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Are Carbohydrates Essential Nutrients?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Ketogenic Diet, lifestyle, nutrition, obesity | 0 comments

ARE CARBOHYDRATES ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS?

"Various grains" by Peggy Greb, USDA ARS - This image was released by the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, with the ID k9566-1 (next).This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information.English | français | македонски | +/−. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Various_grains.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Various_grains.jpg

“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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Alcohol Poisoning – When Is Enough Too Much?

Posted by on Dec 28, 2014 in alcohol, quiz, toxicity | 0 comments

With the 2015 New Year’s Eve just around the corner, there will undoubtably be many parties without a shortage of alcohol. For most people this means a few drinks with good friends and or loved ones who want to usher in the new year together. For others, a few drinks lower inhibitions leading them to go over-board and drink a few too many. Often this results in the need to sleep off the hang-over the next day. Yet for others, going over-board can lead to alcohol toxicity and poisoning. This can occur in all age groups including young children who finish off unattended alcoholic beverages.

Ethanol, chemical formula is CH2 CH3 OH, is a 2-carbon–chain alcohol. It is ubiquitous throughout the world and is a leading cause of morbidity across cultures. Ethanol is the most common psychoactive drug used by children and adolescents in the United States and is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the world.

Alcohol toxicity presents differently in different age groups. Intoxication in infants and toddlers is significantly different from that of adolescents and adults. Ethanol ingestion and intoxication can lead to very low blood sugar in infants and young children. Ethanol has a sedative effect and can cause central nervous system depression and lead to respiratory depression and low blood oxygen.

Young children often present to emergency rooms after drinking discarded alcoholic beverages left within their reach during and after parties or after ingesting a fluid that contains ethanol.

In older children and adolescents, ethanol intoxication causes CNS depression, leading to respiratory depression, but hypoglycemia is less common in this group.

Children and underage drinkers will often deny alcohol consumption, making diagnosis difficult.

If you have a young child who you suspect has drank alcohol, it is important to tell the emergency department to check their blood glucose.

Take the quiz below to knowledge on alcohol to see how much you actually know about the drug.

Test Your Knowledge On Alcohol Consumption

Do you know the signs of alcohol poisoning?

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ARE YOU A CARBOHYDRATE ADDICT?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in cardiovascular, diabetes, life style, nutrition, obesity, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Are you addicted? Answer the questions below and find out:

Warm breads, luscious deserts, mashed potatoes,  al-dente pasta, melt-in your-mouth gourmet candies…You know – the decadent treats we all crave, are more than just comfort foods eaten on special occasions, they have become common pantry items.

"Various grains" by Peggy Greb, USDA ARS - This image was released by the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, with the ID k9566-1 (next).This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information.English | français | македонски | +/−. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Various_grains.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Various_grains.jpg

“Various grains” by Peggy Greb, USDA ARS

Did you know researchers show these substances are as addictive as cocaine? Even though they are not illegal, they are just a detrimental to our health 1 .

 

Carbohydrate Addiction Quiz

  1. After a full breakfast, do you get hungry before it’s time for lunch?
  2. Do you have a difficult time stopping, once you start to eat starches, snack foods, junk foods, or sweets?
  3. Does the sight, smell, or even the thought of food cause you to eat?
  4. Do you sometimes feel unsatisfied, even after you have just finished a meal?
  5. Do you sometimes eat even when you are not hungry?
  6. Are you sometimes unable to keep from snacking at night?
  7. After a large meal, do you feel very sluggish, almost drugged?
  8. After lunch, do you sometimes get afternoon fatigue and/or hunger?
  9. Have you at times continued eating even though you were uncomfortably full?
  10. Have you been on diet after diet, losing weight only to regain it again?

Add up your score and count your yeses. If you answered yes to:

  • 0-2 – You are doing OK, and probably not carbohydrate addicted.
  • 3-4 – You have a mild carbohydrate addiction and may not always be in control of your eating.
  • 5-7 – You have a moderate carbohydrate addiction and may find that stress, premenstrual changes, tiredness, boredom, unexpressed anger or pressure may increase your carbohydrate cravings.
  • 8-10 – You have severe carbohydrate addiction. You may be struggling to control your eating without realizing that your body has been fighting you, literally driving you to eat and storing the excess food energy as fat.

How did you do? Are you a carb addict? If so, you are not alone. Two-thirds of all Americans are too. The good news is that carb addiction can be broken. On my Lose It page I have outlined why carbohydrate addiction is dangerous to your health. If you know you are a carbohydrate addict and ready to take the next step to break your addict, lose weight and improve your health, my online Eat-n-Lose class is for you!

Reference:

Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2013 Jul;16(4):434-9. doi: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e328361c8b8.

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