I've noticed recently that on days after I go for it on carbs that wounds from cuts/grazes that I've had for too long tend to heal noticeably, is there an explanation for this?
I also noticed this weekend after eating about 400g carbs, which for me i'd usually consider insane and which weren't all 'safe starches' either, that the next day I looked undeniably well, i'm not saying doing this everyday is a good idea but maybe my body was missing something that a carb/sugar binge gave it.
I was one of the VLC disciples, Rosedale, Volek & Phinney were my goto guys, there's times where i'm ketogenic and the mental hyperdrive that eating some pure butter gives me is astronomical, sometimes a zero carb meal feels fantastic, but I can't deny that when I carb up I can appear to go from zombie to ten years younger overnight, what gives?
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on August 12, 2014
at 01:25 AM
Excess carbs can interfere with wound healing--ask any one legged diabetic. Consider what you ate WITH those carbs, maybe something lacking in your diet, or just a coincidence of time.
on August 12, 2014
at 12:53 AM
Don't be afraid of carbs! Evidence against long term ketosis is everywhere - including incidences of poorly healing wounds, lowered metabolism (cold hands and feet, lowering of internal body temperature, etc). Freetheanimal put me on to the idea that long term, consistent ketosis is a modern invention, and not something that was likely to have occurred often in our ancestry. Whether through a steady intake of carbs, or 'refeeding' as glucose sources would come available, the body needs glucose. There's a reason the liver and pancreas make sure glucose is circulating in our blood stream at all times - I won't bother posting any references, as one can spend an hour on google and find an equal number of proponents and opponents. For healing, well, fat, protein and glucose work synergistically in the body, and if your body doesn't need to get into GNG, that's less work for it to do.
Unless you have some sort of condition where you are legitimately made worse by carbs, such as with dysbiosis and some autoimmune or mental conditions, I would say carb up. The glucose fear in the paleosphere is, like many things (including CW and SAD) based on an incomplete scientific picture.
You say you look and feel good when you carb up, even if it's occasionally. Your own experience is going to be better evidence for what you should do (or experiment with and document) than anything people post here, including my own ignorant and biased opinion. If you haven't noticed, everything is constantly changing within health science (including Paleo and Primal). Nuts: Yay! Oh no, omega 6s! Potatoes nay - nasty nightshades and toxins! Wait, potatoes yay, safe starches?! Mm, sweet potatoes, yum... wait, there's fructose in those?! The debbil himself!!!
Trust yourself my friend, and play with your machine. Don't be a 'disciple' of anything but your own temple. :)
on August 11, 2014
at 06:58 PM
not sure how reputable this site is, but it mimics what my initial thoughts were (confirmation bias anyone?): http://www.woundcarecenters.org/article/living-wit...
Essentially it says protein is needed to repair the damaged tissue. Protein and Fats are more about energy than repair.
So my take is that the body will elevate the need for muscle synthesis, energy, and glycogen restoration over a superficial wound. When you are VLC, energy and glycogen restoration come via GNG. If you were to "Carb-up" then your body can use the carbohydrates for energy and glycogen restoration allowing the protein to be used for muscle syntesis with left-over protein going to repair the cut.