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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Does Chronic Stress Cause Disease? Yes, it does, but through two causes – deficiency at toxicity.

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Are there solutions to stress?  In this Post I selected four experts to show us how.

SOLUTION ONE: To restore cells to normal and reverse disease, you have to address why cells are malfunctioning. Cells malfunction only if they suffer from a lack of nutrients (deficiency) or excess of something not needed (toxicity), and usually a combination of both.

Manufacturing stress chemicals depletes the body of critical nutrients, causing deficiency, and the buildup of stress chemicals has a toxic effect on the body.

You have a power to prevent the two causes of the disease because you are able to choose how you live your life. All you have to do is give your cells what they need and protect them from what they don’t need.

Source:The Great American Health Hoaxhttps://www.amazon.ca/Great-American-Health-Hoax-Disease-Free/dp/0757318495

Dr. Raymond Francisis described as “one of the few scientists who has achieved a breakthrough understanding of health and disease,” Raymond Francis draws deeply from his years of personal experience and professional training. He is a chemist and a graduate of MIT.

SOLUTION TWO:How Stress Impacts Your Gut

Chronic stress results in alterations in your brain-gut connection, which can cause or worsen numerous gastrointestinal disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, GERD and more.

In a very real sense you have two brains, one inside your skull and one in your gut. Interestingly, these two organs are actually created out of the same type of tissue during fetal development.

These two systems are connected via the vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem down to your abdomen.  This “brain-gut axis” is what connects your two brains together, and explains why you get butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous, for example.

Imbalances in Your Gut Can Make You Depressed, Anxious and More

Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that nourishing your gut flora with the friendly bacteria with fermented foods or probiotics is extremely important for proper brain function, and that includes psychological well-being and mood control. For instance, the probiotic known as Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 has been shown to normalize anxiety-like behavior in mice with infectious colitis.i

Research published in 2011 also demonstrated that probiotics have a direct effect on brain chemistry under normal conditions — in such a way that can impact your feelings of anxiety or depression. In short, the probiotic ** Lactobacillus rhamnosus*had a marked effect on GABA [an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is significantly involved in regulating many physiological and psychological processes] levels in certain brain regions and lowered the stress-induced hormone corticosterone, resulting in reduced anxiety- and depression-related behavior.ii

Stress-reduction tools used in combination with dietary approaches to heal and support your gut can help improve your overall health on physical and emotional levels. ***

On a personal note: *** In my Blog I talk about healing the gut with the GAPS Diet, here is another example where eating foods provided by Mother Nature heal whereas processed foods stress the gut. To learn more, please visit my Post https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/gut-and-psychology-syndrome-gaps-what-is-gaps/

Source:How Stress Wreaks Havoc on Your Gut — And What to Do About It

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** Lactobacillus rhamnosus may be in other products but I found it in Dr. Tennant’s Gut Pro-B. For more information visit  http://senergy.us/nutritional-products.html  When I order them I call 972-580-0545. I do not make a profit from sales.

Who is Dr. Jerry Tennant?  http://www.senergy.us/doctor-tennant.html

SOLUTION THREE:Dr. McGuff, an Emergency Doctor and exercise expert, shares to the tools he uses to prepare for the most stressful situations. If it works for him, perhaps it will work for you too. To learn about Dr. McGuff visit http://www.drmcguff.com/about-doug/

Source:How to Survive High Stress, Difficult Situations | Doug McGuff M.D.

Controlling inner stress helps you deal with external stress. Here is an overview of the tools he uses:

B  Breathe – calm yourself using Box-Breathing

T Talk – Talk yourself through the stressful situation. You can do this?

C Visualize your Desired Outcome

F Focus

P Posture

You have heard from these experts on how to handle stress. Now it is your time to take action. What is your solution?

SOLUTION FOUR: This is where YOU fill in the blank. “I reduce stress by ________.”

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It will be the same posting that I email, but you can search the Blog using key words. In the Blog I discuss the Ketogenic and GAPS (for gut health) diets, supplements and Super-slow High Resistance Training.

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May you Live Long Healthy.

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Lydia Polstra

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Post was a continuation of the last two posts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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