In last week’s Health Tip, we shared what was the best fuel (foods) with which to fuel (nourish) our bodies. That fuel is the food God told us we should nourish our bodies with in Genesis 1:29 – a diet consisting of 100% raw, enzymatically active, plant sourced foods. In this Health Tip I want to take us from the very BEST fuel we can nourish our bodies with, and share the very WORST fuel we can nourish our bodies with. The worst fuel is the Standard American Diet (SAD) – the very fuel most Americans are fueling their body with each and every day of their life. It is an extremely dangerous fuel for many reasons:
The Standard American Diet ExposedI was raised on the Standard American Diet (SAD) and spent the first 42 years of my life consuming that diet. It is the same diet most everyone reading this was also raised on and has spent most of their life consuming. It is also the diet most of the rest of the world has "sadly" adopted. And what has been the result of consuming this SAD diet? Almost every person consuming this diet dies an early and untimely death as a result of suffering a heart attack, stroke, cancer, or complications from another disease — this is in direct contrast to God's design of dying of old age. How many people have you known who died of old age? And this early and untimely death is usually preceded by that person suffering for years with colds, headaches, the flu, stomach problems, constipation, fevers, pimples, tooth decay, high blood pressure and cholesterol, being overweight, experiencing fatigue, having to wear eyeglasses, and we could go on and on here. Why does the SAD produce these kinds of results? Why are we not experiencing the ultimate health God designed our bodies to experience? Why are we dying prematurely? Let’s do an analysis of the Standard American Diet (SAD) to see if we can find the answer to these questions:
An Analysis of The Standard American Diet (SAD)In order to be properly nourished (fueled), the human physical body requires certain types of fuel (nutrients) in proper proportions (fats, proteins & carbohydrates). Satisfying these nutritional needs ensures that the body is properly fueled and can run at peak performance as God designed. These nutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) are found in perfect balance in God’s Original Diet as revealed in Genesis 1:29. The nutrients found in the Genesis 1:29 diet are in the exact proportions needed to produce energy, health, and longevity. These nutrients are also received in foods containing high levels of enzyme activity. By contrast, the SAD diet is woefully lacking in these basic nutritional needs, while being excessively high in harmful substances. For instance, the SAD is high in the wrong kinds of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, while at the same time is low in the good kinds of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Also, the SAD is lacking in enzymes, the life force found exclusively in raw, plant sourced foods. As we pull up the table for each meal of each day or the snacks we place in our body between meals, we are in complete control of what substances we place into our body with which to fuel it. Sadly, most people pay scant attention to what they are placing into their bodies for fuel, fuels that will determine how well their body will run.
Today's Fuel Is Tomorrow's BodyThe nutrients a person provides their body with today will not only be the fuels their body will have available for it to run on today. These nutrients will be the building materials the body will have available to create tomorrow’s body. Think on that statement for a moment. Have you ever considered that the only building materials your body has to build tomorrow’s body cells are the nutrients placed in the body today? Can you even begin to contemplate what kind of cells those building materials will produce? For a moment think of the building materials you provided your body with today: Was it things like Twinkies, sugary soda-pop, bag of potato chips, cheese burger or hotdog? Or was it God’s Genesis 1:29 plant sourced building materials? Our bodies are comprised of some 100 trillion living cells. Everything our body is comprised of are LIVING cells – whether they be our hair or nails that keep growing, blood cells pulsing through our body, bone cells, immune system cells, eye cells, skin cells, and we could go on. These 100 trillion living cells are constantly in the process of dying and replacing themselves at the rate of about 300 million cells every minute of every day of our life. As these cells die and replace the quality of the new cell that is replacing the old cell is dependent on the building materials we provide them. High quality fuel produces high quality cells, at least equal to, if not superior to the cells being replaced. Low quality fuel, lacking in proper nutrients, will produce an inferior cell. As long as a person remains on this low quality fuel, a slow degeneration and deterioration of the cell structure of the body will continue. Over time, this low quality fuel will determine the health and integrity of the entire body and the physical breakdowns that result. Symptoms of low quality fuel are:
- low energy
- high blood pressure and cholesterol
- colds and flu
- failing eyesight
- pimple outbreaks
- multiple sclerosis
- heart attacks
- ...and the list goes on and on.
Each Body Cell Is A Miniature GeneratorEach and every cell in your body is a miniature generator that takes in fuel (nutrients), burns them to produce energy, and then expels the waste as spent fuel. The Bible says that we are “Fearfully and wonderfully made, who can know it.” And friend, truer words were never spoken. God has provided each of us an intricate masterpiece! Yet how many people have appreciation for the incredible physical body God has provided them? They think they can throw any old garbage into their body and get away with it, but remember what the Bible says in Galatians 6:7...
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”If we sow garbage into the body we will get garbage results. If we sow God created plant sourced nutrients into the body we will experience energy, health, a sound body and mind, and longevity. Remember, today’s fuel is tomorrow's body!