Drs. Mark and Michele Sherwood shared an interesting fact about some of the common inflammatory foods that people need to avoid. "These foods, for the most part, are subsidized by the United States federal government," said Dr. Mark during the February 10 episode of "Sherwood TV" on Brighteon.TV.
"Anything the federal government says to do about your health – do the opposite, because they don't know what they're doing. They failed this many years. They tell you how to manage your money, and yet the trillions of dollars in debt. They tell you to how to manage your health, and yet we have the greatest expenditures for this fictitious thing we call healthcare. We are an embarrassment in the way we do this."
The inflammatory foods that the couple talked about include sugars, artificial sweeteners, fried foods, things that are cooked at high heat that adulterate the oils, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and other chemical fillers, processed foods, sodas, excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol, breads and grains, yeast, soy and corn. (Related: Top inflammatory foods to avoid eating.)
"You got to turn the labels and if there are [inflammatory] ingredients that are in those foods, you might want to consider putting them back on the shelf. Because if you can't understand what those things are that you're going to put in your body, your body likely can't understand them either," Dr. Michele said.
The U.S. currently subsidizes nine foods – corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, beer, milk, beef, peanut butter and sunflower oil. Corn, soybeans, wheat and rice are the most abundantly produced and most consumed, often in the form of ultra-processed foods.
"High-fructose corn syrup is one of the highly toxic things that you can find in the majority of things that are on the shelves. Read the label to know what you're putting in your body," said Dr. Michele.
According to Dr. Michele, high-fructose corn syrup is one of the leading causes of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. "And then that actually can turn into non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which is a chronic liver disease," she explained.
The couple related that every single first-time patient that comes into their office has a problem with nutrition. "It's very important to develop a relationship with food and not just live to eat, but actually eat to live," said Dr. Michele.
That's why they put nutrition at the top of what they call the seven pillars of health.
"The most important medical decision that you make every single day, oftentimes three times a day, 365 days a year, is at the end of your fork. And if those are good decision, great, if they're not too good decisions, and it's relatable to the standard American diet, you will see that that can lead to a lot of poor consequence," Dr. Michele said.
The other six pillars of health, according to the couple, are sleep, stress management, movement, DNA, hormones and peptides.
In an earlier episode of their program on Brighteon.TV, Drs. Mark and Michele discussed the core four of the seven pillars of health.
Sleep ranks second, right after nutrition. Dr. Mark emphasized that people need seven to eight hours of sleep per night. He noted that not getting enough sleep leads to sleep deprivation and builds up fatigue debt that can create more wellness debt. (Related: Sleep therapist Dr. Rubin Naiman explains the true causes of sleep disorders, caffeine cravings and sleep hormone imbalances.)
"It is like trying to pay back the balance on a credit card. The minimum at a time, it just continues to expand and compound and it gets out of hand over time," Dr. Mark said.
Dr. Michelle added that not falling in line with the natural circadian rhythm means you won't get good quality sleep that aids regeneration, tissue repair and brain recovery.
Stress management comes in third. Stress, according to Dr. Michelle, is one of the main things driving people into the clinician's office, the doctor's office and the chiropractor's office. She added that when tension is so high, people tend to have high blood pressure.
"Now, that's really not a medication deficiency. That's a lifestyle balancing insufficiency. We've got to learn to balance lifestyle. We have to learn to eat right. We have to get adequate exercise, rest and we have to manage that thing called stress," she explained.
Dr. Mark also pointed out that stress can impact sleep, the way people eat and the way they behave.
Rounding up the core four of the seven pillars of health is movement. Dr. Mark said movement is not merely exercising or going to the gym. He said movement means "working out every day to do something."
"And for us, it's sort of this thing that we do to control stress and so that we sleep better and then we eat well so that we can move well, sleep well and manage stress well," said Dr. Mark, adding that movement is a good stress reliever.
He also recommends 150 minutes per week minimum of dedicated move at something that you like to do, you can do over again and you can repeat often.
Watch the full February 10 episode of "Sherwood TV" below. Catch new episodes of the program every Thursday at 7-8 p.m. on Brighteon.TV.
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