Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

Time for another Weekly Round UP! This week we learn more about FODMAPS and gut health, ancestral eating, and how inflammation and autoimmune disease contribute to endometriosis.

This Week:
The Low FODMAP Diet
Everything you don’t know about ancestral eating and culture
Endometriosis: Treat the Immune System
Mycotoxin Illness
Fun! Health Nuts Swap Diets with Junk Food Addicts


9 Benefits of Fasting and How to Fast

Woman in Nature

Today, I will discuss 9 benefits of fasting and how to fast. This is my essential guide to fasting. In my previous article on detoxification, I mentioned that fasting is one of the best strategies you can do for detoxification. When we give our body a break from digesting and lower the growth signals, our body has a chance to breakdown damaged cells and remove toxins through lysosomes and autophagosomes. Without giving your body a break, it can be difficult for it to keep up with growth, repair, cell death, and cellular synthesis.

The various detox options available, all center around fasting. The master cleanse is a fast with lemon juice and cayenne pepper. A juice cleanse, is a fast while drinking vegetable juice. And so on. Really all you have to do is fast and there are numerous ways to do this based on your preference. All the various forms of fasting will provide similar benefits. This is something you can do daily, weekly, monthly or yearly depending on how you fast.


Your Natural Detoxification Pathways

Heart and stethescope

It’s important to support your body’s natural detoxification pathways. We come into contact with toxins every day of our lives. We breathe toxins in, eat them, drink them, and rub them into our skin. The toxins we eat and drink have the honor of going through the entire digestive process before entering the 3 phases of detoxification. In contrast, the toxins we breathe and absorb through the skin take a more direct route into our blood and should be avoided if possible.

One form of absorption we take for granted is through the skin. Any toxin we absorb through the skin is free to wreck havoc in our system through oxidative damage and/or bind to hormone receptors through molecular mimicry. This will continue until either the immune system processes the toxin or the toxin finally makes its way to the liver.


Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

Welcome to your weekly Friday Round-Up! Today is all about liver health, digestion, and immune support.

How does the ketogenic diet effect liver health
Benefits and pitfalls of NiacinDigestive enzymes
Interpreting your lipid profile on a low-carb diet
A delicious Nom Nom Paleo recipeSeasonal immune support
And for fun, my favorite rebuttal of “coconut oil is poison”


12 Things That Contribute to Acid Reflux

Acid Relux and Food

The following list is a non-comprehensive collection of the 12 things that contribute to acid reflux. There are usually 2 sides to the acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) equation, low and high stomach acid. We often associate heartburn with high stomach acid, but more often than not, we are experiencing low stomach acid.


What’s So Bad About Legumes?

Soy Beans

What’s so bad about legumes? The answer to this depends on how healthy your gut is and whether you eat legumes all the time. If your gut is in good shape and you’re feel’n fine, then go ahead and enjoy legumes once in a while.

The idea that legumes are bad for us has been a point of criticism against Primal/Paleo dietary recommendations and it’s understandable why. Legumes are a staple in various cultural cuisines, it’s high in protein, starch, resistant starch, and minerals. Legumes are often a staple food in the diets of vegans and vegetarians as it serves the purpose of meeting their protein needs. This is also one of those foods that mainstream nutrition advocates promote as a replacement for meat/animal products. You can see how they might be nervous about legumes losing their reputation as a health food.

What’s interesting about this, especially following my article on lectins, is that no one can dispute that legumes have some potent self-defense mechanisms. As I mentioned in my previous article, the castor bean is a prime example but there are plenty of other examples that should give you pause.


The Hidden Dangers of Lectins

Bean Lectin

Lectins can be found in all organisms, they are carbohydrate specific proteins that mediate cellular recognition within cells, between cells and between different organisms (1). Most cells and tissues throughout the body have these glucoreceptors, meaning lectins could potentially bind to any tissue in the body.

Researchers interchangeably use the term agglutinin for lectin because it refers to the ability of the carbohydrate-binding proteins to cause clumping of red blood cells or other cells (glues cells together) (5, 7). All cells in the body contain glycol or sugar receptors and lectins have an affinity for these receptors including glycans of glycoproteins, glycolipids, or polysaccharides. The action of the leptin on these cells depends on the type of cell and what message the receptor activates.


More than just Gluten: Wheat and Autoimmunity


How has modern wheat become toxic to those suffering from autoimmune diseases? Let’s rewind a little and examine this closer. The most common argument against removing wheat is that it has been around for thousands of years and maybe longer. Some of the earliest evidence of wheat consumption goes back 25 – 30,000 years ago and we domesticated wheat around 9600 BCE (6). The other side of the argument claims that this is not enough time to evolve the mechanisms necessary for digesting wheat and grains. Both sides of the equation miss the point.

Modern wheat is not 30,000’ish years old, it was hybridized and created in 1950. Modern wheat is only 70 years old! Scientists have modified it to overproduce gluten and starch, over the production of minerals and protein. Comparing the chromosomal makeup of modern wheat to the chromosomal makeup of ancient wheat is like saying that an orange is the same as a platypus. There are good arguments to be made on both sides about whether the human body can adapt to digest food that is over 30,000 years old, but to say the body can adapt to a food that is only 70 years old is preposterous (5).


What is Autoimmune Disease?

Intestinal Health

Usually, autoimmune disease starts with impaired gut permeability caused by various factors including over-exercise, inflammatory foods, stress, and exacerbated by alcohol. The gut accounts for 40% of our total energy expenditure. The gut lining prevents against loss of water and electrolytes and entry of antigens and microorganisms into the body. While allowing the exchange of molecules between host and environment and absorption of nutrients in the diet.

The gut functions as a complex multilayer system (1). The lining comprises an outer physical barrier and an inner functional/immunological barrier. The interaction of these 2 barriers enables permeability to be maintained. Disruption of these barriers results in severe immunodeficiency and risk of disease. Loss of intestinal barrier functions can occur abruptly in response to a major trauma such as severe burns and multi-organ failure. It can also occur gradually, leading to chronic inflammatory diseases.


How to Manage Histamine Intolerance


Intolerance to histamine can develop through increased availability of histamine and impaired histamine degradation (1, 5). It is possible for the body to overproduce histamine in response to allergies, mast cell death, an overabundance of histamine producing bacteria, gastrointestinal bleeding or increased consumption of histidine and histamine through food or alcohol. Biogenic amines, such as putrescine and cadaverine, may also be involved in displacing histamine from the mucosal mucine of various cells throughout the body, which results in an increase of absorbable free histamine in circulation. Putrescine is a breakdown product of amino acids and proteins, it contributes to bad breath, the smell of urine and the smell of dead tissue, E. Coli also produces this compound. In high enough concentrations, putrescine can be toxic.