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Food can be medicine or poison to your body

As human beings we know we have a limited time on this earth, but what we fail to realize is that we do have the ability to speed up that time of departure, or extend it. Don't believe me? Then try jumping off a bridge. Unless you like bungee jumping, you'd probably say that was nuts. Yet, we as Americans, especially, play Russian roulette with our food choices.

As the title of this articles implies, food can either be a useful medicine to our body or a form of slow killing poison. In fact, I really believe a big part of the obesity problem in America could be solved if we all changed our mindset about food. Think of cookies, doughnuts, and ice cream as poison, and green vegetables, wild caught salmon, and organically raised chicken breasts as medicine. Now, I know if we delved deep into questions of mercury in fish and so forth the health benefits of things like salmon differ, but in general it's the foods that are already cooked and processed for human consumption that we have to worry about the most. Those are the foods with added sugars, fats, and chemicals that disrupt hormones, create cancer, heart disease, and are basically making us fat and devoid of the motivation to even get off the couch.

People are tired all the time, and it's not always from overwork. A lot of times it has to do with a lack of good food and nutrition. They have no energy because they have no fuel. Meals with processed sugars and fats tend to go to fat on the gut while good foods like sweet potatoes, beets, and green vegetables, like broccoli, go to energy.

But, back to the main premise, when you look at junk food in particular, the scientific evidence mounts up that the more you eat sugary snacks and drink sodas, even diet sodas, the more you increase your risk of disease, while every time you eat something healthy like vegetables, you decrease your risk of disease. It's simple math anyone can figure out, the more junk you eat, the higher the risk of being dead before your time or having to suffer through surgeries, you might have been able to skip.

Unfortunately, these days it seems like doctors aren't putting forth the effort to talk to their patients about changing their lifestyles, as if it was a hopeless cause. Instead they are more likely to write out a prescription for something to address the symptoms of the disease instead of going to the heart of the problem, diet and exercise, or the lack thereof.

Our bodies are really frail when you think about it. It doesn't take much to make us sick, or put us in the hospital, and yet we eat junk food as if we were all super humans of some sort. Look, even if you eat right, you can get sick, but by eating crap all day and sitting around, you are virtually guaranteeing that you will get sick. It's like smokers that believe it won't happen to them. It's the other guy that gets cancer or heart disease.

These days there's a move to make obesity a disease, but, here's the thing, if we do consider it a disease let's admit that it comes mostly from the food we eat, and not just heredity. Be honest, if you had a soda and jelly doughnut this morning for breakfast, don't lie to yourself and say that you are overweight because of heredity. Look, nobody past the age of thirty can eat a jelly doughnut more than a couple of times a week and not gain weight.

The key is being honest and developing a different mindset about food. As long as a person associates a doughnut with pleasure they'll never stop eating it. Try associating doughnuts with what they cause, like diabetes and heart disease. Think of the poor individuals you may have seen in public that have had limbs amputated, possibly because of diabetes. Are junk foods worth the risk?

On the flipside, associate healthy green vegetables with energy, health, and vitality. Read health books and magazines. Get it engrained into your mind's psyche. 

I really believe our food problem is a mindset problem. You have to hammer it into your brain until you make a sub-conscious and conscience connection to foods and their effects on the human body.

I'm not saying you can never have something sweet, but if you allow yourself to look at food from a logical perspective, junk food will taste less sweet all the time.

Another way to wean off of junk food is to slowly replace bad food with good. Good foods fill you up and give you energy, while junk food only adds to your fat and makes you even hungrier.

Another great thing to do is make goals. Everyone needs a health and fitness goal to shoot for. Once you hold yourself down to a goal, then eating and exercising will take care of themselves naturally. Just as long as you really want to reach your goal and aren't afraid to take the steps necessary to achieve it.

Remember, good food can make you feel better and prevent sickness, but the only thing junk food is good for is causing sickness. If you have to have a sweet, eat a small piece of dark chocolate. Skip the milk chocolate. Eat some blueberries mixed with organic low fat yogurt. There are great tasting foods that are super healthy, if you just take the time to research just a bit.

Think of it this way - would you eat just anything you pick up off the ground? But, you'll eat anything that tastes sweet and comes in a pretty package. Rats do the same thing with rat poison, and we know how that ends up. It pays to put some thought into what you eat.

Examples of healthy and unhealthy properties of foods

Healthy foods that act like medicine

Broccoli - anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer, and boosts DNA repair in cells, beneficial in the prevention of heart disease

Brussels Sprouts believed to protect against colon cancer, due to their containing sinigrin

Collard greens - anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity

Spinach - may protect against from dementia and Alzheimer's disease

Almonds  almonds used as snacks may significantly reduce coronary heart disease

Garlic Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating at least as far back as the time that the Giza pyramids were built.

boost testosterone levels

acts like an antibiotic

fights staphylococcus and Escherichia coli (E. coli)

 used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II

It's use doesn't create super bugs like modern day antibiotics.
Unhealthy poisonous food

Sugar
- anything with sugar is dangerous apart from healthy fruit that comes with the healthy nutrients to combat sugar's unhealthy effects on the body.
Sugar hurts the brain

Soda has addictive properties thanks to the sugar, much like hard drugs. Elevates insulin levels, increased risk of heart disease

decreases leptin signaling to your central nervous system. Leptin is responsible for controlling your appetite and fat storage, as well as telling your liver what to do with its stored glucose.

The same can be said basically of any processed food with added sugar whether it's
cookies, ice cream, milk chocolate bars, or doughnuts. Anything that basically adds sugar and nothing else is going to hurt you.

Even fruit juices have more sugar than their nutrient value can overcome. If it's not fruit that comes in the same package God made then forget it.

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