Your true health
How's yours and what could you do about it?
Your true health is not determined by how you feel. You can feel mighty fine while deadly diseases are just around the corner. Think about a high blood pressure or deviating cholesterol values. Neither have real physical complications but can be precursors of deadly illnesses (diabetes, heart issues, cancer, etc.). In order to measure the true health of your body objectively you can use the ‘metabolic health scale’ made by the WHO (World Health Organisation). This scale uses five measurable characteristics: blood pressure, waist circumference, fasting glucose levels and cholesterol values in your blood (glucose, HDL and TG). Is one of 5 diverging from the standard? This makes you metabolically unhealthy. Are three of 5 diverging from the standard? This means you have a metabolic syndrome. 75% of the people in the world, who are older than 40 years of age, are classified as metabolically unhealthy and this’ll only get worse when they get older!
So, what’s the cause of our deteriorating metabolic health? It seems that both our nutrition and our intensity of daily exercise are the bad guys in this story. In our nutrition it’s mostly the overload in carbohydrates and cheap plant-based oils that contain way too many omega-6’s. If you’d ban the carbohydrates, such as sugars, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and even some fruits – and you’d also ban the cheap plant-based oils, such as sunflower oil, corn oil, peanut oil, etc., from your life and you increase your exercise (in particular: muscle growth), than your metabolic state will soon see better figures.
Changing your food pattern isn’t easy. The best thing would be to completely switch your energy/fuel source of your body. This means switching from a carbohydrate-dependant burn to a full on fats based burn. This fat burning will produce ketones as fuel. When your body is fully powered by ketones, you reach ketosis. Hence the name Keto, for Jake their Keto-shake. This refers to the state of your body when you are in full fat burning mode!
Yes, you can leave your potatoes or replace them with broccoli-rice or mushrooms. However, the trickiest part will be replacing your breakfast, lunch and snacks in between. How do you find tasty products that are low in carbs and have the right omega 3 to 6 ratio? I recommend Jake to all my clients and patients. Their vegan shakes contain very little carbohydrates but still have a solid amount of calories. So the shake contains a lot of energy, delivered through MCT-oils (among others). MCT, or Medium Chain Triglycerides, are a special form of fats that can be immediately used as energy, in contrary to most fats. It can even beat sugar when it comes to the time it needs to be processed by the body. Besides that, the omega 3 and 6 ratio is far beneath the maximum value of 1 to 4 (the ratio in these shakes is currently even 1 to 0,3). And you have a nature-friendly, tasty shake that gives you energy super quickly – without a lot of carbs and unhealthy fats.