Bullet Proofing The Immune System.

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Your immune system protects you against disease.

The main cells in your immune system are the white blood cells. Your immune system is also made up of friendly bacteria known collectively is called the microbiome or flora. Those microbes help you in many ways from absorption of nutrients, to recycling of bile, to immune defenses. They’ll make it so there’s just not enough space or food for a pathogen to live.

Our white blood cells actually make enzymes to help break down and kill microbes and pathogens. Our white blood cells generate mucus and inflammation and these pathogens get caught up in this mucus web, it’s like quicksand.

Our immune system has a memory. When there’s a microbe that actually comes back into our body, the immune system actually tags it because it as a memory of that and it can destroy it.  So it actually learns over time by being exposed to pathogens. That’s called building up your immune system and this is why as a child it’s not very healthy to keep a child just so utterly sterile that they’re never exposed or they’re never sick. It’s a natural part of building the immune system.

Continue reading “Bullet Proofing The Immune System.”

Vegetarianism Explained.

Vegetarianism is becoming more and more popular. The word of mouth is animal foods are bad for us. But is a vegetarian diet really a good idea? What are its strengths and drawbacks? Is vegetarianism better for the planet? What does science have to say about all of this? And, more importantly, what does nature have to say about it?

Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor with two postgraduate degrees: Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition.

She graduated as a medical doctor in Russia. After practicing for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK, where she got her second postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition. She practices in the UK as a nutritionist and not as a medical doctor.

Thousands of people around the world follow the highly successful GAPS Nutritional Protocol to help themselves and their families. You can learn about GAPS on www.gaps.me

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of “Gut and Psychology Syndrome,” offers a fresh look at vegetarianism. She provides up-to-date scientific information about how plant and animal foods work in the human body and how we can eat to thrive. She dives into a variety of topics including agriculture, soil degradation, the power of plants to detox our bodies, and how to be a healthy vegetarian!

Continue reading “Vegetarianism Explained.”

Your Immune System is Mostly Gut Bacteria.

Today we will discuss the relationship between your microbiome, (friendly gut bacteria) and your immune system.

In fact 70% of your immune system is this microbiome, your gut bacteria. You have trillions and trillions of microbes living in and around your body that are a constantly exchanging with you. 

You are giving them a place to live and they give you immune protection, they give you nutrients, they help your blood sugars and they give you other things that are beneficial. 

Continue reading “Your Immune System is Mostly Gut Bacteria.”

Happy Holidays

I would like to take a moment to thank each of you for your views, likes, shares and comments. Your participation in liking posts and the insight you share in your comments means a lot to me.
 
In my Blog, Facebook and email Posts my goal is to maximize my physical performance and mental clarity, body composition, and most importantly my overall health with a wholesome diet and exercise.
 
Please join me as I continue to explore the latest and compelling studies on Ketogenic and GAPS diets and the Super Slow High-Intensity Exercise Program.
 
Thank you for being a part of my journey to better health.
 
We have had a very challenging year this year. My most sincere wishes for a Happy Holiday and a healthy, safe and blessed 2021.
 
May you Live Long Healthy.
 
Yours truly,
Lydia Polstra

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How To Bulletproof Your Immune System?

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Your immune system protects you against disease.

The main cells in your immune system are the white blood cells. Your immune system is also made up of friendly bacteria known collectively is called the microbiome or flora. Those microbes help you in many ways from absorption of nutrients, to recycling of bile, to immune defenses. They’ll make it so there’s just not enough space or food for a pathogen to live.

Our white blood cells actually make enzymes to help break down and kill microbes and pathogens. Our white blood cells generate mucus and inflammation and these pathogens get caught up in this mucus web, it’s like quicksand.

Our immune system has a memory. When there’s a microbe that actually comes back into our body, the immune system actually tags it because it as a memory of that and it can destroy it.  So it actually learns over time by being exposed to pathogens. That’s called building up your immune system and this is why as a child it’s not very healthy to keep a child just so utterly sterile that they’re never exposed or they’re never sick. It’s a natural part of building the immune system.

Then we get to something called the phagocyte. That’s part of our immune system. The phagocytes are cells that have a ravenous appetite for not just microbes and viruses and bacteria and yeast and fungus but they will also eat up dead cells and debris. Phagocytes are stimulated by acid.  Apple cider vinegar has been known to acidify the body and speed up phagocytosis just like any acid. (Blogger: Apple cider vinegar is available in capsules, which should not affect your teeth.)

Another mechanism involves certain white blood cells. If certain white blood cells are infected by a pathogen, we have this built-in mechanism that if the cell is invaded, it goes through something called apoptosis where it killed itself off for the benefit of the entire body because if they let the microbes leech into their DNA and start reproducing then they become the copy machine that just makes the virus over and over and over.

The bad guys, the pathogens also have their defences as well.  They have the ability to block vitamin D and they do it through the vitamin D receptor because somehow they know that vitamin D is essential for the control of your immune system. If they can block it they lower your resistance to invading the cells and so they can take the cell over. The other thing that these sneaky little pathogens do is they can mimic your body tissue so they’re not recognized by the immune system. They can also hide in calcium little biofilm houses and this is why antibiotics are not effective.

Another mechanism especially with microbes like the mycoplasma that doesn’t have a cell wall they keep moving they’ll move into one joint in the synovial fluid another joint and your immune system is trying to attack them and they miss and so they keep moving so you can’t get them.

Another mechanism is that they these microbes have the ability to morph into different structures so your immune system gets confused.

What To Do About It?

You have things that weaken the immune system and you have things that strengthen the immune system.

What weakens the immune system?  Low nutrient foods create nutritional deficiencies.

Look at the pandemic the Spanish flu of 1918. WW1 occurred just before the spread of this virus all over the world that killed 50-100 million people. What happened in this war? You had rationing. You had the preserving of food. There wasn’t a lot of fresh vegetables and food. When you do that over a period of time you weaken the immune system especially if you put someone under a stressful state. That is going to set the person up for susceptibility to having a virus invading their body.

So when you’re low in vitamins, trace minerals, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids, especially, you are more susceptible to getting sick because of the fact that the nutrient defense mechanism is dependent on these nutrients. Just think about a virus for example, a virus can’t do anything to you, It’s not alive unless it invades the cell wall and goes right into your DNA and starts to turn it into a copy machine while it hijacks the life force from that cell.

Remember, it has to invade the cell wall.That cell wall is two layers of fat; it’s a bi-lipid layer of fat. So this is another reason why essential fatty acids are vital to protect yourself. You don’t want to go on a low-fat diet when you run down or sick.

Cholesterol is very important in a healthy immune system. It is an essential building block for certain hormones like cortisol, for example. Cortisol is really important in your immune system, if cortisol does not have its building blocks cholesterol, it can’t be formed correctly.

Stress is probably equivalent to nutrient deficiencies. It is a very key factor.

Low sleep also sets you up for being susceptible, it’s connected to stress as well and glucose.  Certain viruses are activated more with glucose fuel versus other fuels. (The Ketogenic diet is low in glucose/ carbohydrates.)

What nutrients are really vital in keeping your immune system bulletproof?

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At the top of the list we have vitamin C.  Not synthetic vitamin C; take vitamin C from food or a food concentrate.  In nature vitamin C always comes in a complex of many parts not just one thing, ascorbic acid. The foods that are highest in vitamin C are sauerkraut, bell peppers, berries, and green leafy vegetables.  Vitamin C has the power to stimulate the production of more white blood cells. Vitamin C is also stored in large quantities in your adrenal gland to actually help make adrenal hormones.

The next one that’s equally as important vitamin D, it is very hard to get from food so the sun would be probably the best source or take it as a supplement.  Vitamin D is actually a hormone factor that controls your immune system. It has a function that goes way beyond just making bone. There are vitamin D receptors in all of your white blood cells and in your DNA. It supports the t-cells, which are made by the thymus gland, which is like a training camp for white blood cells. It also protects against pathogens. It actually gives your body the capacity to kill microbes very potently.

Vitamin A provides the structural integrity of the mucosal cells in the sinus and their respiratory centers. The best source of vitamin A is cod liver oil, egg yolks, and butter is a good one because it’s a fat-soluble vitamin.

Zinc is the most important trace mineral for the immune system. A lot of people are deficient in zinc. It actually can increase t-cells and it does a lot of other things for the immune system. Zinc is very protective against viruses.

Garlic ranks number one in potency for killing off viruses bacteria, yeast, fungus, and mold.

The next one is colloidal silver. It starves off the oxygen supply to certain microbes so it’s a very potent. Some people use it as a nasal rinse and it works really well but this is a very potent antiviral as well.

Olive leaf is great as an anti viral into protect the immune system.

There are a lot of other things that can protect the immune system but from Dr. Berg says these are the most powerful.

This post has been condensed from the original, How do we strengthen in bulletproof our immune system?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrWFWdNk5qQ

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Corona Virus: A Compromised Immune Systems Can’t Destroy Viruses.

How does an immune system get compromised?

Dr. Natasha McBride says, it has a lot to do with the state of the patient’s epithelial surface of the digestive system.

Approximately 88 percent of our body’s immunity is found in the lining of our gastrointestinal (GI) system.

The immune system is there is to stop invaders from moving out of the digestive tract into the body. Over time, without the beneficial bacteria and proper balance in the gut, toxins, opportunistic bacteria, and parasites chisel away at the physical barrier wall and can create “leaky gut”. Once there is an opening in the wall lining, pathogens escape from the GI, travel through the bloodstream, penetrate the blood–brain barrier, and wreak havoc on the specific functions of our cells, causing diseases.

Pathogens are shown as grey dots in the image below.

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Essential or beneficial bacteria in our digestive system engage a very important member of the immune system – the lymphoid tissue of the gut wall. As a result, a healthy gut wall is literally infiltrated with lymphocytes, ready to protect the body from any invader. Scientific research shows that in people with damaged gut flora there are far fewer lymphocytes in the gut wall, which leaves a poorly protected.

The most important immunoglobulin in the gut is produced by lymphocytes in all mucous membranes in the body and secreted in body fluids. It is found in breathing passages, nose, throat, bladder, your urethra, vagina, saliva, tears, sweat, colostrum, breast milk and of course the mucous membranes of the digestive system and it’s secretions. Its job is to protect mucous membranes by destroying and in activating invading bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

People with abnormal gut flora can’t destroy viruses, bacteria and other invaders.

Millions of children and adults around the world are exposed to viruses if these people have well functioning gut flora then these viruses do them no harm.

When the gut the flora is damaged the whole immune system in the body gets out of balance. This process makes the person immune-compromised.

What causes a healthy gut to become imbalanced?

Poor diet, antibiotic use, low digestive enzymes, alkalinity, acidity, chemical toxins, environmental toxins, radiation, blood sugar irregularity, stress, and pregnancy- and birth-inherited gut imbalances.

A healthy gut has an approximate ratio of 8:2 of beneficial bacteria to opportunistic bacteria. The beneficial bacteria feed on certain types of opportunistic fungi (candida and the like), create an internal wall of defence against pathogens escaping the intestine, and help digest foods to be transformed into energy.

When the proper ratio is out of balance, the beneficial bacteria can no longer protect the walls of the gut. Pathogens, including opportunistic bacteria, wear down the enterocytes and break through the intestinal lining. Having escaped the gastrointestinal system, the pathogens now enter the bloodstream as antigens. There they create an autoimmune response, attack cells, break through the blood–brain barrier, and create an environment conducive to disease.

What can damage our gut flora?

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These are the foods we avoid, because the human digestive system has not been designed to digest them well, and we get virtually no useful nutrition from them. Please see the list of Foods to avoid below.

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Please see the list of Recommended foods below.

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Please see the list of Natural fats below.

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Learn more about Healing your gut with the GAPS diet.

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/healing-your-gut-with-the-gaps-diet/

This information came from two sources:

  1. The Heal Your Gut Cookbook https://www.amazon.com/Heal-Your-Gut-Cookbook-Nutrient-Dense/dp/1603585613
  2. Gut and Psychology Syndromehttps://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028

COVID 19: Dr. McBride talks about how to deal with the Corona Virus/ Covid 19 in her blog http://www.doctor-natasha.com/the-panic-pandemic.php

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Happy New Year. Here are the Top 4 Posts for 2019.

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Thank you for your comments and likes in 2019. Your likes and insightful comments mean a lot to me.

Today I will share the Top 4 Posts of 2019. The ranking was based on the number of likes.

Ten Defining Characteristics of a Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet.Part One.

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/ten-defining-characteristics-of-a-well-formulated-ketogenic-diet-part-one/

Ten Defining Characteristics of a Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet by Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD, Jeff Volek, PhD, RD This is Part Two.

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2019/03/29/ten-defining-characteristics-of-a-well-formulated-ketogenic-diet-by-stephen-phinney-md-phd-jeff-volek-phd-rd-this-is-part-two/

Top 5 Nutritional Ketosis Mistakes—And How to Fix Them

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/top-5-nutritional-ketosis-mistakes-and-how-to-fix-them/

Is There A Time When Plant-Based Diets Are Healthy?

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/?s=Is+There+A+Time+When+Plant-Based+Diets+Are+Healthy%3F

If you unable to access these Blog Posts, please email me at lpolstra@sympatico.ca and I will send you the Post in an email.

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I will bring you compelling articles on Ketogenic and GAPS diets, the Super Slow High-Intensity Exercise Program and supplements.

May you Live Long Healthy.

Yours truly,

Lydia Polstra

Email: lpolstra@bell.net

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Happy Holidays!

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I would like to take a moment to thank each of you for your views, likes, shares and comments as response to my Blog, Facebook page and emails. The insight you share in your comments means a lot to me. 

My focus is to maximize my physical performance and mental clarity, body composition, and most importantly overall health with a wholesome diet and exercise.

 If you are not already a Follower, I invite you to Follow my Blog, Facebook or be added to my email distribution list.

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 I will bring you compelling articles on Ketogenic and GAPS diets, the Super Slow High-Intensity Exercise Program and supplements.

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How Much and When Can You Have Fruit?

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First How Much Fruit?

Dr. Phinney, MD, PhD says, how much fruit you can have on a Ketogenic Diet depends on what the person’s goals are and if somebody is not diabetic but has some degree of underlying insulin resistant and they’re overweight and they want to lose weight.

Being adapted to nutritional ketosis we call keto adaptation, the keto adaptation process gives your body permission to burn fat at twice the rate that if you’re not keto adapted.

So adding in the fruit, if it takes you out of nutritional ketosis, it basically revokes your permission to burn fat at the higher rate. You can still lose weight by restricting but it’s it typically is harder to do.

So it really depends on the person’s goals but if that person has achieved the weight they want to get to and they want to add melon and avocado and tomatoes in greater quantities, because we called those berry fruit even though they’re not all berries. If you’re holding your weight stable and you’re healthy and you’re blood parameters are good, add them in. But it has to be individualized. It can’t be cookie cutter per say, well it at eight months you can add in a cup of blueberries. No, we can’t say that. Four ounces of blueberries is 14 Net Carbs, for some it may be enough to take them out of ketosis.

A highly recommended free keto-app is Carb Manager. Here is the link https://www.carbmanager.com/

Dr. Hallberg, DO, MS says our goal is we want to help each and every person find their personal carbohydrate tolerance.  In the same person even their personal carbohydrate tolerance may be different at point A than it is for point B once they’ve gotten healthier. But it’s figuring that out when you start and then maybe when you’re in transitioning into long-term success, it is so important to work with a coach.  Source: Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD and Dr. Hallberg, DO, MS on how much fruit you can have on a ketogenic diet? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T07gsNTcXKA

Want to learn more about the Ketogenic diet? Please read the book written by Drs. Phinney, MD, PhD and Volek PhD, RD, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable https://www.amazon.ca/Art-Science-Low-Carbohydrate-Living/dp/0983490708

Second When To Eat Fruit?

What about combing fruit with other food?According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (human nutrition), who developed the GAPS  (Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome) Diet says, it is not a good idea to have raw fruit with vegetables as a fruit may interfere with the digestion of meats. The fruits that do combine with meats fairly well our lemons, fresh lemon juice, avocado and sour taste in varieties of apple. Fruit should be ripe, as unripe fruit has too much starch. For example, bananas have to have brown spots on their skins. Almost all fruit and vegetables contain minute amounts of starch, which is not an issue for the majority (even for people with damaged gut), but all really starchy foods are out of the GAPS Diet. Source: Page 135 of her book.

Here is the link https://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028

Raymond Francis D.Sc., M.Sc., RNC has been called a “brilliant advanced thinker” and has been cited as “one of the few scientists who has achieved a breakthrough understanding of health and disease.”  https://raymondfrancisauthor.com/raymond-francis/

Raymond has this to say about combing fruit with other foods.  Fruit has special digestive requirements and should be eaten alone. Fruit is easy to digest and is meant to pass through the digestive system quickly. If not, such as when combined with protein or starch, the fruit sugar ferments in the stomach, often manifested by bloating and gas. If sweet and acid fruits are to be eaten together, eat the acid fruits first.

Melons should be eaten alone or combined with other melons because they take even less time to digest than other fruits and should pass quickly through your digestive system in order to prevent sugar fermentation.

Here is a link to his book, Never Be Sick Again, https://www.amazon.com/Never-Be-Sick-Again-Health/dp/1558749543

It is the opinion of this Blogger, that food combing is controversial. But I am not going to risk bloating and gas, so I am going to eat my fruit by itself and on an empty stomach.

I invite you to Follow my Blog, Facebook or be added to my email distribution list. My focus is to maximize my physical performance and mental clarity, body composition, and most importantly overall health with a wholesome diet and exercise.

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Feeding Versus Cleansing Part Two

Last week I posted, Feeding Versus Cleansing Part One. We learned about Helen who was brought to Dr. McBride’s clinic by her worried aunt. Helen was 21 years old, and was dangerously underweight and getting thinner by the day. She was a tall girl – 185 cm (over 6’ 6”) in height with a weight of 51 kg (112 lbs.). She looked emaciated, pale, her eyes were dull and her voice feeble.

This Post is the continuation of last week’s Post. Here is the link

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/feeding-versus-cleansing-part-one/

This is Part Two of two. These two Posts have been condensed from Dr. McBride’s Post FEEDING VERSUS CLEANSING. Here is the link http://www.doctor-natasha.com/feeding-versus-cleansing.php

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Many people would be surprised to hear that human beings can live exclusively on animal foods. Dr. McBride has patients who live entirely on animal food with great results, both children and adults. Patients with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and severe mental illness do very well on a No-Plant GAPS Diet. These people live on meats, including organ meats, animal fats, meat stock and bone broth, fish (including shell fish and molluscs), fish stock, fresh eggs and fermented raw diary – kefir, sour cream, ghee, butter, cheese and yoghurt. In some severe cases of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease this is the only diet that allows them to be well, to stop all medication, to reach their normal body weight, to remove all digestive symptoms and to function to their full capacity. In severe cases of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions this diet can be a saviour. Some of these people have lived on this diet for 2 years or longer and have no desire to change their eating habits, because this diet works for them. Some of them tried to add a little vegetable or fruit to their regimen and found that their symptoms started returning, so they had to stop.

One of the healthiest group of traditional people in the world Weston A. Price found in his research were Masai people in Africa who ate no plant matter at all. They are nomadic people travelling with their cattle and everything they eat is provided by their animals. They eat meat, organ meats, milk and sour milk. When they were asked why they don’t eat fruit found in their habitat, they laughed and answered that fruit was food for their cows. These people had no diseases of our modern ‘civilised’ world whatsoever: no heart disease, no cancer, no degenerative conditions, their childbirth was easy and healthy, their bodies were trim and muscular, their life span was long and they had beautiful healthy teeth. Apart from perfect physical health these people were intelligent, joyful, peaceful, friendly and happy, no psychological problems at all. But when some of them moved to a city and adopted a modern diet, they started getting the same diseases people suffer from in any modern country.

So, the fact is humans can live without plants. However, we cannot live without animal foods!

But what about all the plant-based diets shown to help with chronic disease? Why are cold-pressed good quality plant oils shown to be beneficial for so many degenerative conditions? What about all the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, bio-flavonoids and other substances in plants which are shown to be beneficial to health?

The real purpose of plants is to be CLEANSERS. While they are unable to feed our bodies to any serious degree, they are wonderful at keeping us clean on the inside. They also provide energy for the body to use in the form of glucose and some co-factors (helper molecules) in the form of vitamins and minerals, but their main purpose is to keep your body clean and free of toxins. Indeed plants are equipped with powerful detoxifying substances, which can remove various man-made chemicals, pollution and other toxins we accumulate in our bodies. Plants are particularly powerful cleansers when consumed raw. Their juices absorb in the upper parts of the digestive system contributing a plethora of detoxifying substances and co-factors; juicing of raw greens, vegetables and fruit is a major part of any cleansing protocol.

When the plant matter moves further down in the gut it feeds the gut flora in the bowel. Human bowel is an equivalent of the rumen of the herbivorous animals; it has a rich population of microbes, which can convert some plant fibre and starch into useful nutrients for the human body, such as short-chain fatty acids.

However, the problem with fibre and starch is that they feed equally the bad and the good microbes. How good this plant matter is for you depends on the composition of your bowel flora: if it is healthy the fibre and starch will do you good, if it is unhealthy the plant matter will feed the pathogens in your gut, which will flourish and produce many toxins and do a lot of damage.

When we cook plants we reduce their cleansing ability, but make them more digestible, so they provide some building materials for the body to use. Unfortunately, these materials cannot build the body to any degree: they are largely carbohydrates, which the body can use for producing energy and store as fat. When plants are severely processed (grains in particular) they provide the wrong building materials for the body causing disease.

Consumption of products made out of flour and sugar (very processed plants) are the major cause of pretty much all degenerative health problems in our modern society: weight gain, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, psychological and neurological problems in children and adults, infertility, polycystic ovaries, immune abnormalities, etc.

A cleaner body always feels better than a toxic one. That is why so many people feel well on the plant-based diet in the first few weeks. But when the body finished cleansing you need to start feeding it with animal foods. If that point is missed the body starts starving and deteriorating. With Helen’s vegan diet she was cleansing herself until she literally got ‘washed out’. She has missed the point when her body has finished cleansing and needed to start feeding. That is why she lost so much weight despite eating large amounts of grains, beans, nuts, fruit, vegetables and vegetable oils. This diet was not feeding her. Her menstruations stopped because her body was starving and conserving whatever precious resources it had left; it could not afford to waste them on monthly menstruations.

Vegan (plants only) diets can be seen as a form of fasting. They do not feed the body properly but provide it with a lot of cleansing. While your digestive system is busy processing plant matter (so you don’t feel hungry), the diet will provide your body with large amounts of cleansing substances. The ultimately toxic people are cancer victims; they require a lot of cleansing. That is why most nutritional cancer – treatment protocols are vegan. Remember that vegan diets are only suitable for a period of cleansing. They must never be chosen as a permanent life-style. When your body has finished cleansing it will need feeding, and that is when you have to introduce animal foods. If that is not done the body starves, starts cannibalising itself and problems start developing.

Vegetarian diets, which include animal foods, can be adopted as a long-term strategy. It is possible to be a healthy vegetarian as long as you continue eating some animal foods to provide feeding/building substances for your body, such as plenty of eggs and full-fat dairy.

There are many forms of vegetarianism: some eat fish, some eat eggs and dairy, some allow occasional consumption of meat. People who get into trouble are those who decide to stop eating meat and live largely on processed foods. They get ill very quickly. This group of people is particularly prone to diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer.

Another group of people who get into trouble are those who follow low-fat vegetarianism. A lot of impetus for removing fats from the diet comes from counting calories as fats produce the highest amount of calories per gram. Looking at food in terms of calories is another example of how inadequate our food science can be. Human beings cannot live without fats. Mother Nature took billions of years to design our foods, everything she put into them is essential, including fat. Every component in a natural food is balanced with all other components, they work as a whole. To remove fat out of a natural food is to make it incomplete and unbalanced; the human body cannot thrive. Low-fat vegetarianism typically leads to degenerative diseases of the nervous system and immunity.

In summary, there are two groups of natural foods on the planet and each of them has its own role to play in the human physiology.

Animal foods – meat, fish, eggs and dairy – are largely building/feeding foods. They feed the cell regeneration in the body allowing the body to maintain its normal physical structure and chemical composition. Animal foods are essential for your body to function. Your body manufactures a myriad of protein-based chemicals every day – hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters, etc. Animal foods are particularly important for growing children, as their bodies need large amounts of building materials on a daily basis.

Plant foods – grains, beans, fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds – are largely cleansing / detoxifying foods and do not feed the body to any serious degree. They keep the body clean on the inside by helping it to remove toxins and wastes. They provide energy for the body in the form of glucose. They provide some micro-elements for the body to use: minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients and co-factors.

There is some overlap: animal products, particularly raw, have a considerable cleansing ability while plants have some feeding ability, particularly when cooked, fermented and sprouted.

So let us enjoy both the animal foods and the plant foods. The important thing is to keep them natural with minimal processing.

These Posts have been condensed from Dr. McBride’s Post FEEDING VERSUS CLEANSING. Here is the link http://www.doctor-natasha.com/feeding-versus-cleansing.php

Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor with two postgraduate degrees: Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition.

If you are interested in the vegetarianism or veganism long-term, I suggest you read her book, Vegetarianism Explained: Making an Informed Decision https://www.amazon.com/Vegetarianism-Explained-Making-Informed-Decision/dp/0954852060

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