Superfood Schooling: Lesson 3
How do you defeat disease before it occurs?
Drivers of Disease:
Understanding Why Disease Occurs
Disease is a common occurrence in our society, and many of the most common diseases like heart disease, diabetes and dementia can be prevented. Disease is a consequence of toxicity and trauma in our environment, lifestyle and diet.
Toxins are everywhere. Most commonly, we absorb toxins through our environment and food. When toxins enter our system, they interrupt our normal physiology and drive disease*. Additionally, excessive consumption of essential nutritients can become toxic. Fats and sugars play an important role in body functions, but if they are consumed faster than the body can put them to use, the body’s response can promote chronic inflammation.
In our modern diets, we need to pay particular attention to fat toxicity and sugar toxicity. These can lead to inflammation and drive disease.
Fats (or lipids) are important to plasma membrane health and are necessary in friendly doses that the body can process, but too much fat in the body can build up in the arteries.
Sugar is cellular fuel, but too much sugar entering the bloodstream at once can lead to glycation and become stored as fat.
Glycation occurs when sugar sticks to the proteins in the cell membrane. This prevents the protein from properly moving through the membrane and promotes inflammation.
Without proper enzyme activity in the digestive tract, “leaky gut” can develop. This cause the intestines to accidentally absorb the wrong elements of food into the bloodstream.
Trauma to the body can occur through physical injuries and lifestyle stressors. The body’s natural inflammatory response to heal the trauma can cause issues if the inflammation becomes chronic. Our modern lifestyle limits the resources the body needs to manage inflammation.
To protect ourselves from trauma, it is important to be present in our environment and maintain an optimistic perspective. Fortunately, nature is the perfect escape for relieving stress and appreciating our surroundings — so get outside!
Inflammation plays an important role in keeping the body healthy. When an injury occurs, inflammation ushers necessary nutrients to help the body heal. Unfortunately, inflammation can be self inflicted and chronically present in the body. This can lead to serious issues like heart disease, stroke and cognitive decline.
Sunshine Deficiency & Vitamin D
Vitamin D is the father of all hormones
Vitamin D regulates 10-15% of the human genome
Key Trace Minerals:
- Zinc – supports the immune system
- Iodine – supports the thyroid
- Cobol (B12) – supports energy levels
Keys to Disease Prevention
Vitamin D3 is a critical hormone for a host of functions in the body. Unfortunately, Vitamin D3 is very hard to find in foods. The best source for Vitamin D3 is direct sunlight, but if you are not spending at least 20 minutes a day in the sun, we recommend plenty of supplementation to keep your D3 levels optimal.*