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Dr. Mercola: There are three words that I strongly recommend, three easy words to remember, and that is: Eat real food.
Ty Bollinger: I love that. Eat real food.
Dr. Mercola: Eat real food. Because when you do that, you know what you accomplish? You avoid the artificial ingredients that are inserted into your food. And most people are not aware that there are over 10,000 chemicals that are labeled GRAS, Generally Recognized As Safe, by the food industry themselves. And by labeling them as GRAS, they are able to penetrate a loophole that allows them never to be tested for human safety. Not just singly, but let alone when combined with all the others, so there is synergistic toxicity.
So when you eat real food you avoid the chemicals. You avoid the exposure to these untested chemicals that essentially are making the population a guinea pig, because we have no idea what the chronic exposure to many of these combinations of chemicals will do.
Ty Bollinger: Because of the fact that these chemicals are generally regarded as safe, but they are not tested.
Dr. Mercola: Never tested. They have been labeled by the food industry.
Ty Bollinger: So you’re right, we are the guinea pigs on that.
Dr. Mercola: Yes. And you could say, “That’s okay, I’ll just read the label.” Well, if you had the eyesight and the glasses to be able to read the 2-point font, and the chemical understanding to read the label, because those are complex chemical terms, they’re not even there! The loopholes says because they’re GRAS, you don’t even have to put them on the food label.
Ty Bollinger: Really?
Dr. Mercola: Yes!
Ty Bollinger: Wow.
Dr. Mercola: Yes. So there is no way a conscientious consumer could possibly choose the right food in packaged food. So just play it safe, eat real food. Which means you, or someone you know or love, or pay, prepares the food. Now, does that mean you have to do it 100%? It’s almost physically impossible to do that, because you’re going to go out to eat at restaurants, and obviously, you are going to delegate that responsibility, but your general pattern, 80 to 90% of the time, is to eat real food that is prepared by you or someone you know.
Ty Bollinger: Think about the way your grandmom and grandpop ate, and eat that.
Dr. Mercola: Absolutely. Or, you’ve been around the world interviewing experts and you go to places like Eastern Europe where they’re still doing that. When I was seeing patients, I was just absolutely delighted when I had patients from Eastern Europe because this is the way they operate. They have hardly any exposure to these processed foods. They get it at a foundational level. You don’t have to try to teach or preach to them or convince them that this is the way we were designed to eat.
Ty Bollinger: Yes, it was refreshing for us.
Dr. Mercola: Yes, and you are so much healthier, you just avoid so many challenges when you take this approach to a lifestyle and feeding yourself, and then you can avoid all the challenges, because your body is designed to stay healthy. It wants to be healthy. It never was designed to go toward disease so that you have to see a physician who is going to prescribe a medication to treat that. That is not the design. The design is to be healthy.
You can easily do that when you are eating real food, exercising the right way, sleeping, getting movement, and your body self-regulates, it heals. And sleeping. And exposure to sunlight, which is why I moved down here so I could have more sunlight in the winter and get vitamin D.