The Best Nutrition Advice EVER!!!

“Eat less junk. Eat more vegetables.”

This is the best nutrition advice I could ever provide.

Highly refined and processed foods, what I call “junk”, destabilize blood sugar, promote inflammation, and have an highly excitatory effect upon the brain’s reward center.

Wild swings in blood sugar contribute to symptoms such as anxiety, confusion, irritability, hunger, and fatigue; promote fat accumulation and weight gain; and stifles with endocrine function, a.k.a. the production of hormones. Inflammation interferes with the transport of nutrients into cells and tissue; hinders the movement of toxins out of cells and tissue; causes swelling and joint pain; and taxes the immune system, making the body more susceptible to illness and disease. The brain’s reward center influences “seeking” behavior and when overly stimulated by highly rewarding foods can encourage the consumption of other highly rewarding substances such as drugs or alcohol.

Vegetables have the opposite effect of highly processed foods and help stabilize blood sugar, quell inflammation, and normalize a highly sensitized brain. In addition to vegetables, other healthy foods that promote health and recovery include ethically sourced animal foods that are organic, free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free, cage-free, and/or wild; and healthy fats such as those found in raw nuts and seeds, avocados, coconut oil, and salmon.

Minimizing processed foods and maximizing real foods will also help restore proper digestive function, improve detoxification, and promote neurotransmitter production.

Repairing digestion is important because individuals with a history of poor eating habits or substance abuse are subject to nutrient deficiencies. The majority of the foods people in the grips of chemical dependency eat, when they eat at all, are inexpensive, quick to prepare or acquire, have little nutritional benefit and contribute to the destruction of the stomach lining, leaky gut, and metabolic endotoxemia, or chronic low-grade inflammation.

The best foods for repairing the gut and supporting digestive function are homemade broths and fermented foods.

Supporting the body’s natural detoxification pathways helps eliminate environmental and lifestyle toxins that can poison the body and exacerbate ill health and disease. The best foods to promote detoxification are, you guessed it, real foods like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.

Promoting the production of neurotransmitters allows better nerve communication in the brain and activates feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Neurotransmitters are made from amino acids obtained from the proteins found in food. The best protein rich foods contain all the essential amino acids, those that must be obtained from food, which are exclusively found in animal foods such as beef, pork, poultry, and seafood.

“Eat less junk. Eat more vegetables.”

A dietary philosophy built upon this foundation will best support the body and brain through the recovery process and catapult health into the 4th dimension and beyond.

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