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 Have already read about people purchasing tape worms over the internet for weight loss ?  If so you may know about the problems the medical field is having with the dis-sectioning of the worms inside of the gallbladder and liver. It has actually become a real concern.  You may also have read about people who have died because of extreme diets.

There are numerous diet selections in the media that contain extremely different ideas on which foods to consume or never eat.  We as humans require certain nutrient essentials for the continual restoring of our physical and mental well-being.  There will always be the issue of sacrificing our own individual health for the sake of marketing health fads. However, if we have an understanding of the essentials required we can operate from an educated position when facing an exciting new way of loosing weight or “feeling” younger or sexier.

Carbohydrates are essential energy suppliers.  They are plant foods as in vegetables, fruits, rice & beans.  You also hear them referred to as starch (cereal or breads).  Carbohydrates are stored in the body..

We all require “enough” carbohydrate foods for energy especially the brain and nervous system.  The healthiest are raw fruits rather than their juice, steamed or raw vegetables, rather than the simple starch carbohydrates which are high in fast sugars rather than complex carbohydrates which assist the energy to last longer.   There are thirteen different carbohydrate supplemental enzymes to assist proper carbohydrate digestion into glucose.  Our liver stores glucose by converting it to glycogen. Glycogen is stored in our tissues.  When glucose is needed for energy the body can convert glycogen back into glucose.

Side Effects

Eating too many simple carbohydrates can lead to an increase in fat gain.

Too much sugar glucose creates imbalances of insulin (diabetes).

Not getting enough carbohydrates can cause malnutrition and a loss of   tissue.

Fats are another energy supplier of the body. Fat serves as storage for the body’s extra calories. It fills the fat cells that help insulate the body in readiness for energy need. Fats are stored in the body.

We all require “enough” healthy fat for energy, hormones and our cells.  You may know fatty foods as dairy products, fats from animal foods, or oils.  Saturated fats are the bad fats like lard. Trans fats are found in fried foods; commercial baked goods (cakes, cookies and crackers).  Unsaturated fats are the better fats like in fish or the yolk of an egg or olive oil and Coconut oil is the healthiest.

Supplemental lipase enzymes assist in the proper breakdown of all fats, lipids and triglycerides.

Fat can be burned for energy if required.  When the body has used up the calories from carbohydrates, which should occur after the first 20 minutes of exercise, it begins to break down the fat for energy.

Supplemental lipase enzymes assist in the  break down of fats.

Side Effects

Eating too much saturated fat is one of the major risk factors for heart disease.

A diet high in saturated fat can cause a soft, waxy substance called cholesterol to build up in the arteries.

Overweight or obesity is a result of too much stored fat.

Not enough healthy fat in the diet leads to dry wrinkly skin, loss of sex hormones and imbalance of enough red blood cells.

Proteins are the building blocks of life. When proteins are broken down amino acids are left.  Amino acids have to be eaten in large enough amounts for optimal health. Protein (amino acids) is not stored in the body. 

We require “enough” protein for life.  Every cell in the human body contains protein. It is a major part of the skin, muscles, organs, and glands. Protein is also found in all body fluids except bile.  You need protein in your diet to help your body repair cells and make new ones.

Complete amino acids are found in animal sources such as meats, milk, fish and fowl (eggs).  They contain all the essential amino acids (body does not make essential amino acids) we have to get them in foods.  Incomplete amino acids are found in beans, legumes, nuts, nut butters and some grains.  This means that you have to mix them in order to receive the essential amino acids.  An example is eating rice with black beans to get the complete amino acids at a meal.  Amino acids are not stored by the body so they are used immediately.

Supplemental protease enzymes provided during digestion assist in the breakdown the proteins into proper amino acids for use by the body. 

Side Effects

A diet high in animal protein can contribute to high cholesterol levels or other diseases such as gout.

A high-protein diet may also put a strain on the kidneys because it is their job to clear excessive or poorly digested protein from the blood.

Not eating “enough” protein will cause the body to breakdown its own muscle in order to get the protein necessary for use.

Protein deficiency is very common and can show up in many ways.  If you tend to experience an intense craving of sweets instead try eating some protein and see if the craving does not go away.  This would indicate a need for protein not glucose.

Protein deficiency leads to: excess fluid on your body, thinning hair, ridges in your nails, skin rash, weak and tiredness, sleep issues, fainting or depression/anxiety.  You can have a blood test to have an evaluation of total serum protein.  Body Comp Analysis will measure your fat to muscle ratio for health.

If you have ever wondered why a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates works for weight loss here is an obvious yet simple conclusion. Protein cannot be stored in the body and is ever working to build muscle, tissue and cells (metabolism).  The theory is that the fat will be burned for energy therefore there is no fat build up.

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