to empower yourself with information and then make better choices.