Top 12 You Are What You Eat?
We have all heard the statement: “You are what you eat.” This is a great little reminder to motivate people to eat better but of course it is a gross simplification. An even better statement: “You are what you eat, digest and absorb” because it is a more accurate reminder to eat better and digest our food better, yet it is still inadequate. Here is an even more detailed Top 12 list to expand awareness of how intake of food influences our health. You become a combination of the following 12 synergistic effects of foods.
- The quality, nutrient density and purity of the food you choose. Are the veggies, fruits and grains organic? Is the meat grass fed? Is the fish wild? What is the balance and health of the soil where the food is grown (medical geology)? Are any of the food substances GMOs? Are pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, hormones and other substances added to food sources?
- From field to plate. What is the taste and nutritious value of the food due to harvesting, transport, storage, etc? A tomato picked directly from the garden, cut up and served within 30 minutes will of course be different than one that was picked green 7-14 days ago, and ripened during transport and storage.
- The mix and balance of macronutrients and micronutrients in your foods.
- Food preparation, the time and temperatures used. Is it raw, steamed, stir fried, baked, etc. The effect of food preparation on the meal affects nutrient value and uptake.
- Your mental, emotional and spiritual attitude towards the meal. Your approach to the meal can affect the health effects of the meal as much as the intrinsic nutrients of the meal. The state of your mind and heart as you eat the meal may be as important as the food you eat. Your positive intention, blessing, prayer and thankfulness have been shown to improve your health and digestion. Eating a meal while stressed can defeat the purpose of eating and rob you of important nutrients while stressing your digestive, blood sugar regulation and immune system.
- Your nutritional needs as you approach the meal. If you have a low immune system because you are getting over a cold, you will extract more immune enhancing properties from the meal. If you are iron deficient, you will extract more iron from the meal. The iron will be more readily absorbed and used to balance your nutritional state. Is the micronutrient profile of the meal optimal for your needs this day, week or month? Do you see food as your first and best medicine?
- Metabolic typing. Are you a sympathetic or parasympathetic dominant? Are you a fast or slow oxidizer? Do you do best eating more proteins and fats or more healthy carbs or are you a mixed type? Not everyone is suited to eat Paleolithic and not everyone does well on vegetarian diets either. You are unique and need the foods, amounts and combinations that are best suited for your genetics, background, current and future needs.
- Speed of digestion. Is the journey of the food from the mouth to the anus too fast or too slow? Is it the optimal 18-26 hours or does it go too fast through the system for proper digestion? Is the process too slow for proper break down and absorption and even works against you as a source of endotoxicity.
- Digestive functions. How are your digestion functions? Do you have achlorhydria, or insufficient production of pancreatin, amylase, lactase or lipase enzymes. Digestive functions decline with age. Many people have problems with foods because of improper production of hydrochloric acid and enzymes. They need to supplement for a more optimal digestion. Do you chew properly to start the whole digestive process?
- pH levels in the stomach, duodenum, small and large intestines can greatly influence the efficiency of nutrient uptake. Having too high of a pH in the stomach or too low of a pH in the duodenum will greatly affect how well you digest proteins.
- Microflora balance, the state of your microbiome. Having enough of the friendly bacteria throughout the entire alimentary canal is important for good gut health, a good immune system and good nutritional status. Eating a healthy diet with enough fiber will ensure food for your friendly bacteria.
- Intolerances and allergies. Many people eat on a regular basis. foods that they are intolerant to or have a hidden allergy against, such as an IgG reaction. These people can often have diverse symptoms and suffer from a “leaky gut” syndrome. It is important for better digestion and health that you do not eat foods you do not tolerate and that you maintain a health intestinal lining. A “leaky gut” will not only enable substances into the blood stream that do not belong there but can also impair proper digestion of important nutrients.