It’s obvious that there can’t be a single pill to cure all ailments. No one fruit, vegetable, herb, nutrient, or medicine will completely solve the causes of disease, weight issues, cure cancers, colds, flues, digestive distress or breakouts.
And for every pill, there is invariably another pill to address the side effects of the first one.
Pharmaceutical, medical and agrochemical industries are all operating in a space that feeds into and from a cycle of sickness.
Many drugs and supplements have overlooked side effects, and double blind studies can’t possibly cover but a small percentage of real scenarios in real human bodies.
And instead of better from all the great nutritional discoveries, obesity and chronic diseases are becoming the norm, and we’re dying at ages younger than the last generation.
It gets a bit discouraging to say the least.
So much so that I gave up blogging in nutrition-now.com for a few years after my mother’s short battle with pancreatic cancer, feeling I was finding out only too little too late how many things that we were and weren’t doing, or that we just didn’t know before things got so bad, that may have given us many more precious months together or even avoiding the whole thing.
But after a long while, faced with my dear friend’s breast cancer diagnosis just recently, I began researching again, and something started to become crystal clear.
At the bottom of every mountain of research on any one nutrient, mineral, vitamin, phytochemical or biochemical reaction that I had ever read about, there was a common thread of information, a simple key to health, that had been hiding in plain site.
Eat FEWER carbs,
and get MORE calories from
healthy fat, and fresh plant based foods.
This may not be just ONE THING but it’s ONE SHIFT that YOU DO have the power to make.
And focusing on JUST THIS has the very real and strong potential to help
- detox your body
- strengthen your brain
- bolster your immune system, enabling your body’s potent anti-oxidant production
- improve your metabolism with powerful enzymes that act as catalytic energy producers that facilitate mineral absorption
- provide anti-inflammatory effects from the phytonutrients balance your body’s pH to healthy levels, preventing disease
ALL of these are now very well understood given decades of accumulating research from around the world in a variety of populations. These are all indeed disease preventatives!
So if you really were hoping for just one simple thing you could focus on to improve your overall health, with the one possible exception of getting more exercise and sleep, just changing your eating habits to eliminate carbs and increasing healthy fats (omega 3 to omega 6 ratios of 1:1) and plant based foods will at least make a noticeable difference, EVEN if you are already healthy.
Yes cutting carbs is not easy, but if you don’t really get why it’s important please read “The Grain Brain” by Dr. David Perlmutter. He’s a world renowned neurologist who describes how even healthy grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.
For example, did you know that your brain actually thrives on fat? And that your cells require cholesterol, yes even LDL, to be healthy? As a matter of fact, LDL is only bad when it is malformed by the effects of carbs and sugar.
In fact, taking on this outlook on your eating can actually help you to spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. You may not feel this occurring, but you’ll better because you’ll be sleeping better, have less brain fog, less gastrointestinal distress, more energy, and a better disposition.
I’ve never felt such an impact from any supplement as I have with cutting carbs, and adding veggies to my day with regular juicing.
If you’re truly intent on being healthy then you can start here, without counting calories, without being on a special dietary program and without costing you a monthly membership at the gym. Yes exercise and sleep are key, but what you PUT IN YOUR BODY is critical.