The Foundations of Health Part 1
We live on ten percent of what we eat…on the other ninety percent our doctor lives.
Even the ancient Egyptians knew this…one of them actually took the time to chisel those very words on a stone monument. This Egyptian had it figured out a couple of centuries before health insurance and synthetic drugs came on the scene.
Eliminating 90% of what we eat probably would be a great start for most of us. Thoughtful, conscious eating as a prescription for better health is a lost art. Since the majority of what the average person eats comes from a can, a box or a bag, taking time to read what’s in the can, box or bag would be a good idea. Living on manufactured food requires excellent eyesight or a pair of prescription glasses enabling us to read the tiny, microscopic print describing what we’re eating. If it looks like the periodic table of elements that terrified us in chemistry 101, it probably shouldn’t be eaten, unless of course, you aced chemistry 101.
So I guess the first rule would be: if you don’t know what you’re eating, you probably shouldn’t. This would automatically eliminate the 90% necessary for your doctor to live. But it would be like waterboarding for most of us, so let’s just pick one thing to NOT EAT.
The list of what not to eat is rather mind bending. We could eliminate MSG, trans fat, canola, sunflower, safflower, peanut and corn oil, and all hydrogenated oils. All have been linked to numerous, common degenerative diseases.
Instead, let’s just do baby steps and eliminate a substance that medical researchers studied in depth many years ago. Extensive research on this common item was summarized by the following statement….”If sugar were discovered today, it would be a controlled substance. ”
Sugar is an addictive drug! It’s absorbed too fast, flooding the blood and triggering the release of insulin. Fortunately, insulin removes the excess sugar from the blood; unfortunately it stores it as belly fat. Overproduction of insulin is linked to diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, high blood pressure and bone loss. A 12 ounce can of cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar! I could go on, but you get the idea. Sugar is bad stuff. For the few still reading this article, let me explain how to break a sugar addiction.
First, it is not safe to use any artificial sweetener. High fructose corn syrup, Splenda, aspartame and all zero-calorie sweeteners increase the risk of stroke, dementia, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Avoid them! Instead, substitute either Stevia extract or Xylitol. They don’t raise blood sugar levels.
Use these natural sweeteners as a tool to help you break your addiction. Stevia actually lowers blood pressure. Xylitol has been shown to re-mineralized tooth enamel, prevent cavities, ear infections, and increase bone density. Xylitol can be purchased in bulk, and doesn’t have a funky flavor. It can cause mild digestive upset in some people. Starting with small amounts and gradually increasing, usually solves the problem.
The first few weeks can be especially tough to shake a sugar addiction. Cravings can be very intense. The amino acid, L-glutamine will safely and rapidly stabilize your blood sugar. The changes aren’t dramatic but it will make the transition easier. If you experience a sugar craving, empty a 500 mg capsule on your tongue and the craving should subside immediately.
Wear your eyeglasses when food shopping. Read labels. Remember, the road to health is a journey and avoiding sugar is a great first step.
Stay well…Dr. Bill Ardito, DDS – Sunshine Dentistry AZ