These eight common every day foods contribute to the lifestyle diseases we see today. These most common food intolerances should be eliminated slowly from your diet as to allow your body to adapt to changes occurring. These foods are the major contributor to autoimmune issues, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, digestive issues, weight gain, brain and memory issues, and hormone imbalances.
Caffeine is a stimulant that can overstimulate the nervous system, increase stress levels, and cause an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, as well as other lifestyle diseases. Consuming large amounts of caffeine or drinking it late in the day can interfere with sleep patterns, resulting in fatigue, anxiety, and depression. It is advised to limit your daily intake of caffeine to no more than 200 milligrams per day.
Corn is one of the most widely consumed grains in the world, but it contains lectins which have been associated with inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Corn can also contain mycotoxins which can lead to digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome. Limiting consumption of corn-based products such as corn chips and popcorn will reduce the risk for these conditions.
Dairy products contain casein and lactose which may trigger gut irritation and allergies in some people. In addition, dairy consumption has been linked to an increased risk for cancer and type 2 diabetes due to its high fat content. It is recommended to slowly eliminate all dairy products from your diet if you experience any digestive issues or allergies.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and related grains that can cause symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea when consumed by those who are gluten intolerant. Long-term consumption of gluten has been linked to an increased risk for autoimmune diseases and certain types of cancer due to its inflammatory properties. Removing all sources of gluten from your diet may help reduce the risk for these conditions.
Soy contains phytoestrogens that may disrupt hormone balance when consumed in excess or by those with hormonal imbalances or endocrine disorders. This includes women during menopause who should avoid soy products altogether as a result. Additionally, soybeans are rich in lectins which may contribute to inflammation-related illnesses like arthritis and asthma when eaten frequently over time.
Potatoes are often seen as nutritious starches but they contain high amounts of carbohydrates that can lead to weight gain when eaten too frequently or without enough physical activity. Additionally, potatoes are known to contain oxalates which can irritate the digestive tract if eaten on a regular basis leading to gut discomfort over time.
Alcohol is a toxin that increases inflammation throughout the body leading to many chronic illnesses including liver disease, heart disease, stroke, cancer among others depending on how much alcohol you consume regularly over time periods of years or even decades.. It is important not only to limit your daily intake but also eliminate days where you do not drink at all from your routine altogether so your body can cleanse itself from this toxic substance .
Sugar and artificial sweeteners both provide empty calories that spike blood sugar levels resulting in fatigue after the initial sugar rush subsides along with weight gain over time if left unchecked.. Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose have also been linked with brain fog and memory issues due their disruptive effect on neurotransmitters caused by elevating glutamate levels in the brain.. Cutting out processed foods containing added sugars and artificial sweeteners should be done gradually so your body has ample time make changes accordingly. As part of our Lifestyle Programs we take you through this elimination, then a short detox followed by a reintroduction of these foods to your tolerance. Most clients that go through our programs lose 10-15 pounds within the first six weeks.