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Superfood Schooling: Lesson 3

How do you defeat disease before it occurs?

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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.

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Toxicity

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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.

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Fat

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.

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Sugar

Sugar is cellular fuel, but too much sugar entering the bloodstream at once can lead to glycation and become stored as fat.

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Glycation

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.

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Digestion

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.

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Trauma

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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!

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Understanding Inflammation

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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.

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Good Inflammation
A necessary mechanism to heal an injury

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Bad Inflammation
A chronic state that prevents body functions

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Sunshine Deficiency & Vitamin D

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Vitamin D3 regulates the genome, combates cholesterol and reduces risk of disease.

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Vitamin D is the father of all hormones
Yep, that’s right. Vitamin D3 is actually a hormone and a precursor for calcitriol. Calcitriol is a powerful hormone that strengthens bones and renews cells.

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Vitamin D regulates 10-15% of the human genome
In addition to helping absorb calcium and magnesium, Vitamin D3 activates the immune system and protects the nervous system.*

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Mineral Deficiency

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There is a battle in the body between healthy minerals and harmful toxins. On a periodic table, toxic elements are positioned near nutrients. This is because toxic elements and nourishing elements look similar. In fact, the body sometimes mistakes toxins for nutrients. This creates a competition for the body’s attention. Unfortunately, due to topsoil depletion and erosion, our food contains less minerals, so we are consuming less nutrients to battle out the toxins.

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Key Trace Minerals:

  • Zinc – supports the immune system
  • Iodine – supports the thyroid
  • Cobol (B12) – supports energy levels

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Keys to Disease Prevention

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Pure Water

Well-hydrated bodies feel and function best; hydration is necessary for life processes. Naturally flowing, gravity-fed spring water is best*. It is alive with energy that has been enabling life since life began.

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Awareness

To avoid physical trauma, we need to be mindful of the moment. When we stub our toe, trip on the sidewalk or bump into furniture, these injuries are a result of not paying enough attention to our environment and letting our mind wander away.

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Digestion

Your gut is home to 80% of your immune system. Without probiotics to serve as active enzymes and Iodine to regulate hydrochloric acid, the digestive tract can absorb waste it should otherwise pass as insoluble fiber, allowing the wrong elements into your bloodstream.

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Thyroid

The word “thyroid” is derived from the greek word: ”thureoeidēs”, which means “shield-shaped.” Our thyroid is our life shield. Iodine is the fuel for our thyroid, and since our bodies don’t produce Iodine, we need to consume at least 3 mgs a day through sea vegetation or supplementation.*

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D Levels

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.*

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Sugars & Fats

Sugars and fats are vital to a well-functioning body, but in excess, they are both toxic. Be sure to minimize your consumption of fats and oils, and make sure your fats are coming from plant-based sources like seeds and nuts.

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Inflammation

Chronic inflammation can drive disease. Fortunately, omega-3s and antioxidant-rich superfoods can support an anti-inflammatory response. If you are not eating omega-3s through seeds and nuts, consider supplementing your diet with a plant-based omega-3s supplement.*

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Get Products To Support Lower Risks of Disease

Eat Yourself Super is the first step towards helping your body achieve optimal wellness, but beyond eating superfoods, smart supplementation can help reinforce your diet and support the healing process for challenges to your health.*

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