As wellness culture continues to progress and make its way to the forefront of conversation and popular culture, it’s becoming more and more clear how our relationship with food affects our quality of life. Our bodies are designed to work in beautiful synergy when given the proper collection of nutrients. When we listen to our bodies and become conscious of how the various aspects respond to the food we eat, we can tailor our wellness experience and thus, the type of life we live.
Our bodies are designed to be self-healing and food is intended to not only satisfy our senses temporarily but strengthen our body’s internal intelligence and ability to perform, both mentally and physically.
Health and wellness is a very personal journey, as each individual body operated and responds uniquely to various foods and environments. However, there are certain food groups that make the path towards optimization more challenging and work counter-intuitively with our body’s natural mechanisms. Constantly consuming foods that we do not tolerate well, can hinder our body’s ability to heal and defend itself against dis-ease.
Achieving a personalized diet, tailored to your specific body takes time, and is a journey worth committing to. Although the list can go on with foods to eliminate from your diet, below I elaborate on two ingredients to consider removing, which spark intolerance within the human body, specifically your gastrointestinal tract, brain, and immune system.
Gluten is a protein molecule found in wheat products and most processed foods and although the intolerance severity is to scale, gluten is not helpful to anyone. It deteriorates the inner lining of the small intestines (leaky gut) and attacks the blood-brain barrier (the protective filter which blocks harmful agents from damaging the mechanisms and cellular contents within the brain) causing inflammation and a host of subsequent issues within the body. These linings and barriers exist to keep harmful particles away from highly sensitive environments where they are not welcome. Over time gluten is very damaging as it triggers and weakens both the immune and nervous systems.
Symptoms of this process include bloating, brain fog and confusion, forgetfulness, constantly feeling lethargic, increased colds, allergies, skin irritations, the list goes on.
Sugar’s damaging effects may be common knowledge but it’s important to understand why so that we can be more proactive in our efforts to eliminate or manage our intake of it.
Aside from its tendency to destroy most tissues and membranes at a cellular level, it steadily attacks our immunity by feeding and enabling the growth of harmful bacteria, which intern, threatens the quality and quantity of our beneficial microbial culture. This delicate balance between good and bad bacteria is what determines the strength of our immune system and when tampered with, leaves us susceptible to a host of diseases. The list is never-ending when it comes to how sugar negatively affects our body and eliminating its refined forms while limiting the natural ones will yield some impressive results when it comes to how you feel and function.
Other common allergens worth exploring and eliminating include
6 habits to adopt to support the elimination process
It’s important to remember that health and wellness is a personal journey and we each have a unique path towards achieving it. Be gentle and patient with yourself. Slow and incremental improvement is how you sustain a positive change!
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