For many people, disease isn’t something that’s considered until they actually head to the doctor and get a diagnosis. Sometimes, if a disease runs in the family, it’s given more consideration, but most people don’t take a preventative approach to their health care.
Imagine if you could actually see disease forming within your body. What if you knew when every single cell turned cancerous – or every time your arteries accumulated a little more plaque build-up?
It would be alarming, for sure. But we don’t see it. Some of us prefer to not think about it, but if you want to live a long and healthy life, it’s time you started imagining what’s happening with every bite of food you consume.
That cupcake you just ate? It sent your blood sugar levels spiraling out of control. Your arteries wound up just a teeny bit thicker because of the fat it was made with.
The cancer cells in your body love the increased sugar because it’s what they thrive on. Your memories will suffer just a bit. And if you’re prone to inflammation, then this type of food choice will ensure a nice flare-up for you shortly.
Think of another food that might be a better option. For example, if you had grabbed a handful of walnuts instead. Walnuts are packed with vitamin E, which offers protection for your heart. One-quarter cup of walnuts (about 7) provides more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin.
Cancer cells, blood sugar and inflammation are no match for the elements found in walnuts. It’s known as a superfood because it has powerful benefits. If you’re worried about diabetes or cancer, this is a food you should be consuming daily.
Food often help or hurt you in terms of disease. Cooking meat, for example can lead to increased cancer risk (if you char your food) – or increased heart protection (if you ate broiled salmon).
Every time you sit down to eat, look at your plate and figure out if what you’re about to eat – and the way it’s prepared – is going to do harm to your body, or help it thrive at a cellular level that you can’t see with the naked eye.
Sometimes you can make better choices, like baking or broiling instead of frying – or going organic instead of eating foods covered in pesticides. You’re the only person who can steer your health in the right direction, but it forces you to become thoughtful about your choices.
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In good health,
Audrey Dworak INHC, CNE