the link between grains and inflammation

 

*this information is for information purposes only. It is not intended to treat, perevent or cure any conditions, nor is intended to constitute advice on which reliance should be placed. Any information in this blog should be discussed with your health care practitioner.

 

Now I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t get a lil nasty – Trey Songz / me bout grains right now haha

 

Sooooo this epi (I’m calling it an epi because I feel like I just talk in these blogs haha and I like to abbreviate everything), we’re going to be talking about the inflammatory effect of the consumption of grains. e.g headaches, migraines, brain fog, fatigue, ADHD, anxiety, depression, digestive disturbances, autoimmune disease, food allergies, IBS and ulcerative colitis.

 

So, in a nutshell, as we’ve talked about, inflammation is the primary root of all disease, ageing and pain. So obviously avoiding / reducing inflammation is the key to living forever, but nah in all seriousness we have complete control over how we live our lives, whether that’s in pain or not.

 

Grains are these cute little packages, wrapped up in their coat, unable to be penetrated by nature. And then we came along with our fire and our water and were like OPEN SESAME!

 

It’s because of their structure that grains cause a low-grade inflammatory response, because like all species they’re equipped with mechanisms to survive.

 

It’s these protective compounds called lectins, that are indigestible by humans.  Lectins not only trigger inflammation, allergic reactions and intestinal permeability aka leaky gut, but also strip away the protective mucus that lines our gut, making us susceptible to bacteria invasion (yikes).

 

Leaky gut causes gaps to form between the epithelial cells in our gut, which allows toxins, wastes, bacteria and other substances to leak out of our gut and into the blood stream. 

 

It's this perpetuating cycle of inflammation and a heightened immune response, that drains our bodies resources, leaving us vulnerable to other problems and health issues, such as IBS, digestive disturbances, thyroid imbalances, psoriasis, eczema, ADHD, depression and anxiety,  and is heavily linked to autoimmune diseases and allergies.

 

 (*side note, numerous populations have and still do THRIVE off grains, and live amazingly long lives, but its these individuals within these blue zones that also live an extremely active, minimily stressful, blissful life, it’s not one thing is bad/good, it’s the accumulation of a broad spectrum of everything and numerous factors that cause auto-immune and inflammatory responses to grains).

 

If we blindly followed the Australian Dietary Guidelines/Guide to Health Eating, in which they recommend 6-7 SERVES OF GRAINS A DAY, AKA GRAINS ARE OUR #1 FOOD GROUP AND FUEL SOURCE, then its easy to see how a constant consumption of grains, day in, day out, is gonna fuck shit up and wreak havoc and inflammation.

 

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When we’re in a chronic low-grade inflammatory response it just sets us up for all kinds of issues as I’ve mentioned, and creates an inflammatory response in the nervous system. Because our immune systems in a heightened active state, along with the gut-brain connection aka the HPA axis aka the vagus nerve, increasing oxidative stress and neuroinflammation, it contributes and aggravates headaches and migraines

 

Inflammation also triggers the stress response, which means cortisol floods our system. Cortisol down regulates the release of our neurotransmitter; GABA, which is like the soothing aloe vera gel when we’re sunburnt, but in our brain. It calms us down, and blocks the over excitation of our neurons (nerve cells). Anxiety, depression and ADHD are all scientifically linked to an imbalance of GABA (as well as dopamine in our brains).

 

It gets tricky though, because its like “if you soak and sprout grains it removes the phytates (anti-nutrient proteins*) and is easier to digest”, and this is true, but realistically are we going to soak and sprout our grains before we cook them? I’m gonna say no (if you do, hats off to you madam/sir).

 

And then there’s the families of grains, like our whole grains – we talking brown rice, oats, burghul, rye, freekah, cous cous, whole wheat (wheats fucked, avoid that shit like the plague, like dead set, if you feel like shit, in anyway, like mentally, physically, fatigued, anxious, brain fog, lethargic, just cut out wheat and watch yourself go from 0-100 real quick, and then tell me so we can hi-5)

 

We’re told that grains are a good source of B vitamins, but if you’re unable to absorb the B vitamins because of their irritable factors, then what’s the point? We’re able to get all the vitamins and minerals in grains, from other wholefood sources.

 

It’s also interesting that whole grains are presented as more nutritious because they contain the fibre which slows down the release of insulin and glucose within the blood, but its actually the bran – the whole grain part, that contains most of these anti-nutrients that aggravate the gut lining, causing permeability and inflammation. Not only that, but also the way grains are milled in our era destroys a lot of the nutrients that would normally exist within them. Additionally, the use of hybridized grains, in which 1 type of seed is predominantly grown.

 

 

Then there’s refined grains – like your white rices, wheat, and all the refined flours that exist in most/all baked goods. Refined grains I don’t think have any place in a diet, whole grains I get, and pseudo grains -  quinoa, aramanth, buckwheat, wild rice and teff, I feel are the best option. When consuming your pseudo/whole grains, treat it as a condiment, rather than the star of the dish, a lil sumin sumin on the side.

 

But hey I’d just remove/down size grains from your diet even for a small period of time, and see how you feel. And remember you can get all the B's, vitamins, minerals, and carbs you need from ya starchy veggies, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

 

Not everyone is as susceptible to the damaging properties and effects of grains, and grains aren’t evil, its all about educating yourself and seeing the links between foods and optimum health, and just becoming aware of how your body is and what makes you thrive and feel magical 24/7. 

 

Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are

-       Anthlem Brillat-Savarin

 

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Aman, T 2014, The Omni Diet, Griffin Publishing, California. 

Perlmutter, D & Loberg, K 2013, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers, Little Brown and Publisher, New York. 

 

 

8 energy boosting foods

*this information is for information purposes only. It is not intended to treat, perevent or cure any conditions, nor is intended to constitute advice on which reliance should be placed. Any information in this blog should be discussed with your health care practitioner.

 

Okay so this week we're exploring 8 awesome assimilate-able foods you can add into your life to boost your energy, fight fatigue, support your adrenals and just feel some more 'pezaz' (it kept auto correcting it to pizza, like no haha).

We're going to attack energy from all angles, from boosting brain energy, to enhancing sleep, balancing cortisol, caffeine hacks, adrenal support and thyroid function for cellular energy production

 

Okay, so here we go

#1. SPIRULINA

I'VE BEEN DYING TO TALK ABOUT SPIRULINA, i legit offer it to people like its crack "like oi want some spirulina?" 

BECAUSE ITS SOOOOO DAMN AWESOME and i will dedicate an entire blog post to the super greens because everyone should be taking some kind of supergreen supplement, period. 

okay, so spirulina, its an algae! super rich in omega 3,6 & 9 (remember we need to get our omegas from our food, important for brain function, inflammation, cholesterol, etc), its actually a cool source of protein!! yep, random i know, but it is! (2g protein per 3g serve, which is like 1/2 tsp)

also super high in B12 (energy producing), all the B vitamins actually, which are all involved in stress management and energy production, vitamin K (important for bone health), magnesium (stress buffer), calcium and iron which we need to be able to carry oxygen to our cells.

i love Green Nutritionals Hawaiian Spirulina, do tablets if you're not ballsy enough to pop it in your smoothies and have swamp smoothies on the daily haha

#2. MCT oil

cool so MCT oil = medium chain triglycerides = good fats that is our brains fave source of energy,  with our brain being made up of 60% fat (ding ding hence why "low-fat" is fucking dumb).

MCT oil bypasses digestion and gets straight into your lymph - which is like a super highway that filters toxins and water and all the things.

so MCT oil powers your brain, its like a shimmy shimmy ya for memory, focus, concentration, and can also aid in fat loss - win win 

it's derived from coconut oil, and pop it in smoothies or your coffee or just be a boss and take it from the spoon, it literally just tastes like silky coconut oil haha. Bulletproof's brain octane is my fave brand

#3. MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS

chaga, reishi, cordyceps, lions mane - all those medicinal baddies, portobello you can't sit with us

the medicinal mushrooms are phenomenal for so many reasons, I've been experimenting with them and have noticed MASSIVE changes, especially in regards to fatigue, energy and just overall feeling good.

chaga and cordyceps would be my first two to try when starting out, with Teelixir being my go to, 

chaga is a powerhouse of goodness, its like Kendrick's telling chaga to be humble because its that good. chaga increases power, energy, stamina and the bodies healing processes

cordyceps are a dope addition for not only increasing mental energy, but it also builds physical power and increases sexual vigour 😏

reishi is a king in stress management and protecting us and our immune system. its another awesome adaptogen, helping us to calm our minds, reduce stress and gives our body the ability to boost energy through its functions

a cool thing to mention is also how similar our DNA is to mushrooms, so our body is able to easily identify the nutrients that exist within mushrooms, making them the ultimate partner in crime

#4 MACA

we touched on maca in our first blog post . maca's full of B vitamins - energy producing, its an adaptogen - meaning it allows our body to be able to deal with stress better, and thus not produce so much cortisol - our stress hormone. it also boosts endurance and stamina from its abundance of minerals and vitamins.

#5 MATCHA

aka grounded up green tea leaves! matcha contains caffeine, but unlike coffee beans, they hit different receptors and have a more slow release of the caffeine over time = no hecticness and no crash. it's also super packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients, and can boost your energy in a more loving, long-term subtle way.


it also doesn't have the acidity factor of coffee beans, so it won't cause inflammation or irritability within the gut

#6 CACAO

cacao in relation to energy production comes in two ways. first, cacao actually contains caffeine! so it'll give you a pep that way, secondly, cacao is super high in magnesium, awesome for promoting recovery and rest. not only that, but its also a buffer for stress, aiding our body to deal with it better meaning we're not getting run down freaking out about everything as much.
 

magnesium helps us to get better sleep and better recovery, with studies linking insomnia to magnesium deficiency. moral of the story is: eat cacao

Loving Earth's my #1 for both maca and cacao 

#7 KELP/SEAWEED

we're talking nori, dulse, wakame and kelp. these guys are a rich source of B12 and iodine! Iodine is suuupppeeerrr integral for thyroid functioning - one of the master glands in energy production. having a sluggish metabolism and under-active thyroid will cause fatigue, tiredness, insomnia, feeling sluggish in general.

by consuming kelp and seaweeds, it naturally can boost our thyroid so we're able to regulate our metabolism and utilise our food for energy more effectively.

powersuperfoods do all the seaweeds, sprinkle onto salads/stirfrys, make sushi, pop into some tamari and make a dressing, 

#8 FERMENTED FOODS / PROBIOTICS

we can't not talk about energy without talking about the gut. its the centre of how our body gets energy from the foods we eat. obviously, if you eat shit, you're gonna feel like shit. if you eat alive, real, whole foods, you're going to feel alive and vibrant.

digestion takes up ALOT of energy, and if you're constantly eating heavy, processed, acidic foods, your bodies got to work even harder, use more energy to break it all down. like i know you've experienced a food coma, and I'm guessing when you're coma'd, it wasn't from eating some veggies, its from eating some dense, heavy, processed foods. SEE THE CONNECTION. 

it's important to nurture out bubba microbiomes through eating probiotics, whether thats taking a probiotic supp or consuming ferments like, your kimchi, sauerkrauts, miso, tempeh, tamari, kombucha, keffir, yoghurt, pickled veg, and yeah. 

this along with DRINKING WATER makes sure you're bodies able to break down your food, absorb the nutrients and then poop out all the toxins and other shit in your body, because healthy bowel movements are whats up! being regular = an abundance of energy

AMAZE, so add in any/all of these and notice the difference

- E