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Is Liver Good For You? Beef Liver Nutrition (+8 Nutrients You Need)

Animals Products are the real superfoods, they are now and they have always been.

In the last year I’ve cured my IBS, cut down my body fat, and I feel more energized than ever.

All of this is the result of one simple act: I’ve only eaten meat and drank water.

The carnivore diet has transformed my life.

But, until I added liver I had low energy and lingering skin issues.

Adding liver was like a cheat code.

My energy is through the roof, I have increased mental clarity, my workout performance increased by 20%, and my skin is clearer than ever before.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably a little hesitant to start eating organ meats. But as you’ll quickly find out, beef liver is the most nutrient-dense food on the planet. 

Beef Liver: Here’s How I Got Into It

Before I adopted the carnivore diet, I was riddled with issues: everything from IBS to rheumatoid arthritis, to acne.

I looked like a Humira commercial merged with a Proactiv one.

I went to countless doctors, but none thought my diet was the culprit. I was eating a diet high in foods that I thought were healthy: whole wheat bread, fruit, carbohydrates post-workout, a lot of vegetables and “heathy sandwiches.”

But after reading extensive literature I realized that my diet and carbohydrates were causing issues.

Long story short, cutting carbs eviscerated most of my issues. 

The carnivore diet has completely transformed my health. But I have to be honest, the first couple weeks weren’t the greatest.

So I decided to do more research and noticed that most of the carnivore dieters encouraged eating liver.

Like most people, I was a little grossed out at the thought of eating beef liver. After all, why would I want to eat an animal’s organs?

It turns out it’s providing much needed nutrients that beef alone doesn’t.

Once I made it a priority to have at least 400g / week, I felt and looked like a new person.

Adding beef liver made me more energized than ever before, my skin was clear, and all of my digestive issues were gone. My muscle growth even improved more than it did when I was taking everything from GNC. If you want to learn more, here are 9 health benefits of eating beef liver.

I’m not joking around when I tell you that I go about my day feeling like the energizer bunny even when I didn’t get a full night’s rest.

But enough about me.

Let’s dive into what this “superfood” actually is and why it’s so good for you.

What is the Liver? The Inside Scoop

The liver is one of the most vital organs in humans and animals.

Not only is it the largest internal organ, but it’s responsible for a ton of important functions. These include:

  • Storing glucose, vitamins and nutrients correctly
  • Filtering and removing toxins and drugs from your blood
  • Processing digested food from the gut

Beef Liver Nutrition: Liver is Nature’s Multivitamin

Even though it hasn’t been getting the same attention as it used to, the liver is quite possibly the most nutrient-dense food on the planet.

Liver used to be an extremely popular delicacy before people started favoring muscle meats for their flavor. Often hunter-gatherers would go straight for the organ meat before anything else.

Most people assume that fruits and vegetables are the best way to get your essential vitamins and minerals but beef liver is loaded with even more nutritional value.

Just 100g amount of liver contains more than 100% of the recommended daily value for various micronutrients and it’s a great source of protein.

Most animal livers can be eaten but the most popular sources include cow, chicken, duck, lamb, and pig. My favorite (along with the majority of carnivores) is beef liver.

Bottom line: Beef liver is the most nutrient-packed food source on the planet.

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Is Liver Good for You? You Need These 8 Essential Nutrients

Whether you’re on the all-meat carnivore diet, or you’re just trying to improve your overall health through healthy eating, beef liver should be a staple in your nutrition regimen.

After incorporating beef liver into my diet:

  • I’m way stronger in the gym
  • I’m more focused on tasks at work (even without coffee)
  • My mood is lifted (amongst other things)
  • I wake up with boundless energy (I should consider venturing into competitive sports rather than cleaning my house after work every day)

Let’s go over beef liver’s nutrition:

Vitamin A

In fact, vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients on the planet. Even Orcas know the importance of it and kill sharks only to eat the liver.

What are some of the functions of Vitamin:

  • Essential for preserving your eyesight
  • lowers risk of certain cancers
  • supports a healthy immune system
  • reduces acne
  • promotes healthy reproductive function

Pretty much anything important, Vitamin A plays a role in.

When I started adding beef liver, my skin looked like porcelain. 

Beef liver is one of the only food sources that contain ample amounts of vitamin A. Just 100g of it has 2200% of the recommended daily intake.

It’s also in the form of Retinol which is much more bioavailable than beta-carotene, which is found in plant foods. 

There also aren’t ways to supplement retinol on the market. The best and only way to get sufficient vitamin A is from beef liver. 

Vitamin B

Many people have a vitamin B deficiency today. Especially people who don’t consume plenty of animal foods.

It’s vital for neurological function, DNA production and repair, red blood cell development, amino acid metabolism, cell growth, helps convert food into energy, and also acts as an antioxidant.

One serving of beef liver contains:

  • Riboflavin (B2) – 220% of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI)
  • Folate (B9) – 60% of the RDI
  • Cobalamin (B12) – 2000% of the RDI

B9 and B12 are both critical for brain function.

The first time I had beef liver, I got a jolt of energy from the high vitamin B concentration.

Vitamin D

Plays a substantial role in maintaining healthy bones, reducing the risk of flu and diabetes, optimizing hormones, cell regeneration and even helps prevent cancer.

Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common. Most people don’t get anywhere near the recommended daily amount which can lead to fatigue, depression, back and bone pain, impaired wound healing, and hair loss.

While beef liver only contains around 5% of the RDI of vitamin D, every little bit counts when you’re deficient. Make sure to get some sunlight every day and consider supplementing with vitamin D to avoid this common deficiency.

Vitamins A and D can also help to heal leaky gut

Choline

Plays an important role in several processes including brain development, liver function, DNA synthesis, a healthy nervous system, fat transportation and metabolism, cell structure, and cell messaging.

Beef liver is the richest source of choline, containing over 300mg which is around 85% of the RDI.

Copper

Acts as a key to activate a number of enzymes which go on to regulate energy production, brain function, and iron metabolism.

100g of beef liver contains over 466% of the RDA for copper. 

Iron

Helps cells generate energy, plays a crucial role in oxygen circulation throughout your body, and helps your immune system destroy harmful pathogens like bacteria and viruses.

Beef liver is one of the best sources of iron in the world. 100g of beef liver has 63% of the RDA for Iron.

Vitamin K2

Plays a crucial role in wound healing, bone health, and prevents blood clotting. It also helps to decalcify the bloodstream. 

Beef liver is packed with vitamin K2. 100g of beef liver has 127% of the RDA for k2. 

Protein: Beef Liver is a Workout Supplement

To build muscle, you need three things: 

  1. Resistance Training
  2. mTOR stimulation
  3. Amino acids

Beef liver can’t help with 1, although maybe you can do some curls with it before you eat it. 

But it’s one of the best foods you can eat for mTOR stimulation and amino acid intake.

Amino acids are essential building blocks for muscles. They stimulate mTOR, the cellular’s master controller for protein synthesis and growth.

You may have heard of Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). They’re a group of essential amino acids, that trigger muscle growth and slow muscle breakdown. Leucine has been shown to be the most effective BCAA   .

Just 100g of beef liver has 2.7g of Leucine.

Protein plays an important role in just about every biological process. It’s responsible for building, strengthening, and repairing tissue.

Your body needs it to make enzymes, hormones, boosts metabolism and acts as the building block for bones, muscles, blood, skin, and cartilage.

Beef liver is a great source of healthy, easily-digestible protein, containing 20g with each 100g serving. 

Liver Nutrients vs. Multivitamin: Which One is Better?

At first I thought supplementing with a multivitamin was all I needed to provide my body with all the essential nutrients I may or may not have been deficient in with the carnivore diet.

But boy was I wrong.

There’s been a lot of debate whether or not synthetic nutrients (multivitamins) provided the same benefit as natural nutrients.

It turns out, whole foods like beef liver are superior to taking multivitamins because of something called food synergy. This means specific vitamins and minerals interact with each other to increase the overall effectiveness.

Our bodies have evolved to get just the right amount of nutrients from food.

Bottom line: Vitamins are more readily absorbed from food sources rather than supplements.Read the complete article at www.carnivoreaurelius.com.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Alli

Interview with Alli

1) Introduce Yourself.

Hi! I’m Alli Penn! I am a wife and mother and so much more! I live in the great state of Texas (hello Texas beef!!!) but I love traveling and spending time in Arizona and Idaho when I get the chance. I have two beautiful daughters, and my calling in life is to be the best wife and mother I can be! I am a cheery, gregarious person who loves to be around people, and I’m known for my loud, uninhibited laugh. Every day, I wake up and have fun trying to make my husband and kids laugh. I love to be happy and silly. My husband is my best friend and the most amazing partner I could ever ask for and after 15 years of being together, he knows me better than I know myself. We enjoy what I would call a traditional marriage. I take care of the home, and he works outside of the home. We both love our jobs and are very happy with this setup! I am very focused on raising two strong, confident young ladies right now (my daughters are 8 and 6 years old) but I always find time to have fun and be around people. I will never pass up a girls weekend, karaoke night or a fun vacation! I secretly want to do stand up comedy someday and haven’t given up on that dream just yet. I love to learn, research, work hard and strive to be the best version of myself every day while having fun doing it!


2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

Before becoming a carnivore, I was always going on and off diets to try to lose weight. I would always lose 15-20 lbs. and then my weight loss would completely stall, I would give up, and gain that weight back and then some. When I wasn’t on a specific diet (and I tried them all including keto multiple times), I would eat the SAD diet. One thing that was always a part of my diet was beef and bacon except for the one time I tried veganism and even then, I didn’t fully get rid of bacon so I’m not sure that counts. Ha! I have always inherently understood how much my body specifically needed beef. I innately always sought to eat beef which is so interesting to me now. I think our bodies truly know what to do if we learn to listen. It has always been something subconscious for me. After reading much information from Dr. Jason Fung and Dr. Robert Lustig on obesity, I truly believed and understood that I had to get my insulin and carbs under control. I attempted the keto diet multiple times but never had much success. It was quite frustrating. Through my exploration of keto and low carb diets, I finally ran across Dr. Shawn Baker and read his book, The Carnivore Diet. I was intrigued. It took me a year before I finally took the plunge and started carnivore. I wish I had started sooner but the timing was right in April 2020, and I was able to be as dedicated as possible to make the proper changes in my diet.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I absolutely love beef and bacon. I dislike vegetables. So the diet didn’t seem like much of a stretch for me. I found Dr. Baker and the research he presented really made sense. Most importantly, I was living with significant pain in my life. For 6 months prior to starting carnivore, I had plantars fasciitis pain in my feet that was getting worse and worse. I struggled getting out of bed in the morning. I had to immediately put on tennis shoes just so I could walk, and my pain was severe. I’m 38 years old with two young children, and I was desperate because of my pain. My quality of life was horrible. I couldn’t even get upstairs easily to take care of my kids when they needed me. It was a wake up call. But I had experienced wake up calls before and been very strict on diets but made very little progress in my past dieting efforts so I was getting hopeless. Desperation is sometimes not enough. I needed desperation, my WHY plus I needed the right HOW! The HOW for me was carnivore! I began carnivore on April 23, 2020. In the midst of a pandemic, I knew I would either sit around and eat or I could take the opportunity to try to come out of the quarantine better than before. I am an optimistic person who truly believes in the mantra “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. And I had done this over and over with multiple failures. I had learned something new with each failure, and I just prayed I was finally on the brink of finally having a success. I knew I owed “one more try” to myself, my children and my husband. I believed there was something different about carnivore, and I had hope for the first time in a long time. I told myself I would be a strict carnivore (plus coffee!) for 60 days with zero deviation from the diet.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

The best advice I decided to heed in the beginning was to “eat meat like it’s your job!”. This was said by Dr. Shawn Baker, and I believe that advice had a lot to do with my early success. For the first 30-60 days, I ate 2-3 meals a day and kept myself very full from eating meat! Always shooting for no less than 1.5 lbs of meat. For the first 6 months, I simply ate exactly what I wanted at any given time. Sometimes that was steak, other times it was fast food burger patties or eggs and bacon or sausage… and I loved every meal. I am now expanding my palate a bit more to maximize nutrients in my diet… not that I was missing anything before. My bloodwork 3 months into carnivore was perfect. I have recently been making chicken liver pate and adding beef liver and beef heart into my ground beef taco or chili bowls to increase the nutrients I consume. I’m also aiming to eat salmon and shellfish once per week and add more egg yolks to my diet. I’m not a big seafood person but I’m starting to enjoy it. I use Redmond’s or Pink Himalayan Salt to salt my food quite a bit. I do not track macros at all but I do try to loosely ballpark the amount of meat I eat, shooting for 1-2 lbs of meat each day. On the days when I only eat OMAD, I do sometimes push myself to eat a bit more than seems natural for me. Just slightly. This doesn’t work for everyone but has worked for me. I usually eat two meals on the day before my 44 hour fast and 2 meals the day following. Most other days, I eat when I get hungry which is normally only once per day around 2pm. I rarely if ever eat before 12 pm or past 5 pm. Again, this is just naturally what my body tells me to do. I aim to be intuitive. These are not hard and fast rules I am working toward, it’s just where my body has landed by being mindful.

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Within 4 days of starting carnivore, my debilitating plantars fasciitis went away completely and hasn’t returned except for the one time I ate some tortilla chips. 🙂 I also had struggled with SI joint pain and knee pain both of which have gone away completely. I have steady moods and feel a peaceful calm in my body. I can easily fast when needed and often choose to fast for about 44-48 hours once per week which equates to about two nights and one full day which is very doable for me and quite beneficial as well especially for weight loss. I didn’t start fasting weekly until about the 4th month of going carnivore. I must be so fat adapted now, it’s very easy. A couple times a day on my fast days, I will get a hunger sensation where I have to have a moment of mindfulness to remind myself that the hunger will pass. It always does, and quite quickly I might add.

When I started carnivore, I was 120 lbs overweight. I have now lost 60 lbs after completing my 6th month of this carnivore way of eating. I have truly taken it one day at a time. I never thought I would be down 60 lbs and feeling so great! Being halfway there, I now have full confidence that I’ll make it all the way. I have no expectations for when I will reach my goal. My goal is ultimate health! I have patience in the process and trust my body. I finally understand how to nourish my body so I know the rest will follow.

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

If I do not eat enough salt and fat, I can get leg cramps. This is very easy for me to avoid though. I use lots of salt and always eat lots of fat! My digestion is perfect. It was definitely a bit of an adjustment at first. That’s why I believe that my decision to go 60 days full strict carnivore with zero deviations (I did include coffee and some dairy) made the difference in my results. By the time I hit 60 days, I was fully adjusted to the diet, my taste buds had changed, my carb addictions were gone and there was no going back!!

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.

Let me be vulnerable for a minute and completely honest. I have two fears regarding exercise. The first fear is that it will hurt. Because it used to cause me pain. It doesn’t anymore but I’m still working toward not being worried about that. The second fear is that it will make me hungry and that hunger will undermine my results and progress. This has actually happened quite a bit in the past. My hunger increases considerably when I exercise so I am giving myself some time to continue the weight loss without stressing over starting a serious exercise routine. I enjoy exercise, specifically strength training (in the past I’ve even done crossfit and olympic lifting) and hope to get back into exercising as more of a routine soon. Schools and gyms being closed has put a damper on things as well. But for now, I focus on being active with my kids. I am a homemaker so I rarely if ever sit down. I am always doing something. I now have the ability to go on bike rides with my kids, run to the park with them, etc. While we are at the park or anytime around the house, I will do little calisthenics exercises here and there. I take the stairs a lot. I keep moving! I exercise in the garage with my very fit husband on the weekends! I look forward to growing in my fitness in the next year! 🙂

For anyone who is curious, I was not a fat kid or adolescent. I was always the tallest girl in my group of friends at 5′ 6″ and weighed more than my 5′ 2″ friends and always a bit more curvy so I thought I was fat but wow, I was not at all. I went to cheerleading practice at 2pm on school days which included strenuous conditioning and stretching, then home for dinner and headed to tumbling/gymnastics or dance. After that, I would then go walking, running or to the gym to lift weights with friends. I was super active in a fun social way without really even trying or being conscious of it. The activities I did were fun to me. Then when college hit and all of that went away, I quickly gained weight. After college, my desk job and following the horrible eating habits of corporate America, caused weight gain. I thought I was just doing what was normal and what everyone else did. Staying up late, getting sugary coffees on the way to work and having big lunches out to get a break from work. Turns out that going against the grain and being different and thinking for myself has been one of my main keys to success now. Next came pregnancies and little knowledge on my part on how to lose weight after baby. I ended up 120 lbs overweight after my 2nd baby.

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

I always say this diet is not for everyone. I think there actually needs to be a bit of desperation and a solid understanding of WHY. That’s not to say it can’t be an incredibly enjoyable experience following this way of eating. My husband certainly wasn’t desperate in any way — he was already healthy and fit. But after watching my success, he quickly became mostly carnivore because he wants the best health possible and he sees now that comes by eating mostly meat but he varies his diet a bit more than me. I don’t have a choice. If I deviate from carnivore, I wake up in pain. I’m actually quite thankful for that because it keeps me consistent. This is not the diet for those people wanting to lose weight before an event and then go back to “normal” eating. This is a new way of life and mindset. This is the proper human diet (thanks Dr. Ken Berry!) that will heal your body from the inside out and give you a quality of life that is almost unimaginable. But you have to wake up every day and be different from everyone else. I have had multiple friends worry about me not eating vegetables. When I tell them my pain is gone and my bloodwork is perfect (my triglycerides went from 235 to 105 within 3 months of starting carnivore and my C-reactive protein is 0.5; HbA1c is 4.7% and fasted glucose is 89), it’s almost as if they don’t care because they simply cannot imagine avoiding vegetables. They think I must be on the verge of a major depletion of nutrients despite my explaining to them that liver is the new kale. 🙂

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.

I don’t think enough people are okay with being different and thinking for themselves. This diet requires it. Between that and the incredible about of power that Big Food and Big Pharma have on the mainstream media and within the government, I have every reason to believe that red meat will continue to be more and more vilified. I am optimistic though and think that sharing our individual stories is powerful so thank you for allowing me to share mine! 🙂

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.

The carnivore way of eating has given me LIFE CHANGING FREEDOM!! Freedom from pain, freedom from dieting, freedom from worrying about my weight, freedom from shame and humiliation from trying another diet that didn’t work, freedom from overeating, freedom from obsessing over my next meal. It’s also given me simplicity. An easier life. A happier life. I just wake up every day and eat fatty meat when I’m hungry. Each month with very little effort and eating lots of amazing food (1-2 lbs of meat per day), I lose 8-12 lbs per month. It’s effortless, It’s enjoyable. I have no more issues with joint pain or foot pain. I feel incredible. I have not felt deprived even once. My life is changed in every way for the better! I am celebrating so many wins. I believe in this way of life. I am never going back.  My instagram is @beefandbacongirl which I created in order to take part in the amazingly supportive and uplifting carnivore community. I do not edit my pictures or try to make my pictures look pretty and perfect. I just try to show a raw, real example of what living a carnivore lifestyle can do for a regular girl like me and make some meat-eating friends along the way! Thanks for letting me share my story here!

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The Wall Ultra 2021 – Training Week 14

The Wall is an Ultramarathon. 69 miles from Carlisle to Gateshead, UK.

Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

Week 14

Without thinking to much about what I have done this week, I would have said I hadn’t done much because of The Wife haha. We train together you see, but she has had a niggle in the butt (snigger snigger) which got worse this week. However, we are doing the Virtual RUNLEJOG challenge and there is only a month to go, so she cant not walk or run. Therefore, we switched to walking for the most but I got some runs in on top of that.

All said and done I still got in 25 miles of running, and around 25 miles of walking too. So, actually it was a pretty active week all in all.

Monday

First test of my new headtorch, it was pretty funny actually running in the woods with The Wife. I am pretty happy with the lumen of the torch, did not fit great on my head though. I was stuck between using my cap on or off. Both had their pros and cons. This was the last run The Wife did this week.

Thursday

Just another usual 4 mile ish after work run. These are my mid week standards, especially during the winter. I just stuck to the town paths this time around though, so no headtorch needed.

Saturday

This 17 miler is a really easy trail loop from my home town. I used to do this loop a lot when training for my Bournemouth and Loch Ness Marathons. But I am used to running it with The Wife now. So running it again by myself was a little unusual. So I just stuck a Hardcore History Podcast on about Alexander the Great’s mother, and got the miles done.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with David

Interview with David

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is David Zamoider

2) How did you eat before Carnivore.

I ate whatever I felt like for years, with various dalliances in low carb, including 2 years off and on just before I tried carnivore. 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

Keto wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. It was too easy to overindulge in keto foods under the guise of low net carbs. 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

I started by eating just meat when I was hungry, and incorporating fasts of various lengths, as a way to test myself. I had decided at the beginning I would be the John Wick of carnivore, a man of sheer focus and force of will, and that I wouldn’t cheat and I wouldn’t quit. As I progressed I discovered how effective OMAD was for me, and that is where I have been for the last several months, the majority of my time as a carnivore. I eat meat, fat salt and water, but I don’t discriminate on the type of meat, I eat anything that sounds good, steak, burgers, chicken, pork, bacon, lamb, goat, and organ meats to name a few. I use exclusively Redmonds kosher salt. 

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

In 10 months I have lost almost 140 lbs, reversed a number of inflammatory conditions including Hidradenitis Suppurativa, and vastly improved my mental health. 

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

I have found no negatives. I eat as much as I want til I’m full. I rarely miss sweets or carbs, when I do I drink water and move on. I don’t feel restricted at all, the only semi difficulty is getting enough food when out to eat with family or friends at restaurants, most places load food with sugar or carbs or fry them in veggie oil. 

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.

I did not at the beginning. Covid was part of that, but when the gyms opened here in June my wife and I signed up, and my health improved even further and now I’m in the gym 7 days a week. 

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

Give it a try, what do you have to lose? You have to go into it with an open mind, and fully commit. It will not work for you if you half ass it. 

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.

I believe if research can be done, it will become more accepted, it’s a ways away, but it’s possible. 

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.

There is no one size fits all approach to eating. You have to find what works for you and run with it. Strip yourself down to just meat and water and after a few months add things back in one at a time and see how your body responds and adjust accordingly. No one has your body but you. You can follow me on Instagram at @cursingcarnivore

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Contemporary Carnivore Diet

The Carnivore Diet and Fat Loss: 8 Ways in which it accelerates Weight Loss

Are you sick and tired of Yo-Yo Dieting? Then try something new.

You’re not overweight because you’re lazy. You’re not overweight because you were cursed with bad genes.

New science shows that you’re overweight because junk science and junk food have messed up your natural hormonal mechanisms. 

Weight loss all comes down to two things…and the carnivore diet might be a great way to tackle both.

Many people on the carnivore diet are eating steaks to satiation and effortlessly burning body fat. 

And the most shocking part is that people are losing 50-100lbs WITHOUT EXERCISE

How is this possible?

Quick Summary: Why You Gain Weight

There are two predominant theories on why you gain weight.

(1) Calories in, Calories out (CICO for short)

(2) Hormonal theory of obesity.

The caloric theory of obesity is not the correct way to think about weight loss. It’s a tool made for train engines, and pushed by processed food companies. It allows processed food companies to absolve themselves of any responsibility when you gain weight.

Instead of people realizing it’s their junk making you gain weight, you think it’s because you’re lazy and don’t exercise enough.

CICO is faker than imitation meat.

The hormonal theory of obesity is a much better explanation of why you gain weight. 

It’s Hormones, Not the Calories

New evidence shows that weight gain is primarily hormonal. Similar to your heart beat, your body fat % is not under conscious control. It’s more tightly regulated than Fort Knox. 

Why? During evolution, if you were too fat you wouldn’t be able to hunt and you’d die. On the other hand, if you were too skinny you wouldn’t be able to survive a few days without food.

If you gain weight, it’s because you disrupted the innate mechanisms that regulate this process. Let me briefly touch on why.

Chronic Hyperinsulinemia Torches This Mechanism

This is where the turf wars begin over what foods to eat. What do you eat to control weight gain?

Here’s a claim that may be shocking to you: I don’t think carbs necessarily cause weight gain. Persistently high levels of insulin do.

Carbohydrates alone are not the devil. Neither is any one macronutrient. 

In fact, there are a number of very healthy societies that subsist on high carbohydrate diets, like the Kitavans. And it’s possible to feed someone a diet of pure sugar where they do not gain weight.

The same goes for high fat consumption and societies like the Inuit and Maasai. Neither high fat diets nor high carb diets necessarily cause weight gain. 

The real enemy is persistently high insulin levels. 

Chronic Hyperinsulinemia Causes Weight Gain

Insulin is necessary for survival. But persistently high levels of insulin is a recipe for disaster.

Why?

When insulin is released, it shuts off all fat burning. This is normal. Insulin signals that you’ve taken in energy and puts it into the cells that need it. It doesn’t make sense to both create fat and burn fat at the same time, so when insulin levels are high, you don’t burn any fat

However, issues arise when insulin levels are persistently high. If insulin is always elevated, you can never burn the fat that insulin pushed into storage. Therefore, every time you eat you end up dumping more and more energy into your system that you don’t actually need.

Remember, body fat isn’t just a fashion statement. It serves a purpose. During evolution when we didn’t constantly have an IV drip of food all day long, we needed to store food for times of famine. Insulin is what regulates this process. 

When insulin levels are high, you’re in what’s called the fed state — using ingested food for energy. When insulin is low, it signals that food is scarce and you should mobilize your body fat for energy. 

But unfortunately, most people today are always in the fed state, preparing for winter and never burning body fat for energy.†suga

In fact, if you want to make people fat, the easiest way is to inject them with insulin. This study showed that Type 1 diabetes patients who received a higher dose of insulin gained 10 pounds more than participants who received a regular dose . 

The proof is in the (carb) pudding. If your insulin levels are constantly high, you will gain weight. 

Over time, your fat cells become less sensitive to insulin and require more insulin to open their doors and let energy in. Chronic hyperinsulinemia leads to more chronic hyperinsulinemia. It’s a vicious circle that ultimately leaves your endocrine system looking like Chernobyl. 

High insulin levels lock body fat into storage and prevent you from ever burning it. 

Leptin Resistance

When insulin is persistently elevated, fat cells become overstuffed with energy. In response, they secrete leptin which tells you to stop eating. But if leptin is persistently high, its efficacy will decrease over time. Ultimately, you approach a stage of leptin resistance.  

Now strap in for the roller coaster. This habit of constantly eating insulinogenic foods creates persistent hyperinsulinemia and an ineffective leptin response.  

Leptin is like a stop sign. Because it no longer works, this makes you even hungrier for the same foods that destroyed your health in the first place. 

I describe this process more here.

Therefore, any diet that increases your insulin levels persistently will lead to weight gain. And the best way to reverse the weight gain is to lower your insulin levels. The carnivore diet is the best way.

8 Reasons Why the Carnivore Diet May Accelerate Weight Loss

Weight loss comes down to two things. What to eat and when to eat. A properly formulated carnivore diet might be a great way to tackle both.

#1 The Carnivore Diet May Reduce Insulin Levels

In my opinion, the best step to reduce insulin levels is to cut the foods that significantly spike it. It seems obvious, but given mainstream nutrition is like an ostrich with its head in the sand. It’s not yet common practice. 

For most of evolution the foods we were eating did not raise insulin much at all. Everything on Mt. Rushmore of the glycemic index is a new addition to your diet: grains, cereals, sugars and starches.

A properly formulated carnivore diet is the least insulinogenic diet in the world that’s nutritionally complete. Protein and fat do increase insulin. But the impact is negligible compared to the response to carbohydrates.

However, as Ben Bikman shows below, in the context of a low carb diet, protein does not raise insulin levels. 

Ultimately, the first simple step of lowering high glycemic foods, will dramatically reduce your hyperinsulinemia. Virta health has shown that when people with Type 2 Diabetes are put on a keto diet, almost 100% of them decrease or eliminate their insulin dosage.

The Reduction of Insulin Burns Body Fat as Fuel

When insulin falls, you’ll start to use your body fat as fuel instead of the sugar in your diet. Because, as described above, low insulin puts you in the fasted state. And the fasted state signals that it’s time to eat your body fat for fuel. 

This is a big reason why low carb diets are powerful for weight loss.

The low insulin signals to your body that it should use body fat as fuel. 

A weight loss study called “A to Z” examined this relationship. 311 participants were randomized into four dietary groups. Subjects who ate according to the Atkins diet, which is a low carb diet, lost around twice the weight of any of the other higher carbohydrate groups.

An analysis of 13 randomized controlled ketogenic diet studies came to a similar conclusion: that restricting carbohydrates increases weight loss.

The carnivore diet helps to lower your insulin levels and increase how much body fat you burn.

#2 Ketosis Increases Your Metabolism

Instead of fighting your body, the keto diet is the best way to work with it. 

One of the other main benefits of going low carb is that your metabolism actually increases. (This is another reason why approaching weight loss from the CICO perspective is so backwards.)

The calories you burn on a daily basis is not constant. Your metabolic rate fluctuates based on what you eat. And when you’re in ketosis, your metabolic rate increases. 

How? Your body upregulates something called mitochondrial uncoupling and creates brown fat. Brown fat wastes energy as heat, burning more energy than you require for normal use.

It’s like a cheat code.

This study showed that participants on a low carb keto diet actually burned 300 calories more per day at rest. That’s like jogging for 30 minutes, just because you reduce carbohydrates.

This gives you more wiggle room in your caloric intake and allows you to eat to satiation and still lose weight. This is a big reason why people on the carnivore diet have lost 50% pounds without exercise.

Insulin has the opposite effect, shutting off fat burning. This study showed that Type 1 Diabetics had a faster metabolic rate when they went off insulin “>*].

#3 Carnivore Diet Can Reset Hunger Mechanisms and Improves Satiety

As discussed extensively, controlling hunger is one of the most important aspects of weight loss. The carnivore diet is able to reduce your incessant hunger and improve satiation through several mechanisms.

Fat and Protein Satiation

The carnivore diet is high in fat and protein, which are the two most satiating macronutrients. As discussed below, humans have a strong protein drive and will eat more calories than necessary if they don’t get enough protein. Protein also releases peptide YY which signals that you’re full. Fat is also highly satiating from the CCK release in your gut. 

Many people report that when they up their fat on the carnivore diet, their overall caloric consumption drops substantially. 

May Reverse Leptin Resistance

Additionally, by reducing insulin levels you may be able to reverse your leptin resistance. Leptin is a satiation hormone, and obese people are uniformly resistant to its action because it’s persistently high. 

The carnivore diet will help to increase the Leptin signal. According to Virta Health, the brain’s response to leptin goes way up on keto . 

Ketones Improve Hunger

This study showed that a Ketone Ester lowered ghrelin, the hunger hormone . One explanation is that beta hydroxybutyrate — the main ketone — is a very efficient fuel. When levels are elevated, you need less exogenous fuel to power your metabolism. 

The carnivore diet will lead to elevated ketone levels as you switch your metabolism to fat powered. 

High Nutrient Density

The carnivore diet is the most nutrient dense diet in the world. It has every nutrient you need in their most optimal ratios and without the antinutrients and inflammatory factors from plants.

One reason people are hungry all the time is because they’re nutrient deficient. Most people are extremely deficient in vitamins. Some common ones are below:Vitamin D: 77% of American’s are deficient in Vitamin D

  • Vitamin B12: 3% of adults over 50 have extremely low vitamin D levels. 20% have borderline deficiencies. . Amongst Vegan’s and Vegetarians vitamin b12 deficiency is much more common
  • Vitamin A: Vitamin A is only found in sufficient amounts that your body can absorb in animal products. It’s likely that if you’re not eating enough animal products, you’re deficient. Deficiencies amongst children and women are the most common. Approximately 127 million preschool-aged children and 7 million pregnant women are vitamin A deficient.
  • Iron: 25% of the world is deficient in iron . Anaemia is even more common amongst vegan
  • Calcium: Over 20% of moen and 10% of women over 50 are deficient in calcium
  • Zinc: 1.1 billion people are deficient worldwide

When I eat liver, I find that I’m less hungry because of how many nutrients it provides

Low Glycemic

The carnivore diet is also low glycemic. Carbohydrates have been shown to decrease hunger initially, but increase it more later on. 

This is referred to as biphasic hunger.

Think about bread at a meal. Every wonder why restaurants always serve it to you at the beginning? Does it ever really fill you up? No. Most people turn into a bottomless pit, deeper than the Grand Canyon when they start eating bread. 

The carnivore diet is a shock to you system that resets your broken satiety. 

Whereas the SAD weight gaining diet puts you on a treadmill of constant hunger.

#4: The Carnivore Diet is Low in Omega 6 LA

One of the most disastrous recommendations from the USDA and AHA was to increase seed oil content. This flooded people with inflammatory, unstable and toxic omega 6 fatty acids. 

Recent studies have shown that exposing mice to a high omega 6 diet results in the accumulation of body fat across generations. This study showed that each generation that consumed omega 6s became fatter than the previous.

HNE, a byproduct of excessive omega 6 consumption, triggers fat accumulation by altering fat tissues. 

Omega 6 fatty acids also suppress fat oxidation . Add them to the list of foods that raise insulin. This study showed that seed oils increase insulin concentrations in rodents

Seed oils, which are part of the Mt. Rushmore of foods on the western diet that lead to weight gain. 

#5: High in Protein & the Protein Leverage Hypothesis

Humans have a protein drive. But protein has been massively diluted in our diets because it is one of the most expensive inputs. Carbohydrates and fats (largely from seed oils) have been dumped into our diets over the last 30 years, but protein has not increased. 

Now, over 40% of Americans don’t get enough protein . It’s fallen to 10% or less of calories.

But, without knowing it, humans search for 15%+ protein intake. When we lower it, even just slightly, our body massively overcompensates with lower satiation and increased carbohydrate and fat  intake. This study showed just a 1% decrease in protein led to 14% increase in CHO + Fat intake

One of the fastest ways to lose weight: Increase protein

This study showed that a 5% increase in protein led to a 3 TIMES decrease in fat mass

#6 Glucagon to Insulin Ratio

The carnivore diet increases your glucagon to insulin ratio, which can help burn more body fat. 

As I constantly preach, obesity is a hormonal disease not a caloric one. The two major hormones that regulate body fat storage and mobilization are Insulin and Glucagon. The two are antagonistic …like Carnivore Aurelius and the Vegans.

Insulin tells your body to store away nutrients. Glucagon signals to your body to mobilize them out of storage for energy. When the glucagon : insulin ratio is high, you burn your body fat and enter ketogenesis.

Protein increases both insulin and glucagon. Whereas fat is the only macronutrient that only increases glucagon. Remember, to burn more body fat you want to increase the glucagon to insulin ratio. The more fat you eat, the higher this goes. 

If you’re already metabolically unhealthy, this is especially pertinent. Your fasting insulin is likely abnormally high, so your body most likely releases even more insulin in response to protein than what’s normal. 

If you want to learn more about insulin and glucagon, watch this great presentation by Dr. Ben Bikman

#7: Fasting Can Help Burn Fat 

We covered what to eat. What about when to eat? 

Fasting is one of the most effortless ways to eviscerate body fat. 

You can only get energy from two sources: Food or body fat. But you can’t get energy from both at the same time. When you’re getting energy from food, this is called the fed state. When you’re getting your energy from body fat, this is called the fasted state. Insulin regulates this process.

When you eat insulin levels increase, which signals to your cells to suck in energy from your bloodstream. And when you sleep, insulin falls, telling your body to use stored energy to run your vital organs. This is why you don’t die when you sleep. 

But most people are eating all day, and not giving their bodies enough time to lower insulin levels and burn body fat. In fact, it takes ~12 hours to lower insulin far enough to actually burn body fat. But instead, most people shut this natural process off by eating a high carb meal first thing in the morning.

Insulin shuts off all body fat burning, so all the fat you eat goes straight to storage, instead of being used for energy. 

In a fasted state, you can finally unlock your body fat as fuel. This was a vital mechanism for survival when we didn’t have constant access to food. But most people have trained their bodies to lose this mechanism. If you don’t use it you lose it. 

In this study, participants were encouraged to intermittent fast for 18-20 hours. They were allowed to eat whatever they chose. After just two weeks, the mean fat loss was 3lbs . 6/10 stated they’d continue fasting after the study.

Additionally, fasting triggers epigenetic changes in your body that promote more fat burning. This study showed that fasting increased UCP3 gene expression by 5x at 15 hours of fasting This gene is responsible for fat burning in muscle cells. 

My favorite way of eating is one meal a day

#8 The Carnivore Diet Allows You To Eat Until You’re Full…No More Fighting Hunger

The carnivore diet doesn’t fight your hunger mechanism. It works with it.

What do I mean? 

Well the assumption with most weight loss is that your caloric expenditure remains constant. Thus, if you lower your caloric intake, you’ll lose weight.

Yes, it’s true that caloric intake needs to be below caloric expenditure to lose weight. However, attacking weight loss from this perspective by simply reducing calories will lead to disaster.

Why? Our body’s are too smart to fool them with calories alone. 

If you cut calories but do not reduce your insulin levels, you can’t burn your stored body fat for fuel. One of two things will happen as a result. Either you’ll get so hungry that you’ll increase your intake back to baseline. Or your basal metabolic rate will slow down and meet the lower caloric expenditure.  

What happens next is something we’re all too familiar with. Jason Fung puts it well:  

“Weight plateaus, and you feel like crap, because you are used to burning 2000 calories and now are only burning 1500. So you are generating less body heat (feel cold) and are more tired”  

Without cutting carbohydrates sufficiently, you can’t actually burn any fat. Your body fat is frozen in place by the insulin.  

Instead, however, if you tackle the elevated insulin levels first, you’ll be able to utilize your body fat to make up for the caloric difference.  

When you drop your calorie intake to 1500, you can still burn 2000 a day, and the remaining 500 will come from stored body fat.

Why do you think nobody loses weight on their diets? Because when you fight your innate mechanisms, THEY WILL WIN. It’s almost like trying to slow your heart beat. You can’t win over the long run. 

Whereas if you leverage your innate mechanisms to bring you back to body fat homeostasis, fat will melt off your body. 

Conclusion

The real Bigger Loser TV show needs to be remade. It shouldn’t follow people as they starve themselves eating like rabbits and running on the treadmill for 5 hours a day.

They’d… Eat meat. Drink water. And fast.

It’s as simple as that.

Don’t believe me? Try it yourself and you may be surprised. 

This  article was originally published at www.carnivoreaurelius.com.

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Ruibo

Interview with Ruibo

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Ruibo and I am New York City based actor and artist. I’m deeply passionate about nutrition, biohacking, and mental and spiritual wellness. 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore

I have celiac and had been gluten free for about a decade. Apart from that, I’d tried about every way of eating and supplementation out there in an attempt to hack my way to relief from lifelong depression, anxiety, and ADHD. From paleo to primal to plant-based and raw vegan, even a brief stupid stint as a fruitarian, I seriously tried it all. Right before I went full carnivore, I had been experimenting again with vegan/plant based, to my detriment.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with.

I’ve always believed in the power of nutrition, biohacking, and energy healing for optimal health. In 2010 I successfully weaned myself off a cocktail of pharmaceutical antidepressants and anxiolytics and transitioned to a Paleo/Primal diet which sustained me for a number of years. Around 2016/17 I started to experience a whole slew of troubling new health issues. In the end it was a cocktail of gut permeability, autoimmune issues, hormonal imbalance, adrenal fatigue, and a growing list of food intolerances that sent me down a major decline that impacted not only my body but also my mental health in a really severe way. I was exhausted, suicidal, battling agoraphobia, and experiencing recurrent debilitating panic attacks all of which is nightmare fuel for anyone, but as a performer it felt insurmountable and potentially career-killing.

I was too afraid and embarrassed to reach out to anyone for help, terrified it would affect my work or that I’d be shunned, perceived as weak, or make myself a burden, so I essentially isolated and did my best to push through and maintain a facade of put-togetherness. Of course that approach never pans out well. From the outside I think it just seemed like I was volatile or erratic, standoffish, rude, insensitive. It was a spiral for me, the desire to be healthy, to connect with others, the fear of being misunderstood or perceived a certain way, my own perfectionism in my work and the ensuing anxiety, all made me feel powerless to stop any of it. Self loathing was at an all time high. 

Long story short, eventually the stress caused my entire body to give out and I spent all of my (few) waking hours in bed researching how to “fix” myself. I had come across Carnivore years prior and at the time it felt too extreme, but at the end of my rope I did my research and finally decided I really had nothing to lose. 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet.

Nose to tail. Organs and ruminant meat are the backbone of my diet, 50/50 raw to cooked. Pork and seafood a few times a week, poultry only on occasion; though I enjoy it, I don’t find it as satiating. Suet, tallow, lard, and butter liberally. Coffee, mostly decaf these days. I’m (tragically) allergic to both egg whites and yolks and intolerant to dairy, but working on a gut healing protocol and hope to reintroduce in the future. Limited supplementation to assist with methylation issues for now. 

Most days I naturally fast 20:4 unless I’m on my cycle, in which case it’s pretty no holds barred. Filtered electrolyte water all day. And plenty of sea salt. 

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet.

Countless, the most prominent being mental clarity and the lifting of depression and anxiety. It cannot be overstated, it truly saved my life. Most miraculously, the immediate effects were apparent within 10 days. 

Other benefits include improved hormonal balance and cycle regulation, massively improved gut function  (I’d always half-believed bloating and stomach pain were normal after eating), improved blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, and improvement in body composition, strength, skin tone and texture. Chronic fatigue is gone, fibroid symptoms are gone, back pain is gone. I’m remembering what real joy feels like for the first time in many many years; this is probably the closest to “normal” I’ve ever felt in my adult life, like I finally understand how humans are meant to feel. 

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet.

Really the negatives are so minor for everything I’ve gained. If I had to name my two, they’d be 1) I’m a foodie and I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen, so I’ve had to shift my way of thinking about food and cooking. 2) Explaining or defending the how and why to others can sometimes be uncomfortable.

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do.

Yeah, I don’t have a set routine. I rotate between yoga, kettlebells, and bodyweight workouts depending on what my body feels like doing. 

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet.

Give yourself one month, and assess how you feel. There’s really nothing to lose. Beyond that, read and watch as much as you can from veterans and resources like Judy Cho, Paul Saladino, Shawn Baker, Ken Berry, etc. Join the forums, ask lots of questions, reach out for support, soak up the success stories! That’s what finally got me on board, diving into the research and science and overcoming any negatively planted beliefs about “fad diets” and trends.

When I first came across this concept years back, there weren’t as many prominent resources available which made the whole undertaking seem extreme and unwise. But the more I read and understood about human physiology and the more I learned about how my own individual genetic makeup and polymorphisms affect my nutrient absorption, gut microbiome, and overall health, the more this approach quickly became the only viable approach for me.

That said, if you’re not as skeptical as I am, it can really all just be as simple as eat meat, drink water.

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet.

I do think it’s possible. As more people lean toward an ancestral and holistic approach to health and share their experiences of dramatic improvement (in all the myriad ways this diet offers), I think it will be inevitable that others follow suit. But right now it really is a lead-by-example undertaking. It’s going to take people individually doing their own research and releasing themselves from dietary dogma, but I think (hope) we’re heading there.  

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you.

In the end I think we have to remember that we’re all bio individual, and even within Carnivore there are a lot of different approaches. It’s all about figuring out what works best for you, and being aware that your trajectory and specific diet will not (and should not) look like anyone else’s. So while I do encourage soaking in as much as you can, remember that progress is all going to depend on what needs healing within you, and as you learn to listen to your body, you’ll figure out how to tailor your diet to your individual goals.

My Instagram is @carnivaura. I hope this encourages others to share their experience, and to reach out to me or someone else if they need support. Mental health concerns can be incredibly isolating, particularly if you’re someone who others expect or demand to be in a state of “on”. I never want anyone to go through what I went through, and I want to spread the message that we are not alone, and there can really and truly be relief. 

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The Wall Ultra – Training week 13

The Wall is an Ultramarathon. 69 miles from Carlisle to Gateshead, UK. Race is June 2021.

The training continues.

Training Week 13

Whoop whoop my virtual London Marathon t-shirt and medal have finally arrived. The medal is massive, the bigger the better in my eyes. Love it.

My calf was a little sore after my run last Sunday. So I decided to take advantage of the fact this was the last week before the clocks went forward, meaning I had a bit of time after work before it got dark. So got 3 rides in during the week.

I could have ran by Wednesday or Thursday, but riding instead of running was definitely the sensible thing to do. As it meant I was ship shape for my weekend long run on Saturday.

I woke up a bit beat up on Sunday, just felt sore all over. Luckily we already planned to get a bit of active recovery in. We went for a 4 mile walk around Allen Banks which is part of the National Trust, UK. It is a hilly river walk, and a perfect place for a camp stove coffee. The Princesses got pitted, and were raging that we had to bath them when we got back. They were also raging because they presumed we fed them a hour late!

The more I walked the more my joints were oiled, and I will wake up feeling better on Monday than if I had done nothing today.

My new head torch arrived a couple of days ago, so all ready for some winter running, I could probably do with a windproof jacket and trousers, but that might have to wait for a month or so. As I have realised some brands are expensive for a reason… aka they produce good stuff that lasts. So I have stopped trying to get stuff on the cheap.

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Meat Up: 1 year later with Dan

Meat Up with Dan

1) How would you currently describe your current way of eating. 

I am still eating a mostly carnivore diet. Ruminant meat (probably over 90% beef), water and salt. I have started introducing a few foods very slowly. Pickled onions, a few herbs, and mushrooms so far haven’t caused much of a reaction that I have noticed. 

2) What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.

I think the biggest thing I have learned, or which I have come to believe, is that meat is the most species appropriate food for humans. I think this is due to our digestive systems having stomachs with strong stomach acid that is hostile to microbes that break down and extract nutrition from plants. I have also learned that most of the accepted mainstream nutritional advice is completely useless and seems to be driven more by religious beliefs, subsidies and corporate profits margins than evidence-based research.  

3) What health & Fitness improvements, and/or setbacks have you experienced in the last year. 

I have had a few minor flare ups when trying to introduce a few things. At which point I must scale back and go back to a more basic beef diet. I have also had some persisting joint issues that somewhat inhibits my ability to exercise but it has been getting progressively better.  

4) What are your health and fitness goals in the year ahead.

I would like to get into gymnastics. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle all recommended a well-rounded, full education comprising both music and gymnastics. I already have a strong music practice but feel like I should balance it out with a gymnastics practice since I already enjoy bodyweight exercises and would like to develop strength among every muscle group to increase strength and flexibility. 

5) Anything else to add? and where can people follow your journey?

 You can follow me on instagram @itchy.dan twitter @itchy_dan and on YouTube https://youtube.com/channel/UCpNLVgboDzHOc_1PJ0vk6-g

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Psoriasis Diet: 8 Ways to Take on Psoriasis from the Inside

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Millions of people suffer worldwide from psoriasis. Many more suffer from related skin issues.

I was one of them.

The medical industry did not help me. But some of these tactics did.

Forget about expensive creams and lotions. How much sense would it make to water the leaves of a dying tree? Not much, right? The solution is going underground and taking care of the roots.

Read on to learn more about some of the tactics I used to help my skin issues

Autoimmunity 101

The cutting edge of psoriasis research is focused on tying it to autoimmunity.

Experts estimate there are 80-100+ different types of autoimmune disease (*), and psoriasis is one of the most common. Autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system is hyperactive and starts to attack tissues and organs of the body. In the case of psoriasis, the immune system is attacking the skin and can sometimes progress to attacking the joints as well; this is known as psoriatic arthritis.

Research shows that poor gut health is associated with psoriasis. And this makes sense since the gut is essentially the mothership of the immune system. A chaotic and confused immune system can be tamed by taking care of the gut.

Chronic inflammation is also a hallmark of psoriasis and other autoimmune conditions. Acute inflammation is a protective response of the immune system that can be lifesaving in a car accident or traumatic injury but when chronically activated it can lead to more disease and increase risk of death.

Our daily habits heavily influence both our gut health and inflammation. Taking control of diet, sleep habits, exercise and stress management are the best way to heal the root cause of psoriasis.

Symptoms and Sub-Types of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an umbrella term that encompasses several types of autoimmune disease. Symptoms of psoriasis can vary based on the type and may include:

  • Reddish patches of skin covered with painful and itchy scales.
  • Dandruff
  • Nail fungus and detached nails
  • Discolored, dry, cracking skin
  • Emotional distress, anxiety

There are several different subtypes of psoriasis:

  • Plaque psoriasis: The most common type and typically manifests as patches on the elbows, knees and scalp. Nails may become thick and separate from their nail beds.
  • Inverse psoriasis. A type of plaque psoriasis that affects skin creases such as those around the groin, under arms and/or under the breast. The patches may appear moist rather than scaling.
  • Guttate psoriasis. This type causes small red papules to form all over the body. This is the second most common type of psoriasis and is more likely to start in childhood or adolescence. Guttate psoriasis can often develop after a strep throat infection.
  • Pustular psoriasis. This type of psoriasis has a unique feature of small white pustules that commonly appear on hands and feet but can also appear all over the body (generalized pustular psoriasis).
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis: This is the least common type of psoriasis and results in red, peeling, itchy, and burning rash covering the entire body.

What Causes Psoriasis?

So back to the root cause discussion. There are several causative factors for psoriasis and all contribute to an overactive and confused immune system:

  • Gut health (leaky gut, dysbiosis). Sounds crazy, right? A 2008 study found that individuals with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) were ten times more likely to have a skin condition like psoriasis than those with normal gut bacteria.
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Your genes. A note about genes, sometimes people resign themselves to the fact that their genes predict their health destiny. This could not be further from the truth. Your lifestyle can turn on and turn off specific genes.
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • High-stress levels

Enough of the WHAT and WHY, let’s get to the HOW you can start healing today. Because, let’s face it, that’s why you are here.

Psoriasis Diet: 7 Things to Try for Psoriasis

Before going further, I’d first like to underscore that this is not medical advice. These are things that I’ve tried and that have some circumstantial evidence in the literature for why they may work. This is all based on my reading of the loose evidence.

(Yes a porcelain statue, can read).

Psoriasis isn’t a skin problem. It’s a whole-body problem. Skin is the canary in the coal mine, so to speak – an indicator that something is going on at a deeper level. Skin replaces itself every 6-8 weeks, which means you have an opportunity to replace the skin you have with radiant, healthy skin every two months.

Now, things don’t get rosy overnight but, start today by taking care of your gut, calming inflammation and feeding your skin what it needs, and before long, you’ll see an improvement worth all your efforts. 

#1 Remove sugar

Dude, are you still eating sugar??? Sugar is more addictive than cocaine and literally makes you fat, sick and tired. Eliminate sugar and other inflammatory foods like processed, packaged junk food, soda, industrial oils, fruit juice, deep-fried foods, etc.) for literally an immediate improvement.

Not sure what constitutes an industrial oil or processed food? Industrial oils like soybean, corn and cottonseed oil are high in inflammatory omega six fatty acids and are found in most foods in the grocery store. Salad dressing? Check. Granola bars? Check. Mayonnaise? Check. Crackers? Check. You get the idea. Obviously, I’m not here to promote granola bars and crackers, and while you’re at it – avoid everything else in the center of the grocery store. Its all junk.

Processed food usually comes in a box, can or bag has more than three ingredients and would be unrecognizable to our great grandparents as food. Think of breakfast bars and cereals, wraps, pop tarts, twinkies, goldfish crackers, etc.

#2 Increase Omega 3 Fats

Think of omega three fats as the opposite of omega six fats. Omega 3’s calm inflammation and soothe skin. Where can you find them? Great sources include wild fatty fish like salmon, sardines, trout and cod, the fat of grass-fed animals like cows, eggs of pasture-raised chickens as well as butter and ghee from grass fed cows. If you can incorporate some items on this list regularly throughout the week, you’ll get a nice dose of omega 3s.

It’s worth noting, if you follow these steps in order and increase your omega three intake and decrease your omega six intake you will gain an even better advantage.

#3 Eat Protein

The skin needs protein to rebuild itself after damage. Protein is, in fact, a building block of all of the body’s tissues. As psoriasis affects the skin more than any other organ, sufficient good quality protein is essential. Not only does protein help the skin repair but it also helps the lining of the digestive tract repair.

For both skin healing and gut healing benefits include muscle meats like steak and fish, gelatin (hydrolyzed collagen), and bone broth.

#4 Boost Skin Repairing Vitamins and Minerals 

Vitamin A has many important functions but its role in producing healthy skin is paramount for individuals with psoriasis, a disease that literally attacks skin. Vitamin A protects and repairs the skin through a variety of mechanisms including:

  • Production of new skin cells
  • Promoting collagen production
  • Preventing sun damage
  • Supports oil glands around hair follicles 

So where can you stock up on vitamin A? I’ll give you a hint, you don’t need to down supplements to get what you need.

Humans and animals make retinoids, the active form of vitamin A, and also store it in the liver and fat, making animal liver and animal fats the best sources. Beef liver, for example, is the world’s best natural source of retinol vitamin A in the world. Just 100g of beef liver contains over 15,000 IU of Vitamin A.  

Beside liver, foods that naturally contain the highest amounts of vitamin A are those that are meant to sustain young animals through development like milk and eggs. The highest natural sources of retinoids include:

  • Liver
  • Cod liver oil
  • Butter
  • Whole milk
  • Egg yolks

 In addition to vitamin A, the mineral selenium is connected with skin health and psoriasis in particular. Selenium is an essential nutrient that functions as an antioxidant (protecting cells from damage) and also plays a role in healthy immune function.

One study found that a decline in selenium in blood was related to increased severity of psoriasis (*). Another study found that supplementing with selenium, in addition to other antioxidants like coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E resulted in a decrease in oxidative stress markers as well as an improvement in psoriasis including patch inflammation, joint pain and nail dystrophy (*). Although the study only had 58 participants it was a double blind, placebo controlled trial – this is the gold standard for study design in terms of weeding out possible influences.

The trial included 48 micrograms of selenium daily – this amount or more can be obtained through food, by adding one of the below to a meal:

  • 3 oz of halibut, tuna, shrimp or sardines
  • 4 oz of beef steak
  • 4 oz of beef liver
  • 6 oz of chicken

#5 Avoid Gut Damaging Foods

Remember the gut is the mothership of the immune system so if you’ve got a leaky gut, you can expect the immune system to be constantly misfiring. In fact, it is not uncommon to have more than one autoimmune condition. Why? Because the root causes are the same – the immune system is simply attacking different parts of the body.

So, avoid foods that damage the lining of your gut and promote inflammation. These include:

Lectins: lectins are plant proteins that are designed to steer bugs and other animals away from eating them. Think of them as natural insecticides the plants use for defense. They are designed to make bugs sick so that they steer clear the next go around.

Lectins are a sticky protein that bind to carbohydrates and interfere with cellular communication, particularly in the brain, gut and nervous system. They wear down the walls of the small intestine (*). They can also bind to viruses and bacteria, making it more likely for you to get sick from those invaders as well.

Common food sources of lectins include: beans, lentils, peanuts, grains (particularly gluten containing grains) and potatoes.

Saponins are bitter compounds naturally found in some plant foods like quinoa. The bitter taste of saponins is designed, much like lectins, to be a natural repellent to animals. Saponins can also damage the lining of the gut and bind to nutrients you actually need (*,*). If you want the immune system to be calm, cool and collected, protect the gut and stay away from saponin containing foods: beans, lentils, peas, peanuts, nightshade plants (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant).

#6 Get your Vitamin D Status in Order

Studies show that psoriasis and vitamin D deficiency are connected. Many people in the US are deficient in vitamin D due to lack of sunlight exposure and obesity. Your body makes vitamin D from cholesterol but it needs sunlight to do it. Because skin cancer is also a health concern we’ve been trained to cover up with clothes and sunscreen. The other obvious issue here is that most people are sedentary and do not leave indoors for much of the day.

Vitamin D is stored in fat so if you are overweight or obese, so in addition to the above issues, if you’re storing fat and never burning it your vitamin d may remain sequestered.

Recent research recommends around 2000 IU of vitamin D daily or enough to keep your levels in check (*).

How? Vitamin D relatively scarce in food but the best naturally occuring sources of vitamin D are:

·       Cod liver oil

·       Trout

·       Salmon

·       Sardines

·       Liver

Supplements may also be warranted here, particularly if you are deficient. In general, every 1000 IU of supplemental vitamin D raises serum levels by about 10 ng/mL.

#7 Clean Up Your Habits

This is a bonus, not diet related, but still intimately connected.

Finally, clean up your habits to reduce inflammation, calm the immune system and up regulate the body’s own repair system. What does this mean exactly?

Make sleep a priority. Sleep is literally the mind and body’s repair time. Less than 6 hours of sleep already impairs immune function, 8 hours is ideal. But, everyone is different so if you feel well rested on 7 hours of sleep that may just be your biology.

Manage stress. Stress promotes inflammation, impairs gut function and can even lead to premature aging. There are so many way to promote relaxation and reduce stress – even a simple thing like taking a walk in nature or inhaling a few deep breaths can turn on the relaxation response.

Get rid of booze and tobacco. Alcohol and tobacco increase oxidative stress to cells and tissues and increase inflammation. I know, I know, what about red wine??? When you have an autoimmune condition, you’re on a new playing field and the rules of population health don’t apply.

It’s Up to You, Start Healing and Start Living

There are so many lifestyle factors that can contribute to healing – diet, sleep and stress to name a few. A carnivore diet can help with this – in fact, it simplifies healing into one single intervention that provides all of what you need and none of the toxic inflammatory promoting foods you don’t. 

This article was originally published at www.carnivoreaurelius.com.

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Meat Up Year Two

Meat Up: 2 years later – with Nicole

Meat up with Nicole

It is 2 years since Nicole did her Carnivore Diet success story for me, so it is about time we caught up with her to see how she is doing.

Carnivore success story is here

Meat up year 1 is here

1) How would you currently describe your current way of eating. 

Meat plus fruit and select veg (mushrooms, raw carrots, peeled cucumbers).

2) What have you learned regarding nutrition over the last year.

I recently learned that the liver needs actual glucose to convert T4 to T3 so I have added a bit of fruit to my diet, since it is easy to digest. I also learned that once healed, colitis sufferers can slowly expand their food choices beyond carnivore although some foods may be off limits permanently.

3) What health & Fitness improvements, and/or setbacks have you experienced in the last year.

All good stuff, still doing only strength training, no specific cardio but lots of walking!

4) What are your health and fitness goals in the year ahead.

To remain colitis free, enjoy new foods and gain muscle. I’m also eating and monitoring stress to optimize thyroid.

5) Anything else to add? and where can people follow your journey?

My work is shifting to a stress focused approach to health since so many health problems are connected to it.

People can go to my website at:

Nicole Carter MEd, CHES

Www.healthywithnicole.com

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