MSG is a neurotoxin that is used as a food additive. It is toxic, inflammatory and causes or contributes to many diseases. It must be eliminated from your diet but avoiding it may not be as easy as you think. Here is what you need to know to avoid it and reverse its damaging effects.
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I have often worked with patients who are simply unable to overcome their pain syndromes or weight loss problems despite many effective therapies, diets and exercise. This is most often due to toxicity of one form or another. That is why living a non-toxic lifestyle is vital to achieving wellness.
Toxins must be removed from the foods you consume on a daily basis. MSG is the most common and deceptive toxin found in food. By eliminating MSG and other toxins, I have seen so many patients health conditions, including weight loss resistance, resolve completely.
What is MSG
MSG has been around since the early 1900’s as a flavor enhancer. It is derived from a naturally occurring amino acid – glutamate – but there is certainly nothing natural about it. It is a toxic chemical. In the 1940’s, it was added to food rations for soldiers to add flavor and improve the taste of their bland food. I have not had to eat military rations before but I can imagine that are not particularly tasty.
It has the ability to turn crummy tasting food into what is perceived as scrumptious food. After the early successes, it was then expanded to the general food supply. It was added to everything, including baby foods! It has been a common additive to most low-fat and other diet foods.
Not only does MSG enhance flavor but it increases preference for certain foods to an addictive level. This, along with the sheer pervasiveness of MSG, make it very difficult to avoid.
Symptoms of MSG Poisoning
The general health conscious individual knows that MSG is bad for your health. However, many do not know the extent of the problems it causes. Several scientific studies have rightly suggested that it should be banned as a food additive. Here are just some of the major health concerns.
- Causes flushing of the face and tingling and numbness in the cheeks, neck and arms.
- Causes heart palpitations
- Causes high blood pressure
- Causes pain down the arms
- Causes diarrhea
- Causes severe headaches and migraines
- Causes severe muscle pains
- Passess through the placenta, damaging the brain of developing babies
- Can contribute to hyperactivity in kids (ADHD)
- Depresses the immune system (literally makes you sick)
- It is a neurotoxin, causing brain damage
- Causes nerve damage
- Causes progression of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, ALS
- Damages the retinas
- Can trigger epileptic seizures
- Cause kidney damage
- Causes Liver inflammation and dysplasia (a type of hepatitis and abnormal growth)
- Causes hypothalamic lesions and leptin resistance which leads to central obesity and type 2 diabetes
Many of the studies on MSG’s damaging effects were done with animals. However, the studies have shown that the amounts that people normally consume are enough to cause these problems in people as well.
The Problem of Deceptive Labeling
You may think that all you need to do is read labels. If they list MSG or monosodium glutamate, then you avoid them. I wish it were that simple.
MSG is actually hidden on most labels by other names that the less savvy shopper will not recognize. It is often added to so-called “Natural” health foods. Here are 25 names used by food manufacturers to hide MSG and deceive you.
E621 (E620-625 are all glutamates)
hydrolyzed corn gluten
hydrolyzed soy protein
plant protein extract
These terms are either other words for MSG or other food additives that contain MSG. You must look for these and avoid them.
Reversing MSG Poisoning
Eliminate all sources of MSG. Read all labels on packaged food. This is made easy by simply eliminating all processed and packaged food from your diet.
Eliminate sugar and refined carbohydrates from your diet. They cause and progress hormonal imbalances, especially with leptin, insulin, and human growth hormone.
Use Vitamin C and Ginger root extract. They have been shown to have protective effects against the MSG neurotoxic effect.
Transition to an anti-inflammatory diet to reverse the negative hormonal effects and balance your hormones nutritionally.
Use high intensity, short duration workouts to balance your hormones through exercise. See: Busting the Top 4 Exercise Myths for more on this.
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