What if you could reduce inflammation, toxicity, oxidation, boost immunity and extend the quality of your workouts by simply changing your fuel source? Do you want to eat food/fuel that promotes inflammation or eat foods that reduce inflammation?
Micro-glossary for this post:
Ketones: a source of energy in the body used by the brain, heart, and muscles in the same manner as glucose (sugar).
Inflammation: The reaction of bodily tissues when exposed to toxins, harmful stimuli, or stress.
Mitochondria: The energy generators inside your cells (your diesel).
FAT AS FUEL +
When we start using fat as our primary fuel source, or move towards fat-adapted living, our body gets proficient at digesting and properly utilizing these fats as fuel. Comparative to using carbohydrates as fuel, fat as the primary fuel source is significantly less inflammatory. When you successfully begin to produce ketones from a primarily fat powered diet, ketone bodies (such as Beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate) begin to disrupt or dissolve the assembly of inflammatory processes inside your cells. This prevents inflammation from forming in the body and brain. Your brain is highly susceptible to inflammation, with conditions of cognitive decline (Dementia, Alzheimers) right around the corner after years of inflammation formation. Endogenously producing ketones for fuel generates antioxidant enzymes (like Superoxide dismutase) inside the body that help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress set on by too much exercise, toxic eating patterns and/or lack of body + brain oxygenation. Having an efficient internal antioxidant system will boosts immunity, the ability to adapt to stressful situations (buoyancy), and enhance brain power. Lastly, using ketones as fuel promotes autophagy (the cellular detoxification process....hello growing younger!) as well as enhanced mitochondrial functioning. When our mitochondria are working properly, our bodies are more efficient at turning our food into energy. Remember, mitochondria is the diesel within our cells.