Monday, March 16, 2009
HONEY & the Hibernation Diet
Here are some interesting tid bit's on the Honey Hibernation........I do it and have seen dramatic results in my sleep patterns, I will keep you posted on the weight loss thing (you see I am a size 4 now, so I dont really want to loose to much weight)
You see without the honey bee, there would be no you and me!
Honey is mankind’s oldest sweetener.
Cave paintings in Spain from 7000 years ago depict scenes of men extracting honey from natural hives.
Honey was used by the Egyptians as a food and medicinal agent.
The philosophers Plato and Aristotle make references to honey in their writings.
The Greek Olympians used honey and figs as fuel for exercise and for sport.
They were certainly ahead of their time in anticipation of the theory that informs the Hibernation Diet.
To make one pound of honey bees must tap 2 million flowers for nectar and from one hive 55 thousand miles of flight must be undertaken to provide this one pound.
Honey bees can fly up to 22 miles per hour, and their fuel is so efficient that one bee could fly round the world on as little as an ounce of honey.
Bees are supremely intelligent little insects.
At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington researcher Ronald Gilbert is trialling clever honey bees for land mine detection. Micro-tags are attached to the bees, and after returning to the hives air passed over the bees is tested by a spectrometer. The result is compared with TNT and if positive the geographical position of the minefield can be tracked and entered into a computer file.
An entomologist with the University of Montana, Jerry Bromenshenk is training his bees to do the job without chips, he conditions his bees with TNT dipped in syrup so they can recognise the deadly explosive.
Honey contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.
Honey contains pyridoxine (vitamin B6), thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2) and Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5).
Essential minerals include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc.
During the early part of the 20th century researchers began to document the healing properties of honey. This ceased with the development of antibiotics but the development of resistance to antibiotics has led to a resurgence of interest into the anti-microbial and healing properties of honey.
Honey has powerful anti-bacterial properties and research into honey for burns and post-surgical wound healing has confirmed this. Other conditions for which honey has shown promise include allergies and oral health.
NATURAL HONEY LOWERS BLOOD GLUCOSE
This amazing headline may seem to defy common sense.
Honey consists of two sugars, glucose and fructose in a 1 to 1 relationship.
It seems that honey would therefore raise blood sugar level.
The headline above appeared in a paper published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in April 2004.
The secret of honey, of its most beneficial effect, which is to lower blood glucose, on health is the content of fructose.
How does it work to reduce blood glucose?
When sugars are absorbed from the gut into the blood they are first of all pass through the liver.
What happens here is the key to most (not all) the wonderful benefits of honey for human health.
The fructose is taken into the liver because the liver is the only organ in the human body with the fructose enzyme to take in this sugar.
Fructose is a liver exclusive sugar.
In the liver the fructose is converted into glucose and then stored as liver glycogen (glycogen is human starch).
Therefore fructose does not pass through the liver into the general circulation.
Equally by being stored in the liver as glycogen the glucose formed from the fructose is stored in the liver and released only if and when blood glucose falls.
However this is not the end of the fructose story.
Far from it.
Fructose activates the glucose enzyme in the liver allowing the liver to take in as much glucose as it requires.
This fabulous trick, whereby fructose enters the liver and opens the gate for glucose entry is known in the Hibernation® Diet as THE FRUCTOSE PARADOX.
THE FRUCTOSE PARADOX.
The Fructose paradox allows for glucose uptake into the liver and therefore prevents a rapid rise in blood glucose. In other words fructose lowers the GI of glucose. Another secret revealed to you by the Hibernation® Diet.
In other words fructose regulates the uptake and storage of glucose and therefore is a blood glucose regulator.
Fructose is the natural regulator that nature has provided for humans and is found in fruits, vegetables and honey and is always (with the exception of starch) in a 1:1 ratio with glucose. Therefore we can use natural fructose to regulate blood glucose levels, to stabilize blood glucose, to maintain a regular supply of glucose to the brain, the biggest problem that we as humans have to deal with – keeping blood glucose stable and the brain fuelled for 24 hours, especially during the hours of the night fast.
Now we have to think a little about the brain.
The human brain is most energy demanding organ in the body by a long, long way. We know how exhausted we feel when we have to concentrate for a lengthy period.
People often refer to mental exhaustion as being greater than physical exhaustion and this is indeed the case.
At rest on a gram for gram or cell for cell basis the human brain burns up to 20 times the fuel of any other cell in the body. However this energy burning furnace at the top of our spinal column has no on board energy store.
The brain is always around 30 seconds from melt down, a few minutes from a coma and not many more minutes away from death if glucose is not available.
Why does the brain not have its own store?
Because glucose in storage occupies a large amount of space and there is simply no room in the brain.
How do we know this?
When we are born the baby’s head has to pass through the pelvic canal and this process presents both baby and mother with real difficulty.
If the head carried an on board glucose store it would be around 25% larger at birth and we could not be born, we simply could not pass through the pelvic canal.
Now we see the problem that we have in maintaining fuel supply to the brain. The liver is the only organ which can both store and release glucose into the circulation and most of the fuel released from the liver is required by the brain (around 65%).
This is why looking after your liver glycogen store is so critical for humans with such a big and energy hungry brain (for glucose - the brain is sweet toothed).
Any fall in blood glucose is dangerous for the brain. Even a minor fall in blood glucose will cause the brain to panic. This will cause the adrenal glands to be activated, to go into hyper drive and the adrenal hormones are, if overproduced toxic to human biology.
The hormones are of course essential for the type of crisis mentioned but these hormones (stress hormones) make us sick if we produce them chronically.
Chronic overproduction of the adrenal glands is the condition of modern man and will lead to conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes (non insulin dependent), poor immune function, depression and other distressing conditions with which we are all familiar.
If we can look after our liver glycogen store, by including in our diet the correct balance of carbohydrates so that both the liver and therefore the brain are catered for at all times of the day and night we reduce the requirement for production of the adrenal hormones, and we can then reserve our adrenal glands for their correct function which is for fight or flight.
How do we do this?
By stabilising blood glucose.
How do we do this?
By looking after our liver glycogen store in the way that nature intended, by using natural fructose from fruit, dried fruit, fruit juice and the other natural source, honey.
As the headline claims:
NATURAL HONEY LOWERS PLASMA GLUCOSE
The fructose enters the liver, opens the liver to glucose intake, stores both as glucose and this stabilizes blood glucose and fuels the brain. This in turn reduces requirement for release of the adrenal hormones (the ‘adrenocides’) with all their horrible effects.
It really is as simple as that.
Hibernation® Honey refuels the liver in the hour before bed, this allows for stable blood glucose during the period of Slow Wave Sleep and this in turn allows for production of the wonderful fat burning recovery hormones. We promised we would show you how to burn fat during sleep and this is how it is done.
WHY FRUCTOSE HAS A BAD NAME.
Some people give fructose a bad name. This is not correct. Natural fructose from fruit and honey stabilizes blood glucose and fuels the brain. Unnatural fructose from High Fructose Corn Syrup, drives blood glucose up, insulin is released and the fructose is converted to fat. Blood glucose falls, the adrenal hormones are released and ill health, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes follow. This is not what nature intended and not the way to consume fructose.