We hear about the no-carbohydrate and low-carbohydrate diets. Are they good or not? My disclaimer first – I recommend balanced nutrition combined with caloric restriction and intermittent fasting for longevity and a healthy old age.
Balanced nutrition ensures that you are not suffering from any nutritional deficiencies. Long-term loss of critical nutrients can lead to disease. When was the last time you went to your doctor about a problem and he/she asked what foods you have been eating over the past couple of months? Probably never! How can an accurate assessment of the cause of a disease be made if your diet is not balanced and taken into account? Oh, I forgot, most doctors treat symptoms, not causes.
My research into the health world has focused on longevity. Intermittent fasting (more than twelve hours daily) and caloric restriction (around 10 calories per pound of healthy body weight) significantly increase longevity and decrease the risks associated with age-related diseases (in addition to exercise, restriction of toxins and stress relief daily).
Carbohydrates come from many sources. If my goal was to reduce the total number of calories and balance my nutritional needs, then carbohydrates from grain sources would not be included in my daily eating. Carbohydrates from grain sources greatly increase the calories without adding the additional benefit of other nutrients. Is an occasional meal of potato or rice OK? Yes, any single meal does not disrupt your long-term goal.
Your metabolism generates acidic by-products. Carbohydrates are acidic, as are proteins, dairy and fats. It is more desirable to have an alkaline environment in your body than an acidic one. Therefore, you should eat more vegetables and fruits compared to carbohydrates, fats, dairy and proteins to maintain an alkaline body. Several things happen when your body is alkaline – you absorb up to 20 times more oxygen, your immune system is strengthened, and diseases that thrive in acidic environments cannot get started.
If you goal in life to to reach old age with a healthy body able to do the things you did when you were decades younger, then you should consider obtaining carbohydrates from spinach, celery, kale, lettuce, green beans, bell peppers, mushrooms, berries, tomatoes and onions – not from potatoes, rice, pasta, and grains.