For the past 25 years, the food industry has been quietly programming our bodies for destruction by turning our digestive systems against us with enticing junk food. Food-like substances that delight the senses and create a euphoric experience of well being are a key players in this program.
Just to give you an idea of how junk food turns your digestive system against you and causes disease, here is a tidbit of information for you to digest. Aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in many foods, is 11% methanol. You see a lot of people taking it in diet sodas. Maybe you even drink them yourself.
What Happens When You Drink a Diet Soda
When you drink a diet soda or tear open a little envelope of aspartame to sweeten your coffee or tea, watch what happens. The body looks at it in the digestive tract and proceeds to the next step it knows what to do with it. It converts it into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a highly toxic carcinogenic substance, that is not filtered by the liver, and enters unchecked into the body’s organs.
Now it’s positioned to be available to be used to develop the most deadly debilitating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, cancers of all kinds, especially breast cancer, spina bifida, and autism. That innocent looking drink, containing aspartame has just given your body orders to open the door to disease. Pretty sneaky, don’t you think? All in the name of controlling your weight.
Aspartame – Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World!
You may find this video which interviews medical specialists on the health consequences of aspartame in our foods, very interesting. It will give you the full story, so you can share key information with your family and friends.
“You have Inflammation”
When you go to your doctor with symptoms, the first thing they look for is signs of “inflammation”. Why are they so concerned about reducing inflammation in the body? Because, most of the diseases we are dealing with today, start with inflammation in the body. But reducing inflammation without knowing what the root cause of it is, is like batting flies in the dark.
What do we learn from this? Doctors are not equipped to prevent disease. They are only equipped to root around inside you and find symptoms. By the time symptoms are found by your doctor, you are in deep doo doo.
Ok, So What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
You have to become informed. That means you have to take control. You can’t wait for symptoms to develop before you act. You have to become proactive and find out how to prevent disease from getting a foothold in the first place. And you can only do that by educating yourself. Are you ready? Let’s begin.
How Do You Decide What’s Good to Eat?
Most people decide if something is good to eat by what it looks like and how good it tastes. That opens them up to eating all kinds of things that will undermine their health. They are a sitting ducks for marketers, who easily manipulate them into buying what they want to sell, and in the process their health suffers.
Have you been to a buffet lunch or smorgasbord dinner lately? What a minefield of artificial delights you will find there! It all starts with our taste for foods. How do you decide what is healthy to eat? First, you must know what artificial foods do to the body’s digestive system.
How Your Digestive System Works
Inflammation is the body’s way of getting rid of what it determines are “invaders”. Disease enters through the intestinal system. As soon as the body detects an invader, it sends out the T cells that surround the invaders, and creates congestion in that part of the body. It’s similar to when you have a cut. Within a short time you will notice that it becomes red and inflamed.
So if you eat or drink a sneaky junk food that the body doesn’t notice as a “disease-causing” invader, then you have just allowed the enemy into your body.
Now some people might think, what a stupid body, it should be protecting me and siphoning out the bad stuff I’m eating. But that line of thought gets you nowhere.
You Are the Body’s First Line of Defence Against Disease
The fact of the matter is, that the body relies on you to make the right decisions about the foods you put into it. You are the guard at the gate. The body is like a computer – garbage in, garbage out. The computer doesn’t make any judgements about what you put into it, it just processes it.
Our foods are the foundation of our health. If you willingly eat bad foods that don’t support the body, then you are heading towards a lifetime of health problems.
Information Leads to Understanding
Information and understanding give you the ability to make wise food choices. If you don’t understand the link between what you eat – your food choices – and the major diseases that are hitting people today, then it’s only a matter of time before you too become one of the statistics.
Having the right information means you can spot the symptoms early enough to take action, and you will know what steps to take to help yourself, when you realize something is wrong.
What is the Bottom Line?
The bottom line is that if your digestive system is not working right, you are not getting the nutrients your body needs to function in your daily life. That means you are vulnerable to developing “leaky gut syndrome” which has been linked to a host of problems, including arthritis, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, eczema, psoriasis, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis, to mention only a few.
The list of immune problems associated with dysfunctional digestion continues to grow, as we develop more understanding of the link between the immune system and the gut.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
When we eat foods that are not healthy – “junk foods”, the good bacteria in the digestive tract don’t know what to do with them, so they can’t digest them. When we make a habit of eating foods containing sugar, hydrogenated margarine, high fructose corn syrup, and an assortment of chemicals, they begin to get through the protective gut lining. What happens next is a cascade of reactions that take you deep into the territory of disease.
The undigested food particles start collecting along the lining of our blood vessels, creating plaque, which leads to heart disease. The body will also start to stuff them into fat cells causing us to get fat. This is the beginning of a condition called “leaky gut syndrome” which many people have, but don’t even realize. In fact, most people don’t even know it exists.
How Do You Know You Have a Leaky Gut?
There are so many diseases that begin with Leaky Gut that it’s impossible to list them all. It progresses through stages beginning with mild symptoms like bloating, heartburn, anxiety, muscle cramps and muscle pains, moving into multiple chemical sensitivities, food allergies, abdominal pain, insomnia, gluten intolerance, until it reaches full blown disease.
Leaky gut begins when the gut lining develops cracks in the walls, allowing big undigested particles to pass through and get stored in the body. In the normal gut, these things are excreted in the stool. But because more of the foods we eat are unrecognizable as foods by the body, due to genetic modifications, it stores them rather than expelling them. Why doesn’t it excrete them. Your body is programmed to store anything it doesn’t recognize, until it can process it. The trouble is, that it never processes it.
How Your Doctor Is Taught to Handle Inflammation
As more and more of these molecules pass through the intestinal lining, the immune system becomes overloaded, and the body begins to show a constant state of inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of the majority of medical illnesses we are dealing with today. That is why doctors will tell you: “You have inflammation in your body. We don’t exactly know where it’s coming from, go home and rest.” Or they will prescribe antibiotics to get the inflammation down. This is only a short-term solution, if you can’t find the root cause. But when the body has been chronically dealing with inflammation over years, it’s difficult for doctors to trace where it is coming from.
What You Need to Know to Stay Healthy
You need to know how, what you eat, gets digested and absorbed by the digestive system. It’s hard to believe it but scientists tell us we have more than 100 trillion bacteria living in our gut. And these bacteria have a lot to do with how we digest our foods. That’s 10 times more bacterial cells in your gut than in your whole body!
You Need Good Bacteria in Your Digestive Tract
There are good bacteria and there are bad bacteria. The good ones help to digest our food and get it ready for the gut to absorb and pass to the bloodstream, so we can stay strong and healthy. The bad ones are only looking out for themselves. Their goal is to multiply and take over the body. They cause havoc in our gut if they start to outnumber the good bacteria. Be forewarned, the bad bacteria thrive on sugar and refined carbohydrates in the foods we eat. White sugar and white flour which turns to sugar in the blood are a feeding ground for bacteria. Honey on the other hand has antibacterial properties.
What Can We Do to Help Keep Our Digestion Working Properly?
Our goal is to keep the balance between good and bad bacteria tipped in our favor, by choosing foods as close to nature as possible, that feed the friendly bacteria and make it easy for them to control the unfriendly ones. We need the good bacteria to train the immune system in the gut to recognize pathogens and to destroy them, thus staying on the alert to protect us from the harmful bacteria.
So you can see, if your body has inflammation in it, it is easy for conditions like psoriasis, eczema, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases to develop. And it all starts with the wrong food in your gut.
And that is why the digestive tract is the first place to look for the root cause of disease. Your gut is the most common port of entry for foreign invaders to get into your body.
Avoiding junk food is the first step to keeping yourself healthy and vibrantly alive.
Brenda Watson, author of “The Road to Perfect Health” talks with Suzanne Somers about how to keep your gut healthy.