365 Ways #87–Burned out taste buds
#87–the avg American eats only 10-12 foods in his/her lifetime! Not only does this bore your palate to death; it also contributes to a host of health problems. First of all, it takes a variety of nutrients to run your metabolic machinery. A limited dietary intake cannot provide all of them. And, no–synthetic vitamins are no substitute for real, whole food inclusive of all the macronutrients and micronutrition. Secondly, while you have many kinds of enzymes in your digestive tract, they are each only capable of digesting one particular kind of cabohydrate, fat, or protein. Thus, when you eat the same food over and over again, you can literally exhaust your body’s ability to produce that specific enzyme. Finally, repeatedly exposing yourself to the same food increases the chances that your body will develop an immune response to that food. In other words, you become intolerant of that food and can no longer enjoy it without suffering obvious or subtle health repercussions. So if you enjoy a certain food, my advice is to rotate it. Eat it no more often than once every 4 days to give your digestive system a chance to pass it from mouth to anus before being charged with the task of assimilating it again. By doing this you’ll be forced to eat a variety of foods and can get out of that dietary rut. After all, the only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
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