Top 7 Reasons you get Diseases
When faced with a chronic disease or diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder, it’s easy to wonder “Why me?” How is it that some people who eat a Standard American Diet seem to be disease free while others who have made attempts to change their eating habits still struggle with illness, chronic disease, and cancer?
The truth of the matter is there is no “one thing” that influences whether you develop an autoimmune disorder or other chronic disease. Various aspects of your environment interact with your genes to create a state of health or disease. Here are the top 7 factors that influence disease development.
1. Nutrient deficiencies
Optimal health requires maximum micronutrients–that is, the vitamins, minerals, essential fats, and antioxidants in your diet. Diets that do not have enough fruits and vegetables lack the vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive. A diet with not enough fruits and vegetables, and thus not enough micronutrients, has been associated with higher rates of cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis.
2. Unrecognized food sensitivities
Sensitivity to gluten is the most common food sensitivity in western society, and yet 90% of us do not report problems with digestion or other gastrointestinal issues. Food sensitivities are often an unseen part of many disorders, including psychological problems, neurological problems, autoimmune problems, skin rashes, asthma, allergies, and more. If you have a chronic health issue, trying a gluten-free diet for a month – you may feel better than you have in years.
3. Toxin overload
Today, our environment is full of pollution and toxins excreted by vehicles, factories, plastics in our homes, mercury dental fillings, and chemical farm sprays. These chemicals interact with our cells, the signals that are sent between cells, and our mitochondria, interrupting normal function and increasing inflammation. These toxins increase both the probability of getting a chronic disease and the severity of symptoms of that disease. Reducing your exposure to plastics, solvents, and heavy metals will help you attain and maintain good health, as will increasing vegetable and berry consumption, which improves processing and elimination of these toxins.