Just One Meal Makes A Difference

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Just One Meal Makes A DifferenceThe health conscious folks at Smith Mountain Lake will not be shocked to learn that there is new research to confirm that damage to your body occurs with just one single unhealthy meal. The rest of us may get an eye opener.

What happens when you eat a meal, is that your body breaks down what you ingest into amino acids (building blocks of protein), glucose (sugar), and lipids (fats).  That means when you sit down at the restaurant and inhale a double cheeseburger, curly fries, a glass of mountain dew and a slice of pie for dessert, your body begins to try and digest it. But when all that fat and sugar hits your system, it causes a rather large spike in your blood sugar (which has a fancy name called ‘post-prandial hyperglycemia), which in turn starts all kinds of compensating activity in your body.

In the short term analysis that damage can be reversed by eating healthy meals, but over longer periods of time the effects of these kinds of meals can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, and other unpleasant illness.

Even the immediate effects of unhealthy food can be fairly bad. Blood vessels constrict, blood pressure may rise, hormonal responses affected, inflammation occurs in your tissues, free radical damage may occur, and insulin spikes may leave you feeling hungry again.

On the positive side, one meal of healthy foods such as fresh fruits, raw vegetables, lean protein, and a high fiber diet, will begin to help you avoid post-prandial spikes and other such ill effects.

Unfortunately it is sometimes difficult to break the junk food cycle. Once on the sugar-spike spin you crave unhealthy food and are no longer satisfied by wholesome low-sugar, low-fat foods. At this point you must make a determined effort to resist these cravings and feed your body nutritious meals so it can begin to repair the damage.

Sources:

 –  Dr. Joseph Mercola

 – Time January 15, 2008

 – Journal of the American College of Cardiology January 22, 2008; 51:249-255

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