Health Wisdom—Reach for Nutrition!
December 22, 2008 by Bob Livingston
Want a real gem of health wisdom that few people have ever heard of? Our bodies have a far harder time processing food than we can imagine. Overeating causes impaired metabolism leading to insulin resistance, abdominal obesity and inflammation. How serious is this? The answer is that they are markers for heart disease and cancer.
When food intake is excessive (not necessarily a glutton), particularly foods with a lot of empty calories which we call nonfoods, there is tremendous metabolic stress.
Studies where rats are restricted in their calorie intake but not in their nutrient intake have repeatedly shown that these animals live up to 40 percent longer than rats allowed to eat as usual or all they wanted.
And not only do these calorie-restricted rats live longer, they also live better. That is, they are protected from developing the usual diseases of aging such as arthritis, diabetes, dementia and cancer.
They also look great with thick, shiny coats, full sets of whiskers and shiny eyes. On top of this, they run through mazes as well as much younger rats. The same result was achieved with a variety of test animals.
Less food and more nutrition! This means to leave off the empty nonfood calories because this is what we eat the most of and this is exactly what is destroying our health.
The problem is most people don’t know the difference in nonfood or empty food calories and nutrition. They think that they are the same. Food is food, right? No, this perception is far from being right!
It’s called full-belly starvation. We eat, we feel full and even satisfied, but we are slowly starving. Most all the illness today is a manifestation or the end result of slow starvation, meaning too many calories and little or not enough nutrition. Our hunger mechanism gets fooled just the same as our thirst mechanism breaks down and we unknowingly dehydrate. So most people are malnourished as well as dehydrated.
There was a food shortage in Germany after World War I so they added sawdust to their food. At first they added a very small percent. Then they gradually increased until the people became malnourished and sick. All the time they had full bellies. They did not feel hungry.
When a person eats a fast food hamburger, most of that hamburger is a nonfood or calories only. The bread is bleached flour and the meat is full of antibiotics and growth hormones. They have sold billions because they taste good to many people.
Let me give you an example: We eat about a thimble full of nutrition a day and at least a quart or two of just empty calories. It’s the calories that cause disease and aging.
Believe me—our bodies will adjust on much less food, especially if we drink the required amount of water.
Some of the best human evidence of the calorie-reduction concept sprang from the Biosphere II experiments. Here eight men and women lived in a self-sustaining enclosed environment in the Arizona desert for two years—growing or raising all their own food, producing their own oxygen, making their own water and processing their own waste. Because the amount of food they could produce was limited, they ended up on a calorie-restricted diet.
After the two years were up, the men had lost about 18 percent of their body weight; the women had lost 10 percent. And every measurable variable (body fat, blood pressure, exercise capacity, oxygen consumption, blood sugar levels, cholesterols, cortisol levels, white blood counts and so on) showed by every measurable parameter that these people had become healthier and substantially “younger” than when they entered the environment two years earlier.
The reason for this? By consuming fewer calories, they experienced a much lower level of oxidative stress.
This is all too convincing to ignore. I assume that our readers know the difference in nonfood calories and nutrition. Sounds like this would solve any diet or health problem.