Tag: health

The Ketogenic Diet–What Is It?

It is well known that food has the power to cure many things, and help improve other ailments, such as depression[1], gastro-intestinal problems, and more. Food also has the power to help you lose fat weight, and gain muscle mass. One of the most prominent diets in recent years is the Ketogenic diet.

The ketogenic diet has been on the radar in social media, news, and TV, but nobody really understands what it entails. There have been a number of success stories, tales of incredible weight loss over a relatively short period; it seems like a thing of fiction. However, the truth is, it IS real, but there are many misconceptions about what/how to engage in this life-changing diet.

The keto diet is a diet that focuses mainly on cutting out carbs and sugar, while increasing the intake of fats and proteins. From a scientific standpoint, cutting out carbs and sugar exponentially decreases glucose in your body, which is a sugar that turns into fat (AKA, what produces belly fat and fat on other problematic areas). When you decrease glucose, your body starts to produces cells called “Ketones”, hence the name “Ketogenic;” these ketones use the fat which you already have in your body as an energy source. This process is known as “ketosis.”

The golden ratio is 2:1, meaning 2 parts fat to 1 part protein. The actual amount, in grams, depends on your body weight, but a typical adult male usually should get 100g of fat, 60g of protein, and only 40g of carbs. Again, these sizes depend on you, and your body. But the most important thing, which most of those who try the diet fail at, is to not eat ANY sugar. If you eat high amount, even low amounts of sugar, you are at risk of ruining the diet, and making yourself unhealthier than you started. The fat that you take in, combined with the sugar, creates a crazy amount of fat (on problematic areas).

If you control your diet, you will see results. Higher energy, fat loss, and overall improvement of health are just some of the many benefits of doing the ketogenic diet.[2] The ketogenic diet can even help with diabetes[3]. In the end, it cannot hurt you to try it. Cut sugar out of your diet for a week, limit your carb intake, and just try it. You will be surprised with the results, guaranteed.

 

By: Jaron Bullington and Abdiel Perez

 

[1] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBLq0lQmCvg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MpeSudXyRs

[2] Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101#weight-loss

[3] Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/why-i-tried-keto-diet#2

Red Tide Hits Florida Shores

The state of Florida has been under attack by a surge of the “Red Tide”. The Red Tide has been coloring our oceans red, which is actually caused by red algae in the water. Generally, algae is considered to be very harmless, but this variety is extremely dangerous to both the ocean ecosystem and humans. What has resulted of the tide is a stream of dead ocean wildlife, and beaching of turtles, fish and other sea life. But why does this type of algae cause so much damage? When the algae blooms, and subsequently dies, it releases harmful toxins that contaminate the sea water, which results in the events aforementioned. The next question is: How does this affect us?

There are huge economic consequences of this red tide, and it all stems from tourism. Tourism is one of Florida’s main economic powerhouses; it fuels almost every part of our economy. With this tide getting in the way of some of Florida’s most popular spots, our beaches, expect to see a decline in revenue. This also hurts small businesses near the beaches, as the dip in beachgoers will cause sinkholes in business.

It can also harm us physically. Red algae can cause major health issues, such as respiratory issues and dermal ones, too. It can even affect what we eat–when shellfish gets contaminated by the toxins, and we eat it, it can cause NSP, or Neurotic Shellfish Poisoning. Overall, the algae is not life threatening by any means–you can still swim in red tide-infested water–but it can cause discomfort and be harmful to those who may have respiratory problems that are pre-existing (like asthma).

This is not the first time the red tide has ravaged Florida, though. In 1996, a red tide came to Florida, and killed nearly 10% of its manatee populations, along with 162 dolphins in Mexico. We could see this damage again if we do not take measures to stop this, but there are no real solutions as of yet. All we can do now is sit and take the punches of this toxic tide.