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review 2018-07-05 17:22
The Good Gut / Justin and Erica Sonnenburg
The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health - Erica Sonnenburg,Justin Sonnenburg,Andrew Weil

Finally, a book about the gut microbiome that actually offers constructive advice! This is what I’ve been searching for, even if I am a bit disappointed with the authors’ recommendations.


First off, there are things that affect your microbiome that you cannot change—if you were born by C-section or weren’t breastfed, there’s nothing that you can about it. Neither can you change the amount of antibiotics that you took as a child.

There are three things that you can do from this moment on, however. First, don’t rush off to your doctor and demand antibiotics for every little thing. Every time you take them, there is nuclear winter for the good microbes in your gut, leaving space for pathogens to muscle in and make you sick. There are times that you will need antibiotics—save your exposures for those time. (Having recently struggled with a nasty skin infection, cellulitis, which made me very feverish and scared, I am very thankful for antibiotics).

The second thing is that we have developed the idea that ultra-clean is ultra-good. Not necessarily so, say the authors. Accept a bit of dirt back into your life. Dig in the garden, get a bit of dirt under your fingernails, pet your dog or cat, don’t stress too much about washing. Of course, clean up to make yourself comfortable and always wash your hands after toilet visits, but your kitchen does not have to have the same level of clean as an operating room. You can benefit by challenging your immune system via the gut and maybe acquire some useful microfauna in the process.

Thirdly, we are starving our good gut microbes. They need the fibre from foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains. Lots of it. Also keep in mind that our microbiome is a pharmaceutical factory, producing molecules that can affect our lives in unexpected ways. Too much meat favours microbes that produce a cancer causing substance. Finally the whole “eat less meat” message makes more sense to me, although it makes it no easier to follow. Moving away from simple carbohydrates can also be challenging, especially because we enjoy them so much, but they feed the wrong bacteria.

I find this kind of book very inspirational. It’s difficult to change life-long bad habits, but I’m always re-inspired after reading about current research and its ramifications. So I made a happy trip to the farmers’ market last night to buy cherries, raspberries and carrots and I plan to feed the beneficial bacteria as well as I can.

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text 2018-06-29 11:29
Your Health Depends On How You Eat

It’s a fact all of us know that what we eat is what decides how healthy we are. Our food habits make us healthy or unhealthy. There is so much awareness being created by the kind of foods that are not healthy for our body. And yet many of us continue to consume such food either for the taste or because they are the easiest to prepare. Our lifestyles have changed so much that we don’t find the time to cook. We have pushed the concept of eating healthy to the corner. We eat for convenience. Whatever can be easily cooked or eaten without cooking is what usually goes into our body. This has made a major portion of the population suffer from many diseases. One straight result of all this is the increasing incidences of diabetes we see in our population. We wonder sometimes whether people knowingly indulge in such food or they just don’t know.

We didn’t wait to get the answer to our question. As always we keep searching the most healthy food which is also tasty. There are many foods which are like that. It is only that we have not found them. Nutrition Evolution went on a search for such food and found some really healthy food. We found some really good Australian food that the aborigines used to survive on. They are exotic spices which are full of nutrients for us. They are tasty and we have made many recipes that we can use this in and enjoy healthy food. There are also the fruit powders from Australia that are healthy and give us the necessary nutrients.

Nutrition Evolution also offers a range of plant-based food. In fact, most of us are pretty much aware as to how healthy they are and how they can give us the necessary energy for our life. These foods are also very tasty and we intend spreading them throughout the population of Singapore. Our range of vegan food also helps to strengthen us. Contrary to what people believe vegan food is very tasty too.

It is time for us to change our diet to these healthy and tasty foods so that we grow old healthier and is not troubled by diseases.

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text 2018-06-28 16:23
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 320 pages.
The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health - Erica Sonnenburg,Justin Sonnenburg,Andrew Weil

 

Advice that I've gleaned so far:

 

Throw away your hand sanitizer and (outside cold & flu season) maybe don't wash your hands quite so fanatically.

 

Spend some time digging in dirt.  Maybe let some of it stay under your fingernails for a while.

 

If you have the desire, get yourself a pet.  Once again, don't worry about hand washing after touching them quite so much.

 

Much to my delight, don't get too bent out of shape about house cleaning.  A bit of dirt is a good thing.

 

Eat lots of foods that will nourish your inner microbial garden:  fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains.  You know, that stuff that every book tells you to eat.

 

We are too clean and we eat too much junk.

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text 2018-06-27 14:54
Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 320 pages.
The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health - Erica Sonnenburg,Justin Sonnenburg,Andrew Weil

 

Finally, a book about gut bacteria that may have some practical advice!  I've been reading books like this one for years, looking for guidance.

 

Crossing my fingers that the advice will be useful when I get to it.

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review 2018-06-17 23:25
Food What the Heck Should I Eat?
Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? - Mark Hyman M.D.

This appropriately-titled book clears up the confusion that has reigned for decades over what is healthy and not healthy to eat. Basically, just throw away anything you heard or your parents told you over the last fifty years and believe and do the opposite. Dr. Hyman reveals how powerful organizations have put their own profits above people and made products that make them money but make us sick and later kill us. Scary but true.

 

Wake up, America! We use toxins in our food many other countries banned. Time to rise up and save your life and those of your children. This book gives you the weapon of knowledge to take your health back from those who wish to destroy it. Go organic, get grass-fed and pastured raised eggs and meats, eat wild-caught fish, eat healthy fats (like those we have been told for decades are unhealthy but really aren't), enjoy nuts, get off dairy and gluten. Clear and detailed lists of what to eat and what not to eat and how wrong the teaching about this has been is all here for you to digest.

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