Western Lifestyle and chronic disease
David is a neurologist and nutritionist so his book is full of exciting research on how people with Western Lifestyle diseases are improved by restoring healthy gut flora.
He cites research where the flora of an obese mouse put into a normal weight mouse. This causes the normal mouse to put on weight when eating the same diet as before. The opposite happened when the researches transferred the normal mouse gut flora to the obese mouse - the obsess mouse looses weight on the same diet.
There are many other research papers that he cites regarding the gut flora transfer causing a reduction or cessation of symptoms with depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Tourettes syndrome, anxiety etc.
THIS IS EXCITING STUFF!
David has examples of research showing the difference of gut flora in more tribal African people compared with the West and how they have NONE OF THESE DISEASES that we find so common.
Below I have given a very short synopsis of the book.
Inflammation triggers your weak genetics. If your family has the genes for obesity then if you have inflammation you are more likely to trigger that gene and become obese.
Ditto for the other western “lifestyle” diseases.
Examples of inflammatory Chronic Western Lifestyle diseases are:
- Physical chronic conditions such as Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Stoke, High Blood pressure, Osteoporosis, Arthritic pain etc.
- Auto immune diseases such as irritable bowel, celiac, Motor Neurones Disease etc.
- Neurological issues such as Anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, Fatigue, Insomnia, Tourettes syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis and Dementia etc.
- Fertility diseases - Infertility, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, fibroids, inflammatory pelvic disease etc.
If you have any of the above Western Diseases it could be important for you to restore your gut flora so that your inflammation ceases and your body has a chance of healing.
How does a Western Lifestyle cause poor gut flora?
Western people kill of their gut flora the following ways:
- Environmental chemicals – foods now contain added chemicals, pesticides and GMO's. Plus they can contain chemicals from food preparation and storage products and this leaves toxic residues in the food. There are chemicals in our personal care products, antibacterial “hand wash” and toxic cleaning products. These are some of the environmental chemicals that upset the gut bacteria ratio.
- Sugar and gluten
- Chlorine in water
- Chronic emotional stress - Chronic stress affects the working of the gut – this is why you feel “butterflies in your stomach” or get “the runs” when stressed.
Hydration - Quality Water
The quality of the water you drink is important. Use a filter to get rid of the chlorine in the water that you drink. Dont drink from plastic, use glass or stainless steel containers.
The reason that there is chlorine in swimming pool water is to kill bacteria, this is what the chlorine in our drinking water does.
1. They reduce inflammation
2. They keep the intestinal wall patent so that you don’t get a leaky gut
3. They produce serotonin and other happy hormones for mental health. The gut produces more serotonin than the brain!
Eat pre-biotics so that the probiotic bacteria thrive and multiply. Here are the top twelve prebiotic foods.
1. Raw Chicory root
2. Raw Jerusalem artichoke
4. Raw Dandelion greens
5. Raw Garlic
6. Raw Leek
7. Raw Onion
8. Cooked Onion:
9. Raw Asparagus
10. Raw Wheat bran
11. Wheat flour, baked
12. Raw Banana
The science of pre-biotics is new and even although African nations have diverse gut bacteria they often don't eat much of the specific foods in the above list. However, they do eat a large amount of plant fibre and don't have much exposure to pollutants.
Probiotics add some to your diet daily
- Plain live cultured yoghurt (no sugar and full fat) – this can be either milk or coconut. you can jazz up with berries or other fruits.
- Kefir a fermented dairy product
- Kombucha – this is a fermented black tea fizzy and served chilled.
- Tempeh – Fermented soybeans
- Kimchi – This is a spicy food from Korea.
- Sauerkraut – Fermented cabbage
- Brine pickled fruit and vegetables
- Pickled meat, eggs and fish
Eat whole food (real food not food "products")
- Low sugar fruits such as avocado, bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, courgettes squash pumpkin aubergines, lemons and limes.
- Healthy fats – extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, grass fed tallow, organic butter, ghee, almond milk, avocados, olives, nuts and nut butters, cheese except blue cheese, and seeds.
- Protein - Grass fed meat, wild fish , shell fish, whole eggs and wild game.
- Herbs seasonings and condiments
- Wine, coffee and chocolate in moderation.
This is all about how to achieve this and if you want to know more read :
BRAIN MAKER book by David Perlmutter – David is a Neurologist and Nutritionist so a world authority on the subject of the brain and nutrition. If you want to know more about David here is his link Dr Perlmutter