Ketosis Involves Switching from Carb Burning to Fat Burning for Better Health!
You are not just what you eat – what you eat affects how your body processes energy. How you process energy profoundly affects your physical condition. Healthy cells and organs, weight loss and vital energy are all defined by the state of your metabolism.
Most of us have adapted in a sort of personal evolutionary process to become dependent, read ‘hooked’ on carbs. As a result, we accumulate fat while relying on carbs, driving both weight gain, unstable blood sugar levels read ‘highs and lows’ in both mood and energy, and even stress on the nervous system and the creation of mental health pressures.
To improve your overall health, you can try a diet that raises ketone levels in your body and reduces carbohydrates such as potatos, white rice, bread, buns, cookies, refined sugar and other simple carbohydrates. This approach causes the body to burn fat as your fuel instead of glucose for your energy source. Island Healthworks recommends 70% fats and proteins, plus 20% mixed vegetables, and finally, 5% fruit, 5% carbs, since these last two items are so high in sugar. Fats should consist of non trans-fat, clean fats such as coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, olives and organic butter. Proteins intake should be comprised of nuts, seeds, beans and peas, eggs, fish, especially wild salmon and poultry. Carbs can consist of healthy foods such as organic potatos, quinoa, rice and millet in moderation.
Keep in mind that you should try to find organic products to the extent possible for your diet.
In a state of ketosis, the body burns fatty acids instead of carbs to create ketones as a replacement fuel for the liver glycogen stores that are being depleted. Deriving the name from the old German word Aketon, meaning acetone, ketones are organic compounds containing carbon and oxygen molecule groups. Their presence indicates alternative source of fuel is being utilized as a switch is flipped to enable a pure “fat burning for fuel mode” as discussed by health author and diet expert Kevin Geary.
Running on ketones through the burning of fat, the body is able to operate both physical and mentally without relying on addictive, blood sugar destabilizing carbs and depending on glucose to such a detrimental extent.
There are three primary factors to consider when transforming your metabolic processes through ketosis.
Understanding Human Needs & Adaptations Helps Guard Against Weight Gain
Weight Gain and Obesity is an epidemic, especially in North America. The problem drives millions of dollars of investment in weight loss, but successful reductions in weight can be elusive when the underlying causes are not addressed. Conflicting information is daunting to the average person and may add further uncertainty to the mix.
As explained in our previous article on environmental adaptations, “Human health is closely related to a range of adaptions that we have developed in order to live in our environment. Many health challenges occur when conflicts arise between our natural adaptations and what we have come to expect from our bodies.” Obesity is a rising concern due to the comprehensive set of pressures the condition places on the body, while at the same time, multiple root factors contribute to obesity.
Blood Pressure Affects many Body Systems. Learn with Island Healthworks!
Blood pressure issues are increasingly well known conditions that affect a significant percentage of adults in North America. Unlike some conditions, it is hard to point to a single cause of high blood pressure, which is known as hypertension, or the rarer condition of hypotension, which involves excessively low blood pressure.
Blood is a fluid that delivers nutrients to different parts of the body, and also carries waste products away so they can be efficiently eliminated. The behavior of the blood in the circulatory system is akin to the behavior of water in a pipe. Without proper water intake and nutrients, blood flow patterns and blood pressure may be affected over time.
Why Do Weight Loss and Lifestyle Programs Fail?
At Island Healthworks we wish you a Happy New Year and lots of success and discovery in 2015! We are pleased to be able to take the opportunity to answer some of the leading questions relevant to health related New Year’s resolutions as our contribution to your year.
Looking and feeling the best they can is what most people want. But to take the right action to achieve that is another matter.
Of all the New Year’s resolutions we make one can make, health and lifestyle are at the top of the list for most people.
Enjoy Your Holiday Season and A Big Thank You!
At Island Healthworks, we are grateful for all the support, encouragement and forces of success we have received through our valued customers and fellow members of the global community.
As we reach the end of 2014, we would like to celebrate our core achievements this year. We measure our achievement by the differences in peoples lives that we make and our impact on general knowledge and awareness in the health field. Our new Weekly Health Blogs have been read and shared by many users, while new approaches to health and meaningful community connections are worth celebrating.
The Liver: Your Largest Internal Organ Controls Metabolism, Detox & Synthesis
The liver is both a hardworking organ and a vulnerable body system component. Located just below the diaphragm in the abdominal cavity, the liver is composed of two specialized cell types.
Often viewed purely as a detox organ, the largest solid organ in the body after the skin has nearly 500 roles in the body! Linked to the heart, gastrointestinal tract, spleen and pancreas by major blood vessels, the liver contains specialized lobules.
Chronic Inflammation Often Remains Undetected, but Has Serious Implications
If you look at any disease, health concern or medical condition, you are likely to find inflammation at the root as an underlying cause.
According to some of the most interesting and progressive health writings by medical doctors, inflammation in of itself is actually a good thing in many cases. However, too much of a good thing is sure recipe for problems down the road, and excessive inflammation drives serious illnesses and even apparently terminal conditions.
Exercise is Important to your Health, but Pursue Balance & Moderation!
Human beings developed the ability to handle extensive physical activity due to traditional lifestyles that included strenuous requirements to gather food and survive in challenging environments.
In a modern society, day to day physical pressures are often reduced, but the need for physical activity remains the same, whether you have a physical job or not! We are quite literally built for work and we suffer without it.