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    The Ketogenic Diet: A Better Understanding

    By this point, as is par the course with many diets, you have most likely heard plenty of ranting and raving over the ketogenic diet. Although this diet has historically been used to treat a variety of conditions, with the most notable being epilepsy, its popularity in recent years stems from the additional health benefits that people seem to experience on this diet. Before electing to follow a keto diet, however, you may want to know more. Why are carbohydrates so limited? What is ketosis and how is it maintained? What are some of the health benefits of this diet? Read on for a comprehensive breakdown of what the ketogenic…

  • Eating Healthy for Type 2 Diabetes

    Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by imbalances in insulin response leading to abnormal blood sugar levels. There are two types of diabetes mellitus: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks and destroys the cells that are responsible for producing insulin. This causes a person to be at risk for hyperglycemia because without insulin, blood sugar levels cannot be adequately controlled. With this type of diabetes, there is no current cure and treatment is lifelong. Type 2 diabetes is a disease resulting from insulin resistance and altered insulin response. This type of diabetes generally occurs in those…

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    What Are Micronutrients?

    This is the second part of our original article, What Are Macronutrients? You’ve already met the macronutrients. Now let’s meet the micronutrients. While macronutrients supply the body with energy and the necessary components that compose the human body, micronutrients provide regulatory support for metabolic processes. Vitamins Vitamins (root: vital amines) are organic compounds that are necessary for life. They cannot be synthesized inside the human body, but they are still essential for certain regulatory function. Therefore, they must be consumed in the diet. The first vitamins to ever be discovered and named were vitamin A, extracted from rice, and vitamin B, extracted from butter fat. Although vitamins generally differ greatly…

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    What Are Macronutrients?

    For most people, eating a healthy diet doesn’t happen naturally and it doesn’t happen effortlessly. It happens, often habitually, after you educate yourself and realize that the foods you decide to eat are either going to nourish your body or damage your body. This fact all boils down to the basic science of nutrition. So, where do you even start on familiarizing yourself with the science behind it all? Macronutrients, micronutrients, calories, cellular metabolism… yeah, it can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. And if you take the time to learn about nutrition, your own nutritional health can greatly improve. So… here’s the first part of that biochemistry…