Fast food makes fast changes to your body

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few decades, you know that fast food isn't good for you.

As you've read right here in eTips, eating a steady "Western" diet of processed meat, refined grains, and tons of sugar can expand your waistline, up your risk of diabetes and heart disease, and even send you to an early grave.

But when your stomach is rumbling… and there's a “Value Meal” to be had at every turn… it can be tough to think about what fast food MIGHT do to your body down the road.

According to a new study, it doesn't take months or years for the negative effects to kick in -- because your body reacts IMMEDIATELY to these high-calorie, low-nutrient meals.

And it does it in the SAME way that it responds to infection-causing viruses and bacteria!

That is, it mounts a MASSIVE activation of your immune system – and it’s one that may NEVER shut off.

In the study out of Germany, mice were switched from their regular chow to a Western-style diet high in saturated fats, sugar, and salt and totally lacking in fresh fruit, vegetables, and fiber.

The researchers were shocked to find that the unhealthy diet unleashed an increase in the number of immune cells in the mice's blood -- as if they'd been infected by a bad bug.

And that immune response not only set off inflammation… it also altered the genes responsible for making the mice's immune cells.

Now, when the mice were switched back to their usual chow, the inflammation disappeared -- but the genetic "reprogramming" stuck around, EVEN after the mice had been back to their chow diets for a month.

It’s the same effect we typically see after you've recovered from some sort of infection. Your immune system "remembers" the bug that sickened you and remains on "high alert" in case the same virus or bacteria shows up again.

And when your immune system stays in that kind of constant "alarm state," it can set off a chain of events that leads to chronic disease and even autoimmune conditions.

As I shared with you last week, all of the inflammation that results from that immune activity can even lead to the formation of the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s.

So, it may be time to stop thinking of fast food as "food" at all -- because these results prove that, to your body, it's some kind of alien invader.

Instead, give your body the real FRESH foods it needs to nourish itself and repair the damage of all that junk.

Switching to the Paleo diet is an easy way to tamp down inflammation -- because it eliminates the grains, sugars, and processed foods that make your immune system reactive.

And you can STILL enjoy a juicy burger (without the bun), because there's no limit to the amount of fresh meat, chicken, and fish you can eat.

Pair it with a baked sweet potato, green salad, and unsweetened tea for a REAL "happy" meal.