Is Your Diet Killing You?
By T.J. Hoban
Most people die of disease, not old age. The rate of heart attacks, Type II diabetes, obesity, strokes, hypertension and gastrointestinal disorders in this country just keep climbing. Many of the leading causes of death can be directly related to poor diet. Fortunately, all these of conditions can be greatly improved by positive dietary changes.
There are many factors as to why some people age faster than others. Advanced medical research tells us that hormones levels (HGH, testosterone, DHEA, estrogen/progesterone, cortisol) decline or change as we age. In addition, poor dietary habits are among one of the major factors that can contribute to accelerated aging in humans. For example, high glycemic carbohydrate intake(carbohydrates that cause a high increase in blood insulin levels) increase fat storage (lipogenesis), accelerate atherosclerosis(hardening of the arteries), and promote the glycosylation of proteins(when carbohydrates stick to proteins hindering the production and utilization of hormones, muscle building and repair, and immune function). This ultimately leads to accelerated aging and poor health.
A nutritional program designed to keep blood sugar low is crucial for the management of insulin. Implementing a diet in which food intake consists of low glycemic carbohydrates helps the body burn fat(lipolysis), reduces atherosclerosis and decelerates the aging process. In addition, by consistently eating a diet high in phytonutrients(plant nutrients), essential fats, lean protein and fiber we can provide our body with all the tools it needs to fight off foreign invaders, repair tissues and maintain a state of optimal health. In future articles, I’ll share specific nutritional guidelines and exercise programs to increase lean muscle mass and decrease body fat.
Eat smart, train hard, be happy.
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