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Food is our medicine, if we eat healthy choices. But, what foods really are healthy? This information helps diabetics and anyone else. So, listen-up!
Several avante-garde physicians have been curing and effectively curbing diabetes almost solely with diet. It really works, when you know what healthy food is. Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD and Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD and Dr. Robert Rowen, MD and several others, use a plant-based diet to prevent and reverse diabetes.
In fact, plants have always been the foundation of human diets. They can’t walk or run away!
People like to emphasize the “hunter”, but the “gatherer” really sustained human-kind. If you have any doubts about this, watch the reality TV show “Survivor” and see how hard it is to catch any animal.
Dr. Rowen, MD reports the following in an email I received this month:
There’s a four-food combination which lowers cholesterol better than statins
But, you won’t hear this from Big Pharma. A study on 34 subjects, all with high cholesterol, found that all you need to do is eat four particular foods to bring your numbers down.
“These four foods will give you the same LDL-lowering ability as a statin. But they go one step further than the drugs.”
The study found that just:
___ 3.5 ounces (one gram) of plant sterols
___ ~4.5 lbs (21.4 grams) of soy protein
___ 34 ozs. (9.8 grams) of soluble fibers
___ 49 ozs. (14 grams) of almonds per 800 calories did the job.
This is a lot of food, and long ago, in more natural times, probably human-size meals could have had these in smaller component doses. Today, people are so badly off that these large amounts are required. But, the study shows that food can bring you most of the way, even if it is just in more normal portions or in a concentrated form.
The study’s authors conceded this intervention could be a viable alternative to statin treatments, particularly for reducing the important, dangerous, small dense VLDL particles, which carry the highest LDL risk.
We both just love reports like this.
First, diet and nutrition trumps the drug!
Secondly, food does it better — we know that statins lower LDL, but not the small dense (dangerous) VLDL (that’s why statins just don’t work). Yes, they lower cholesterol, but not all cholesterol is dangerous.Your body makes cholesterol so it can be an internal band-aid, when acidic fluids damage tissues. Acidity happens from wrong food choices, poorly-functioning metabolism and even some happens as the final byproducts of optimal metabolism. Alkalizing your body daily will eliminate this problem and the need for internal band-aids.
Your body will then use its naturally-made cholesterol to make your sex hormones. Maybe the severe numbers of infertile people is because there’s little or no cholesterol left-over to make sex hormones!
In Dr. Rowen’s opinion, and other physicians do agree, statins create danger by forcibly lowering cholesterol. Your doctor gets excited that ‘you’re getting benefit, as your numbers are down’. But in truth, your doctor has deprived you of a needed natural chemical, and hasn’t even reduced the dangerous form of cholesterol.
But diet does do the job.
Plant sterols are abundant in veggies and fruit, as well as being in legumes (fresh beans and peas, as well as dried forms), nuts, cereals and seeds. All of these provide abundant soluble fiber. You can find soy in: soy milk, tofu, tempeh, miso, soy nuts and many other vegetarian foods in any health food store.
You also can find plant sterols in supplements like Advanced Cholesterol Formula from AdvancedBionutritionals.com . Two per day should be plenty to lower your cholesterol — even the dangerous cholesterol, says Dr. Rowen.
Dr. Whitaker, MD and I add:
When someone asks, “Are you getting enough fiber,” blood sugar control is likely not what you’re thinking it helps with. But a high-fiber diet is one of the most powerful tools for controlling anyone’s blood sugar levels.
Fiber slows absorption of food in the gut, promoting just a gradual rise in blood sugar levels, followed by a steady release of insulin. Therefore, this process also improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Soluble fiber is the best type for improving blood sugar control. Good sources of soluble fiber include beans and other legumes, apples, hemp seed and flax seed.
Here are Dr. Whitaker’s four easy steps to better blood sugar balance:
* Eat only healthful fats: The diet at the Whitaker Wellness Institute steers clear of saturated and processed fats and contains judicious amounts of olive oil, as well as omega-3 fats, which help to promote insulin sensitivity. These fats are found in wild salmon, hemp seed, flax seed, herring, cod and sardines.
* Eat a moderate amount of protein: Protein stimulates the release of glucagon, which is a hormone, made in a healthy liver, that mobilizes fat stores and turns them into energy. It’s important to include moderate amounts of low-fat protein at every meal or snack. Your body cannot process any more than about 4 ozs. of protein per meal, so any more than that is wasted! As protein is the most expensive nutrient, pay attention; you don’t want to be wasting money or nutrition!
* Eat the right type of carbohydrates: Most simple, sugary or starchy carbohydrates are quickly broken down into glucose, and then they enter the bloodstream rapidly causing a rapid rise in blood glucose, accompanied by a rise in insulin! Others are “good carbs”. These are: vegetables, legumes, and most whole grains and fruits, as they release their sugars into the blood stream more slowly, promoting healthy blood sugar control. Even so, reduce the amount of grains you use and the fruit, too.
Most of your diet should be veggies, legumes, some cold-water fish, a few fruits and lots of spring water.
* Exercise: Both aerobic exercise and strength training help to increase insulin sensitivity. A combination is best and using different areas of the body, one day off, next day on. Read last week’s article on the importance of muscle metabolism for your Health.
Dr. Whitaker adds, “Since the 1930s, numerous studies have shown that a high-complex-carbohydrate, high-fiber diet can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which is why I recommend that you make plant foods the mainstay of your meals.”
That says it all.
Best to all — Em
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