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.”

Type 2 diabetes. The symptoms include…

Type 2 diabetes. The symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased thirst and dry mouth
  • Increased urination
  • Frequent vaginal or urinary infections
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Increased hunger
  • Neuropathy (numbness, tingling in feet and hands)
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores or frequent infections
  • Weight gain
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If you’re experiencing symptoms of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, your doctor can schedule some labs to see if your blood glucose is elevated.

It is important to keep an eye out for symptoms of pre-diabetes so you can take action before it progresses to type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes symptoms include:

  • Feeling tired and hungry all the time
  • Poor sleep
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Neuropathy (numbness, tingling in feet and hands)
  • Skin darkens in the neck, armpits, and skin folds
  • Developing many small skin tags
  • Weight gain, particularly around the waist

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed through a physician-supervised ketogenic nutritional intervention. You can learn more in the two Virta videos below:

In this video, Dr Hallberg goes over the underlying causes of type 2 diabetes, how to reverse type 2 diabetes through nutritional ketosis, and most importantly, what the research says. She goes over how food affects blood sugar and the nutritional biochemistry that underlies our body’s processing of sugar and carbohydrates.

In this video, Dr Hallberg goes over the underlying causes of type 2 diabetes, how to reverse type 2 diabetes through nutritional ketosis, and most importantly, what the research says. Dr. Hallberg explains the underlying causes of type 2 diabetes and chronically high blood sugar: carbohydrate intolerance driven by insulin resistance.

Learn more about the science of insulin resistance here: https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/reversing-diabetes-101-with-dr-sarah-hallberg-the-truth-about-carbs-blood-sugar-and-reversing-type-2-diabetes/

Plant-based and low carb are not mutually exclusive. Here’s a guide we have on following a plant-based ketogenic diet: https://blog.virtahealth.com/vegan-vegetarian-low-carb-keto/

The source of this is: What are the Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes? By Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS

https://blog.virtahealth.com/type-2-diabetes-symptoms/?fbclid=IwAR0O6esRLZi8lVBAmINmLs1o_Rs597CL0W5G6tt4BPebVewZfMP28lMCyVU

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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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Feeding Versus Cleansing Part One

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Helen 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. Her menstruations have stopped seven months ago.

Helen grew up abroad and came to England to study at a university. Helen was brought up on home-cooked wholesome meals made from fresh locally produced ingredients; fresh meat, fresh eggs and fresh whole milk constituted a large percent of her diet. She was always very healthy. When she came to England she soon developed a dislike for the processed junk diets her fellow students lived on. Short research in popular literature lead her to the idea that the ‘healthiest diet’ isa vegetarian one and a low-fat one.So, Helen started cooking her own meals out of whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, lots of vegetables and fruit. She drank only water and fruit juices. The only fat she had was some olive oil and peanut butter. She consumed no animal foods at all and tried to eat everything organic.

After a few months on this diet Helen’s menstruations stopped and she started loosing weight. But she ‘felt well’. When she went home for a visit her family were horrified by the way she looked and contacted her aunt in England asking for help.

So, what happened to Helen? What about all the research showing that following a vegan diet reduces high blood pressure, helps to recover from diabetes and many other chronic diseases? What about cancer-treatment protocols most of which are vegan? These protocols and approaches show a record of success.

Let us try and understand the whole issue.

Thankfully, Helen stopped eating all processed foods. They are at the root of all modern epidemics of degenerative disease. Mother Nature took billions of years to design our bodies while at the same time designing all the foods suitable for our bodies to use. To have good health we need to eat foods created by Mother Nature, not man.

Mother Nature has provided us with two groups of food: plant foods and animal foods. These two groups work differently in the body and both are important to be consumed. Human beings are omnivores: we have evolved on this planet eating everything we could find in our immediate environment from both plants and animals. Let us have a look at these two groups of natural foods in more detail.

All energy on our beautiful planet gets recycled, while new energy comes from the sun. In order to capture the energy of the sun and convert it into solid matter Mother Nature has designed plants – they have photosynthesis, which converts the sunlight into chlorophyll building the plant matter. The next group of creatures on the planet to consume the energy of the sun in the form of plants are herbivorous animals – animals designed to eat plant matter. In order for herbivorous animals to digest plants and extract nutrients from plants Mother Nature equipped them with very special digestive systems, called rumen. It is very long with several stomachs full of special plant-breaking bacteria. So, it is not the cow (or any other herbivorous animal) that digests the grass but the bacteria in her rumen.

In order to consume the energy of the sun in the form of herbivorous animals Mother Nature has designed the next group of life – predators. Wolves, lions, tigers, foxes, etc., which cannot digest plant matter because they are equipped with a very different digestive system. Human digestive system is similar to the gut of predatory animals: we have only one small stomach with virtually no bacteria in it. In fact our human stomach is designed to produce acid and pepsin, which are only able to break down meat, fish, milk and eggs. As the food moves out of our stomachs into the intestines, pancreatic enzymes and bile are added to the mix to break down the food further and absorb it. In short our digestive systems have been designed to best cope with animal foods. Early mankind knew that the most nourishing foods for them came from animals; they would only eat plants as a supplement to meat or when animal foods were in short supply.

But what about all the research published in popular nutrition books, which shows that plants are full of nourishment? Yes, when we analyse different plant foods in a laboratory, they show good amounts of vitamins, proteins, fats and minerals. Confusing? Why? Because, in a laboratory we can use all sorts of methods and chemicals for extracting nutrients from plants: methods, which our human digestive system does not possess. Human gut has a very limited ability to digest plants and to extract useful nutrients from them. Early mankind knew that plant foods are hard for humans to digest, that is why all traditional cultures have developed methods of food preparation to extract more nutrition from plants and to make them more digestible, such as fermentation, malting, sprouting and cooking. Unfortunately, in our modern world many of these methods have been replaced with profitable commercial products from the food industry.

If we cook and prepare the plant foods properly, can’t we live on them? That is exactly what Helen tried to do: she prepared all her food at home from natural plant ingredients. She cooked rice, oats, quinoa and buckwheat, she made her own bread, she cooked beans and lentils, she snacked on nuts and fruit and consumed lots of vegetables. Why did she get into trouble? Let us see.

Human body (without water) is largely made out of protein and fat (almost half and half), these are the ‘bricks and mortar’ from which your bones, muscles, brain, heart, lungs, liver and all other organs are made. Laboratory analysis of plants and animal foods show that the best protein and fat for human physiology comes from animal foods. The amino acid profile of animal protein is correct for the human body, while amino acid profile of plant-derived proteins is incomplete and unsuitable for human physiology. The same with fat: animal fat has the right fatty acid composition for human body to thrive on, while plant oils are unsuitable. So, when it comes to FEEDING your body and BUILDING your bodily tissues and structures animal foods are the best and the only suitable ones.

Human body has a wonderful process, which goes on from the moment of conception till death, called Cell Regeneration. Cells in your body constantly get old, die and get replaced by newly-born cells. This way the body maintains itself, rejuvenates itself and heals any damage. In order for your body to give birth to those baby cells to replace the old ones building materials are needed – proteins and fats. The best building materials to feed your cell regeneration process come from animal foods: meats, fish, eggs and dairy. Growing children need large amounts of building materials for their bodies not only for cell regeneration but for growth, so animal foods must be a very important part of their diet. Apart from feeding, animal products provide the body with energy; in fact the best source of energy for most cells in your body is fat.

One of the hungriest organs in the human body is the brain: it ‘sponges up’ around 25 – 45 % of all nutrition floating in your blood. Your body spends a lot of effort on feeding the brain 24 hours a day, every day. Contrary to popular beliefs there is much more your brain needs than just energy in the form of glucose; it is a physical organ and it requires feeding its own cell regeneration processes with good quality protein and fat.

The brain is a very fatty organ, so it requires a lot of good quality fat to be fed properly. On top of that your brain manufactures neurotransmitters, hormones and hundreds of other active molecules, which are largely proteins; the brain needs building materials to make them from. Again the best building materials to feed your brain come from animal foods. In the clinical practice Dr. McBride sees the degeneration of the brain function in people on purely vegan diets: first the sense of humour goes, the person becomes ‘black-and-white’ in their thinking and behaviour, the sharpness of the mind goes, memory suffers, depression sets in and other mental problems follow. These are all the signs of a starving brain.

This is Part One of two. 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

For more information please read Dr. Natasha McBride’s book: Vegetarianism Explained: Making an Informed Decision. Here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/Vegetarianism-Explained-Making-Informed-Decision/dp/0954852060

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

 
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We learned last week you can not get all the vitamins you need from a plant-based diet.
 
Here is the Post; You Can Get All Your Nutrition From Plants. Not True! https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/you-can-get-all-your-nutrition-from-plants-not-true/
 
It is the view of this Blogger, that the plant-based diet are a cleansing diet, but when your body is ready to re-build, your body will naturally desire animal-based foods and you will then get the nutrients not available in a plant-based diet.
 
For those who choose to follow a Ketogenic Vegetarian/ Vegan Diet, a low carb approach can still work because a ketogenic diet only requires moderate protein intake. You can enter and remain in nutritional ketosis without increasing the amount of animal products you may currently eat. Your protein needs can be met with vegetarian or vegan sources, and your fat needs can easily be met with plant-based sources like olive oil.
 
Because nutritional ketosis can lead to rapid decreases in blood sugar and blood pressure, Virta strongly recommends getting medical supervision before making any dietary changes if you are on medications for blood sugar or blood pressure. A physician can help you safely reduce your medications so that they don’t drive your blood sugar or blood pressure too low. Hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hypotensive (low blood pressure) episodes can be very dangerous.
 
Mineral and vitamin considerations
Virta recommends that you take a multivitamin if you are doing a plant-based ketogenic diet, as well as an omega-3 supplement like flaxseed oil. The vitamins and minerals you should ensure to get enough of are B12, omega 3, magnesium, potassium, and of course sodium.
 
Vegetarian and vegan protein sources
If you’re vegetarian or vegan and doing low carb, your protein sources can be:
Items that are vegetarian but not vegan are starred *.
Eggs*
Dairy* – cheese, unsweetened yogurt, heavy cream, cottage cheese, etc.
Lower carb, GMO-free tofu, seitan and tempeh
Lower carb meat substitutes
Protein powders
Nuts, nut butters and seeds
Nut-based vegan cheese and yogurts
Chia seeds, flax seeds, and hemp hearts
 
It’s best to keep your carbohydrate intake very low until your body adapts to ketosis, and then you can later experiment with adding foods like berries and a small amount of lentils or beans into your diet and tracking your blood sugar response to find your personal carbohydrate tolerance.
 
Make sure to track your blood glucose/ketone response with these foods to ensure you’re staying under your personal carbohydrate tolerance.
 
To monitor both glucose and ketones Dr. Dominic D’Agostino recommends the Keto-Mojo https://www.amazon.com/KETO-MOJO-Glucose-Testing-ketogenic-Carrying/dp/B0789G8KTG
Learn more about Dr. D’Agostino at https://www.ketonutrition.org/about
 
Vegan and vegetarian meat alternatives
These days, there are plenty of high-protein meat substitutes available at grocery stores, and new varieties are popping up regularly. Check the nutrition label on each of the products to ensure they are truly low carb. (See the original Virta Post for a chart with Carbs per serving.)
 
Protein powders
There are many low-carb, sugar-free protein powder options you can use to supplement your diet.
 
 
(This Blogger’s choice is Tennant RESTORE Profession Veggie Formula.)
Comprehensive, biologically-active natural ingredients provide the raw materials necessary to make new cells essential for optimal health and wellness. This Veggie product is in powder form and contains enough protein and other essential nutrients to be used as a meal replacement. Mix with water, almond milk, coconut water, or even skim or regular milk for a delicious source of almost every nutrient needed daily (30 day supply).
The Supplement Ingredients tab has a list of the 60 plus natural ingredients.
 
Vegan fat sources
Remember to avoid all trans fats and to focus on monounsaturated and saturated fats (i.e. limit polyunsaturated fats). Read more on fat here. https://wordpress.com/post/2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/698
 
There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian oils and fats you can incorporate into your meals. You can have: Olive oil, Vegan butter, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Canola oil, High oleic safflower oil, Coconut milk, Coconut cream (also makes a great coffee creamer) and Coconut butter.
 
Eating out
Eating out with multiple dietary restrictions can be difficult. Some of the easiest restaurants for keto vegan or vegetarian food tend to be salad restaurants, Thai places, and Indian restaurants. Make sure to ask about hidden sugars or carbs in sauces and dressings to ensure these dishes are truly low carb. Vegetarians can have creamy paneer dishes at Indian restaurants, and vegetarians and vegans alike can enjoy coconutty Thai curries with tofu and vegetables, rich Indian vegetable dishes like eggplant curries, or a spicy Tom Kha soup. Just make sure to skip the rice and bread!
 
The Virta Post has been condensed from How to Eat Low Carb as a Vegan or Vegetarian: Here is the link https://blog.virtahealth.com/vegan-vegetarian-low-carb-keto/
 
What is the common ground between Dr. McBride’s and Virta’s view on plant-based diets?
 
Dr. McBride, author of Gut and Psychology/ Physiology Syndrome, says,
The real purpose of eating plants: they are 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 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.
 
But when the body finished cleansing your body will desire animal foods and you need to start feeding it with animal foods. If that point is missed the body starts starving and deteriorating.
 
To learn more please read FEEDING VERSUS CLEANSING http://www.doctor-natasha.com/feeding-versus-cleansing.php
 
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
 
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.
 
I will bring you compelling articles on Ketogenic and GAPS diets, the Super Slow High-Intensity Exercise Program and supplements.
 
To follow my Blog, please click the Follow button to receive an email when the next posting is available. Hint: You may have to click the Accept and Close button before follow is available.
 
I thrive on feedback. Please let me know you are interested in the content by clicking Like, Commenting or sending me a message or email about the Post.
 
May you Live Long Healthy.
Yours truly,
Lydia Polstra
Email: lpolstra@sympatico.ca
 
Disclaimer: The content of this email or Post is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.
 
 

You can get all your nutrition from plants. Not true!

These are just a few of the nutritional deficiencies commonly found in vegetarians.

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Vitamin B 12 deficiency is very common amongst plant-eating people, because this vitamin comes exclusively from animal foods. It is one of the most essential substances for our bodies to function properly. Your brain, the rest of your nervous system, your immune system and all other organs in the body require this vitamin. Our blood composition is particularly vulnerable to deficiency in vitamin B12, which leads to pernicious anaemia (deficiency in the production of red blood cells).

People can take supplements of this vitamin, but in order to process it properly the body requires protein. Good quality protein comes only from animal foods, so the bodies of many vegetarians are unable to use vitamin BI2 from supplements. Our gut flora produces this vitamin, but unfortunately many people have unhealthy gut flora. It is essential for all humans to consume at least some animal foods!

Vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy need to make sure they consume enough of these foods to supply them with this vital vitamin. Animal liver provides large amounts of vitamin BI2 in combination with protein, fat-soluble vitamins and all other nutrients necessary for the body to use BI2 appropriately. Even Max Gerson, the creator of The Gerson Protocol for treating cancer (a vegan protocol), included raw liver in his patients’ diet.

Vitamin A is an essential substance for the human body. Our brain, eyes, immune system and all cells in the body require this vitamin for their structure and function. Plants do not contain functional vitamin A-retinol. Instead they contain carotenoids, which in a healthy body can be converted into retinol. The problem is that environmental toxins and nutritional deficiencies are able to block this conversion; so many people are unable to convert plant carotenoids into real vitamin A. Despite eating plenty of carrots, sweet potatoes, kale and other plants rich in carotenoids, these people develop vitamin A deficiency. Real functional vitamin A is found only in animal foods, and the richest sources are organ meats, liver in particular. Eggs and butter also contain good amounts of vitamin A. Vegetarians have to be aware of this fact and make sure they eat plenty of eggs, ghee and butter.

When you start developing vitamin A deficiency, your immune system gets compromised and you start getting infections. This is important to watch for. The problem is that very often the immune system of vegans is not in a fit state to launch a proper reaction to a microbe. When we get a common cold, it is not the virus that gives us high temperature, headache, runny nose, sneezing and all the other symptoms. It is our own immune system that is causing all these uncomfortable symptoms because it is fighting the virus. Some vegans will tell you that they ‘never get colds’. The reality is that they get the viruses, but their immune system is unable to launch any defence against these viruses. So, the person doesn’t get any symptoms, while the virus just gets into the body and settles in.

Vitamin D is only present in animal foods; fish livers and oily fish are the richest sources of this vitamin. When we sunbathe, cholesterol in our skin is converted into vitamin D. That is why this vitamin is called ‘the sunshine vitamin’. Plant foods do not provide any cholesterol, so the body of a person on a plant-based diet has to work very hard to manufacture cholesterol (7-dehydrocholesterol) and send it to the skin to be converted into vitamin D.

Eggs from birds that are raised under sunshine on pasture contain a good amount of vitamin D. The same goes for milk and butter: the cows or goats must graze in the sunshine on pasture in order to have vitamin D in their milk. When we don’t have enough vitamin D, most things in the body go wrong!

The body cannot build bones without this vitamin; deficiency leads to osteoporosis, rickets and osteomalacia (softening of the bones). Every degenerative disease, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer, are linked to low levels of vitamin D in the body. Lack of vitamin D is also linked to neurological and mental illness. Vegetarians must consume good quality eggs and dairy products, and they need to make sure they sunbathe as much as possible to maintain normal levels of this vital vitamin in their bodies. Research has discovered that the majority of the Western population has low levels of vitamin D.

Both cholesterol and sunshine are essential for us, but the population has been subjected to a long period of faulty propaganda against them. Please read my book Put Your Heart in Your Mouth to get a good understanding of this subject. Here is the link https://www.amazon.com/Put-Your-Heart-Mouth-Atherosclerosis/dp/095485201X

Vitamin K2 comes from animal foods, and it is produced by healthy gut flora. It is different from K1, which comes from plants. K1 is largely involved in blood clotting, while K2 has many different functions. For example, without K2 calcium doesn’t go into your bones and teeth; instead it settles in soft tissues while you are developing osteoporosis and tooth decay. Goose liver, traditional high-fat cheeses, egg yolks, butter, meats and animal livers are the richest sources of this vitamin. The only plant food that provides large amounts of vitamin K2 is natto.

Vegetarians need to make sure they eat natto daily, as well as good quality eggs and cheese, to obtain enough vitamin K2. Fermented foods contain good amounts of this vitamin because it is produced by microbes. In traditional cultures healthy vegetarians always included fermented foods in their diet: sauerkraut and kimchi, kefir and cheese, fermented grains and beans, and fermented beverages.

Zinc is one of the most important minerals a human body uses. It is involved in hundreds of enzymatic reactions and it is a structural element for many organs and hormones in the body. Animal foods, seafood in particular, are rich in this mineral, while plants contain very little. It is impossible to provide your body with enough zinc on a purely plant-based diet! Deficiency leads to low immune status, anorexia and other mental illnesses, poor digestive function, poor perception of taste, skin problems and problems in the rest of the body. Egg yolks and milk will provide some zinc, but the richest sources are oysters, crab, shrimp and other seafood, as well as livers of animals and red meat.

Deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals, protein and natural fats are common amongst vegetarians. People who choose this lifestyle must study the value of foods and think carefully about what they eat on a daily basis to provide their bodies with proper nutrition. Without this planning it is very easy to develop multiple nutritional deficiencies and a degenerative illness.

Many people choose this vegetarianism and veganism lifestyle for emotional, political or other reasons, without much understanding of what the consequences. Doctors see more and more people who live on plant-based diets with profound mental and physical degeneration: anorexia nervosa, depression, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. Unfortunately, once they get ill, it is extremely difficult to help them.

It is very easy to destroy your health! It is much more difficult to regain it!

Vegans force their bodies to survive on cleansing foods only, that is why many of them look ‘washed out’ and are severely malnourished. The goal is not to just survive but to have optimal physical and mental health, full vitality, boundless energy to enjoy life and be successful, finding love, building a family, having beautiful children and enough resources to bring them up.

Weston A. Price, a wonderful scientist who at the beginning of the 20th century traveled around the world to study traditional cultures. He was specifically looking for a purely plant-based healthy culture; he did not find one! He concluded: ‘As yet, I have not found a single group of primitive racial stock which was building and maintaining excellent bodies by living entirely on plant foods. I have found in many parts of the world most devout representatives of modern ethical systems advocating restriction of foods to the vegetable products. In every instance, where the groups involved had been long under this teaching, I found evidence of degeneration.’

For more information on vegetarianism and veganism please visit my Blog, 2HealthyHabits.

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I hope this Post has brought some clarity to the subject of a plant-based lifestyle.

This Post has been condensed from Dr. Natasha McBride’s book: Vegetarianism Explained: Making an Informed Decision. Here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/Vegetarianism-Explained-Making-Informed-Decision/dp/0954852060

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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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