Typically where we find people eating a low fat diet, whether intentional or not, you find people also eating a diet generally high in carbohydrates. Not those tasty sweet potato and winter squash carbohydrates either. Does bread, cereal, and chips sound like a regular part of your daily diet? Unfortunately, more studies seem to be coming out with a link between low fat, high carb, and insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance has a slough of associated issues like increased testosterone in women, estrogen in men, and even poor mineral absorption by our cells, but on a cardiovascular level things become much more serious: inflammatory issues and elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Excess insulin in the body blocks certain pathways that allow our bodies to have their natural anti-inflammatory response, meaning excess insulin in the body turns off our natural anti-inflammatory response.
Since our bodies are actually a lot more intelligent than mainstream medicine has ever given them credit for, we must remember that above all else our body wants to keep us alive in the Now. The body doesn’t think about the future, it thinks about what is happening at this precise moment. So, if your anti-inflammatory response is being shut off in the body, your heart is probably going to be working a little harder (hello, increased blood pressure), which could cause some disruption to the arterial walls, which is why your body would send cholesterol there to form a hard wall of plaque, so these arterial walls don’t burst and cause crazy amounts of damage.
Our western medicine practices seem to only look at the surface of what’s happening and it’s only in recent decades that some doctors have decided to dive deeper. These doctors have realized that in years of a clinical practice they are not seeing the results they were educated on seeing - meaning, they’re not actually helping people get better. The drugs they prescribe aren’t helping and in many cases bring on more side effects and other issues. So, some have started to dig deeper and asking WHY and HOW. Why does our body send cholesterol to these arterial walls? Why is there a an influx in blood pressure? Why is insulin not being absorbed the way it should in the body? How does what we eat affect the way our cells communicate with one another? How do things work differently if we make different dietary choices? It’s extremely fascinating to me that we have gotten to this point in our healthcare system where we should not expect to ask questions and we probably shouldn’t expect an explanation either. Just nod yes, say ok, and take what the doctor prescribes. Now it’s becoming much more clear that the numbers just don’t add up. Trillions of dollars are spent yearly on healthcare, yet people are not getting better, pharmaceuticals are not actually curing anyone from disease, so where to look next? Prevention.
You have an immense power within yourself, you are capable of taking your health into your own hands, and you, my friend, I assure you, are so much more intelligent than you were ever lead to believe. Find what works for you. Adopt a real foods diet, eat in a calm state, stay hydrated. Make a conscious decisions to start taking care of yourself and actually living your life, not just passing through it. See why and how that makes a difference for you.