How Fasting Influences Our Genetics.

Your genes are your blueprints or your code for building proteins. These proteins are involved in all of the biochemistry in your body – from making hormones and neurotransmitters to releasing stored glucose for fuel.

You have millions upon millions of these proteins, but they have to be instructed on what to do.

When someone does fasting, many interesting things happen to your genetics. Fasting is one very important part of your Epigenetics.

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How Do You Convince Your Friends And Family To Do Keto And Intermittent Fasting?

It feels hopeless, you show someone the research and amazing results of keto, and they still do not give it a chance. 

Why wont they to give it a try? Well, perhaps in their mind, they are healthy!

Do not upset them by telling them that they have a problem – this just doesn’t work.

You can only help people if they can think they have a problem. Then you can gently guide them in the right direction slowly over time.

Find out if the person has a problem that they want to solve first. Then, you can introduce Keto.

Never explain the diet. Instead, explain why it works. If they are interested, send them Dr. Berg’s videos. Let them discover Healthy Keto at their own pace. 

Reasons why people do not try Keto is:

1. They do not have a weight problem. Weight is not the only issue. Health is the primary focus of Keto.

2. They have heard some bad things about ketosis. 

3. They do not know Keto and its benefits. 

Help them to Understand Ketosis?

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‘Bugs’ in the gut might predict Alzheimer’s/dementia disease

Alzheimer’s is one type of dementia and is a disease that affects the mind. It affects the whole brain and causes short-term memory loss, difficulty in communicating and thinking clearly, emotional instability and poor judgment. It mostly affects people over the age of 65, but is occurring more and more frequently in younger people too.

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Biological symptoms: Small protein bodies called amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles within the structure of the brain develop and cause the brain cells to die off. The amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles reduce the effectiveness of healthy neurons (nerve cells that carry messages to and from the brain) and destroy them.

People with Alzheimer’s also have a deficiency in neurotransmitters, the biogenic amines (compounds) that are involved in cellular communication. These compounds are adrenaline, dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), histamine and serotonin.

Possible Causes of Alzheimer’s:      Head Trauma and Brain Tumours, Genetics, Atrophy, Alcohol, Heart disease, Aspartame

Other causes of Dementia include reactions to medications, thyroid problems and other metabolic problems and endocrine abnormalities, nutritional deficiencies including dehydration, infections (including meningitis and encephalitis, untreated syphilis, and the advanced stages of AIDS), subdural hematomas or bleeding between the brain’s surface and its outer covering (the dura), poisoning (lead and other heavy metals, and aluminium), anoxia and hypoxia (diminished supply of oxygen to an organ’s tissues), and lung problems.

There is strong evidence to show a link between heart health and brain health. This is where the GAPS protocol comes in.

GAPS: In the book Put Your Heart in Your Mouth by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride (the founder of GAPS, a diet and lifestyle regime), Dr Natasha says that in Alzheimer’s disease, the sufferer has excess glucose in the bloodstream. She explains that free molecules of glucose attach to proteins in the blood and cause them to become sticky. These substances are called AGEs – Advanced Glycosylated End products. AGEs can get into capillaries in the brain and block them (causing Alzheimer’s) as well as other parts of the body such as the kidney. When they stick to the blood vessels and damage them, they start the process of atherosclerosis, which can lead to a heart attack. Hence the connection. To address this problem, one part of GAPS is to avoid sugar.

Another part of GAPS is to decrease exposure to chemicals and toxic substances.  For example, in a higher acidic gut environment (such as that produced by sugar) absorption of aluminium has been shown to increase significantly. In individuals with impaired kidney function (such as those who maintain high glucose levels in their blood), dialysis dementia is likely to develop. John Yudkin found that sugar consumption caused the liver and kidneys to increase in size (inflammation). Other researchers have shown that high blood sugar can overwork the kidneys, causing them to stop working properly. If the kidneys aren’t working properly, they won’t be able to excrete aluminium efficiently.

The GAPS book, Put Your Heart in Your Mouth, is available at https://www.amazon.ca/Put-Your-Heart-Mouth-Atherosclerosis/dp/095485201X

This Post has been condensed from What causes Alzheimer’s Disease?http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/01/what-causes-alzheimers-disease.html

‘Bugs’ in the gut might predict dementia in the brain  DALLAS, Jan. 30, 2019 — The makeup of bacteria and other microbes in the gut may have a direct association with dementia risk, according to preliminary research to be presented in Honolulu at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2019, a world premier meeting for researchers and clinicians dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease.

Researchers studying the population of bacteria and microbes in the intestines, known as gut microbiota, have found these “bugs” impact risks for diseases of the heart and more. Japanese researchers studied 128 (dementia and non-dementia) patients’ fecal samples and found differences in the components of gut microbiota in patients with the memory disorder suggesting that what’s in the gut influences dementia risk much like other risk factors.

The analysis revealed that fecal concentrations of ammonia, indole, skatole and phenol were higher in dementia patients compared to those without dementia. But levels of Bacteroides – organisms that normally live in the intestines and can be beneficial – were lower in dementia patients.

“Although this is an observational study and we assessed a small number of the patients, the odds ratio is certainly high suggesting that gut bacteria may be a target for the prevention of dementia,” said Naoki Saji, M.D., Ph.D., study author and vice director of the Center for Comprehensive Care and Research on Memory Disorders, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology in Japan.

This Post has been condensed from ‘Bugs’ in the gut might predict dementia in the brainhttps://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/aha-it012519.php

How the Bacteria in Our Gut Influences Our Minds

The gut is able to communicate with the brain via the vagus nerve – a cranial nerve extending from the brainstem to the abdomen via the heart, esophagus and lung – known as the gut-brain axis. Ninety percent of the fibers in the vagus carry information from the gut to the brain.

The human body has around 4 pounds of gut bacteria. When these bacteria become imbalanced, it can lead to unwanted symptoms, such as: Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea, Joint pain, Weight gain or loss, Headaches, Rashes, Memory problem, Painful periods, Fatigue, Poor sleep.

An imbalance of beneficial versus harmful gut bacteria, known as “dysbiosis,” has been linked to a number of psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as autism, anxiety, depression and stress. It may even play a role in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’sand Parkinson’s disease. This suggests a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.

As a result amyloid and tau can accumulate in the brain for 10 – 20 years before Alzheimer’s symptoms begin.

This Post has been condensed from https://theheartysoul.com/how-gut-bacteria-influences-brain/?utm_source=JERF&utm_content=80713-IRN4&fbclid=IwAR3jgwcbb5xFATunOPyVGhZiddOmk8v8nOdo6PWeahxwtWdIn1uHkOWQb5A

Want more detail, please read this scientific study:

The Brain-Gut-Microbiome Axis  – Preclinical and clinical studies have shown bidirectional interactions within the brain-gut-microbiome axis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6047317/

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Key Dietary Strategies to Protect Yourself from Alzheimer’s

Highlights:

  • Diets high in carbohydrates, and diets low in healthy fats, lead to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Diets high in carbohydrates are associated with an 89 % increased risk for dementia. High-fat diets are associated with a 44 % reduced risk
  • Alzheimer’s is directly related to chronically elevated blood sugar levels
  • Diabetes doubles your risk for Alzheimer’s disease
  • You can regenerate cells in your brain’s memory center through a process called neurogenesis.
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Saturated Fats Are a Critical Part of a Heart- and Brain-Healthy Diet. Saturated fat is needed to have good cholesterol in your body.

Dr. Perlmutter cites a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which found that women who are given cholesterol-lowering statin medication have a 44 % increased risk for becoming a type 2 diabetic.Diabetes, in turn, doubles your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Is Directly Related to Elevated Blood Sugar Levels.     A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in August 2013 demonstrates that even mild elevation of blood sugar – a level of around 105 or 110 mg/dl – was associated with an elevated risk for becoming demented.

Dr. Perlmutter believes the ideal fasting blood sugar level is around 70-85. People who are keto-adapted (eating low-carb, high-fat) are burning fat and they can get by with much lower blood sugar.

Your brain does not need sugar. The brain loves to burn fat, specifically ketones, which your body produces by metabolizing your fat.

Eat the Right Types of Fat:             Healthy fats include Avocados, Butter made from raw, grass-fed organic milk, Raw dairy, Organic pastured egg yolks, Coconuts and coconut oil, Unheated organic nut oils, Raw nuts, such as pecans and macadamia, which are low in protein and high in healthy fats, and Grass-fed meats. Avoid all trans fats or hydrogenated fats i.e. margarine, vegetable oils, and butter-like spreads.

Our ancestral diet was very high in saturated fats and virtually void of non-vegetable carbohydrates. Our bodies were not designed to eat carbs are refined and highly processed and foods that are genetically engineered grains and sugar (GMO sugar beets and corn). 

This underpins almost every health malady that we are trying to deal with today.

Exercise reduces free radical production and inflammation,both of which are drivers for chronic disease. Exercise has been shown to turn on a brain growth hormone called BDNF, (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). BDNF codes for your brain’s ability to both repair itself and grow new brain cells.

Dr. Perlmutter recommends high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which provides you with the equivalent of two hours of conventional aerobic exercise in just 20 minutes.

Learn more at 15 minutes of resistance weight training is all the exercise I need for the week to build muscle.

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/15-minutes-of-resistance-weight-training-is-all-the-exercise-i-need-for-the-week-to-build-muscle/

Dr. Perlmutter’s Grain Brain program includes other recommendations, not limited to:

  • Turmeric, for its anti-inflammatory potential and ability to activate BDNF for brain health.
  • An optimal vitamin D level of around 70-90 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) year-round.
  • Optimizing your gut health by reseeding your gut with beneficial bacteria (probiotics).
  • Avoid antibiotics and eating CAFO meats (concentrated animal feeding operations)which provide you with traces of antibiotics in each bite. These antibiotics kill beneficial bacteria.
  • Measuring your gluten sensitivity with a Cyrex [Array 3] test.Dr. Fasano discovered that gluten can also make your blood-brain barrier leaky.

A high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet is not just for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It’s the right diet for ALL brain-related disorders. 

Choose above-ground vegetables which, include kale, chard, collards, broccoli, and spinach. These also contain plenty of healthy fiber – you really do not need grains.

Choose grass-fed products – wild fish, pasture-raised chicken, and farm-raised or pasture-raised eggs.

This Post has been condensed from Key Dietary Strategies to Protect Yourself from Alzheimer’s https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/27/diet-alzheimers-disease.aspx

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All Diseases Begin in the Gut – Hippocrates, 460-370 BC

Growing up I had to work extra hard to get over my mild case of dyslexia.  I would read the same few words over and over again and I would not understand what I read. It is a relief to know that my diet may have caused the problem.

Since I read Dr. McBride’s book, I have changed my diet dramatically. My dyslexia has much improved. Now, I enjoy reading and understanding what I am reading. Thank you Dr. McBride.

The following information is from her book: Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

 GAPS (Gut Psychology Syndrome) children and adults have digestive problems, sometimes quite severe.

 GAPS is a natural treatment for colic, bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation, feeding difficulties and malnourishment, all to various degrees, are a typical part of autism, schizophrenia and other GAPS conditions.

In the majority of cases digestive problems start at weaning time or times when breast milk gets replaced with formula milk and other foods get introduced. In those cases where an adult did not have a history of gut problems from childhood the digestive problems would start later in life due to some health-damaging event.

The second year of life is the time when many autistic GAPS and non-autistic GAPS children start developing fussy eating habits. Many GAPS children and adults prefer processed carbohydrates to the exclusion of everything else. They will only eat starchy and sweet foods: breakfast cereals, chips, popcorn, cakes, biscuits, sweets, bananas, bread, rice, sweet yoghurts.

There is an established a hypothesis of gut-brain connection. It backed by very serious scientific findings, which Dr. Natasha McBride discusses in her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

There is much less published scientific data on gut problems in ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, asthma, allergy, eczema and other GAPS conditions. However, when it comes to clinical observations almost all children and adults with GAPS have digestive problems to various degrees.

Many patients have typical symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome): abdominal pain, bloating, stool abnormalities and flatulence. Some may have normal stools, but complain about malnutrition, reflux, “heartburn”, abdominal pains and flatulence.

Source:Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedsci(neurology), MMedSci(Nutrition) https://www.amazon.ca/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028

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Metabolic Syndrome X and Hypothyroidism

 
Health - Thyroid, Dr. Tennant newsletter 1
 
In his newsletter 01, Dr. Tennant discusses the causes of a major epidemic, Hypothyroidism.
 
The symptoms of the epidemic, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart attacks, depression, etc. are well known.
 
In order to discuss hypothyroidism, we must first discuss Metabolic Syndrome X and iodine deficiency as this understanding is necessary to understand hypothyroidism.
 
Most doctors agree that what is called Metabolic Syndrome X is responsible for most of the illnesses.
 
So what is Metabolic Syndrome X?
The symptoms and features of Metabolic Syndrome X are:
1. Fasting hyperglycemia — diabetes mellitus type 2 or impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or insulin resistance
2. High blood pressure
3. Central obesity (also known as visceral, male-pattern or appleshaped adiposity), overweight with fat deposits mainly around the waist
4. Decreased HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides
 
Obesity *
Obesity requires some special attention. When you are bigger around the waist than around your hips, this is called “Apple Obesity”.
 
This type of obesity is associated with illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, gall bladder disease, and cancer. When you are bigger around your hips than around your waist, this is called “Pear Obesity”. This is associated with hormonal imbalances but is not as likely to cause you heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
 
MSG * A major contributor to obesity is MSG. Leptin is a hormone released to tell your brain that you are full. MSG damages the brain so that it does not recognize leptin. Thus you always feel hungry. MSG is put in foods because it is addicting and it makes you want to eat more = more profits for the food manufacturers. MSG is hidden in foods by calling it “other spices”.
 
Additives that always contain MSG
• Monosodium Glutamate
• Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
• Hydrolyzed Protein
• Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
• Plant Protein Extract
• Sodium Caseinate
• Calcium Caseinate
• Yeast Extract
• Textured Protein
• Autolyzed Yeast
• Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
 
Metabolic Syndrome is an epidemic that also includes stress, anger, heart attacks, ADHD, migraine headaches, and childhood and adult obesity with depression.
 
For the full article please email Lydia at lpolstra@sympatico.ca
 
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