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  • April 2018
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Five signs you’ve eaten something toxic

Do you feel like you’re running on empty? Just as your car or truck needs clean gas, clean oil and a clean air filter to function properly, your body needs “clean” food. If you pour in the wrong kind of oil or gas that’s loaded with “fillers,” or your exhaust system is clogged up, your car will give you obvious and immediate signs of system breakdown. What will you do about it? Will you pour in more dirty gas and more of the wrong oil? Will you try to keep driving until the engine completely fails? Will you drive to the first car “doctor” (mechanic) and get the latest “prescription” (car parts or “diagnostic” you don’t need) and waste your money, your time, and destroy all common sense when it comes to proper maintenance? What ever happened to preventive maintenance?

It’s time to understand that your symptoms are simply your body’s way of telling you that you’re running on empty and quite toxic. Clean food entails consuming foods that are purely carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Not “food-like” substances that come from vending machines and drive-thrus.

Here are 5 telltale signs that you’ve consumed some toxic food and your “symptoms” need more than just cover up medicine, in fact, your body needs clean food starting today:

  1. Inflammation or edema: Are you retaining abnormal amounts of water? This could show up as weight gain. Do your hands and feet swell often? Are you consuming excessive animal protein, dairy or genetically modified wheat? What about refined sugars? Check the sodium levels in processed foods, especially ones you ate in the past six hours.
  2. Lethargy or vertigo (dizziness): Nothing slows down a human body faster than “trash” food. If you eat nutrient-void food, you will not have any energy. If you are dizzy, this is usually an equilibrium issue in the inner ear, boiling right back to diet. Check your recent intake for MSG, aspartame, nitrates in meats and concentrated sweets.
  3. Gut or Bowel dysfunction: Not always, but most often the gluten we are consuming is “mutant” GMO food “glue” and causes constipation. Gluten and artificial sweeteners can irritate your entire digestive tract and pollute your cleansing organs with synthetic toxins, which may never release. Your body knows when you’ve consumed these “poisons” and lets you know right away.
  4. Skin rashes, eczema or psoriasis: Check your concentrated sweets, gluten, GMO pesticide-laden foods like corn and soy, and remember, the more processed food you eat, the more you break out with these skin conditions. Even typical medications like aspirin, cough syrup and ibuprofen can be overdone and cause headaches and rashes.
  5. Headaches, migraines or brain fog: Did you just drink some unfiltered tap water (containing fluoride and bleach)? Did you just get a flu shot or a vaccine? Did you just eat something with aspartame in it? Did you just return from the dentist with a new mercury cavity filling? Did you just take a strong pharmaceutical medication for anxiety, depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Your body’s immediate response (within 6 hours) to consuming something that it does not want to process and cannot utilize for nutrition are often clear signs that if you continue to inflict the same “damage” to your system, eventually major system “failure” will occur. The biggest question is, “Are you promoting disease or protecting yourself against it?” Are you truly putting out the “burning fire” of inflammation, or are you temporarily getting rid of just the “smoke”?

If you are experiencing one or more of the five most popular categories of toxicity symptoms, there are simple fixes that begin right within your kitchen pantry and it’s time to dump the junk food. You can also get a personalized blood test to see which specific foods and ingredients are your personal poisons.

Bottom line: in our busy environment, make sure you’re not running on empty and take back your health! 

Kim Stoeger, MS, Clinical Nutritionist

Kimberly Stoeger, MS, is the clinical nutritionist and owner of Nutritional Healing, LLC. Her passion lies in supporting people’s health through evidence-based medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition. Kimberly has her masters of science in human nutrition degree, and experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, migraines, thyroid conditions and gut dysfunction. To learn more, call 920-358-5764 or email [email protected]

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