Your Diet: Garbage In, Garbage Incorporated

The truism, “garbage in, garbage out” applies to what  we put in our mouths.

Your body is more complex than a computer or any other machine, and it is sensitive to what we consume. The healthy functioning of every system and every cell relies on what you put in your mouth.

A healthy diet is like premium fuel in your tank. What you eat serves as the building blocks of your cells. You really are what you eat. Garbage in, garbage incorporated.

Not one diet is perfect for everyone. A high fat diet should be avoided in those at risk for arterial disease, and a starchy, high glycemic index diet is inappropriate for those with diabetes. Sodium can raise the blood pressure of those who are salt-sensitive.

Although a diet high in fibre, fruits and vegetables with moderate amounts of fish and healthy nuts such as almonds is generally recommended, it may not be appropriate to an individual with specific food allergies.

Of course, street drugs and excessive alcohol have negative effects on both our bodies and brains.

We would all do well to be mindful of everything we put into our mouths.

Next: Your relationships.


About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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