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Five Most Frequently Asked Questions

1.    What’s the truth about sweetener? 
Are substitutes healthy or not?  The human body doesn't require sweetener to survive or thrive.  In fact, when we take in too much or try to trick our systems with artificial sweeteners, we actually interfere with normal metabolic function.  Which of course leads to cravings for more sugar along with weight gain and disturbances in appetite regulation.  The artificial sweeteners are no better.  Both artificial and real sweetener, have been shown to lead to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and many other subtler imbalances I refer to as the spectrum of diabesity.

2.    What’s the deal with eating big fish?
 In moderation, are high mercury fish ok to eat? No!  That's like saying, in moderation, cocaine is ok to take a line of…  Toxins are toxic to the body – period. Refrain from eating shark, king mackerel, tilefish and swordfish and focus more on lower mercury fish and seafood such as sardines, salmon, cod, sole or shrimp.  For a guide on mercury levels of seafood.

3.    What are the most common food allergies?
 Many people don't realize that they have sensitivities to foods most prevalent in our SAD (standard American diet).  The more we eat volatile foods, the more risk they pose to our immune system.  Eventually, if we over consume some of these foods we may develop a low grade response to them which causes systemic inflammation.  The most common are gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy and yeast.  Peanuts and nightshade vegetables are fairly common too but seen more in people with autoimmune disease.  The biochemical response is different than a true food allergy which is actually more acute and immediate.  Because a food sensitivity tends to be delayed it can be quite difficult to nail down.  

4.    How important is eating organic on my long term health?
Ultimately it would be great if we all ate all organic foods.  Pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides are not natural and furthermore, pose a great danger to our health.  Many of these chemical agricultural inputs may be carcinogenic or have unknown longterm effects that we just don't understand yet.  Unfortunately, eating 100% organic is very expensive which is really too bad – it sends the message that being healthy requires wealth which it most certainly does not!  The goal is to eat a variety of plant-based foods with a big focus on antioxidant rich vegetables.  Do the best you can to select as many organic foods as possible.  For a list of the most important foods to prioritize when shopping for organic produce, you can check out the 

5.    GMO-How bad is it for my long term health?
  When a plant is genetically modified, genes from one species of a plant (or even animal) are transferred to another, hoping for a more robust crop.  Our immune system is set up to attack that which is foreign or unrecognized.  And because these GMO crops are not natural and were synthetically altered in a lab, our bodies essentially never got the memo.  So, they may set up an attack against the proteins in these foods when they encounter them in the bloodstream.  The main thing I'm concerned about is how this immune reaction, or attack, impacts the gut of our health.  Over time, if we continuously bombard ourselves with GMO foods, our gut can take a hit and we may develop what’s known as leaky gut.  The main idea here is that what causes leaky gut can play a role in the onset of obesity, diabetes, allergies, autoimmune disease, and all the other issues that I refer to as diabesity.   And because we don’t know the long term consequences of eating these foods, it is best we don’t subject ourselves to the risky business of agricultural research

 

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