Speaking of good nutrition and healthy lifestyle, we can not fail to mention dairy products. The debate on dairy has lasted for years. But luckily, today we have a huge arsenal of research findings.
Let’s get down to the facts. Dairy products have high insulin index! Elevated concentration of insulin not only signals your body to store fat, but also prevents it from natural fat burn, because insulin in the blood blocks the work of the main fat-burning enzyme — lipase, which is responsible for the release and destruction of fats. In other words, consuming food with high insulin index stimulates insulin release and blocks the ability of your body to burn body fat! This may be important for people who control their weight. Cottage cheese has especially high insulin index, so if you control your weight, try not to eat it too often.
Milk contains methionine and growth factors, which accelerate aging and carcinogenesis.
Hidden or obvious intolerance to casein, lactalbumin or lactose (it is typical for the majority of people after age 3) leads to immune system stress and to the emergence of a number of diseases.
We should specify that A2-type casein is much better digested by our body.
If you are not ready to completely eliminate dairy products from your diet, pay attention to some nuances when you choose them:
- if possible, replace cow milk products which contain A1 casein with goat, sheep or cow dairy products with А2 casein (the latter can be already found in our stores, read the label). One of the most rich in anti-inflammatory properties is camel milk.
- do not consume fat-free milk, kefir, and cottage cheese - they are deprived of vitamins A, D, E and lecithin, calcium contained in such products does not digest and absorb, and there are usually flavor enhancers and fast carbohydrates in them.
- all pasteurized products contain trans fats, which occur during milk fat pasteurization process
- do not eat sweet dairy products, because mix of milk and carbs gives you a stronger insulin secretion than each of these nutrients separately.
Taste of our life is … salty!
“Salt-free diets is obscurantism”, say healthy lifestyle supporters and experts in preventive and anti-aging medicine.
Maria Emmerich, the world-acclaimed guru of ketogenic diet, teaches her audience and patients to eat more high-quality salt. Around 2 teaspoons a day.
Why has the paradigm of long-practiced salt-free diets changed?
It changed because it did not prove to reach the expected results.
And the database for research in biochemistry disorders in human disease is being filled every day.
Although it was earlier assumed that salt retains water and leads to hypertension, it is now proved that insulin retains water, which leads to hypertension. This is why the leading role in modern nutritional protocols is given to the restriction of carbohydrates, but not salt.
Salt restriction is especially dangerous for people who suffer from chronic stress or have frequent stress episodes. In both cases, it is recommended to start the morning with a glass of water with ¼ teaspoon of high-quality salt dissolved in it (pink Himalayan salt or sea salt), and to consume mineral water.
Of course, you should limit salt intake according to medical guidelines for certain diseases, but it is worth excluding industrially canned food from your diet as it is potentially more harmful than healthful.
Cardiology therapist, member of Russian Gastroenterological Association