Nutrition & Gut Health

Medical Aesthetics & Laser Spa Serving Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, St. Albert & Nearby Edmonton, Alberta

We are drowning in a sea of simple sugars and carbohydrates. The obesity epidemic is just one extension of the problems with our food industry and the compromises that have been made to the food supply. In time, we will likely look back and wonder why industry was allowed to compromise the fundamental cornerstone of health. Until that time comes, making everyday choices in the products we purchase can influence the food choices available to us.
Nutrition is a key player in hormone health and one of the most important contributors to the health of your liver and adrenal glands.

Eat:

  • organic foods
  • protein
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • healthy fats

Avoid:

  • alcohol
  • sugar/artificial sweeteners
  • dairy
  • whole grain breads
  • refined/processed foods

General diet rules:

      • All meals should have a portion of protein the size of your palm
      • Avoid simple sugars and carbohydrates
      • Seek brightly colored fruits and vegetables grown above ground
      • Avoid ‘root’ vegetables—they are sugar in the form of starch
      • Small frequent meals every 3-4 hours reduce insulin levels
      • High insulin levels promote food storage as fat
      • High insulin levels lead to ‘accelerated aging’
      • Avoid artificial sweeteners—especially aspartame, as it is neurotoxic
      • Focus on buying the “Dirty Dozen” organically as they significantly increase your toxic load
        • Apples
        • Celery
        • Sweet bell peppers
        • Peaches
        • Strawberries
        • Nectarines
        • Grapes
        • Spinach
        • Lettuce
        • Cucumbers
        • Blueberries
        • Potatoes
 
Approximately 40,000 years ago humans evolved and at that time our diet was made up of approximately 30% protein, 65% saturated fat and 5% carbohydrates or sugars. Our metabolism developed on this high fat diet and ultimately is not adapted to the present diet. The average diet today looks much different with 20% protein, 20% fat and 60% carbohydrates. High proportions of carbohydrates in the form of grains and sugars have created the perfect storm for the obesity epidemic or what is now being coined ‘globesity’. Our body is unable to cope with the overabundance of sugar and so deposits it into fat tissue to protect itself. As we gain weight, our insulin levels rise and so does our craving for sugar. Experts in the field of human addiction say that sugar is actually more addictive than cocaine. It increases the production of feel good neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, giving us a high and causing us to seek more sugar! Talk about a vicious cycle.

Reduction of breads and carbohydrates is good for not only weight control, but also for prevention of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. In his book Grain Brain, Dr. David Perlmutter discusses the issue of grain, genetic modification and pesticide use as it relates to the human brain. Dr. Brown has only read one book 3 times in the last 2 years and this is the one! He has personally checked out all the references and it’s true, we can lose weight on a high fat, high protein diet! Especially, if we add intermittent fasting to this program.
Complex carbohydrates of many different colors grown above ground should be the carbohydrates of choice. They are nutrient dense, calorie poor foods that enhance our natural detoxification systems. Grains and packaged foods are nutrient poor and calorie dense foods—we should avoid them as much as possible.

 

We also have various other diet programs that may help you in targeting more specific concerns. These include the following:

When considering food selection, it is also important to consider exposure to pesticides and herbicides. We are swimming in a sea of chemicals that grossly over work our liver’s detoxification systems. All attempts to eat organic should be encouraged. To learn more on this subject check out our specific Detoxification Program.