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To Carb or Not to Carb

carbJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

With low-carb and gluten free diets in vogue these days, it seems all dietary carbohydrates get lumped together into one big basket of confusion. We might wonder which carbs are healthy, which carbs to limit or why we need them at all. As the main fuel source, carbohydrates provide a steady supply of glucose that our brain, central nervous system, cells and tissue require for optimal functioning. Along with proteins and fats, carbohydrates provide the macronutrients the body needs for growth, metabolism, maintenance and most importantly good health. In a healthy balanced diet, carbohydrates should provide 45-65% of your daily total caloric intake, mainly in the form of vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fruits. Eating an excess of refined carbohydrates can lead to an increase in total calories and weight gain, but not eating enough nutrient dense carbs can lead to malnutrition.

When referring to carbohydrates, the terms simple and complex refer to the chemical structure of the food. Simple carbohydrates have one or two natural sugars. Complex carbs have 3 or more natural sugars. On a nutrition label, the words “total carbohydrates” refers to the three main types of carbohydrates in the food:

  • Starches – Starches are found in plant foods including beans, whole grains and certain vegetables. These provide fiber, beneficial vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
  • Sugars – Sugar is found naturally in some foods including fruits, vegetables, dairy and natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup. Sugars added during processing are simple or fast acting carbohydrates.
  • Fiber – Fiber is found only in plant foods including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and legumes. Fiber is beneficial for weight control, digestive health and healthy cholesterol levels.

Complex carbohydrates from unrefined whole grains and plant foods provide a wide range of nutrients and fiber and are the most beneficial for your health. While many people are cutting carbohydrates in order to lose weight, complex carbohydrates can actually help you control your weight. In fact, a diet rich in healthy carbs does not lead to weight gain or obesity. On the other hand, simple carbohydrates, obtained from processed and packaged foods, refined grains and added sugars, have been stripped of their nutritional benefits and offer little but added calories. While we can easily survive without added sugar, which can lead to weight gain, poor nutrition, tooth decay and chronic disease, it would be difficult and unhealthy to entirely eliminate carbs from our diets.

So how do you choose which carbs to eat and which to avoid? To get the most benefit from your daily carbohydrate intake, aim to get most of your carbohydrates from unrefined foods. If your goal is to become more lean, choose slow-digesting or complex carbs that provide for a steadier balanced energy production and avoid refined carbs which have simple-to-digest basic sugars. While fruits and vegetables are technically simple carbs, they contain fiber and nutrients that are digested and released slowly into the bloodstream, keeping blood sugar and insulin levels stable and hunger at bay. The carbs to avoid are those highest in sugar and lowest in fiber such as soda and sports drinks, candy, desserts, pastries and refined grains or “white” foods such as bread, pasta and rice. Instead choose whole grain (not whole wheat) bread, whole grain pasta and brown rice or other whole grains. Eat fiber-filled whole fruit and skip the processed juice, which lacks fiber and often contains added sugars. Have whole grain oatmeal in lieu of processed cereals. Read labels! Foods “fortified” with added nutrients are a clue that all the natural goodness has been stripped away in processing.  

Although excessive calorie intake from any source will lead to weight gain, healthy eating doesn’t have to be about sacrifice. Choose your carbs wisely and watch portion sizes if you want to lose or maintain your weight. By limiting or avoiding added sugars and refined products and emphasizing fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, you will naturally reduce your caloric intake, improve your nutrition and digestive health, and reach a sustainable healthy weight. You also may benefit from increased energy, stronger immunity, supported brain and heart health and a reduced risk of illness and chronic health issues. A diet that includes fresh, whole foods with a variety of colors and textures not only satisfies, but nourishes the entire body, gives your skin that healthy glow and creates an overall feeling of good health.  

For those whose diets may be lacking the minimum 5-a-day daily intake of fruits and vegetables, here are some great products that aid in fulfillment of nutritional needs:

Deeper Greens Powder
Deeper Greens Powder by Ortho Molecular – This high ORAC product supplies a good source of dietary fiber along with natural concentrates of mainly organically grown fruits, greens and vegetables. Deeper Greens is formulated to help fulfill daily dietary needs in a single serving. Gluten free.
 
 
Earth's Promise™ Green: Strawberry-Kiwi Flavored
Earth’s Promise™ Green: Strawberry-Kiwi Flavored by Enzymatic Therapy – This delicious greens drink mix provides vital nutrients from vitamin-rich fruits, vegetables, fiber, greens, blue-green algae and green tea. Gluten and dairy free vegetarian formula.
 
 
PaleoFiber Berry
 PaleoFiber Berry by Designs for Health – Ideal for increasing your overall daily fiber intake, PaleoFiber contains a combination of natural fibers derived from fruits, vegetables, roots, seeds and tree extracts along with pre- and probiotics. Gluten free, Paleolithic formula.
 
 
Power Greens Premium BerryPower Greens Premium Berry by NuMedica – This great tasting greens and superfood drink mix contains high quality ingredients selected for their nutrient-rich properties. Power Greens provides a full complement of vitamins and minerals along with high ORAC value fruits, greens, fiber, adaptogenic herbs, digestive enzymes and pre- and probiotics. Wheat, dairy and soy free.

 References:

Types of Carbohydrates. http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/types-of-carbohydrates.html
 
Macronutrients: the Importance of Carbohydrate, Protein, and Fat. http://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/handouts/macronutrients.htm
 
Do Humans Need Carbohydrates to Be Healthy? http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/humans-need-carbohydrates-healthy-6670.html
 
The truth about carbs. http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/loseweight/pages/the-truth-about-carbs.aspx

 

 

 

Healthy Lifestyle – Healthy Skin

SkinJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

If the old adage “you are what you eat” holds true, then the path to beautiful skin may be through your stomach.  For truly fabulous, glowing skin, consider your dietary choices.  The more balanced and healthy your diet, the better your skin health will be.  While we may pay some attention to our skin, by cleansing, moisturizing or applying sunscreen, a healthy diet and lifestyle are also essential to skin health.  When we deprive our skin of critical nutrients, we may develop skin that looks sallow, dry and older than our actual age, revealing a lot about our overall health. 

Our skin is in a constant state of renewal, as old cells are shed and new cells take their place.  As our largest and most complex metabolically active organ, our skin regulates body temperature, manufactures vitamin D, provides protection from the elements and defends against harmful, invading bacteria.  Our skin plays a huge role in protecting our body, so keeping our skin as healthy as possible is a wise choice.  While often overlooked, to put our best face forward we must give our skin some attention every day. 

Nutrients – The less attention we pay to our diets, the more problems we may see with skin health.  Fresh foods, especially fruits, vegetables and dairy products, provide a balanced mix of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants to help keep skin vibrant. 

  • Dairy products, such as plain yogurt, provide the vitamin A necessary for good skin health.  Probiotics found in yogurt and other foods have a beneficial impact on the skin. Probiotics help keep chronic inflammation at bay and support the beneficial gut bacteria, which in turn strengthens immune function and supports overall health.     
  • Antioxidants, such as those found in berries, provide free radical defense and guard against premature aging. 
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, such as found in cold water fish and flax seeds, support healthy cell membranes, reduce inflammation and aid moisture retention for plumper skin cells. 
  • Purple fruits and vegetables are rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that help improve circulation.  Improved circulation means that more oxygen and nutrients reach the skin, enabling the formation of new cells, collagen and elastin. 
  • Spicing up your meals with herbs such as ginger and cinnamon, which have anti-inflammatory properties, can help reduce facial puffiness. 
  • Eliminate sugars that can cause inflammation and lead to glycation, which contributes to the breakdown of collagen and elastin and prematurely ages the skin. 

Cleanse – Different skin types may require unique cleansers but be sure to choose cleansers without fragrances and dyes, which can irritate sensitive skin.  Mild cleansers that won’t strip all the natural oils from your skin are a good choice.  Use warm, not hot water, which can strip the natural oils and lead to itching and dryness.  Be sure to wash your hands before you wash your face.  Most of the bacteria that can cause breakouts come from our own hands. 

Moisturize – Look for skincare products that contain botanicals such as beta carotene, which can improve skin quality.  Moisturizers that contain B vitamins, especially biotin, aid in hydration and help perfect overall skin tone.  Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) helps to strengthen the moisture barrier and reduce redness.  When applied topically, vitamin K helps to reduce dark, under eye circles.  Apply moisturizers while the skin is still damp to help retain surface moisture. 

Hydrate – Water is essential to skin health.  Hydrate your skin from the inside out with enough water to quench your thirst daily.  In addition to hydrating, water aids the cells in nutrient absorption and helps move toxins out.  Plus, when our bodies are hydrated, we sweat more efficiently, which helps to keep skin clean and clear. 

Avoid stress –  Skin under duress can quickly become irritated and red.  While chronic stress can wreak havoc in the body, it shows on the outside too.  Take steps to find some quiet time each day to minimize stress. 

Exercise – Regular exercise not only helps to cleanse pores and flush out toxins, it can stimulate collagen production and reduce signs of aging.  Exercise is stress reducing and pumps increased oxygen and nutrient supplies throughout the blood stream, aiding in skin nourishment. 

Sunscreen – Sun damage can happen year round, so choose an SPF-30 for daily use.  Sunscreen not only protects against sun damage and skin cancer, it can help prevent fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. 

Smoking –  Smoking causes premature aging of the skin and reduces the skin’s natural elasticity.  Smoking is believed to cause collagen breakdown and reduce collagen production, leading to early wrinkling and for some a leathery complexion. 

Supplements  

  • While a well balanced diet is extremely important, to get the nutrients we need each day include a multivitamin along with your skin care regimen.  Antioxidants such as  vitamins C and E help fight free radical damage, aiding in wrinkle protection and helping to prevent premature aging.  Vitamin C is essential to collagen production and aids in skin cell repair.  Vitamin E helps to protect skin cells from UV light damage. 
  • Protect those cheek bones with calcium.  Calcium supports bones and bone structure in the face as well as the body. 
  • Zinc helps to keep skin clear and binds with vitamin A, which makes both nutrients more effective in keeping skin healthy. 
  • Essential fatty acids or omega-3’s are instrumental in the production of the skin’s natural oil barrier.  If your skin is dry and prone to inflammation, essential fatty acids can aid in keeping your skin smoother and younger looking. 

For support of healthy skin, consider the following products:

MSM Capsules (methylsulfonylmethane)
MSM Capsules by Pure Encapsulations This patented product promotes healthy joint function and connective tissue health, especially tissues containing significant amounts of collagen and keratin such as skin, hair and nails.   Also available in powder form. 
 
 
Complete Care For Youthful Skin KitComplete Care For Youthful Skin Kit by Suki –  This complete skin care kit provides a protective, proactive program that contains powerful antioxidants, collagen building peptides and vitamins to address fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and visible signs of aging. 
 
 
Deeper Greens PowderDeeper Greens Powder by Ortho Molecular –  The fruits and vegetables contained in this product provide a good source of dietary fiber and natural concentrates of high ORAC value foods.  Deeper Greens is formulated to fulfill the recommended dietary intake of 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.  Organically grown fruits and vegetables used where available. 
 
Pure Emu Oil with Vitamin E
 
Pure Emu Oil with Vitamin E by Age Advantage Laboratories –  This very pure quality Emu oil has been effectively used for years for healing and moisturizing the skin.  The non-comedogenic oils provide a very high natural balance of essential fatty acids along with vitamin E for anti-oxidant protection and palmitric acid to stimulate new skin cell growth. 
 
 

 

Hidden Benefits of Good Nutrition

HappyLadyBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

A healthy diet, made up of nutrient rich whole foods, provides the life sustaining vitamins, minerals and nutrients that the body needs for overall health and function.  A healthy, well-balanced diet contributes toward increased energy levels, improved health, better mood and sustained weight maintenance, and there are additional benefits as well.  A healthy diet can decrease your risk for a number of serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, hypertension, or diabetes.  For some, focusing on a healthier diet may mean learning new ways to eat, including cutting back on sugar, refined grains, processed foods and fast foods, and consuming more vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, whole grains and lean proteins. 

Most people know that a healthy diet aids physical health.  But, there is also a link between diet and mood, energy, sleep and cognitive function.  An unhealthy diet, low in nutritional value, weakens the immune system, taxes organ functions and leaves you vulnerable to illness and disease.  To make the progression towards a healthier diet, put the focus on nutrient dense foods and maintain calorie balance to achieve and sustain a healthy weight.  Strive for dietary balance by including a variety of foods from each food group and practice moderation by eating only until you feel satisfied.  Here are some ways good nutrition can enhance overall wellbeing: 

Sustained elevated mood – Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains not only help to stabilize blood sugar levels, they support the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which elevates mood, suppresses appetite and provides a sense of calm. 

Increased energy levels – Adequate levels of iron, which carries oxygen throughout the body, contributes to sufficient energy production.  Leafy greens such as spinach, red meat and eggs are rich sources of iron.  Insufficient thiamine contributes to fatigue and poor mood.  Getting enough thiamine from sources like cauliflower and grains increases wellbeing and your overall energy level.  Steer clear of refined sugars, which give you a quick energy burst but quickly deplete energy stores.  Drinking adequate amounts of water daily also helps to regulate energy levels. 

Improved sleep – Adequate sleep is necessary for healthy function. Sleep not only rejuvenates the body, it regulates mood and is associated with cognitive function.  Sleep deprivation causes leptin (an appetite regulating hormone) levels to drop, promoting increased appetite.  Among the best natural sedatives is tryptophan, an amino-acid component of many plant and animal proteins.  Tryptophan is a precursor for serotonin production, necessary for a good night’s sleep. 

Reduced food cravings – Spikes, followed by rapid drops in blood sugar, can result in unhealthy food cravings.  High quality carbs and lean proteins help stabilize blood sugar levels, reducing dramatic swings in energy and hunger.  Cravings for unhealthy foods will begin to decrease as your diet becomes more balanced. 

Enhanced cognitive function – Healthy foods benefit your mind and nourish the cells within the brain.  Getting proper nutrients supports cognitive function while dietary deficiencies decrease cognition.  Proteins supply amino acids necessary to produce brain signaling chemicals required for cognition.  Omega-3’s, B vitamins, and vitamins C and E all support healthy brain function and nerve communication.  Good cognitive brain function requires minerals like sodium, potassium and calcium.  Salmon and kale are two foods that are particularly rich in brain-friendly nutrients. 

Healthier skin – Skin requires essential fatty acids to maintain a proper barrier between internal organs and environmental toxins and pathogens.  Fruits and vegetables have a high water content, which helps to moisturize and hydrate the skin.  Antioxidants help protect against cell damage.  Vitamin C helps to maintain skin health by supporting collagen production and, in conjunction with vitamin E, protects the skin from sun damage.  Vitamin D controls the growth and development of deep skin cells and also helps to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.  Minerals such as zinc and selenium also support skin health. 

The key to good nutrition is the consumption of whole food and the avoidance of ultra-processed empty-calorie food.  Junk food, whether it claims to be low-fat, low-sugar or low-sodium, is still filled with empty calories that stack the deck against health.  Overconsumption is the norm these days, so be sure to control portion sizes to help you reach and then maintain a healthy weight. 

Products that support good nutrition include:

Sweet Kale by Brightcore Nutrition delivers all the nutrient-dense benefits of raw kale in a quality, organic, non-GMO formula. 

Ester-C® & Flavonoids by Pure Encapsulations provides highly absorbable vitamin C and varied flavonoid compounds for synergistic antioxidant, immune and vascular integrity support.

Natural Vitamin E Complex 400 IU with Mixed Tocopherols by Douglas Laboratories contains pure, natural, mixed tocopherols including alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols, which assure superior antioxidant protection.

Deeper Greens Powder by Ortho Molecular utilizes the highest ORAC fruits and vegetables with excellent antioxidant, pH, and fiber values.  Formulated with organically grown fruits and greens where available.