When it comes to your health, it is important that you maintain it on a minute by minute basis. I know what you are thinking! “You’re crazy,” you say! Let me explain!
When you get up in the morning, you go brush your teeth. Did you know that your mouth is one of the biggest harbors of wildlife in the form of bacteria? Much of the bacteria comes from what you eat. A substantial amount of mouth bacteria is primed to do real damage. Think of your mouth as the doorway to the rest of you. Poor dental health can contribute to other very serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. How long does it take to decide if you’re going to brush your teeth twice a day?
Now that you’re up and ready, you start thinking about getting some food in your stomach. What are you going to eat? Maybe start with a stop at a local fast food store? Starting with a soft drink that contains sugar and caffiene. Both of which are added to the right mix of other ingredients that help you get hooked. Along with phosphoric acid, malic, and tartaric acid, all kept with a controversial additive known as brominated vegetable oil, also known as a flame retardant.
On with the bacon. Yes, one of my favorite breakfast foods. What is it that gives that taste, that flavor that has been used in just about every food imaginable? Could it just happen to be those nitrites, which inhibit bacteria and lengthens the shelf life as well as the food’s appeal? When we cook it, it combines with other chemicals to form carcinogens which many health organizations warn against.
Our busy lives may preclude taking the time to prepare many of our meals. Our children may be whining for that junk snack that their friends get to eat. In moments of weakness, stress, or just plain desire, we open up the freezer and pull out the TV dinner or go out to eat. What we don’t don’t doesn’t hurt us and chemical listings be damned. However, if we knew a little bit more about what chemicals were in the food, what they might do to us, and why they were there, maybe we would a bit more discerning of of what eat and what we prepare for our families.
Take artificial dyes for instance. Almost all processed foods contain some type of artificial coloring to make it more attractive. Now studies are showing links between hyperactivity in children and these dyes. Studies in the 1950s showed a particular link between the yellow #5 and asthma symptoms. Whether it is true or not is always being debated. Yet we still don’t know what other links to disease may exist by putting these dyes into our bodies merely to make the food look good.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener that is derived from corn and is much cheaper to make than sugar from cane. This is being used in an infinite number of products and beverages. Some experts believe that it is HFCS that may be the cause for our veritable epidemic of obesity. The claim is that our bodies metabolize it differently than cane sugar. It is my belief that just as the HFCS has made many more products a more affordable, it seems to be that the reduced cost means they can consume more. Why not take a specific route to do two things? Eliminate or reduce HFCS and sugar intake.
Aspertame is another sweetner that is in many of our products and beverages. Claiming the fact that there are fewer calories, you can once again enjoy more of the product. Once again it is a difference of opinion as to what it can do your your body. Maybe it isn’t a disease or cancer or other illness, but things like headaches, migraines, vision problems, tinnitus, depression, joint pain, insomnia, heart palpitations, and muscle spasms. Is it worth your health to ingest these foods if you would experience these side effects?
Last, but not least is the whole Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) controversy. These transgenes are capable of producing proteins in the plants that have never been in the human diet over the course of human evolution, stretching back thousands, even millions of years. It would stand to reason then that you are ingesting these glyphosate residues. Once again, why would we want to consume products that have been genetically modified with a gene that is designed to kill every plant that it is sprayed on except the one that it is supposed to resist?
Every day, every minute, we are faced with these health choices and I have just named a few. In my Shaklee business, I can eliminate many of these issues by simply buying Shaklee products, knowing they are all natural, without artificial dyes, preservatives, sweetners, and are non-GMO.
Sure, they don’t have all the products that we use everyday, so it behooves us to be diligent in examining the other foods we eat and be cognizant of the fact that we are constantly being tricked by every advertising and marketing company to hide or conceal the identity of many of these artificial or synthetic additives
What kind of adverse effects could be lurking in these products?
. Buyer, beware!