The 6 Biggest Diet Blunders and How to Avoid Them

As a nutritionist, one theme that comes when I discuss with people is about what you should and shouldn’t eat and that confuse them! And another thing is that the dietary suggestions like “healthy” are not only NOT healthy, but they do more harm than good.

The 6 Biggest Diet Blunders

These are the six biggest sources of dietary miss-information.

Blunder #1: To prevent heart disease eliminate all saturated fats

Our body must have saturated fats because produce hormones, keep your cell membranes healthy, help your body assimilate the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, protect your nerve cells, also help your brain and nervous system with transmitting nerve impulses.

30 percent of people daily calories come from fats that need to be saturated fats.

Saturated fats found in animal sources (butter, lard, suet, meat, milk, eggs and cheese)–preferably organic, as well as coconut oil and avocados. You need to avoid trans-fats because will guarantee a trip to the cardiologist for you.

Blunder #2: Blood cholesterol levels are reduced by having a low-cholesterol diet

Your liver produce the  majority of the cholesterol, only 25 percent or less of the cholesterol in your body is from your food. The health of your LIVER is important for the level of cholesterol in your body. As you need your liver produces cholesterol and eliminates worn-out cholesterol from your body. Elevated cholesterol levels are caused  if your liver isn’t healthy and working like it should.

Cholesterol that your liver may be trying to eliminate can instead get reabsorbed through the intestinal wall back into circulation If you are frequently constipated. A big rule for your health plays your arteries which mean inflammation in your blood vessels caused by high glucose levels can trigger your liver to summon cholesterol to the inflamed areas as a healing ointment.

Avoid refined carbs, pamper your liver by drinking at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day and eat lots of fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation  if you’re really worried about cholesterol.

Blunder #3: Artificial sweeteners are good for losing weight

Your body isn’t fooled when it comes to artificial sweeteners used in sugar-free foods. Distortions in your biochemistry cause weight GAIN and increase your cravings for carbs and sweets  .

Blunder #4: Whole grains are really good for you

Whole grains are converted to sugar upon digestion and can not only contribute to insulin resistance and weight gain, it also stir arterial inflammation.

The best go-to choices for carbohydrates are vegetables and legumes instead of serving of whole-grain pasta or soup with whole grain bread.

Blunder #5: Fish is always a healthy choice

Depending  on what kind you’re choosing fish can be very healthful. It is important to know that farm-raised fish are treated with pesticides to combat sea lice  and also are given antibiotics to stave off diseases. Farmed fish contain more usable Omega-3 essential fatty acids than wild-caught fish and a high concentration of Omega-6 EFAs.

Blunder #6: A low-salt diet helps  to high blood pressure

Hypertension concern is too little potassium and high sodium diet can drive up blood pressure. That creates electrical charges in the cells that are the driving force behind your organs, muscles and bodily functions. Electrical charges are those that regulate calcium levels in your cells.

When your “pump” is not working properly  that means elevated calcium levels in your cells, and causes the smooth muscle cells in your arteries to contract and drives UP your blood pressure.

Avoid processed foods, get enough potassium if you have blood pressure concerns.

Dietary sources of potassium are : Greens, spinach, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocado, broccoli ,winter squashes, cantaloupe, Brussels sprouts and carrots.

Real diet advice

Here is some sensible diet advice.

1- Eat real foods, avoid processed food

When it comes to great health having a diet of real (not processed) foods is the single biggest bang for your buck. The trans-fats and sodium found in processed foods become a non-issue for you when your diet is comprised mainly of real foods.

To help fight any existing health-destroying free radicals you’ll be getting good sources of antioxidants.

2- Balance your intestinal flora

The flora in your gut helps your body digest starches and fibers, feelings of satiety and  keeps your gut wall healthy.

People who are on l diet high in refined carbs nourished the bacteria in their guts that overcome your beneficial bacteria and lead to harmful bacteria overgrowth (dysbiosis). Stress, lack of sleep, medication use like antacids and antibiotics, impact the health of your friendly flora.

With a High-quality probiotic supplement restore and maintain a proper flora balance.

3- Get enough of Nature’s anti-inflammatory–Omega-3 EFAs

Omega-3 essential fatty acids help enhance your health in these ways:

  • They  lower blood pressure.
  • Have anti-inflammatory properties that  help joint inflammation and counteract arterial.
  • By curbing the production of fibrinogen and reducing the stickiness in your platelets they help prevent clots from formings.
  • Your brain’s neurons are rich in Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
  • Our food supply doesn’t contain a fraction of the Omega-3 EFAs, so you should take supplements.

Article sources: by Sherry Brescia (MSHN writes for Healthy Holistic Living where this article originally appeared).

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