~ Food Has Power ~
Toxins and pesticides are stored by the body out of circulation in fat tissue. The more toxins and pesticides we are exposed to and unable to process, the more fat deposits needed. Heavy metals are stored in the organs, muscle and gut.
Improving nutrients to excrete the toxin and pesticide exposures (along with decreasing the exposures), will allow the body to process them out rather than store them.
Additionally, as we consume nutrient-deficient processed foods (along with preservatives and the chemical additives) our body is craving nutrients and will signal us to keep eating.
Furthermore, there are studies which indicate the microbial balance in the gut is different between people with weight issues and those without. Most Americans have imbalanced gut microbials due to the antibiotics, anti-microbials, sterilized and pasteurized foods, preservatives (which are synthetic chemical anti-bacterials), antibiotics in food, and lack of naturally fermented and cultured foods which our ancestors evolved eating.
Adding nutrient-dense foods and live microbials, such as yogurt, kefir and fermented veggies helps to repopulate and recolonize the gut microbials (which also help us to digest our food to receive the nutrients from it AND create vitamins themselves!).
It all starts with chewing our food well to have enzymes for digestion. Raw foods (especially vine-ripened and local produce and raw dairy (and raw meats)) provide enzymes additionally. Adequate STOMACH ACID is the KEY to digesting food effectively. And 40% of Americans are taking ANTACIDS!!
Soaking grains helps to 'pre-digest' them, as do the prebiotics in raw dairy. The further we are from the original food, the fewer nutrients available to the body. The more processed the food, the fewer nutrients and more chemical preservatives. Therefore, it is EASY to add nutrients by consuming REAL FOOD. :-)
Consequently, the most important pesticide-free foods are fats (rather than produce). We only use organic butter, organic coconut and palm oil and organic olive oil. Although, I believe that coconuts are not pesticide heavy. I'm not certain about peanut oil? The MOST pesticide-heavy fats are those in processed foods, especially cotton seed oil and GMO-oils: corn, soy, canola. Unless it says organic oil, it is cheap GMO-oil.
Canola oil is registered with the EPA as a pesticide! http://www.dldewey.com/columns/epacan.htm
Cotton is not even classified as a food crop! But, it is the cheapest and most pesticide heavy oil used in processed foods. Go look in your pantry and in your salad dressings, candy, frozen food, canned foods. I remember reading when pregnant that enough cotton seed oil could even cause a miscarriage.
This is an informative article from WAPF, "Know Your Fats". http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats.html
Pat Robinson, Wellness Educator
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