Big changes have taken place in food production in the past 100 years, but the human body has not adjusted so well to these changes. The result is a conflict between our genetically determined biology and the artificial diet and eating habits that have been thrust upon us by industrialized food production.
There are seven major areas of dietary change that have been brought about by this shift:
1. Fiber content
2. Glycemic load
3. Micronutrient density
4. Fatty acid composition
5. Macronutrient composition
6. Sodium/potassium ratio
7. Acid base balance
This conflict is at the base of most of the chronic diseases including obesity suffered by members of western society today.
Typically, the western diet is high in saturated fats, salt, sugar and calories. It is low in very important omega 3 fatty acids. Because of this, people in the western world are becoming chronically ill and obese in epidemic proportions. This is especially true in the United States. Research conducted by the Nutrition Journal in 2014 clearly laid out the connection between consumption of a typical western diet and development of lowered immunity, allergic diseases, various types of cancer and overall increased inflammation.
The research described the impacts of a variety of harmful dietary factors, including:
* High amounts of fat, salt and sugar
* Excessive gluten and grain consumption
* Use of artificial sweeteners
* Consumption of GMO (genetically modified organisms)
The authors of the research made it clear that the results of consuming a typical western diet are not just temporary. Consistent consumption of these detrimental substances become encoded into a person's DNA.
The authors assert that these detrimental dietary factors contribute greatly to the development of inflammation while simultaneously compromising immune response. This situation leaves those who consume a typical western diet and their offspring vulnerable to obesity, disease and chronic conditions. Numerous studies have shown that there is a direct connection between heart disease and consumption of the typical western diet. A similar relationship exists between the consumption of the western diet and a decrease in overall immune health and an increase in inflammation.
The key to optimizing weight and obtaining good health, therefore, is to minimize the unhealthful substances and habits listed above of the western diet and to adopt healthier eating habits which include larger portions of fresh vegetables and fruit, healthy fats, reducing or eliminating processed foods and grains.There is no one size fits all kind of diet. Learning the characteristics of a healthy lifestyle is the key to sustaining and obtaining great health. Don't wait to get sick to get healthy! For more information and guidance call 480-525-7841 for a free consultation. The Doctors at Foresight Chiropractic, the premiere Wellness Center in the Valley, are Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical specialists serving families for over 16 years with gentle and precise care -- no popping or cracking! Nutrigenetic Testing is also available. The foods you eat and your lifestyle determine your gene expression. You do not have to follow the same path as other family members -- the science is available to make a difference and a difference for your children. Call today!