March is National Nutrition Month…

What is your food doing for you?

by Casey Bush, PT, MSc, Cert. DN, Cert. SMT

On any given day, what type of food do you consume? Is your food fresh? Frozen? From a restaurant? From a package? Can you name the ingredients? Can you even identify what the food is? For example is it an orange, a steak, a cheez-it? Is it natural of processed? And like the title says, what is your food doing for you?

If it’s a processed food then here’s what it’s doing for you.

It’s increasing your risk for obesity, hypertension, kidney disease, stomach cancer, and even premature death (Lopez, 2015). It’s causing you to be an addict (Schulte et al., 2015).

Sound appetizing?

Yes, we live in a society where bigger is better and time is limited, so it’s easy to go through a drive-thru window or grab a package of whatever. But is it worth sacrificing your health for a highly processed, hyper palatable junk food that contains nothing but increased levels of sugar, fat, salt, and multiple chemicals?

Highly processed foods also share some similar pharmacokinetic properties as with drugs of abuse (Scheulte et al, 2015). The excessive amount of refined carbohydrates found in processed foods are absorbed in the blood stream similarly to drugs, causing a positive predictor and association to food addiction (Schulte et al, 2015). The added sugars (particularly fructose) have the ability to increase blood pressure, cause inflammation, and insulin resistance (Gil et al., 2015). Not to mention the artificial dyes used in processed foods in order to enhance the color of the food is made from petroleum. These synthetic food colorants have been linked to many allergic and immune reactions including aggression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and immune system suppressors (Vojdani A and Vojdani C, 2015).

Food in its natural source is nutritious and life sustaining. It’s made of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients that the body needs and craves (in a non-addictive way). Natural food is identifiable. Natural food provides your body with healthy, healing nutrients. Natural food does not contribute to addiction, hypertension, ADD, or other health disorders.

It’s an orange. It’s a steak. It’s not a cheez-it.

So I ask you again…..What is your food doing for you?


Casey Bush, PT, MSc, Cert. DN, Cert. SMT

Casey is a specialized physical therapist who has over 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry. Casey is the owner of Body, Heart & Spine. Check her out on the web at



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