You Are What You Eat: Choose the Right Fuel for Your Body

Dr. Mark McCullough | | Michigan Health and Wellness

In this series, we’ve been discussing the importance of eating well. To make this concept even more clear, I’ve got an analogy for you. Your body is a race car, and the food you eat is the fuel.

Your body has been perfectly manufactured, right down to the last detail, for maximum performance. After all, every bit of speed and power counts in a race. But like a race car, your body can’t perform without fuel. And the quality of the fuel you use directly impacts performance.

So here’s the question: considering that you own a state of the art vehicle (your body), why would you use anything less than premium fuel to keep it running? Can you imagine a NASCAR driver ignoring the recommendations of his crew and using cheap, low quality fuel instead of the premium fuel his car needs?

Of course not.

But that’s exactly what millions of Americans do every day. They subject their body to low-grade fuel. So why is anyone surprised to see rising obesity rates and increased levels of disorders such as diabetes and asthma?

Have you stopped to consider the impact and repercussions that your food choices have on your health, your family, and your community? Are you making responsible decisions that are likely to lead to a long, healthy life, a healthy family, and a thriving, healthy community?

If you can honestly say “yes” to that question, congratulations and good for you! These days, it’s so easy to find cheap, unhealthy food. Eating well requires commitment, endurance, and sacrifice.

If your answer is “no”, the good news is that it is never too late to change! In fact, what better time to “reboot” your lifestyle choices than the dawning of the New Year?

When consumed in its highest quality form, the food you eat will create a perfect nutrient-communion and convert to energy in the most efficient way possible. Your system recognizes this high quality food and can then do what it needs to break it down into its proper constituents to be used for energy.

But as food becomes more preserved and more mass-produced, the system starts to break down. The foods may have a longer shelf life and they may be more tasty (or really, more addicting), but there’s a significant cost involved. That cost includes:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • And many, many more neurological and degenerating diseases (Alzheimer, MS, ALS, RA, etc…)

We are facing a nutritional crisis here in America. The food many of us are eating is literally killing us. We’ve been handed an incredible machine—our bodies. But rather than filling them with the high quality fuels they demand, we’re choosing cheap substitutes. And just as a racecar would sputter and die with inferior fuels, our bodies are doing exactly the same.

The good news is that it’s never too late to make a change. Stay tuned as we’ll discuss practical ways to improve our diets in upcoming blogs and articles!

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