We live in an age of skyrocketing health insurance costs and mounting public health epidemics. Many American bodies can no longer fit comfortably in airplane seats, pass a few hours without monitoring insulin levels, or run outside during allergy season. We are increasingly technologically advanced yet the simple question “what should we eat for dinner tonight?” continues to stump families across the country. Since the answer is so convoluted, many Americans unknowingly make poor dietary choices for themselves and their families, leading to unnecessary illness. Our nation spends 16% of its GDP on healthcare, more than any other nation in the world, yet our families struggle with increasingly dangerous ailments.
According to the National Institute of Health, the U.S. has:
- 5 times more children with ADD and ADHD then any country in the world.
- one of the highest rates of cancer in the world.
- a rank of 49 out of 52 developed countries for life expectancy.
Humans are like basement plumbing pipes with legs. It's an odd image, but it illustrates a critical idea. A basement pipe can easily corrode if poorly treated. Unlike pipes, however, our bodies have highly evolved absorptive systems which allow us to channel air, food and water into necessary physiological building blocks. In other words, for us it's not just the pipe that corrodes, but our entire bodies. Once our digestive tract becomes worn or permeable, our reaction is systemic. This is why it's critical to monitor the food we eat, and its influence on our internal plumbing.
What can you do to eat healthy today?