I came across an interesting study today about the relationship between a Paleo diet and higher blood levels of trimethylamine-n-oxide (TMAO), a compound associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
🧐 Researchers believe that a lack of whole grains, which a Paleo diet doesn’t allow, may play a role in increasing TMAO.
😯 TMAO is produced in the gut, and a lack of whole grains may alter gut bacteria in ways that trigger a higher production of this compound.
🤔 A greater intake of red meat (which includes pork), another common Paleo feature, may also play a role, as red meat provides the precursor compounds to produce TMAO.
💪What struck me about this study is the parallel I see with performance. I’ve had many clients, including professional athletes and CEOs, who adopted a Paleo diet and struggled. In these cases symptoms included fatigue, poor endurance, irritability, reduced focus, and inadequate recovery.
🍴In every case, when I recommended adding back gluten free whole grains (like oats and quinoa - appropriately portioned and timed for the individual’s needs), reducing red meat, and trading animal fats like lard for EVOO and avocado, performance dramatically improved.
🧠 Previous studies have shown that higher TMAO levels are associated with inflammation of blood vessels, which can impede blood flow, and negatively impact physical and mental performance. A 2018 animal study found that elevated TMAO induced brain aging and age‐related cognitive dysfunction.
🥣 Now, I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. I offer food sensitivity testing (I’m a certified LEAP therapist), so I don’t believe that everyone should follow the same eating pattern. I strongly believe in personalized nutrition.
🤓 However, I have also found that unnecessarily eliminating certain plant based foods may shortchange nutrients, throw off balance, and hinder body and brain performance, perhaps via a domino effect that starts in the gut. I look forward to continuing to follow this exciting area of research (to me the gut microbiome is endlessly fascinating!).
👉 What’s your take on this topic? I’d love to hear about your experience!
Yesterday I met friends at a gluten free bakery and that got me started down a track in my stories on children that fall on the spectrum, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, etc. •
What does gluten and dairy have to do with those conditions? Well, most people here have heard of the concept ‘leaky gut,’ but many don’t know that the same exact structure of the tight junctions in the gut exist in the blood brain barrier! That means if there are things in your gut causing junction damage, they can go systemic and damage the junctions of the brain barrier. This ultimately leads to inflammation, toxicity, and an immune response in your brain. I’ve lectured on the leaky brain and neuroinflammation several times, and I always forget what a foreign concept this is to many who need to understand it! •
If you want a great resource, please read ✔️Gut and Psychology Syndrome for autism, ✔️Grain Brain for the more adult decline issues, ✔️the End of Alzheimer’s for the aging, and ✔️A Mind of Your Own for anxiety and depression.
I’ve read them all, the are all different but talk about the SAME underlying principles of neuroinflammation that causes these issues. That’s a huge part of how I treat my patients! Knowledge is power. •
If you want to ask me questions on topics like this, don’t hesitate to drop into my stories and ask questions when I insert the option because these are for you!
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6 things I’ve noticed since being intermittently Keto: 1️⃣ Cravings mostly non-existent; that’s because I don’t eat sugar, which would normally trigger such cravings. When I do have sugar (of any kind) I can’t stop myself! It’s scary! 2️⃣ Inflammation is near to nothing. Before Keto I suffered with IBS, which has dramatically reduced. If I am bloated, it’s self induced (overdoing the almond butter) 😜. 3️⃣ My body keeps going for longer. No crashes of energy, sudden fatigue or need of nap. I also smash my workouts 💪🏼.
4️⃣ Moods are more balanced - eating minimal carbs/sugar won’t cause spikes or dips to insulin & mood. 5️⃣ My thoughts are clear & concise. Ability to focus has also improved. Maybe that’s because the brain is 60% fat min and I’m feeding it what it needs. 6️⃣ The weight is staying off. No fluctuations on the scale or in the mirror.
I’m not saying Keto is for everyone & will fix all our problems; health is more than the diet.
I suggest doing research on the subject just to be informed or if you have interest in cognitive health. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, struggle with weight or diabetes, it could be a solution. There’s some very compelling evidence. Trial if it appeals to you.
Keto lunch bossed thanks to @odysea_ltd
. Sardines (high omega 3 & calcium) rocket, spinach, avo, @odysea_ltd
artichoke, olives, flame peppers & EVOO. #obsessed
Good quality EVOO is traceable and should be strong & peppery at the back of your throat. @odysea_ltd
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