“Macronutrients” Made Simple
Macronutrients or ‘Macros’ are the 3 primary nutrients we need in larger quantities to get the energy we need; they are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Generally speaking, people who expend more energy and are more active require more carbs, but not all carbs are created equally. The best source of energy-dense carbs are a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables!
So, all you have to do is eat lots of fruits and vegetables and you’ll get the best types of carbohydrates working for you, right? Kind of, but not so fast! Even if you’re eating all the right types and right amounts of fruits and veggies while avoiding bad starchy carbs, you still might not be getting all the nutrients your body needs!
Things like mycotoxins and mold can often prevent nutrients from properly reaching your body therefore causing all sorts of nutrient deficiencies. That’s where we come in! Once we’re able to determine your deficiencies, we can quickly and effectively provide you with the very best nutrients from a truly organic all-American 623-acre farm where all plants are grown in soil that is 100% free of pesticides and no chemicals are ever used.
At our clinic, we also have the skills, knowledge, tools, and technology to help you detect nutritional deficiencies that are not tested for by any western general practitioner or specialist. We use a powerful analytical tool called Nutrition Response Testing® to determine exactly what’s going on inside your body which allows us to better treat the issues you might be having. We also use functional biochemistry and powerful physics on specific organs to provide rapid results!
Although clinical testing to determine nutritional deficiencies should be a priority, eating lots of colorful vegetables and fruits is an excellent way to ensure you are starting to get the right kinds of carbohydrates. If you’re trying to lose fat, there’s even more reason for you to increase your vegetable intake because they are packed with dietary fibers that are crucial for proper metabolic activity. Dietary fibers pass through the gastrointestinal tract to assist in removing waste by attaching to toxins and excreting them out of the body, which helps reduce the risk of multiple chronic diseases. If you aren’t getting enough dietary fiber, we can assist with the detoxification process in our clinic by using carbon technology. Vegetables will also keep you fuller for longer and have the ability to increase your gastrointestinal health by feeding the good bacteria in your gut which helps increase your metabolism.
Phytonutrients are natural chemical compounds that give your vegetables color and can help prevent disease and keep your body functioning at the highest level possible. The best way to get all your phytonutrients is to ‘eat the rainbow’ because the variety of colors found in different vegetables represent the various phytonutrients your body needs. If you’re wondering whether or not you’re getting enough phytonutrients or to learn more about what they are, come see us in the clinic! We offer organic nutrients in capsule form if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get in your daily dose!
Raw vs. Cooked Vegetables:
Choosing to eat your vegetables raw versus cooking them makes a big impact on the amount of nutrients you’re actually going to get. When you grill, bake, or microwave your vegetables, you are depleting many of their natural vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients!
Blending vs. Juicing your Vegetables:
Although juicing is hailed by many as an excellent way to get more vegetables into your diet, it’s important to know what you’re actually getting in terms of their benefits. If you are using a juicer, you are only extracting the juice from the vegetables but you’re not getting any of the fiber. However, when you blend the vegetables, into a smoothie for instance, you are incorporating both the juice and keeping the dietary fibers they provide as well.
In addition to vegetables, fruits are also an essential and delicious source of carbohydrates, though they should be consumed in smaller quantities than vegetables because of their high sugar content. The sugar content is balanced by the dietary fiber they provide which helps slow the absorption of all that sugar down. Our experience and research in clinic have found that most people don’t need to eat as many fruits and veggies once they pull out all the toxins from their bodies, but in order to get to that point, the deficiencies need to be detected and properly understood. That’s why we encourage patients to come see us in the clinic and find out what we can do for them so they can start eating in ways that truly nurture their bodies, instead of just eating the way they think they should.
Lectins, Gluten, and Phytates: The Three Headed Monster
We have been told over and over again that eating grain is essential for fiber and nutrients, but this is simply not the case. The reason is because of what I like to call the three headed monster, lectins, gluten, and phytates. Lectin is actually considered to be a natural anti-nutrient for humans because it binds to the human intestinal lining to cause inflammation and lower metabolisms. An anti-nutrient can be understood as something that cannot be used by your body as a vitamin or nutrient. Gluten, our second culprit, is found in most processed foods and can elevate the body’s blood sugar level quickly, and phytates attach to minerals in the body and make them unavailable for absorption.
The worst carbs are the ones that are processed and can lead to insulin resistance thanks to their ability to absorb very quickly into the body. According to Dr. Mark Hyman in his famous book ‘The Blood Sugar Solution’, insulin resistance is the single most leading factor in weight gain, heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, and a rapid rate in premature aging. If starchy carbs like pasta and bread are ‘bad’ then liquid calories like sports drinks, soda, alcohol, flavored coffee, and juices are even worse! These simple carbs are no friend to your body because they spike blood sugar levels and lower metabolism causing insulin resistance.
The Goal: Make Good Choices for the Long Run
We strive to give you the knowledge and confidence you need to optimize your health and assist you in achieving your fat loss goals in a healthy and sustainable way. You know those fad no-carb diets that you read or hear about where people lose a ton of weight, then put it all back on in a short period of time? Well, the truth is, you shouldn’t be depriving your body of carbohydrates altogether; carbs belong in your diet since they are a vital macronutrient, however, it’s all about choosing the right types of carbs. By combining our extensive knowledge in clinical nutrition with our powerful analytical tools, we are able to gain a much fuller picture your health to truly assist you on your path to wellness. Eating lots of colorful vegetables, organic leafy greens, fruits in moderation, having little to no bad carbs, and of course, coming in to check out what’s really going on in your body, is what’s going to make the difference between seeing temporary versus permanent fat loss results.
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