MetabolicalOf or pertaining to metabolism or metamorphosis; the processes underlying your cellular engine.
The root causes of metabolic disease are fundamentally the same – poor nutrition.
The metabolic system is essentially our cellular engine, making (and destroying) all cells in our body, and therefore affecting all of the systems of the human body. Hypoglycemia is on a long list of metabolic disorders that have a complex range of causes but are primarily food-related disorders.
Understanding the root causes of metabolic disease is important, but so is understanding the root causes of metabolic “optimalness”. Currently, much of the attention is focused on the pandemic of metabolic diseases that is ravaging human health. There is a lot of fear and confusion in the conversation about diet and health. The science seems unsettled and unsettling. The concept of “wellness” has co-opted as a method to target the sickest among us and mitigate their costs, versus a paradigm shift in healthcare.
There is a huge gap between the research published in the academic journals and the magazines found on the rack at Whole Foods. On the one hand, you have scientific publications that are generally inaccessible to the general public, and on the other, you have magazines that are beautifully designed and loaded with enticing articles – that have little to do with science, or worse yet, take scientific information and and turn it into meaningless hyperbole.
This section of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation website offers stories that treat metabolical topics with depth and insight, written for the general readership, and written so that each article addresses the health of the individual, provides actionable intelligence – practical information that can be applied that is paradigm shifting and transformational.
Pertaining to metabolism, the process by which potential energy is released from food in the human body. Metabolism includes all the biochemical reactions involved in maintaining our living cells. Metabolism is a series of chemical reactions that are in a constant state of flow between catabolism – the breakdown of molecules to obtain energy – and anabolism – the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells. Our “metabolome” includes “both endogenous metabolites that are naturally produced by an organism (such as amino acids, organic acids, nucleic acids, fatty acids, amines, sugars, vitamins, co-factors, pigments, antibiotics, etc.) as well as exogenous chemicals (such as drugs, environmental contaminants, food additives, toxins and other xenobiotics that are not naturally produced by an organism”.
We are familiar with the expression “You are what you eat.” If you understand how the metabolic system functions, then you’ll realize that it is more accurate to say “You are what you metabolize”. What you metabolize depends on many variables: the quality and contents of the food you eat, the status of your metabolic system, the flora in your gut, your stress levels, and even how much sleep you got last night.
DEBUNKING JUNK SCIENCE
Dropping the Bomb on the “Energy Balance Hypothesis”
Bomb Calorimeter – Device used to measure calories
Eight primary diseases related to metabolic dysfunction account for a staggering 75 percent of the healthcare costs in the US. In order to escape culpability for their role in the pandemic of metabolic disease, food and beverage corporations have diverted the focus of responsibility to the consumer by hiding behind a pseudoscientific concept called “energy balance”. They have used this narrative to dominate the conversation about food and fitness for decades, wielding this so-called “science” to discredit any and all who would dare challenge them.
Food marketing relies on the classic propaganda principle: if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. Learning how to separate fact from fiction is essential if society is going to make any progress toward improving our collective health.
In order to deconstruct the myth of energy balance, we’re going to employ some basic science—physics, biology, and chemistry. And a little history too.
What is the myth of energy balance?
NUTRITION MYTHS AND MISINFORMATION
What if all calories aren’t the same?
So much of the dialogue on nutrition and health is driven my myths and misinformation. Here, one of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation’s distinguished Advisors lays bare and deconstructs one of the worst story lines out there that is actually harming our health and serves as fodder for the food and beverage industry that is trying to convince you that it all all your fault – that you simply eat too much and don’t exercise enough.
All calories are the same, so just eat in moderation they say!
“Hogwash,” says Dr. Robert Lustig
Click here to read this mind-blowing story by Dr. Robert Lustig: A Calorie is Not a Calorie
BRING BACK THE SCHOOL KITCHENS
Mobile Kitchens and Model Programs Provide Essential Context for Teaching Nutrition in the Classroom
Nutrition textbooks will tell you need to eat your fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, etc…, but textbook education does not teach children the essential lessons of living healthy and eating well. There is something powerful and life changing when children are given hands on education that is fun and applicable to their lives. To illustrate this point, a coach does not teach athletes how to perform by means of a textbook and chalkboard. There is some of that, but the real essence of learning comes when athletes practice and perfect their sport, working together as a team. The same principle should be used to teach children about health and nutrition.
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A METABOLICAL PLAN
Ultra-processed food now dominates our diet, leading to a pandemic of metabolic disease
In every minute taken to read this document, someone is dying from preventable diet-related disease. More people have died from metabolic disease since 1980 than the [i]sum of all the world’s military conflicts combined. This is more than a burgeoning health issue – it is a [ii]national security issue with profound economic implications. The HSF seeks funding, support and partnership to develop much needed educational content and programs for medical professionals and their patients that focuses on metabolic health and nutrition – preventing, treating, and resolving diet-related issues. The urgency of this work has never been greater.
PROCESSED FOOD DIET IS KILLING US
The United States has an Epidemic of Processed Food — and it’s Killing Us
Our modern food landscape is spectacular, isn’t it? Walk into the average grocery store, and it appears as if you’ve entered food nirvana. The aisles overflow with a dizzying array of items, from Oreos and Cheez-its to Kashi and Greek yogurt. The products call out from their home on the shelves, singing masterfully-tailored appeals to entice each kind of consumer. Some might be captured by the mouthwatering packaging, others by the impressive health claims… and for a number of us, it’s simply the memory of a taste we just need to experience again.