Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A sneaky trigger for colitis and obesity

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of today’s newsletter, here are a couple junk food jokes to start your day with a little chuckle:

Most kids’ breakfast cereals have over 50 percent of their calories as sugar. The good news is that the box is high in fiber.
Wife to husband: “You need to start eating healthier!”

Husband to wife: “Baloney! I just had surf and turf for dinner last night!”

Wife to husband: “No you didn’t. You had a Filet-o-Fish and a Big Mac.”

Now on to today’s topic:

Although you can probably tell that I like to talk about a variety of health-related subjects, if there is one pearl of wisdom that I hope my writings have imparted upon you, it’s this:

The farther you stray from Nature with your diet, the more harmful it is to your body.

And with that statement I’m referring to PROCESSED FOODS.

Let’s take a closer look at processed foods and see exactly what venturing far away from what Mother Nature provides has done to us:

Processed food facts
The food industry routinely uses about 2,000 different food additives in their processed creations, but the total number of available additives has been estimated at nearly 8,000!

These include (synthetic) vitamins, minerals, emulsifiers, buffers, artificial flavorings and colorings, taste enhancers, thickeners and enormous amounts of the two biggies--salt and sugar.

The average American eats about 150 pounds of food additives each YEAR!

This is broken down as follows:
  • 130 pounds of sugar, most of which is in the form of high fructose corn syrup--the worst form of sugar on the planet which harms your liver, makes you fat and is usually made from GMO corn (aka “Franken-corn”) to boot
  • 10-15 pounds of salt which can drive up your blood pressure
  • 5-10 pounds of “other stuff” including synthetic vitamins, artificial flavors, preservatives, emulsifiers, artificial sweeteners (which are neurotoxins), trans-fats (which give you heart disease) and colored dyes (which have been linked to cancer)
Some people in the world don't even consume 150 pounds of FOOD in a year--and yet the average American eats that much in chemicals alone.

The hefty price we pay
The price we pay from ingesting 150 pounds of chemicals each year is very high indeed—and continues to grow.

Contrary to what you may think, chemicals in processed foods don’t just sail innocently through your GI tract and hop on the wagon of your next bowel movement.

Far from it. Instead, since your body doesn't have a way to deal with these chemicals and it cannot metabolize them, they actually have to be processed by your system like a poison—this first of all taxes your liver immensely (which is your primary organ of detox).

We’re starting to see this manifesting as a rise in NAFLD-non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Studies have shown that NAFLD currently affects about one out of ten children and at least one out of five adults in the United States—more than double what it was just 20 years ago--and is largely the result of our consumption of junk food and soda.

The wrath of chemicals also applies to your intestinal tract.

For example, a recent study of mice conducted at Georgia State University has shown that emulsifiers (which are added to processed foods to create texture and extend shelf life), can alter the gut bacteria composition and induce intestinal inflammation that can promote the development of inflammatory bowel disease (like colitis and Crohn’s) and metabolic syndrome.

The two emulsifiers studied (polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcellulose) increased the secretion of pro inflammatory messengers, which in turn increased the permeability of the gut. These symptoms, along with the upset microbiome composition, are both markers of chronic inflammatory diseases like colitis.

Polysorbate-80 is commonly used in these foods:
  • Shortening
  • Chewing gum
  • Ice Cream
  • Gelatin
  • Condiments
It’s also a common ingredient in many medications and vaccines (including flu shots).

Carboxymethylcellulose is found in foods such as ice cream, salad dressings, cheese, icing, toppings, gelatin, infant/baby formula, candy, cottage cheese and cream cheese spread.

In addition to possibly increasing your risk of inflammatory intestinal conditions, upsetting your gut flora balance is also a great way to hamper your immune system functioning, since 70 percent of your immune system happens to live there.

But that’s not all. Because these chemicals can also be absorbed into your bloodstream from the intestinal tract (especially if you’re constipated a lot and they have an opportunity to hang around for a while). Then they can accumulate in your blood (robbing it of oxygen), invade your major organs and tissues (and affect their functioning) and help make you toxic, sick and overweight.

So, my friend, the truth is our bodies were designed to consume what Nature provides--REAL foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, good fats and lean meats, poultry and fish. That's what our bodies depend on for nourishment, proper digestion, elimination of wastes and maintaining a healthy flora balance.

Mother knows best (Mother Nature, that is)
If you want to help your body to remain disease-free, be at a healthy weight and increase your chances of living a long life, you MUST eat real (not processed) foods. They are what your body needs and your body knows the difference!

Now, eating real foods is not as hard or boring as it sounds.

It just takes a bit of common sense and a little effort on your part.

But you do have to know what to do.

Never fear, because this is where I can help you with the Great Taste No Pain health system.

Note: if you’re gluten sensitive, Great Taste No Gluten is for you instead.

The recipe sections in both systems feature many scrumptious dishes made from real food ingredients that taste FAR better than any packaged stuff you can buy!

And the instructions that come with both systems show you the few simple principles you'll need to know to make real food meals that can digest much easier. This can help keep any acid and toxins in your system to a minimum and help enhance nutrient absorption.

What that can lead to is fewer digestive issues (like heartburn, gas, bloating and constipation), as well as easily losing some excess weight!

It also can mean having a LOT more energy and a cleaner you on the inside, so you're a less attractive home for diseases and tumors to flourish to begin with.

Help your body recover too!
If you've been a processed food fan for a while (come on, fess up here) chances are excellent that you may have some serious gut flora imbalance going on.

You see, processed foods (especially the added sugar) become nourishment for the harmful bacteria in your gut, so they can thrive and overcome your beneficial bacteria.

Not only can this worsen gas, bloating and constipation, but your immune system functioning may also be greatly hampered like I mentioned earlier.

In addition to a healthy diet of real which can nourish your friendly flora, probiotic supplementation can help you achieve this important goal.

Super Shield's 13 strains of friendly bacteria are up to the task, ready to line your intestinal walls, keep the "bad guys" in check, help keep your BMs more regular and beef up your immune system.

It’s up to you
It’s all up to you, my friend.

Now is the time for you to take the bull by the horns and do what you can to help create better health from embracing the power of real foods provided by Nature.

Never fear because I know you can do it.

It's easier than you think and I will help guide you every step of the way!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

PS: Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking.

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