Nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances found in nuts grains and seed can be minimized or eliminated by soaking. These inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens.
What are Phytates?
"All grains contain phytic acid in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in unfermented whole grains may lead to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss. The modern misguided practice of consuming large amounts of unprocessed bran often improves colon transit time at first but may lead to irritable bowel syndrome and, in the long term, many other adverse effects."
Why soak nuts, grains and seeds?
- 1. To remove or reduce phytic acid.
- 2. To remove or reduce tannins.
- 3. To neutralize the enzyme inhibitors.
- 4. To encourage the production of beneficial enzymes.
- 5. To increase the amounts of vitamins, especially B vitamins.
- 6. To break down gluten and make digestion easier.
- 7. To make the proteins more readily available for absorption.
- 8. To prevent mineral deficiencies and bone loss.
- 9. To help neutralize toxins in the colon and keep the colon clean.
- 10. To prevent many health diseases and conditions.
So soak all your flaxseeds, cashews, sunflower, pumpkin seeds etc etc for at least 24 hours, changing the water at least once during this time then leave in clean water in the fridge and consume within a few days.
Eliminate all or most these from your diet or at least ingest in moderation: Artificial sweeteners, coffee and black tea, processed foods, luncheon meats, wheat flour, ready to eat breakfast cereals (make your own oatmeal or use other grains in the slow cooker and add fruit and honey). Keep your sugar to a minimum but when you do sweeten, try honey, maple syrup, or Stevia if you want no- calorie. Eat plenty of fresh fruits & veggies. Stick to beans, roots, and non-wheat grains for your carbohydrate needs like yams, potatoes, brown rice, lentils, bulgur, lima, navy & soy beans. Eat high quality proteins such as raw unsalted nuts, hummus, fresh fish and shellfish, chicken or turkey breast sparingly. Soy and almond milk are preferable to dairy products. Fats are not your enemies if you stick to the good oils such as olive, coconut, sesame or flax. Make sure you stay hydrated as this is VERY important to all around good health and controlling your hunger cravings. I know all this is easier said than done but if you stick with it for the first few days, you will find a large portion of your cravings become managable. Good luck and good health to all of you.
Tracy, thanks for your good list. One point: bulgur is wheat.
Anybody try the Gaps or Gut and Psychology diet and if so did you get any results for Leaky Gut as I have that Hypothyroid and all my life have ADD which has really been killing my ability to hold a job.
I have read the GAPS book and use it in combination with information from the Body Ecology Diet in my quest to optimize my health and well-being. My main issues have been glue ear and chronic mental fog, and while I have not yet had the ability to target the glue ear, the wisdom contained in these books is solid, in my opinion.
Gaps diet is for eczema too, correct?
Correction, I said apple cider vinegar is alkaline, but it is actually acidic at first but does turn alkaline in the body in the digestion process.
I wonder if Pharma industry and Govts just ban things like "Essiac" Tea and Hemp that are touted as cures for cancer to confuse the masses. Then the masses think they are the only things that can cure disease and cancer.
People have luck with this or that remedy and don't realise the one thing in common with all the remedies is that they alkalise the body.
If all we need is an alkaline diet then anything alkalising to the body will cure cancer or disease. It is a liberating thought. Worth noting all herbs are alkaline.
Hi Debbie, I don't want to doubt you but I think that not everybody is convinced about the idea that the body should be alkaline. I confess that this is a subject I know nothing about, I only say this from bits and pieces that I have read. It is so difficult to know what to do.... It seems that at least for the skin it is better that it is a bit acid.
By the way, on the subject of what governments and big business tell us I am reading a very interesting book: The great food gamble, by John Humphrys. This book is about the British reality, with reference to the USA but I think that would interest everybody all over the globe who is concerned about the use of pesticides and the way our food is grown. It is very well written, reads easily and I got it for next to nothing on Amazon. I thought that you or someone else might be interested! Amazing facts..... That said this is a difficult subject here at home as my husband works for a big pesticide company. We have our arguments, as you can imagine...... But he is retiring soon and wants to become an organic farmer, so for the time being I tease him quite a lot (taking care that he doesn't feel bad about his professional life and anyway, although he is a scientist he never developed the stuff himself, works on the organization side of things, luckily! And if he had been able to choose his profession freely... He swears that he would have become an organic farmer earlier on!
A healthy body is a mixture of acid and alkaline in different areas, but the fluids that need to be slightly on the alkaline side, are far too often acidic and disease-causing. When we test for pH it is usually the saliva before food or water has been consumed which would affect the reading, and it needs to be around 7.4. If it's around 6 or less, that's considered cancer range. You don't want the fluids around the cells to be acidic. Of course the stomach and skin are different, as are other parts. And that which is acid or alkaline in its natural form isn't the same thing we're talking about. The most acid foods like vinegar are "alkaline-forming".
The average person's diet should be about 80% alkaline-forming and 20% acid-forming, that being the meats, starches, and those kinds of foods. If a person is more physically active, they can handle a bigger percentage of acid-forming foods. Having the proper pH throughout the body, acidic where it needs to be acidic and more alkaline where it needs that is so critically important. I know--been there, done that. My adrenals and then thyroid crashed and everything went to hell, including my pH levels. I tried everything for several years to get it back up to normal but nothing worked until I started taking bottled seawater and within about a month my pH was finally back into a normal range. Truthquest2 is my website and I included a page on pH because it was a critical part of my own healing process. Before I got it back to normal, I had developed two "lumps" removed by black salve (one is documented on the site) and have had no trouble of that kind since, although working on my pH was only part of a much larger healing protocol... but it was an important one.
Exercise produces lactic acid, so people who do intense or moderate exercise need to especially be careful to not take in more acid forming foods. Hint - any time you feel a muscle "expire" whether its too much tapping, jumping jacks, or carrying a heavy bag, etc, that is lactic acid telling you to stop.
For many of us (I being one), elimination or avoidance isn't enough as the disease process and aging can be debilitating. In the severe category one would need to eliminate and avoid sugars (as much as possible) and become proactive in treatment applications.
For the burning of sugars, take ---B Complex Vit, Minerals such as Vanadium and Chromium in particular, herbs like Cinnamon, Gymnema, Mulberry. ACV is also proved sugar burner. With this combo, positive results would have to be present. Oh, also Alpha Lipoic Acid is good glucose burner.
Hi Brian, Interesting post. I enjoyed reading it. One thing though - I have always been told that eating potatoes, pizza (dough and suace) and drinking beer was about the same thing as eating table sugar. The body metabolizes starches like sugar.
I don't see where you really cut out sugar much if you were eating those things. Maybe eating better over all caused you to lose weight. Perhaps being thinner put less stress on your body, allowing your immune system to work better to get rid of the polyps?
Just a thought.
Hi Carly, Thank you for your nice comments and also your thoughts. To address the grocery items raised, an average size 200g potato has 3g of sugar (1.5%) and the packaged chips I buy from the freezer section at my supermarket (to heat up in the oven) has less than 1g of sugar per 100g on the label so I will assume even fried chips from a Fish & Chip shop or even McDonalds would be about the same. The pizza I buy which is also from the same supermarket freezer has 4.7g sugar per 100g (or 4.7%, which is under my 5% limit). I have found it impossible to find a sugar content for beer but will run with the thought that although sugar is introduced for fermentation, it gets converted to alcohol, so there is no sugar.
Starches and fats I don't care about (except Trans fats that I really do prefer to avoid). I have targeted sugar as the only food source that feeds the fungus that cause the polyps. The first time I went "no sugar" I was 56kg at the start (and had been diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency by my doctor, which was the only problem he could find that I had, so that became part of the jigsaw puzzle that I put together) so I was already thin anyway but had a bad case of polyps. I scarily bottomed out at 52kg before I reintroduced sugar to regain weight and am currently 55kg and the polyps are gone again. A net sum of 1kg loss in weight hasn't destressed my body and eliminated the polyps, it can only be the sugar.
Hi Timh, All I can say is the headline that Earth Clinic allocated is a bit misleading. It should have read "Eliminate sugar to eliminate nasal polyps". I am in no way claiming that "no sugar" fixes everything. I had no other medical conditions except for nasal polyps and a Vitamin D deficiency (and a sore foot which I cured myself but that's another story) and the avoidance of sugar all on its own cured my polyps and restored my well being. I did not take any other pills, herbs or supplements along the way. Except I did take apple cider vinegar for about 2 weeks for first time when I went "no sugar" so yeah, maybe that's why I lost too much weight then. But the second time I went no sugar I didn't have any ACV at all (the taste is terrible and I had totally gone off it) and I still cured my polyps but didn't lose any weight. Crikey, Timh, the penny just dropped, sounds like we just discovered the best ever easiest natural way to lose weight (no sugar ACV). Thanks for that.
Brian, some supplement co's make ACV tablets but not many distributers it seems. Swanson has regular and double strength ACV tabs. So don't give up altogether and try and find some ACV tabs down under.
Also worth noting, studies show sugars like high fructose corn syrup not only make triglycerides to be stored as stubborn fat, but also suppress immune function substantially.
As for natural sweeteners ---honey, blackstrap molasses, and stevia are favorites.
Hey Timh, Thank you for the info about ACV tablets, I didn't know they existed. I do now believe that ACV does help a person to lose weight when on a sugar reduced diet, as you alluded to in your previous post, but that is not my intent. I am 5'7" and only weigh 55kg and would rather be putting weight on, not off. My only intent was to get rid of Nasal Polyps and I have done that no other medications, potions, lotions nor the dreaded operation, just reduced the sugar and it was a done deed 4 weeks later.
Your comment about "sugar suppresses immune function substantially" supports my theory about feeding the fungus that causes that (via the Thyroid causing Hypothyroidism, which is an underactive Thyroid function, which is whereby the immune function is reduced and also a Vitamin D deficiency both of which I was diagnosed to have had, by my doctor). Thank you for that. Anyone else reading this thinking where is the Thyroid anyway, picture it as a very small double handed grip around your upper wind pipe.
As for natural sweeteners and considering that fungus don't care what type of sugar they are being fed or where it comes from, the weight of an average teaspoonful of table sugar is about 4g, 1 tspn each of honey is 5.7g of sugar in 7g (81% sugar) and molasses is 3.7g of sugar in 6. 7g (55%) both of which are more or less the same as a tspn of table sugar and therefore no reduced sugar benefit whatsoever. Both of those products are definitely over my preferred limit of 5% and absolute limit of 10% sugar content. Artificial sweeteners I avoid like arsenic. Just Google "stevia good or bad" and your head will spin where to look first. If it was good, why is bad even an option. Cheers.
I was looking around on Amazon regarding the latest edition of Minding My Mitochondria and found a review/ response in which the author went through the diet point by point and created a very thorough overview of it (and it has undergone a few updates since I purchased my copy. ) If this is posted under MS, I hope that it will also be posted on the "Healthful Diets" page under "Paleolithic Diet". Thank you and best wishes to all. The link is as follows:
Under the catagory "Healing Diets", I would like to give attention to the work of Dr. Terry Wahls, a physician who cured her own MS through a hunter/gather diet. Dr. Wahls teaches at the University of Iowa School of Medicine and is conducting a clinical trial of her work. In a recent youtube video, Dr. Wahls explains how the modern diet creates disease.
I am interested in what people think about giving up grains; wheat especially. I have been hearing that the way wheat has been altered genetically over especially the past 30 years, we now have changed wheat so that it is undigestible, harmful to humans because it causes perforations in our intestines which allow molecules never intended for our bloodstream to get in there, and some theorize that it is the root cause of many seemingly unrelated disorders: diabetes, cancer, alzheimer's, arthritis, IBS, osteoporosis, artherosclerosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. It also seems that many people are now posting on the internet their "success stories" at rapid weight loss, particularly around the waist -- stubborn fat that just wouldn't budget, no matter how hard they had dieted/exercised previously. I am beginning to think there is something to this giving up of all wheat products, that goes beyond celiac disease. Perhaps humans really are not intended to consume wheat at all.
My thoughts are that I believe we should start at the very least grinding our own grains. I have heard similar things about the gut getting tiny perferations only what I have read is that the culprit is actually yeast. Which is fed by sugar (gluten being a sugar). I have had allergy testing done to find out what is causing my autoimmune diseases and found that I was "sensitive" to alot of things. It is almost impossible to wrap my mind around the fact that I have all of these sensitivities when I was fine for so long so I have decided that these allergies are caused by something making my body think its allergic to these foods. Some of the foods my naturapoth found that I was sensitive to are dairy, barley, wheat, spelt, almonds, peanuts, some fishes, crustations, and I forget the rest.
I do believe a lot of the problem is the way these grains are grown and what is being added to them before resale. Bromide is one of the worst culprits as well as GMO produced foods. I have been researching grinding my own flour to see if I have problems with eating home ground flour.
I did a little experiment to see if getting rid of the yeast would help my gluten intolerance and am pretty sure it had a slight change but I am definatly still intolerant. My symptoms have changed but it is still not good for me. My thyroid has been normal for quite a while now and I just had a test done in Sept. Which still said it was normal. I did "The Master Cleanse" to detox, Hoping that the yeast would be killed and detoxed. After completing it I started slowly introducing gluten back in to my diet. Things were going great and it was so nice to be able to eat with my friends and family without gettting special foods for myself. Then about beginning of Dec. I started having heart palpitations again and my hands were trembling like crazy again(both hyperthyroid symptoms). I was starting feel the manic my head is going to explode from going to fast feeling and all of the other hyperthyroid stuff. I went back to the doctor and got checked and my thyroid is crazy high again:( So I immediately stopped the gluten on January 5th and lo and behold no more trembles already and my heart palpitations are very minimal now. So back to the drawing board.
If I get started on the grinding my own grain experiment I will let you know how it goes. I actually would like to get my thyroid checked one more time so that I know where it is before I start this experiment.
Jen, are you on iodine? Edgar Cayce said that iodine is good for regulating all the "glands" in the body... Thyroid, sex, hormones, lymph... All of them. It is an eye opener reading up on Edgar Cayce and what he says about illness. He also said a few things about wheat.
Jen, you might want to do an internet search on lectins. I addition to being high in gluten, wheat is also high in lectins. If you choose to continue to include gluten in your diet, you should look into sourdough. The fermentation involved in making a real sourdough breaks down gluten. You can find directions for starting your own sourdough culture online or purchase a sourdough starter.
You might also want to look at coconut oil to address your hypothyroid.
Julia, may I suggest you read Barry Groves book Trick and Treat? Lots of information that might interest you.... Some recipes too.
Hi Debbie, Yes I have been using lugols/ iodoral 50 to 100 mg per day for over 6 months now. Before that I took 12.5 to 25 mg per day for the previous 3 months. I thought for a short time that it may have been the iodine that made my thyroid hyper again but it honestly got hypo (according to lab tests that were done 1 month after starting the higher dose)than hyper which is a possible side effect if you have a hyperthyroid. Sometimes introducing iodine when you have a hyperthyroid can cause your thyroid levels to drop dramatically before they rise again. I am convinced that this is what happened when I started taking iodine. As my next tests 3 months later were back to normal. I have read Cayce's work as well as a few other books/articles on iodine over the years and I believe in the use and application of iodine for everyone on the planet.
And yes Kathleen I have researched Lectins and am farely sure they do play a role in my autoimmune diseases but honestly have tried to get away from them and have had alot of trouble. Having read a book called " Cure your Autoimmune disease. " I foget the guy who wrote it but it was an eye opener forsure. I am a really picky eater as it is. I eat pretty much vegetarian with chicken, elk, deer, and turkey on occasion. I don't naturally like meat but force myself to eat it and try hard not to hurt my husbands feelings, So I suck it up and eat his hunting "trophy's" which I grudgingly know are very good for you as well.
For anyone who doesn't know what lectins are they are toxins produced by all plants as a protective mechanism. Some plants get thier flavor from them (cayanne, rubarb etc... )I believe that with all of the genetic modifications and mixed breeding of plants we are causing them to fight back more than they normally would have. It is a very slippery slope and it isn't hard to envision something very bad happening in the near future regarding fruits, grains, veggies and as the circle of life goes eventually animals.
I eat coconut oil daily for both the thyroid benefits and because I love the taste/ texture of it. I also take black strap molassas, ACV, and many supplements to support my picky eting habit and my diseases.
Franscisca, I have never read Trick or Treat by Barry Groves. I will definitely put that on my list though. Thank you:)
Thank you all for your input. I am searching daily for answers and I think even when I am old and grey I will still be experimenting on myself to find the why's and hows of my diseases (as long as one of the experiments doesn't go really bad:). I always look forward to answers from the Earth Clinic community. It gets me through the day just knowing that we are not vulnerable to the medical community (who by the way has almost put me in the grave twice now and I am only 36). We do have options and maybe just a little control over our health.
Hi Jen, If you did not test sensitive to rye or oats then it won't be the gluten as they contain gluten. Not sure what tests your naturapoth did but if you haven't had the blood test for gluten intolerance then it may be worth doing that (you have to eat it for a couple of days before testing for it to show up).
I know a few people who were told they were gluten sensitive but found they are not. However they do get terrible symptoms from wheat and oats but have no problems at all with organic spelt and organic oats.
I agree with you about what is done to the grains and also during their bulk storage they are sprayed with Sulfuryl fluoride gas. The following is taken from: http://sacfs.asn.au/download/Vikane Facts Sheet.pdf
5) Effects on Food- Many Storke gardeners are unsure about the quality of the food they are growing after it has been exposed to Vikane. "Data addressing the fate of Sulfuryl Fluoride in soil and biota is unavailable". (CDPR) Although, it is proven that the "food exposed to Sulfuryl Fluoride have been shown to retain Fluoride residue", and "foods with high fat content, such as corn oil- have demonstrated significant sorption of Sulfuryl Fluoride. " (CDPR)
If you do get a stone grinder you will get lots more nutrition from your grains. I forget the exact hours but it is something like 72 hrs after grain is ground and the B vitamins and E start to be lost or are mostly lost (sorry can't remember which). If you can't have any gluten then freshly ground buckwheat makes nice pancakes, nothing like the white rubbish ones though.
Maria, thanks for the link. It is shocking to read that. It makes you realise why people are getting so sick. Remember iodine displaces fluoride (and chlorine and bromide) out of the body so everyone should be taking iodine for their health.
I tried every diet in the world and that 15 lbs keeps going off and coming back with a vengeance. I finally went vegan after much fear of missing meat and cheese (dairy products) three weeks ago and I have lost 15 pounds... I really wasn't expecting that. I did eat quite a lot of cheese on my previous diet so that's possibly the biggest reason for the drop in fat (animal fat), but I feel so much better too. I keep getting compliments on my skin, which has become noticeably more clear and smooth and my dark circles have pretty much vanished.
I watched the documentary 'Earthlings'; which you can find to watch on youtube for free; and it really opened my eyes to the fact that we are not meant to consume tortured animals. The imagery and information is so powerful it became easy to stop eating meat and dairy immediately(there are great substitutes for everything if you really miss something), and now I can't see myself ever eating dairy again. I don't even miss eggs! I drink green smoothies every morning with a whole banana, frozen pineapple chunks and a handful of spinach and it tastes amazing! I also take a magnesium taurate supplement to take the edge off and help me sleep. I only wish I'd made this decision sooner, not only because I can now look forward to turning 40 and be the only one of my friends who hasn't gained weight, but because I know I'm doing my part to help end needless, insane animal suffering - which is more horrific than anyone realizes. It's TRUE that if slaughter houses had glass walls, no one would ever dream of eating meat. Also read "Skinny Bit--", completely inspiring if you have a lot of weight to lose and shows just how animal fat is slowing you and your metabolism down!
My diet is "organic food diet". So far, especially cutting out hormone/antibiotic filled dairy and meat products, the constant hunger stopped. Basically, I have most everything, just "organic". I eat less, and now I weigh less, and I'm more happier! I don't know how to start a new thread here, so, I added it onto "Vegan". Thank you.
To complicate the issue: How long have you been on a vegan diet? It can be very cleansng to change diets, but my experience was that ovet time, say 7 years, your body may be missing essential nutrients, such as the hard fats used to build cell walls.
I found that after 26 years of various vegetarian diets, based on whole foods seed nuts, (ovo lacto) raw foods and organic foods, I was very carbohydrate overloaded and deficient in healthy fats. I actually switched to a paleo, sugar free diet, you burn fat, not sugar. During the first week (the diet change) my liver released all that had built up from eating carbs (grains and starches) After a year I am pretty satisfied and feel over all stronger. I did also read the Vegetarian Myth ( I wish her facts were better researched) but as far as saving the planet by going vegan, as she points out you can't even grow a garden without the death of some creature. The earth is nourished by the bodies of the dead!
Lisa from Thousand Oaks: If you are still reading these posts, I'd love to know how you are doing with your healthy diet now? Did it help further? Are you still incorporating cooked veggies or anything else? Anything else you have noticed along the way?
Thanks so much!
1. Has anyone used the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) for Crohn's?
2. Has anyone used David Klein's Natural Hygiene diet for Crohn's?
If so, what is your feedback?
Blood Type Diet
I would like to hear feedback on following your blood type diet. Does it work or not so much?! Thanks
I don't know whether the blood type diet works or not as I never really tried it although I read a bit about my own blood type which is O . Some things seem to fit well with the type of diet I enjoy, meat, no milk, no cereals..... But on the other hand, just think if you live in a household with 4 or 5 people, or more, which all might have different blood types it would be crazy to cook differently for everybody. This has made me lose interest as something is not quite right there! My husband, for example, has no idea what his blood type is (which he should know, by the way but he doesn't! ).
Blood Type Diet
The healthiest diet is of course the raw vegan diet. But failing that the next healthiest is the low fat whole foods vegan diet. There are many websites, youtube videos and books out on both. For the raw vegan alissacohen.com is one and gabrielcousens.com is another even better but very in depth. For the low fat whole foods vegan diet watch the video on netflix called Forks Over Knives and then go to www.engine2diet.com which explains the diet in full. I am not affiliated with any of these sites or people in any way I have just studied nutrition on my own for the last 38 years.
Blood Type Diet
I believe whole-heartedly in the blood type diet and this is why: Approximately 10 years ago I heard a little about it and was intrigued but didn't purchase the book until 6 months later. In the meantime, due to huge stresses in my life, my health started to unravel. I noticed how certain foods really started to turn me off whether it was the smell, taste, or just feeling sick after I ate them.... So I cut them out of my diet completely. Imagine my surprise when I bought the book and it listed those same foods as toxic for me. I am a B rh-neg. And the foods I stopped eating were chicken, pork/ham, peanut butter, corn and wheat bread. I eat them occassionally now but when I do I notice that my system reacts unfavourably to them.. Especially bread and corn (nothing but a weight gain and it aggravates my diverticulitis), and chicken causes muscle weakness for me... my metabolism overall suffers from these trigger foods.
Blood Type Diet
About 10 years ago I was finding it difficult to walk, my breathing was laboured and I was in constant pain. My doctor said I would be in a wheelchair within a couple of months. I then discovered the blood group diet. I am B positive but I also found out later that I am a non-secreter. This also affects the diet. I cut out chicken as suggested by the book and within 2 weeks my muscles began to relax and the pain down my back and around my chest eased helping my breathing considerably. I also regained a lot more movement. Spured on by this I cut out wheat from my diet. Well, I cannot explain the difference this made to my life. After about a month the pain in my joints that the doctors had been telling me was arthritis had gone. I followed the diet with the help of a blood group diet practioner and within a year I was well enough to slowly add some of the foods back into my. Diet. I now know the affects most foods have and know how to overcome any pain they may cause, for example if I eat bread, because I really can't resist it, the next day I will have pain in my joints and will have difficulty walking up staris. I just have to eat lamb and by the next day all pain will be gone. The one thing I never eat by choice is chicken as it makes my muscles go into spasam and is so painful that I cannot move or breath normally.
Hope this helps someone.