Removal of refined sugar and grains in the diet has been shown to decrease weight, improve outcomes from most disease processes and decrease inflammation which is at the root of all chronic disease.
Healthy cells can use sugar or fat for fuel while cancer cells can only utilize sugar.
A ketogenic diet, one that is characterized by high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate intake has been shown to “evoke a physiological state similar to that triggered by exercise or fasting” and has been shown to “present a viable option as an adjunct therapy for cancer”.
From the 1960s (some say) through the 1990s, the Atkin’s diet was thought to have met that challenge and began to change people’s lives. The premise was to eat a diet void of grains and sugars, to add in vegetables and increase protein intake greatly. People were encouraged to “have a bowl of meat and sausages in the fridge ready to munch on” when you were hungry.
Since then, we have come a LONG way in our understanding of food and how it affects the body!
Double blind studies and anecdotal evidence has shown that a diet containing a lot of meat can be just as detrimental to health causing massive inflammation, kidney stress and disease as well as contributing to colon, rectal and prostate cancers.
The longevity diet has taken the “idea” of the Atkin’s diet and expanded it. According to the most current studies on diet and disease, a diet void of grains and refined sugars is still a must for a long and healthy life.
Diets rich in fresh organic vegetables, some fruit (in most cases), and small amounts of fish or other meat as well as nuts, seeds and purified water have been shown to give the body what it needs to help maintain health. Food sensitivity as well as blood type guide us in discovering what your body sees as beneficial, neutral or injurious.
Food has been said to be the “fastest way out” of a disease process or a “slow way” into one. The vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals in food are a way that you “medicate” yourself – for some three times a day and for others throughout the day!
Are you choosing the right “medicine” for your body?
Let us help you figure out what foods will help or hinder your healing journey!
(Quotes are from PubMed ID: 27557542)