D. S. McGerk | april/16
Why do we Eat?
D. S. McGerk, we are obsessed with the wrong kinds of foods. We need to understand "Why do we Eat"; and we need to use food to bring balance into our lives. Reviewing our eating habits is the goal.
It seems that we have gotten side tract by modern society and its reliance on processed foods to give flavor, and have forgotten our bodies' need for nutrition. We have succomed to "Palatability" and "Sweetness" as driver of eating. Humans have unlearned eating for Healthspan and Lifespan. We can get fresh foods year round; therefore; rethinking our eating habits and reliance on processed foods should change for the better.
Food supplies both nutrients and calories. Calories are a measurement of "energy", and come from only three sources - carbohydrates, fats, and proteins (Macronutrients). We use SELF Nutrition Data - know what you eat, (Data) as they always provide this calorie analysis of macronutrients, along with many micronutrients within each food.
Micronutrients are non-caloric food factors, such as vitamins, minerals, fibers, and phytochemicals. These non-caloric nutrients are vitally important for good health. The key to optimizing your health and achieving your ideal body weight is to eat predominantly those foods that have a relatively high proportion of nutrients (non-caloric food factors) to calories from macronutrients - fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
Macronutrients - of the three macronutrients in our diet (protein, fat and carbohydrates), only carbohydrates are non-essential for human life. We do use carbohydrates for fuel energy but is not as efficient as ketone energy. We eat carbohydrates because they are building blocks of all living things and carry with them the micronutrients and minerals we need. There is no known human carbohydrate deficiency disease, but many "High Carbohydrate Diseases - HCDs", to include Cancer, Insulin Resistence, Metabolic Sysdrome, Cardio Vascular and Longevity, and Death by Sugar, just to mention a few. Professor Tim Noakes give a summary of the human condition Human History and Medical aspects of a Carbohydrate Lifestyle | september/2014.
The Antioxidant Macro/Micro-nutrient Smoothie, is a very versatile food. It maximizes nutrients, antioxidants, replenishes electrolytes, by using coconut water, nuts, raw vegetables and fruits. Much better than energy drinks, (Note 1,2) as it is built with whole foods - added by you! (Note 3) Some of the best personal trainers use this as a snack at mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and evening. The idea is to always have some of these powerful antioxidants and micronutrients (Note 4) available to our body throughout the day. This smoothie can easily be split into 3 parts and replace snacks on a daily basis. Leftovers - add a Kefir or Lassi, making it a perfect breakfast drink.
NOTES: and some needed items we like ...
- Energy drink: energy simply means calories, usually 250 to 375 calories per bottle (or can). Not enough calories for a true meal, but a lot for a snack. One-quarter to one-half of the calories in most drinks come from various sugars (not lactose), though some brands have reduced their sugar content somewhat.
- High-protein drinks: contain 10 to 20 grams of protein (compared to 8 grams in a cup of milk, 10 grams in a cup of plain yogurt, or 7 grams in an extra-large egg).
Protein by itself won't build muscle, a whole food approach is needed as it brings along the antioxidants, nutrients, and probably another 1000 things we do not yet understand. This recipe starts with 11 grams of
protein just from
Nuts, no better whole food and
Mother Planthas packed everything in and around the nut to give its' off-spring its best chance to survive and grow.
- Complete nutrition: is a misnomer and these drinks typically supplies 15 to 50 percent of most vitamins and minerals, but contains few if any of the other potentially beneficial substances in foods, such as the carotenoids in fruits and vegetables. In addition, most brands contain no fiber.
- Micronutrients: called micronutrients because they are needed only in minuscule amounts, these substances are the magic wands that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development. As tiny as the amounts are, however, the consequences of their absence are severe. Iodine, vitamin A and iron are most important in global public health terms; their lack represents a major threat to the health and development of populations the world over, particularly children and pregnant women in low-income countries. (WHO) (8)
- We are after cancer fighters like isothiocyanates which turn on phases I, II metabolism and detoxification enzymes for cell protection, and vitamin K for blood clotting and calcium control. (9,10)
We need K (potassium) at 2 X that of Na, but, it is very hard to get in modern diet. The Heart relies on this balance, and our bodies work hard at balancing these ions.
The kidneys workd to balance the K/Na and flush out with excess Na sodium, but we can end up with electrical system impalances. (9,10)
The Na+/K+ ATPase ion transporter (Wiki), which is a critical functioning part
of every animal cell, plays a major role in cellular malnutrition and dysfunction.
Potassium [K+] is a critical element. We get plenty of sodium [Na+] and the body can balance the calcium [Ca++], as it stores that in our bones. Chloride [Cl −] comes along with Na and the Chlorine in our water. The Na+/K+ pump is responsible for transporting nutrients and maintaining cell volume. Potassium aids in muscle contraction, nerve impulse, and heart function. Potassium is hard to get, USDA DV is 4700mg. This is hard to get without the proper diet. This must be tracked we need to work overtime to get 4700mg potassium [K+] to get it in our diet. Supplemented as
Potassium Citratethere is a sustained improvement in calcium balance in older men and women. (21,22,22a)