Monday, April 6, 2015

Awareness of Food Additives and Their Addictive Properties


Most of us consume at least one product daily that has the effect of a stimulant and that eventually becomes an addiction or disrupter.

These products include bread, energy drinks, soda and juices, tobacco, betel nut, betel leaf, strong coffee, strong tea, mahuang, and alcohol.

There’s no one who does not know that products like these, consumed in excess, can severely harm our bodies. Yet, we still find them hard to resist. The need to eat stimulant food is a simple human weakness that has existed for ages: humans (and many animals) have always indulged in foods that give a sort of emotional high. In clinical terms, this means rapid heartbeat, a little sweating, dilation or constriction of the pupils of the eye, a warm flush on the face, and a sense of greater sensitivity, concentration and perception.

These sensations of ‘high’ die down within a few hours, and we are left feeling listless and low. This leads to a craving for that food again, to experience the high one more time. And there we are going round and round in a vicious circle.

Our most consumed staple, BREAD, contains one awful additive, bromines! Bromines are endocrine disruptors, and are a part of the halide family, components that includes fluorine, chlorine and iodine. What makes it so perilous is that it seeks the same receptors that are utilized to catch iodine.

Every time you eat bread in a restaurant, bakery or even a fast food hamburger or hot dog bun you are consuming bromide, as it is utilized as an additive and a part of flours.

The utilization of potassium bromate as an added substance to breads and prepared products has been a gigantic supporter of bromide in Western societies.

Bromated flour is enriched with potassium bromate. Food companies claim it makes the batter more versatile and helps it to rise. On the other hand, some companies and other effective groups have figured out how to utilize just unbromated flour with none of these supposed claims.

Potassium bromate is additionally found in a few toothpastes and mouthwashes, where its’ included as a germ-free and astringent. It has been found to cause draining and irritation of gums in individuals utilizing these items.

If you consume a lot of bromine, your body will be unable to absorb the iodine that it needs. Since bromine acts like iodine, your body is robbed of a necessary ingredient, yet you crave it even more. Iodine is imperative to each tissue in your body - not simply your thyroid.  If iodine is not absorbed, then obesity is most likely the result.

When you eat an addictive food, it stimulates the hormone like substances found at the end of your nerves, which triggers an avalanche of similar stimulatory substances and you experiences a high. As the substances near the nerves are depleted, you get into the low phase, which leads you to crave that food again. This yo-yo phase of nerve stimulation and depletion leads to a pattern of addiction.

Consuming addictive foods is one of the oldest unhealthy food practices and, despite a revolution in health consciousness; it shows no signs of dying out.

People who consume medications for the heart, hypertension and asthma have to be very careful about the interactions of the drugs with stimulant foods, as mixing the two can be fatal. After years of experience, all doctors know how difficult it is to break the food addictions of their patients. So like them, I can only advise a good compromise. If you can’t break the addiction, then at least you should practice moderation.

The Indigenous Way