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Are Carbohydrates Essential Nutrients?

ARE CARBOHYDRATES ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS?

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“Various grains” by Peggy Greb, USDA ARS

If you have ever taken a nutrition course in school, you undoubtably learned about essential amino acids, essential vitamins, essential minerals and essential fatty acids. But… you never learned about essential carbohydrates! That’s because there aren’t any!

Some say we need carbohydrates, because they provide energy to the body. Yes, they provide energy, but we don’t need them for energy, we could use body fat instead. It’s true! If carbohydrates are totally removed from the diet, the body will use fat (dietary and body) as a primary fuel. Just think of the implications of that… yes:  fat loss.

nour·ish·ment (ˈnəriSHmənt/) – the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

Based upon the definition of nourishment, carbohydrates should promote growth, health and good condition. Since the standard American diet consists of 60% carbohydrates, 20% protein and 20% fat, it is the perfect diet to test the effects of carbohydrates on growth, health, and good condition.

Let’s take a detailed look at the above criteria using the standard American diet as the model for carbohydrates:

  1. Growth: According to government statistics, 30% of Americans are obese.  Therefore, carbohydrates satisfy the growth definition, since medically, obesity is a form of “growth.”
  2. Health: Using statistics, diabetes rates continue to rise and are up 9.3% in 2012. Diabetes is a carbohydrate disease (high blood sugar).  Therefore, carbohydrates fail to meet the criteria for health–at least in some persons.
  3. Good Condition: Many diseases have been associated with the high carbohydrate diet: cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s (now referred to as Type 3 Diabetes). Disease is the polar opposite of good condition and therefore, carbohydrates fail in the good condition category.

FOOD OR ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCE?

The adrenals glands are essential for energy. The hormones they secrete, cortisol and cortisone, give a natural high.  They also stop pain, raise the blood sugar level a little, and decrease inflammation in the body when functioning correctly.

The Problem With All Addictions: Food chemicals such as caffeine, alcohol, carbohydrates and milk chocolate are addictive because they influence body chemistry in ways that produce temporary feelings of well-being.  However, over-consumption (daily use) of any one of these can be taxing for the adrenals. This can lead to adrenal fatigue, unwanted weight gain, pre-diabetes, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

Do you have a carbohydrate addiction? I have created an simple quiz for you to find out.

THE YEAST CONNECTION

Addictions lead to derangement of body chemistry. Chemical derangement combined with sugar consumption, often leads to chronic intestinal yeast infection or candidiasis Candida albicans.

Mineral deficiencies, for example: zinc deficiency, weaken normal immune responses and the adrenal glands. Copper, an essential nutrient and the body’s natural yeast killer, becomes unusable by the body.  A diet rich in sugar or starches feeds the yeast and encourages their overgrowth.

People with weakened immune systems get sick and take antibiotics.  antibiotics and many Other drugs, including birth-control pills and steroids may be additive factors that exacerbate yeast overgrowth and weaken body chemistry.

It has been well established that carbohydrates are strong addictive substances, but are not essential to the diet.  In fact, carbohydrates are implicated in many major diseases.

When carbohydrates are removed from the diet, adrenal fatigue, pain, pre-diabetes, and mental fatigue drastically improve or resolve completely.

Are you ready to lose your excess weight and break your carbohydrate addition? All of this can be done with the a Ketogenic Lifestyle. For your convenience, I offer both in office and online sessions

 




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