Are You Unconsciously Poisoning Yourself?

Could you be unknowingly poisoning yourself?

It might sound like an odd question to ask as none of us would ever want to intentionally harm ourselves, however, I remember back in my early 20’s when I was new to shift work (and eating crap food) – I went from being quite lean to becoming quite puffy.

By some miracle, I didn’t really gain much weight, but my face and hands became swollen and I was always bloated.

What I didn’t realise at the time, was that I was slowly poisoning myself by eating toxic foods containing refined sugars and inflammatory fats that were leading to systemic inflammation.

Besides sapping our energy, chronic low-level inflammation can damage blood vessels, weaken our muscles and cause absolute havoc on our hormones!

Ouch! As if shift work isn’t hard enough?!

Short-term that’s no big deal, but when it’s happening over a long period of time (as in years of eating highly refined and processed foods), the long-term side effects can be severe, and in many cases, irreversible.

It’s important to understand that when anything unnatural enters the body, it will instinctively raise a red flag because it assumes that it’s a threat. It’s a foreign invader that needs to be broken down and destroyed.

Sugar and refined carbohydrates, in particular, comprising of most things contained in a bag, box or can – sparks inflammation by deregulating glucose and insulin levels, leading to oxidative stress.

Quite simply, they are THE most inflammatory foods you can eat … however shift workers are some of their biggest consumers thanks to the sugar-craving effects of lack of sleep!

Switching to more whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds & legumes which contain hunger-satisfying minerals and fibre will help to reduce inflammation by supporting a healthy gut microbiome. This is because microbes in the gut produce short-chain-fatty-acids (SCFA’s) such as butyrate which help to calm the immune system and make it less reactive.

Something I wish someone had told me when I first signed up to shift work all those years ago!

Audra x

P.S: Vegetable Rice-Paper Rolls topped with hemp seeds and satay sauce are a great anti-inflammatory meal option as they are rich in dietary fibre + minerals that will help to stave off sugar cravings too.


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