Grains Are Not Your Body’s Ally

Low- and no-carb diets, like keto and paleo plans, are increasing with popularity and with good reason. Your body doesn't need grains in the quantities in the standard American diet. Even the highly lauded DASH (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) diet, which promotes whole grains, includes more than your body needs for optimal functionality. 

Here at Nevada Family Care & Wellness Center in the Anthem neighborhood of Henderson, Nevada, our team of health care providers help patients like you lead healthier lives, using a combination of lifestyle modifications and medicine to lower your blood pressure, regulate diabetes and hormone levels, and reduce your overall risk of disease. 

This journey to health typically begins in the kitchen. The standard American diet is woefully deficient in the nutrients your body needs. Too many people rely on over-processed convenience foods that are full of refined grains, fat, salt, and sugar. Studies show that more than a third of Americans eat fast food every day. And even if you're not stopping at McDonald's, 60% of Americans eat out at least once a week, and 16% eat at restaurants three or more times a week

This is a significant factor in why over 70% of Americans are overweight or obese. It contributes to the third of Americans who live with high blood pressure and the 100 million people living with diabetes or prediabetes. However, even if you cut out sugar, salt, and fat, chances are you’re still eating too many grains, which aren’t your ally. 

What happens to grains in your body

When you eat bread, cereal, rice, or any other type of grain, your body doesn’t even begin to digest it until it reaches your small intestine. There, your digestive enzymes turn the grains into sugar, which is sent to your liver. Your liver stores sugar and doles it out to cells as needed. 

You’re probably eating far more grains than necessary, which can ultimately overload your liver and cause fatty liver disease. The remaining food product travels to your large intestine, where it ferments and produces gas and bloating. Grains also often cause inflammation in your digestive tract, which interferes with nutrient absorption, hormone production, and other critical health functions.

Food marketing lies

Even if you read food labels at the grocery store, unless you’re a scientist, it’s likely that you won’t know exactly what you’re buying. Food packaging that advertises itself as whole grain or fortified doesn’t necessarily mean that the food has the nutrients you need and is a “healthy” choice. 

When grains are milled into flour, even when they’re not bleached and processed, many of the nutrients are removed. And when a product says it's fortified, the real nutrients aren’t added back into the flour — the manufacturers add man-made chemicals. 

Benefits of no-carb lifestyle

If you want to change your diet, lose weight, and improve your health, our team of healthcare providers works with you to create a meal plan that provides the nutrients you need and food that tastes great and keeps you satisfied. In most cases, we recommend diets that include plenty of protein and natural fats combined with vegetables and limited fruits. 

Our team can help you learn more about the nutrients your body needs and what foods provide them. We can also help you break your relationship with grain-heavy convenience foods. 

Call us on 702-933-1485 or request an appointment online today to learn more about healthy eating, weight management, and better health.

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