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Sugar Intolerance

 

Could sugar intolerance which is your inability to metabolize sugar and carbohydrates, be the problem instead of sugar itself?  Sugar intolerance is a malabsorption issue that can lead to fatigue, bloating, gastrointestinal distress and anemia.

Consider the issue could be you’ve been oxidizing free fatty acids for some time now, producing too much lactic acid.  Thus slowing your energy metabolism down over time.  This is caused by eating too much protein and not enough healthy carbohydrates, eating the wrong fats and by doing too much activity without replenishing your energy reserves.  Basically burning yourself out.

I’ve been one of those people.  Years ago when I was experimenting with the low carb diet, I eliminated dairy, fruit, root veggies, grains and anything that contained sugar. This had been in in response to what I thought at the time was candida.

It worked great at first, but that only lasted for a short time.  For me eating soon became joyless and I quickly fell into a state of depression and low energy.  Later I found out that cutting carbs is the last thing you want to do if you have candida or any fungal issue.

Reason being is that you produce serotonin and adrenaline when you either skip meals or skip any of the 3 essential macronutrients, protein, carbs and fat in your meals.  So over time you can understand how a person can become addicted to dieting, but then eventually will hit a brick wall of fatigue and low metabolism.

If you’re cutting essential nutrients out that you need for energy production your energy will consistently come from adrenaline instead of glucose.  You can survive off of adrenaline but glucose is our body’s preferred fuel for the brain and the metabolism.  It’s also what your thyroid and liver rely on to function well.

When this happens there is absolutely nothing you can do to motivate yourself to workout, eat healthy and take care of yourself.  The energy is simply not there.  Here’s where most people feel like they’ve failed.

The science behind sugar intolerance….  

If you’re producing too much lactic acid from low carb eating,  the cell begins to favor the oxidation of fat rather than glucose, which doesn’t produce as much carbon dioxide (needed to transport 02). Leading you down a path of reduced function, low energy and hormonal imbalance.  A similar process happens in cancer cells – Lactic acid turns into fat then the body oxidizes the fat.

We’re supposed to be able to metabolize sugar well, but instead the foods we’re presented with have missing parts, like separated macronutrients and manufactured/modified sugar.  This could be why our bodies have such a hard time metabolizing sugar.  Not because sugar is bad, but simply because our metabolisms have been damaged.

The solution…

There is a way to get your body back on track if you’ve hit an all time energy low.  Consider the type of sugar or carbohydrate you choose is the most crucial factor.

Getting your healthy carbs from fruit, root veggies and squash instead of grains with sugar added and high fructose corn syrup can make all the difference in the world when it comes to repairing your metabolism.

The reason for this is that energy from starch (grains) is pure glucose which needs insulin to metabolize. Energy from fructose + glucose = sucrose has been proven to inhibit the insulin response allowing the body to metabolize your food without the use of insulin.

If you are constantly needing insulin to metabolize the food you eat you damage your metabolism over time and your body’s energy systems become less efficient affording less energy production.

Begin by taking in more beneficial real food carbohydrates, like the ones I mentioned above, to offset the lactic acid and free fatty acid production. Doing this slowly as to give your body time to adjust and acclimate (especially if you’ve significantly lowered your carbohydrates) so your body can produce enzymes to break down the carbohydrates.

In addition trade out foods that contain high polyunsaturated fatty acid (vegetable fats) concentration for those that have a high saturated (animal and fruit) fats content.

 

References:

www.raypeat.com

www.eastwesthealing.com

 

 

Is Caffeine a Nutrient or a Drug?

1619160_10202477782857842_289276244_nCaffeine is commonly classified as a drug by mainstream nutrition.  This can only be true because of how it’s used.  According to Dr. Ray Peat, any essential nutrient used in isolation, can be used as a drug for any specific effect on the person that wouldn’t normally be the case if eaten with other foods.   If used differently, could caffeine become a nutrient?

He states, The main reason coffee gives people the “jitters” is because they drink their coffee without any fat, like milk, cream or butter and without food.

According to Ray Peat , “The bad effects of coffee are usually due to drinking large doses in a short amount of time”  Drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases the cellular consumption of glucose and then causes an increase of adrenaline.  Over producing adrenaline can then lead to exhaustion, a less efficient energy metabolism (slow down) and a depletion of glycogen stores.  The liver requires glycogen to convert hormones.  Your Thyroid then takes the hormones your liver converted and produces energy.  Your thyroid and metabolism depend on this process to work optimally.

So what does all of this mean?  Caffeine can be really beneficial to your metabolism and energy if taken with milk, heavy cream or butter and by eating food with your coffee.

Below is an example of how I drink my coffee.  My recipe for amazing coffee that has been turned into a beneficial nutrient is to add organic heavy cream, collagen and coconut sugar.

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Benefits of caffeine:

  • increases progesterone concentration and production
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Protects the liver from alcohol
  • Increases metabolic energy
  • improves mood
  • Highly protective against cancer, including estrogen induced breast cancer
  • Lower incidence of thyroid disease
  • Provides magnesium and vitamin B1
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Protects against stress induced cell death without interfering with normal cell turnover
  • Can prevent nerve cell death
  • Prevents free radical damage

Simple Pickle Recipe

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Pickles have been a favorite snack of mine ever since I was a kid.  Only, the highly processed pickles I would eat as a kid are just not the same as making your own.

Sea salt has so many incredible healing properties…

  • Normalize blood pressure and volume
  • Increases circulation
  • Helps to prevent water retention and aids the body in absorbing water properly
  • Increase progesterone levels (the anti-aging hormone) by counteracting aldosterone
  • Helps to regulate calcium in the body
  • Can lower adrenaline levels

You actually need sodium in order for your body to function at it’s best.  Pickles made with salt are a great way to get your daily salt intake.

Here’s a simple pickle recipe you can try at home:

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart of water
  • 4 TBSP of sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 lb of cucumbers or as many as you can fit in your jar
  • 4-5 peeled garlic cloves
  • 2-3 TBSP pickling spice

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot combine water and salt.  Bring to a boil and heat until the salt is fully dissolved.  Set aside and let brine fully cool before using.
  2. Wash wide mouth jar and let it dry
  3. Wash cucumbers well and trim the ends.  Pack them into the clean quart jar with the garlic cloves and pickling spice. Pour the cooled brine over the cucumbers.  Tap the jar gently on your counter to settle the cucumbers and to remove any air bubbles.
  4. Put a top on the jar and store it in a corner that is cool and out of direct sunlight.
  5. Check on the pickles in a week.  If pickles are crunchy and satisfying to your taste place in fridge.  If not, leave out for another couple of days to a week until they are the right texture and taste.

 

 

The Key To A Healthy Metabolism

When talking about nutrition, the first thing I always ask my clients is, “How frequently are you eating?”  They usually say not frequently enough and some even admit to waiting up to 5 hours between meals.
Even though food frequency seems like such a simple solution, I find it’s the most underestimated factor in most peoples nutritional program.  We’re just not doing it.  Maybe it’s because of our busy stressful lives or maybe we’re just totally distracted.  Whatever the reason is at some point our bodies are going to slow down if we’re not giving them the right fuel at the right time and in the right amounts, bottom line.
What’s even more surprising is that people can be more focused on the kinds of foods they’re eating rather than how frequently and eating enough first.
Don’t get me wrong, I think eating clean organic foods is really important, but if you’re not eating consistently enough to balance your blood sugar you’re simply not going to be able to meet your body’s metabolic needs.
By not eating enough or frequently you run the risk of letting your blood sugar drop on a regular basis.  This sets the stage for hormonal imbalance and thyroid slow down which can make it basically impossible to lose weight.
The goal is to heal the metabolism first.  Excess weight will come off when the metabolism and thyroid are healed and working efficiently again.  You can do this simply with the right foods in the right amounts and at the right times.

5 Simple Things You Can Do To Heal Your Metabolism

1. Eat every 2 hours.  When you’re training your body to run on glucose instead of adrenaline it’s really important to eat every 2 hours until your body is able to run more efficiently.  If you go too long without food you run the risk of going into an adrenaline mode and your body can go into it’s cortisol reserves.  Doing this too often can slow down your thyroid which is what regulates your metabolism.  You want to avoid this hormonal fluctuation by eating frequently enough to meet your body’s metabolic needs.  This will depend on the person.
2. Eat food with your coffee in the morning.  It’s ideal to eat food with your morning coffee to avoid a blood sugar spike.  I also recommend adding organic heavy cream and/or gelatin to your coffee to slow down the effects of the caffeine.  The nutrients you get from the heavy cream and gelatin will help your body metabolize the coffee.
3.  Be prepared.  Plan ahead for your meals and snacks for the week.  You can easily avoid those times where all the sudden you’re in a panic with nothing to eat.  Then there’s the binge meal afterwards because you waited too long to eat.
I suggest planning ahead by shopping on the weekends and having enough snacks on hand to keep the blood sugar regular throughout the day.
4.  Eat balanced ratios of macronutrients in every meal.  Begin by including 1 serving of protein, fat and carbohydrate in every meal.  As you get to know your metabolism, you can begin to play around with the ratios a bit.  Keeping a balance of macronutrients helps you avoid any blood sugar fluctuations.
5.  Eat before, during and after your workout.  Exercise can create inflammation and lactic acid in the body as well as cause a temporary drop in blood sugar.  In order to minimize this response I suggest eating a small meal 30 minutes before your workout.  You could even sip OJ with gelatin added to it during your work out and eat a meal right after.

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