Metabolic damage refers to damage caused to the normal regulatory mechanisms in the cells. Metabolic damage relating to nutrition is often caused by consumption of too many of the wrong form of foods. While deficiencies of certain nutrients can certainly cause metabolic damage, there are a number of foods, particularly those that contain trans fats, altered fats or similar damaging lipids, as well as sugar, that are regularly consumed by those eating the Western diet. The result is that the cells lose the ability to function correctly and the tissues gradually lose their health. Often the damaging components of the foods interfere with enzymatically driven pathways and this leads to aberrant metabolic processes that center on inflammation and oxidative stress. The end result of metabolic damage is a gradual deterioration into ill health, the most common symptoms of which are weight gain, lack of energy, a poor cognitive ability and mood disorders. This largely explains the association between the Western diet and disease.
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