By Rosie Main
We live in a fast-paced world that taxes our bodies to perform and produce all day long. We devalue the importance of rest and continue to drive hard towards our goals. We load up on caffeine and energy drinks to keep cranking so we “can get everything out of life.” As a result, we have an epidemic of adrenal fatigue, hormone dysregulation, autoimmunity, and chronic inflammatory conditions.
So how are you adapting to the stressors in your life? Chances are you are not adapting as well as you could and this is causing you to function at a lower level, settle for less than optimal health – and possibly costing you a lot of unnecessary suffering.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease while undertaking pre-med in undergraduate school because of the high stress of school and caring for my ill mother. As a bodybuilder, I thought I was eating healthy yet was eating high inflammatory foods that led me to sickness. Thankfully God led me to a chiropractor who changed my life by teaching me the principle of chiropractic that states that the power that made the body heals the body. This in turn led me to become a chiropractor, which has allowed me to heal myself as well as help thousands of people regain their health through my practice, my radio show on The Voice 94.1, contributing to this magazine with health articles, and all the seminars and workshops on health I am able to do for the community.
God gave us a potential to heal, yet if there are interferences such as stress, bad spinal alignment interfering with nerve function, bad nutrition and toxicity, then the body can’t heal at its optimum. Here are some of the things that you may relate to and start removing from your diet to help your body by removing inflammation.
My prayer is that this guide will help you stop the inflammatory stressors in your life, adapt stronger, and live better. Just by removing some of these interferences you can begin your health journey.
Here are some of the issues that led to my health issues:
Drinking water – I was drinking tons of water (which we all know is healthy), at least a gallon a day; but unfortunately, the water was not filtered very well and contained chlorine and fluoride, which both have a detrimental effect on our gut microflora and intestinal lining.
Artificial sweeteners – I knew better than to eat a bunch of sugar, but at the time I didn’t realize how bad Splenda was. Splenda contains chlorine molecules that damage our gut microflora and irritate the gut lining. I never purchased Splenda directly, but I used processed protein bars and whey proteins that contained this dangerous ingredient. Use stevia to help naturally sweeten your drinks or food.
Pasteurized dairy – I would consume a lot of skim or low-fat milk, yogurts, and cottage cheese. Unfortunately, most of these products were not organic. These animals are given hormones and antibiotics, which make their way into both their meat and dairy products. Subsequently, I ended up consuming extreme amounts of hormones and antibiotics, which are both dangerous chemicals that damage the microbiome and gut lining.
The cows are fed grains to enhance the production of their milk, but this grain-feed contains high levels of omega 6 fats which increase inflammatory activity in our bodies. In addition, if the meat is not organic, then it contains pesticides and herbicides from the genetically modified (GMO) grains that were given to the cows.
Farm caught fish – I would have salmon and tuna all the time because I thought they were healthy. Unfortunately, like most people, I ate a low-quality, farm-caught variety that I would purchase because I didn’t know the difference between farmed and wild caught.
Farmed fish is fed GMO grains that are laced with pesticides and herbicides that damage the gut lining. These fish are very sickly and are made to look pink through a synthetic dye that is applied to them to “freshen” up their look for the supermarket.
Gluten and grains – I would eat oatmeal or Quaker oatmeal squares every morning. I would use whole wheat breads and pastas, and lots of brown rice. I thought this was super healthy, but grains in general are inflammatory and the lectin components can be extremely hazardous to gut health and the overall nutritional status of the body.
Soy products – One of soy’s primary isoflavones, genistein, has been shown to inhibit the enzyme tyrosine kinase in the brain. The highest amounts of tyrosine kinases are found in the hippocampus, a brain region that is essential to learning and memory.
High soy consumption actually blocks this mechanism of memory formation. Processed soy is also genetically modified, which makes it quite hazardous for a number of reasons.
Processed proteins – I was a huge fan of processed protein bars, protein shakes, getting shakes at smoothie places, etc. I remember that I would even drink Ensure – because I liked that it had protein and vitamins/minerals in it.
Unfortunately, these products were all synthetically created and had tons of dangerous additives, preservatives, artificial flavorings, etc. All of these add to our toxic load and inflame the body and damage the gut lining and the microbial diversity in the digestive system.
NSAIDs – I suffered with headaches all throughout my childhood and would frequently take Ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Unfortunately, NSAIDs place a lot of stress on the liver and kidneys and wear down the stomach and intestinal lining. Instead of using NSAID’s I’ve utilized chiropractic and curcumin to help control inflammation and allow my nervous system to help my body function as God intended.
Start removing some of the key things that create interference with your body and then start adding God food to help restore function.
If you have questions or need more information, text Rosie Main at (208) 859-6170 or email her at [email protected].