Overnutrition and Neurodegenerative Diseases

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Overnutrition is a term that refers to how excessive nutrients can damage the human body.

The modern diet has become a common source of excessive nutrients and increases dangerous levels of systemic inflammation within the body.  The stress from the inflammation will activate the genes within our DNA and trigger or worsen common medical conditions such as cancer or diabetes.

Many are familiar with the fact that eating too many calories or excessive amounts of carbohydrates (sugars and starches) can worsen a diabetic’s blood sugar level. The blood sugar levels increase to dangerous levels not because there are too many sugars in the food.  It increases because excessive calories and carbohydrates trigger more inflammation and worsen diabetes at the genetic level.

Cooking food at high temperatures or for too long will form another dangerous nutrient called AGE (advanced glycation end product), and consuming excessive amounts of AGEs will also trigger an overnutrition reaction and worsen a diabetics blood sugar level

Saturated fats (palmitic acid) are commonly added packaged foods and if consumed in excessive amounts will also worsen the blood sugar levels through the inflammatory overnutrition reaction as well.

Reversing Overnutrition

Fortunately, you can reverse the inflammation and damage of overnutrition by activating a natural cellular repair mechanism called hormesis and can be activated through a simple eating pattern called intermittent fasting.  In order to try intermittent fasting, you simply limit the calories you eat (maximum of 600 for men and 500 for women) on one or two nonconsecutive days per week.

This is not a new dietary pattern for humans.  Our stone age ancestors naturally engaged in fasting due to scarcity of food but the over-abundance of food in our modern world has eliminated these periods of involuntary but health-promoting intermittent fasting.

Minimizes consumption of calorie dense foods, limiting your carbohydrate intake to less than 100 grams per day, avoiding mindless snacking, cooking foods at lower temperatures and adding a little intermittent fasting can go a long way towards preserving your health and even reverse some of your present medical conditions.

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Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

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