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Food Facts

Knowledge is power. We will be well equipped to combat obesity and other chronic illnesses when we "Understanding" our metabolism, which foods benefit/harm us, and why.

Wondering why we get stuck, is one thing…
“Finding out” why is another. Discovery is alarming yet empowering.
Knowledge is the key to releasing stagnate behavior.
Below are our findings on how food and the body interact.
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How Does Food Impact Our Body?

Every food we eat has a range of nutritional functions which are specific to them. The nutrients in food are essential to our physical and mental functioning. These functions can be viewed as embedded “information” that triggers particular metabolic responses in our body. In this sense, food can be seen as a source of “information” for our body.

In other words, beside supplying our body with energy, nutrients give our body instructions on how to function. If we don’t get the right information, our metabolic processes suffer and our health declines; we become overweight, undernourished, while our risk of developing all kinds of chronic health conditions increases exponentially.

What does food do in our bodies?

Nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the growth, development and maintenance of our body functions. They enable the cells in our body to perform their essential functions. When our nutrient intake does not regularly meet the nutrient needs dictated by our cell activity, our metabolic processes slow down and eventually stop completely.

 

Thinking about food in this way goes beyond calories or grams, good foods or bad foods. This view leads us to focus on foods we need to consume in order to reverse our health problems and the foods we need to avoid which have been the causes of our health conditions in the first place.

Instead of viewing food as our enemy, we look to food as a way to create a healthy, nutritionally balanced environment for our body to heal. By excluding industrially produced foods (refined carbs, sweeteners, added sugars, gluten, trans fats, …) from our diet, we help our body to proficiently reduce disease conditions and recover to its Creator designed healthy state.

KETO Pills mealFor majority of physicians out there practicing mainstream western medicine, the default position is treating symptoms with pharmaceuticals. Presented with a problem, they immediately think drugs rather than focusing on the cause, which is sugar-loaded industrially processed diet. On the other hand it is truly surprising how many chronic problems are being treated since the beginning of 20th century and at the very least, made better by nutritional means only.

In short, what we eat is very important to our health. Almost all chronic disorders can be improved by a conscious change in nutrition; that is MyKetoPal‘s position.
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Why should we care?

We all know that we need to consume a balanced array of nutrients every day. Meanwhile, we also know that the Standard American Diet (SAD) lacks nutrients. Moreover, some of our processed foods include chemically-altered fats and sugars that give our body the wrong signals.

As a society we are facing significant health problems. In the United States 78 percent of healthcare expenditures are spent for the treatment of the symptoms of chronic diseases. Researchers are finding more and more evidence that diseases such as type II diabetes, obesityheart disease, stroke, brain disorder and certain cancers are attributed to a network of biological dysfunction. These conditions are in many respects related to diet. And the food we eat is an important factor in that dysfunction, in part because our diets lack the necessary balance of nutrients.

To prevent the onset of these diseases or reverse the escalation of symptoms, we need to know how nutrients in our diet interact and affect our body functions.

Step 1: Understand how the following work in our system

Step 2: Micro-nutrient basics

POTASSIUM IS THE KEY MICRO-NUTRIENT WE NEED TO GET OUR CELLS FIRING!

What is potassium? Why can’t we do without it?

Let’s first start with the basics. Little ol’ Potassium. Yaaaawn, right? Well if you knew the monumental impact that Potassium has on the overall revitalization of our cells and moreover our body, honey you wouldn’t be yawning.

Potassium, one of the most critical micronutrients for our body, is responsible for the following functions:

  • assists our heart function by aiding with proper transmitting and receiving of nerve impulses,
  • releases energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates during the metabolic process,
  • aids in the waste removal process in the kidneys and reduces risk of kidney stones,
  • reduces risk of bone loss as we get older, and
  • helps deliver oxygen to the brain.

How does potassium work & what does sodium have to do with it?

Potassium is one of the ‘key electrolytes‘ we need for the proper function of many of our body systems. In the absence of sufficient levels of potassium, our certain bodily functions break down.

Potassium and sodium work together in the tissues and fluids of our body, and each use of potassium requires use of corresponding amount of sodium to maintain perfect health balance.

Why is potassium critical for ketogenic dieters?

Potassium is crucial for fat loss. One of the critical functions of potassium is to help regulate the water and acid balance in our tissue cells. This is the case with our fat tissue cells as well. When we consume ample amounts of potassium beyond the estimated daily requirement, we fuel the accelerated breakdown of stored fat in these fat tissue cells.

So a diet rich in potassium laden foods is important for supporting our fat loss, get healthy journey.

To understand the role that Potassium works on healing the body, watch this informative video.

How much potassium do vegetables contain?

  • High-potassium foods (more than 200 mg per serving):
    • ½ cup of mushrooms (280)
    • ½ cup of fresh brussels sprouts (250)
    • ½ cup of cooked zucchini (220) or winter squash (250)
    • ¼ of a medium avocado (245)
    • ½ cup of broccoli (230)

 

  • Medium-potassium foods (50-200 mg per serving):
    • ½ cup of fresh cauliflower (150)
    • ½ cup of asparagus (155)
    • 1 cup of lettuce, all types (100)
    • ½ cup of fresh green beans (90)
    • ½ cup of frozen green beans (85)
    • ½ cup of cucumber (80)

How much potassium is in protein foods?

  • High-potassium foods (more than 200 mg per serving):
    • 3 ounces of baked or broiled salmon (319)
    • 3 ounces of roasted turkey, dark meat (250)
    • 3 ounces of cooked beef (224)

 

  • Medium-potassium foods (50-200 mg per serving):
    • 1 ounce of walnuts, almonds, and cashews (200)
    • 1 large egg (60 mg)

How much potassium is in dairy foods?

  • High-potassium foods (more than 200 mg per serving):
    • 6 ounces of full fat Greek yogurt (435)

 

  • Medium-potassium foods (50-200 mg per serving):
    • ½ cup of ricotta cheese (154)
    • 1½ ounces of chocolate (165)
    • ½ cup of full-fat cottage cheese (110)

 

  • Low-potassium foods (less than 50 mg per serving):
    • 1 ounce of cheese (20-30)

Step 3: Foods that help us

Step 4: Foods that hinder our health