Nutritional column
Cristal Muñoz

In this last decade, science has come to discover that many health issues are not due to genetic inheritance but due to the fact that what we inherit are our parents bad eating habits. If mom liked to cook with lard, chances are daughter will also use lard to cook with and, surprise! Both mother and daughter have high cholesterol.

This is very good news as it means that the power of being healthy is in our hands if we focus on changing our eating habits. (Sigh) I know, it’s not as easy as the Doctor seems to think.

First of all, if you really want to change your eating habits, you would do well to know why you’re doing so and what the consequences will be if you don’t.

Just to give you an idea, seventy percent of the population in the U.S. is currently overweight (meaning they have an extra five to forty pounds) and three out of every ten people who are overweight are actually obese (meaning over forty pounds overweight) which is considered a clinical disease.

Now, if you’re a practical person like me, you may be thinking: “So what if I have a few extra pounds?! I’m not concerned.”

Here lies the problem:

What you’ve been eating that has made you gain weight is replacing what you should be eating to stay healthy, and that may cause you to have future health problems other than just being overweight.

Perhaps you’re amongst the many who have replaced water with soda and refreshments. If so, you have replaced one of the most important elements your body needs to distribute nutrients and purify the organs.

Remember your grandparents? Chances are they didn’t use adult diapers. Yet it is estimated that sixty percent of the population above seventy years of age now use them. Why? Years of abusing the kidneys by not drinking enough water and saturating them with sugar and chemicals every day. What would happen to your car’s radiator if you put soda in it?

It is important to understand that a large number of minor health issues such as migraines, cholesterol, constipation and fatigue can be occasioned by excesses and deficiencies in our diets.

So next time you want to lose those extra pounds or have more energy remember: it’s not only what you eat, but what you don’t eat that is affecting your health!

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