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'You are what you eat'

It's expected that by 2030 there will be 65 million more obese adults in the US. This means the loss of over 20 million years of life and medical costs of $48–66 billion per year 1. Obesity is just the tip of the iceberg. Mental health issues, IBS, headaches... many physical ailments have been increasing in number and severity over the last few decades 2, 3, 4 .

But why?

Many of us aren't putting the right things in our body.

We have been done a disservice by large processed food corporations: obesogenic chemicals, inflammatory nutrients, and added sugars. A lack of awareness of legitimate nutritional research has resulted in misconceptions about what is and isn't healthy, dietary fads that promote suffering and not wellbeing, and missed opportunities to use foods to help optimize health and fix ailments. Research shows that diet either aggravates or alleviates most ailments even those that don't seem connected to diet. Depression, for example, doesn't seem to be connected to foods, and, yet, diet has been used successfully to treat major depression 5. Depression is associated with brain inflammation 6, 7 and inflammation is heavily influenced by diet 8.

Our choice of foods has the power to alleviate many of our ailments and is responsible for much of our suffering.

In comes Foods That Help. We use research from reputable scientific journals, research that we link directly to and encourage viewers to explore. We find the most beneficial nutrients, foods, herbs and sometimes treatments for alleviating specific ailments and for optimizing health. We provide links to products that we have prioritized for healthiness and cost-effectiveness.

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  1. Wang, Y. C., McPherson, K., Marsh, T., Gortmaker, S. L., & Brown, M. (2011). Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK. The Lancet, 378(9793), 815-825. link

  2. Whitaker, R. (2005). Anatomy of an epidemic: Psychiatric drugs and the astonishing rise of mental illness in America. Ethical Human Sciences and Services, 7(1), 23-35. link

  3. Gwee, K. A. (2005). Irritable bowel syndrome in developing countries–a disorder of civilization or colonization?. Neurogastroenterology & Motility, 17(3), 317-324. link

  4. Rozen, T. D., Swanson, J. W., Stang, P. E., McDonnell, S. K., & Rocca, W. A. (1999). Increasing incidence of medically recognized migraine headache in a United States population. Neurology, 53(7), 1468-1468. link

  5. Jacka, F. N., O’Neil, A., Opie, R., Itsiopoulos, C., Cotton, S., Mohebbi, M., ... & Brazionis, L. (2017). A randomised controlled trial of dietary improvement for adults with major depression (the ‘SMILES’trial). BMC medicine, 15(1), 23.

  6. Setiawan, E., Wilson, A. A., Mizrahi, R., Rusjan, P. M., Miler, L., Rajkowska, G., ... & Meyer, J. H. (2015). Role of translocator protein density, a marker of neuroinflammation, in the brain during major depressive episodes. JAMA psychiatry, 72(3), 268-275. link

  7. Dantzer, R., O'Connor, J. C., Freund, G. G., Johnson, R. W., & Kelley, K. W. (2008). From inflammation to sickness and depression: when the immune system subjugates the brain. Nature reviews neuroscience, 9(1), 46. link

  8. Giugliano, D., Ceriello, A., & Esposito, K. (2006). The effects of diet on inflammation: emphasis on the metabolic syndrome. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 48(4), 677-685. link