The problem with the modern diet
Many of us do not make the connection between nutrition, lifestyle habits, and health, but the truth is, eating a nutrient dense, properly prepared, whole foods diet can be the least expensive, least invasive, most effective, and most enjoyable approach to transforming one’s health.
Unfortunately, most Americans consume the “Standard American Diet” which is high in calories, high in processed oils and sugars, extremely inflammatory, and nutritionally poor. Besides that, the food we grow is also depleted of nutrients because the soil it’s grown in is also nutrient-poor. The animals we raise to consume are not being raised humanely, they are raised on foods that are foreign to their natural diets, they are loaded with medications and antibiotics, and raised in confined spaces, rather than allowed to roam free on the land. Exposure to environmental toxins can also increase nutritional deficiencies. All of this leads to a widespread problem in America of chronic nutrient deficiencies, blood sugar imbalances, inflammation, and a very long list of other chronic diseases.
It is crucial that we make the shift to consuming a more nutrient-dense diet.
Consuming a nutrient-dense, whole-food diet provides the body with the raw materials it needs (vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals) to begin healing, to avoid chronic disease and is our best protection against nutrient deficiencies. Basic nutrition is an important first step on the road to health.
Our ancestors consumed omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in a ratio close to 1:1. Today, with an increase in consumption of omega-6 fatty acids, the average ratio of omegas is 20:1, leading to an increase in all inflammatory diseases.1
- https://chriskresser.com/how-too-much-omega-6-and-not-enough-omega-3-is-making-us-sick/ and https://www.westonaprice.org/podcast/90-strike-the-right-balance-of-omega-3-omega-6-fatty-acids-principle-8/
- Restorative Wellness Solutions, Mastering the Art and Science of Gastrointestinal Healing, student guide, Sept. 7, 2020