7 Food Facts For Instant Energy
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7 Food Facts For Instant EnergyDiet Tips For Transforming Your Life
Food has amazing and powerful properties. It gives us the energy required to get through the day, delivers the nutrients we need while satisfying our desire for flavor, texture and deliciousness, and it has an incredible ability to affect our body in surprising ways. In my new book, The All-Day Energy Diet, you’ll learn how food impacts your body. The following facts may revolutionize the way you think about food, and steer you on a path to ultimate health.
1. Acidity Might Be Making You Sick
Numerous scientific studies have shown the benefits of an alkaline approach to eating for an arsenal of health issues such as rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, acid reflux, gout, loss of bone density, and more! A highly acidic diet makes red blood cells stick together, impeding blood flow and nutrient delivery.
• QUICK TIP: Acidic foods include glutenous grains, dairy, and meat.
2. Food is Medicine
Boosting your vegetable and fruit intake will have an incredibly positive impact on your blood alkalinity and thus your cell health. You'll be repairing your body on the cellular level. A large review of the literature in 2004 looked at the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and the incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and deaths from other causes. The study included intake from 71,910 females and 37,725 males. Of the food groups investigated, green leafy vegetables had the strongest protection against major chronic disease and cardiovascular disease. Essentially, the more greens consumed, the lower the risk of all disease and overall death.
• QUICK TIP: Clean up your diet, and heal your body.
3. Dairy Could Contribute to Weaker Bones
The Phosphorous-Calcium Link: The ideal calcium-to-phosphorous ratio for humans is 2.5 to 1. However, cow's milk has a calcium-to-phosphorous ratio of 1.27 to 1. Human breast milk has a better ratio—2.35 to 1, so it has more calcium in relation to phosphorous.
• QUICK TIP: Plant-based calcium is ideal for our diet and health. Get it from collard greens, butternut squash, kale, broccoli, and beans.
4. Cooked Food is Damaged Food
When is the last time you treated yourself to “raw” food? Chances are it’s been a while because the majority of our diets depend on cooked meats, steamed veggies, and canned or boxed pastas and sauces. These options are quick and tasty, but there’s one major problem: Nutrients are destroyed or leached out during the cooking process. Raw foods possess and give you more energy. Basically, you get more energy because raw food is high in enzymes and nutrients. Your body needs these enzymes and nutrients to work right. Without them, it begins to sustain damage and die…just like the food you’ve been eating.
• QUICK TIP: Shop for less! Shopping twice or three times weekly can cut down on food waste, and help you focus on the healing raw foods you really need.
5. Fat Isn't the Enemy
Forget everything you’ve been told about fat since 1980. Healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) include plant oils, nuts, and avocados. Unhealthy fats (saturated and trans fat) include fatty meat, lard, and margarine. One of the largest studies ever done on fats and heart disease—the Framingham study—tracked participants for 20 years, and among other measures, compared butter and margarine consumption and their effects on heart health. The study revealed that consuming just five teaspoons of margarine (in other words, what you could spread on two pieces of bread) per day significantly increased the risk of coronary heart disease when compared to eating the same amount of butter.
• QUICK TIP: Cook with coconut oil, drizzle olive oil. You’ll get energy-giving, slow-burning fats, and enjoy tons of flavor. No butter (or margarine) needed!
6. Caffeine is Stealing Your Energy
You may think that daily coffee is getting you through the morning, but the truth is really quite jarring. Caffeine beverages (namely, energy drinks, coffee, and soda) hit our bodies with a strong dose of caffeine, which wears down our adrenal glands and wreaks havoc on our blood-sugar levels. Out-of-whack hormones and dwindling energy result.
• QUICK TIP: Caffeine triggers the fight-or-flight response, which leaves you exhausted.
7. Our Ancestors Didn’t Eat Wheat
Don’t bag on the caveman! Though some people can take this one to the extreme, true health requires an understanding of what our bodies were wired to eat. Wheat and grains are relatively new to our diets, and our bodies aren’t evolutionarily prepared to process them. So, how did our ancestors fill their bellies with the fiber we so often attribute to whole grains? They ate fruits and vegetables.
• QUICK TIP: If you’re tired or bloated by the end of the day, try giving up gluten for 7 days, and see if the problem doesn’t resolve itself. Though it will be tempting, stick to fruits & veggies, and avoid the gluten-free substitutes. They’re often loaded with junk ingredients your body doesn’t need.
Ready to change the way you eat forever? If these food facts have got you wondering what to do, my All-Day Energy Diet offers up a 7-Day Real Food Restart that will introduce you to incredible new recipes designed to revive your energy, repair your body, and reboot your life.