- The standard American diet (SAD) which is a diet high in sugar and processed foods
- Food sensitivities such as gluten and other cross reactive sensitivities
- Chronic mental/emotional stress
- Chronic infection
by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath You might be thinking, “How can back to school be dangerous?” To provide this answer for you I am going to specifically focus on college students. Many of our followers are college students or are parents of college students, so this actually pertains to so many of you. I want to start by defining one of the the most unhealthy times of a person’s life, which is the college years. We may think that this time is all about growth, learning, sports and some fun but this time of life typically sets up life long health challenges that do anything but create and empowering future for so many. Here are some factors that many will not think about as their child goes off the college for the first time. This is most often the first time they are in charge of nutrition choices full time for themselves. With busy schedules, lack of proper cooking facilities and cost of food, most college students attempt to survive on fast food, processed foods, gluten galore, soda and alcohol. You’ve heard of the freshmen 15 right? That is the approximate 15 pounds that many freshmen will gain due to these poor choices, but it is not just the weight that is the issue, it is also the type of weight gained. The biggest challenge with this weight gain is that so much of this is actually inflammatory weight, with the most significant triggers for inflammation listed below.