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Cruising Down Memory Lane With The 8th Annual Low Carb Cruise

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In honor of the 8th Annual Low Carb Cruise 2015, http://www.lowcarbcruiseinfo.com/, hosted by my friend and colleague Jimmy Moore. I thought I would repost an interview we did awhile back and share a great conversation that discusses the health benefits of The Atkins Diet from my perspective as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator and the book I co-authored, “The Stubborn Fat Fix” (https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/what-is-metabolic-overdrive/https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/insulins-immense-role-in-metabolic-overdrive-mo/, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/hormonal-havoc-harnesses-metabolic-overdrive-part1/https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/hormonal-havoc-harnesses-metabolic-overdrive-part-2/,https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/the-thyroid-tie-in-to-metabolic-overdrive/https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/the-cortisol-connection-to-metabolic-overdrive-mo/). We discuss:

  • how you can identify reasons behind stubborn fat that just refuses to come off
  • why exercise may not be a good idea if you are experiencing metabolic overdrive
  • social and emotional interference with your diet
  • practical and creative solutions to help you stick with your nutrition plan
  • supplement solutions and much much more…

It is with great regret that I have only been able to attend one of the cruises but the memories are like yesterday. I met people who I will be friends with for life!

So here is my interview with Jimmy, http://www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownotes/410/valorie-berkowitz-ep-251/!

I hope you have the opportunity to listen as this interview really hits on many aspects of weight loss and health regardless of diet preference and it may help spark a fire to that will help fix whatever obstacles are getting in the way of getting to your goal(s).

 

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Eat Your “Diabesity” Out

Diabesity

https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/new-science-diabesity-hormonal-obesity-xi/ (worth a look see, excellent site)

The past two weeks I have written about Diabesity, what it is, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/stop-diabesity-in-its-tracks/, and how to identify it, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/diabesity-tell-tale-signs-and-symptoms/. This week it is all about the simple solution.

While eating right is not always the easiest answer. It is simple, ideal and the most effective solution with absolutely no downside. So do not eat your “heart” out.  Eat your “diabesity” out. Eat diabesity right out of your system.

If you have been eating “healthy” low fat foods and staying away from nutrient dense high fat foods (foods that do not affect hormones, help to stave off hunger, help control appetite and maintain consistent blood sugar in normal range) or eating  a combination of high carbohydrate and high fat foods then my best nutritional advice is to eat your way out of diabesity.

Eating low fat “healthy” meals are loaded with the precise nutrients that feed diabesity and make it worse especially when the majority of what is consumed is carbohydrate. This will happen when insulin and blood sugar are at the root of any medical condition such as heart disease, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), metabolic syndrome…

Consuming foods that do not cause blood sugar or insulin spikes and also contribute to burning fat are the best selection for weight loss, blood sugar control, eliminating diabesity symptoms and optimizing clinical lab outcomes. Fat is the only nutrient that has minimal effect on either blood sugar or insulin. So eating a majority of calories from fat is hands down the healthiest choice to make, Nutrition. 2015 Jan;31(1):1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2014.06.011. “Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management: critical review and evidence base”, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25287761. One hundred percent of starch and carbohydrates turns into sugar (this includes healthy foods like fruit) after consumption and excess protein has been shown to increase insulin levels.

Forget about the calories! Eat to beat diabesity by choosing the foods that keep your body in balance. You will experience a big difference in how you feel, in your ability to lose weight and controlling blood sugar.

Lowering carbs between 30- 50 grams each day and eating more fat begets fat burning. Lowering carbs also minimizes blood sugar spikes because 100% of carbohydrates or any form of sugar will catapult blood sugar out of range and into “health hell”.

Does your breakfast consist of cereal? A bagel or English muffin? How about low fat fruited yogurt? None of these contain fat or much protein. So therefore all of the food consumed hits your body and infiltrates it like a tsunami, first thing in the morning. Blood sugar soars, hormones are disrupted, hunger is ignited and non-fat calories are easily stored as fat. However, most of us think that calories matter more than anything and few of us think about what happens to the body on the inside when we pick our next morsel.

If you want to prevent diabesity, strategize meal plans to rest the liver and pancreas. Once these overworked organs get a chance to relax and are restored to good health, with the foods you avoid and choose to eat, you will be as good as new in no time.

Try this as a sample meal or switch out foods in the same food groups with foods you like.

Breakfast

Eggs (prepared your choice) sautéed kale sliced cheddar cheese

or

Smoked salmon cream cheese tomato, onion and avocado “cigars”

Lunch

Chef salad

or

Tuna and chicken salad (“banana boat”) scoops with celery sticks , cucumber and tomato salad

Dinner

–includes side salad for either entree

Double cheeseburger (no bun or ketchup) or steak, mashed cauliflower with butter (faux mashed potato), sautéed spinach garlic and oil

or

Salmon, broccoli, miracle noodle teriyaki

Snacks

  1. celery with peanut butter or cream cheese
  2. fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato
  3. cottage cheese with sprinkled cinnamon or 1/4 cup berries
  4. protein shake
  5. >85% cocoa chocolate with 6 almonds

Take matters into your own hands, use a simple solution to the diabesity epidemic, eat to free yourself of obesity and diabetes. What are you waiting for?

 

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Diabesity: Tell Tale Signs and Symptoms

Diabesity is found in both overweight and TOFI ( Thin Outside Fat Inside) individuals, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/stop-diabesity-in-its-tracks/#comment-5261. This bears repeating because we understand a consequence of being overweight is having diabetes but we assume that someone who is thin and looks good on the outside is immune to health issues.

I cannot emphasize the importance of everyone paying attention to the tell tale signs of diabesity. Be aware of these symptoms no matter who you are, no matter how much you weigh, REGARDLESS of family history.  Why? because 8.1 million people or approx. 28% of the US is walking around with diabetes and they don’t know it, http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics/2014statisticsreport.html.  

So if family history is what you use as a guiding risk factor DON’T!

In other words there are many people walking around with blood sugar issues and don’t even know it. If these “clueless” individuals are family, you do not have a “known” family history. But not being diagnosed with diabetes, insulin resistance or glucose toxicity does not mean you do not have a health condition that needs attention.

Discuss Tell Tale Precautionary Symptoms of Diabesity and Insulin Resistance With Your Doctor

  • Abdominal obesity (apple shape)
  • Sugar/carbohydrate cravings
  • Hunger after meals
  • Fatigue after meals
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst and appetite
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Gut issues (bloating, symptomatic of Decreased stomach emptying
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Vision problems
  • Numbness and tingling in lower extremities
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Sudden nervousness
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Pale skin
  • Headache
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Skin tingling
  • Skin tags
  • Gum disease
  • Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating

Ask About Tell Tale Clinical references:

  • Abdominal obesity
  • Dyslipidemia (low HDL, high LDL and high triglycerides)
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperinsulinemia
  • Hyperglycemia (fasting above 100 mg/dL, Hb1Ac above 5.5)
  • Systemic Inflammation (elevated insulin production, C-reactive protein)
  • Hypercoagulable State (tendency to form blood clots)

Ask Your Doctor To Include Tell Tale Blood Tests as Part of Routine Check-ups:

  • Fasting glucose: blood glucose level after fasting for at least 8 hours
    • Normal: 70 – 89 mg/dl
    • Borderline: 90 – 99 mg/dl
    • Impaired glucose tolerance/Pre-diabetes : 100 – 125 mg/dl
    • Diabetes: >126 mg/dl
  • Oral glucose tolerance test: blood glucose level 2 hours after a 75 gram glucose drink (adjusted based on weight)
    • Reactive hypoglycemia: glucose level less than fasting level
    • Normal: less than 140 mg/dl
    • Impaired glucose tolerance/Pre-diabetes: 141 – 199 mg/dl
    • Diabetes: > 200 mg/dl
    • Diabesity : Work-up
  • Fasting Insulin level: insulin level after fasting for at least 8 hours
    • According to Stephen Guyenet, University of Washington, the average insulin level in the U.S. for men is 8.8 mIU/ml and women is 8.4 mIU/ml
    • Reactive hypoglycemia: less than 3.0 mIU/ml
    • Normal : 3.0 to 8.3 mIU/ml
    • Elevated levels : >8.4 mIU/ml
  • Fasting C-peptide level:  a  substance produced by the pancreatic beta cells when proinsulin splits apart to form one molecule of c-peptide and one molecule of insulin
    • Reactive hypoglycemia: less than 0.9 ng/ml
    • Normal : 1.0 – 3.0 ng/ml
  • Leptin: a hormone that is essential for regulation of metabolism and hunger. Blood levels are directly correlated with the amount of triglycerides stored in adipose tissue.
    • Normal for men: 1.2 -9.5 ng/ml
    • Normal for women: 4.1 – 25.0 ng/ml
  • HgbA1c: average blood sugar level for the past 2 to 3 months. This test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin is glycated (coated with sugar)
    • Reactive hypoglycemia: less than 5.0 percent
    • Normal : 5.0 to 5.6 percent
    • Impaired glucose tolerance/Pre-diabetes : 5.7 -6.4 percent
    • Diabetes: >6.5 percent
  • Fructosamine: a glycated serum protein that measures average blood glucose level over the past 2 to 3 weeks
    • Normal : 200 – 257 umol
    • Impaired glucose tolerance/Pre-diabetes: 258– 287 umol
    • Diabetes: >288 umol

The first step to maintaining or attaining good health is to be self aware of the early signs and symptoms of diabesity, glucose toxicity and insulin resistance. Use these lists to communicate with your doctor.  What can you do if you have a blood sugar or insulin issue? The solution, may or may not be easy but you have a choice and it is a powerful one that you can manage. The simple solution is up next week.

 

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Stop Diabesity In Its Tracks!

Diabesity is the combination of diabetes and obesity and it just may very well be the largest health epidemic in human history. The epidemic is expected to plague 366 million people in 2030 (2. Wild S, Roglic G, Green A, Sicree R, King H. Global prevalence of diabetes: estimates for the year 2000 and projections for 2030. Diabetes Care. 2004 May;27(5):1047-53.)

Right now:

  • Nearly 60% of the population has a genetic predisposition for the development of diabetes and/or obesity. The predisposition is accelerated with poor diet and leads to chronic illnesses.
  • 2 out 3 patients are overweight or obese.
  • 1 out 3 adult patients have pre diabetes.
  • 1 out 10 adult patients will have diabetes.

What most people do not realize is that thin people are not immune to blood sugar problems and they get diabetes, likely due to food choices, just like those who are overweight. Yes, TOFI (thin outside fat inside) is a new term used to describe those who are thin in appearance but have the same health risk factors as those who are obese. Diabetes does not discriminate based on weight.

Over consumption of sugars and low quality carbohydrates can lead to glucose toxicity and chronic illness well before diabetes is diagnosed. Glucose toxicity means a decrease in insulin secretion and an increase in insulin resistance due to chronic hyperglycemia. It is now generally accepted that glucose toxicity is involved in predisposing about 60% of individuals to carbohydrate intolerance and the worsening of diabetes by affecting the secretion of β-cells.

Increases in any type of sugar consumption even from “healthy sources” like fruit, dairy or starch will lead to high blood sugar and elevated insulin levels.

High insulin levels promote inflammation and chronic poor health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) autoimmune diseases (e.g. Celiac disease), acanthosis nigricans, cancer and so many other conditions.

Diabesity or TOFI diabetes is a silent killer and can go undetected for many years because symptoms are not recognized and therefore ignored and untreated. Blood sugar disorders do not have to plague the world.

Knowing the tell tale signs of abnormal blood sugar and how to take action to normalize it will help keep you healthy.

You are the most important part of your health care team. Communication with your doctor and early identification of any symptoms with appropriate testing is an important part of a very doable diabetes solution. The first step to treatment is to be self aware of the symptoms. There are signs that you, not your doctor, will experience. So you are the critical factor in keeping yourself healthy at the earliest stage of any medical condition. Then it is your job to communicate the how and what with your doctor. Your physician can then confirm any suspiscions you have with clinical lab tests.

Check in next week and read all about the tell tale signs, clinical references and lab tests that can help you stay well.

 

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Steer Clear of Artificial Sweeteners

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Artificial sugar (AS) substitute was created for those who are looking to cut calories for weight loss or cut carbs/sugar to obtain blood sugar control (BSC). It seemed like a simple solution. Eat the same foods replace sugar calories in foods (soda, cookies…) with a sweetener that has no calories and weight loss or BSC should occur. Sounds good and maybe true on paper but when it comes to real life, it may not necessarily be so simple.

Saccharin was the first artificial sweetener made available for mass consumption in the early 1900’s and it is safe to say that it has not done its intended purpose as a weight loss aid. We continue to face a diabesity (obesity and diabetes) epidemic.

A  recent study, http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1111%2Fjgs.13376?r3_referer=wol&tracking_action=preview_click&show_checkout=1&purchase_referrer=onlinelibrary.wiley.com&purchase_site_license=LICENSE_DENIED_NO_CUSTOMER , published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that drinking diet soda may contribute to “cardiometabolic risk” factors (obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance etc..). The authors concluded that there is an association between drinking more diet soda and gaining more belly fat.

Belly fat is associated with insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease and much more. But, if this is not enough to make you drop the diet soda right out of your hand then take a look at these:

·         “Fueling the Obesity Epidemic? Artificially Sweetened Beverage Use and Long-Term Weight Gain” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18535548

·         “Artificial Sweetener May Disrupt Body’s Ability To Count Calories” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/06/040630081825.htm

  • “Consumption of Artificially and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Incident Type 2 Diabetes in the Etude Epidemiologique Aupres Des Femmes de la Mutuelle Generale de l’Education Nationale-European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition cohort”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23364017

These discuss the other ingredients in diet soda if you are interested:

One explanation for the association between AS and weight and health is due to its sweetness. Normally, consuming sugar would trigger a signal communicating that with sweetness comes calories and then satiety. AS are 200-8,000 times the sweetness of natural sugar  but there are no accompanying calories with the sweetness. The body is confused, it expects calories but is not getting them and therefore appetite increases as the body wants the calories it is not getting from the AS. Increases in appetite increases the likelihood of  eating more.

Another reason is that the brain’s “reward system” dictates an individual’s response (motivation, drive, incentive)  to a particular “reward” (food, sex, drugs, medication). The intensity of the AS engages the reward system at greater than 200 times that of natural sweetness creating an addictive response to these foods containing AS.

Of course, you cannot discount the “cheater” instinct. When you think you are consuming less calories by eating foods with AS, you may just choose to eat more because you think you can get away with it.

Despite these findings, “The global market for Artificial Sweeteners is projected to reach US$1.7 billion by the year 2018, primarily stimulated by widespread weight reduction efforts, development of low sugar food for diabetic and diet conscious consumers, growing preference for diet beverages, rising concerns over dental caries and the growing need to reduce risk associated with volatility in sugar prices,”  http://www.prweb.com/releases/artificial_sweeteners/sucralose_aspartame/prweb10121807.htm.

Get the message these science studies are sending. Artificial sweeteners are chemistry experiments that may have been a good initial idea but as a test with years of human guinea pigs it seems AS add risk to your weight and health.

Steer clear of AS. There are better, less addictive, healthier ways to lose weight and control blood sugar.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Diabetes, diet, diet soda, weight loss

 

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A Statin Standoff or Much More?

Statins, one of the most popular class of drugs prescribed today has been around over 25 years supposedly helping to lower high cholesterol levels. Statins work by inhibiting the production of cholesterol via an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase). “Their (statins) benefit is remarkably  greater than their risk, and there is simply no doubt that these medications are safer than drugs such as aspirin”.

I happen to disagree. According to the Mayo clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/statin-side-effects/art-20046013, noted side effects include:

  • muscle pain, soreness, tiredness or weakness in your muscles;
  • nausea, gas, diarrhea or constipation;
  • abnormal liver tests;
  • memory loss or confusion;
  • elevated blood sugar and even type 2 diabetes.

And these side effects are more common in the very groups that statins are supposed to help most (people with diabetes and those who are taking multiple drugs to help lower cholesterol), those who are over the age of 65, those who drink more than 1-2 drinks a day, women and individuals with a small body frame.

For others who have had a heart attack and are trying to prevent another or those who have cholesterol levels above 350 mg/dl and are diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia, the benefits of taking a statin may outweigh the risk.

We have spent nearly 19 billion dollars on statins over the years and they are linked to poor health consequences including diabetes,  http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/medical/health/medical/diabetes/story/2012-01-09/Study-links-statins-to-higher-diabetes-in-older-women/52470838/1.

“Statins Stimulate Atherosclerosis and Heart Failure: Pharmacological Mechanisms” explains how statins may interfere with more natural body functions than just liver enzymes. The article published in Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology (March 2015) supports the belief that statins cause heart disease via a few different mechanisms:

  1. Inhibits vitamin K2 (protects arteries from clogs via calcium deposits) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24936265http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/dr-dennis-goodmans-vitamin-k2-book-links-missing-nutrient-to-heart-and-bone-health-1997508.htm
  2. hinders selenium production (http://www.internationaljournalofcardiology.com/article/S0167-5273(08)01296-5/abstract?cc=y)
  3. Depletes coenzymeQ10 (http://www.healthline.com/health/coq10-and-statins#Effects6); the information here mentions ” CoQ10 can lower blood sugar, so diabetics need to be careful or avoid it.” If this is the case, do not avoid CoQ10. Speak with your doctor about lowering diabetes medication dosage.
  4. causes toxicity to the body cells (mitochondria) that produce energy

Back in 2012, Nakazato R., et. al. published study results in  Atherosclerosis  (Nov;225:148-53) entitled, “Statins use and coronary artery plaque composition: results from the International Multicenter CONFIRM Registry”. They concluded ” Statin use is associated with an increased prevalence and extent of coronary plaques possessing calcium.”

Despite this information, physician prescriptions continue to be written without consideration but there are practicing physicians who have spoken out against the massive rush to prescribe statins:

Dr.Eric Topol, interviewed by Forbes is a cardiologist and professor of genomics at Scripps Research Institute; http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2012/03/04/top-cardiologist-argues-we-should-dial-back-on-statins-because-of-diabetes-risk/

And, Barbara H. Roberts, M.D., director of the Women’s Cardiac Center at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. and associate clinical professor of medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She was involved in the first clinical trial that demonstrated a beneficial effect of lowering cholesterol on the incidence of heart disease. She is the author of two books warning against statin use, “The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs” and  “How to Keep From Breaking Your Heart: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Cardiovascular Disease”, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martha-rosenberg/statins_b_1818370.html.

Eating healthy and exercise can help obtain normal cholesterol. Stop eating packaged food. Go back to nutrition basics. Eat protein, non-starchy vegetables and low glycemic fruits. Add fat foods and supplements found to help lower cholesterol and LDL such as nuts and seeds, olive oil, fatty fish, avocado, and supplement: plant sterols, red rice yeast extract, vitamin K2.

Take home message: statins can help prevent heart attacks for specific groups of individuals but should not be used as a blanket treatment for everyone. If you are prescribed a statin, speak with your doctor about any questions or concerns you have.

 

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The King of Ketosis

Dr. Atkins

 

Ketosis simply means burning fat. When your body burns fat it helps correct metabolic health and weight issues. If you are not healthy or cannot seem to lose weight, Make a change in your way of eating.

At a minimum, Dr. Atkins should be known as the “King of Ketosis”. It’s been awhile since I worked with Dr. Atkins and embarked on my own high fat, low carb journey. Back then, although we cited Keckwick and Pawan and a few others, we had NO “current” research. We barely even understood what happened biochemically in the body but we did know that our patients reaped the benefits much before the sea of results with today’s “current” research and monumental low carb following.

We understood the power of ketosis (controlling carbohydrates) and the health benefits of fat. Because eating real food and avoiding the push for commercially prepared low-fat products tainted with trans fat and high fructose corn syrup was and is healthier. We witnessed health and weight improvements. We did not need to wait for research when right in front of our eyes was this nutritional blessing of ketosis that helped improve quality of life and we would not bury our heads in the sand of denial no matter who said otherwise. It is hard to imagine what would have happened if Dr. Atkins retaliated in fear or lost his endurance to the wolves that hunted him. There were so many attacks.

I was a registered dietitian (RD), a vegetarian at the time eating low-fat foods, but Dr. Atkins hired me anyway. He was extremely bright. I think he knew what he was doing when he hired “the enemy”. He used to call registered dietitians “airheads” because he was so frustrated at the medical establishment trying to denounce what he was doing and label him a “quack”. When I reminded him I was a RD, he smiled ( a charismatic smile ) and said “not all of them”.

I, on the other hand, had no idea what I was about to experience and even explain how this job would become my life. However there were four main reasons  I switched from being a vegetarian to an Atkins for lifer!

  1. As a vegetarian, it was difficult to make creative eating suggestions for my flesh-eating clients.
  2. I was about ten pounds overweight and I wanted to experience the excitement my clients felt and, of course, the fast weight loss results.
  3. I saw patients clinical labs and they all improved: cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and all the rest, including the clients reported benefits:
  • improved energy
  • stable moods
  • mental focus
  • less gas/ bloating
  • better sleep
  • less acne flare ups and episodes
  • less appetite

oh, there were so many…

  1. As I dug through the published data and paced the shopping aisles of the grocery store. I realized this “Atkins” diet was healthier than anything I had recommended during my whole nutrition career. I realized I was brain washed by the establishment. Fast forward, while I completed the nutritional analysis of the menus in my book, “The Stubborn Fat Fix” (http://www.amazon.com/The-Stubborn-Fat-Fix-Metabolic/dp/159486828X), the less carbs the more nutrient dens the meal. As carbs were placed back into meals, not too many of course, it diluted what I call the “nutrient bang for the calorie buck”.

We did not have sexy marketing lingo like “nutritional” ketosis.  Although it is a great descriptor as being in ketosis  equates to eating nutrient dense meals. Today we may just take for granted what seems to be the obvious.

Cristi Vlad does a great job at explaining ketosis, http://cristivlad.com/ketosis-special-metabolic-state/. He describes his own weight and fat loss but the advantage of lowering carbs goes beyond what you see on the outside.

The true magic of ketosis is buried deep within at the hormonal level and hormones influence our lives (men, women and children) much more than we know.

If you want to read up on the research, Ellen Davis has a no holds barred  website, http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/ketogenic-diet-benefits.html on almost everything you may want to know about a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet and how it contributes to slowing the aging process and healing:

  • any blood sugar disorder, including diabetes, hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome
  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • parkinson’s disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • epilepsy
  • autism
  • fatty liver
  • stomach issues like reflux, ulcers, gas bloating

and the list goes on.

Don’t be afraid of ketosis or living low carb.  Jimmy Moore, http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com/, has been living low carb, writing books, doing podcasts, hosting cruises and even has a list of practitioners who can help you, http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/. Burning fat to supply body energy (ketosis) is not only an optimal way of eating, it is prudent for quality of life and longevity.

 

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