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Posts Tagged ‘simple carbohydrates’

A Carbohydrate Reminder

Posted by terrepruitt on November 18, 2010

Sometimes we need to be reminded about things . . . at least I do.  This is a brief stripped down reminder.

Carbs equal sugar in the body

Excess sugar equals excess insulin

Excess carbs equal excess insulin

Excess insulin equals increased appetite and a spike in dopamine

Dopamine is the pleasure hormone.

When you get a rush of pleasure with what you eat it tends to encourage you to eat more for more pleasure.  To get that rush.

This type of situation can cause cravings for simple carbs.  This could be an addiction to simple carbs.

So carbohydrates are not unhealthy it is the simple ones that are the culprits.  When there is too many they rush into the body’s system and cause all the excess.  Then it becomes a vicious cycle.

Excess insulin also signals the body to store the excess carbs as fat.

Exercise helps burn off calories.  Nia is a great exercise to burn off the calories.  🙂

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Inflammation

Posted by terrepruitt on October 30, 2010

Inflammation is a good thing . . . . normally, when it is acute.  When it happens in response to an injury, or bacteria, or when it is fighting an infection.  When it does its job and helps the body heal it is amazing.  But chronic inflammation is not a good thing.  When the immune system is a little off and there is constant inflammation in the body it is not good.  The body should not be in this state of “fight” for prolong periods.  It should fight the issue and then go back to a normal state, but it does not always do this. 

Constant or chronic inflammation is the cause of conditions such as arthritis, and it is being linked to many illnesses/diseases including; autoimmune diseases, obesity, hay fever, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, wrinkling skin, and even depression . . . to name a few.  It is as if our immune system is working overtime and not allowing our body or body’s system to be in balance. 

Some things thought to contribute to inflammation:  our diet, our habits, and our environment.  Trans fat, saturated fats, omega 6 fat, refined sugar, and simple carbohydrates are things contained in our diets and could be pushing our immune systems into an unhealthy state of being.  Even eating more protein, carbohydrates, and fat than we need is suggested to contribute to inflammation.  Lack of exercise is a contributing factor, along with smoking, and stress.  The toxins in our homes and work places, in all of our lives could be additional factors.  When you add all of that up we are literally assaulted daily.  It is no wonder our bodies can’t fight off all of the diseases and the diseases are on the rise.  It is no wonder that more and more people are being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases–our bodies are fighting themselves.

To me, its something to think about.

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