By Carol Wilson ~
This month I would like to share some information about toxins, nutritional deficiency, being overweight and stress. We have to understand the magnitude of the problem before we can ever begin to understand the solutions.
These are four factors that undermine our quality of life:
- toxicity – our air, water, and food are loaded with chemicals.
- water – there are an estimated 400 to 600 toxic chemicals in water supplies across the country.
- air – the percentage of oxygen in our air is on a continuous downward decline.
- food – this topic is perhaps the scariest.
“Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss. With access to confidential files and memos, and numerous sources from deep inside the industry, Michael Moss shows how some of the world’s biggest food companies have pushed ahead their agenda to create “Bliss Point,” a term to describe the level of salt, sugar and fat that causes our brain to get excited about and crave food to the point where we can never get enough, thereby causing an addiction.
Moss cites that over 10,000 chemicals are routinely used in our foods (making our foods “Love Addictions”). The biggest drug lords in the world are the food companies according to “Sugar Salt & Fat” by Michael Moss.
“Fed Up” – A 2014 Documentary, by Director Stephanie Soechtig, and narrated by Katie Couric examined America’s obesity epidemic and the food industry’s role in aggravating it.
In one decade alone – 1990-2000, we doubled the number of gyms in this country while, at the time, the rate of obesity also doubled – proving that diets and exercise alone do not work. Instead of counting calories, we want to make every calorie count. We want nutritional density – extremely low caloric intake with massive amounts of nutrition.
Our society is being inundated with sugar and carbohydrates. We are consuming huge amounts and our bodies are becoming numb to them. We now “need” more than one potato chip, more than one candy bar, more than one scoop of ice cream. We have become so desensitized.
CNN reported, as recently as June 17, 2019, that globally, we are ingesting an average of 5 grams of plastic every week, the equivalent of a credit card, a new study suggests, in addition to herbicides, pesticides, Scotchgard, flame retardants and more. This plastic contamination comes from “microplastics,” particles smaller than five millimeters, which are making their way into our food, drinking water and even the air.
All of this, these massive amounts of toxins, at different levels, find their way into our bodies. Our body takes the plastic and stuffs it in a fat cell and no amount of exercise will release those toxins. (We release no toxins in our sweat.)
In a 2013 documentary, “A Plastic Ocean” was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail. Over a period of four years, Director Craig Leeson brought to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with little impact on humans and animals. The documentary shows the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine ocean. The devastating effects on marine life and its ultimate consequences on human health. The documentary then introduces workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.
Stress is the #1 contributing factor to death. Stress is a natural thing in our body. Some stress is good. Chronic and unrelenting stress is not good. When chronic stress goes up, it shuts our immune system down, prevents our body from burning fat, decreases the density of our bones and literally shrinks our brain.
The body produces cortisol to combat stress. Elevated cortisol levels increase insulin, however. Insulin tells the body to store fat which we cannot burn in a “stressed out” situation.
A practice referred to as “Intermittent Nutritional Fasting” removes toxins and the plastics from our body and assists us in overcoming our stress and addiction. When we detox, addiction withdrawal also happens.
If you are interested in continuing this conversation, I would look forward to discussing this further with you. Thank you. #healthiseverything