Nutrition Truth Bomb: Microbiome and Gut Bacteria Made Simple

Your microbiome (microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) is solely governed by what you eat. If you, for example, stop eating harmful fiber and starches, the bacteria that feed off it will die and be replaced by other bacteria that enjoy what you are now eating. The only reason you have a specific strain of bacteria is because that strain is taking advantage of what you are feeding them by your current food choices. And truth is, you don’t need them.
In fact, your microbiome will always adapt to your diet and no matter what you eat, it will be able to ferment some of the foodstuff and supply you with short-chain fatty acids and probiotics.

In other words, the popular talk about consuming a varied diet to accomplish a diverse microbiome, which is believed to make ‘the whole system more stable’, is mostly nonsense. Funny thing is, a strict carnivore diet (eating only meat and organ meat), will score you an 8 out of 10 on a microbiome diversity test.
Simply adding other foods on top of that will only accomplish more bacteria, and mostly of the bad kind that feed on starches/sugar.
Actually, too much gut bacteria can be very harmful to your intestines, especially if your intestine walls have been damaged by consumption of insoluble fiber, lectins (grains and legumes) and saponins (soybeans, beans, garlic, oats, quinoa, etc.).

To put it simple. If you follow our natural animal-based diet, your gut microbiome will take care of itself. You will have all the good bacteria needed for optimal health. In fact, people with inflammatory bowel diseases, metabolic disorders, and those who have taken antibiotics, show less bacterial diversity than healthy people. And those diseases are caused by nutritional deficiencies and toxins from a poor diet that is high in plant based foods – and especially starches and fiber.
In other words, the more animal-based foods you consume, the better and healthier your gut microbiome will be – and going fully animal based will always be the healthiest option.

By |2020-01-17T11:10:37+01:00January 17th, 2020|All in Nutrition|0 Comments

Nutrition Truth Bomb: Fiber is NOT needed in the human diet

A common standpoint among conventional health practitioners is that fiber is good for you. Not only good but necessary. This is of course complete nonsense.

There is no evidence in any literature that humans need fiber or that it is necessary for good health. In fact, fiber has been linked to constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and colon cancer. Also, if fiber clogs you up and delay digestion, you can experience indigestion (dyspepsia), heartburn (GERD), gastritis (the inflammation of the stomach‘s mucosal membrane), peptic ulcers, and enteritis (the inflammation of the intestinal mucosal membrane). And on the other side of the spectrum, fiber hold on to water, prevents absorption of minerals, and can have a laxative effect – speeding up the elimination of food and thereby reduce absorption of nutrients even further. Not to mention that fiber attracts the wrong type of gut bacteria and too much fiber can therefore poison you.
And no, fiber is NOT needed for your bowel movements. Studies has shown the exact opposite. Consuming animal foods totally devoid of fiber will actually give your digestive system a chance to absorb almost all nutrition, leaving very little behind.

But, but, but… what about the production of short chain fatty acids (SCFA), such as acetate, propionate, and butyrate, from bacterial fermentation of dietary fiber?
Well, the obvious simple answer is that that it doesn’t matter as people who follow a carnivore diet and haven’t consumed any fiber in years and years are thriving and have health markers that are excellent. So, what is going on?
What is not understood, or at least not acknowledged, is that SCFAs can come from other sources besides fiber. Butyrate, for example, is found in dairy fat. The cow eats the fiber and makes the butyrate for us. Simple. That is nature at work.
As for acetate, we can get it from ketosis, which is our preferred state for optimal health and performance. Some amino acids such as leucine and lysine can be converted into acetoacetate through fatty acid synthesis. Acetoacetate is then reduced to beta-hydroxybutyrate and the latter gets turned into acetone and acetate.
Finally, we have propionate, which actually is a food additive that most people are getting way too much of, and it appears to be a causal factor behind conditions such as autism. Studies show that those on the autistic level tend to have high levels of the bacteria that produce propionate and tend to crave foods that are high in it. And those on the autistic spectrum show decreased behavioral problems when propionate is removed from their diet. So, while SCFAs can be good for you, they can potentially do harm as well.

There are a lot of studies that has examined our body’s utilization of SCFA and ketones during ‘ketogenic scenarios’ such as fasting, ketogenic diets and diabetes. It appears humans have multiple pathways of producing or obtaining SCFAs. The fact is that there are many strains of bacteria which can metabolize fat, protein and animal-based collagen and produce SCFAs and probiotics in return. The thing most people are missing is that our gut microbiome will shift and adapt depending on what our diet look like. I will explain this in another post. This also brings us back to butyrate, which many believe is the only fuel for our cells within the colon. That is not true. Other SCFAs such as propionate, acetate and many others that our microbiome can make from fats and protein, can fuel those cells.

So, to conclude. If you consume ‘food’ that contain fiber or don’t want to give it up all together, be aware that it might harm you in the long run, so try to keep your consumption as low as possible.
If you follow our natural animal-based diet, or a strict carnivore diet void of fiber, you do not need to worry – especially not if you consume some dairy.

By |2020-01-14T12:32:36+01:00January 14th, 2020|All in Nutrition|0 Comments

Nutrition Truth Bomb: Food labels are mostly nonsense, what matter is what you actually absorb.

On paper, most vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits look like they contain some vitamins, minerals and even protein. Unfortunately for us, we do not have the complex digestion and fermentation chambers of herbivores. While vitamins and minerals are in chemical form, which cannot be absorbed by humans and need to be converted, other problems also arise, such as antinutrients, fiber, and plant defense toxins.

The bioavailability and bioconversion rate of vitamins and minerals in plant foods are extremely low, in the neighborhood of 4 to 12 percent. So, right of the bat, you can multiply that label claim with .1 to get a fair idea of what you may be able to absorb. However, we have not yet adjusted for antinutrients such as phytic acid, oxalates and goitrogens, which bind to most minerals and make them useless. Another group of antinutrients are inhibitors like tannins, phytates, trypsin inhibitors, lucosinolates, and isothiocyanates, which bind to starch and protein to form complexes that our body cannot absorb. Same with fiber, it binds up protein and starch.
And if you boil, soak, sprout and rinse plant foods to reduce the content of antinutrients, some of the little nutrition that are present will be destroyed while most of the toxins will remain anyway (and some may increase), rendering the unpalatable crap even more useless. When you take all this into consideration, any kind of plant food or food made from plants are totally worthless as nutrition. Most of them simply provide calories in form of macronutrients – unfortunately, they do so by simultaneously poison us with chemicals and antinutrients.

In the end, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, fruits and other plant foods are not only toxic, they are also an extremely poor choice for nutrition. We have the ability to survive on plant foods for certain amounts of time (depending on your starting nutrition stores). But surviving is a far cry from thriving!

The only source of bioavailable vitamins, fat soluble vitamins, minerals, vitamin A, vitamin K2 (M4), Vitamin D3, EPA/DHA, heme iron, cholesterol, taurine, vitamin B12, and much more, are foods from the animal kingdom.

If you don’t eat animal foods on a daily basis, you are robbing yourself of nutrients and you will pay the price further down the road in form of modern diseases, premature aging, health problems, brain fog, muscle atrophy, and a shorter life span.

By |2020-01-10T12:12:52+01:00January 10th, 2020|All in Nutrition|0 Comments

10 Diet/Nutrition Myths That Must Die In 2020

  • Vegetables are healthy and contains usable vitamins and minerals
  • Carbohydrates are necessary for muscle growth and performance
  • High protein is bad for your kidneys
  • A calorie is a calorie
  • Humans need fiber for digestion and bowel movements
  • Fruit is healthy and contains usable vitamins and minerals
  • Supplements can help you burn fat
  • You need to detox or cleanse
  • Animal foods are unhealthy
  • Cholesterol is dangerous

 

  1. Plants cannot run away from predators. Therefore, they have developed several sinister defense mechanisms to prevent them from being eaten. These include toxins that are highly poisonous in larger quantities, antinutrients that block nutrients from being absorbed and can cause cellular damage, and phytoestrogens that will make the predator infertile. As for vitamins and minerals, none of these are in bioavailable form and must be converted in our bodies. The bioconversion rate is between 4 and 12%, making all plant foods a useless source of nutrition. Plants/vegetables also completely lack vitamin A, vitamin B6 & B12, vitamin D, vitamin F, cholesterol, heme-iron, CLA, and CoQ10.
  1. Our body has this clever metabolic pathway known as gluconeogenesis that produces glucose from the breakdown of lipids and proteins. This process is more than capable of keeping you fueled during intense activity. You do not need inflammatory carbs in order to produce glucose.
  1. A high protein consumption is not bad for a healthy person’s kidneys. Only people with damaged kidneys need to limit their protein intake.
  1. Our body does not count calories. It only reacts to the nutrients we absorb. A calorie from meat, which is extremely nutrition packed, will impact you very different than a calorie from a plant food that has no bioavailable nutrition at all. And we can break down this further and compare fatty acids, amino acids and other nutritional elements. Focus on nutrient dense foods. Calories should be the least of your worries.
  1. Humans do not need fiber. Our digestive tract is not designed for it. Fiber hold on to water, prevents absorption of minerals, and can have a laxative effect – speeding up the elimination of food and thereby reduce absorption of nutrients even further – or it can clog you up, increasing inflammation and damaging the colon. Fiber are the main causes of constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and colon cancer.
    If fiber clogs you up and delay digestion, you can also experience indigestion (dyspepsia), heartburn (GERD), gastritis (the inflammation of the stomach‘s mucosal membrane), peptic ulcers, and enteritis (the inflammation of the intestinal mucosal membrane).
  1. No, just as all plants, fruits contain defense mechanisms such as salicylates, tannins, and extremely toxic aldehydes. And while fructose is totally useless, all carbohydrate-rich plants contain deuterium, or ‘heavy water’. Deuterium binds to the energy process in our cell’s mitochondria, robbing us of energy while increasing oxidation. In other words, deuterium damages our cells and decreases our energy production, lowering our performance.
  1. Sorry, fat burner supplements are one of the biggest scams in the diet industry. Save your money for nutrient dense animal foods.
  1. Detox or cleansing diets and supplements are a scam. By following a nutrient dense diet, your body is fully capable of detoxing itself. All you need is a functional liver. If needed, fasting will speed-up this process.
  1. Animal-based foods are the only source of bioavailable vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, and saturated fats and cholesterol. Animal foods are the most nutrient dense and healthiest foods we can consume.
  1. All our cells are made from cholesterol. All our hormones are made from cholesterol. You need cholesterol to produce vitamin D3. Your brain needs lots of cholesterol or it will shrink and give you memory problems, Alzheimer’s, and make you mentally ill. The more cholesterol you have, the longer you are going to live! Those with low cholesterol are weaker, unhealthy, get heart diseases, have mental problems and die more often when cardiovascular issues arise.
    Cholesterol is also used to repair your arteries. If you have high cholesterol, it’s because your body is trying to repair itself. If you take cholesterol-lowering medication, you are hindering your body from healing and you will endanger your health.
By |2020-01-02T10:53:11+01:00January 1st, 2020|All in Nutrition|0 Comments

Nutrition Truth Bomb: More on skin care and the misinformation about Vitamin C

Vitamin C has mainly three effects on the body. It up-regulates different collagen genes, it’s an antioxidant, and it competes with glucose at the glut-4 receptor. However, vitamin D3, vitamin A (animal: retinol), and vitamin K2 (animal: MK4) also up-regulates these collagen genes and many more, rendering vitamin C unnecessary for collagen production (skin, hair, nails, joints, etc.).

So, you can only get scurvy if you lack these fat-soluble vitamins. If you get these vitamins, and you get none, or very little vitamin C, you will still be fine. The body is not stupid, there are several methylation pathways.

While vitamin C may activate production of collagen, so does vitamin A (retinol) – and retinol will activate other needed enzymes and methylation pathways, which vitamin C cannot do. So, taking a lot of vitamin C will do nothing for proper collagen synthesis if you’re deficient in the animal derived fat-soluble vitamins. And that is why we see rapid aging and deterioration of the skin in vegans after only a year or two. They run out of stored nutrients which their starvation diet cannot supply, and they start to break down.

A high intake of vitamin C while lacking fat-soluble vitamins will lead to skin spots, skin tags, cysts, bumps, and so on; which is simply uncontrolled skin growth and matrix metallopeptidases (MMPs) due to lack of fat-soluble vitamins. These skin conditions are very common in vegans.

Finally, since vitamin C competes with glucose at the glut-4 receptor, and since glucose metabolism release a lot of free radicals; the more carbohydrates you consume, the more vitamin C and other antioxidants you’ll need.

However, if you consume our natural diet, which is based on animal foods, your vitamin C requirement will be negligible and consuming only a few slices of meat will give you more vitamin C than you’ll need.

So, if you have any kind of skin condition – and/or if you actually care about your health, well-being and longevity – make sure to get some liver a couple of times a week, and preferably a lot of muscle meat, some egg yolks, and the occasional aged cheese or raw diary, and you’ll be fine.

By |2019-12-26T12:12:56+01:00December 25th, 2019|All in Nutrition|0 Comments