Amazing Slow Carb Health Benefits
We all know that slow carb has a very clear benefit to anyone’s health: fat loss. But what other benefits are there to be gained, that might not be so obvious? Some recent experiences with our coaching clients in our 4HBC Couples Challenge has had us do a double-take as to just what is possible, and how complex the human body is.
There are plenty of examples of diseases that have an onset due to being overweight, and some examples where problems alleviate when weight is lost. It’s also true that those in the ‘at risk’ categories can reduce their risk by reducing their weight, or more specifically, their body fat.
Diabetes is one of those diseases that gets mentioned a lot with the term ‘overweight’ these days, and it’s one of the clearest links that medical science has established. Is it a coincidence that drug companies are marketing a lot of drugs and devices for diabetes and weight loss? Probably not. But that aside, it is a real problem for millions of people. Tim Ferris alludes to some studies done with more natural remedies for diabetes, which look at controlling blood sugar and insulin levels, and though I am far from being an expert on the matter, I know that for some people, these alternatives, like cinnamon, and ChromeMate are proving effective.
But that’s an example of more natural supplements doing it as well as artificial chemicals.
The health benefits that really amaze me are ones that come from food – ones that come simply because real food has nutrients beyond a calorie, or a gram of protein, or fat. Real food has millions of things that processed food doesn’t have, and we only know about some of them currently. What we definitely know is that the body prefers food in its more natural state, and that the further away from natural it gets, the less benefits it gives us. That shouldn’t shock anybody, but with today’s media culture, unfortunately that is news to a lot of people, so don’t feel bad if this is something you haven’t heard before.
Our first example: Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia, for those who aren’t familiar with it (and count yourself lucky), is a debilitating condition that leaves the sufferer with a painful catch 22: moving around a lot tends to bring a lot of pain in muscles and joints. But not moving around of course, like everybody else, leads to stiffness, and you guessed it, pain in the muscles and joints.
Fibromyalgia affects a wide range of people, and its symptoms can be very difficult to treat effectively, with many people going on for years with an adequate means of coping with it. This leads to changes in lifestyle and can have other flow-on, negative health effects like weight gain, amongst others.
There is little agreement on exactly the best ‘cure’ or ‘treatment’ for fibromyalgia, and of course there are drug companies who are working hard on tablets to help people with this condition.
Let me make a suggestion before you pop a tablet: one of our coaching clients, who has suffered with daily pain for years from fibromyalgia, has experienced an almost complete absence of pain, just a few weeks after switching her meals to slow carb. This even stunned me, however she has nothing to gain by making this up, and it came out of a barely related question (“Has anything surprised you with slow carb?”).
For anybody who deals with Fibromyalgia, I would suggest that it’s well worth considering this shift. The kicker? Her doctor was actually not even surprised, explaining that he sees fibromyalgia as an inflammatory response in the body, and that a diet with high carbohydrates and sugar (which simple carbs like bread turn into) promotes more inflammation in the body. Literally, our coaching client ate herself to less inflammation and less pain.
Watch Heather and Steve’s 4HB Video where Heather discusses her Fibromyalgia and slow carb.
Case number 2: Plantar Fasciitis
Here’s an insidious ailment that anyone who carries this problem will tell you is incredibly debilitating, and frustrating at the same time. This happens to a great range of people, and is characterized by sharp pain in the base of the foot. It can happen to athletes, and it can happen to mums. It seems to be linked to ‘overuse’, but who’s to say exactly what that is for any given person.
Once you have it, there are a few options, all of which tend of have less than great success rates, and which may involve costly repeat treatments.
For an athlete, it means months of bench time, for a busy mum, it means getting by with a painful foot every day, and perhaps giving up those sports she once enjoyed on the weekends.
This result also came from a coaching client of ours, and I was nothing short of shocked when I heard about it. With friends who have suffered from plantar fasciitis, I know just how frustrating it can be, and to think that there could be a new alternative was very exciting.
Citing countless trips to medical specialists, and various forms of treatment over the last 10 or so years, our client has found her plantar fasciitis is nothing like what it used to be like. She has made no other lifestyle changes whatsoever in this time, and the results came after a few weeks on the slow carb diet. Once again, we are considering the link between carbohydrates and inflammation being the ongoing cause, and the change to a less sugary diet being the remedy.
Watch Steven and Kat’s 4HB Video here and hear Kat talk about her Plantar Fasciitis and slow carb.
Of course, these are but two examples of some amazing health benefits that people have experienced, and in some cases, results like these would even trump great fat loss. Another client of ours has found that his acid reflux and heartburn is now so absent that he’s stopped getting up in the night, and doesn’t need to take the regular medication he was taking for this painful problem. A great example of a dietary change bringing more than a change on the scales and around the waist.
Did you have a problem that has been helped by slow carb? One that you didn’t expect would be remedied by such a change in diet? I’d love to hear your story and share it with our readers, to encourage more people to find better health through great food.
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