If you think that the ‘food’ on your plate is real food, think again. Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you the whole, ‘that’s not real chicken’ lecture. What I mean by this is that what you deem as food may not be entirely accurate in a medical sense.
When we think about food, we rarely connect it to what’s going on inside our guts and how that can lead to things like aching joints, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn and so on. However, they’re very much connected and although many people will tell you that ‘you are what you eat,’ I’m here to reveal that you are what you DIGEST.
Eating healthy is great but just because you’ve got a lot of leafy greens in your diet, doesn’t mean much if you’re not digesting those greens properly. Unfortunately, prescription medications are not going to restore function. Food is the real medicine and the only way to restore bodily function is to make sure you’re getting enough of the right foods.
So, what is food? And what food gives you energy? Let’s find out…
What is food?
There are six types of food and these are fats, carbs, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
When your body needs energy, it utilizes carbs, proteins, and fats in that exact order. You get carbs from foods like fruit, beans, dairy, and sweets. Protein is found in things like eggs, nuts, fish, meat and some dairy. Fats can be found in foods such as eggs, nuts, oils, dairy and so on. As you can see, some of these foods contain a variety of carbs, proteins, and fats.
Our bodies get energy from these foods. We need energy for three main reasons:
- Brain function
- Organ function
- To oppose gravity
The order of which our bodies use energy is important. Our brains require the most energy, followed by the heart and then the liver. As we consume and digest food, we should be utilizing the energy we get from the carbohydrates that we eat. We need carbohydrates for energy, that’s it.
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The Role of Carbohydrates in the Body
The main purpose of carbohydrates, as mentioned above, is to supply our bodies with energy. However, if we aren’t effectively digesting carbs, you could experience negative symptoms that take a toll on your overall health. Some things to look out for include dryness, dehydration, lack of concentration, muscle cramping, and low energy/fatigue. All of these are signs that you are carb deficient.
If you’re deficient in carbs, protein or fats, it means one of two things. Either you’re not eating enough (carbs, proteins, and fats) or you’re not digesting properly. Carbohydrates are our number one energy source. But you need to be careful that you don’t eat too many carbs, which is something that a lot of people are doing in this day and age.
The Role of Protein in the Body
When your body can’t effectively use the energy from your carbs, it starts to break down your protein for sugars. This isn’t ideal because it’s not supposed to happen. Your body prefers carbohydrates but when necessary, it will move onto protein.
Protein is designed to provide us with insulin, thyroxine, hemoglobin, neurotransmitters, and epinephrine. If your body is forced to use protein for energy, it disrupts the creation of each of these vital chemicals in the body.
Signs of protein deficiency include an increase in secretions (watery eyes, runny noses, etc.), cold hands and feet, menstrual cramps and bleeding gums.
The Role of Fats in the Body
If your body can’t get energy from carbohydrates or protein, it starts to tap into your fats. This isn’t good because fats have more important things to do in the body than supply us with the energy we lack from carbs.
Fats in our diet supply us with prostaglandins (very important for a successful pregnancy), fatty acids, phospholipids, cholesterols, and sex hormones. If you have a fat deficiency, you might experience symptoms such as dry skin, hair loss, tremors, issues with pregnancy and the inability to concentrate.
If you can’t properly digest these three macronutrients (carbs, proteins, fats), you will have energy deficiencies. This comes about when you’re not eating properly and/or you’re not digesting the food that you are eating.
How to Overcome Energy Deficiencies
I can help you break free from energy deficiency in all of its forms. I do this by identifying where these energy deficiencies derive from in a way that’s unique and unlike typical medicine. I can help you whether you live locally or you’re from the other side of the world.
I look for deviations from normal with a specific urine analysis test and a physical exam (in person). With the physical exam, I check for involuntary muscle contractions. Before coming to my practice, you will have fasted for 8 hours (usually overnight) with nothing more than a glass of water in the morning.
When you’re lying on the table, I check for involuntary muscle contractions over 20 different digestive test points that relate to your organs. A muscle contraction is so important because it’s a clear indication of energy deficiencies. I check each of these 20 digestive points not once, but twice.
The second test I carry out with my patients is a very specific 24-hour urine test. This test will go through my ’14-Point Discovery System’ and test for each of the following:
- Fat Digestion Score
- Protein Digestion Score
- Carbohydrate Digestion Score
- Bowel Toxicity Measurement
- Thyroid and Pancreas Stress
- Spleen and Liver Stress
- Kidney and Adrenal Stress
- Acid/Alkaline Count
- Yeast and Candida
- Electrolyte Imbalances
- Colon Stress: Ascending and Descending
- Antioxidant Performance
- Cell Energy Utilization
- Tissue Breakdown Presence or Catabolism Measurement
If you want to overcome energy deficiencies, whether you have a carbohydrate, protein or fat deficiency, you can work with me by enrolling in my G.U.T CHECK PROTOCOL.
This 12- week gut protocol includes ALL tests, results, follow-up visits, nutritional products and more. To find out more, head over to: gutprotocol.com
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