Guidelines to Improve Energy, Mood and Your Health

Monday, July 10, 2023 6:57 PM

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I am sharing with you information that you can possibly use to achieve optimal health or at least improve it. 
The great news is that you can still enjoy delicious meals when you're hungry and workout just an hour or two each week, while maintaining an amazing state of health and fitness.
Eat a Low Glycemic Diet
You might be familiar with the statistic that the average American consumes more than 130 pounds of sugar per year. Of course, this is a radical departure from the diet we're genetically designed to consume.
And of course, it's a primary culprit in the epidemics of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and a host of other modern degenerative conditions.
That's because all carbohydrates - not just refined sugars - break down to glucose in your digestive tract. And in many cases, it's the foods that don't even taste sweet that spike your blood sugar the most.
In fact, most cereal, bread, pasta and other grain products produce more sugar in your bloodstream than a decadent dessert. 
You see, while glucose is the fundamental form of energy used by your body, it can also cause damage to tissues and organs when it lingers in the bloodstream. That's why insulin is produced to help shuttle glucose into the muscles, where it can be used for fuel.
So what happens when muscle cells have taken as much sugar as they can hold? They shut their doors and sugar gets shuttled somewhere else... into your fat cells. And you guessed it... you gain weight!
Because of the damage that excess blood sugar can do, your body will always burn sugar for energy before it burns fat.
To lose fat, you must convert your body to a fat-burning state. The way to do that is to limit the foods that contain or convert rapidly to sugar. Without the excess glucose coming from your diet, your body will be forced to produce glucose by breaking down fat instead.
This point is important enough to repeat: If you want to convert your body to a perpetual fat-burning state, you must keep your insulin and blood sugar levels low!
But eating high-glycemic foods doesn't just turn off your fat-burning machinery. It also causes a cascade of hormones that tell your body, "I'm still hungry." And if that's not enough, get this...
Certain neurons in the brain, known as POMCs, help to regulate and suppress your appetite. And research conducted at Monash University, among other studies, shows that these critical brain cells are actually damaged and destroyed by a steady diet of high-glycemic foods.
The bottom line is that the more carbs you eat... the more you want to eat.
And if the prospect of a fat belly, butt and thighs is not reason enough to cut back on sugar and high-glycemic carbohydrates, just consider what it can do to your brain and body...
Watch Your Blood Sugar... Preserve Your Brain Power
For many years we have known that diabetics have about a 65 percent increased risk of Alzheimer's.
Scientists recently discovered that insulin is not only produced in the pancreas, but also in the brain. And in a recent study of brain tissue from 45 patients with Alzheimer's, researchers found insulin abnormalities quite similar to those associated with advanced stages of diabetes. The brains of those with Alzheimer's also had abnormal protein deposits similar to deposits in the pancreas of diabetics.
There is some debate as to this conclusion. But one thing is not up for debate. Abnormal blood sugar metabolism clearly leads to diabetes AND brain degeneration.
Just another bit of news to remind you to take your blood sugar levels VERY seriously.
Sugar is well known to raise blood pressure and increase triglycerides and bad cholesterol while decreasing good cholesterol. The research clearly shows that a high-glycemic diet is a primary risk factor for atherosclerosis and heart disease.
How Else Does Sugar Harm Your Health? Let me Count the Ways...
Increasing evidence connects excess sugar and carbohydrate consumption to an alarming increase in degenerative disease. In addition to what we've already covered, here are just a few ways that refined sugar and high-glycemic carbohydrates can damage your health...
• Sugar weakens your immunity to disease, and can even cause autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and multiple sclerosis.
• Sugar alters the mineral relationships in your body and can cause deficiencies and poor absorption of important minerals, contributing to osteoporosis among other ailments.
• Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been associated with breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, lung, gall bladder and stomach cancers.
• Sugar can also cause premature aging, increased oxidative stress from free radicals, a greater chance of Alzheimer's disease, and deterioration of eyesight.
• Sugar can cause gallstones, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and gastrointestinal problems... and woe unto thee if you have all of that at the same time!
• Sugar can reduce learning capacity and even cause learning disorders. There is no doubt that excess consumption adversely affects school children's grades.
And the solution is simple. 
AVOID: sugar and sugar-laden desserts, flour, cereal, pasta, soft drinks, fruit juices, grain products (including corn), rice, and starches (including white potatoes).
The carbohydrates you consume should primarily come from vegetables, berries and a modest amount of whole fruits. If you enjoy potatoes, choose yams or sweet potatoes. They have more nutritional value and fewer carbohydrates. And when you simply must have sweets or baked goods, we recommend you make healthy substitutions and learn to use what we call "metabolic power ingredients." 
Steady, even blood sugar means you don't have to worry about what you eat or don't eat. When your blood sugar is being regulated like it was meant to be, you don't get those sugar highs followed by an energy crash. You won't fight food cravings and your brain power won't fade in and out like a distant radio station.
No more drowsy afternoons. No more urgent cravings. No more mood swings and feeling out of balance. Just a constant flow of energy all day long.
Your best bet is to mimic the diet of our ancestors and eat unprocessed, natural foods as often as possible. Do this and you will enjoy robust health, a lean body, and greater satisfaction from the foods you eat!

Better Body Clinical Nutrition


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