A few days ago we discussed carbohydrates and in particular the myth of the so called ‘carb-free diet’, (which if you recall if you have a truly carb-free diet, you would die, because carbohydrates is the fuel that your body needs to exist).

Carbohydrates spare protein so that protein can concentrate on building and repairing the body tissues instead of being used as an energy source. A good example of that is a candle, which has a wick in the middle which represents your protein and wax on the outside which is the carbohydrates. Imagine you are the candle, if you didn’t have any wax on the outside your wick would burn out really quickly and that is what happens to top athletes, if they have no fat store – no carbohydrates, so they’re running on their muscles. Therefore they have to run on the fuel that they have consumed before a race, when they finish even a short race they tend to suffer painful cramps because the body is trying to drag energy from the muscles and so that’s why carbohydrates are used. For the fat to be easily metabolised the carbohydrates must be present. If carbohydrates are not present the body is not able to handle the large amounts of required for energy and accumulates keytone bodies which make the bodies very acidic. With the Atkins diet people used to get katosis, a foul smelling mouth. Carbohydrates are also required for regulation of nerve tissue and is the only source of energy for the brain. Certain types of carbohydrates encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines to aid digestion. Lots of type of carbohydrates are packed with fibre, the two types of fibre are digestible and indigestible. Indigestible accumulates in the stomach in a ball, like cotton wool and expands with the moisture in the stomach and gives the brain the signal of being full when you’re eating. Also in this state it acts like a net, so any access cholesterol in your food often gets ‘snagged up’ in it and then passes through your digestive system keeping your body quite ‘regular’ and cleansed and keeps the friendly flora in your stomach. The digestible part of the fibre lays in the stomach and slows the digestion of glucose, the sugary element of your food, preventing it going straight into your blood, leading to a slower absorption, preventing spikes of blood/sugar levels. Why is that important, you might ask ? Because when you get a spike in your blood/sugar – a ‘sugar rush’ if you like, what happens is that your pancreas produces insulin to bring it down, bringing the level down to lower than where it was previously and all the sugary things, the glucose, will turn to body fat because the insulin will tuck it away into your body into its unlimited storage area.

So, having good digestible fibre slows that absorption down and is really important in own diet and most people have nothing like the amount of fibre they should have each day. The other important thing about the cycle of raising and lowering of blood sugar levels is that your pancreas is like a little balloon and what happens is that if it’s used all the time very soon it becomes stretched and less effective and you start to develop diabetes. Diabetes is usually caused by this and the over activity of the pancreas.

To help achieve your daily fibre requirement especially eat legumes, that is podded vegetables such as runner beans, broad beans and also try to eat vegetables with stalks like cauliflower.

To ensure that you reach the recommended intake of fibre each day as well as improved your diet, why not get into the habit of taking Herbalife’s Florafibre tablets with a large glass of water three times a day.

WHY DO YOU NEED IT ?
Fibre is well known to have a beneficial effect on intestinal and digestive health, maintaining bowel regularity and normal colonic function. Another benefit of fibre is its role to speed up the passage of food and help to eliminate toxins from the body. Studies suggest that Western diets are low in fibre, with the average adult intake typically bordering 17g per day. Governments recommend consumption as high as 30g per day to optimise your digestive system.

KEY BENEFITS

• FloraFibre as a source of dietary fibre help maintain intestinal health and a healthy digestive system

• Dietary fibre promotes bowel regularity and normal colonic function

• Dietary fibre can assist the removal of wastes from the body