Inflammation & Diet

Inflammation is a culprit. Medical research identifies inflammation as the root cause of acute and chronic disorders as diverse as heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Acupuncture and herbs reduce inflammation by enhancing circulation, boosting optimal function, and nurturing adaptive resilience, improving our resistance to illness and stress.

How you rest, move, and feed your body are fundamental. We’ll help you navigate it all.

What should we eat?
There’s a radical, new way to think about food that’s counter-intuitive. A diet based on high quality fats rather than carbohydrates proves to be healthier for the heart, brain, gut, and joints. Eating a fat-rich, moderate protein  ‘ketogenic diet’ best counters inflammation, whereas the low-fat, high carb diet of past decades triggers inflammation.

What does this ketogenic eating plan mean?
The ketogenic regimen means making sure to eat healthy fats like coconut oil, avocados, eggs, fatty fish, nuts and even bacon, while completely eliminating grains, sugar, and starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes. As a perk, there’s weight loss. But what’s really significant is that this sort of eating is good for you AND makes you feel good.  It’s easy to follow– but to change old habits, there’s always some discipline required.

What have we been told that isn’t true?
Turns out that fat isn’t bad for the heart. Turns out it’s been sugar all along. Turns out it’s not fat that makes us fat, turns out it’s been grains, starch and sweet stuff all along. The falsehood is the bad rap about fat. This new idea about eating advocates for good full fat everything, like dairy, not low fat, but dairy without any added sugar.
Link: NYT Article

What does the research show?
A large multi-country study published in Lancet shows fat is not associated with heart disease, and saturated fat even lowers the risk of stroke. Carb-based diets are associated with a higher risk of total mortality whereas fat-based diets correlate with a lower mortality risk.
Link: Lancet Journal Article

What other practices go hand-in-hand with the ketogenic plan?

  • Eating enough high fat is as important as eliminating all grains and sugar
  • Hydrate often and a lot: drink plenty of water:  40 oz – 64 oz a day
  • Avoid getting too hungry; eat only when hungry, not too much; stop when full
  • Fast for 14 hours between the last meal of the day and breakfast
  • Drink a tbsp of coconut oil in boiling water (add lemon if you like)
  • Budget allowable vegetable, nut, fruit carbohydrates
  • Use ‘Siete’ almond/egg tortillas & ‘Cappello’s’ almond/egg noodles
  • Move: step up physical activity;  find your core and flex it

Links to learn more about the ketogenic plan:
The goal is to shift your body from making fuel from carbohydrates to making it from fats.

A Medical Hero
Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF,  is a hero  who’s in the trenches and in the lab. He’s shown that drinking fruit juice is equivalent to soda, as far as the liver sees it, and that without pulp, orange juice is no better for us than fructose syrup.  He’s been a cultural, social, and political leader in the charge to ban soda from schools. Best known for his research into the addictive properties of sugar,  in his new book, The Hacking of the American Mind, Lustig widens his scope to look at how the food industry has fostered today’s epidemics of addiction and depression.  Listen to this interview to hear more from this guy:
Link: Robert Lustig interview