Unhealthy diet – A cause for health problems
An unhealthy diet is one of the major causes of health problems nowadays.
There are two factors:
We are surrounded by a variety of high calorie foods, with hardly any nutrients. Sugar, fat, fast food and energy drinks provide our body with short-term energy, but do not provide essential minerals and vitamins. Combined with an often less active lifestyle than a couple of decades ago, this kind of diet significantly increases the risk of obesity.
5 servings of fruits and vegetables
For a long time that was the recommendation of the World Health Organization WHO for an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, this recommendation is now obsolete. Excessive use with no recovery time for the soil, unripe crops to be compensated by UV irradiation, long transport distances and storage times – Today our fruits and vegetables contain only a fraction of the nutrient amounts of the past.
Study results show: Compared to 1985, for example, the loss of vitamin C in apples is as much as 60 percent. Broccoli contains 73% less calcium and bananas have lost 95% of their vitamin B6 content. This means that we would have to consume far more than twice as much fruits and vegetables to get as many nutrients as we used to.
Effects on our body
The combination of these two factors has tremendous effects on our health:
Minerals and vitamins are important to our entire body. Deficiency affects our well-being and even affects our hormone production. Our body needs minerals as material to “build” hormones. A lack of minerals can therefore also lead to the corresponding hormones not being produced in sufficient quantities. In addition, a particularly sugar-rich diet significantly affects our insulin levels, which in turn has an impact on the production of other hormones, such as cortisol. Therefore, an unhealthy diet also affects our hormone system in several ways.
Our intestines suffer from an unhealthy diet as well. High sugar and low fiber promote the spread of fungi like Candida. These fungi damage the intestinal mucosa and can lead to a so-called “leaky gut syndrome”. Normally, the good gut bacteria prevent the spread of candida. However, to accomplish that, they need enough “food”, in form of minerals and fiber. Otherwise, they can’t multiply enough and can’t stop the attackers.
This way, an unhealthy diet damages the body in several ways at the same time. Therefore an adequate therapy must, if it is to be successful in the long term, always include a diet change as well.