Market day ✌
Incorporating more veg in your diet is the best way to ensure a daily delivery of micro and phyto-nutrients; vital for anyone in the process of re-balancing their body. With the prevalence of autoimmune and inflammation based diseases, it's a wise choice to eliminate as many inflammatory foods as possible, and replace these with veg and good fats.
If you are coming from a diet of very little veg, be sure to ease in to avoid any gastric stress from a sudden change to the microbiota in your gut.
If you frequently experience blood sugar drops between meals this is a strong sign cutting out sugar, processed foods, and grain will be of benefit to you. With a healthy amount of good fats, vegetables and sources of protein (whatever works for you) these insulin spikes can be avoided; maintaining consistent energy distribution between meals.
At an absolute minimum avoiding processed starches is recommended. These foods are digested into glucose in the digestive tract in such a manner that you may as well be consuming sugar. When you consume a processed food product with sugar in it, the absence of fiber results in the sugar heading straight to the liver; the only place where fructose can be processed. Your blood sugar levels spike, and as a response to this the pancreas releases insulin to bring these levels back to the normal range.
Over time you become insulin resistant, requiring more and more insulin to bring your blood sugar down. Repeated doses of insulin expose you to chronic inflammation, a host of degenerative diseases, and accelerate the conversion of calories into fat.
In the upcoming installment of the gut-brain series, I go into the details of what mental states can be manifested, and aggravated, by a diet of inflammatory foods; what inflammation is and why we should be concerned. We'll also discuss the notion that while disease can be complex, health does not need to be; introducing some simple but effective first steps to take to re-balance our microbiota.
Hope everyone has had a happy and healthy weekend!