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Macro Versus Micro Nutrients

By Dr. Mercola

Anyone interested in eating healthy foods for optimal nutrition may have read up on the subject, but still find certain terms to be a little ambiguous. The differences between macro and micro nutrients is a perfect example. You need at least a small amount of micronutrients and quite a bit of the macro kind.1 Both are needed for the aforementioned optimal nutrition, but they’re also necessary for survival.

While macronutrients are important for everyone, they play an especially crucial role for anyone trying to build muscle, gain weight or those involved in vigorous exercise.2 Just like plants, the human body needs balanced nutrition, especially in the critical development stages infants and children are going through, but there also must be a sustained intake through adulthood.

Plants can’t complete their life cycles without these elements, which is why they’re called essential.3 They fall into two categories: mineral- and non-mineral elements. There are 16 non-mineral elements; non-mineral elements include carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. In addition, essential mineral elements are called macro or micro nutrients according to the amounts found in plant tissue.

Each plays several roles, such as energy storage, acting as cofactors for enzymes, participating in electron transferring and in the formation of carbon compounds.

At the Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute on Aging, one review4 outlined evidence from epidemiological studies suggesting that dietary phytochemicals, many of which are micronutrients, may protect against certain cancers, as well as inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases. They’re also beneficial to your nervous system. Consumed regularly, they may prove neuroprotective, decreasing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease risks.

Macronutrients in a Nutshell

Macronutrients make up the biggest percentage of foods we eat, made up of:

  • Primary nutrients — Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K)
  • Secondary nutrients — Calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg) and sulfur (S)

Proteins, carbohydrates and fats fall into the macro category. Broken down, here’s why each is important:

  • Proteins, known as the “building blocks of life,” reflect the basic composition of your body. They’re made of amino acids, with good sources including wild-caught fish, organic pastured poultry, grass fed beef, organic free-range eggs, seeds such as chia, hemp and flax seeds and nuts. Avocados, beets and raw greens like kale and spinach are also good protein sources. Many people consume too much protein; limit protein to a maximum of 1 gram of protein per kilogram of lean body mass per day.
  • Carbohydrates, found in all foods to some degree, are composed of sugar or starches, which provide energy, but excess carbohydrates are converted and stored as fat. Limit your net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) to a maximum of 30 to 40 grams per day. You can consume as many high-fiber veggies as you like. They’re carbs, but since they’re high in fiber, they’re typically quite low in net carbs
  • Fats are stored for future use. While some still believe they should be avoided altogether, it’s important to understand that there are good fats and bad fats, and your body needs good fats in order for your body to function as it should.

Good fat sources include almonds and walnuts, pumpkin and chia seeds, olives and avocados, along with grass fed meats, ghee (clarified butter), lard and tallow, organic pastured egg yolks, animal-based omega-3 found in small fatty fish like sardines and anchovies, coconuts and coconut oil.

These are all examples of what should make up 50 percent to 85 percent of your daily calories. Good fats protect your organs, help your body absorb vitamins from other foods, and improve both brain and overall function. Natural Balance Food explains:

“The three macronutrients all have their own specific roles and functions in the body and supply us with calories or energy. For this reason, the body requires these nutrients in relatively large amounts to grow, develop, repair and feel good! Each macronutrient is almost always found in every item of food, whether that’s a healthy snack bar or a raw vegetable.

The only difference is how the macronutrients are balanced. As an example, the nutritional composition of an avocado is generally made up of 75 percent (good) fats, 20 percent carbohydrates and 5 percent protein, therefore this is clearly a fat-based food. On the other hand a banana consists of 95 percent carbohydrates, with only small amounts of protein and fats.”5

The takeaway is that for all three, proportion is everything. Otherwise, you leave yourself open to disease. Bonfire Health has a good way of explaining why it’s important to eat balanced meals that include several types of foods to get the greatest spectrum of nutrients. In addition:

“Your body has the amazing ability to take the foods you eat and turn them into you. How incredible is that? Whether you eat an apple, a steak or a kale salad, your amazing body is able to break that food down into its chemical parts and reassemble those parts into your cells and the energy you use all day.”6

Micronutrients: Vitamins, Minerals and Organic Acids

Micronutrients are the vitamins, minerals, trace elements, phytochemicals and antioxidants that are essential for good health. You don’t need a lot in comparison to macronutrients, but without them, health problems will eventually occur. It’s one reason why you see so much disease and malfunction in so many people today; diets are often sadly deficient in the most basic but critical nutrients. When you see the micronutrients list, you’ll find most are very familiar; others you may have never heard of. Here they are in alphabetical order:

  • Vitamins — Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K and carotenoids
  • Minerals — Boron (B), calcium (Ca), chloride (Cl), chromium (Cr), cobalt (Co), copper (Cu), fluoride (F-, a negative ion), iodine (I), iron (Fe), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), phosphorous (P), potassium (K), selenium (Se), sodium (Na) and zinc (Zn)
  • Organic acids — Acetic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, malic acid, choline and taurine

Micronutrients can be found in a wide variety of healthy foods, from vegetables and fruits to grass fed meats, raw nuts, wild-caught fish, eggs and raw organic grass fed dairy products. Unfortunately, some micronutrient-containing foods require precautionary measures, particularly those that are heavily processed. In addition, fruits and vegetables are sometimes grown in ways that make them less than they once were, nutritionally, and the balance of nutrients consumed is often skewed.

Proper Balance of Micro and Macro Nutrients, With Caveats

Protein is good, but too much is not, as an excess is implicated in early aging. Further, processed meats often contain nitrites, considered carcinogenic. The potential problem involved with protein is that, at least in the U.S., many people eat way too much. Studies caution that those who get 20 percent or more of their calories from protein per day have a 400 percent higher cancer rate and a 75 percent higher risk of premature death, compared to those who consume only 10 percent.7

In regard to eating fish, it’s important to note that mackerel, herring, anchovies, sardines and wild-caught Alaskan salmon are among the healthiest-to-eat fish, having the lowest toxic load (such as mercury and chemical toxins, plus others may be genetically engineered) and highest amounts of beneficial omega-3.

Legumes introduce another conundrum to watch for: lectins, many of which are inflammatory, neurotoxic, immunotoxic and cytotoxic. They’re also found in wheat and other products of the grass family. As Bonfire Health notes:

“Your body is only as amazing as the material it has to work with. The quality of the food you put into your amazing body has a huge impact on your health. An apple is not just an apple, nor is a steak just a steak …   Depending on where your food was grown, or how your meat was raised, the quality of its macro and micro nutrients can be incredibly different.”8

How Bad Has Nutritional Deficiency Gotten in Recent Decades?

Thirty, 40 and 50 years ago, the most serious threats to health involved catastrophic drought, epidemics and deadly diseases that turned into epidemics. Those are all certainly a factor in today’s world, but chronic disease has escalated to become the No. 1 health crisis worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Cardiovascular diseases (CVD), obesity, cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases now represent 59 percent of the 57 million deaths every year, and 46 percent of the total cause of disease globally.
  • About 75 percent of heart disease cases are due to high blood pressure, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of regular exercise and tobacco use.
  • Risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, alcohol and smoking cause the majority of chronic disease.
  • Heart attacks and strokes kill about 12 million people every year. Another 3.9 million die from hypertension and related heart conditions.
  • More than 1 billion adults worldwide are overweight, and at least 300 million are clinically obese.

However, other statistics prove that optimal nutrition — which would include a balanced ratio of macro and micro nutrients — would make a major difference in tipping the scales, so to speak, in the abysmal health of the planet as a whole.

Besides making necessary lifestyle changes such as stopping the habits of smoking and excess alcohol consumption, by engaging in regular physical activity and daily movement and changing unwise dietary habits for the better, a major impact can be made in physical health in a relatively short time.

Chronometer Can Help You Track Your Nutrient Intake for a Healthy Balance

In the mix of macro versus micro nutrients, don’t forget that just because you don’t need that much, the micro end of the equation is vitally important to stave off disease and chronic disorders. BlenderBottle notes that micronutrients:

“Aid in the production of enzymes, hormones, and proteins that are critical to body and brain function, and help with the regulation of metabolism, heartbeat, and bone density, among other processes. Micronutrient deficiencies can cause significant, lasting health problems, both physically and cognitively.”9

Additionally, optimizing your macro and micro nutrient ratios can help you to achieve nutritional ketosis to optimize your mitochondrial function for improved metabolic health and function. Nutritional ketosis involves eating a diet that is high in healthy fats, moderate in protein and low in net carbs. Most people, however, have no idea which nutrients are in any given food, let alone how much. This is why a nutrient tracker is so beneficial, as it will help you make sure you’re actually following your nutritional plan.

Cronometer is a free online tool that eliminates the guesswork, allowing you to get a truly accurate and detailed analysis of what you’re eating. I worked with the developer for months to modify and optimize the program for nutritional ketosis. It is the most accurate nutrient tracker on the market, giving you a detailed analysis of what you’re eating, including important macro- and micronutrient ratios to optimize your health.

Eat More Purple Foods for Cancer Prevention and a Healthier Gut and Heart

By Dr. Mercola

Polyphenols1,2 (also known as phenolics) are phytochemicals, natural plant chemicals with powerful antioxidant properties. There are over 8,000 identified polyphenols found in foods such as tea, wine, chocolates, fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants3 — which in addition to polyphenols include carotenoids and allyl sulfides — help protect your cells from free radical damage, thereby controlling general aging and disease potential.  

If your body does not get adequate protection, free radicals can cause cellular damage and dysfunction, raising your risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, just to name a few. Polyphenols can be broken down into four general categories — flavonoids, stilbenes, lignans and phenolic acids — with additional subgroupings4,5 based on the number of phenol rings they contain, and on the basis of structural elements that bind these rings to one another.

As a general rule, foods contain complex mixtures of polyphenols, with higher levels found in the outer layers of the plants, such as the skin.6 Polyphenols give fruits, berries and vegetables their vibrant colors and contribute to the bitterness, astringency, flavor, aroma and oxidative stability of the food.

The Role of Polyphenols in Human Health

In the human body, polyphenols have diverse biological functions and properties, including:,7,8

Fighting cancer cells9,10,11,12 and inhibiting angiogenesis13 (the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor)

Protecting your skin against ultraviolet radiation

Fighting free radicals and reducing inflammation

Promoting brain health14

Reducing the appearance of aging

Protecting against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease15,16

Modulating your gut microbiome. Polyphenols have a prebiotic effect, nourishing beneficial bacteria17,18,19,20 

Improving bone metabolism, reducing your risk for osteoporosis21,22

Promoting normal blood pressure and protecting your cardiovascular system, thereby lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease.23,24

Flavonoid polyphenols help to reduce the clumping of platelets in your blood and improve the function of your cells that line your arteries and veins25

Supporting normal blood sugar levels,26 stabilizing fat metabolism and reducing insulin resistance, thereby lowering your risk for Type 2 diabetes

As noted in a 2010 scientific review in the journal Nutrients:27

“Research in recent years strongly supports a role for polyphenols in the prevention of degenerative diseases, particularly cancers, cardiovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases … Recent studies have revealed that many of these diseases are related to oxidative stress from reactive oxygen and nitrogen species.

Phytochemicals, especially polyphenols, are the predominant contributor to the total antioxidant activities of fruits, rather than vitamin C. Polyphenols have been found to be strong antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals by donating an electron or hydrogen atom … Polyphenols … complement and add to the functions of antioxidant vitamins and enzymes as a defense against oxidative stress caused by excess reactive oxygen species (ROS).

Although most of the evidence of the antioxidant activity of polyphenols is based on in vitro studies, increasing evidence indicates they may act in ways beyond the antioxidant functions in vivo. Modulation of cell signaling pathways by polyphenols may help significantly to explain the mechanisms of the actions of polyphenol-rich diets.”

How Polyphenols Protect Your Heart Health

The research supporting polyphenols in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease is particularly well-documented.28 For example, higher intakes of fruit-based flavonoids (specifically anthocyanin-rich foods — fruits and berries with a blue, red or dark purple hue — and those high in flavanones, particularly citrus fruits like grapefruit, lemons and oranges) has been found to lower the risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke in men.29

Keep in mind that to reap these benefits, you need to eat the whole fruit, not fruit juice, which is simply too high in fructose for optimal health. Excessive fructose is associated with insulin resistance and associated health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. Here’s a sampling of other studies showing how polyphenols helps protect your heart health:

  • A systematic review of 14 studies found intake of six classes of flavonoids: flavonols, anthocyanidins, proanthocyanidins, flavones, flavanones and flavan-3-ols, can significantly decrease your risk of heart disease30
  • Researchers have long puzzled over how flavonoids help prevent heart disease, but a study31 published last year suggests it has to do with the fact that metabolism of flavonoids enhances their bioactivity in endothelial cells, which form the lining of your blood vessels
  • Flavonoids also help to reduce the clumping of platelets in your blood.32 Platelet clumping is one potential precursor in heart attacks and angina
  • As antioxidants, polyphenols scavenge free radicals and reduce inflammation in your body
  • Polyphenols also inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which causes complications with atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries, a factor in cardiovascular disease33

Organic Foods Have Higher Polyphenol Content

How a plant is grown can influence its healing potential by altering the concentration of plant chemicals in it, including its antioxidant content. As noted in a 2004 paper,34 agricultural practices and industrial processes can reduce the health effects of the polyphenols in the food. Previous research35 shows organically and sustainably grown foods contain statistically higher levels of polyphenols compared to conventionally grown varieties, so whenever you can, try to stick to organic.

Herbs and spices are another great source of polyphenols, so you can’t really go wrong by adding them liberally to your cooking. Berries of all sorts are also an excellent source. Foods that are naturally blue or purple in color are a tipoff that they contain higher amounts of polyphenols. Examples include blueberries, mulberries and purple potatoes, the latter of which were recently investigated for their ability to lower your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Purple Potatoes May Lower Risk for Colon Cancer

The study36,37 in question investigated the effects of purple potatoes in pigs fed a high-calorie diet, which has been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. Pigs were fed one of three diets for 13 weeks:

  • High-calorie diet
  • High-calorie diet supplemented with raw or baked purple potatoes, rich in phenolic acids and anthocyanins — antioxidant compounds shown to have anti-cancer properties38
  • Standard control diet

Compared to the control diet, the high-calorie diet was (as expected) found to increase the level of interleukin-6 (IL-6), a proinflammatory protein known to promote cancer in the colon. The potato-supplemented diet, on the other hand, lowered IL-6 nearly sixfold compared to the control group. According to the authors:

“Anti-IL-6 therapeutics are available for treating colon cancer; however, they are expensive and induce negative side effects. Thus, whole foods could be a better way to combat low-grade chronic colonic inflammation and colon cancer. Whole plant foods have been shown to decrease chronic diseases due to the potential of anti-inflammatory dietary compounds acting synergistically.

We observed that supplementation of HCD [high-calorie diet] with anthocyanin-containing purple-fleshed potatoes, even after baking, suppressed HCD-induced IL-6 expression and … IL-6-related proteins … Our results highlight the importance of IL-6 signaling in diet-linked induction/prevention of colonic inflammation/cancer and demonstrate the potential of a food-based approach to target IL-6 signaling.”

Other research confirms the anticancer benefits of polyphenols, especially for colon cancer. A study39 published last year found polyphenols helped inhibit the proliferation of colon cancer cells and induce cancer cell apoptosis (programmed cell death) through oxidant-mediated mechanisms.

How to Boost Health Effects of Potatoes

A drawback of potatoes is they’re high in starch. By raising your blood sugar, starchy foods contribute to insulin resistance and, ultimately, Type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, by cooking a normally digestible starch such as potato and then cooling it in the refrigerator will alter its chemistry through a process called retrogradation, transforming much of the starch into digestive resistant-type starch.40

As its name implies, digestive resistant starch refers to low-viscous dietary fibers that resist digestion in the small intestine and slowly ferment in your large intestine. In one study, refrigerating cooked potatoes for 24 hours increased resistant starch by 57 percent.41

Digestive resistant starches act as prebiotics, feeding healthy bacteria and improving fat oxidation. In one study, replacing 5 percent of daily carbohydrates with digestive resistant starch from whole foods like cooked and chilled potato or underripe banana raised post-meal fat burning by as much as 30 percent.42

Resistant starch also adds significant bulk to your stools and help you maintain regular bowel movements. And, since they’re indigestible, resistant starches do not result in blood sugar spikes. In fact, research suggests resistant starches actually help improve insulin regulation, thereby reducing your risk of insulin resistance.43,44,45,46

Health Benefits of Mulberry

Mulberries are also rich in polyphenols and other antioxidants. As far back as the Roman Empire, mulberries were used to treat diseases of the mouth, throat and lungs. Native Americans discovered them to have a laxative effect and used them to treat dysentery.47 I planted two twigs a few years back and now I have a mini forest of mulberry shrubs and harvest about 10 gallons of mulberries a year.

Nutritionally, mulberries contain an assortment of high-powered nutrients, such as vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, each bringing their own constituents for health. They also contain iron, potassium and magnesium. One of the most beneficial resources in mulberries is resveratrol, said to “promote heart health and overall vitality.” According to the Institute for Traditional Medicine:48

“Traditionally, mulberry fruit has been used as a medicinal agent to nourish the yin and blood, benefit the kidneys and treat weakness, fatigue, anemia and premature graying of hair. It is also used to treat urinary incontinence, tinnitus, dizziness and constipation in the elderly and the anemic.”

In addition to historical uses, modern research has found mulberries can help improve your:

  • Digestive health: Mulberry contains 25 percent soluble fiber and 75 percent insoluble fiber. Both of these dietary fibers can help improve overall digestive health by promoting regular bowel movement and lowering your risk of stomach diseases49
  • Blood vessel health: Mulberry can help keep your blood vessels healthy thanks to its resveratrol content. This antioxidant helps increase the production of nitric oxide, which allows your vessels to relax50
  • Blood sugar control: Mulberry contains a special antioxidant called DNJ (1-deoxynojirimycin) that inhibits an enzyme in your gut that breaks down carbohydrates into sugar. Since it lowers the amount of sugar going into your system, it is considered beneficial for diabetics who want to control their condition51
  • Liver health: According to one study, mulberry can help prevent the buildup of fatty deposits around your liver, which can lower your risk of various hepatic diseases52

Make Polyphenol-Rich Foods Part of Your Daily Diet

It is generally recognized that polyphenols are powerful nutrients that protect your health by fighting against free radicals and preventing damage from oxidation. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that steal electrons from important tissues like your DNA, proteins and cell membranes. The loss of an electron, in turn, oxidizes these cells, which makes them unstable and easily breakable. As this free-radical damage continues, cells can no longer perform properly; tissues begin to degrade and disease sets in.

That said, free radicals are not all bad, and you don’t want to eliminate all of them. They actually serve as important signaling molecules and play a role in your immune system, attacking foreign invaders and pathogenic bacteria. Eliminating most of them, or aiming for complete eradication, can lead to the opposite problem of actually creating more damage.

Free radicals are a natural byproduct of breathing; antioxidants mop up the excess and leave the rest to fulfill their other functions. This fine balancing act can be easily tipped to the point of either too much or too little. A diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables and nuts will typically supply you with the antioxidants needed to walk this fine line.

One reason why a varied diet of real food works better than simply taking antioxidant supplements is the fact that the isolated antioxidant may not be the exact one your body needs at that moment.

Fruits and veggies, on the other hand, contain a wide array of plant compounds, not just antioxidants such as polyphenols, creating a synergistic effect where the total benefit is far greater than the sum of its parts. Simple ways to increase the intake of antioxidants in your diet include:

  • Juicing a wide variety of vegetables
  • Eating fresh berries and nuts
  • Liberally adding fresh herbs and spices to your cooking

Ketogenic Diet Study Confirms Massive Anti-Inflammatory Effects

By Dr. Mercola

New research points to the effectiveness following a ketogenic diet may have on bridling brain inflammation — the same type of inflammation implicated in epilepsy and other neurological disorders. Ketogenic diets are high in good fats and extremely low in net carbs. The group of scientists, from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF), found that following a ketogenic regimen may be the molecular key to suppressing damaging brain inflammation, especially after stroke and brain trauma.

Senior study author Dr. Raymond Swanson, a professor of neurology at UCSF and chief of the neurology service at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said suppressing post-injury inflammation in the brain was the impetus for the study, as the condition has been a key issue in the field.

The researchers believe they have uncovered the mechanism for why a ketogenic diet is so effective at reducing brain inflammation — even going so far as to suggest it may one day be possible to gain some of its benefits without changing your diet.

Medical Xpress explained the defining moment of the study, which was published in the journal Nature Communications,1 came when the team “identified a pivotal protein that links the diet to inflammatory genes, which, if blocked, could mirror the anti-inflammatory effects of ketogenic diets.”2

Swanson’s belief is that a ketogenic diet may be difficult for some to follow, especially when someone is very ill, so the fact that it may be possible to achieve some of the effects without it, he stated, was especially exciting. That being said, you can gain the advantages now by changing your diet for the better, which will yield body-wide benefits for your overall health and longevity.

The Advantages of Eating a Low-Net-Carb Ketogenic Diet

The result of sticking to a ketogenic diet by adhering to an eating pattern emphasizing healthy fats along with low net carbs is that it literally changes the way your body uses energy. A ketogenic diet will convert your body from burning carbohydrates for energy to burning fat as your primary source of fuel.

When your body is able to burn fat for fuel, your liver creates ketones that burn more efficiently than carbs, thus creating far less reactive oxygen species and secondary free radicals that can damage your cellular and mitochondrial cell membranes, proteins and DNA.

Animals (rats) used in the study were found to have reduced inflammation when the researchers used a molecule called 2-deoxyglucose, aka 2DG, to block glucose metabolism and induce a ketogenic state, similar to what would occur if you followed a ketogenic diet.

Key Molecule for Glucose Metabolism: 2DG

To produce a ketogenic state by blocking glucose metabolism, scientists used the 2DG molecule. This was done both in the rats and in controlled laboratory cell lines, bringing inflammation down to “almost control levels,” Swanson explained. His reaction:

“I was most surprised by the magnitude of this effect, because I thought ketogenic diets might help just a little bit. But when we got these big effects with 2DG, I thought wow, there’s really something here. The team further found that reduced glucose metabolism lowered a key barometer of energy metabolism — the NADH/NAD+ ratio — which in turn activated a protein called CtBP that acts to suppress activity of inflammatory genes.”3

In what was later called a “clever experiment,” the researchers designed their own peptide molecule to block the CtBP protein’s ability to become inactive, which resulted in it essentially blocking inflammatory gene activity continuously. That’s how it duplicated a state of ketogenic-like effectiveness. Peptides are small proteins that aren’t used like drugs as they’re considered unstable and antibodies can be made against them, plus they’re expensive.

Swanson also explained that other molecules working in a similar manner could also mimic ketogenic advantages without requiring extreme dietary changes.4 Beyond lowering brain inflammation, the study is said to have possible applications for diabetics in regard to its association with excess glucose and eventual atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. This condition is caused by a buildup of artery-blocking plaque, that the described inflammation-fighting effect could benefit or possibly prevent.

It’s likely that much more research will continue to emerge highlighting the profound health benefits of a ketogenic diet; this is only the beginning. And as mentioned, you don’t have to wait for a new drug to come out that mimics the effects of a ketogenic diet (if that is even possible remains to be seen) — you can experience the advantages now simply by changing the way you eat.

Ketogenic Diets May Also Benefit Chronic Pain

It’s noteworthy that the anti-inflammatory effects of a ketogenic diet were confirmed, considering systemic, low-grade inflammation plays a major role in chronic pain. As Pain Science noted, “Chronic low grade inflammation is increasingly seen as a part of other orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis — once considered a ‘cold’ wear and tear problem (as opposed to the far more overt and ‘hot’ inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis).”5

Chronic inflammation, which can be the result of poor diet, stress, exposure to environmental toxins and much more, can silently damage your tissues over an extended period of time. This process can go on for years without you noticing, until a disease or chronic pain suddenly sets in. Increasing research suggests, however, that following a ketogenic diet may be beneficial here too.

As explained by one study, there is reason to believe a ketogenic diet could be beneficial for a number of types of pain, including neuropathic pain, inflammatory pain and even thermal pain. Researchers explained:

“Compared to glucose metabolism, ketone metabolism produces fewer reactive oxygen species — which are known to contribute to inflammation … evidence indicates that ketogenic diets can reduce inflammation, and thus may be helpful for inflammation-associated pain.”6

They also pointed out that a ketogenic diet may relieve pain via several mechanisms, similar to the ways it’s known to help epilepsy. “Like seizures, chronic pain is thought to involve increased excitability of neurons; for pain, this can involve peripheral and/or central neurons. Thus, there is some similarity of the underlying biology,” they noted.

It was also suggested that a ketogenic diet may boost signaling of the neuromodulator adenosine, which has pain-relieving effects.7 The researchers added that chronic pain is a major public health problem, encompassing about one-fifth of the total health care expenditure in one country, while accounting for three times the cost of all types of cancer combined in another.8 They concluded:

“A major research focus should be on how metabolic interventions such as a ketogenic diet can ameliorate common, comorbid, and difficult-to-treat conditions such as pain and inflammation.”9

‘Inflammaging:’ Could a Ketogenic Diet Slow Down Aging?

Canadian author Paul Ingraham makes an interesting observation that “To be old is to be inflamed.” He cites the term “inflammaging” to describe, as one study put it, human aging characterized by chronic, low-grade inflammation.10 He continues:

“Aging itself seems to be inflammatory, no matter how fit, skinny, and calm you are … To be inflamed excessively may be synonymous with premature aging … which is probably affected by both your genes and lifestyle. Things that are unhealthy (smoking, inactivity, stress, sleep deprivation) don’t so much make you feel old as literally age you.”11

If aging itself, along with age-associated diseases, are linked to chronic inflammation, and ketogenic diet is anti-inflammatory, it stands to reason that it could also help prevent premature aging and even slow down the aging process. Indeed, a fairly consistent effect seen in people on a ketogenic diet is that blood levels of leucine and other important structural proteins go up, allowing these proteins to perform a number of important signaling functions.

Ketones also mimic the lifespan-extending properties of calorie restriction (fasting), which includes improved glucose metabolism; reduced inflammation; clearing out malfunctioning immune cells;  reduced IGF-1, one of the factors that regulate growth pathways and growth genes and is a major player in accelerated aging; cellular/intracellular regeneration and rejuvenation (autophagy and mitophagy).12

Benefits of Implementing a Ketogenic Diet

As for the multitude of health benefits from following a ketogenic diet, one of the most important is the effects it has on the suppression of inflammation, shown in numerous studies. It’s also been found to benefit nonalcoholic liver disease13 and epilepsy, possibly resulting from “a decrease in circulating levels of arachidonic acid and long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs),”14 as examples.15

Beyond this, maintaining nutritional ketosis may have health benefits in diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, autism, migraines, traumatic brain injuries, polycystic ovary syndrome and much more. The featured study should help to advance understanding of the importance of a ketogenic diet by uncovering one of the mechanisms behind this type of dietary approach.

A 2015 study16 also outlined the anti-inflammatory effects of ketosis, and there are also classic examples to be observed worldwide. One group with a background of a basic ketogenic diet under their belts is the Innuit people in portions of Alaska, Canada and Greenland, known for their low disease rate, and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, an anthropologist whose diet consisted of nothing but meat (including fish) for an entire year, with zero carbs or vegetables, and only beneficial effects.17

Reported benefits from implementing a ketogenic diet, aside from the anti-inflammatory benefits, plus the fact that it’s known as an anticonvulsant,18 include:

  • Less hunger while dieting
  • Improved cognitive function in people who are cognitively impaired
  • Reduced cancer risk
  • Improved weight loss
  • Increased longevity and mental clarity

Eating a Ketogenic Diet for Health

Eating a ketogenic diet doesn’t have to be complicated or painful. My book “Fat for Fuel” presents a complete Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy (MMT) program, complemented by an online course created in collaboration with nutritionist Miriam Kalamian, who specializes in nutritional ketosis.

The course, which consists of seven comprehensive lessons, teaches you the keys to fighting chronic disease and optimizing your health and longevity. If you or someone you love has cancer, it will also augment any oncological treatment you might be undergoing.

The MMT diet is a cyclical or targeted ketogenic diet, high in healthy fats and fiber, low in net carbs with a moderate amount of protein. This targeted component is important, as long-term continuous ketosis has drawbacks that may actually undermine your health and longevity. One of the primary reasons to cycle in and out of ketosis is because the “metabolic magic” in the mitochondria actually occurs during the refeeding phase, not during the starvation phase.

Ideally, once you have established ketosis you cycle healthy carbs back in to about 100 to 150 grams on the few days a week you do strength training. MMT has a number of really important health benefits, and may just be the U-turn you’ve been searching for if you’re struggling with excess weight or just about any chronic health condition. MMT has a number of really important health benefits, and may just be the answer you’ve been searching for if you’re struggling with excess weight or just about any chronic health condition.

Further, rather than being a prerequisite and foregone conclusion associated with aging, inflammation may be a reminder that, as you age, looking seriously at a ketogenic diet, exercising regularly, as well as getting plenty of daily non-exercise movement, and taking care of yourself is wise, as together they’ve been shown to alleviate pain and related inflammation.

The alternative is to allow the factors that help cause pain and inflammation to cause inactivity and increased dependence on medications, all shown to make everything worse!

Sather Illumination Channel (aka, “Destroying the Illusion”) 10-8-17… “The Calm Before the Storm”

Another excellent teaching and illumination video by Jordan.

Related to some of what he mentions (namely, the title, “Calm before the Storm”), is this RMN post about a 4chan poster called MegaAnon. I’ll say nothing more about that right now, except that the rather large screenshot jpg (about 1 MB) might be of interest to some (I’ve also placed this in a separate storage location, which you may click in case the RMN link is changed). Feel free to follow Higher Guidance on whether to check it out.
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https://youtu.be/1ya6QF21RjE

Published on Oct 8, 2017
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Styxhexenhammer666 10-8-17… “One Dimensionality: How the Old Media Attacks the New” (2 videos)

[Kp update: some might also like this short one entitled, “Legacy Media Whines About Trump “Censoring” Them As They Call For Censoring“.]

Occasionally I watch this guy. I found these two video messages very educating about how the “legacy media” (the “old, outdated” one(s)) tries to attack and denigrate the new media… the more independent one(s).

As I mentioned before (in this Kp blog post), one word I like, that he often uses is the term “Legacy media”. I looked up the word, Legacy, and one definition is: Retained under an obsolescent or discarded system, chiefly for purposes of reference. To me, that’s exactly what today’s so-called MSM, CMMM, is, in my view.

Because of many people, the legacy media is truly dissolving. Cannot go on much longer. And this, I strongly feel, is one reason why the “Trump card” was played last November… to help dissolve that old, legacy, fading-away-but-now-even-faster, media (MSM, CMMM, etc.).
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https://youtu.be/MSdgvNiLsOQ

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One more of possible interest: Legacy Media Whines About Trump “Censoring” Them As They Call For Censoring

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Real Physics of "Ascension" — Dan Winter-HD-Science of Ascension Conference (Video)


Real Physics of "Ascension" -Dan Winter 90min lecture HD_ at Science of Ascension Conference-Sept 30, 2017-Portal to Ascension hosts- see www.goldenmean.info/dnamanifesto – Ascension is the charge radiance which results when the DNA is recursively braid imploded with coherence bliss phonon EKG/EEG -That phase coherent embedding adds superposed axes of spin symmetry 'the next dimension'.
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GAoG 10-3-17… “A Message from Mira from the Pleiadian High Council through Valerie Donner, October 3, 2017”

Mira (The Pleiadean Kitty)
(on a Pleiadean cardboard bed)

There were several things that struck me from this Mira message. And since I’ve a close connection with Mira the kitty, somehow this connected. So I felt drawn to put it out right now, while still enjoying mocha at Kona Coffee and Tea.

“It could appear that things are out of control. In the true sense of the situation the light is unraveling the third dimension and transfiguring the darkness under which you have lived for too long. The dark is trying their best to worsen the chaos, fear, and horrific conditions which they have created and perpetuated. We ask our ground crew to please do your best to rise above these energies. Staying away from the mainstream media, as you likely know, is one of the best ways to rise above what is going on.

“…the Earth is a pivotal planet for all of creation to go through their Ascension. What happens on the Earth is given full focus. We want to remind you of the importance of your work. Do not doubt for a second that your thoughts, deeds, love, and healing have little importance. We ask you to please continue to participate by clearing your own lingering issues, and by being as kind and loving to others as much as possible.

“Pay little attention to the illusions that are slipping away rapidly. Before your eyes you will marvel at what is disappearing in the third dimensional world. That world is what you call no longer applicable. You will be living by universal law, and co-creating with Prime Source.”

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A Message from Mira from the Pleiadian High Council through Valerie Donner, October 3, 2017

Greetings: I am Mira from the Pleiadian High Council. I speak with you today as a busy member of the Earth Council. We have the honor of overseeing what is occurring on the Earth and monitoring various conditions where extra assistance is needed. If you can imagine that you are a microcosm of the macrocosm, you might get a sense of our awareness of the chaos on the Earth and around the Earth at this time.

It could appear that things are out of control. In the true sense of the situation the light is unraveling the third dimension and transfiguring the darkness under which you have lived for too long. The dark is trying their best to worsen the chaos, fear, and horrific conditions which they have created and perpetuated. We ask our ground crew to please do your best to rise above these energies.

Staying away from the mainstream media, as you likely know, is one of the best ways to rise above what is going on. We hope that you understand that you are being given every bit of assistance that you need to do your jobs and to rise into higher consciousness. We do a lot in your dream state while you work with us too.

The Light Alliance and Galactic Alliance are in full combat mode protecting you, the Earth, and all who are aligned with love and light. Those of a different consciousness are also being loved, counseled, and given direction for their life paths. There is no judgment but compassionate concern and support. It is not that we condone their darkness or misbehaviors, because we do not. We just want to see each soul where they need to be on their path.

As you know, the Earth is a pivotal planet for all of creation to go through their Ascension. What happens on the Earth is given full focus. We want to remind you of the importance of your work. Do not doubt for a second that your thoughts, deeds, love, and healing have little importance. We ask you to please continue to participate by clearing your own lingering issues, and by being as kind and loving to others as much as possible. From this behavior miracles can be achieved. You are living in the time of the light and profound miracles. Happiness and joy, abundance and love, will be how you will be spending your time in the higher dimensions.

Pay little attention to the illusions that are slipping away rapidly. Before your eyes you will marvel at what is disappearing in the third dimensional world. That world is what you call no longer applicable. You will be living by universal law, and co-creating with Prime Source. Much of the material world’s definition of normality will become outmoded. This is because the 3rd dimension is not serving all of the people. You will find service to others the rule of the day. Service to self is being revealed. As a part of the increased transparency, you might find that some who have purported to be lightworkers could be fake. Everything is coming out into the open. You might be surprised.

We have also been assisting those who are deeply affected by the major Earth changes on the planet along with those involved with other crises. Each person is loved and being helped in ways you can’t imagine. It is time for all to come together. We stand with you in love and peace.

I am Mira.

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