Top 5 Benefits of the Whole 30

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Now here are the Top 5 Benefits you will receive by following the Whole 30 Program

1. Improved Digestive Health

Having a healthy digestive system almost always correlates to having a healthy body.  Improving the health of your digestive tract can do wonders for preventing and cure systemic diseases.  One reason the Whole30 will help improve your digestion is because it eliminates all grains.  Grains contain complex proteins that are hard for our gut to breakdown and digest.  The most notorious of these is gluten.  Everyone is gluten intolerant to some extent, even if they don't think they are.  When our gut is exposed to gluten our intestinal cells signal the release of a protein called zonulin.  Zonulin opens up the spaces between the cells of the intestinal lining and result in leaky gut. 

2.  Increased Energy

The Whole30 diet focuses on eliminating simple and refined sugars.  By doing this you will have a stable blood sugar throughout the day.  This means no insulin spikes, no cortisol spikes, and no sugar crashes.  When doing the Whole30 you can expect a steady stream of energy throughout the day.

3.  A Clear Mind

The Whole30 will eliminate brain fog and make you sharp as a tack for a few reasons.  First, by eliminating grains, you will reduce the likelihood of having leaky gut.  Leaky gut results in food proteins slipping through intestinal cells and into the bloodstream.  Over time, this can cause a host of problems, one of which is brain fog.  Another reason the Whole30 will give you a clear mind is due to a stable blood sugar.  Stable blood sugar means a steady stream of glucose for your brain to use for energy.

4.  You will Discover New Foods

By eliminating certain foods that you may typically eat every day, you will be forced to discover new and exciting foods that you may have not cooked with.  In addition to expanding your cooking portfolio and learning new recipes, you will also be consuming dozens of different phytonutrients that you may have not been eating on a regular basis.  Phytonutrients are naturally occurring compounds found in plants.  It is thought that the greater diversity of phytonutrients you consume, the healthier you will be. 

5.  You Will Lose Weight

Even though the Whole30 isn't intended to be a weight loss program, the side effects of eliminating processed foods, grains, sugars, and alcohol is weight loss.  Consuming excessive carbohydrates is one of the most common ways people gain extra weight.  By eliminating grains and processed foods your carbohydrate intake will naturally be lower.  

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