Healthy Foods, Unhealthy Foods, And Your Body

 The various components of food send messages of health or illness to our genes. And whether you can hear it or not, your genes talk back. The subtle sounds coming deep from within our 30 trillion dancing cells sound something like this: “I really like what’s going on here. This is cool. I’m going to continue to produce good molecules and make this a blissful experience.” Or, if you’re eating food that troubles your gene, the inner message may indicate dysfunction in a different tone: “Hey, what’s going on here? I’m so stressed! I’m under siege. I’m being fed a pile of junk, and I don’t really like that. So, I’m going to put this body into an alarm state. Push the stress buttons – pump out the adrenaline and cortisol. Battle stations everyone.”

The second situation, that of chronic high-level arousal, is the one most people experience for years. Chronic stress produces million of free radicals, those damaging by-products of metabolism. Free radicals injure DNA, causing gene mutations that lead to cancer. The negative signal received by DNA from free radicals may also cause the production of other chemicals such as prostaglandins, which create the inflammation that leads to arthritis and many other illnesses, including Alzheimer’s. Finally, this negative cascade of unhealthy food leading to cellular injury will also affect your lipid chemistry, which can lead to heart disease, also an illness of inflammation.

Serious Diseases Related to Chronic Inflammation

Cancer: Chronic inflammation is a finding in most cancers.

Heart Attack: Chronic inflammation leads to coronary disease.

Alzheimer’s: Chronic inflammation kills brain cells.

Stroke: Chronic inflammation promotes blood clots.

Arthritis: Inflammatory cytokines destroy joint cartilage.

Kidney failure: Inflammatory molecules damage kidney cells.

Asthma: Inflammation closes airways.

Allergy: Inflammation induces autoimmune reaction.

Pancreatitis: Inflammation injures pancreas cells.

Fibrosis: Inflammatory cytokines attack traumatized tissue.

Surgical complications: Inflammatory cytokines prevent healing.

Anemia: Blood cell production is hindered by inflammation.

Fibromyalgia: Inflammation, inflammation, inflammation.

Other intracellular messengers released as a result of faulty nutrition include the stress hormone cortisol; the sex hormones estrogen, testosterone, and DHEA; and insulin, the hormones of blood sugar control. Research has shown that these intercellular communications can keep your body in healthy balance or lead to disease, depending on how your genes respond to the nutrition they receive from the food you eat.

Signs That Your Cells May Be Receiving Damaging Communication from Unhealthy Foods

Obesity: Improper fat storage message

Glucose intolerance: Insulin imbalance

Depression: Neurotransmitter dysfunction

Inflammation of joints, muscles, or organs: Increased genetic production of inflammatory proteins

Attention deficit disorder (ADD): Impaired neurotransmitters

Elevated LDL (“bad”) cholesterol: Imbalanced fat metabolism

Excessive free radicals: Increased injurious chemicals

Frequent colds, possible cancer: Impaired immune chemicals

Headache: Increase in various chemical mediators

Chronic fatigue: Poorly regulated energy

Fibromyalgia: Impaired pain signals

How you eat now tells your genes what type of body you want to have later.


2 Responses to “Healthy Foods, Unhealthy Foods, And Your Body”
  1. dreamer says:

    I totally agree! I admit that I don’t eat healthy ALL the time, but mostly I do.

  2. Holistic Junction Weblog says:

    I truly enjoyed this informative post on the connection between natural healing foods and the body’s constitution. It’s amazing what the proper nutrients can do to help in maintaining good health and wellbeing.

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