You can lose weight by eating less but how do you know you are getting what you need nutritionally?
An article published in Nature, The International Journal of Science, in March 2019, reveals how vigorously the body defends the acquisition of sodium and essential nutrients. Based on this, I will give you my explanation of nutrient intake control and what can go wrong with it and how to solve it.
When nutrients enter the mouth the taste buds detect them and inform the brain of the arrival. The brain creates the sensation of satisfaction and enjoyment to continue to encourage eating that food. Once sufficient nutrients have been taken in, the control center reduces the intensity of enjoyment and you can stop eating at that time.
This method or mechanism called chemical sensing is used by infants and toddlers to get all the needed nutrients on a timely fashion and they grow normal. So why can’t adults do it? For two reasons: salty food and soft food. Watch this video and let me explain.
*The the average daily requirement of sodium that comes from salt is less than 500 milligrams depending on how how much you sweat. Whereas the average daily intake of sodium in the United States is 3.4 grams. That is six to seven times the norm. A 10% increase in sodium concentration in the blood will interfere with function of the nerves and heart. A 20% increase, if not corrected immediately, can be fatal. So if you are eating foods that contain a lot of sodium (salty foods), the control mechanisms go on to a protective mode rather than an acquisition mode. That interferes with intake of essential nutrients.
*Nature has packaged all the nutrients humans require in foods that require chewing. When you don’t chew, you swallow. Most of the foods that humans take in the present-day diet comes from grains. There is practically no chewing. How much can you chew rice, bread, pasta, pastries, cakes, and cookies? So what happens is the taste buds cannot get the nutrients in a timely fashion to inform the brain, so food intake is now based on the fullness of the stomach rather than taste satisfaction.
How can you get your required nutrients?
- Stop eating salty foods. Don’t eat snacks that are salty. Don’t give children snacks that are salty otherwise you are setting them up for lifelong trouble with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
- Eat only foods that require chewing so that the taste buds can inform and function normally.
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