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Our Food System Is A Public Health Disaster

It is now estimated that more than 1.3 billion people are overweight or obese. This growing problem causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer and contributes to most health conditions around the world. Experts once thought it was genetics but now the number one culprit is the global food system. The United Nations (UN) warned that this disease producing system is making people sick in both rich and poor countries.

The global food system has been described as the new international public health disaster. The UN Human Rights Council is now calling for governments to bring on stricter regulations and policing of our critical food chain. Suggestions include increased taxes on unhealthy products and banning of known disease producers.

The primary culprits that have been identified to produce obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer include processed junk foods that are high in bad fats, loaded with sugar and laced with preserving agents. Fizzy drinks are one of the highest processed food items that many people consume daily. These drinks are high in sugar, artificial colourings and harsh chemicals that have no nutritional value.

One of the reasons that these foods are consumed on unimaginable levels is how they are marketed and promoted to the public. The companies that produce these items of no nutritional value place ads on television, radio, magazines and newspapers. They make catchy slogans such as “quenching your thirst”.

The United Nations would like to see a global crackdown on the advertising and marketing of these products. These products are specifically produced for you to get hooked on very similar to illegal drugs. In some countries they are suggesting monitoring and regulating sugar like they do alcohol. Alcohol is a sugar after all.

Sugar is known to produce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is now the number one cause of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. The old adage of “you are what you eat” rings true when consuming these products. When you eat artificial foods that are not intended to be consumed you will start to rely on medication and medical procedures as your mechanism to try to be healthy.

It is easy to identify and cast blame on items that produce disease but very rarely do people communicate items that produce good health. In many health circles they believe that people simply want to treat their condition and not the circumstance that produced it. If you never addressed the cause of the condition, you will rely on medication the rest of your life. Let’s take a look at what produces good health.

5 Tips to Lose Weight

1. Eat Fat to Lose Fat

It was once thought that eating fat in your diet makes you fat. That has been proven false. Every cell in your body is composed of fat and your brain and nervous system rely on it for its function. The latest research on fat and losing weight is that you need to consume fat to lose fat. The key difference is the kind of fat that you are consuming.

Foods that you should avoid are ones with trans fats, margarine and vegetable oils. These items are commonly found in every junk food item and baked goods such as cakes, cookies and pastries. Trans fats will produce inflammation in the body and contribute to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Saturated fats were once identified as one of the leading causes of heart disease. This is no long true when you look at global health trends. Individuals that consume high amounts of natural saturated fats such as coconut oil have the lowest rates of heart disease in the world. Research is determining that all saturated fats are not created equal. When a saturated fat is processed and mixed with junk foods, it will produce heart disease. If it is in it’s natural form, it is safe and healthy. Coconut oil is one of the best oils to cook with in low heat.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can be called the healthy fats. These healthy fats contain essential fats such as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help regulate cellular function in every system of the body. These healthy fats can be found in nuts, avocados, coconut, olive and flaxseed oil. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been called fish oil.

2. No Exercise, No Pulse

It is commonly thought that you can be in good physical shape without any form of exercise. This is false. Good health is not whether you are skinny or you are fat; it is how your body functions. Exercise is one of the most efficient mechanisms that promote healthy function. If you simply starve yourself, you might be skinny, but also very unhealthy.

People commonly have an allergic reaction when someone says you should exercise. Exercise has been described as hard, painful, expensive and time intensive. Those characteristics may be true for traditional styles of exercise. Examples of traditional exercise includes walking, running, lifting weights, elliptical machines, treadmills and all forms of exercise that require extended amounts of time. These exercises can be called “low intensity, long duration exercise”.

“Low intensity, long duration exercise is not the most efficient way of losing weight or promoting health. The new form of exercise that is “high intensity, short duration” is the solution. This form of exercise can be done in minutes a day, requires no equipment and it’s fun. Email me for a sample plan.

3. Water Weight Loss

Fizzy drinks will dehydrate you and not quench your thirst. They will stimulate your appetite and give you no nutritional value. Drink 8-10 glasses of clean, pure water daily. Drinking water will help reduce appetite, flush out toxins and rehydrate you for optimal healing and function.

4. Sleep or Gain Weight

Obesity, heart disease and the majority of health conditions are caused by poor healing ability. Sleep is created for one to heal and restore function to the body. Lack of sleep causes hormonal imbalances that will inhibit your weight loss potential. Exercise is one of the best ways of fixing sleeping problems and insomnia.

5. Stress Reduction, Life Production

When you think about why you are not sleeping properly, exercising regularly, eating a good diet, drinking enough water or taking care of yourself; what is the number one reason? Stress. We all live stressful lives that distract us away from what really matters. If we do not focus on our health, we will receive disease instead.

Dr. Cory Couillard is an international healthcare speaker and columnist for numerous newspapers, magazines, websites and publications throughout the world. He works in collaboration with the World Health Organization's goals of disease prevention and global healthcare education. Views do not necessarily reflect endorsement.

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