Nutrition is the foundation of your health. What you put into your body is the raw material that makes up your brain, skin, hair and nails. It is what the body uses to make energy, hormones, neurotransmitters, the cell membrane and everything else. Unfortunately the road many Americans take in terms of eating severely compromises their health.
The majority of the people in America today are either overweight or obese. Statistics show that 49 of the 50 states, Colorado being the exception, follow this pattern. In children the percentage of obesity is 3 times (300%) greater today than it was just 20 years ago.
Despite all of our efforts, we continue to get fatter and fatter. A major reason for our dismal results is the merry-go-round of misinformation we constantly receive. We were told to eat from the four food groups and then the pyramid diet both were sponsored by the Department of Agriculture. Then we’re bombarded with a surplus of never ending food fads, dieting schemes, and magic formulas as the folly continues.
We were told to avoid fats. Food manufacturers then decided to play with fats by preparing foods with no-fat, low-fat, fake fats and “I can’t believe it’s not fat” products. The results…we got fatter.
Sugar replaced fat, since fat-free foods lacked taste. Now just about all these packaged food products are ladened with sugar or a sugar substitute. These sugar substitutes can only be metabolized by the liver, just like a toxin. Sugar also goes by many other names including dextrose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, cane juice crystals, barley malt, corn syrup and corn sweetener, which only misleads the consumer. High sugar intake leads to fat deposition and elevated triglyceride levels, the actual bad cholesterol.
To correct this problem, nutritional therapy requires the following: 1) objective data (e.g. blood, saliva or hair analysis), 2) physical assessment, 3) avoidance of adulterated foods and most important, 4) commitment.
Failure to follow these guidelines only places your health at risk. The current obesity epidemic, in adults and children alike, is not a genetic factor. Since our choices have created this mess, it is therefore changing these choices, with correct objective analysis and commitment, that truly offers us promise to better health.