The Orthomolecular (Hypoglycemic) Diet

by admin on December 1, 2010

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THE ORTHOMOLECULAR DIET

The orthomolecular diet embodies to principles of introducing the foods that the body can use best in a manner that assists digestion, absorption and utilization. It is very similar in many ways to what is referred to as the hunter-gatherer diet, but it embodies principles meant to help us survive in 20th (and 21st) century life. Here is the essence of the orthomolecular diet.

1. Control your blood sugar and episodes of hypoglycemia.

Recurrent hypoglycemic episodes (low blood sugar) over a long time may be one of the greatest causes of clinical-and/or subclinical adult-onset diabetes, which, in turn, is “behind”, or at least partly involved in, susceptibility to degenerative diseases, including atherosclerosis (a “basic” degenerative disease, along with diabetes.)

One of the biggest stresses you can give yourself is hypoglycemia. The hypoglycemia syndrome (high levels of blood sugar dropping precipitously to very low levels of blood sugar) is common all over America and is one of the most damaging health practices possible, leading to diabetes and other degenerative diseases. (1 out of 8 people who die, die from diabetes.) It results mostly from eating refined foods by themselves. This shoots the blood sugar levels way up and it then drops down precipitously from there. The solution is to combine the refined foods (if you do eat them) with slower digesting foods, like meats or fats (but with caution), or with fibrous foods, like carrots, broccoli, etc. Snacks like nuts (low in alpha-linolenic acid for men), seeds or low-fat cheeses with candy….or a carrot with fruit juice.

Best technique:
Don’t eat (1) refined carbohydrates alone (such as white or brown sugar, candy, cake, pasta, pop, fruit juices (which are high in free sugar and devoid of fiber which would slow down the sugar uptake) and refined grains like rice, etc.) They cause a fast rise in blood sugar and then a rapid drop into the low blood sugar range (hypoglycemia). How to protect: If you eat refined, free, or simple carbohydrates, eat some protein or fat with them, e.g. cheese with a piece of fruit; or nuts with candy, etc. This will prevent your blood sugar levels from repeatedly dropping precipitously into the hypoglycemic range (a great stress on your pancreas and your blood sugar control).

2. Biochemically balance your diet to get the richest nutrient-dense foods and the foods with lowest risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and the other degenerative diseases. “Best” vegetables: whole, fresh, unpeeled lightly cooked yellow and green vegetables. “Best” meats: liver, then fowl [skinned] and fish, then very, very low fat red meats. Surprise! Liver is an excellent food, the richest food in vitamins, minerals and detoxifying chemicals. People are surprised to know that the liver, in it’s role of a detoxifyer, is not loaded with toxins. In fact, it is loaded with detoxifying chemicals that it uses to detoxify toxins sent to it by the body. “Best” fruits: all fresh fruits, unpeeled)

3. Eat 5 times a day, with smaller meals and larger snacks between, all before 7 PM. One of the biggest stresses on the digestive system is to overload it three separate times a day. Instead, give it smaller amounts throughout the day. Your won’t overstress it and you won’t be hungry.

4. Include fiber-rich foods with every meal and snack.

5. Eliminate or dramatically reduce refined, sweetened or processed foods, as candy, cookies, cake, canned fruits, alcohol, potato chips. Hint: Make them occasional treats.

6. Eat your foods as whole and as fresh as possible.

7. Try to eat a serving of fiber-rich foods at two meals a day. Then increase that to three, then four servings of fiber a day.

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