Doctor Andy’s Wellness Corner
By: Andy Marrone, D.C.
Redmond Ridge Chiropractic
Importance of Nutrition
So far in the past months we have been covering the six pillars of health. The last one is Nutrition. This is perhaps the most complicated pillar, which is why I saved this one for last.
According to an article in the Washington Post (Sept. 21, 2004), Americans are overfed but malnourished and the obesity problem in the United States has tripled in the last 10 years (CDC, 2013). If we eat so much, why are we malnourished? The answer is simple – the food we eat is high in calories and low in nutrients.
The problem is not only or food choices, but how we grow our food. Much of our foods are fiber deficient, full of toxins & preservatives, grown in depleted soil. To make matters worse, much of our meat is void of fatty acids and full of estrogens and antibiotics.
As of 2008, the average American eats (in one year): 70 pounds of cakes and cookies, 23 gallons of ice cream, 7 pounds of potato chips, 22 pounds of candy, 365 servings of soda, and 134 pounds of additional refined sugar from other foods.
Remember EVERYTHING YOU EAT affects your cellular function and will determine your overall health. According to the Journal of Applied Physiology (2005, vol. 98, 3-30), “Modern chronic disease, including cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cancer are the leading killers in Westernized society. Obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are now even commonplace among children. The solution to this epidemic is exercise & DIET.”
According to the British Medical Journal, people who do not eat fresh fruit every day have a 32% increased chance of a fatal stroke and 24% greater chance of a fatal heart attack.” Swedish researchers found that people who eat and apple every day had a 60% lower risk of kidney cancer. Animals fed cruciferous vegetables had a 90% reduction in cancer rate after exposure to aflatoxin (a cancer causing toxin).
Over 172 valid studies show that not eating enough fruits and vegetables can lead to cancer. It was found that those who eat the least have triple the risk.
Here is some advice for eating healthy:
Eliminate refined sugar and simple carbs
Limit drinks other than water to one or less per day
Never go shopping on an empty stomach
When going to the grocery store, avoid the aisles (shop the outer ring)
Eat organic whenever possible
Eliminate grains and get your fiber from raw fruits & veggies
Eliminate wheat (limited organic oatmeal or wild organic rice are OK )
When shopping, ask yourself “how will I feel after I eat this, not before”
Remember – when changing your diet or any part of your lifestyle, small gradual changes will last longer than bigger, more drastic ones. Also remember that there is no one single diet for everyone.
After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer. His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner. If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.