Keep Your Health on Track With Cronometer
October 22, 2017 | 2,890 views
By Dr. Mercola
By optimizing your diet and your lifestyle, you help keep your body working efficiently. But are you sure that that’s enough?
People usually think that as long as they are eating seemingly healthy food, it’s enough to forego other tests. This is why I’ve developed an updated nutrition plan — so that you can have a trustworthy resource to help achieve a healthier diet and lifestyle.
To make sure that you’re following it correctly, though, I recommend using Cronometer.com, which is probably the most accurate nutrient tracker on the market today.
What Is Cronometer?
Nutrient tracking is simply keeping track of the nutritional information of the food you eat during the day and any other related activities.
Other nutrient trackers rely on the information provided by users, which are often erroneous because of the tendency of people to guess the nutritional compositions of their food. This failure in self-reporting results in the spread of misinformation to other users.
This is not what Cronometer does. Instead, it depends entirely on validated sources, such as US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Nutrition Coordinating Center (NCC) databases. This makes sure that the users only get trustworthy and accurate information, preventing the dissemination of false data and the resultant confusion.
Cronometer provides you with information such as how much fiber is in your food, and what your omega-6 to omega-3 ratios are. It also gives you a rundown of the percentages of the nutrients and minerals that you’ve eaten.
Why Do You Need to Track What You Eat?
I’ve been so sold on this nutritional tracker that I ended up working with the developers to create a Mercola version of it. My version of the program was optimized to assist you in going into nutritional ketosis. The goal is to change the body’s fuel from using up sugars to using up body fat. This optimization does not only help the body use up clean fuel, but also contributes to your mitochondrial health.
Mitochondrial health and inflammation have been linked to almost all of the diseases in the realm of human health. Having low inflammation levels means that your body can easily heal or thrive without the risk of developing diseases. It also slows down the aging process and the development of lifestyle-related diseases.
The program that the Mercola Cronometer offers focuses on maintaining and improving mitochondrial health, nipping the problem in the bud before the body further deteriorates. This program helps you control the levels and ratios of nutrients that you need to get in order to achieve nutritional ketosis. This involves altering your diet to include foods that are high in healthy fats, moderate in protein and low in net carbs.
The program also shows you the information about the 40 micronutrients that are essential to your health. This measures and gives you accurate information about which micronutrients you’re reaching your daily quota on and which ones you need to get more of. This can also help inform you of the nutrients that you should be supplementing with.
Determining Healthy Fat, Protein and Carb Ratios
Keeping your diet balanced with sufficient nutrients is not an easy task. It would mean that you’re expected to keep track of everything that you eat and their nutritional information. The body needs and requires a certain amount of carbohydrates, fats and protein to function, but it should be noted that the different types of these carbohydrates, fats and proteins are not all good for the body.
The Cronometer helps you determine the amount of carbohydrates your body requires and what the ideal nutrient ratio in your body is. For you to have a completely optimized diet, here are some requirements and percentages that you need to remember:
- Healthy Fats. The recommended diet consists of up to 85 percent of healthy fats. You can get healthy fats from olives, avocados, coconut oil, MCT oil, organic pastured eggs, cacao butter, raw nuts, grass fed meats and lard. You should also limit your polyunsaturated fat to less than 10 percent because it promotes cellular damage through oxidative damage.
- Carbohydrates. Your carbohydrate intake should only be 8 to 15 percent of your daily calories. Carbohydrates from fiber, on the other hand, should be double the amount of your net carbs. You should limit your net carbs to the lowest level that you are able to because of its high amount of sugar.
As long as you ingest net carbs or foods that are high in sugar, the body is still going to use that up instead of transitioning to fat. I recommend that you keep it to as low as 40 to 50 grams per day.
- Protein. Seven to 10 percent of your carbohydrate consumption should be composed of proteins from organic sources or animal products. While protein is required, it’s not recommended that you eat more protein than what your body needs, as it can cause more diseases by providing fuel for harmful properties to work overtime in your body.
The Cronometer can compute and approximate how much protein you need, eliminating the risk of getting too much or too little protein into your body. This approximation would depend on your height, weight, body mass index or waist measurement.
Cronometer, Nutritional Ketosis and Intermittent Fasting
Cancer cells and other cells that may be the cause of lifestyle diseases usually survive on glucose as fuel. This means that the high glucose levels in the blood produces fuel for the very cells that you don’t want in your body.
The optimized Mercola Cronometer allows you to enter nutritional ketosis where you burn and use stored fat to supply your body with enough energy and starve these harmful cells. This also means that you get to reduce the fat that you’ve put on when your insulin levels were high.
The Cronometer and intermittent fasting can work hand in hand to ensure that you smoothly transition from dirty fuel to clean fuel. Intermittent fasting refers to inserting intervals between meals to avoid stressing your digestive system out with the continuous ingestion of food.
By employing intermittent fasting, you do not limit the calories or prevent your body from getting the carbohydrates that it needs. Rather, you are merely giving your body enough time to process and absorb the nutrients from the food that you are eating.
Together with Cronometer and intermittent fasting, you can pave the way to achieving and maintaining a more balanced lifestyle without the risks of developing diseases and illnesses that can affect you for the rest of your life. To know more about this the Cronometer nutritional tracker, read “Track Your Way to Better Health With This Powerful Tool.”