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If You Think Bread Is Always Healthy For You, Think Again

If You Think Bread Is Always Healthy For You, Think Again

Some of us know that to stay fit and healthy, we need to “lay off the carbs.” We usually thinks of pies, pastries, pizzas, and donuts, but we consider whole grain sandwiches a nourishing well-balanced meal, right? How many restaurants automatically bring you a warm loaf of bread with your meal to satisfy your hunger until your order arrives?

The truth is, it is not just the carbs, and the highly processed types of flours, but the real culprit behind the problem is what’s in bread… wheat. This one ingredient is not only a problem for people with wheat or gluten sensitivities, but is a problem for everyone, as wheat can cause health problems due to the effect it has on blood sugar and your body’s inflammatory response.

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What’s wrong with wheat?

According to Dr. William Davis, author of the book Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, wheat has changed over the years, and may not be as fit for consumption as when we first started harvesting it.

Wheat actually makes us fat

How? Wheat contains a chemical called amylopectin A, which can convert to blood sugar even quicker than table sugar! Two slices of bread — no matter how “whole grain” it is — can cause a spike in blood sugar greater than that of eating a candy bar. When blood sugar spikes this quickly, it then drops rapidly also, making us feel hungry. We get cravings and eat more, and the cycle continues throughout the day. Essentially, foods that raise your blood sugar make you hungrier. Eliminate the bread, and your appetite will decrease. Eating less calories causes weight loss, and that’s just simple math.

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Even if you exercise regularly, wheat can cause a risk of heart disease

When you add high carbohydrates to your diet, they form small particles called lipoproteins, or LDL, particles, that put you at risk for heart disease or stroke, due to an increase in atherosclerotic plaque. So, even if you still look fairly slender, over time, this can cause an increase in this damaging plaque, and also is what causes belly fat — or visceral fat — which are the precursor to diabetes and heart disease.

The wheat fields of today are not what they were when we first started farming

The seeds are actually fatter, as they have evolved over time for survival, and even if crops are not treated with genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), they are creating what Davis calls “Frankengrains,” and have not been tested for their safety.

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But what about “whole wheat?” Isn’t that “low-glycemic?

All wheat contains gluten (which has a glue-like effect on our system), and can cause chronic inflammation and even degenerative conditions. The term “whole grain bread” is actually a myth, as the grains have to be broken down into flour to make bread.

Wheat can spur diabetes, especially in those individuals with a genetic predisposition to diabetes

Some of those fluffy loaves you see in stores have actually been injected with a genetically modified enzyme called transglutaminase, which can be toxic in some individuals. The fluffier the bread, the more likely it will contain GMO’s such as this one.

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If you have ever felt bloated, sleepy, or too full from eating, even if you though you were reaching for something made with “whole grains,” or “natural wheat,” then you have experienced the beginnings of what is known as “wheat belly.” Over time, this can lead to an excess of abdominal fat, and a constant bloating and discomfort.

Wheat is a hidden ingredient in many foods

Soy sauce, salad dressings, soups, sauteed vegetables, and more. Cutting out bread is only part of it, and you have to become a real label-reader, or prepare your own foods to ensure there is no wheat in what you are eating. One of the quickest ways to lose the belly weight is to give up bread, and wheat altogether.

Lose the wheat, lose the weight.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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