We were designed perfectly. Our bodies are an example of perfect science -- a study in chemistry. For each molecule of a food, there is a receptor in our bodies made for it. Each and every component in a real food can be used by our bodies: to build, repair, transport, transfer, deliver, detoxify and store. A real whole food is made up of what is called nutrients - substances our bodies need to carry out the abovementioned functions. These substances are macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), and they all have a chemical structure that our bodies need to survive.
When you eat a whole food, every part of that food is used by your body for an essential function - every part. When you eat food that is made up of man-made chemicals, there are no receptors in your body to receive and process these things. Your body will accept what it recognizes, then in most cases store what it doesn't recognize in your adipose tissue (fat cells). Think about it: if you have stored up toxins in your excess fat stores, how good can that be for your health?
Answer: Not good at all.
These toxins leach out like a slow drip, causing disruption of your body's other essential functions, illness, and eventually chronic disease. Fascinatingly, when your body doesn't get enough of what it does need, it has no option but to use what's available: inferior, substandard reserves (in the form of man-made food like Oreos & Doritos, for example) to build its cells. If your body is desperate enough, it will resort to using the toxic stuff that has been stored in your adipose tissue to rebuild your cells with! Now, I don't know about you, but I really don't want the walls of my arteries to be made out of Cheetos...
When you eat foods that your body can use completely -- real food -- you are optimizing your body's health and integrity. Conversely, when you eat garbage in the form of man-made chemicals, you are contributing to your body's demise and sacrificing its integrity. There are no "Yellow #5" receptors in your body.
The takeaway here is this: Build your body and your health by eating real food, not chemicals. It's not an old wives tale; you really are what you eat.
Do you struggle with transitioning from a processed food diet to a real food diet? Let me know in the comments below-- I'd love to hear from you.
Blessings and best of health,