Understanding our bodies to achieve optimum health has never been as achievable as it has become this decade by searching for information online.
However, searching for verified and reliable information requires detective work, as various writers of books will tell us including Gary Taubes, Rudy Rivera, Roger Davis Deutsche, Dr John Mansfield and Harvey Diamond, all of whom have researched and written books that can contribute to their readers’ improved health.
We are not given the information required to keep ourselves fit and healthy even if we ask specifically for it. For example, a patient wanting to lose weight would be far better served by doing their own research online before going out to seek help from a health professional, although articles such as this one in The Guardian still try to warn us against it by focusing on the risks rather than the benefits.
To illustrate this point, medical care is entirely focused on diseases and suggesting cures without anyone mentioning how our bodies actually work. We came through the last decades of the twentieth century various disproven pieces of misinformation, primarily low fat and low calorie eating plans as discussed in this CNN article.
Restrictive diets have now been exposed for the fallacies that they are as our bodies are far more sophisticated then most of us give them credit for. One place to start looking for answers is in our ancestry and by understanding what people ate further back in history, long before soy flour was quietly added to supermarket bread to make it softer and last longer.
At this point, it is important to address how words such as fat and glucose have dual meanings and seem determined to confuse us. An author who brings the science together into one narrative in his books to look out for is Gary Taubes.
More websites contain useful information about managing glucose levels such as on Healthline. We have fat cells but we also have fatty acids, which are in our blood cells and move around our bodies to repair our organs and build our muscles. Also healthy fats are contained in certain foods. Whereas Glucose, to quote Wikipedia, is: “mainly made by plants and most algae during photosynthesis from water and carbon dioxide, using energy from sunlight.” Meanwhile, glucose is what gives us energy in our blood cells.
A search online will seem to only bring up information about disease prevention and detection, in particular reference to diabetes, which has become the scourge of a modern western diet. Finding real information, on the other hand, about staying healthy is much more difficult and requires real motivation. Motivation requires the knowledge that the right answers are out there and that, as we get older our insulin resistance increases.
The work is not done once you have confirmed for yourself that a low-fat diet is “undercooked science”, as The Verge writes. Our genetics will then determine variations on the general principle, which is why the “Elimination Diet” as written about by Dr John Mansfield is recommended to remove sensitivity to particular foods that are more difficult to avoid on a daily basis.
Those people who are healthy but think they cannot lose weight as they yo-yo diet through life could benefit from recognizing the signs of high blood sugar to learn to avoid foods which are not benefiting them. There is no one answer for everybody about the amount of carbohydrates their systems can tolerate as this is determined by our genetics but also our lifestyles.
Young people with access to the outdoors and plenty of physical activity will burn the glucose from almost any carbohydrates, before they enter fat cells and become triglycerides or before they develop symptoms such as bloating, inflammation, weight gain, flatulence, headaches, hair loss and energy slumps or even depression. Conditions such as a constantly runny nose, mucus and acne could be sign of a dairy intolerance.
One way to test how our bodies respond to carbohydrates (made by plants from water and carbon) is to experiment one day by having two different meals. For lunch, restrict your meal to just eggs, nuts, meat, fish or fowl and see how quickly you feel full. Then for your next meal, you could try eating some meat and some vegetables see how much it takes to feel full.
Alternatively, a sugar test can be taken from a hair sample, as Langton Smith Health‘s website explains or more companies today are providing DNA testing to help determine the lifestyle that best suits your genes such as DNAfit and 23andme.