Know your visceral fat and keep your sugar intake low
As we know, the immune system doesn’t like on-going inflammation.
Guess what is one of the major causes of inflammation in your body?
Too much insulin. And of course high levels of sugar and carbohydrate drive insulin.
And we all know that cancer likes sugar, so the less of it the better.
To say that high levels of sugar consumption over many years is a major contributor to disease is a massive understatement. A high glycaemic diet leads to more of the hormone insulin and this leads to hormonal in-balances and higher levels of inflammation which in turns leads to disease.
Sugar also promotes acidity in your body which leads to acidosis and disease.
Diseases such as cancer thrive on sugar. It is no coincidence that natural clinics for cancer around the world look at removing sugar from their clients’ diets as one of the key protocols for tackling cancer.
One of the major causes of the increasing levels of non-alcohol fuelled ‘Fatty Liver’ is too much sugar and carbohydrate. This can lead to metabolic problems where the fat around your organs can get too high.
This is a risk factor to your health. So the sugar in alcohol is probably doing as much harm in your body as the alcohol.
In a recent article I read:
‘If your regional body fat composition is higher than it should be, this increases your chances of certain conditions including: most cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, endometrial issues, peptic ulcers, non alcoholic hepatitis, gall bladder disease, cushings syndrome, polycystic ovaries, menstrual disorders, skin problems like cellulitis, lymphedema, stretch marks, hirsuitism, non alcoholic fatty disease, depression, asthma, gout, osteoarthritis, migraine, dementia, depression to name a few.’
Those of you that saw the health programme featuring Angel Ripon some weeks ago will know that you don’t have to be overweight to have high levels of visceral fat.
So knowing your levels could be useful.
The Tanita Body Composition equipment I have will make these calculations in seconds along with other readings such as body fat % and BMI etc should they be needed.
When people come to see me, I not only want to look at the immediate problems that are affecting them but also how we can keep them healthy in the future and prevent disease.
Getting your visceral fat to reasonable levels helps me to achieve this.
What foods are best for you?
There are many diets around at the moment and for sure, not one size fits all. It depends where you are on your health journey.
So getting your diet as good as it can be will always be a priority.
You are probably reading lots about the keto diet, a paleo diet, Mediterranean diet, fasting diets etc
One of the keys to success is to find a good balance that will work for you and that is one that you can follow easily.
The last thing you want is to have a dietary programme that causes you stress.
Its not all about reducing sugar of course, it’s about getting the balance right and ensuring you have lots of good antioxidant foods as well. This is another health factor that is in your control, so you may as well go for it. (I never said it would be easy although in most cases, an 80/20 rule will apply).
Every initial clinic will look at ways in which your daily food intake can promote a healthy metabolism and good health in general.