You probably already know how healthy eating can cause you to lose weight, but did you know there are other side effects to maintaining a healthy eating plan?
Reduce Excess Water Weight:
As you know, eating the right amount of quality nutrients will ultimately lead to better weight control due to your body making better use of the calories you consume. But did you know that it will also help you reduce excess body water weight?
When you first begin the process of cutting out unhealthy calories from sugars and carbs, you could see a dramatic loss of up to ten pounds or more in your first couple weeks. While this may make you look and feel like you’re losing a lot of weight, this loss isn’t sustainable over a long period. While much of the loss will certainly come from a reduction in body fat, you will also drop a few pounds due to shedding excess water weight.
This is partly because this diet lowers your insulin levels and makes your body get rid of stored carbs, which bind with up to three times their weight in water.
Reduced insulin levels will also cause your kidneys to shed excess sodium leading to reduced water retention. Along with reduced body fat and water weight, you may also lose some weight due to having less waste and undigested food in your system.
Keep up with this practice because once you stop, the weight will inevitably find its way back.
Increase Energy Levels:
Eating nutrient-dense foods means having an increase in energy levels due to your body converting more energy per calorie. You will begin to experience a reduction in brain fog and have more energy in general.
Meals that are high in sugar, saturated oils, and starch cause sleepiness, sluggishness, and bloating. Just think about how you feel after a big holiday meal. By switching to healthy food choices, your body will begin to burn stored fat as energy. This will leave you with more energy to tackle your day to day activities.
Improve Female Fertility:
Maintaining a diet rich in healthy fats and protein and low in sugars and refined carbs can help regulate your ovulation schedule. It also increases healthy egg production, improving female fertility.
Harvard medical school published a review of past studies on the effects of several nutrients and vitamins on the body. Foods that were high in folic acid, vitamin b12, and omega 3 were linked to improvements in female fertility. The study also found that diets containing trans fats, processed meats, potatoes, and sweets had adverse effects.
This diet could also help improve male fertility as well. Studies have linked these vitamins and nutrients to an increase in the production of sex hormones and sperm count. It is unknown if the diet would have a direct impact on the sperm’s ability to fertilize the eggs, but the increase in numbers can play a large part.
Reduce Brain Fog & Memory Loss:
While you would think the digestive tract and the brain are working independently in your body, they are actually connected through a biochemical communication. An imbalance in this communication can lead to brain fog or cause memory loss.
Specialized nerve cells and immune pathways send chemical information to the brain, similar to the spinal cord. It’s called the gut-brain axis, and we are only beginning to understand how it works.
Studies have shown that there is a direct relation between the increase and decrease of specific gut bacteria and some mental disorders such as Alzheimers, Dementia, Schizophrenia, and even Autism. Double-blind studies have shown promising results where certain supplements had a positive cognitive effect on patients suffering from memory loss and brain fog.
Reverse Type 2 Diabetes:
Another benefit to eliminating sugar from your diet is that it reduces the risk and can even reverse the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Although type 1 diabetes is unavoidable, as it is believed to be mostly genetic, type 2 is preventable with weight control and proper diet.
By monitoring your sugar intake and being more mindful of healthy versus processed sugars, you will be able to decrease the chances of you or your family members’ risk of becoming diabetic.
The need for medications for type 2 diabetes can be eliminated through maintaining a healthy diet. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, try talking to a dietitian before taking prescription medication.
Replace Mood Stabilizers:
Your gut has a lot more to do with your mood than you might think. 90% of serotonin receptors are located in the gut, and the production of this feel-good chemical is directly linked to our gut bacteria.
Researchers know that the gut microbiota can produce or stimulate the production of neurotransmitters and neuroactive compounds, such as serotonin, GABA, and dopamine, and that these compounds can modulate bacterial growth.
Studies had shown that when groups were tested, those diagnosed with depression were deficient or missing specific species of microbiome, leading them to believe that your gut health plays a big part in mental illness.
Studies also that many people diagnosed with inflictions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), were also missing these essential bacteria and reported an increased rate of depression.
Sugar and Diseases:
As stated before, sugar is the leading cause of type 2 diabetes, but it also puts you at risk for a multitude of other diseases. Cancer is a more widely known disease that can be a direct result of the amount of sugar your body intakes. You are also more likely to be at risk for metabolic syndrome, heart disease, higher blood pressure, and obesity.
Sugar is one of the more toxic ingredients found in most foods today. It is linked to lower immune function, several diseases, and is addictive. It is better to keep yourself educated on the topic of refined sugars and to avoid processed foods altogether. If you have a sweet tooth and can’t seem to break it, supplement sugar with all-natural sweeteners such as monk fruit.
Healthy eating starts with the ingredients found in your food. Consume only whole foods and pay attention to labels for hidden sugars. Listen to your body, things like bowel movements, bloating, and abdominal pain can be a sign that there is something off balance in your bacteria. Even things such as mood, energy levels, and mental sharpness might be your gut telling you that there is something wrong with your microbiome health.
To best understand what is causing your illnesses, it is best to book a consultation with your local N.D. to arrange for testing.
As a registered functional medicine and naturopathic doctor in Kitchener Waterloo, my focus is on hormone imbalance and metabolic repair. Contact me today for personalized testing to identify your individual needs and create a sustainable approach to your health.
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