What You Eat
Ever wonder why you are in pain, feeling tired and sluggish, frequently sick, have less than radiant skin or just can't seem to focus?
The answer may very well lie in the meals you eat on a daily basis. Food plays a direct role in why you feel the way you do. Making smarter choices by incorporating natural, raw foods into your diet will help to alleviate common symptoms and allow you to live a healthier, symptom-free life.
Processed, chemcially and genetically altered foods wreak havoc on your body, especially when ingested regularly over long periods of time. Chronic pain, learning disabilities, increased medical bills, fatigue, frequent illness, sleep distrurbances and irritability can occur when nutritionally poor food choices are made on an all too regular basis.
Animal products, sugar, artificial colors, preservatives and chemical sweeteners have negative, long-term effects on the body. Below is a list of common foods in the American diet and some of their associated negative health effects:
SUGAR: diabetes, obesity, vitamin loss, learning/behavioral disabilities
ANIMAL PROTEINS: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer risk
CHEMICAL SWEETENERS: carcinogenic effects, migraines, nervous system damage
ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES/COLORS: promote cancer, liver detox overload, ADHD
DECREASED FIBER: increased risk of colon cancer, cardiovascular disease
Foods, in their natural state, provide the body with the necessary fuel it needs in function optimally. Minimmally, processed foods contain a high vitamin content, natural fiber, antioxidants and lower calories:
RAW FRUITS/VEGETABLES: high vitamin content, fiber, phytonutrients, good carbs
DRIED BEANS/LENTILS: high in protein, fiber, iron
CHIA SEEDS: natgural source of omega 3s, fiber, protein
NUTS (walnuts, almonds, cashews, Brazil): healthy fats, vitamins, protein
GREEN TEA: cancer fighting, improved cognition, antioxidants, lowers cholesterol
ALMOND/COCONUT MILK: high in vitamins especially vitamin D and calcium (include vitamin K if you take calcium)
FRESH GARLIC: anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal
People, who eat "clean", reap the health benefits both inside and out including clearer skin, less pain and sickness, decreased prescription medications and medical bills, improved sleep, energy levels and mood, and an overall improvement in their quality of life.
Healthier eating is not a diet;
it is a lifestyle change and your body will thank you now and in the future.
About the author: Dr. Melissa Bartoszewski is a chiropractor at Estramonte Chiropractic & Wellness Center. She is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College and is a raw food and natural healthcare advocate.