Most people might think they are pretty healthy, but statistics point to another reality. The National Center for Health Statistics reports the following staggering facts regarding obesity:
Percent of adults aged 20 and over with obesity: 37.9% (2013-2014)
Percent of adults aged 20 and over overweight, including obesity: 70.7% (2013-2014)
Children and adolescents
Percent of adolescents aged 12-19 years with obesity: 20.6% (2013-2014)
Percent of children aged 6-11 years with obesity: 17.4% (2013-2014)
Percent of children aged 2-5 years with obesity: 9.4% (2013-2014)
Numbers do not lie, the reality is that though most people think they are pretty healthy; in fact most are overweight and a pretty significant portion are obese. Though the specific causes are many, lets look at 1 overlooked one. There is a significant portion of food in the regular diet of Americans that is marketed or perceived to have health benefits, when in reality is quit unhealthy and in many cases as bad as junk food or even outright harmful. Lets look at some of the top culprits.
Fruit Juice: As dangerous as soda. Consider how long it takes to eat an orange? Now imagine eating 4 oranges in a matter of seconds. Your body isn't designed to deal with that level of fructose overload. Remember, fructose gets processed nearly solely by the liver where it is converted to fats. Do you need another reason to switch to water?
Soy Protein: Most soy grown in the US is heavily genetically modified. Recent studies show extremely dangerous levels of glyphosate in U.S. soy. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in weedkiller and glyphosate has been linked to many health problems, far too many to detail here.
''Atlantic' Salmon, Talipia and Other Farmed Fish: They contain decreased levels of healthy Omega-3's. Farmed fish have high levels of dioxin which is an environmental pollutant linked to cancer, organ damage and immune system conditions. Overfishing of smaller feed fish results from the chow that is produced to feed farmed fish. Salmon are migratory predators, they're not evolved to live life in a small pen. While we're on the topic of farmed fish, be sure to also avoid all farmed Shrimp as well.
Microwave Popcorn: Where do we begin? Do we start with the bag lined with a multitude of cancer causing chemicals? Maybe we can begin with the diacetyl, the fake butter flavor that's linked to lung disease. Maybe that's enough of a reason to start popping your own?
Factory Farmed Meats: Take an animal, pump it full of hormones, antibiotics, anti-depressants, arsenic and painkillers. Feed it steroids and genetically engineered food designed to fatten up that animal as quickly as possible. Do all that and call it dinner? No thanks, follow my plan. If I can't verify it's raised in green pastures and fed organic natural food then it's not for me.
Margarine: Years ago we thought margarine was much lower in saturated fats than butter is and thought it would protect heart health better. Sadly trans fats were those originally used in margarine which are responsible for about 50,000 heart attacks a year, increased risks for developing T2 diabetes and other health problems. The best thing to remember is to avoid man-made/processed fats not found in nature.
Vegetable Oils: Those highly processed like Canola oil. Atherosclerosis, birth defects, high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease, cancer, just to name a few conditions awaiting you from overuse of these oils. Consider pure, extra virgin coconut oil (Here's a tip, to test the quality of your coconut oil, you should make sure the product smells like coconut when you buy it. Otherwise there’s a good chance it’s been pasteurized).
Table Salt: Your table isn't salt at all. Lets look at the process, then you decide. Naturally occurring salt is mined, then stripped of all of it's natural beneficial minerals, then super-heated. The iodine which was chemically leeched out is replaced with potentially toxic levels of potassium iodide, stabilized with dextrose (Which turns the mix purple), then it's chemically bleached white. That's your table salt, swap it out for sea salt for an easy fix.
Artificial Sweeteners:In addition to destroying your healthy gut flora and fauna which in itself should be enough? Allergies, weight gain/obesity, cancer/tumors, headaches, hypertension, seizures, lymphomas and leukemia are just a few of the conditions in store for you from repeated use. Consider a healthy alternative like honey, monk fruit or stevia.
Seitan: It's a lump of wheat gluten loaded with dangerously high levels of sodium. Swap that for tempeh instead, this fermented soy has some great probiotic benefits too and the texture of tempeh is generally more appealing. Though we advise steering clear of conventional soy and soy products, fermented soy products like tempeh, natto and miso are excluded as they have health benefits that we will delve into in another article.
Sugary Fru-Fru Coffee Drinks: There are actually many health benefits to drinking coffee but those benefits become null when you add in all that sugar and fat. Consider a 16-oz Pumpkin Spice Latte has a whopping 50 grams of sugar (Mostly in the form of High-Fructose corn syrup) not to mention the gut-killing carrageenan in whipped cream. Swap that for a Green Tea for a healthy drink.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of foods to avoid, but it's a great place to start. Consider taking the time to review the list and incorporate the recommendation into your lifestyle for a huge boost in the quality of your personal nutrition program.
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Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.
He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.
In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.
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