There are a number of misconceptions regarding foods that people think are healthy but are actually disrupting the natural functions of your body. Here is my list of foods that are considered healthy but could be causing minor and major health issues.

1. Milk
Firstly, pasteurisation destroys active enzymes and denatures the fragile proteins in milk. It also kills beneficial bacteria and lowers the vitamin content of your milk.

Secondly, the latest research from the States reveals that the hormones cows secrete into milk are suppressing genes that usually detect and kill cancer cells as they develop. When these genes are turned off it increases your body’s receptors on cells that promote cancerous mutations.

2. Fruit Juice
Fruit juice is often loaded with even more high-fructose corn syrup than actual juice! High fructose corn syrup has been linked to increased cholesterol levels, blood clots and impaired immunity.

Fructose from any source is related to increases in visceral fat, which increases the risk for many life-threatening illnesses. Fructose also interrupts how effectively insulin works within the body, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes.

3. Whole Grains
Research has now found that whole grains drive excessive insulin production, fat storage and heart disease. They have also been proven to be allergenic and immune-suppressing, with lower nutritional value than plants and animals.

Better alternatives? Grain-like seeds such as quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth do not promote candida, act as probiotics, have a calming effect and are full of vitamins and minerals.

4. Cereal
Conventional cereal undergoes a process called “extrusion” that denatures its proteins and destroys the grains’ naturally-occurring fatty acids. Better alternatives? Make your morning meal a nutrient-dense banquet by opting for greens smoothies, a vegetable omelette or a fish fillet with nuts and seeds to start your day off right.

5. Soy products
Soy is closely related to estrogen dominance. High estrogen levels are linked to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, PMS, endometriosis, reproductive problems for men and women, allergies, ADD, higher risk of heart disease and cancer, malnutrition and loss of libido.

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