People are in shock when I tell them that a 100-calorie “healthy” food like green beans or oatmeal can cause a two-pound weight gain, hasten the aging process and exacerbate health issues. How does this happen? The simplest answer is inflammatory response and how these foods react with your body chemistry. But what exactly does that mean and how can you be so affected by a healthy food?
Many systems come into play with a reactive food and this causes the domino effect that we usually associate with getting older – think expanding waistline, declining energy or health. Get the full list of reactive foods.
Let’s start with some basics. Aging is a state of inflammation and systems start to slow down. In addition, as we age, digestive enzyme production slows down. We start to produce less stomach acid and saliva all of which aid digestion. The foods we used to be able to break down easily when we were younger become more difficult to digest. These foods have now become trigger foods and sensitivities and affect multiple systems that alter weight and health.
Declining thyroid function as another example of how aging and foods can affect weight/health. The thyroid is responsible for many functions including metabolism, sex drive, skin, hair and energy levels. Hormones become unbalanced as we age and this affects the thyroid. A standard “healthy” diet will include foods known as goitrogens and these foods attack the thyroid. Some examples of goitrogens are spinach, arugula, cauliflower and strawberries.