Genes adapt in about 10,000 years. These factors are less than 100 years old. So, without further ado, let’s jump right in.
1. Trans Fatty Acids. If you don’t know about these, please, PLEASE read my article, Trans Fatty Acids, Butter and a girl named Marg(arine). Trans Fatty Acids cannot be metabolized, and they alter receptor sensitivity (in other words, the function of receptors) for neurotransmitters and hormones.
2. Unbalanced omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in our diets. Omega-6 equals animal fats. Omega-3 equals fish oils. We, as a nation, are low on fish oils. Too much omega-6 causes systemic inflammation, immuno-suppression, elevated cortisol levels (causing weight gain) and an increased sympathetic response. Too little omega-3 reduces brain function, neuroplasticity and reduces the level of the neurotransmitters (and this is important!) dopamine and serotonin! (Low levels of these neurotransmitters is what drives the anti-depressant medication market).
3. (This will be shorter..) Refined sugars (see white sugar) increases insulin production and release (see diabetes), and ages all of our systems (including your skin).
4. Plastics release a chemical (phthalates) which get into our water and food. This acts as a hormone disruptor (mimics hormone estrogen) and carcinogen.
5. Antibiotics, not only giving rise to SUPER BUGS but also causing increased incidence of allergies and autoimmune disorders.
6. Insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, etc., these are neurological disruptors and carcinogens (cancer causing!).
7. Aspartame & Glutamate (aka, MSG). For you med-heads out there, these excite the N-methyl d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. In laymen terms, causes chronic pain and there have been links to it in degenerative brain diseases.
8. Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals in good foods because of soil depletion and vitamin destruction from microwave ovens.
9. Pollution: diesel, mercury, fluoride, lead, aluminum, cadmium, etc. These are also wonderful neurolgical disruptors and carcinogens.
10. Finally, last but not least, our sedentary lifestyle. Primarily from television, secondary from computers and video games. Remember, motion is life. Just like when a joint stops moving, due to injury or other issues, it quickly degenerates. The same can be said for our health.
In conclusion, there are numerous things that can cause our bodies problems, however, knowing what these things are is the first step in being able to overcome them and eliminate them from our lives. Choose a healthy lifestyle, find a health partner who will help you and guide you, whether it is a dietitian, wellness coach or chiropractor and then see your life change. Your health is in our hands.