Thursday, January 25, 2007

Let's talk health

I've never really paid so much attention on food and health issues before but since joining Herbalife, I become more aware now. Well, not yet fully aware but at least I have the consciousness so that's better than not, no?

Anyway, am gonna share with you guys something from a book that I've read recently. It's quite long, but it's interesting; at least to those who're health-conscious.

"We all have bacteria in our digestive track. Most of us know we have good bacteria and bad bacteria. We need both. When in balance, the two bacteria create the perfect environment to digest our food, extract the necessary nutrients out of it, and eliminate the rest from our body as waste.

When we eat refined flour products (like white bread, crackers, pastries, chips, and pasta -yikes!), they feed the bad bacteria in our colon. Foods with yeast in them do the same thing. Eating sugar also causes the bad bacteria to multiply rapidly. And, of course the refined sugar we have in our diets today dramatically speeds that up. Making matters much worse, refined sugar is now added to practically everything you can consume (which is perfect for creating an addiction, as you will see).

Of course we know that sugary sweets like Krispy Kreme donuts, Cinnabons, cotton candy, ice cream and soda are virtually all sugar. But did you also know that tomata ketchup, frozen peas, spaghetti sauce, salad dressings, and about a million other things contain sugar?

In any event, this refined sugar, yeast and refined flour acts like fertilizer to the bad bacteria in your intestinal track, causing it to run amok. It actually makes you crave more yeast, refined flour and sugary foods. So you lose the willpower to pass up dessert, continue to crave bread or rolls, and find yourself wanting another soda an hour after the first. It really is a physical addiction.

If you eat ice cream, cookies, or potato chips, you will keep craving more. And the more you eat, the stronger that physiological urge becomes. This keeps feeding the bad bacteria in your digestive track, which increases your physical cravings to eat yet more.

As this bad bacteria runs amok, you lose the natural peristaltic action that moves food through your colon and on to final elimination. Instead you become impacted, with your last meal pushing through the rancid, decaying and putrefying previous meals. These toxins in your digestive track seep back into your blood stream, and there is increasing evidence that this autotoxicity is responsible for many modern-day ailments, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, lethargy, hyperactivity and even Attention Deficit Disorder. In addition, your colon walls become encrusted, reducing your ability to receive nutrients from the food you eat (that's when Herbalife comes to the rescue!). You slowly become nutrient-deficient, even though you are eating regularly...."

- Randy Gage, Why You're Dumb, Sick and Broke...


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