Behind the scenes, food shapes and makes our bodies work better, from your consciousness to your metabolism. The options are awaiting us where we can make our bodies work better, particularly at the molecular level.
We are born with certain genes and can’t do much about that. It’s the environment that those genes live, however, in that determines their reactions and our health.
One of the biggest factors that makes up that environment is our food.
The constructs that make up our current food system can be alarming. With an industrialized agriculture system, the availability of good food, and the constant marketing of processed foods, our environment of food ends up making us sicker and at a younger age.
The fact is that we live longer, but we also live sicker. Add to that, our health system treats diseases, but doesn’t do much on prevention.
If food shapes and makes our body to work better, where are we on the scale of health?
An Indicator of How Our Body Is Working
Our microbiome or gut is an indicator of the ecosystem in our body and it also is an indicator of how well we are doing. It is the predictor of how we manage disease.
It also has the ability to cure some conditions because it can rebuild after a collapse. While this is truly amazing, it can’t do it on its own. It needs our help.
It needs us to be diligent and forever evaluating all things related to it. Understanding how our food shapes and makes our bodies work is a place available to us and one where we can exert some control.
Behind The Scenes
A good place to start is to investigate how our food is raised and produced. It would be great to have a farm like back in the day where we would’ve had a cow or a goat and a garden. I for one would love it, but that’s not feasible nor is it my life at the moment.
We still have choices that we can exercise that’ll bring us as close as possible to fresh, unadulterated and unprocessed. One of them is learning how to choose those foods to provide us with the biggest benefit possible in order for our food to shape and make our bodies to work better.
Making good food choices, however, often becomes a tug of war with a fast lifestyle and addiction to processed food.
And, if we’re relying on others to grow our food, there are other concerns as well.
Shelf Life Shapes Our Food
A big concern is what is applied or added to our foods often to make growing them easier or for foods to have more shelf life. Glyphosate, a weed killer, is one of the biggest concerns. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are another where crops have been genetically modified for a particular end purpose. Glyphosate is used in a number of crops, fruits and seafood as a GMO.
There are various levels of health risks from consuming GMOs. That’s a much bigger topic than this blog. Note that a significant amount of processed foods are genetically modified. They’re not labeled as such so the consumer consumes them unknowingly.
Unpredictable and Unstable
“…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.”
We also know that genetic engineering isn’t precise and can lead to unpredictable changes in DNA, and in proteins, and it can be toxic both to us nutritionally and to the environment.
GMOs in our food can disrupt or alter gene structures and disturb normal gene regulatory processes.
An additional cause for concern regarding GM food safety is the potential presence of antibiotic resistant “marker” genes in the GM crop.
Toxins and Stress
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.
Making Your Body Work Better
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. Better food choices is how food shapes and makes our bodies work better.
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. Consuming as many nutrients as possible is the one of the best ways that food shapes and makes our bodies work better.
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. To get started, increase your vegetable intake daily 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. Food is medicine. Make your choices whole and clean. It’s a good bet as to where to start.
Getting a full assortment of food types and colors in your diet requires a little learning, 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 Lose Weight Without Dieting Discovery Session and let’s talk so that we can help guide you to reshape your path and trim your birthday suit.