What do we eat that makes us sick? What can we eat to make us well?
We know the cause of chronic disease. It’s not a mystery. All chronic disease is caused by inflammation. This means cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes), cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This is a fairly new concept for the medical community and the public at large. While cardiologists are scrambling to roto-rooter our arteries and doctors are working on a cure for cancer, the real cause of illness is not treated.
Our foods have the power to make us sick or keep us well.
How do foods make us sick? There are three key ways that food can make us sick.
1) Inflammation – Some foods are inflammation producing. Sugar and refined grains set off a series of chemical reactions in our bodies. These result in the making of inflammatory chemicals that injure our blood vessels and cause heart disease.
2) Insulin and blood sugar regulation – High sugar and carbohydrate foods cause a series of reactions that result in chemicals called Advanced Glycosalated Endproducts (AGE). These chemicals damage blood vessels and brain tissue.
3) Fat deposition – High sugar and carbohydrate foods cause the formation of more body fat. Body fat is a chemical factory for inflammatory chemicals. Many cancers as well as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s occur more frequently in people with higher body fat.
The solution is to start changing your lifestyle. You can begin with baby steps. Learn how at our August nutrition event at the Sklar Center.