Why is Everyone Sick? 3 Ways Our Modern Diet is the Cause
It’s 2019, and yet, we are consistently seeing higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. And the medical field is pouring massive amounts of time, energy, and money into cures for diseases rather than figuring out what is causing them. Despite advances in medicine, more technical surgical procedures, and significant amounts of money spent on research, our health is in steady decline.
So, why is everyone sick?
Today I’m going to share with you three ways your modern diet may be causing you to become sick. You might not actually be sick this very moment, but perhaps your health isn’t quite where you want it to be. Maybe you’ve been struggling to get back on track or meet the goals you set for yourself. If this sounds like you, understanding these three factors may seriously change your life.
High Insulin Production
We’ve all heard about the dangers of diabetes and may even know someone living with the disease. While diabetes can be managed, its complications drastically increase your risk for heart disease, neuropathy, high blood pressure, and strokes.
High insulin production — also referred to as hyperinsulinism — is an overproduction of insulin from your pancreas. When your body is producing mass amounts of insulin, this results in insulin resistance.1
High insulin production contributes to:
- Glucose intolerance
- High blood pressure
- High triglycerides
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Fertility problems
- Mood disorders
If we can understand what eating habits are putting our bodies in a state of hyperinsulinism, then we can learn to avoid these patterns and drastically reduce our chances of falling victim to these diseases!
What Are the Causes of High Insulin Production?
- Diets high in calories, carbohydrates, and sugar 2
- Diets low in vitamins and minerals
- Lack of physical exercise
Our modern-day eating habits are rich in processed and refined foods — like pasta, rice, and cereal. Indulging in these foods frequently will send a surge of sugar to your bloodstream, which will then tell your pancreas to produce more insulin.
You can help yourself by getting in some exercise throughout the day so that the sugar in your body will be shifted into your muscles for storage. This has an immediate effect on your insulin sensitivity. As a matter of fact, one study showed that cycling for just 60 minutes increased the participants’ insulin sensitivity for 48 hours! 3
By eating a balanced diet and getting in some physical activity, you can reduce your chances of obesity. Belly fat, in particular, is directly linked to insulin resistance. By losing a few inches around your waist, your insulin sensitivity will go up, and your high insulin production will go down.4
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What is the Solution to High Insulin Production?
Try to focus on getting carbohydrates from more nutrient-dense sources, like vegetables or fruits, instead of processed foods.
Not all carbohydrates are created equal!
Let’s take a look at a couple of examples of carbohydrate density:
- 1 can of soda = 10 cups of broccoli
- 1 bagel = 16 cups of kale
Adding regular amounts of protein and healthy fats to your diet will also help keep your insulin sensitivity levels up. This means easier weight loss and better health all around!
Poor Ratios of Omega-3 to Omega-6 Foods
You may be thinking: I’ve heard of omega-3 and omega-6, but I have no idea what they are.
Simply put, omega-3 and omega-6 are beneficial fats our bodies don’t make on their own — they have to be consumed by eating omega-3 and omega-6 foods. And it’s important to eat a lot more omega-3s than omega-6s.
In fact, eating an imbalanced ratio of these foods can contribute to a number of chronic diseases.5
- Heart disease
- Autoimmune diseases
Our ancestors, who didn’t have the prevalence of chronic diseases we have today, typically ate a diet with an omega-3 to omega-6 ratio anywhere from 1:1 to 1:4. However, in our modern diet, we’re eating a ratio of around 1:20 to 1:30 — yikes!
What Causes our Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratio Problem?
Our modern diet is very high in omega-6 fats. In fact, you’re probably not even aware that you’re consuming them as often as you are.
Let’s take a look at some common food items high in omega-6:6
- Canola, vegetable, safflower, corn, and peanut oils
- Grain-fed meats
- Processed foods
- Frozen foods
- Salad dressings
Now let’s see which foods are high in omega-3:7
- Fatty fish (salmon, sardines, herring)
- Grass-fed beef
- Flaxseed and chia seeds
- Egg yolks (from organic free-range chickens)
I’m sure by looking at these two food lists, you can clearly see how omega-6 fats are much more common in our modern diet. But a simple shift in awareness allows you to focus on consuming more omega-3s.
What is the Solution to an Imbalanced Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratio?
The solution to finding a healthy balance and ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 is a relatively simple one— consume more omega-3 foods and fewer omega-6 foods.
Here are some easy tips for a better omega-3 to 6 ratio:
- Eat grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, and pastured eggs
- Use more saturated and monounsaturated fats for cooking
- Don’t overconsume nuts and seeds
- Avoid processed and frozen foods
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Our ancestors 2,000 years ago didn’t have the diseases we have today, and that’s widely attributed to their lack of processed foods. It wasn’t until after the Agricultural Revolution that we began consuming foods like grains, legumes, and dairy.
Once these foods were introduced into our food supply, we noticed an immediate decline in our health. We began seeing increased rates of problems like bone malformations, nutrient deficiencies, and infant mortality.
How do Gut-Irritating Foods Impact our Whole Body Health?
Did you know that 80% of your immune system lives in your gut? 8
Gut-irritating foods can not only wreak havoc on your entire body but irritate and even destroy your gut lining. This can oftentimes lead to a condition referred to as leaky gut syndrome.
Leaky gut syndrome occurs when your small intestine becomes damaged, leaving holes large enough for food particles, bacteria, and toxic waste to essentially leak out of your gut and into your bloodstream. This ultimately leads to an autoimmune response in your body and can cause:9
- Allergic reactions
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chronic fatigue
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The worst foods for your overall gut health include:10
- Processed foods
- GMO foods
How Can I Improve My Gut Health?
The best thing that you can do to improve your gut health is to come up with your own healthy diet gut plan.
Here are some foods to add to your gut-friendly diet:11
- Macadamia nuts
- Greek yogurt
- Coconut milk
Along with incorporating these foods into your diet, one of the best things you can do to help your gut health is to take a daily probiotic.
Our NativePath Probiotic helps to revive and restore your gut health and combat the signs of leaky gut syndrome.
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