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Eat Better, Feel Better
My Recipes for Wellness and Healing, Inside and Out
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Eat Better, Feel Better (2021) is a guide to cultivating a balanced diet. Based on Giada De Laurentiis’s personal journey to transforming her health, it reveals how you can change your diet to control inflammation and improve your well-being.
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Modern diets cause digestive issues and chronic inflammation.
What would you eat the night before an important meeting at work? Would you go for nachos and chocolate ice cream? Or, would you reach for a hearty bowl of soup?
Chances are, you’d opt for the soup and skip the risk of digestive issues before your big day. And yet, in our everyday lives, many of us instinctively reach for the processed stuff.
What most people don’t realize is the cumulative effect that unhealthy eating wreaks on our bodies. Giada once attended a friend’s baby shower. She noticed that nearly half of the attendees she spoke to were suffering from gastrointestinal conditions, using medication to placate their digestive problems. And they were only in their twenties and thirties!
The key message here is: Modern diets cause digestive issues and chronic inflammation.
Your digestive system is centered around your microbiome – an ecosystem of microorganisms in your gut. When your microbiome is balanced and healthy, it breaks down the food you eat so that the nutrients can be delivered to your organs. This helps to keep your immune system strong and your body healthy.
Now, when you eat certain foods that the body perceives as harmful, your immune system is signaled to defend itself. This might be because of a toxin or a protein that the body can’t break down easily, such as those found in dairy or gluten. When this happens, the bacteria in your gut can go into overdrive trying to break the intruder down, causing inflammation. And when this happens too often, you might be in trouble.
Just imagine that your body has a virtual bucket where it stores toxins and inflammatory foods as they come in. Eat too many and the bucket can overflow and leak into areas you don’t want it to.
When the body has to process toxins or inflammatory foods too often, inflammation can spread and cause your immune system to dysfunction, attacking healthy cells in addition to harmful ones. A disrupted digestive system causes a rippling effect throughout your body and can lead to fatigue, body aches, skin problems, and even serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, or autoimmune disease.
Most people deal with milder digestive issues by medicating the symptoms. But if you want to avoid the more serious diseases down the line, you need to get to the source of the problem. And this means changing your diet.