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suiteTop 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'

 

This list won’t contain the more obvious baddies like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated vegetable oil and sugar. Instead, you’ll find a list of ingredients you may have let slide into you ‘healthy’ choices but will want to seriously reconsider.

I’m not one to be dogmatically for or against foods, but if you need reassurance that there are ingredients that most likely are sabotaging your health potential (or may just be flat out causing you dis-ease) then please read on…

 

10. Lectins

Top 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'
Plant lectins are a suite of proteins that cause inflammation. Every body varies in sensitivity to lectins. You can brave a lighter dose of lectins (which for sensitive bodies is still enough to increase leaky gut, cause joint pain and lead to chronic health problems or just prevent them from healing) from nightshades, including potatoes, tomatoes and cayenne, and seeds, including almonds and quinoa. And you can take on a big dose from beans and grains, but the negative effects will still happen whether you notice them or not. Gluten is a type of lectin. Even the most wholesome organic farm to table cuisine can be rich in plant lectin ingredients. Do more research on lectins (there’s a lot out there) and consider an elimination diet abstaining from these for a while, then one by one add some back in and see how you react.

 

9Not So Healthy Whole Grains (Gluten!)

Top 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'

Gluten and its related cousin proteins are found in cereal grains like wheat, rye and barley and are naturally there to prevent the grain from being overeaten by pests. Yep, gluten and lectins are nature’s pesticides AKA chemical warfare, which is why they get such a bad rap and are now known for causing gut permeability, inflammation and immune system issues, including and especially in children age 0 to 100.

 

8. Soy In All Forms

Top 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'Soy protein, soybean oil, soy sauce, edamame: An inflammatory and allergenic party in your mouth.

 

7. Maize (Corn)

Top 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'
Just because it’s called maize doesn’t mean it’s different from the mega crop. Corn is a cereal grain too. It doesn’t contain gluten, but it does contain mold (mycotoxins), lectins and lots of carbs (sugar!), and may exacerbate immune and blood sugar issues.

 

6. High Omega-6 Seed Oils

Top 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'
The latest research shows that the human body and brain thrive on fats from animals and plants rich in fresh saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats called omega-3 fatty acids, and a few other breeds of fatty acids. Most modern industrial plant oils are dominant in the one polyunsaturated fat we need very little of: Omega-6 fatty acids. These oils include safflower oil, sunflower oil, ‘vegetable’ oils, canola oil, soy oil, corn oil and trans fats. These oils are better used as machine lubricant and biofuel rather than human fuel. They are so cheap compared to premium healthful fats that most natural food companies end up using them as major ingredients in their recipes, unfortunately.

 

5. Gluten Free Grain Replacements

Top 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'
Most ‘Gluten Free’ foods are carbohydrate (sugar!) bombs rich in potato flour, corn and tapioca starch. Not much of an upgrade.

 

4. Unlabeled MSG

Top 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'
MSG can still cause brain fog even when hidden in the following suspect ingredients: autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, sodium caseinate, yeast nutrient, yeast extract, Torulo yeast, natural flavoring, or glutamic acid.

 

3. Grain Fed Animal Products

Top 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'
Occasional organic pork and chicken (almost always fed mostly grains like corn, soy and wheat) might pass, but don’t make those the foundation of your animal intake. Grain fed animals have a disturbed fatty acid profile, among other problems. Instead fuel up on meats, organ meats, animal fats and bone broths made from 100% grass fed and grass finished beef and lamb, truly wild (not farmed) fish and wild game.

 

2. Moldy (mycotoxin containing) Foods

Top 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'
Many herbs, spices, seeds and even superfoods like maca root can be contaminated with mycotoxins, especially in their raw form. Do some digging to find the good stuff that is tested to be low in toxic fungal residue. Our company, Longevity Power, specializes in superfood and herbal extracts like adaptogens that don’t contain mycotoxins, help you thrive amidst stress, perform better at what you do and curb cravings as you up-level your diet strategy.

 

1. Hidden Excess Carbs

Top 10 Foods You Didn't Know Were Bad For You That Are in Most 'Health Foods'
Specifically ‘net carbohydrates,’ which include all simple sugars and starches but does not include fiber and nutritious polysaccharides. Like lectins, everyone has their own dynamic sensitivity to carbs that can change over time. In general, lowering carbohydrates that are replaced with high quality fats is a better long-term strategy for health and energy. Excess carbs can feed or even cause many of the modern diseases including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. They may exacerbate the lesser known underlying issues of gut dysbiosis and fungal, viral and parasite loads. You may even wish to give nutritional ketosis a try or a GAPS diet plan. I personally don’t feel great on foods like rice and nuts (all rich in carbs), but thrive on low carb options such as grass fed beef tallow covered cauliflower (a truly healthful low carb replacement if I do say so myself!)

 

I could list 100 more suspect ingredients, but I really wanted to give you a concise list that was pertinent and thought provoking.
Do you think this was a great top 10 list? What would you add? Let me know in the comments section below.

 

May you be empowered with this information and thrive! Cheers to your greatest health!
Christian Bates
Founder & Formulator, Longevity Power
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Morning Hacks: The Best and Worst Ways for High Performers to Start Their Day
I’ve been starting my day with ample hydration and massive amounts of quality nutrition for 15 years, but so much of society is all about a breakfast of sugar and drugs followed by more sugar and drugs. Some recommendations we often hear (like starting your day with sweet fruit) seem reasonable but actually have side effects that could zap your energy, mood and performance for the rest of the day. Here’s my list from the most terrible to the absolute best ways to start your day for maximum health and long lasting physical and mental energy.

The WORST Ways to Start Your Day

Avoid or completely modify these common habits:
  • Waking up, skipping drinking water and immediately drinking black coffee (a recipe for dehydration, headaches and never feeling quite well)
  • Toast and other dense carbs for breakfast (unless you like fungal overgrowth, blood sugar rollercoasters and feeling stressed)
  • Grain-based cereal with conventional milk (more excess carbs and inflammatory ingredients that subtract from your potential)

The HALF-DECENT Ways to Start Your Day

Make these more of an exception than the norm:
  • Organic fruit based smoothie (for most people this may lead to a sugar crash a couple hours or so later)
  • Organic fruit juices (juice is still high in sugar, just as high as soda and only moderately nutrient dense – probably only healthful for athletes who will immediately burn it all off – green juices are better, though can contain a significant amount of sugar as well)

The Very BEST Ways to Start Your Day

Do most of these every day forever:
  • Hydrate with plenty of pure (spring) water first thing (start doing this before bed the night before – it’s okay if you have to pee at night, it’s natural)
  • Make a Longevity Power water-based elixir (plenty of recipes here and here)
  • Wait a while (30 minutes or up to several hours if your blood sugar remains stable) before eating food (this is called intermittent fasting and has so many benefits)
  • After hydrating, but before eating food, take your current stack of supplements and adaptogenic herbs (most of which do best taken on an empty stomach, though there are many supplements out there that are best taken with food – and most food is best taken with adaptogenic herbs – top ways to consume adaptogens in food)
  • Make a Bulletproof coffee (if your body does well with coffee and dairy)
  • Make a Bulletproof style caffeine-free dairy-free blended drink
  • Make a Longevity Power style shake (like this one, this one, and this one)
  • A breakfast rich in healthful fat, fiber, protein and nutrition (rather than carbs) for long burning energy, satiation and blood sugar balance
  • Sunshine all over your eyes and body (get your circadian rhythm and vitamin D levels optimized)
  • Exercise of al kinds to kick start your metabolism, anti-stress hormones, and circulation for a happy body and brain for the rest of the day
Keep adding in better habits and replacing the old that no longer serve you. Each habit builds your health and builds you up to your next new habit until you become one ever more confident and savvy healthy lifestylist. Listen to your body and nourish yourself fully. You have great things to do in this world, and you deserve to feel great all along the way!
To your greatest health!
-Christian Bates
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