How do we feed ourselves properly? The answer is: get back in touch with your body’s inner intelligence.

We all have different heredity and constitution. If your predecessors were Vikings or Eskimos, then chances are that you will generally need to eat lots of fish, meat and fat. But if your predecessors came from a Mediterranean culture or some tropical area of the world, then you will probably need more carbohydrates in your diet. As a result, anyone of the popular diets suits some people and does not suit others.

Also, throughout our lives our bodies go through cycles of building itself up and cleansing itself. For building itself your body needs very different nutrients from those it uses for cleansing itself (animal foods are generally building, while plant foods are generally cleansing).

We all have an autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for your heart beating, for your digestive system feeding you, etc. The autonomic nervous system is made out of two branches: a sympathetic nervous system and a parasympathetic nervous system. These two systems generally work in opposition to each other providing a very complex balance in every function of the body.

Depending on an infinite number of factors (daily cycle of activity and sleep, season, weather, stress, infection, feeding / cleansing, your occupation at the time, etc.) you will shift from being ‘sympathetic dominant’ to ‘parasympathetic dominant’.

These two branches of our nervous system require very different sets of nutrients to be fed: one likes meat and fat, while the other needs more plant foods. Only your body knows what proportions of protein/fat/carbohydrate it needs at any given moment of your life.

How do we feed ourselves properly? The answer is: get back in touch with your body’s inner intelligence.

Mother Nature gave us senses of SMELL, TASTE, DESIRE for a particular food and a sense of SATISFACTION after eating it. So, when your body needs a particular mix of nutrients, it will give you a desire for a particular food, which contains just that right mix; this particular food will smell divine to you and taste wonderful, and you will feel satisfied after eating it.

So, the only way for us to serve our bodies properly with the right food is to be in touch with our senses!

The DESIRE for a particular food is the main way your body tells you what it needs at any particular moment nutritionally. So, when you get hungry, stop and think: ” What is the most appealing food for me right now?” The answer will come immediately, and just the thought of that particular food will fill your mouth with saliva. Desire is your inner body intelligence talking to you, letting you know what it needs to keep you healthy, energetic and happy. If you listen to your desire every time you eat, you will be able to digest that food well and it will do you only good, because you have eaten it at the right time, just when your body asked for it.

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TROUBLE is that in our modern commercial world people’s desires for food has been manipulated through the use of addictive and taste-altering chemicals in processed foods. Listening to your desire onlyapplies to natural foods – foods that Mother Nature has designed. Stop eating processed foods and your normal sense of desire for food will return.

The sense of SMELL gives your body a lot of information about the food: is it safe to eat, has it been contaminated by chemicals or microbes, is it fresh, and most importantly, is it appropriate for your bodily needs at the moment? So, before putting anything into your mouth smell it: if it is the right food for you at the moment, it will smell very appealing. If it is not the right food, it will smell repulsive. Respect your sense of smell and listen to it.

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TROUBLE is, that many people in our modern world have a damaged sense of smell due to use ofmanmade chemicals, such as laundry detergents, domestic cleaning chemicals, so called air fresheners and perfumes block the limited number of smell olfactory receptors in your nose. Once the receptors are blocked by a chemical, any new molecules of that chemical coming in have nothing to attach to, so you cannot smell it anymore.

To restore your sense of smell, remove all smelly/perfumed chemicals from your environment. In a few weeks time your olfactory receptors will clean themselves up and your sense of smell will return.

The sense of TASTE is one of the channels of communication between your body’s inner intelligence and your conscious mind. This the way your body tells you it needs a particular mix of nutrients, by giving you great pleasure from consuming them in the form of food.

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The TROUBLE is that many people have an altered or dulled sense of taste due to regular consumption of processed foods.Many processed foods contain taste-altering chemicals, which are deliberately added to the ‘food’. These chemicals are not only toxic, but can alter your perception of taste for a long time, so it is essential to stop consuming processed foods in order to restore your normal sense of taste.

Working with a holistic dentist is very important, as many dental materials in the mouth can make it toxic and alter your sense of taste.

The sense of SATISFACTION after eating. If you have eaten a meal appropriate for your body’s nutritional needs at the time, you will feel fully satisfied.

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It is important not to overeat, so you don’t feel ‘stuffed’. However, if you listen to your sense of pleasure from food, then you will not overeat because you would stop eating as soon as the food stops being pleasurable.

Cravings for sweet foods are common due to unstable blood sugar level.It takes time to normalise blood sugar and the most effective way to deal with it is to increase your fat consumption, particularly animal fats. So, consume plenty of animal fats with your meals.

The GAPS Diet is not set in stone; you have to adapt it for your unique body, for its unique daily needs. The GAPS diet gives you the list of foods to work with. When you eat these different foods and in what proportions is up to you. Listen to your body’s needs, communicated to you through the senses of desire, smell, taste and satisfaction. Your body will let you know what proportions of protein, fat and carbohydrate to have at every meal.

Use your senses of smell, taste, desire for food and satisfaction from eating it to guide you in your decisions: when to eat, what foods to eat and in what combinations. And remember: you are unique, so what suits your neighbour may not suite you at all.

This Blog is an abbreviation of the original. Please find the complete document at the source: One Man’s Meat is Another Man’s Poison!http://www.doctor-natasha.com/one-mans-meat-another-mans-poison.php

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For more information on GAPS please refer to her book

Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia, 2nd Edition Paperback – Nov 15 2010

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ANEMIA healed with the GAPS diet.

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The majority of people with Anemia look pale and pasty. The symptoms may include pale skin, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, cognitive problems, headache and numb or cold sensations in the extremities. (Some of these sound familiar to me.)

Most people with abnormal gut flora have various stages of anemia. They can’t absorb essential-for-blood vitamins and minerals from food, and their own production of these vitamins is damaged.

On top of that, people with damaged gut flora have a particular group of pathogenic bacteria growing inside their gut, which are iron-loving bacteria.  They consume whatever iron the person gets from the diet, leaving the person deficient in iron.

Many have been prescribed Iron tablets by their doctors. Iron supplementation gives them a lot of unpleasant digestive side effects due to encouraging growth of pathogenic iron-loving bacteria and direct negative affects on the cells of the gut lining, which are already inflamed and very sensitive in GAPS patients. (I was told to get more iron too.)

People with abnormal gut flora have multiple nutritional deficiencies. The most common deficiencies are in magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, calcium, manganese, Sulfur, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, Vitamins B1, B3, B6, B12, C, A, D, folic acid, pantothenic acid, omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, taurine, alpha-ketoglutaric acid, glutathione and other nutrients.

These nutrients are needed for normal functioning and development of the brain, immune system and rest of the body.

When the gut flora is healed with the GAPS diet then the essential-for-blood vitamins and minerals will be absorbed. Our bodies will thrive!

When the gut flora is healed with the GAPS diet then the essential-for-blood vitamins and minerals will be absorbed. Our bodies will thrive!

This Post was a continuation of the last three Posts:

  1. Our gut holds the roots of our health, with sick roots we will not to thrive.

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/our-gut-holds-the-roots-of-our-health-with-sick-roots-we-will-not-to-thrive/

  1. The second Post helped us to understand, “How Did I Get Gut Issues?” We learned that without well functioning gut flora we will have nutritional deficiencies, food in tolerances and be unable to digest milk and wheat. https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/how-did-i-get-gut-issues/
  1. The third Post helped us understand that fibercannot be digested by the gut without beneficial bacteria?

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/did-you-know-that-fiber-cannot-be-digested-by-the-gut-without-beneficial-bacteria/

  1. This Post, the final post on the roots of our health, was on Anemia.

Next weeks Post will be from the video TOXIN Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride Interview by S Downs, MD.

The information provided is from Dr. Natasha McBride’s book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome.It is available at https://www.amazon.ca/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028

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Did you know that fiber cannot be digested by the gut without beneficial bacteria?

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Fibercannot be digested by the gut without the help of beneficial bacteria.Beneficial bacteria feed on fiber producing a whole host of good nutrition for the gut wall and the whole body. When the good bacteria are damaged and are not able to “work” the fiber, dietary fiber itself can become dangerous for the digestive system, providing a good habitat for the bad pathogenic bacteria and aggravating inflammation in the gut wall.

Latose(milk sugar) is another substance which most of us would not be able to digest without are good bacteria in gut. If we are not meant to digest lactose, then, why do some people seem to manage it perfectly well?

The answer is that these people have the right bacteria in their gut. One of the major lactose-ingesting bacteria in the human gut is a physiological strains of E. coli. They exist in large numbers throughout life, providing they do not get destroyed by antibiotics and other environmental influences. Apart from digesting lactose, these E. coli produce vitamin K2, vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, produce antibiotic like substances and control other members of their own family, which can cause disease. In fact having your gut populated by the physiological strains of E. coli is the best way to protect yourself from pathogenic species of E. coli.

Vitamins and amino acids deficiencies: In the process of evolution Nature made sure that when the food supply is sparse, we humans don’t die from vitamins and amino acids deficiencies.

Nature provided us with our own factory that provides a constant stream these substances – our healthy gut flora.  And when this gut flora is damaged, despite adequate nutrition, we develop vitamin deficiencies. Why? Because many vitamins and other active substances have a fairly short life in the body. So, unless one is taking these vitamins every hour (providing that they can get absorbed at all without healthy gut flora), there will be periods during the day when the body would be deficient of these vitamins. That is what happens to people with damaged gut flora. Restoring the beneficial bacteria in the gut is the best way to deal with these deficiencies.

This Post was a continuation of the last two posts:

  1. Our gut holds the roots of our health, with sick roots we will not to thrive.

In that Post we learned about the 3 types of Micro-flora in our gut:

  • Essential or beneficial (friendly) flora.
  • Opportunistic flora.
  • Transitional flora.

Here is the link to the Post: Our gut holds the roots of our health, with sick roots we will not to thrive.https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/our-gut-holds-the-roots-of-our-health-with-sick-roots-we-will-not-to-thrive/

  1. The second Post helped us to understand how this situation could get worse.

In that Post we learned the situation is made worse because without well functioning gut flora we will have nutritional deficiencies and food in tolerances. We learned about our inability to digest milk and wheat.

Here is the link to the Post: How Did I Get Gut Issues? https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/how-did-i-get-gut-issues/

SOURCE: Gut and Psychology Syndrome https://www.amazon.ca/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028

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You can search the Blog using key words. In the Blog I discuss the Ketogenic and GAPS (for gut health) diets, supplements and Super-slow High Resistance Training.

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Lydia Polstra

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