The wrong type of diet throws up many health issues. We are eating a diet far from what nature intended. Our ancient ancestors lived hunter gatherer lifestyles and ate only natural, organic foods, grown in mineral rich soil, which provided the perfect balance of key minerals and vitamins for maintaining good health. Our bodies have simply not had time to adapt to the immense changes in our diet that have happened since we lost this lifestyle and became farmers 10,000 years ago.
Evolutionary changes take place in people and creatures incredibly slowly, over millions of years. 10,000 years is too short a time scale for us to be able to adapt so we are struggling to deal with digesting the modern processed, chemical laden, low nutrient diet. At a cellular level our modern food is completely alien to our bodies which are still those of higher apes.
An inflammatory diet, high in sugars and refined carbohydrates and low in vital nutrients, impairs methylation. It’s left us increasingly overweight as well as nutritionally deprived. And, guess what? Our diets have, year by year, become increasingly pro-inflammatory and lacking in more and more key nutrients, to the extent that we’re severely compromising our health.
Government guidance on diet is hopelessly out of touch with what people actually need. The so-called, “balanced diet”, is heavily overloaded with refined carbohydrates, grains, sugars and processed foods, and is sadly lacking in vitamins, minerals and essential fats.
You have only to look around you at the general population to see where this guidance has got us. More than half the population is now classed as obese and increasingly suffering from chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s, heart disease and Alzheimers.
The UK Government’s figures published March 2017 on obesity state the following:
- In 2015, 58% of women and 68% of men were overweight or obese. Obesity prevalence increased from 15% in 1993 to 27% in 2015.
One of the first things I did, when I learned of the importance of good diet in Parkinson’s, was to switch to a whole new way of eating. My health changed within months, starting with a complete reversal of the chronic pain from rigidity.
Others have reported similar results. What to do and what to eat so we are no longer nutritionally deficient is covered more fully in the Parkinson’s Recovery pages of this website.
Foods I Avoid Eating Because They Are Bad For Me
I avoid eating Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats (even gluten free ones) These grain foods lead to malabsorption of the nutrients in our gut which makes us nutrient deficient. They all contain gluten too (which acts like glue and gives dough elasticity but is also a toxin which inflames the gut wall, destroying it’s villi and leading to leaky gut). Humans only have one stomach which is like a big bag of acid and the acid in there has to break down the foods we have eaten into teeny weeny useable nutrients – Grains are just too indigestible to us. Many animals have 4 stomachs which can break down the amino acid bonds of gluten protein and breaking them apart is what makes them accessible to the animal. Hence grains are far more suited to them than us as a food ……we simply can’t access the individual amino acids with our digestive system being built around just one stomach.
I try where possible to avoid using most bottled oils. Unless it’s freshly pressed in front of us, they could well have stood around in distribution centres and on supermarket shelves for ages and gone rancid. Rancidity is oxidative damage. Reducing our exposure to oxidative damage is a good thing to do. When our body tissues become oxidised they are damaged and on their way out. I avoid over cooked fried meats and I don’t eat a lot of fried food generally because heating oil oxidises it, which is pro inflammatory, it produces acrylamide, which is a substance that causes cancer……..and if we already have Parkinson’s, I’m certain we don’t want cancer too!
I steer clear of foods which contain added nitrates such as sausages, bacon, ham, spam and hotdogs. They are chemical meat preservatives. They damage cells and cause cancer. We are all made of meat. Do you want to encourage cancer?
Carbonated drinks is another thing I avoid. Drinks are carbonated using carbon dioxide (CO2) CO2 neutralises stomach acid. Is this good or bad? If you recall from earlier, we need stomach acid to break down foods and digest nutrients. So washing down a meal with a fizzy drink isn’t a good idea, because you won’t get any nutrients from the meal you just consumed and it will speed up your nutrient deficiencies.
Even “well done” red meat cooked on BBQs and in the oven is bad for us, as well as “baked” potato skins and “baked” sweet potato skins because they contain heterocyclic amines………which are carcinogenic. You can still eat these foods cooked other ways, as long as you avoid them being crunchy and well done. Have the steak rare or medium rare instead. Have the sweet potatoes boiled and mashed with butter maybe.
The right diet alone, whilst it is of absolute critical importance as a foundation stone that we all need for good health – it won’t fix Parkinson’s by itself. This is invariably caused by a perfect storm of multiple factors coming together to cause neurological shortcomings. However, without moving to a Parkinson’s Recovery Diet first, then the underlying basics for good health are missing and you won’t be able to fix your health. You’ll find all this covered thoroughly in Parkinson’s Recovery.