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GLUTEN

Putting the current “gluten free’ fad aside, I would definitely avoid Gluten, especially if you have an autoimmune condition. Research shows  gluten promotes the release of a compound called Zonulin, which regulates how permeable your gut lining is. Zonulin is the link between leaky gut and eating too much gluten.

 

SUGAR

Highly inflammatory and acidic, sugar feeds the pathogenic bacteria in your gut and causes gut dysbiosis.

 

COMMERCIAL COOKING OILS

This includes corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil. These are too high in omega 6 essential fatty acids, which need to be in balance with omega 3 essential fatty acids. The ideal ratio is 2:1 but for most people it’s at an unhealthy 16:1. This imbalance fuels inflammation in all the cells in your body.

 

LOW FAT DAIRY

When you remove fat from foods, you are also taking out the fat soluble vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin D, E and A. Most low fat dairy products have too much sugar to compensate the lack of flavour! Look for under 5g of total sugar per 100g.

 

ADdITIVES

Although essential for the long life storage of foods, additives have many detrimental side effects, including asthma, eczema and even behavioural issues. Ditch the additives and chose more fresh, whole foods instead.

 

SWORDFISH & SHARK

As they are big fish at the top of the aquatic food chain, they accumulate heavy metals, most notoriously Methyl Mercury. This is a form of Mercury that is particularly toxic to nerve cells and the reason why pregnant women are cautioned against eating them.

 

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