Have you ever heard of the Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? If not, take 3 minutes to read this because it could be crucial to your health. We know the whole “organic” thing is taking over but what does organic really mean? Does it mean it’s healthy and is allowed into your diet? Not quite. The definition of organic food in the United States is:
‘The product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.
*Taken from DEFRA
So just because something is labeled as “organic” or is sold in the classic brown, wholesome, natural looking bag does not mean it is healthy, it is just lacking dangerous chemicals that cause hundreds of illnesses, DNA mutation, and even birth defects. Makes you wonder what we’re eating on our non-organic products doesn’t it!?! That is just my quick disclaimer that many people get caught up in when trying to switch to a healthier lifestyle.
Last year, the Environmental Working Group released their annual reports that found almost 70% of the 48 different non-organic foods they tested were positive for at least one pesticide. And in many of the cases it was a lot more than one. A strawberry that was tested had over 20 different pesticides found on it. 20!!!! This is why eating organic is such a big deal.
Here’s the thing though, when you compare prices of non-organic produce to organic, you notice a HUGE difference. This is why we always get asked “Do I need to eat everything organic?” and the answer is “Yes, but not really”.
Pretty helpful, right?? No fear though because we have some helpful tips. Of course, you should eat organic as much as possible but if you’re on a budget, here are some lists to make the most of it.
I hope this was able to provide some kind of guideline for you to follow when purchasing produce. It is scary to think about all that we don’t know about our food so whenever I can share some tips I’m all about it. Make those shopping lists now and highlight or mark the organic necessities to make the best decisions for your health.
If you are interested in learning more about food and how to make healthier decisions for a lifestyle change, call today to make an appointment with us here at Back to Health of Anthem. 623.551.6677. We will spend time determining your specific nutritional needs and create a personalized plan that works best for you schedule and goals. We are not promised tomorrow so don’t put your health off for another day!
Not the most glamorous of names I know, but a ton of you are about to thank me for solving your problems in a few minutes. Have you heard of IBS lately?? It stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and so many people are being diagnosed with this due to unexplained stomach cramps, diarrhea, and bloating. I can name 10 people I know personally right off the top of my head that are constantly battling random, intense stomach pains that occur shortly after eating. And there is no consistency in what they are eating that causes it. One night it’s ice cream, the next it’s pizza that they have eaten a thousand times. It literally keeps them on the couch and in the bathroom all night long waiting the torture out. Now what about the “Chronic Fatigue” and “Fibromyalgia” diagnoses that are consuming the medication commercials every day? What kind of illness is this!?! It isn’t folks. It is a garbage can diagnosis that is stuck on someone when there is not an answer for what is wrong with you. Why are you chronically fatigued? What does your body hurt all over at the slightest touch? Why do you get extreme stomach pains after eating something you’ve eaten plenty of times before? There is something wrong people and we have to address it.
80% of our immune system is in our gut. Our gut (or intestines) is where a majority of our absorption happens for nutrients and energy, and it is also the place where the decision is made whether to keep something or send it down the shoot. So to say the gut is important is quite the understatement, yet because it isn’t helping us breath or is not beating to push blood through our bodies, we ignore it! Well that stops here. Our guts have been used and abused for way too long and we are now seeing the effects with things such as extreme stomach pains, headaches, joint pains, bloating, cramping, thyroid problems, and so much more. So what is causing the gut to be damaged and how do we fix it??
The food we are eating is the culprit here. A variety of things can cause the gut to become “leaky” which is why it is so important that you have the proper bloodwork done to determine what your specific triggers are. Most commonly, grains can be blamed. Grains contain different proteins that affect the junctions between our intestinal cells. The most common of these proteins would be gluten. Gluten has become such a hot topic lately and the amount of “Gluten –Free” foods has multiplied enormously over the last couple of years. But just going gluten free is unfortunately not enough. Grains contain other proteins along with gluten that cause the same damage. We also need to look at all of the other non-bread, processed foods we are eating. Basically anything in the center aisles of the grocery store. They contain processed chemicals that are disrupting the microflora (good bacteria) our guts need to do their job. And not only are they killing the good bacteria but they are then manifesting their bad bacteria in our guts as well. No wonder we are seeing all of the extreme symptoms I mentioned above. We have bad bugs in our gut messing everything up! How exactly is this happening you ask?? Well let me explain:
Zonulin is a protein in your bodies that opens up the spaces between the cells of the intestinal lining. That normally occurs in order for nutrients and other molecules to get in and out of the intestine. However, when leaky gut is present, the spaces between the cells open up too much allowing larger protein molecules to get into the bloodstream where an immunologic reaction can take place. The two most powerful triggers to open the zonulin door are gluten and improper gut bacteria in the small intestine. Gluten causes zonulin levels to increase and as the zonulin level rises, the seal between the intestinal cells breaks down. Think of it like the security guard on duty that is supposed to keep the bad guys out but falls asleep on the job! Now large food molecules are allowed to pass through to the immune system. The immune system thinks they are foreign invaders and will initiate an immune response leading to food sensitivities. In addition to the immune response, the gut becomes damaged and inflamed, leading to even more permeability or “leakage” and overloads the liver’s ability to filter out the garbage. As if that is not enough, the microvilli that line the intestines and absorb nutrients become damaged, leading to other nutrient deficiencies too.
Make more sense now, why we are so sick with symptoms??? The good news to all of this…we know what it takes to fix it! With the combination of diet changes, supplementation, and hydration, we can truly solve the leaky gut epidemic. But it will take commitment on your end to decide to change your lifestyle once and for all. The scary truth about leaky gut is the medical world has not quite figured it out yet. When these symptoms present in their office, the answer is usually surgery. They go in and cut 6 inches of your intestines out since they are inflamed and causing the pain. But guess what? In a few months, a new section of your gut will be inflamed due to the process I explained a minute ago. So just cutting a section out will not fix the issue! We have to eliminate what is causing the inflammation and gut lining deterioration. If you take all the bad out of your diet and replace it with good then all should be well! But if you let the bad slip back in again, what do you think will happen? Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out!
I hope this was able to give you a general concept of what is occurring within your body to help explain the outward symptoms. Leaky Gut is such an important diagnosis to understand and heal that we are hosting a Dinner with the Doc specifically on the topic! We believe in explaining the unexplained and this dinner talk with do just that. Mark it on your calendars for Wednesday, March 27th @6:30pm at Two Brothers Kitchen. To sign up, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dinner-with-the-doc-leaky-gut-tickets-44165527281 now! Space is limited so don’t put it off!
At the meeting we will also discuss a blood test we offer called a Wheat Zoomer, where your antibodies in your blood are tested to see specifically what types of grains and flours are causing your leaky gut. We want to be as specific as possible when molding your new diet to heal your gut. Don’t wait another minute to make a change. It is NOT NORMAL to live with constant, unexplained stomach pains, headaches, joint pains, constipation, and chronic fatigue. Give us a call at 623.551.6677 to schedule a Wellness Score today and get your body back to its properly functioning self!
Info contributed by https://www.jillcarnahan.com/2013/07/14/zonulin-leaky-gut/
*AZ Chiropractic License Pending*
Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
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