Could processed foods raise the risk of autoimmune diseases?

I’ve traveled all around the world researching the latest alternative breakthroughs to help my patients and readers achieve their health goals.

But back at home – with the glowing string of chain restaurants and 24-hour supermarkets – I sometimes feel like I’m fighting a losing battle.

Because the one thing that makes us the sickest is also the very thing that is supposed to nourishing us: the food we eat.

Well, more specifically, the way we’re eating.

You already know that those ultra-convenient (and quick) processed foods can make you fatter by delivering loads of high fructose corn syrup and trans fats.

But according to a new study published in Autoimmunity Reviews, they can also lead to autoimmune diseases – those insidious health conditions when your body mysteriously attacks its own healthy tissues.

I’m talking about diseases that can rob years from your life, but that many people suffer with long before they get a proper diagnosis.

Researchers found that eating too many processed foods can lead to severe autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and Crohn’s disease.

It all happens because all those chemicals and additives wind up weakening the parts of your intestines that keep bacteria, allergens, and carcinogens from being absorbed into your body. The researchers found that when that barrier shuts down, all that nasty stuff ends up “leaking” out of your intestines and into your body, and your immune system can’t fight it.

My regular readers know that I’m passionate about enjoying a healthy lifestyle without processed foods and refined sugars. That’s why I always recommend my patients try the Paleo Diet, which some people call the “Caveman Diet.”

In other words, if our prehistoric ancestors didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t eat it either.

When you take a “back to nature” approach to your nutrition, not only do you get to eat delicious meats, fresh fish, leafy greens, and colorful vegetables to help you shed unwanted pounds, but the Paleo Diet also protects you from inflammation, allergies…and, most importantly, autoimmune diseases.

Eating Paleo is a commitment – and it means swearing off those greasy fast-food joints and processed foods for good.

But I think you’d agree that living a disease-free life is well worth it.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

“Could processed foods raise the risk of autoimmune diseases?” Medical News Today, Jan.6, 2015

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