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Is it just me or is the new health trend starting to look like we are micromanaging our lives?
We’re tracking our calories, tracking our steps, restricting our carbs and counting our nuts. What happened to intuitively eating and exercising for fun? Has it come to running around our kitchen table just to fit in those 10,000 steps by the end of the day?
A study published in 2016 shows no difference whatsoever between those who used a fitbit for a year and those who didn’t. This kind of data should have you rethinking these expensive devices. Stop stressing about the numbers, for all we know it’s probably negating the health benefits of exercise!
I have even seen some patients who sacrifice their yoga workout to go on a run instead. That way, their doing something that will add more steps to their day. What good is that? Yoga has many health benefits but the obsession with tracking steps seems to be able to override that.
The trackers are definitely pretty but the symbolism is not.
Trackers show the world we need to be monitored, and that is certainly the opposite of nutrition counseling (by a dietitian, at least.) As a Registered Dietitian, my job is to guide and educate my patients until they reach the point where they finally believe that they can trust themselves to make good food decisions.
Looking for some guidance on how to become an Intuitive Eater and ditch the tracking?
Mankind has known the classical symptoms of inflammation for hundreds of years, which include redness, pain and swelling, but what about the symptoms that result from chronic inflammation?
Emerging literature suggests that inflammation operates as a much more sophisticated system than ever thought. At the cellular level, the food that we eat can trigger inflammatory mediators, which result in symptoms not short of the following:
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
DEPRESSION/ MOOD DISORDER
ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is considered as an ‘adaptive response’ to any harmful effect threatening the integrity of the cellular homeostasis, an example being food. The longer this response persists, the more damaging the consequences.
What is the mechanism?
Activation of pathogen-specific receptors induces the production of inflammatory mediators such as cytokines.
These mediators accelerate the progression of inflammation by modifying the vascular endothelial cell's permeability. Prostaglandins are produced as a result. These are hormones that can contribute to pain and are primarily responsible for the onset of symptoms through their effects on the central nervous system.
Drugs, such as Aspirin, block prostaglandins to reduce pain, but you may be able to lower inflammation with some simple dietary changes as well.
MRT FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING (MEDIATOR RELEASE TEST)
After drawing blood, the test measures the amount of mediators released when incubated with an individual food, additive or chemical. Released mediators produce physiologic effects leading to the symptoms listed above. The results of the mediator release test will determine which foods cause the most inflammatory response. By eliminating these foods, the chronic disease that resulted from the inflammation will cease it's symptoms.
Antigen (pathogenic food/chemical/additive) is consumed --> activates cells, lymphocytes/basophils/neutrophils--> rather than being tolerated, T-cells react to antigen--> mediator release of cytokines/histamine/prostaglandins--> various symptoms arise