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By Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DMN, CNS

July 30, 2018

Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that millions of people are struggling with and dont even know it. From the sound of it, you might think leaky gutsyndromeonly affects the digestive system, but in reality it can lead to many other health conditions.

According to research, the cause of yourfood allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions and slow metabolism could be leaky gut symptoms progression.

In this article, I will outline specifically how you can healleaky gut syndrome and break through thehealth problems youve been struggling with.

One of the biggest warning signs that you may have leaky gut I recommend thatyou take a leaky gut test can be that youre experiencing multiple food sensitivities. Partially digested protein and fat can seep through your intestinal lining, making their way into your bloodstream and causingan allergic response.

This allergic response doesnt mean youll break out in a rash all over your body, but it can lead to various symptoms:

If left un-repaired, it can lead to more severe health issues like inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, arthritis, eczema,psoriasis,depression, anxiety, migraine headaches, muscle pain and chronic fatigue.

According to the Journal of Diabetes, there is a strong body of evidence pointing to leaky gut syndrome as a major cause of autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes. (1)

Another problem with leaky gut is that it can cause malabsorption of vital minerals and nutrients, includingzinc,iron and vitamin B12.

Lectins are found in many foods, not just grains, and consumed in smaller amounts, your body will do just fine with them. But foods that have large amounts of lectins are more problematic. Some of the lectins and foods that cause leaky gut include wheat, rice, speltand soy.

Sprouting and fermenting grains reduces phytates and lectins, making these foods easier to digest.GMO and hybridized foods tend to be the highest in lectins since they have been modified to fight off bugs.Also, gluten-containing grains may damage your intestinal lining and potentially causeleaky gut syndrome. Once your gut is healthy, you can add back in grains that have been fermented and sprouted to eat occasionally.

Conventional cows milkis another food that can cause leaky gut. The component of dairy that will harm your gut is the protein A1 casein. Also, the pasteurization process will destroy vital enzymes, making sugars like lactose very difficult to digest. For this reason, I only recommend buying raw dairy and from A2 cows, goats, sheep or buffalo.

Sugar is another substance that will wreak havoc on your digestive system. Sugar will feed the growth of yeast, candida and bad bacteria, which will further damage your gut.Bad bacteria actually creates toxins called exotoxins that damage healthy cells and can eat a hole into your intestinal wall.

The good news is theres a solution to successfully healingleaky gut. There is a four-step process that includes:

This is the protocol I used with my patients while practicing functional medicine that helped them see incredible results.

Its essential to remove allergens and inflammatory foods such asun-sprouted grains, added sugar, GMOs, refined oils, synthetic food additives and conventional dairy products. The top toxic exposures to eliminate are tap water, pesticides, NSAIDS and antibiotics but remember to always consult with your physician if he or she has prescribed these for you.

If you suffer from leaky gut syndrome, youre overdue to consider adoptinga leaky gut diet. Such a diet contains foods support healing because they are easy to digest and can help repair the lining of the intestines.

Here is the leaky gut diet food list:

Ina leaky gut treatment plan, there are many supplements that support your digestive health as well as protect the gut lining from further damage. I believe the six most beneficial leaky gut supplements are probiotics, digestive enzymes, l-glutamine, licorice root, shilajit and marshmallow root.

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Food and Diet – CNN

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The 3 day Military Diet Plan with pictures and information

The Military Diet, sometimes called the 3 Day Diet, is a fast way to lose up to 10 pounds a week. The Military Diet plan is detailed below.

We also have a vegetarian and vegan version of the Military Diet.

In case theres something below you just cant stomach, check out our Military Diet substitutions page.

Download a PDF of the Military Diet

1/2 Grapefruit1 Slice of Toast2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter1 cup Coffee or Tea (with caffeine)

1/2 Cup of Tuna1 Slice of Toast1 cup Coffee or Tea (with caffeine)

3 ounces of any type of meat1 cup of green beans1/2 banana1 small apple1 cup of vanilla ice cream

1 egg1 slice of toast1/2 banana

1 cup of cottage cheese1 hard boiled egg5 saltine crackers

2 hot dogs (without bun)1 cup of broccoli1/2 cup of carrots1/2 banana1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream

5 saltine crackers1 slice of cheddar cheese1 small apple

1 hard boiled egg (or cooked however you like)1 slice of toast

1 cup of tuna1/2 banana1 cup of vanilla ice cream

If you want to keep losing weight on your days off too, heres a menu plan to help you plan your 4 days OFF the Military diet: 1500 calorie diet plan.

Water is the best thing you can drink on the Military Diet. So drink as much as you can! Artificial sweeteners arent good for you or your blood sugar, so try to avoid them. The only artificial sweetener we recommend on the Military Diet is Stevia (in your coffee). You can also drink as much caffeine free herbal tea as you want on the diet, but again, only use Stevia as a sweetener.

For coffee addicts: We really love (need) coffee too, so we understand why everyone has questions about coffee on the Military Diet! Caffeine withdrawal is no fun, especially when youre already on a low calorie diet. So heres some good news Black coffee has less than 5 calories per cup, so if you need to sneak in a cup here and there, just cut out the equivalent calories elsewhere. Do not add cream and sugar. You can add Stevia if you like. Youre welcome

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The 3 day Military Diet Plan with pictures and information


Dec 25

No Carb Foods and Diet Plan | MD-Health.com

Carbohydrates (carbs) are compounds that can be converted to saccharides or sugars. The two types of carbs are simple monosaccharides and complex polysaccharides. The simple carbs are those found in fruit, pasta and white sugar. The complex carbohydrates are harder to digest, making them more filling and providing the body with more energy. These complex carbs are those found in rice, vegetables and whole grain cereal and bread.

Carbohydrates account for many calories in the normal person’s diet because they so readily convert to starch and then to sugar. One way to lose weight is to cut carbs out of the diet – that is, only eat food items that do not contain any carbohydrates.

If you decide to go on a diet without carb, it is important that you understand that this diet should not be one you stay on for the rest of your life. Prolonged lack of carbohydrates in your diet may cause health problems such as confusion and muscle cramping. However, a diet without carb over a short period can help you lose weight relatively quickly. In order to stay on this diet, you should know what foods are carbohydrate-free.

Fortunately, there are foods in most food groups that do not contain carbs. This makes it relatively easy to get a variety of foods when you are on a no carb diet. Some examples of foods that do not contain carbohydrates include:

Often, the hardest part of starting a new diet is planning meals during the first few days. To get started, use the menu plans below and alter them to fit your own taste. In addition to the water included at each meal, be sure to make an effort to drink a total of 64 ounces each day. Try starting each day with an 8-ounce glass of water.

Menu 1

Breakfast

2 scrambled eggs; plain yogurt (no sugar); 2 ounces of cheese; coffee or tea (no milk or sugar)

Lunch

grilled hamburger; lettuce, carrots and tomatoes as garnish; stir-fried mushrooms; 16 ounces of water

Snack

pecans, walnuts, and almonds; 16 ounces of water

Dinner

Lettuce wraps with sausage, cheese and seasonings; 1 medium sliced apple with peanut butter for dipping; 8 ounces of water

Menu 2

Breakfast

2 poached eggs; Slice of turkey ham; yogurt (no sugar); coffee or tea (no milk or sugar); carrot juice

Lunch

Tofu soup with mushrooms and seasonings of choice; uncooked asparagus; 16 ounces of water

Snack

protein bar; 16 ounces of water

Dinner

small grilled steak seasoned with salt, pepper and other herbs; salad of lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, celery, peppers, and a few almonds — add some sugar free vinaigrette dressing; 8 ounces of water

Menu 3

Breakfast

2 egg omelet with mushrooms, onions and pork sausage; coffee or tea (no milk or sugar)

Lunch

cottage cheese and fruit; apple flax muffin; 16 ounces water

Snack

1/2 cup cantaloupe; 16 ounces water

Dinner

baked chicken; salad (as much as you want) with lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, celery, cucumbers and a small amount of vinaigrette dressing (check the label to be sure there are no carbohydrates); throw in some walnuts to add some crunch; 8 ounces water

Menu 4

Breakfast

oatmeal with raspberries and walnuts; coffee or tea (no milk or sugar); plain yogurt

Lunch

grilled chicken breast; salad with lettuce, celery, carrots, and tomatoes; 16 ounces of water

Snack

2 hard-boiled eggs with salt; 16 ounces of water

Dinner

stir fry your favorite meat with green peppers and mushrooms; fresh spinach salad with lemon juice; 8 ounces of water

Menu 5

Breakfast

1 scrambled egg mixed with sausage; plain yogurt with a few raspberries mixed in; 8 ounces of water

Lunch

broccoli and green salad with vinaigrette dressing; add a few walnuts for additional crunch; 16 ounces of water

Snack

sliced celery dipped in peanut butter; 16 ounces of water

Dinner

grilled salmon; asparagus; 1/2 cup cantaloupe; 8 ounces of water

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Dec 25

5 Days of Egg Fast | My Sweet Keto

A lot of people, especially those on LCHF and keto diets, do 5 Days ofEgg Fast to break their weightloss stall. Surprisingly, it works for a majorityof them if we are to believewhat they report on social networks and forums. I havent been able to find any real scientific explanation to why it works but have my thoughts (that might change in the future if I get more clues).

Basically, on an Egg Fast, you only eat eggs, healthy fats, and full-fat cheese for 3 to 5 days in a row. You are supposed to eat at least 6 eggs a day, and 1 Tbsp of fat for each egg consumed. The number of ouncesof cheese eatenshould not exceed the number of eggs eaten on each day.

If you follow these simple guidelines, you get macronutrients nicely balanced outat the end of the day: Extremelylow carb, high fat, and moderate protein. Thats what the keto diet is all about, except that on Egg Fast, theres practically no fiber intake (no greens, seeds, meals, etc.). Because of this, in my personal opinion, thediet should be kept short-term. Additionally, I think magnesium, potassium, and vitamin supplements should be taken daily. And plenty of water drunk (10 cupsa day, at least).But I am no doctor, so take my advice as an opinion.

So, why does the diet work? I think, most of all, one gets rid of plenty of water on Egg Fast. But peoplekeep reporting successful weight loss or weight maintenance for a prolongedperiod, following the fast.So, it is possible theres some hormonal stuff going on in the background, which influences bodys metabolism. Or the other way around. Anyhow, Ill be quite glad once I get to read some research on this (if ever).

In case you havent been familiar with Egg Fast, Im listing the rules that one should supposedlyfollow on the diet if they want to break their stall:

I have no idea, whos come up withthe rules.Moreover,every source has them listed a tiny bit differently, but the basics are stayingthe same. Anyways,they do make sense in a way if you consider themacronutrient outcomeat the end of the day.

Ive decided to try the Egg Fast myself. One of the reasons being that I like little food challenges. The other reason is that Ive noticed my body puffing up since I started lifting heavier again. I know its what usually happens at first when one changes their workout routine but still gets on my nerves.Plus, Ive been consuming too much keto treats lately. Additionally, I think Ive even been going way over my ideal daily calorie intake(though I still have no idea what myidealactually is, honestly),and I think that doesnt helpgetting rid of puffiness. Long story short, I wanted to lose a couple of pounds of the excess waterand see how my body responds to the diet.

Ive decided to go on a 5-day Egg Fast (instead of just 3), but with one of the above rules broken (or ignored).I love working out in a fasted state in the mornings, so during the fast I will just consumegreen tea with a little bit of coconut oil and guarana every morning. Its not bulletproof green tea, but its been my morning pre-workout routine for quite a while now, and I like it, so Ill stick to it.

What I find quite interesting,is the rule about consuming diet soda. Ok, diet sodas, theyre low carb, sugar-free, and all that.But, if I were formingthe rules, I would limit allthe artificial sweetener and/or sugar alcohols (even erythritol) consumption to one snack per day at the most. That is because, for a lotof us, they cause fake hunger or even cravings. I dont drink diet soda often myself, but I guess they have the same effect (or not?) as sugar-free sweets.My explanation is that the brain gets the sweet taste but not the serotoninrelease after theintake, that is why it just wants more. But I wont turn all scientific justnow. Still, need to start writing the science section of this blog.

So, on to my 5 days on theEgg Fast. Ill bewriting about my well-being, losing pounds (or not), workouts,and especially the meals, plus the amountof eggs/fat/cheese consumed. Most of the recipes are taken from other blogs, and Ill direct you to them as I go.

I wontplan ahead too much. Ill takemy time to choose and try out as many Egg Fast recipes as possible. Its going to be a week of working from home, and this gives me an opportunity to get familiar with some of the meals (recipes)I could make in advance on extra busy weeks.

If you wish, you can use this diary as a source for your Egg Fast meal plan. Or take it just as an interesting read from a fitperson whos using the fast as an experiment rather than a way to lose a significantamountof weight. Of course, if youre on your own fat loss journey, my diary can still come in handy in practice. Hopefully!

Read about myDay 1. Or jump to Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, or Day 5. Note:You can find out about the overall egg-fast outcome at the end of my Day 5 post. Enjoy!

Want egg fast desserts recipes? Here are my Egg fast pie, Mascarpone roll, Egg fast pancakes and Keto cloud cake.

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5 Days of Egg Fast | My Sweet Keto


Dec 25

The right plant-based diet for you – Harvard Health

Plant-based diets can help reduce your risk of heart disease, but they’re not all created equal.

Published: January, 2018

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It’s clear that following a plant-based diet is associated with a lower risk of heart disease. But do all plant-based diets have the same effect? And do you really have to cut out all meat for your heart’s sake?

“For heart health protection, your diet needs to focus on the quality of plant foods, and it’s possible to benefit by reducing your consumption of animal foods without completely eliminating them from your diet,” says Dr. Ambika Satija of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

There are many types of plant-based diets, but they all emphasize certain foods associated with heart benefits, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and healthy oils like olive oil. The diets that have been most studied for their impact on heart health include the Mediterranean diet, the DASH diet, and the MIND diet. These diets are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, and help maintain a healthy weight, all of which can lower your risk of heart disease.

Yet, the types of plant foods and their sources are also important. For example, white rice and white bread are plant-based foods, so you would think they’re good to eat. But they are highly processed, and so are depleted of many heart-healthy nutrients and have a high glycemic index, which means they can make blood sugar levels spike and increase hunger, leading to overeating.

Drinking 100% fruit juice is not the same as eating the whole fruit, since juices can be high in sugar and squeeze out valuable fiber and vitamins. And many canned plant foods include extra additives, sodium, and sugar.

A healthy plant-based meal should consist of proper portions of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy protein, and healthy oils. What does this look like? The Harvard Health Eating Plate is a helpful visual guide created by nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health and editors at Harvard Health Publishing.

The other question deals with a man’s appetite for animal products. When it comes to your heart, are all animal foods off the table? Maybe not if you’re smart about your choices.

Dr. Satija led a study, published in the July 25, 2017, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, that examined the dietary data of about 209,000 adults (43,000 of whom were men) over two decades. The researchers compared the heart disease risk posed by these three categories of plant-based diets:

an overall plant-based diet that emphasized consumption of all healthy plant foods while reducing intake of all animal foods, like dairy (skim, low-fat, and whole milk; cream, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese), eggs, fish, meat (chicken, turkey, beef, and pork), and foods that contain animal products like pizza, soups, and mayonnaise

a healthful plant-based diet that emphasized consumption of only healthy plant foods, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and healthy oils, while reducing intake of less healthy plant foods as well as animal foods

an unhealthful plant-based diet that emphasized consumption of less healthy plant foods, such as fruit juices, refined grains (pasta, white rice, and processed breads and cereals), potatoes (French fries and potato chips), and sugar-sweetened beverages, while reducing the intake of healthy plant foods as well as animal foods.

No surprise, they found that the people who followed the healthy plant-based diet (the second group) had the lowest risk for heart disease. They were also more active and leaner. On the other hand, those who followed the unhealthful plant-based diet (the third group) had a substantially higher risk for heart disease.

Thus, the study found that reducing animal foods doesn’t necessarily lead to a healthier diet and greater heart protection if the resulting diet is based on less healthy plant foods.

While this study didn’t look at which animal foods, especially meat, could have an impact on heart health, other research has shown that, as with plant foods, the type and amount matter most.

For instance, a study in the January 2017 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating 3 ounces of unprocessed red meat, three times per week, did not worsen blood pressure and total cholesterol levels.

However, a 2014 study from the American Heart Association showed that men ages 45 to 79 who ate 75 grams or more per day of processed red meat, like cold cuts, sausage, bacon, and hot dogs, had a 28% higher risk of heart failure compared with men who ate less than 25 grams.

Need another reason to begin your day with a hearty, healthy breakfast? Doing so may lower your risk for atherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of the arteries caused by plaque buildup, says a study in the Oct. 10, 2017, Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

More than 4,000 adults who were free from cardiovascular disease or chronic kidney disease were classed into three groups: those who consumed less than 5% of their total energy intake in the morning (they either skipped breakfast or had only coffee or juice); those who consumed more than 20% (high-energy-breakfast consumers who ate complete meals with more whole grains and fruit); and those who consumed between 5% and 20% (low-energy-breakfast consumers who had meals like toast or pastries and coffee).

About 28% ate a high-energy breakfast, while almost 70% had a low-energy breakfast, and 3% skipped breakfast. Breakfast skippers were between 1.5 to 2.5 times more likely to have atherosclerosis compared with high-energy breakfast eaters, while low-energy breakfast eaters were about 1.15 times more likely.

What is the right plant-based diet for you? You don’t need to go full vegetarian or vegan (avoiding all animal products, even eggs and dairy) to get the best heart health benefits. The focus should be on eating more of the right plants, avoiding the wrong kind, eliminating unhealthy foods, and moderating your intake of healthier animal products.

A heart-healthy diet doesn’t need to be daunting either. “For many men, this may be a matter of switching out their current foods,” says Dr. Satija. For instance, replace white rice with brown rice or other whole grains, and white bread with whole-grain bread. Choose oatmeal instead of processed cereal, and water instead of juice drinks.

If embracing a full plant-based diet feels intimidating, then begin small. “A moderate change in your diet, such as lowering your animal food intake by one to two servings per day and replacing it with legumes or nuts as your protein source, can have a lasting positive impact on your health,” says Dr. Satija.

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Dec 6

The Complete Keto Diet for Beginners (Detailed Keto Food …

Unlike many fad diets that come and go with very limited rates of long-term success, the ketogenic diet (or keto diet) has been practiced for more thannine decades(since the 1920s) and is based upon a solid understanding of physiology and nutrition science.

The keto diet works for such a high percentage of people because it targets several key, underlying causes of weight gain including hormonal imbalances, especially insulin resistance coupled with high blood sugar levels, and the cycle of restricting and binging on empty calories due to hunger that so many dieters struggle with. Yet thats not a problem with whatson the keto diet food list.

What is the keto diet? Rather than relying on counting calories, limiting portion sizes, resorting to extreme exercise or requiring lots of willpower (even in the face of drastically low energy levels), this low-carb diet takes an entirely different approach to weight loss and health improvements. It works because it changes the very fuel source that the body uses to stay energized: namely, from burning glucose (or sugar) to dietary fat, courtesy ofketo diet recipes and the food list items, including high-fat, low-carb foods.

Making that switch will place your body in a state of ketosis, when your body becomes a fat burner rather than a sugar burner. The steps, or keto basics, are surprising simple:

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The classic ketogenic diet is a very low-carb diet plan that was originally designed in the 1920s for patients with epilepsy by researchers working atJohns Hopkins Medical Center. (1) Researchers found that fasting avoiding consumption of all foods for a brief period of time (such as with intermittent fasting), including those that provide carbohydrates helped reduce the amount of seizures patients suffered, in addition to having other positive effects on body fat, blood sugar, cholesterol and hunger levels. (2)

Unfortunately, long-term fasting is not a feasible option for more than a few days, therefore the keto diet was developed to mimic the same beneficial effects of fasting. Essentially it works by tricking the body into thinking it is fasting (while reaping intermittent fasting benefits), through a strict elimination of glucose that is found in carbohydrate foods. Today the standard keto diet goes by several different names, including the low-carbohydrate or very-low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet(LCKD or VLCKD for short).

At the core of the classic keto diet is severely restricting intake of all or most foods with sugar and starch (carbohydrates). These foods are broken down into sugar (insulin and glucose) in our blood once we eat them, and if these levels become too high, extra calories are much more easily stored as body fat andresults in unwanted weight gain. However, when glucose levels are cut off due to low-carb intake, the body starts to burn fat instead and produces ketones thatcan be measured in the blood (using urine strips, for example).

Keto diets, like most low carb diets, work through the elimination of glucose. Because most folks live on a high carb diet, our bodies normally run on glucose (or sugar) for energy. We cannot make glucose and only have about 24 hours worth stored in our muscle tissue and liver. Once glucose is no longer available from food sources, we begin to burn stored fat instead, or fat from our food.

Therefore, when youre following a ketogenic diet,your body is burning fat for energy rather than carbohydrates, so in the process most people lose weight and excess body fat rapidly, even when consuming lots of fat and adequate calories through their daily food intake. Another major benefit of the keto diet is that theres no need to count calories, feel hungry or attempt to burn loads of calories through hours of intense exercise.

In some ways, its similar to the Atkins diet, which similarly booststhe bodys fat-burning abilities through eatingonly low-carb foods, along with getting ridof foods high in carbs and sugar. Removing glucose from carbohydrate foods will causethe body to burn fat for energy instead. The major differences between the classic keto and the Atkins diet is the former emphasizes healthier fats, less overall protein and noprocessed meat(such as bacon) while having more research to back up its efficacy.

In fact, those differences with Atkins outline some of the popularketo diet myths, such as it being another high-protein plan, recommending any type of fat and that barely any science research backs up the benefits. These are nutrition lies, plain and simple.

Ketosis is the result of following the standard ketogenic diet, which is why its also sometimes called the ketosis diet. This takes place when glucose fromcarbohydrate foods(like grains, all sources of sugar or fruit, for example) is drastically reduced, which forces the body to find an alternative fuel source: fat. This state can also be achieved by multiple days of total fasting, but that isnt sustainable beyond a few days. (Its why some keto diet plans combine intermittent fasting or IMF with the keto diet for greater weight loss effects.)

Although dietary fat (especiallysaturated fat) often gets a bad name, provoking fear of weight gain and heart disease, its also your bodys second preferred source of energy when carbohydrates are not easily accessible.

In the absence of glucose, which is normally used by cells as a quick source of energy, the body starts to burn fat and produces ketone bodies instead. Once ketone levels in the blood rise to a certain point, you enter into a state of ketosis which usually results in quick and consistent weight loss until you reach a healthy, stable body weight. See this keto diet review, a before and after trying keto for 30 days.

To sum up a complex process, you reach this fat burning state when the the liver breaks down fat into fatty acids and glycerol, through a process called beta-oxidation. There are three primary types of ketone bodies that are water-soluble molecules produced in the liver: acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone.

The body then further breaks down these fatty acids into an energy-rich substance called ketones thatcirculate through the bloodstream. Fatty acid molecules are broken down through the process called ketogenesis, and a specific ketone body called acetoacetate is formed which supplies energy.

The end result is staying fueled off of circulating high ketones (which are also sometimes called ketone bodies) which is whats responsible foraltering your metabolismin a way that some people like to say turns you into a fat-burning machine.Both in terms of how it feels physically and mentally, along with the impact it has on the body, being in ketosis is very different than a glycolytic state, where blood glucose (sugar) serves as the bodys energy source.

So, is ketosis bad for you? Absolutely not. If anything, its the reverse. Many consider burning ketones to be a much cleaner way to stay energized compared to running on carbs and sugar day in and day out.

And remember, this state is not to be confused withketoacidosis, which isa serious diabetes complication when the body produces excess ketones (or blood acids).

The goal is to keep you in this fat-burning metabolic state, in which you will lose weight until you reach your ideal set point.Some research suggests this may be a novel approach to reverse diabetes naturally.

Heres how the keto diet works:

Wondering how many carb foods you can eat and still be in ketosis? The traditional ketogenic diet,created for those with epilepsy consisted of getting about 75 percent of calories from sources of fat (such as oils or fattier cuts of meat), 5 percent from carbohydrates and 20 percent from protein. For most people a less strict version (what I call a modified keto diet) can still help promote weight loss in a safe, and often very fast, way.

In order to transition and remain in this state, aiming for about 3050 net grams is typically the recommended amount of total carbs to start with. This is considered a more moderate or flexible approach but can be less overwhelming to begin with.Once youre more accustomed to eating keto, you can choose to lower carbs even more if youd like (perhaps only from time to time), down to about 20 grams of net carbs daily. This is considered the standard, strict amount that many keto dieters aim to adhere to for best results, but remember that everyone is a bit different.

Once ketone levels in the blood rise to a certain point, you officially enter into a state of ketosis. This state results in fairly rapidand consistent weight loss until you reach a healthier (and stable)body weight. Overall, people enter into this state at different rates, usually after 34 days of fasting or following a very low-carbohydrate diet (20 grams of net carbs or less) that forces the need for an alternative energy source. (3)

The process occurswhen the liver breaks down fat into fatty acids and glycerol a process called beta-oxidation. In particular, three primary types of ketone bodies that are water-soluble molecules are produced: acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone.

Rather than drawing energy from glucose, you stay fueled off of these circulating ketonesor ketone bodies essentially, burning fat for fuel. This is the principalgoal of the ketogenic diet, which can be achieved by adhering toa very low-carbohydrate, high-fat food list withonly moderate amounts of protein.

The optimal state is reached when they body stays in that state for at least a few weeks, when any type of side effects diminish greatly while the benefits are more pronounced with the body becoming a fat burner.

Here are examples of high-fat, low-carb foods on the keto diet food list:

On the other hand, the types of foods youll avoid eating on the keto, low-carb food plan are likely the same ones you are, or previously were, accustomed to getting lots of your daily calories from before starting this way of eating. This includes items like fruit, processed foods or drinks high in sugar, those made with any grains or white/wheat flour, conventional dairy products, desserts, and many other high-carb foods (especially those that are sources of empty calories).

On a keto diet, weight loss can often be substantial and happen quickly (especially for those who start out very overweight or obese). The 2013 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that those following a keto diet achieved better long-term body weight and cardiovascular risk factor management when compared with individuals assigned to a conventional low-fat diet (i.e. a restricted-energy diet with less than 30 percent of energy from fat).(4)

A 2014 keto diet review published in the International Journal of EnvironmentalResearch & Public Healthstates:

One of the most studied strategies in the recent years for weight loss is the ketogenic diet. Many studies have shown that this kind of nutritional approach has a solid physiological and biochemical basis and is able to induce effective weight loss along with improvement in several cardiovascular risk parameters. (5)

In part, keto diet weight loss is a real thing because high-fat, low-carb diets can both help diminish hunger and boost weight loss through their hormonal effects. As described above, when we eat very little foods that supply us with carbohydrates, we release less insulin. With lower insulin levels, the body doesnt store extra energy in the form of fat for later use, and instead is able to reach into existing fat stores for energy.

Keto diets are high in healthy fats and protein also tend to be very filling, which can help reduce overeating of empty calories, sweets and junk foods. (6a) For most people eating a healthy low-carb diet, its easy to consume an appropriate amount of calories, but not too many, since things like sugary drinks, cookies, bread, cereals, ice cream or other desserts and snack bars are off-limits.

Often caused by lymph node removal or damage due to cancer treatment, lymphedema occurs because theres a blockage in the lymphatic system and results in the swelling in leg or arm. A 2017 study involved patients who suffered from obesity andlymphedema and who embarked on a 18-week ketogenic diet. Weight and limb volume was significantly reduced. (6b)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder, and it affects women of reproductive age. Symptoms include obesity, hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. A pilot study took 11 women through 24 weeks of a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet (20 grams or less per day). Among the five who completed the study, they lost 12 percent of their weight on average and reduced fasting insulin by 54 percent. Additionally, two women who previously experienced infertility problems became pregnant. (6c)

This process of burning fat provides more benefits than simply helping us to shed extra weight it also helps control the release of hormones like insulin, which plays a role in development of diabetes and other health problems. When we eat carbohydrates, insulin is released as a reaction to elevated blood glucose (an increase in sugar circulating in our blood) and insulin levels rise. Insulin is a storage hormone thatsignals cells to store as much available energy as possible, initially as glycogen (aka stored carbohydrates in our muscles) and then as body fat.

The keto diet works by eliminating carbohydrates from the your daily intake and keeping the bodys carbohydrate stores almost empty, therefore preventing too much insulin from being released following food consumption and creating normal blood sugar levels. This can help reverse insulin resistance, which is the underlying problem contributing to diabetes symptoms.In studies, low-carb diets have shown benefits for improvingblood pressure, postprandial glycemia and insulin secretion.(7) Therefore, diabetics on insulin should contact their medical provider prior to starting a ketogenic diet, however, as insulin dosages may need to be adjusted.

The keto diet can reduce the risk of heart disease markers, including high cholesterol and triglycerides. (8) In fact, the keto diet is unlikely to negatively impact your cholesterol levels despite being so high in fat. Moreover, its capable of lowering cardiovascular disease risk factors, especially in those who are obese. (9)

One study, for example, found that adhering to the ketogenic diet and keto diet foods list for 24 weeks resulted in decreased levels of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood glucose in a significant percentage of patients, while at the same time increasing the level of HDL cholesterol. (10)

Certain studies suggest that keto diets may starve cancer cells. A highly processed, pro-inflammatory, low-nutrient foods can feed cancer cells causing them to proliferate. Whats the connection between high-sugar consumption and cancer?The regular cells found in our bodies are able to use fat for energy, but its believed that cancer cells cannot metabolically shift to use fat rather than glucose. (11)

There are several medical studies such as two conducted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center for the University of Iowa, and the National Institutes of HealthsNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, for example that show the ketogenic diet is an effective treatment for cancerand other serious health problems. (12)

Therefore, a keto diet that eliminates excess refined sugar and other processed carbohydrates may be effective in reducing or fighting cancer. Its not a coincidence that some of the best cancer-fighting foods are on the keto diet food list.

Over the past century, ketogenic diets have also been used as natural remedies to treat and even help reverse neurological disorders and cognitive impairments, including epilepsy, Alzheimers symptoms, manic depression and anxiety. Research shows that cutting off glucose levels with a very low-carb diet makes your body produce ketones for fuel. This change can help to reverse neurological disorders and cognitive impairment, including inducing seizure control. The brain is able to use this alternative source of energy instead of the cellular energy pathways that arent functioning normally in patients with brain disorders.

A related clinical diet fordrug-resistant epilepsy is called the medium-chain triglyceride ketogenic diet, in which MCT oil is extensively used because its more ketogenic than long-chain triglycerides. (13a) Another dietary therapy for epilepsy called Low Glycemic Index Treatment (LGIT) was developed in 2002 as an alternative to the keto diet. LGIT monitors the total amount of carbohydrates consumed daily, and focuses on carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index.) (13b)

Clinical improvement was observed in Alzheimers patients fed a ketogenic diet, and this was marked by improved mitochondrial function. (14a) In fact, a European Journal of Clinical Nutrition study pointed to emerging data that suggested the therapeutic use of ketogenic diets for multiple neurological disorders beyond epilepsy and Alzheimers, including headaches, neurotrauma, Parkinsons disease, sleep disorders, brain cancer, autism and multiple sclerosis. (14b)

The report goes on to say that while these various diseases are clearly different from each other, the ketogenic diet appears to be so effective for neurological problems because of its neuroprotective effect as the keto appears to correct abnormalities in cellular energy usage, which is a common characteristic in many neurological disorders.

In mouse models, a study showed that a keto diet could slow disease progression for both ALS and Huntingtons diseases.In fact, more than one animal study has discovered a potential benefits of the low carb, high fat diet or intermittent fasting in delaying weight loss, managing glucose and protecting neurons from injury. (14c,14d)

Interestingly, its also been shown to slow disease progression in mouse models of both ALS and Huntingtons diseases.

Researchers believe that the ketogenic diet can also help patients with schizophrenia to normalize the pathophysiological processes that are causing symptoms like delusions, hallucinations, lack of restraint and unpredictable behavior. One study found that the keto diet lead to elevated concentrations of kynurenic acid (KYNA) in the hippocampus and striatum, which promotes neuroactive activity. Some studies even point to the elimination of gluten as a possible reason for improved symptoms, as researchers observed that patients with schizophrenia tended to eat more carbohydrates immediately before a psychotic episode. (15)

Although the exact role of the keto diet in mental and brain disorders is unclear, there has been proof of its efficacy in patients with schizophrenia. And, to boot, it works to reverse many conditions that develop as a side effect of conventional medications for brain disorders, like weight gain, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risks. More research is needed to understand the role of the ketogenic diet in treating or improving schizophrenia, as the current available studies are either animal studies or case studies, but the benefits of a low carbohydrate, high fat diet in neurology is promising.

Now, theres even evidence that a low-carb, high-fat regimen (as the keto diet is) helps you live longer, compared to a low-fat diet. In a study by the medical journal The Lancet that studied more than 135,000 adults from 18 countries, high carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality. Total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction or cardiovascular disease mortality.

In fact,saturated fatintake had aninverse associationwith the risk for suffering from a stroke, meaning the more saturated fat someone is consuming on a daily basis, the more protection against having a stroke they seemed to have. (16a)

The keto diet also appears to help induce autophagy, which helps clear damaged cells from the body, including senescent cells that serve no functional purpose but still linger inside tissues and organs. In animal studies when rats are put on the ketogenic diet, autophagic pathways are created that reduce brain injury during and after seizures. (16b)

In fact, inducing autophagy is now a popular biohacking technique for helping remove signs of aging poorly and keto is one way to get there.

If youre new or just still learning the ropes, your biggest questions probably revolve around figuring out just what high-fat low-carb foodsyou can eat on such a low-carb, ketogenic diet. Overall, remember that the bulk of calories on the keto diet are from foods thatare high in natural fats along with a moderate amount of foods with protein. Those that are severely restricted are all foods that provide lots of carbs, even kinds that are normally thought of as healthy, like whole grains, for example.

The biggest shifts in your daily habits will be how you food shop and how you cook, and recipes that are ketogenic need to be followed rather than just low-carb. You will require the healthy fats in order to get into ketosis and have enough energy without the carbs. And you will be considerably more energetic and healthier when cooking your own keto-friendly food rather than buying supposedly keto foods off the shelf.

Therefore, make sure you understand the keto diet rules and start stocking up with the keto grocery list.

Were ready to show you how to start the ketogenic diet. Are you ready to lead the ketogenic lifestyle?

Most healthy fats contain zero net carbs, especially the kinds listed below, which also have other health advantages. (17) Fats should be included in high amounts with every meal throughout the day.

Animal proteins (meat, fish, etc.) have very little, if any, carbs. You can consume them in moderate amounts as needed to control hunger. Overall, choose fattier cuts of meat rather than leaner ones. For example, chicken thighs and legs are preferable to chicken breasts because they contain much more fat. Weve got quick keto diet chicken recipes to help.

Dairy products should be limited as well, to only now and then due to containing natural sugars. Higher fat, hard cheeses have the least carbs, while low-fat milk and soft cheeses have much more.

Most condiments below range from 0.52 net carb grams per 12 tablespoon serving. Check ingredient labels to make sure added sugar is not included, which will increase net carbs. (Stevia anderythritol will become your go-to sweeteners because neither raise your blood sugar combine for a more natural sweet taste and, remember, a little goes a long way!)

Consume the unsweetened drinks below only moderately, having just 12 small servings per day. These will typically contain between 17 net carb grams per serving.

One teaspoon of sugar has about 4 net grams of carbs, while every tablespoon has about 12 net grams.

One slice of bread, or small serving of grains, can have anywhere from 1030 net grams of carbs! Cereals and cooked grains typically have 1535 grams per 1/4 cup uncooked, depending on the kind.

Most fruits simply contain too many carbs and can prevent you from reaching your goals if you eat them. So when on keto, stay away from especially the sweet fruits like mangoes, papayas, bananas, oranges and apples.

As you can see above, theres a surprising number of approved keto foods, especially for such a high-fat diet. The keto diet menu centers around healthy fats, grass-fed meats, non-starchy vegetables and fat-based fruit (avocado).

So what are some keto lunch ideas? I suggest you visitmy page on keto diet recipes as well as keto diet snacks(including fat bombs!), in order to get started the right way on a ketogenic meal plan!

As you will see, simple keto meals begins with the healthy fat consideration first, making sure plenty of low-starch veggies surround the fat along with a moderate protein source. Wild-caught salmon, as a high-fat fish, is a perfect keto choice, and easy keto meals can be a fatty cut of healthy protein like salmon or lamb served with plenty of green veggies.

For a keto diet breakfast, the egg is often the perfect main ingredient because of its status of a filling, healthy fat. For a quick keto breakfast, you may choose a keto smoothie using a keto protein powder. Use an approved keto fruit like frozen blueberries and some coconut milk, and then you have a delicious start to your day.

For more keto meal ideas, go to the recipe section on this site and search diet type by ketogenic and youll see hundreds of options.

A common question is: Can the keto diet be followed if youre a vegan or vegetarian? With keto, its actually less challenging than most diets, as there is limited emphasis on animal products and instead more plant-based healthy fats than other eating plans.

The key for a vegetarian or vegan keto diet isswapping your starchy veggies for low-carb vegetarian options and also be sure to get in a hearty dose of healthy fats and protein.

Whats the difference between a vegan and vegetarian keto diet? Unlike vegetarians, vegans are more restricted in their use of animal products. While both options eliminate meat entirely, vegetarians can include non-meat animal foods like eggs, grass-fed butter and ghee to help meet their protein and fat needs while vegans rely solely on plant products such as nuts, seeds and veggies.

Another common question: is it possible to have a vegan pregnancy on a keto diet? Absolutely, but as discussed below, it may be important to follow a keto-alkaline diet to maintain proper pH balance.

When youre out and about, is it possible to stay on your new keto diet? At most restaurants, yes, its usually easy to follow the keto diet rules above when you order.

Forketo fast food options, it gets a little trickier, as in general I dont support eating fast food because of low-quality ingredients, processed foods, cheap oils, etc. However, the fast casual space, in places like Chipotle and Panera, better food (even organic and/or locally sourced) is available.

Keto-friendly fast food means buns, fries, breaded meats and shakes are off the menu. On the menu? Best of all are salads with healthy fats like avocado, nuts and seeds. Lettuce-wrapped burgers, soups and zucchini noodle bowls are also allowed.

Although a standard ketogenic diet is even more restrictive in terms of carb intake, a moderate keto diet (just as some folks have followed a modified Atkins diet with options like a carb cycling diet) is another option that will very likely still be able to provide substantial weight loss results and other improvements in symptoms. Including slightly more carbs can be very useful for maintenance, allow for more flexibility, provide a higher fiber intake, and overall may feel more sustainable long-term socially and psychologically.

Be aware that its not uncommon to experience some negative reactions and side effects when transitioning into this way of eating. Although not everyone, some people will experience flu-like symptoms, often referred to as the keto flu, but which usually subside within a couple of weeks.

According to Anna Cabeca, MD, a double board-certified Ob-Gyn, traditional keto diets usually miss the important factor of restoring alkalinity. For many, especially when undergoing the keto diet plan for women, the key is to reach an alkaline pH first before beginning keto in order to prevent feeling agitated, anxious, uncomfortable or overly hungry.

Therefore, she combines the concept of an alkaline and ketogenic diet, and her clients and patients experience weight loss, improved blood sugar control, better quality sleep and reduced menopause symptoms like hot flashes or night sweats.

To help you overcome these keto flu symptoms, here are several steps to try taking:

Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic, clinical nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine. Hes author of the books Eat Dirt, Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine and the upcoming Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones and Reverse Disease (Little Brown & Co., February 2019). Hes also a co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, a health company where the mission is to restore health, strength and vitality by providing historys healthiest whole food nutrients to the modern world.

From the sound of it, you might think leaky gut only affects the digestive system,but in reality it can affect more. Because Leaky Gut is so common, and such an enigma,Im offering a free webinar on all things leaky gut.Click here to learn more about the webinar.

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Dec 6

Balanced Diet: What Is It and How to Achieve It

A balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. To get the proper nutrition from your diet, you should consume the majority of your daily calories in:

The number of calories in a food is a measurement of the amount of energy stored in that food. Your body uses calories from food for walking, thinking, breathing, and other important functions.

The average person needs to eat about 2,000 calories every day to maintain their weight. However, a persons specific daily calorie intake can vary depending on their age, gender, and physical activity level. Men generally need more calories than women, and people who exercise need more calories than people who dont.

The following examples of daily calorie intake are based on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines:

The source of your daily calories is just as important as the number of calories you consume. You should limit your consumption of empty calories, meaning those that provide little or no nutritional value. The USDA defines empty calories as calories that come from sugars and solid fats, such as butter and shortening.

According to the USDA, Americans consume empty calories most often in:

At the core of a balanced diet are foods that are low in unnecessary fats and sugars and high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. The following food groups are essential parts of a balanced diet.

Besides being a great source of nutrition, fruits make tasty snacks. Choose fruits that are in season in your area. Theyre fresher and provide the most nutrients.

Fruits are high in sugar. This sugar is natural, though, so fruit can still be a better choice for you than other foods with added sugar. If youre watching your sugar intake or have a condition such as diabetes, you may want to opt for low-sugar fruits. Read on to learn about the 11 best low-sugar fruits, from citrus to peaches. People who are watching their carbohydrate intake may reach for fruits such as melons and avocadoes.

Vegetables are primary sources of essential vitamins and minerals. Dark, leafy greens generally contain the most nutrition and can be eaten at every meal. Eating a variety of vegetables will help you obtain the bountiful nutrients that all vegetables provide.

Examples of dark leafy greens include:

According to the USDA, Americans consume refined white flour more than any other grain. Refined white flour has poor nutritional value because the hull of the grain, or outer shell, is removed during the refining process. The hull is where the majority of the grains nutrition lies.

Whole grains, however, are prepared using the entire grain, including the hull. They provide much more nutrition. Try switching from white breads and pastas to whole-grain products.

Meats and beans are primary sources of protein, a nutrient that is essential for proper muscle and brain development. Lean, low-fat meats such as chicken, fish, and certain cuts of pork and beef are the best options. Removing the skin and trimming off any visible fat are easy ways to reduce the amount of fat and cholesterol in meats. The health and diet of the animal are important and influence the fatty acid profile of the meat, so grass-fed choices are ideal.

Nuts and beans are good sources of protein and contain many other health benefits, as well as fiber and other nutrients. Try to eat:

Tofu, tempeh, and other soy-based products are excellent sources of protein and are healthy alternatives to meat.

Dairy products provide calcium, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients. However, theyre also major sources of fat, so it may be best to choose small portions of full-fat cheeses, and reduced-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. Plant-based milks, such as those made from flaxseed, almonds, or soy are typically fortified with calcium and other nutrients, making them excellent alternatives to dairy from cows.

Oils should be used sparingly. Opt for low-fat and low-sugar versions of products that contain oil, such as salad dressing and mayonnaise. Good oils, such as olive oil, can replace fattier vegetable oil in your diet. Avoid deep-fried foods because they contain many empty calories.

The USDA has an online checklist that can help you determine how much of each food group you should consume daily.

Besides adding certain foods to your diet, you should also reduce your consumption of certain substances to maintain a balanced diet and healthy weight. These include:

If you have questions about your diet or feel that you need to lose weight or change your eating habits, schedule an appointment with your doctor or a dietitian. They can suggest dietary changes that will help you get the nutrition you need while promoting your overall health.

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Dec 6

How to Lower Cholesterol with Diet: MedlinePlus

What is cholesterol?

Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries and narrow or even block them. This puts you at risk for coronary artery disease and other heart diseases.

There are two main types of cholesterol. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol. A high LDL level leads to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. HDL is the “good” cholesterol. It carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Then your liver removes the cholesterol from your body.

The treatments for high cholesterol are heart-healthy lifestyle changes and medicines. The lifestyle changes include healthy eating, weight management, and regular physical activity.

Heart-healthy lifestyle changes include a diet to lower your cholesterol. The DASH eating plan is one example. Another is the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet, which recommends that you

Choose healthier fats.You should limit both total fat and saturated fat. No more than 25 to 35 percent of your daily calories should come from dietary fats, and less than 7 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fat. Depending upon how many calories you eat per day, here are the maximum amounts of fats that you should eat:

Saturated fat is a bad fat because it raises your LDL (bad cholesterol) level more than anything else in your diet. It is found in some meats, dairy products, chocolate, baked goods, and deep-fried and processed foods.

Trans fat is another bad fat; it can raise your LDL and lower you HDL (good cholesterol). Trans fat is mostly in foods made with hydrogenated oils and fats, such as stick margarine, crackers, and french fries.

Instead of these bad fats, try healthier fats, such as lean meat, nuts, and unsaturated oils like canola, olive, and safflower oils.

Limit foods with cholesterol. If you are trying to lower your cholesterol, you should have less than 200 mg a day of cholesterol. Cholesterol is in foods of animal origin, such as liver and other organ meats, egg yolks, shrimp, and whole milk dairy products.

Eat plenty of soluble fiber. Foods high in soluble fiber help prevent your digestive tract from absorbing cholesterol. These foods include

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can increase important cholesterol-lowering compounds in your diet. These compounds, called plant stanols or sterols, work like soluble fiber.

Eat fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These acids won’t lower your LDL level, but they may help raise your HDL level. They may also protect your heart from blood clots and inflammation and reduce your risk of heart attack. Fish that are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, tuna (canned or fresh), and mackerel. Try to eat these fish two times a week.

Limit salt. You should try to limit the amount of sodium (salt) that you eat to no more than 2,300 milligrams (about 1 teaspoon of salt) a day. That includes all the sodium you eat, whether it was added in cooking or at the table, or already present in food products. Limiting salt won’t lower your cholesterol, but it can lower your risk of heart diseases by helping to lower your blood pressure. You can reduce your sodium by instead choosing low-salt and “no added salt” foods and seasonings at the table or while cooking.

Limit alcohol. Alcohol adds extra calories, which can lead to weight gain. Being overweight can raise your LDL level and lower your HDL level. Too much alcohol can also increase your risk of heart diseases because it can raise your blood pressure and triglyceride level. One drink is a glass of wine, beer, or a small amount of hard liquor, and the recommendation is that

Nutrition labels can help you figure out how much fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, fiber, and sodium is in the foods that you buy.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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Nov 18

Ketogenic Diet: The Complete Beginner’s Guide

Carbs: What Exactly Are They?

Carbohydrates (carbs) are a macronutrient found in things like starches, grains and foods high in sugar. This includes, but isnt limited to, bread, flour, rice, pasta, beans, potatoes, sugar, syrup, cereals, fruits, bagels and soda.

Carbs are broken down into glucose (a type of sugar) in our bodies for energy. Eating any kinds of carbs spikes blood sugar levels. The spike may happen faster or slower depending on the type of carb (simple or complex), but the spike will still happen.

Blood sugar spikes cause strong insulin releases to combat the spikes. Constant insulin releases result in fat storage and insulin resistance. After many years, this cycle commonly leads to prediabetes, metabolic syndrome and even type 2 diabetes9.

In a world full of sugar, cereal, pasta, burgers, French fries and large sodas, you can see how carbs can easily be overconsumed.

According to the 2014 report by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. (86 million people) have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose is always high and commonly leads to type 2 diabetes and many other medical problems10.

Today, almost 1 in 10 people in the U.S. have type 2 diabetes compared to almost 1 in 40 in 1980. Fat has been blamed as the bad guy and companies have been creating low-fat and fat-free, chemically-laden alternatives of nearly every type of food in existence, yet obesity, diabetes and heart disease rates are still increasing.

Nearly 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. has type 2 diabetes, almost 4 times more than 30 years ago.

Were starting to understand that carbs in large quantities are much more harmful than previously thought, while most fats are healthy and essential.

The nutritional landscape is changing. Ketogenic diet and low carb diet groups, as well as similar dietary groups like paleo, are growing and a nutritional revolution is beginning. We are starting to realize the detrimental effects of our relationship with excess sugar and carbs.

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