Read some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers from Metabolic Nutrition
Question: How can I manage the ‘Glycemic Index’ of the carbs absorbed from my meals?
Answer: “Whether you are on the South Beach, Atkins or any Lo-Carb diet in between – cutting down on carbohydrates in your diet can be unsatisfying and difficult to follow. When ‘carbs’ slip into your diet your weight loss is halted, states Murray J. Cohen, M.D. from the Department of Human Nutrition at Metabolic Nutrition. My research has shown that a specific enzyme blocker retards the digestion and absorption of those starchy carbs, thus selectively controlling calorie absorption.”
Question: Doctor, I know of many individuals who have been on an enzyme blocker and the results were not consistent – what is the explanation for that?
Answer: Dr. C: “Although, it is important to inhibit the enzyme that blocks carbohydrates from being assimilated; most often the problem is multiple in origin. Other factors are related, such as: slow metabolism, decreased intestinal transit time (with fermentation and bloating), hormone (insulin) resistance, etc. So, it is very important to look at the whole picture if one wishes to improve their response in regulating the Glycemic Index.”
Question: Are there any available nutritional ingredients that have a positive effect on our response to the Glycemic Index of foods eaten?
Answer: Dr. C: “Firstly, to selectively block the amylase enzyme required for digesting carbohydrates is simple enough; unfortunately, it would not be sufficient by itself. Other natural Glycemic Index enhancers are required to multiply one’s success, by: <>Improving oxidation (burning as fuel) of carbohydrates absorbed, <>Suspending sugar cravings for sweets, while <>Maintaining robust energy levels.
Question: What category of ‘other’ enhancers would our readers be interested in learning about?
Answer: Dr. C: “Our metabolic process requires several essential Minerals to drive energy production for burning carbs; as well as, the utilization of several newly discovered ‘natural Herbs’ that enhance insulin production by the revitalization of beta cells in the pancreas where insulin is produced.”
Question: How important is Insulin to the Glycemic Index?
Answer: Dr. C: “Insulin is the ‘most’ critical hormone necessary to metabolize carbs. It transports sugar to the body’s cells where it is burned as fuel. Those individuals who are lacking in insulin or have developed a resistance to their insulin have difficulty to metabolize carbs and go on to demonstrate an elevated blood sugar and eventually become diabetic.”
Question: Is it true, that prior poor eating habits results in the accumulation of ‘radicals’ or poisons that will affect our metabolism and health?
Answer: Dr. C: True. “There is substantial evidence that there is a very important antioxidant that neutralizes cell-damaging free radicals associated with previous poor carb metabolism. In fact in Europe, this potent antioxidant is so effective that it is used as a medical treatment for nerve damage seen in diabetics.”
Question: Why is it that some individuals do better with Lo-Carb diets than others?
Answer: Dr. C: “I am glad that you asked. A lot of we see regarding dietary response relates to the prior eating habits of that individual and how it has offset their metabolic mechanism for proper carb digestion. For example, if someone had practiced bad dietary habits for a long time then it would take that person longer to respond to corrective measures than someone who had being doing it for a shorter time. Also, our metabolism varies from individual to individual. In general, a broad stroke approach to management works best, thus relying on an integrated program of supplementation and dietary intake of low Glycemic carbs.”
Question: Last question – So what you are saying is that to correct one’s metabolism requires more than a commitment to Lo-Carb diet?
Answer: Dr. C: “Yes, that is a step in the right direction but the symbioses created by adding several effective Glycemic altering ingredients is essential for maintaining metabolic control of one’s Glycemic Index.” “Furthermore, today we are experiencing in America overweight disorders and associated health complications in major proportions. Let me add, one- third of all Americans are seriously overweight as well as 40% of all teenagers.”
Dr. Cohen concluded that the ‘key’ to Lo-Carb management is supporting our capability to metabolize carbohydrates, stabilize our blood sugar and having a healthy pancreas.
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