Summary: This post give A FEW INDEX CARD RECIPES FOR WHOLE FOODS. Snip and save! I get it. You don’t know how to cook or bake, but you know you have to figure this out. Or maybe you are a genius in the kitchen, but… Whoever heard of coconut flour, rancid industrial seed oils, grass-fed or pastured animals and animal by-products, or of soaking, sprouting, and dehydrating grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes for proper preparation to neutralize the inflammatory compounds inherent within these foods that is so disease promoting? And… that listing is just a few incidentals of Whole Food preparation! Don’t despair. Most “Whole Food” foodies did not know how to cook using such ingredients and techniques at the beginning either as ALL of us were unfamiliar with such! To help get you started, here are some index cards, but there’s more posted on the website (see below for how to locate those), and on my Pinterest!
Summary: WHAT DETERMINES MICROBIOME? Learn that we truly are what we eat, inhale, and absorb since that is what feeds our microbiome. 70% of the microbiome is very stable and supports basic life function, but 30% is very variable and host manipulable. A 30% change is huge because for the microbiome, 30% of the 39 trillion bacterial cells comprising the microbiome results in nearly 11.7 trillion organisms that can be modulated through diet and lifestyle nudging towards an anti-inflammatory state. These changes increase immunity; 80% of our immunity comes from our gut microbiome.
SUMMARY: CANCER MICROBIOME. Be it linked to the gut microbiome or specific tissue,… It was just a matter of time until researchers linked cancer to the microbiome.
“These studies demonstrate that microbiota can increase or decrease cancer susceptibility and progression by diverse mechanisms such as by modulating inflammation, influencing the genomic stability of host cells and producing metabolites that function as histone deacetylase inhibitors to epigenetically regulate host gene expression. One might consider microbiota as tractable environmental factors because they are highly quantifiable and relatively stable within an individual compared with our exposures to external agents. At the same time, however, diet can modulate the composition of microbial communities within our gut, and this supports the idea that probiotics and prebiotics can be effective chemoprevention strategies. The trajectory of where the current work is headed suggests that microbiota will continue to provide insight into the basic mechanisms of carcinogenesis and that microbiota will also become targets for therapeutic intervention.” – Emerging roles of the microbiome in cancer, Carcinogenesis. 2013 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print]
TOTAL BODY TOXIN BURDEN AND DETOX
First, for clarity, understand, I hate the work “detox” for this topic. That term renders visions of things I’d rather not see, and if not that, then of rehab from substance abuse. Detox of the body as I speak is from total toxin loads taken into the body simply living the lifestyle we live. Our body takes on a total body toxin load from the air, water, food, and topicals we put into it. Studies now show increased risk of many diseases due to toxin load. A GREAT webinare that summarizes our bodfy burden is at Support for Environmental Toxin Exposure, Dr Jill, 2015. Accordingly, we must do what we can to help the body function optimally given the toxin load (some unavoidable) it must deal with and process. The Detox Summit led by Deanna Minich, PhD can be summarized in a “Punch List” for “How To Stay In a Toxic World” and the relevant heath and disease implications for not, can be found near the bottom of this post.