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If you suffer with any type of ailment, one of the best things you can do is look into the science behind ketogenesis, or a fat adapted diet. This intentional approach to altering your metabolism can prove beneficial in a multitude of ways.
For most of us, our bodies utilize the carbohydrate as the primary source of fuel. For the most part, no matter how it’s consumed (candy bar, bread, pasta, etc.), carbs are essentially broken down into glucose molecules which trigger insulin release and subsequent glucose delivery to individual cells, to be utilized as fuel for the metabolic processes that keep us going.
The problems arise when the carbohydrates are delivered in abundance; any time, any where. This leads to our bodies being full as far as immediate fuel needs go, and thus the excess carbohydrates broken down in the form of glucose, is stored as fat. This flooding of glucose also leads to the already full cells reluctance or outright refusal to accept the glucose from the insulin delivering it, and thus we have the development of type II diabetes and the cascade of detrimental health effects.
Investigating and potentially implementing the ketogenic or fat adapted diet can prove advantageous to reverse the above trends. Despite the metabolic majority, our bodies are actually able to, and some would say prefer to burn fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates. (When fat is broken down into energy a ketone body is the molecule created, and thus explains the “ketogenic” label.)
Once the flooding of carbohydrates is mostly replaced with high quality, healthy fats (avocados, coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds, olives, etc.) the body will start to shift towards burning fat as fuel. Another key piece to this puzzle is implementing some form of fasting.
WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! Please hear me out and don’t run for the doors due to the mention of fasting. Fasting comes in many ways, shapes and forms and the key is to find the one that works for you.
(Always consult with your healthcare provider before potentially implementing any strategy on this site, especially the diet and lifestyle alterations included in this article).
Different combinations can be done for varying duration and frequency. The key is to get to a point when the glucose abundance is no longer present, and your body naturally begins to switch over to burning fat for fuel, in the form of those healthy fats we mentioned, but also any excess body fat you would like to send packing.
Naturally at this point, body fat begins to be shed and blood sugar/insulin levels begin to normalize due to the break in reliance and abuse of the glucose-insulin process. The potential benefits extend way beyond this, and can even be utilized as a way to prevent and combat cancer as it has been long documented that cancer cells thrive on glucose. When you eliminate it’s fuel source (the carb, sugar, etc.) you essentially starve the cancer cell.
A ketogenic diet by way of intermittent fasting and macronutrient modification can also have neuro-protective effects as it encourages the proliferation of something called Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor or BDNF. This chemical has been found to strengthen existing neuronal pathways as well as grow no ones. Did you hear that? The potential to grow new brain cells by intelligently modifying the diet and lifestyle. Think of the treatment and prevention possibilities for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s, MS, etc.).
How about naturally enhancing HGH and testosterone for quicker muscle recovery and better performance? Well, this is yet another way in which the ketogenic diet, when properly implemented, has been shown to be beneficial.
The list can go on as far as the benefits of switching your body’s capacity over to the optimal, preferred fuel source. The research and results are pouring in and it is time to put to rest so many of the antiquated theories having to do with nutrition and diet.
If any of this appeals to your malleable appetite, please feel free to reach out. We would love to discuss if this could be an advantageous idea for your unique situation and how we can successfully implement an approach based on a better understanding of the latest science when it comes to nutrition and beyond.
Be well my friends and keep your eyes and ears open. The information and opportunity is there. It is time to seize it.
When we work with patients in an attempt to improve underlying function by way of ridding the body of toxins and potential triggers, healing and sealing the gut and balancing the immune system, we often focus on dietary and supplemental support. Mainly we are making changes as to what goes IN the body.
However, we often overlook what could potentially be the major source of systemic irritation and continued suffering. We often overlook things like our everyday toiletries and cosmetics. These are items that we voluntarily apply to our skin and thus invite into our bodies, sometimes numerous times a day. The simple fact is that what we put on our body is just as important as what we put in our body because what we put on our body goes into our body.
When you apply a product to your skin, whether it be deodorant to the arm pit, lotion on the hands, or makeup on the face, the ingredients of that product are absorbed through the skin and into the circulatory system. It is here where they can now travel the bloodstream, gaining access to any and every organ of your body, including the brain.
This is why as you continue your journey to wellness enlightenment and longevity, reading the labels on ALL items, not just food becomes an essential practice.
If you decide to be proactive and take a gander at the fine print label you will often find ingredients that you either can’t pronounce or make you scratch your head. I implore you dig a little deeper into each ingredient. You may find independent studies (not funded by the company that stands to incur a financial gain off the success of the product) done on those particular ingredients that may lead to the use of words like “carcinogenic,” or “endocrine disruptor.” These words are thrown around so often due to the extensive menu of modern ingredients that they often lose their significance or meaning altogether.
Let’s start with the first one; carcinogenic. This means cancer causing. Yes, the one and only devastating cancer. The one that continues to claim an increasing number of lives each year despite the acknowledged fact (by the World Health Organization) that approximately half of these cases could be prevented if current medical knowledge were acted upon and lifestyle strategies were implemented. These lifestyle strategies include the voluntary daily use and topical application AND THUS SYSTEMIC APPLICATION of products containing carcinogenic ingredients.
One of the reasons a word like carcinogenic loses it’s steam is due to the prevalence of cancer. We become so inundated with studies demonstrating a possible cancer link here or an increase in tumor growth there, to the point that a surrender to circumstance is summed up in the phrase: “everything causes cancer.”
Well this simply is not true. In actuality certain lifestyle modifications are shown to do quite the opposite and vice versa. The above referenced phrase serves as the proverbial white flag and explanation that I’ll continue to do what I want despite the information suggesting that it may be detrimental to my health and length of life.
The term endocrine disruptor is used to refer to interference with the normal expression of hormones. However, even when we use the term hormone disruptor, the extent of the widespread ramifications are usually not fully understood. When most people hear the word hormone they mainly think of the sex hormones; testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, etc. While disruption of hormones does indeed include these, it extends well beyond that.
One of the intricate mechanisms the internal body utilizes for communication and subsequent function is carried out by chemical messengers known as hormones. These hormones range from the aforementioned reproductive hormones (which are vital regardless of age), the oh so popular thyroid hormones, the adrenal (stress) hormones, human growth hormone or HGH which helps us repair daily damage and has been touted as the anti-aging hormone, to Vitamin D which is actually considered a hormone due to all of the changes and processes it is involved in throughout the body.
The reason why this can be such a serious issue is due to the fact that our bodies operate as an interwoven matrix in which balance is key. Any disruption of one aspect will have a direct effect on another. Overworked adrenal glands having a dampening effect on the thyroid gland, for example.
For something to be labeled as a potential disruptor means the potential to throw off homeostasis or balance exists. This can contribute to sleep disturbances, issues with blood sugar handling and fat storage, hypo or hyperthyroid symptoms, slow wound healing or prolonged muscle soreness, hot flashes, fertility issues; and the list goes on. This is not a term to be taken lightly, especially if you have a poor diet or are a growing child.
In the case for carcinogenic or endocrine disrupting ingredients, often times the argument is made that the tests were done on animals so we don’t know how it will effect humans, or that the amount used in the product is so small that it’s harmless. First off, an ingredient doubling the rate of tumor growth in any life form should be a red flag. If there is any doubt as to safety and an option exists, especially when it comes to cancer, wouldn’t it be wise to exercise that option rather than turn a blind eye to research? It’s all about stacking that deck here people.
Secondly, while there may be small or even trace amounts of certain substances within a product, many times these are products that are applied and reapplied to the skin on a daily basis. As we’ve covered, this provides open access to your body via absorption through the skin and into the bloodstream. Chemicals and toxins can then continue to circulate, often times in more toxic forms due to other metabolic interactions that take place within the body. These toxins can then bioaccumulate in the body, mostly in fat (brain is ~70% fat by the way).
So you see even using small amounts can accumulate if the application is a daily ritual. Add to this the potential impediment to breaking down and excreting these chemicals if there is sluggish liver function, which can be caused by toxic overload. This is a real “chicken or egg” situation and is why using safer products and providing the liver with the support it needs with an annual detox/cleanse are two essentials for wellness.
In closing, let me just reiterate what I’ve said before. There is no full proof way to achieve a guarantee for disease avoidance or even premature death. However, there does exist ways to potentially facilitate that process in one direction or the other.
When it comes to the often overlooked ingredients in our skin care products and their similarly underestimated far reaching effects, it would serve as another strong step in the direction of clean living, wellness, and longevity to avoid these chemicals; even if the potential exists. Why increase your potential for cancer or hormone disruption if you don’t have to?
Need help getting started? Don’t know where to find alternative products? Let us know and we’d be happy to share with you the products we utilize for our own family.