#43: The Human Diet
In this training
On today’s show, Dynamism Biohack: The Human Diet. Dr. Matt explains why experts often dispute nutritional recommendations. It turns out, like medicine, the science behind it isn’t even human! Learn how to easily recognize good science when it comes to what to eat! SERIOUSLY, once you learn today’s training, you won’t need to read another book on nutrition. Just ask yourself when evaluating a doctor’s recommendation: “was that an animal study or a human study?” It really is that simple…
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- Evidence is evidence; but it is not ALL REAL or even applicable Evidence
- What is the human diet
- Bone Broth and Autoimmune
I am really excited to start you on this journey and I hope to add a lot of value to your life as a whole.
Nutrition is remarkable in its ability to have people with completely opposite views saying they have science to support completely opposite views.
Frustrating isn’t it? What are we suppose to believe?
Welcome to Dynamism Biohack, my name is Dr. Matt Hammett Wellness & Nutrition Expert, Lifestyle Trainer and Movement Enthusiast. In each week I’m going share with you how to make the right nutritious choices despite conflicting expert opinions where I help you to discover how to unlock your inner aborigine or your inner greatness. Thank you for spending this time with me today, so let’s get into the training.
IN THE MOUNDS OF ALL THE RESEARCH so far in our story, we have learned that the main reason behind misunderstanding in science is rat science, conducted in a vacuum with a linear reductionist strategy. I have also made it very clear that I am in no way implying that rat science and other animal studies are not useful; we have made significant advances in science because of them.
But THE RATIONALE FOR SCIENCE is simple: IS IT HUMAN?
Dynamic people are objective in their rationale toward science. It may be true that some highly paid science writer could write several books, explaining how rats are similar to humans. The truth is simple; none of that matter, for humans are not rats. Therefore the extrapolation of data from rats and animal studies are far from perfect and are in no way the best predictors for human anatomy and physiology. The best predictors for humans are human. While science is debating all the rat science and other animal studies, there is a heated debate on the other side of the coin in health-promotion. It regards what humans should eat.
And that leads me to Dynamsim Biohack: the human diet.
Let me point out this one fact before I begin this. We have hunter-gatherers living today with between four and 10 times the recommended daily allowances (RDA’s) of vitamins and minerals than industrialized humans (you and me). They also have physiques that match that of an NBA all-star player. We have hunter-gatherers who cannot read; who know nothing of what a vitamin is, have never read a cookbook and cannot even write a note, exhibiting these impressive levels of health. They have improved health measures in all respects compared to us, without ever taking a medication from Big Pharma, a vaccination, or a nutraceutical product.
In other words, we have examples of humanity that have never been medicalized by modern medicine and are healthier than us?
Therefore, may I hypothesize that a rational approach that attempts to match the lifestyle habits of our ancestors (within reason of course) would yield these results for all of humanity? May I add something else gently?
That approach can be so simple, that you need not even know how to read or write to follow it.
Now, when we get into the Eat driver of a Dynamic health, we tend to get all technical. I want you to know that it can be as easy for you, as it is for a modern hunter-gatherer, who never eats processed foods, chemical additives, pesticides, herbicides, white flour, white sugar, refined carbohydrates and so forth.
By the way, the point of this training is to show you how easy and simple this process is, once you get desensitized from all the addictive chemicals in the foods you eat.
They cause you to be cranky and even get stressed out while your listening to this. The truth is, Big Food intentionally puts in major chemicals, designed to cause you to desire more of that processed artificial food. They are so powerful that most people suffer a withdrawal (similar to a cocaine addict during a drug recovery program).
To satisfy the debate about healthy eating and the human diet, we need to cover the discussion of Vegan versus Paleo.
The Eat driver of a dynamic health is more about the psychology of eating, so I will only be touching these concepts at the surface. Again, the point of this training is simplicity.
At any rate, I am going to cover some of the benefits and cons of going Paleo or Vegan. I think that some of these answers are going to surprise and enlighten you. You might find that one diet or the other works for you; perhaps you will find one that is a mix of the two.
Essentially, though, Dynamic people keep it simple. I am beginning with the paleo diet, one of the most popular diets in CrossFit circles and growing across the country. The paleo diet is modeled after what our ancient ancestors would have eaten thousands upon thousands of years ago. Again, try not to get caught up in the technical stuff like the term “Paleo,” because of some of its background and the things it is suggesting.
The big positive with paleo is that you end up consuming a lot of wild-caught meats that are high in omega fats. You get your fruits, and vegetables, in a manner that makes it not so difficult! For that reason, the paleo diet can be great.
The con with the paleo diet is that it tends to make someone consume too much meat, as well as some toxic animal substances. Additionally, some paleo experts do not stress organic on that diet; I have known people on the paleo diet whose diets consisted of consuming conventional butter and fried bacon, instead of organic butter and grass-fed meats.
However, the paleo diet has major benefits. Regarding following that hunter-gatherer lifestyle, you are getting more minerals, more omega- fats, more protein and healthier fats overall in your diet.
There are versions of the paleo diet; if you follow it in the right way, it has been shown to help improve autoimmune illness, support weight loss and reverse most chronic diseases.
You just need to be careful not to consume too many conventional animal products; in essence, grain-fed animal product. The grain-fed animal product is a genetically incongruent food; animals do not eat them in the wild. Like humans, their DNA never adapted and evolved to eat them. Another issue is the recommendation of shrimp and pork. From the research that I have seen, both from ancient texts, as well as modern day science, pork carries parasites; shrimp are bottom feeders. In fact, according to the Water Watch Survey, it has been found that shrimp were by far the most toxic of all animals of the sea. They were way more toxic than tilapia, way more toxic than catfish, and even more so when compared with much of the farm fish today. Shrimp was the worst.
Dynamic people want to stress certified organic and have to modify their diets due to the newer toxins and polluted species of food that are reported each year.
The vegan diet is by no means any safer from the toxic environment, especially when we get into the GMO revolution. Certified organic veggies reap enormous benefits of more enzymes, vitamins, and minerals in your diet. A vegan diet, or doing a raw plant-based diet, is beneficial for improving energy levels, alkalizing your body, reversing certain types of disease, and beating certain types of cancer. Of course, this assumes you can refrain from GMO product, as many experts (even some whole countries) have begun suppressing GMO crops and products from their land.
There is another vegan diet issue even if you follow it with certified organic, non-GMO product. The problem is following a vegan diet long term.
If you stay on that diet the majority of your life, you cannot get enough B vitamins. Vegans also have difficulty getting the proper amount of amino acids, zinc, vitamin D and other nutrients. So most vegans realize this, but they tend to be very deficient in B-vitamins and the right type of amino acids; yes, you can address those deficiencies by taking a good quality vitamin B-complex supplement and protein powders. Again, following a straight vegan diet is going to leave you with nutritional deficiencies at the least, and toxic GMO accumulation at the most.
If you recall, the primary focus of this training is about understanding the epigenetic switches that turn on and off due to lifestyle changes Dynamic people get to choose every day consciously.
It is not genetic. It is epigenetic; it is the environment. It is how well you express your Five Pillars of a Dynamic Health. Therefore, there are only two reasons we would express sick genes in this newer model. It would be an accumulation of toxins and/or deficiencies from our five drivers of health promotion. In the case of the Eat driver, long-term vegans promote deficiencies that we know about in science. It is also difficult to find Non-GMO veggies all the time, so we are not furthering the toxins in our biology.
For that reason, I suggest following a modified version of the paleo diet regime before the vegan diet. Now, different types of vegetarian diets add in foods like wild-caught fish, fresh farm eggs, and raw organic dairy products. Those types of vegetarian diets can be followed, and one can be healthy with fewer deficiencies. Again, there are some benefits to both.
There are some vegans that live to be over 100 years old and have addressed their deficiencies. Their digestion system was healthy enough that it helped produce B-vitamins for them, and they were able to address the amino acid issues.
What about the GMO revolution that was born in the mid-1990s? This issue is beyond the scope of this book. However, Dynamic people need to be aware of this movement, and which food products are impacted the most by this revolution.
Keep in mind; these are things that our DNA has never been exposed to, and we have no idea what long-term consequences will arise. You need to understand that how we are growing and preparing food differs from the 100-year-old people living on the paleo or vegans’ lifestyles because they were not exposed to the same pollutants and food technologies that we are today.
That last statement is worth its weight in gold. Unfortunately, research performed in nutrition is invalid from a non-GMO perspective, because our landscape across veggies to fruit to animals eating them and humans have been exposed to a new set of rules in ecology that never existed before.
The advent of technologies like gene-hybridization and GMOs makes our food completely different. These food technologies are another reason we need to choose certified organic and non-GMO foods, protecting our rights as Americans to our easy access to them.
A DIET FOR THE AUTO-IMMUNE
Another diet is following more of a traditional diet or a GAPS diet. I think a traditional diet, which is really what our ancestors ate, is more about consuming grass-fed, dairy-like kefir. You end up getting a lot of vegetables and wild meats, this way.
Organizations like the Weston A. Price Foundation go to great lengths to promote these dietary measures; it is often the diet I recommend to my autoimmune patients, and they love it.
The GAPS diet was designed with the sickness-crisis model in mind, to promote and heal intestinal function. The diet includes a specially designed protocol of food consumption to be followed carefully. It has many different stages for specific reasons. At each stage, specific types of foods and supplements are recommended, such as meat broth, ferments, and probiotics. You also need to avoid certain foods, especially grains, due to their inflammatory states.
When your body is ready, you move on to the next stage of the diet. That could take a couple of weeks to a few months depending on many factors. At some point after you reach the maintenance stage at the end of the diet. That part of the diet closely resembles paleo because it is a grain-free diet, emphasizing whole foods, and it restricts most industrially processed foods; those with pesticides, herbicides, and preservatives are a huge no-no. At the same time, it is different from paleo; it allows legumes and some dairy (like certain cheeses), although many paleo people still include cheese in their diet.
If your gut is in dreadful shape or you are suffering from some autoimmune reaction, and it cannot be healed by the paleo diet alone, the GAPS diet may work wonders for you. Many people go through GAPS for healing while they are advancing from the sickness-crisis model toward the health-promotion model, then switch to a paleo diet for the remainder of their lifetime wellness promotion. The two diets also combine very well.
Dr. Natasha Campbell founded the GAPS diet, and it is very effective in treating all sorts of sickness-crisis conditions, such as learning disorders like ADHD, sensory processing disorders, and autism. It is ideal for healing leaky gut, and other kinds of issues that are neurological or immune-related in nature.
This diet does not have to be that difficult to be effective. In fact, I think the GAPS diet can be simple after you learn the principles and a few recipes along the way. Specific protocol of each of these diets is beyond the scope of this training.
Essentially, the GAPS diet is a diet that is easy to digest; a grain-free diet high in amino acids and healthy fatty acids, and very low in sugar and carbohydrates. A significant benefit of this diet is the consumption of bone broth. Our ancestors would have consumed bone broth; it is packed with amazing nutrients, especially amino acids. The amino acids proline, arginine, glycine, and glutamine are abundant in bone broth. L-proline is the amino acid that helps tighten up your sagging skin as you age, as well as heal gut tissue. It also helps in repairing leaky gut, which is the root cause of all autoimmune disease today, and food allergies. If you want to overcome or heal from any conditions, we know all disease begins in the gut. you have got to heal the leaky gut. When it comes to the GAPS diet, one of the best things you can do is consume bone broth.
Making bone broth is relatively easy! All you have to do is take the necks, backs or feet of chickens, put them in a crock pot, and let them cook for hours in a crock pot. Add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar, which will start to pull out those amino acids in the liquid. You then discard the tissues, just keeping the liquid. Voila, chicken broth! You can do the same thing with beef bones, which can also be high in proline. Again, that is the first thing you want to do; make some broth.
The broth is also high in glycine, which helps support liver detoxification, crucial to healing and balancing the immune system. Also, L-glutamine is found in broth, which has been shown to help repair a damaged intestinal lining. After that you start out with organic meat; you will have your bone broth, whether it might be chicken or beef broth. Then you throw in some organic meat, usually chicken or beef; that protein is easy to digest and does not affect the immune system. Add your vegetables next, whether they are broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage. My favorite chicken vegetable soup includes celery, carrots, and onions, but any vegetable is fine to add in there.
If you are in stage one of the GAPS diet, you will, by and large, consume bone broth, meat and vegetables, slow-cooked over the period of 24 hours, or at least 8 hours. This is going to be the main meal; try and eat that for as many meals as possible.
After a few weeks, typically two weeks on that stage one of GAPS diet, other things will get added in, like a little bit of sauerkraut juice or some probiotic-rich foods. It might be a couple of tablespoons of sauerkraut juice; it might be a couple of tablespoons of a goat’s milk kefir or a 24-hour fermented homemade yogurt. Probiotic-rich foods will get added at some point, too, as well as some healthy fats such as avocados, egg yolks, coconut oil, olive oil or ghee. Those are five of the healthiest fats that are permitted for phase two of the GAPS diet. Over time, you can add in cooked fruit and some herbs as well; even some raw vegetables later on. Nevertheless, the GAPS diet consists mostly of these foods:
1. Bone broth
2. Organic grass-fed meat
3. Organic vegetables
5. Nut butter like a sprouted almond butter, and then also fermented dairy products like kefir or a yogurt.
Once again, the GAPS diet allows someone with a diagnosis or sickness to begin healing their gut more focused than the paleo diet alone. GAPS diet can help you recover from autoimmune disease, leaky gut, and neurological conditions, even helping support the healing of things like ADHD and Alzheimer’s. For most people, after complete gut restoration is achieved, they move away from the sickness-crisis model into the health-promotion model by transferring back to a paleo approach. The paleo approach becomes their lifetime health-promotion stage of their new wellness lifestyle.
Of course a transition from gaps into paleo can be done with a ketogenic diet. This is especially good if you are treating diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and fight cancer. The ketogenic diet is also very powerful for weight loss. It works well transitioning into a lifetime Approach of eating by finishing it with the paleo approach. Remember, we’re not really that interested in the last 100,000 years of change, if we just focus on the last 100 years of change, we will be doing really well. Keep the concept simple.
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