The media, coupled with the “all-knowing experts,” advise us to steer clear of pesticides, household cleaners, processed foods, food additives and preservatives. If it were up to the experts, we would all be living rural, growing our own food, drinking purified water, and walking everywhere. While this might be the ideal way to live to avoid poisons, unfortunately for you and me, it’s probably not possible (even though it’s on my vision board!).
Without a doubt, the most important thing you can do to try and counteract the effect of poisons in our everyday life is to build up and support our immune systems. So just how do we do that? Well, it all starts on the plate and in the pantry.
The most toxic of all foods (if you could call it that) is sugar and hydrogenated fats. These two toxins (which are consumed by the billions of tons each year) literally drain our mental and physical energy and cause a reaction in our body almost identical to consuming poisonous chemicals. The only difference is, it happens over time.
Scientific evidence has shown that sugar, in any form, depletes essential B vitamins and lowers your body’s resistance to bacteria, viruses, and yeasts. Sugar makes you irritable, hyperactive, and causes premature aging through a process called glycosylation (pronounced gly ko si lay shun). And it’s no surprise at all, sugar is the number one culprit to adult-onset (Type II) diabetes, which is typically self-induced as a result of a life fuelled with sugar. At this point, the body is no longer capable of disposing of insulin properly, which then becomes a serious risk factor for heart disease.
When you eat sugar it enters your bloodstream all at once, instead of slowly as it would as part of a whole-food, naturally occurring meal. Insulin is then immediately secreted and moves the sugar away into cells within muscle or fat. Now that there is not enough sugar in your bloodstream, your brain senses that you are in a time of famine and sends a message to the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol.
This process happens on repeat because your body is tricked into thinking that you have depleted sugar levels and needs more, causing major energy level problems and body that is working in overdrive.
There has always been confusion over the consumption of fats. For so long, we were told that all fats are bad, when in fact our body needs fat to thrive. We’ve just been eating the wrong fats.
Today, more and more people are getting the majority of their fats from “manmade” hydrogenated fats and other harmful polyunsaturated oils such as palm and corn oil. Before the introduction of man made oils and fats, we ate naturally occurring fats and oils, such as butter, coconut oil, lard and olive oil. These times meant slimmer people and lower overall body weight. But since the introduction of man made fats into our diets, on a global scale, we are becoming more and more obese.
The reason these fats are particularly harmful to us is because polyunsaturated and hydrogenated oils have been subjected to grossly damaging industrial processes which has essentially rendered them toxic. Their new structure has not, until recently, been incorporated into human physiology and is therefore unrecognisable to the human body. Since their introduction to our diets, these unhealthy oils have been linked to heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases.
The best examples of a polyunsaturated oil is corn, cottonseed, canola, vegetable… These toxic fats should be avoided at all costs.
By avoiding sugar and hydrogenated fats in your diet, you will:
- Improve your concentration and mental clarity
- Enhance your immune system
- Slow the aging process
- Reduce belly fat
- Eliminate food “cravings”
How do you go about removing these poisons from your diet?
Take about 10 minutes today to check the food labels and ingredients panels on the foods in your pantry, kitchen cupboards, refrigerator, and on the counters in your kitchen.
What to look for?
Look for ingredients that list sugar, dextrose, sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, or maltodextrin as the first, second, or third ingredient. These are typically things like soda, breakfast cereals, and white flour products.
Any foods that list hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, or corn, palm, or cottonseed oils. These are typically things like processed, frozen, and nearly all deep-fried foods and even some supposedly healthy nutrition bars and snacks.
Then, throw them in bin (or give them away) and instead start to replace these foods with healthier and toxic free options such as:
- Instead of soda, drink water, iced tea, or on occasion soda water with a dash of lemon
- Instead of breakfast cereals, use whole oats or buckwheat
- Instead of white-flour products, use whole-wheat or rice flour
- Limit (or eliminate if you can) deep fried foods anymore such as French fries, chips and fried chicken and instead eat baked food
- Replace your shop bought salad dressings and cooking oils with good fats like flaxseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, and walnut oil.
From here on, start to read your labels carefully… manufacturers are tricky about trying to hide these harmful ingredients. They want you to continually buy more and eat more, resulting in pure profits for them and less than good health for you.
Over to you: I would love to know what three things you removed from your kitchen/pantry or what healthy substitution you’re going to make this week. And as always I am here to answer any questions and support you along the way.