We are born with certain genes, but at the molecular level, we have huge options where we can make our bodies work better. It depends on the environment that the genes live in, and the biggest factor is nutrition.
What we eat shapes everything, from our consciousness to our metabolisms. And, how we store our fat can turn into a chronic mess…or not.
While We Live Longer, We Live Sicker
Our health system treats diseases but doesn’t work or do much to prevent them. And when you combine that with an industrialized agriculture system and the availability and the constant marketing of processed foods, we end up getting sicker at a younger age.
So, how do we know where we are on the scale of health?
Our microbiome or gut is an indicator of the ecosystem in our body and how well it is doing. It is the predictor of how we manage disease. It can also cure conditions because it has the ability to rebuild after a collapse, but not on its own. It needs our help and our forever-evaluating eyeball on all things related.
We can start with a couple of things that come into play here. Ones that we need to take note of to start our journey to better health.
One of the first things to consider is how we allow our food to be raised. It would be great to have a garden but it’s not always feasible to have one nor do we have the time to tend it. Even with that, we still have choices by learning how to choose those foods that provide us with the biggest benefit possible.
With our fast lifestyle and addiction to processed food, however, this often becomes a tug of war.
So, if we are relying on others to grow our foods, one of the biggest concerns is the glysophate in our food, or as more commonly known as GMO or genetically modified organisms.
“…genetic engineering enables genes to be transferred not only between different species but also between different kingdoms – for example, from animals or humans into plants. Therefore genetic engineering evades natural barriers between species and kingdoms that have evolved over millennia.”
‘Genetic engineering and the associated tissue culture processes are imprecise and highly mutagenic. They lead to unpredictable changes in the DNA, proteins, and biochemical composition of the resulting GMOs, which can result in unexpected toxic or allergenic effects and nutritional disturbances, as well as unpredictable effects on the environment.”
“The GM transformation process may produce mutagenic effects that can disrupt or alter gene structure, disturb normal gene regulatory processes, or cause effects at other levels of biological structure and function. These effects can result in unintended changes in composition, including new toxins or allergens and/or disturbed nutritional value”
“An additional cause for concern regarding GM food safety is the potential presence of antibiotic resistant “marker” genes in the GM crop.”
Glysophate kills the eco-diversity in our soil, and it does the same in our gut. That translates into depriving our foods the nutrients we need. It also means that we have an additional burden of getting rid of the toxin from our bodies.
It is estimated that it takes 7 years (yes, you read that right), 7 years to digest all the chemicals that we receive in 1 (yes, you got that right, too), 1 fast-food hamburger. Aiyaya!
Add to that the stress levels of the animals, both cows and chickens, in the feedlots, and now fish in aquaculture. These stress hormones travel through the animals and into their meat which we then consume.
Research shows that one-third of our genome isn’t from our human source but rather from the bacteria and fungi that we get from the foods we consume. There’s still more research being done here, but what we know so far is that there can be dire consequences in the form of certain cancers as a result of this exchange.
Health Span vs Life Span
The hope lies in the fact that we can make better choices for better health. Choices that let us focus on our “health” span rather than our “life” span.
Because the microbiome underlies everything in our body including how it responds to threats and diseases, and cures, it’s imperative that we take on the responsibility for what we eat as the first step.
We can take control over our food, and we can re-establish the eco system our bodies need by developing good bacteria instead of the bad.
One of the jobs of having a biome full of good bacteria is that there is better absorption of the nutrients you send down. Those nutrients, of course, are from the whole, non-GMO foods that demand the good bacteria in order to digest properly.
Keeping the Nutrients
Learning how to source, store and cook those whole, non-GMO foods is next so that you have as many nutrients available to consume as possible. Anchor blog
Even then, there may be more steps to do in order to balance your biome, but you’re well on your way to bathing your cells in a health-enhanced and enriching soup.
There are foods we can consume that demand the good bacteria in order to digest. A really simple way to get started is to increase your vegetable intake daily and in each of your meals. And, in choosing which vegetables to include, make a plate a veggie rainbow—full of color.
Now, there will be more to do, more likely than not, to restore your microbiome to a balanced state, but food is medicine, and making your choices whole and clean is always a good bet as to where to start.
The biggest effort to getting a full assortment of food types and colors in your diet requires a little learning and a bit more planning and organization. Let’s start with the learning…how to shop sans the GMO.
And, if you’re looking for a step-by-step approach to creating a nutritional journey that will last a lifetime, sign up for a Discovery Session and let’s talk so that we can help guide you to reshape your path and trim your birthday suit. See you soon!