Virtually every disease condition is either caused or perpetuated by improper diet. This is of particular concern to women because more than 80% of single-
The Standard American Diet (SAD) consists largely of processed carbohydrates, sugars, caffeine, and the wrong kinds of fats (artificial—such as margarine—and often rancid). This diet, along with not enough fruits and especially vegetables, creates digestive upsets and slows down the assimilation of food. The less efficient the digestive tract, the less easily the body absorbs nutrients, which then disables its ability to fight the infections and degenerative diseases that arise. If the body is deprived of vital nutrients, it cannot maintain itself and function optimally. Following is a tiny sample of what can happen when the body does not receive the nutrition that it needs.
Specific Related Health Condition
Digestive Disorders. This can include constipation, diarrhea, bloating, stomach upset, even nausea and vomiting. Poor nutrition can ultimately produce a major fungal infestation (see "Candida Albicans" directly following).
Restorative Strategies: You can’t get away from this: a better diet (see "Dietary Support" and "Cleansing"). Eliminate gluten from the diet, which can cause intestinal damage and even autoimmune disorders. For optimal results, see a holistic health care provider for a customized program of nutrition and supplementation.
Candida Albicans and other Fungal/Yeast Infections. In a healthy and well-
Restorative Strategies: Go on a high protein diet and avoid sugars and refined carbohydrates. Take a supplement of acidophilus, bulgaricus and other friendly flora, available from the health food store. A naturopath or herbalist will be able to suggest herbs to combat the fungal overgrowth. Allopathic drugs to kill the yeast should be used only as a last resort. If a proper diet is not followed, the yeast will return.
Food Allergies. An allergy is the body’s reaction to a foreign substance that becomes an irritant because the body cannot adequately break it down. Allergens are proteins that either migrate into the bloodstream as undigested food particles, or gain passage through the respiratory tract as chemical or pollen irritants. Food and other allergies can manifest in many ways: digestive disorders, headaches, skin rashes, inability to focus, moodiness, difficulty in breathing.
Restorative Strategies: First, avoid the allergen, if you know what it is. But this is an intermediary measure while you are healing the over-
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