16 Feb 3 Sneaky Elements That Every Health- Conscious People Should Know
We use drugs- sugar, caffeine, alcohol, adrenaline or worse- to manage our energy and moods.
…Feeling fully energised and vitally healthy comes down to a very simple principle: take out the bad stuff and put in the good stuff.
– Dr Mark Hyman –
I love that phrase.
Because it never fails to remind me that it could just be as simple as that.
Because these elements can be addictive.
That is why I’d love to explore the 3 sneaky elements that you should know that can add fat to your belly and might take years from your life.
I was shocked with # 2.
You’re everywhere. And it’s so hard to resist you.
I’ve nothing against sweet stuff but the problem is that the poison is with the dose.
Sugar is like crack. Not only is sugar highly addictive and does not provide your body with any goodness whatsoever, it actually robs you of nutrients.
It enters quickly into the bloodstream and creates havoc on the blood sugar level, first pushing it sky-high-causing hyperactivity – and then dropping it extremely low causing lethargy. What’s worse is that sugar (fructose) literally stops your brain from registering that you’re full.
Let me give you an example.
Have you ever wondered why is it that after drinking 3 cans of Coke and you still don’t get full?
Fructose affects your hormones leptin and ghrelin.
And that is why you continue to gorge on food because your brain cannot register that you’re full.
We’re not about to launch a bashing session about sugar here. I believe in having good relationship with sugar provided we know where this cravings come from.
Is it due to boredom?
Sometimes people crave sweets when they are lacking supportive relationships.
Here’s some healthier alternative to sweet cravings: fresh fruits, sweet vegetables eg sweet potato.
As with natural occurring sugar, be mindful and exercise moderation on intake.
Dairy is nature’s perfect food- but only if you’re a calf says Dr. Mark Hyman.
Think about it for a second.
Humans are the only mammals to drink the milk of other species, who continue to drink milk into adulthood.
I’m not saying that we should give up the wide range of dairy products, but it is worth acknowledging that dairy is not an essential part of a healthy diet.
It’s difficult especially when affluent dairy industry invested so much money into making sure ads are telling us that you need milk for strong bones. If I were to ask, where do you get calcium from?
Chances are the first answer that comes to mind is milk!
Dairy can cause calcium deficiency.
During a 12 year period, Harvard University’s landmark Nurses’ Health Study followed 78,000 women and found those who consumed most dairy broke more bones than those who rarely consumed dairy.
Countries with the lowest rates of dairy consumption (Africa, Asia) have lowest rate of osteoporosis while countries with highest intake of dairy (US, Sweden) have highest rate of osteoporosis.
Shocking, isn’t it?
Because humans lose the enzyme needed to digest lactose (sugar found in milk), the sugars from dairy end up in the colon where they begin to ferment leading to cramping, flatulence and diarrhoea.
For a very long time, It didn’t cross my mind to why is it that I feel bloated most of the time after drinking Milo. I thought it was the norm.
Big food manufacturing companies love making this.
What is there not to like?
They tastes good, last forever and have large profit margin.
Grains are refined to lengthen shelf life and improve their aesthetic appeal.
Most people choose white rice over brown rice, because this is what they’re used to.
When we eat refined grains, it’s converted straight into sugar and starts doing damage.
I remember my ‘bread’ incident which I bought at a local supermarket. After eating a couple of slices for a few days, I forgotten all about it and went for a holiday.
Not until 2 weeks later when I was spring cleaning the room, I found the forgotten bread and guess what?! I didn’t find any moulds growing on the bread!
If moulds don’t even grow, shouldn’t that tell us something? – the amount of preservative used ( and consumed by us).
Never again did I buy bread from that place. Ever.
The challenge with sugar, dairy, refined grains is not only that they’re causing issues with your health but when they work together, things can be disastrous.
Think about a health issue that you have – Bloating? Skin breakouts? Diarrhoea?
Connect that with the food that you’re currently eating. Which of these sneaky elements will you gradually reduce in your food intake?
More importantly, notice the difference when you no longer eat them on a regular basis!
The results will truly amaze you.
Throttling the bad stuff,