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Newsletter Jan/Feb 2018
Here’s EXACTLY What To Eat (And What To Avoid) To Heal Your Gut
Some people want to understand why gut disorders, such as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), develop. They become very invested in every step of their gut-healing journey. Then others say, “Just tell me what to do to heal my gut.” They aren’t interested in the mechanics behind it; they just want the problem fixed. Implementing nutrient and lifestyle interventions to alleviate leaky gut and lifelong gut distress is first and foremost. The real gut-healing prescription lies at the end of your fork. After all, food is the most powerful medicine.
It starts with what you eat. Step 1: RESIST the offenders.
The first step to healing your gut is to remove the foods that are making you sick, leaving you toxic, overweight, and feeling zapped of energy. Be forewarned: As you know, many of these foods hide in the ingredients used in prepackaged products. Always read ingredients and stick with whole, unprocessed foods.
Despite what the dairy industry promises, milk doesn’t do a body good. For many people, the two proteins in milk (casein and whey) are hard to digest and can lead to food sensitivities. Many people also lack sufficient quantity of the enzyme lactase, to break down the lactose in milk. This can create symptoms like gas, bloating, and diarrhea as gut bacteria ferment the sugars.
Gluten gives food a pleasing texture—like the light, fluffy, porousness of “risen” bread. Unfortunately, for many people it poses a real problem. Researchers find up to 30 percent of Americans have a gluten sensitivity. Most have no idea they are sensitive. Studies confirm that going gluten-free lowers inflammation and insulin resistance while helping people lose weight.
Soy and soy derivatives are everywhere, from tofu to edamame to protein bars and powders and even nutritional supplements. As you are aware, over 90 percent of the soy mass-produced in the United States is genetically modified (GMO). Much of this soy is “Roundup® ready,” meaning it gets doused with more pesticide than you care to know. Studies show Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup®) leads to dysbiosis and then leaky gut. It also acts as an antibiotic in your gut and blocks the enzymatic pathway found only in bacteria that create the three essential amino acids—phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan—needed by the body. (You can find TAMARI Soy Sauce organic and Non-GMO in a health food store).
Like soy, over 90 percent of the corn grown in the United States is genetically modified. This GMO corn has also been adapted to be Roundup®-tolerant and contains residues of this formulation. A corn sensitivity can result with all sorts of reactions, similar to those from gluten and other food allergens. The most common reactions are rashes like eczema and hives.
E. Lectins and Phytates.
These anti-nutrients are found in all gluten-containing grains. Lectins are also found in beans and the nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and potatoes. Corn is also high in lectins. Lectins bind to the cells, lining your intestines, creating tiny holes that allow larger, partially digested, food particles to get through. This disrupts your gut flora, leads to inflammation, eventually causes insulin and leptin resistance, and potentially leads to an autoimmune response. Phytates, another anti-nutrient, interfere with the absorption of important minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, and zinc.
Many people develop a sensitivity to egg yolk, egg white, or both. Egg yolks are high in arachidonic acid (AA), an inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid. Most commercial eggs come from hens fed an unnatural diet of soy and corn. When you eat these eggs, you are consuming these food allergens indirectly. Instead, look for organic ones from cage-free hens fed their natural, omnivorous, free-range diet, rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
The nightshade family includes tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant, potatoes, bell peppers, sweet and hot peppers, pepinos, and pimentos. They produce alkaloids, a natural insect repellent that can be toxic to humans in large amounts. Common nightshades don’t have enough of these alkaloids to be deadly, yet some people with inflammatory conditions are particularly sensitive to even tiny amounts. For these people, even cooking the nightshades, which lowers the alkaloid content by 40 to 50 percent, can still create problems. Like gluten-containing grains, nightshades also harbor lectins or sugar-binding proteins, which can activate your immune system and increase inflammation. Nightshades can be a particular source of agony for many people who suffer from arthritic conditions or autoimmune disorders.
Saving the biggest offender for last. I’m talking about refined cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrup (HFC) or any other sweetening derivatives, including “healthy” sweeteners like monk fruit and coconut sugar. Any form of sugar in excess, poses a risk to your gut health. Sugar wreaks havoc in your gut, and research shows it feeds the bad bugs, creates dysbiosis, and leads to yeast overgrowth (like Candida). Don’t forget sugar in the form of sweetened and alcoholic beverages—probably the most common unsuspected offender in people who consume too much sugar. As part of the Happy Gut Cleanse, people remove these common food offenders for 28 days, then reintroduce them one by one to see if they create reactions. Those that do react are kept out of the diet for a longer period of time. Others, like sugars get a permanent red light. If you want to be healthy in the long-term,
you’ve got to keep sugar in all its forms at bay. Please do not use Splenda!
Step 2: Add in the good stuff.
When you give the body the right nutrition, you won’t need to fill it with endless calories from low-nutrient, calorie-dense foods that leave it wanting more and more but never sate its true needs. You’ll feel energized by the richness of a power-packed, phytonutrient-dense way of eating.
The eating plan to heal the gut is simple but powerful. It can help you feel better, lose weight, and provide steady, sustained, energy.
So here’s the plan: Healthy fats: Nuts and seeds; High-fiber, low-glycemic carbs like leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables; Slow carbs, like sweet potatoes and butternut squash; Hypoallergenic proteins (pea, rice, hemp, chia); Clean and lean proteins like free-range poultry, and grass-fed meats. You can also include fermented foods like kimchi and unpasteurized sauerkraut.
These probiotic-rich foods rid you of nasty pathogens like unfavorable bacteria, yeast or parasites, and become mainline defenders against leaky gut and other gut issues. Besides eating these and other fermented foods, many people take a professional-quality probiotic supplement that contains billions of colony-forming units (CFUs), like Frequency Foods Probiotics.
Pre-biotics fall under several categories, including fructans (also called fructooligosaccharides or FOS) and resistant starch. Each feed different types of gut flora. Excellent natural choices include: Raw chicory root; Raw Jerusalem artichoke; Raw dandelion greens; Chickpeas; Raw garlic, onions, and scallions.
To optimize gut health,it is wise to incorporate soluble fiber-rich foods like apples, gluten-free oatmeal, ground flaxseeds, and nuts, because they slow digestion, keeping you full longer, and stabilize your blood sugar response while providing a steady source of energy.
Overall, focus on clean ingredients with easy-to-digest foods that are low in sugars, including sugar alcohols and pesticides as these are hard on the gut. Stay with foods that are organic, non-GMO, full of healthy fats, and ideally locally grown and sustainably farmed.
When choosing Frequency Foods supplements, along with our Probiotics, we believe the QUANTUM CLEANSE powder will make all the difference in the world. Adding this to your diet will accelerate the process enormously, addressing all the old plaque on the walls and speeding up the desired results. The Cleanse also addresses the Lymphatic system.
BEEF VS. BISON: Bison is way leaner than typical beef, and chock full of nutrients. Like essential amino acids, Bison has a better Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio than cattle, and energizing B vitamins. Plus, it’s much more likely to be grass-fed than beef as the vast majority of bison cattle live almost a wild life, in their natural habitat. In fact, today’s bison are practically indistinguishable from those Native Americans relied on for centuries. You can’t say that about today’s cows. Bison are a good source of selenium, zinc, and iron as well as for a healthy immune system and lower overall inflammation. In a 3.5-ounce portion, you’re looking at about 140 calories, vs. 200 for beef. Buffalo meat is just as versatile as beef, and can be enjoyed in many ways–in stew, as a steak or even for breakfast, with a few eggs. Talk about a protein-rich way to start the day. Just be careful when you’re cooking bison. Because it’s so lean, it cooks quickly. If you’re not careful, it can get tough. But it works very well in a slow cooker, and it’s a perfect substitute for beef in almost any recipe. Just don’t cook it over “medium” unless you like your food the consistency of shoe leather. (Jeff Reagan)
SOME BRIEF DISAPPOINTING ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Billionaire globalist George Soros has announced that his Open Society Foundations will be investing millions into a new program that aims to get fluoride added to the drinking water supply of “every school in the US and Europe by 2018.” Read more at: http://www.nnettle.com/news/3214-george-soros-demands-fluoride-added-to-drinking-water-in-every-school-by-2018-© Neon Nettle
1 in 8 planes failed EPA standards for water safety…You never see the flight attendants drinking tap water. In a previous newsletter I was also telling you to avoid all bottled water, but on a plane, you have my permission…Just use your laser on the water with the cap removed, so it can out-gas.
I am glad that I found this article well documented and very informative.
Thank you and keep going, you do a great job!!