Lets face it…although we as humans are capable of eating everything that is presented to us as “healthy” does not mean that we are capable of digesting it. There is no faster way to alter human physiology then by altering the function of the GI system. Considering that we are nothing more then an open tube from mouth to anus, it can become very clear how simple it might be to alter this internal environment and leaving us more susceptible to the elements.
We have to begin to recognize that it is the elements against us. Dirty air, dirty water and dirty soil are just a few reasons we are witnessing such a huge decline in health. It is these very things that disrupt the very systems designed to protect us. The health of our GI system plays a huge role and dictates our level of health and vitality. It is important to understand that how stress impacts you (in whatever face it presents itself to you) will be very different then how that exact stress affects or does not affect another. In fact, one might find this to be quite annoying at times! What is important is taking the time to discover how your environment and lifestyle are impacting you!
Over time, if we are not conscious of the affects of these stressors we become highly vulnerable. I am here to remind you that although there are certain things out of our control, there are many things still in our control. Taking control begins through understanding the impact your environment may be having on you and a great place to start is in taking the time to better understand a little more about what goes into your mouth.
Here is a great interview about the effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids by Ray Peat that really breaks down WHY unsaturated fats in our diet really do need to be reconsidered. Better understanding and elimination of these foods from your diet is a very simple way to begin restoring your metabolism, increasing your energy, healing your GI system, balancing your hormones, etc.
In addition to the facts that Dr. Peat presents in this interview on unsaturated fats there is one other factor around certain foods containing these fats that I find to be quite interesting and useful in understanding how confused we are about what “healthy” food really is.
We as humans did not come equipped with what is called a rumen. Cows, goats, horses, sheep, giraffes, bison, phytoplankton along with many others are known as ruminant animals as it is the rumen that provides the tools necessary for the digestion of cellulose. These Herbivores, unlike human beings, dogs and pigs, are able to convert the cellulose in plants to protein and the polyunsaturated fats in plants to saturated fats to be used by the body. This very difference between human beings and ruminant animals is a major area of concern as there are many factors around the ingestion of Polyunsaturated fats that, according to Dr. Ray Peat, is one of the leading causes of insulin resistance.