#106: Fueling Your Body, Nutrition Hacks for a Feel-Good Life

March 10, 2024

                                                                                       Listen on…

let’s delve into practical strategies and expert insights to optimize nutrition, focusing on understanding how different foods affect your body’s biochemistry and overall well-being.

1. Think Beyond “Eat This, Not That”

We often hear generic advice like “eat this, not that,” without understanding the reasons behind it. I like to call these strategies “nutrition hacks” because they’re simple yet impactful ways to improve your health, energy levels, and mood. Instead of just focusing on superfoods and nutrient-dense ingredients, let’s explore lesser-known aspects of nutrition that can make a big difference.

2. Net Negative Eating

Imagine eating something that’s supposed to be nutritious but leaves you feeling worse afterward. I call this “net negative eating.” It’s crucial to recognize when this happens and understand why certain foods, even if recommended by professionals, might not work for you.

3. Understanding Food Sensitivities

Common foods like dairy, gluten, and corn can trigger various health issues. Dairy, for example, is linked to sinus congestion and joint inflammation. Gluten, when consumed excessively, can disrupt digestion and even mimic thyroid hormones, leading to autoimmune issues. Corn, often overlooked, can exacerbate migraines and joint pain in susceptible individuals.

4. Beware of Hidden Ingredients

Gluten, for instance, can hide in food additives like starch, modified food starch, and others. Being aware of these hidden sources is crucial for those trying to reduce gluten intake. Similarly, sugar-laden caffeine drinks can adversely affect mood and energy levels, especially in individuals with certain mental health disorders.

5. Sugar Alcohols and Other Additives

Xylitol, a sugar alcohol found in many “sugar-free” products, can worsen candida and digestive issues. It’s essential to read labels carefully and avoid hidden sugars and additives that can impact your health negatively.

6. Spice Up Your Food

Incorporating spices like rosemary, basil, and cinnamon not only adds flavor but also provides numerous health benefits. Cinnamon, for instance, helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce cortisol levels. It’s a simple yet effective addition to your diet.

7. Time for Thyme

Thyme, an herb with respiratory benefits, is excellent for addressing coughs, congestion, and bronchitis. Unlike oregano, which can raise blood pressure, thyme offers respiratory support without such side effects.

By understanding these nuances of nutrition and making informed choices, you can optimize your diet for better health and well-being.

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