Did you know that a cure for epilepsy, discovered in the 1920’s is now the ‘new big thing’ in the health and fitness industry? Learn more in the video, including the ‘1 hour keto cheat’
It’s called the ketogenic diet and it was originally developed to treat epilepsy. The strict ketogenic diet consists of about 90% fat, however a well research, much more sustainable ‘Modified Atkins’ version is
At first glance, you may think all that fat is a bad thing, and it certainly will be if you are eating rubbish, processed fats. It’s a lot of effort, and a big change, but if you can stick with it and you are eating good quality healthy fats though, this is the list of possible benefits:
Methylation: Why Stress Turns You Toxic, (and alters your genes)
Many people still think genetics determine our health. The fact is, genes only really determine what happens if WE don’t do enough of the right things, or too much of the wrong thing.
Understanding methylation is critical to this.
The short version of this article is ‘nutrition influences your genetics, and stress influences it too’. And the good news is nutrition and how you respond to stress IS UNDER YOUR CONTROL
“Nutrients can reverse or change epigenetic phenomena such as DNA methylation and histone modifications, thereby modifying the expression of critical genes associated with physiologic and pathologic processes, including embryonic development, aging, and carcinogenesis” – http://advances.nutrition.org/content/1/1/8.full
Increase methyl donors and you will also increase glutathione
Methyl depletion also depletes glutathione which will drive inflammation.
Stress depletes methyl donors and can cause mood swings, sleeping problems, anxiety and irritability.
You need methyl groups to remove toxic oestrogen metabolites.
Methyl protects DNA.
Optimal methylation pre-conception (in mother and father) turns off ‘crap’ genes for next generation.
“The Methylation Priority Principle”
Dr. Alan Vinitsky, a researcher and doctor, theorized that due to the importance of methylation in the body and its multiple functions, there must be a prioritization of the valuable methyl groups it uses in the many life-sustaining functions.
Your body needs methyl groups to activate cortisol and adrenalin (the 2 most important stress hormones), and if there is a lack of methyl groups it will take them away from other uses to activate the hormones needed to adapt to stress. If your body does not adapt to stress it dies, thus it adapts to survive. The problem is that now the other needs are not met and new problems will arise such as DNA damage (cancer) or genes of susceptibility being turned on. This is a new understanding of how stress can lead to a host of different diseases.
Stress is the number one way methyl groups become depleted. Remember, your body does not know the difference between physical, chemical or emotional stress. The body’s response is the same, and its use of methyl groups to adapt to the stress is the same. Yes all of your worrying is costing you valuable methyl groups and putting your DNA at risk.
If you would like help decreasing stress then, we have a free video series on Youtube: How to beat stress, or call us on 01707 662 704
“By 2020 depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide.”
– The global burden of disease, Cambridge, Murray and Lopez
Here are my notes for the above video on chronic depression:
Psychoneuroimmunology – goes both ways
3 months – therapy, drugs
Inflamed brain feels no pain! Not like a muscle or a joint – signals with psychiatric symptoms
Inositol 4g x3 /day for 4 weeks
ECGC – green tea extract
Diet – sugar!
You Are Enough
Brain Based Wellness
Boost DHEA, serotonin, GABA, melatonin and beta-endorphins – the hormones that are the brain’s defence against stress.
Restore the body’s natural pH balance
Rid the body of toxins
Balance the immune system
The neurochemicals in the limbic system mediate all of one’s feelings and emotions.
A direct connection exists between the nocioceptive reflexes at every level of the spine and the limbic system. Every spinal level has an intimate relationship with the proper functioning of the limbic system. [Blum and Holder 1997]
A 2017 update on more ways to boost glutathione, decrease body pollution, and help achieve better weight and World Peace too (I dare you to help)
Ageing can be thought of as a form of rusting.
Rusting is exacerbated by oxidation – which happens naturally when you exercise, and as part of life, and it is accelerated by pollution and toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and even the 200 chemicals in our bathrooms and cleaning products.
Of all the molecules our body makes to protect us against this onslaught, glutathione is arguably the most important.
But even glutathione itself is under attack by medicine we think of as safe – paracetamol and Calpol.
Watch the video and read the article for more information:
Your glutathione levels fall, by about 10% to 15% per decade!
Decreased glutathione levels result in accelerated aging, low energy, higher inflammation, and a greater vulnerability to cell damage and disease
Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant .
It functions both as an antioxidant and an antitoxin and is a major defence against illness and aging. Our glutathione levels indicate our state of health and can predict longevity. There are more than 60,000 published papers on the beneficial effects of glutathione.
Possible warning signs you have low glutathione:
lack of energy
shaky hands after exertion
Some of the many functions of glutathione:
required to get rid of heavy metal toxicity (included are mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium)
boosts white blood cell formation, which helps boost immunity/immune system
used by the body to neutralize/remove things like formaldehyde, car exhaust chemicals, cigarette smoke, and certain pharmaceuticals, pesticide and industrial chemicals, steroids, bacterial produced toxins, and alcohol
plays a role in DNA repair
positively affects insulin production and control by the pancreas
can help decrease/reverse cataracts
And most importantly for energy production: glutathione is the only anti-oxidant inside mitochondria, which are the energy producing factories in our cells.
If you have a sedentary, non-stressful life then you should be getting enough nutrients to make glutathione if you eat plenty of organic nuts, seeds, avocados, eggs, lentils and lots of veg, some high quality grass fed meat.
If you are under stress, have any of the symptoms listed above, or exercise, then it would be advisable to take at least a good multivit/mineral with HIGH amounts of B vitamins in, and whey protein from organic, grass fed cows.
We can give you more advice on the products we use at the clinic on your next appointment.
Cultured Foods and Fermented Foods: What are they and why are they so good for us?
What are cultured and fermented foods?
Cultured foods and fermented foods are natural ways humans have consumed probiotics for thousands of years. They don’t just provide a greater range of bacteria than the commercial yogurts, they also deliver more nutrition. There is a whole range, catering for all tastes – vegetables, dairy products, cereals, fish, just about everything. You can make them yourself, or you can buy the read made. I’ve put some resources at the end.
Why are cultured food and fermented foods so good for us?
To understand just why cultured or fermented foods are so important to our health, an introduction to the ‘microbiome’ is needed.
Dr.Martin Blaser, the director of NYU’s Human Microbiome Program has written an important book on a subject all health care providers should be aware of. The subject is the microbiome. The book is called “Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues”.
Dr Blaser points out that since World War II there has been a huge rise in a number of diseases, especially allergies, autoimmunity and obesity. Instead of going down the usual route of looking for individual causes for individual conditions, the world’s collective microbiome projects are pointing to just one major cause of many different problems – the upsetting of the natural order of things in the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes that SHOULD be living inside of us, that have a purpose, and a vested interest in keeping us all healthy and well.
We are full of so many of these microscopic bugs that up to 90 percent of all the cells in the human body aren’t human at all — they’re micro-organisms.
The major reasons our microbiome is in such big trouble?
There are a number of factors. One is to do with our previous attempts of staying healthy: Antibiotics, antibacterial soaps, or even just too much washing
Another is the over medicalisation of natural processes – C-sections at birth (far higher than ever before).
Another is agricultural chemicals and industrial pollution.
Even chlorinated water is harmful to good bacteria.
It’s not just the microbes that are important, it’s actually their genes, Professor Jeroen Raes has this to say:
“We have about 100 times more microbial genes than human genes in the body.”
And there’s more … proteins made from fungus and bacteria called micro RNA circulate in our blood stream. It’s estimated that about 25% of the microRNA circulating in our blood is not human (and nor should it be).
This means that what is living within us actually makes up our genetics. Which also means a lot of our ‘genetics’ is not just what our parents gave us, it is a choice too. This gives us power over our health.
What are the benefits of healthy gut bacteria?
what kind of roles to healthy gut bacteria play for us?
A healthy ratio of good to bad gut bacteria is also essential for:
Proper development and function of your immune system
Protection against over-growth of other microorganisms that could cause disease
Digestion of food and absorption of nutrients
The probiotics in your gut also play a role in helping numerous bodily functions, such as:
Digesting and absorbing certain carbohydrates
Producing vitamins, absorbing minerals and eliminating toxins
Keeping bad bacteria under control
We also know that certain gut bacteria have an effect on brain function, so not only are there probiotics, there are now psychobiotics!
Don’t forget your mouth
It’s not just your gut that needs to be filled with happy bacteria. Your mouth is now emerging as another place we have killed off what makes us healthy.
The best place to learn about the mouth microbiome is from dentist Dr Gerry (this is an affiliate link so if you do buy his toothpaste I’ll make a few cents) – http://shrsl.com/?fbx8
The New Solution To Gut Health
Before we get to the cultured and fermented foods themselves there is one more BIG concept to get. This is something very new, and you may well be one of the first people in the UK (or anywhere) to learn about this.
Cutting edge research has found that even more fundamental to the microbiome then the actual microbes is there communication system. I won’t go into details, I’ll let you watch this interview between one of my mentors, Dr Dan Pompa, and the discoverer of the microbe communication system.
To cut a long story short, if you have gut health issues – leaky gut, irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or you were born by C-section or have a child born by C-section, then you need to try Restore before you spend any money on probiotics.