3 Steps to conquering illness through diet: Dairy-Wheat-Sugar

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Improve your food intake and your body will thank you.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could ditch arthritis with those achy joints, rid yourself of the chronic sinusitis or other conditions related to suppressed immune function just by reducing or removing three things from your diet?

Listen Closely

For some people it turns out dairy, wheat, and sugar are extremely harsh on the body and at the root of an array of illnesses and conditions related to suppressed immune function. This includes irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infection, upper respiratory congestion, muscle fatigue and joint pain. This list may even include chronic degenerative and autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis and coronary vascular disease.

How Do Dietary Changes Help?

I have learned through the years by listening to the experts like Rubman and studying the Harvard School of Public Health website, included in this article, eliminating dairy, wheat and sugar products can fine tune your digestion, lead to a rapid loss, increase your energy levels, improve sleep and boost your resistance to colds and allergies.

You need to put premium fuel, the 92 octane, in your gullet to make you run better, handle better, sound better and take the curves in life with ease. Simply improve your food intake and your body, over time, will jet off into your comfort zone raising your energy levels to new heights. So here is the scoop on what not to eat.

The Lowdown on Dairy

Dr. Rubman believes that cow’s milk is great for calves, but by the time the dairy industry is done with it very little nutrition is left. The problem is complex involving nutrition ratios, allergenic proteins and processing difficulties. If you want to use dairy products as a source of calcium and magnesium, consume a modest amount of cheese. When possible, choose cheese made from goat’s or sheep’s milk, which is far less challenging to the digestive system.

The Trouble with Wheat

The main problem with wheat products is gluten, a protein in wheat, which damages the lining of the large intestines, the primary site of immune regulation. “Unbeknownst to many the intestinal tract is the major manager of overall well-being,” Explains Rubman. Most people think of it primarily as a vehicle for excretion of waste, but in actuality is serves a multitude of functions, including hydration and electrolyte balance. Damage to your intestinal tract increases the vulnerability to digestive disorder and autoimmune diseases. Although gluten is also found in other grains, wheat seems to be the biggest offender.

Foods with Gluten

Included in the list of wheat gluten are bagels, bread, crackers, cereal, cake, cookies, pies, pasta, noodles and tortillas. Yea, that’s right, all the good stuff you can’t stay away from. Always read the labels carefully. Wheat may be listed as wheat bran, wheat starch, durum flour, enriched flour, graham flour, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, malted cereal syrup, modified food starch, semolina or vegetable gum. Sounds like they’re trying to kill you with all that gooey stuff, doesn’t it?

Rubman Recommends

The good doctor recommends foods such as whole grain sprouted bread. This product slows down digestion, lessening the negative impact of gluten. Other safe and healthier alternatives include rice, arrowroot, buckwheat, rye, tapioca and soy flour. Soy flour breads are very safe if added to the diet in moderation.

The Scary Truth About Sugar

Since your body requires glucose to survive, why isn’t eating sugar a good thing, you might ask? The hard truth is that simple sugars can disrupt the immune system.

A system for classifying carbohydrates, the glycemic index (GI), measures how quickly blood sugars rise after eating foods that contain carbohydrates. Refined carbs like white sugar cause a very rapid rise in blood sugars, which has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. The more quickly a carb is absorbed, the more destructive it is.

Good low GI choices include legumes (lentils & beans), root vegetables (sweet potatoes & yams) and whole fruits. Simply watch what you consume and your health will continue to improve.

Resources for this article obtained from Andrew L. Rubman, ND, director, Southbury Clinic for Traditional Medicines, Southbury, Conn.

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