Natural Carbohydrate Program
What Are Carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are the most common source of energy found in food. Most carbohydrates break down into glucose in your body after a meal. They can be complex or simple. If you eat simple carbohydrates, such as table sugar and white flour, your blood sugar will increase because these foods are quickly converted to glucose. If you eat a lot of simple carbohydrates, you can have very high blood sugar for several hours.
In order to maintain sugar levels, your pancreas has to release insulin. A lot of insulin results in an overworked pancreas which can promote adult onset diabetes–the number one cause of blindness, amputation, and kidney failure in the United States.
What are the Types of Carbohydrates?
Examples of natural carbohydrates that are full of fiber are whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans. White bread and white rice are examples of “bad carbs”. These types of simple carbohydrates are low in fiber and are associated with an increased risk for heart disease. Instead, selecting brown rice and whole wheat bread are better options. By choosing carbohydrates full of fiber, we can avoid increases in our blood sugar levels. That is because these types of carbohydrates get absorbed slowly into our system.
In order to get fiber, we must eat plant foods. Plant foods deliver vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that give us the nutrition we need to carry out normal cellular function. Herbs like garlic, onion, ginger, basil, oregano, curry and parsley are rich in antioxidants and are absolutely part of a natural carbohydrate diet.
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower as well as green leafy vegetables strengthen our immune system. Certain types of fiber found in oats, beans, and some fruits can also help lower blood cholesterol. Fiber also makes us feel full, which helps to prevent over-eating.
Why a Natural Carbohydrate Program is Important?
Let’s say you are able to afford the car of your dreams. Wouldn’t you wax it until it is shiny? Take it for an oil change every three months? Take it in for a tune-up? Or better yet, buy premium gasoline to put in the tank? Of course, you would, all in the hopes that your dream car would run for many years and not break down on the side of the road. We should do the same for our bodies – a much more sophisticated machine that is ours to love, nourish, and maintain.
Following a natural carbohydrate program is analogous to feeding our body premium gasoline. Just as there are different grades of gasoline, there are different grades of carbohydrates–“good carbs” and “bad carbs”. If we feed our bodies the right fuel, we will run efficiently, look good and outperform other people that eat fast food, processed foods, and high sugar containing foods on a regular basis.
Just remember to give your body premium gasoline in the form of a natural carbohydrate diet, give it an oil change/tune-up in the form of regular health check-ups and take it for a ride in the form of daily exercise!
The doctors and practitioners at ANWAN Wellness Medical Center have received special training in nutritional management geared at reducing the ill effects of poor dietary choices. They are ready and able to help you choose and manage the right Natural Carbohydrate Diet for you and your family. To learn more just click on the link “Counting Your Carbohydrates” and please feel free to view our sample Natural Carbohydrate Nutrition Program.
For a detailed health evaluation and a personalized assessment of your carbohydrate nutritional needs call for an appointment today to start your path to wellness.