One of the things I hear a lot (and I’ll put my hand up and say I used to think myself) is “I’m not fat, I don’t need to give up sugar” or “I’m just lucky – I have a terrible diet but I still don’t put on weight”.
Sadly what most people don’t understand is that the negative effects of unhealthy eating are far more complex (and dangerous) than just getting a flabby belly or thunder thighs.
Impaired gut health
Increased risk of dementia
These are all very real consequences of poor food choices, and that’s not even close to a complete list. These things are all intertwined, and we now know that most of them start to a large degree in the gut.
YES – all of these can be going on inside a slim “healthy” looking person.
NO – just “burning off” calories with an intense workout won’t negate these effects.
Around 2500 years ago, Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the gut” and today, research is mostly proving him right over and over again.
But most people don’t think of the impact of food on their gut beyond the speed and intensity that it might come out the other end. But in between, there are trillions of cells (both our own and our bacterial friends) that are intricately impacted by what we pop in our mouths.
Some foods will:
promote the growth of bacteria that enhance our health
promote the growth of bacteria that can have harmful health effects.
cause gaps to form between the cells of our gut wall, leaving some food particles able to escape through, that normally shouldn’t.
cause hormones and nerves to signal and direct the brain or other areas of the body
provide anti-inflammatory effects and fuel the gut cells.
cause irritation, inflammatory or immune reactions.
promote enzyme, acid and bile production.
And all of this happens before the body even has the chance to think about actually storing anything as excess fat.
Food is more than just fuel or a source of calories that can either be burned or turned to fat.
It is information to our cells and with each bite we choose to eat messages of health or disease, not just “fattening” or “slimming” foods.
So what messages are you sending your body through your food?
Stay tuned as I reveal more about the effects of your food choices on your gut, brain, energy and quality of life, and most importantly: how to fix it.
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