Posts Tagged: Insulin

Why Am I Sleepy After I Eat?

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By Matt Stone There are three quick answers to this common question… Because you’re stressed. Because you didn’t sleep enough. Because you ate enough. Everyone in the health industry thinks that eating a meal should make you perk up and want to instantly break out into the Humpty Dance or other similar variant.  Maybe throw in a high-intensity interval while you’re at it.  Just for kicks.  If you do get sleepy after eating, your nutritionist or dietitian is ready to send you off to the lab for food allergy testing or start pulling out every delicious thing in the world from your diet.  No more sugar, dairy, or wheat for you.  Enjoy your brown rice and lean turkey breast.  Oh dear please don’t go swimming for at least an hour after a feast like that! Ironically,… Read more »

Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat?

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By Rob Archangel, 180DegreeHealth.com staff writer Welcome back to the Real Food Summit roundup. Today, I spent a couple hours listening to Gray Graham of the Price Pottenger Nutritional Foundation talk about epigenetics and the hereditary aspects of illness. That dude really doesn’t like high glycemic foods. He mentioned their alleged dangers probably a dozen times or more, and targets them for messing up our self-regulating good health. As Matt mentioned in a recent video, glycemic index is a lousy way to determine what you should eat or what sort of impact a given food is likely to have on you. Even if a given food spikes our insulin really high and really fast, it is our insulin sensitivity that determines whether this is problematic.  If we’re insulin resistant, we… Read more »

Dangers and Side Effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup

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It’s made from corn silly!  It’s good for you! Has anybody seen those ads?  The ones put out by the Corn Refiners Association?  I have. Not only are there numerous dangers of high-fructose corn syrup, there’s actually dangers of high-fructose corn syrup commercials – I laughed so hard when I saw those I nearly fell out of my chair and bonked my head. The high-fructose corn syrup dangers all stem from the fact that it is completely devoid of nutrients, extremely sweet and addictive, and loaded with an isolated, refined form of fructose that is very difficult for the human body to properly process. Astute researcher Gary Taubes calls fructose “the most lipogenic carbohydrate,” meaning that it has a tendency to get converted to fat more than any other type… Read more »

Metabolic Syndrome X Causes of Insulin Resistance & Metabolic Syndrome Diet

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Your eyes are getting heavy.  Look deeply at my swinging pendulum.  You are very relaxed.  Now let’s count down to one starting at five.  Five-four-three-two… Okay that was a pretty weak attempt to hypnotize you, but that’s exactly what I wish I could do.  I would love to perform some hypnosis on all earthlings and erase how they look at causes of insulin resistance and excess body fat – how it gets there, why it’s there, and what can be done to fix it and prevent it from getting there in the first place. Modern obesity researchers have really helped to paint a much better understanding of body fat by introducing Metabolic Syndrome X. For starters, consider that scientists have selectively bred a certain strain of mice to become overweight… Read more »

Cause of Type 2 Diabetes Info

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The cause of Type 2 Diabetes is obviously insulin related, but what causes abnormalities with insulin production? Typical Type 2 Diabetes info does not relay an accurate picture of the full story. It’s actually kinda stupid – as most diabetes sites equate corn and candy bars based strictly on a number on the Glycemic Index. 180DegreeHealth is committed to providing the real info on Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a long-term complication of a prolonged condition known as insulin resistance.  Insulin resistance is a term that describes the reduced ability for cells to store away blood sugar.  In essence, the hormone insulin, which activates the blood sugar storage process, becomes increasingly ineffective.  Instead of the pancreas needing to secrete a small amount of insulin to do its job, the amount required… Read more »

Blood Sugar Information – Effects of High and Low Blood Sugar

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Without question, one of the greatest epidemics of modern man is the epidemic of high blood sugar. High blood sugar effects include, first and foremost, elevated levels of the hormone insulin.  Insulin, a fat storage hormone named after “insulation,” leads to a disorder known as metabolic syndrome – a pre-diabetic condition that typically includes elevated triglycerides, high blood pressure, low HDL, and obesity.  This disorder puts one at risk for every illness associated with obesity, such as heart disease, most cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and type 2 diabetes – just to name a few. So right there, you have an incredibly powerful list of high blood sugar effects.  It increases the risk of: Heart disease Stroke Obesity Type 2 diabetes Cancer Depression and other emotional disorders Alzheimer’s and other neurological… Read more »

FUMP Day 19

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This journey is almost two-thirds done. Although, I can tell you right now, it hasn’t been much of a journey. It’s been pretty uneventful really, and I’m having trouble remembering exactly what it was I used to eat 19 days ago besides meat. Meat is pretty much synonymous with food at this point. What can I say? Induction symptoms are more or less over. Sleep has gotten better, dark coloration appears to be lifting from underneath my eyes, my pulse has slowed back down, I can exercise without feeling like fainting, etc. Before I started I thought this would be some kind of challenge. This has been no challenge. In fact, it’s like normal eating and cooking only it takes less time to make and a couple extra minutes to… Read more »

FUMP Day 12

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Yesterday we addressed appetite, metabolism, lipolysis, and some goodies like that as it relates to carbohydrate consumption. I would go into far more detail today, but I’m having some trouble sleeping on this all-meat diet! Dream recall is the best of my life; however, but for the last decade the majority of my dreams involve either urinating or defecating or both, and not being able to stop, so I can’t say the dream recall really thrills me. I go through at least 20 times the quantity of toilet paper in my dreams as I do in reality. Actually, my sleep has felt pretty good, and my energy levels are very stable and lasting. Still, the dark coloration under my eyes ain’t lookin’ so pretty. Energized perhaps, but a friend of… Read more »

FUMP Day 11

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The lack of hunger… On my commemorative 10th day I pointed out an unusual but fully expected phenomenon of hardcore carnivorism – lack of hunger. I attribute this primarily to a drop in insulin levels and the subsequent release of stored fatty acids through the pipes. On a recent trip to D.C. I visited the Library of Congress and dug up a nice classic on obesity, entitled, oh so cleverly, Obesity, edited by renowned obesity researcher M.R.C. Greenwood. Greenwood, in the final chapter in which he authors, goes into detail on perhaps the most important fundamental of appetite and obesity as they relate to the hormone insulin. The concept of fuel-partitioning, or as I’m now calling it, “the calorie greenhouse.” I’ve gone into detail on this phenomenon a couple times… Read more »

FUMP day 3

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“over the past 6 months I’ve been following a low carb candida diet 20-30 grams of carbs a day…” “…my severe constant runny nose got better but i still had days when I was having constant post nasal drip all day-I’m itchy at times, every few weeks I am up all night-insomnia but otherwise, I am also very tired and sleep 10-11 hours a night, hypoglycemic feeling/low energy-(I can barely work too low energy), low weight, I lost weight and can’t seem to gain muscle despite working out, body odor, bad breath, i cant tolerate cold temperatures that well, occasional diarrhea-i thought this was yeast die-off, upset stomach. I still have mild acne, and bad dandruff especially if I don’t wash hair…”This was written to me in a personal email… Read more »

Hypothyroidism

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It’s amazing to me how some of the most important realizations that I’ve come to over the past year have come from fragments of information obtained from some really misguided people. One of the biggest discoveries was differentiating between how complex starches and simple sugars affect the human body, shown to me by Terry Shintani, the author of a book touting an extremely low fat vegan diet. Through his work, he was able to show that complex starches leave sugar in the blood to be used as fuel, unlike simple sugars from fruit, cookies, breakfast cereals and the like, which causes insulin to rise higher than the level of blood sugar and induce hypoglycemia. This idea was further reinforced by Francine Kauffman of the American Diabetes Association, who discovered that… Read more »

Fat as Fuel

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The challenge of dealing with the obesity epidemic is one of the most interesting debates in the field of human health. Most people feel the answer is already there, “eat less and exercise more stupid.” Not so fast. The body has feedback mechanisms in place to maintain a constant weight. If you eat too little, metabolism slows down and you get more hungry. If you eat too much, metabolism speeds up and you get less hungry. Anyone can gain or lose a few pounds by suddenly changing exercise levels and food intake before these homeostatic mechanisms catch up, but going beyond those parameters is difficult unless the feedback mechanism is broken. The feedback loop is broken when there is inequality between the metabolic rate and hunger levels. An overweight person… Read more »

180 Degree Metabolism Sneak Peek (cont…)

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…In essence, if you have excess fat accumulating on your body, then there is a mismatch between your metabolic rate and your appetite. Your metabolic rate may be set for 2,000 calories a day to break even, but your stomach isn’t satisfied until you hit 3,000 calories. For a healthy person with a healthy metabolism, even overeating cannot induce excessive weight gain. In fact, in a force-feeding study performed on prisoners by Ian Prior in which the inmates were forced to eat 10,000 calories per day for several months, some of the subjects gained less than 10 pounds. That’s because our bodies can make natural adjustments to a surplus of food to prevent excessive weight gain. When we up our calories beyond what we desire, appetite goes down while metabolism… Read more »

180 Degree Metabolism Sneak Peek: "Fat and Hungry"

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…Basically yes, the calories you ingest is your income. Your insulin levels determine the percentage of that income that is diverted into savings. The higher the income, the higher the savings: the more you eat, the fatter you get, especially if those calories are in the form of simple sugars like sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup, which directly raise insulin levels higher when paired with a high-glycemic load and indirectly via their effect on cortisol and eicosanoids. Higher insulin levels mean a greater diversion of energy into storage, which means it takes an ever-increasing amount of food to satisfy your active tissues, and it is the demand of the active tissue that determines whether or not your are satiated. Therefore, instead of your metabolism rising with the surplus of food,… Read more »

180 Degree Sneak Peek – Hyperinsulinemia and Friends

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…Carbohydrates alone do not cause insulin resistance. Having your insulin levels rise over and over again in response to carbohydrate-rich meals does not solely lead to insulin resistance and the compensatory hyperinsulinemia that is at the core of modern diseases. Most people on the low-carb side of the fence would have you believe that our Paleolithic evolutionary genetic programming has left us incapable of ingesting so many carbohydrates – that the amount of carbohydrates we’re currently eating is too much. That’s what the low-carbers really believe, that the human being is not designed to eat but a tiny amount of carbohydrates. Here are some kinks. Some of the healthiest, leanest, and longest-living human groups ever discovered eat a very high carbohydrate diet. The Sikhs of India and the Hunzas of… Read more »

Eat Better, Not Less

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To be published July 1st in Healthy Planet’s Aspen Edition: So you are feling a little softer than you’d like. Sugary treats have become part of your daily life, most of your solid food intake is crunchy and comes in a shiny bag (with either a Cheetah or a picture of Paul Newman on it), and you’re suspicious that the antioxidants in that dark chocolate may not be helping your cause. Exercise, once a habit, has fallen by the wayside. Even the thought of it sounds like torture. You bump along for a while in this mode, getting ever more disgusted with yourself, and then one day you shout, “that’s it! I’m not gonna take it anymore!” In a fit of self-loathing you decide that you hath sinned and it’s… Read more »

Malabsorption

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First off, apologies to my long-time followers for always being so preoccupied with Weston A. Price and others that witnessed the sudden dramatic decline of health at the dawn of modern food. But the shift of human health really dominates my thinking. From the beginning I’ve really been perplexed and driven to understand how and what, specifically, brought about this shift. As a very brief recap for all the newbies, Price directly observed a dramatic change in physical, mental, and even societal health amongst several independent groups of humans worldwide, as they were exposed to modern foods for the first time from a previously natural, nutritious, and untainted diet. Highlights include improper formation of facial structure resulting in crooked teeth, something we now just consider to be normal and “genetic”… Read more »

The Dynamic Duo

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Batman and Robin, Kobe and Shaq, Starsky and Hutch, Mary Kate and Ashley – the world is full of tag team duos. Now of course these duos couldn’t have become what they are without some support. Batman has that like, smart butler guy, Kobe and Shaq had a bunch of other big dudes on the team, Starsky and Hutch had police scanners and guns, and we all know that Mary Kate and Ashley wouldn’t be didley squat without Uncle Joey, let alone Deej, Sags, and Dave Coulier. There is a digestible dynamic duo as well, and sure they’ve got support from elsewhere, but a meal without these two lacks metabolic healing power. A meal without the duo is like, well, Michael J. Fox when he’s not wolfed out, and when… Read more »

Tight Like a Tiger

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Now I’m no Tim Ferriss, but I’ve had some pretty good real life experiences on altering my body composition. After a trek in the Himalayas I was scrawny and emaciated. One time, for a couple of weeks, I had a body like Bruce Lee while on the Wind River Diet. And as a kid, I was straight up chubby, but it was all good. The Fat Boys were in their prime, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to rap about being imprisoned for breaking into fast food restaurants, binge eating, and falling “asleep with my face in my plate, and the next thing ya know, I wuz headed upstate.” I will say, in my defense, that I was probably one of the best Caucasian beat-boxing 4th graders in the nation. When… Read more »

Fruc Fructose

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Fructose is a kind of sugar. There are many kinds of sugars: sucrose, lactose, galactose, maltose, dextrose, raffinose, glucose, and bunches more. Fructose is just one type. Fructose is famous for being the type of sugar found in fruit. Because of this association with fruit, considered to be a very nutritious and overall healthy food to be included in the daily diet of every man, woman, and child, fructose has been given unfair judgment. We might want to take a moment to investigate fructose a little further though, because there’s a legitimate possibility that it is the biggest single contributor to chronic disease. For realsies. As those who have done their homework have discovered, there is a striking correlation between the availability of refined sugar and the widespread onset of… Read more »