A quick start guide to paleo/low carb/keto

Whatever your reason to embrace the low carb lifestyle (we use low carb here as a general term to include also keto and paleo), you must keep in mind that for our general well being is important not only to nourish our bodies with fresh real food, but also to get off the hamster wheel of the modern world. 1. EAT FRESH REAL FOOD Stay away as much as possible from processed food and carbohydrates, legumes, seed oils and soy products. Eat plenty of grass fed/pastured meat, preferably beef, lamb and game. Enjoy a variety of vegetables, free range eggs, seafood and good fats (extra virgin olive oil, grass fed… Read More

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Weight loss tied to less knee pain for obese people, who would have thought it?

Science at its best: a new research¬† suggests that obese people with knee osteoarthritis, a painful joint disease, may find greater symptom relief when they lose larger amounts of weight than when they shed fewer kilos. Being obese is a mess for your whole body, not only your internal organs are stressed but your joints need to support a weight much higher than the one they were evolved to do. Inflammation cause a havoc in your system and exacerbate issues like osteoarthritis or back pain. The solution is simple: lose weight. Get rid of inflammatory grains and legumes, eat real food with plenty of healthy protein and fats.  

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Irritable bowel syndrome: drink alkaline water to feel better

Drinking alkaline water for eight weeks improves the quality of life in patients with diarrhea-predominant IBS. Yes, I know, there are plenty of stories about alkaline water, some of them are frankly BS, but there is plenty of medical evidence now that alkaline water is beneficial in a number of conditions. This research for example shows how drinking alkaline water was enough to reduce abdominal pain and improve the condition of patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Of course, you don’t have to buy expensive water ionizer to make your water alkaline, you can simply use baking soda! Yes, baking soda, one of the most useful chemicals to keep at home,… Read More

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Animal fat helps build muscle

Another victim of the last 40 years of the war on animal fat is muscles. Animal fat is the best source of choline,¬† a vitamin-like essential nutrient involved in many physiological processes, including normal metabolism and transport of lipids. Choline deficiency causes muscle damage and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, but it seems it could also play a significant role in the prevention of neorudegenerative diseases like dementia and glaucoma. Even without reaching the point of being choline deficient, a low amount of this very important micro nutrient in our diets slows down muscle growth and strength. “Less than the ideal amount of choline intake may be impairing your strength gain,”… Read More

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What do I need to start a low carb or keto diet

Let’s be honest here. If you are reading¬† this post or one of the many groups on Facebook about a low carb or keto, you already did the most important step: you realized you have a problem. Luckily for you, it’s an easy one to solve. There is no way around it, and anyone less than direct and brutally honest with you won’t do you any favour. If you are fat or obese, your life will be miserable and very likely shorter. Always tired, often sick, your joints will suffer and you’ll probably eventually need a knee or hip replacement, you’ll most likely become diabetic with all the risks involved… Read More

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More vegetable and less meat don’t slow cancer progression

The result of a two year study just presented at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2018 Annual Meeting are bad news for the proponents of a vegetarian or vegan diet as a way to fight cancer. Dr. Kellogg Parsons from the University of California San Diego, followed men with prostate cancer for two years: one group was eating seven serves of vegetables a day, with the hope that this largely vegetarian diet could slow down the progression of their cancer. The results were disappointing: “There was no significant effect on 2-year clinical progression in active surveillance,” Parsons explained. This follows another large study with 130,000 men, study that found no… Read More

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Why I’m losing hair on a keto diet?

This is a recurrent question, you can skip to the short answer to the bottom of this article, or you can read all of it to better understand this quite complex issue. Hair loss is due to a number of factors, including genetics. Hair loss caused by stress Stress is a very unhealthy state, with negative effects on a number of metabolic processes and organs, including hair. Under acute stress, you can start losing hair quite dramatically, a condition called telogen effluvium. It’s a temporary hair loss, and when it happens it’s actually because the hair are starting to grow again! Normally about 15% of our hair follicles are dormant… Read More

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Sugar doesn’t make you fat and diabetic. Trust him, he’s a doctor

“To suggest that dietary sugar might cause or contribute to type 2 diabetes needs strong scientific evidence that demonstrates that either sugar increases body weight and body fatness (necessary for type 2 diabetes), or that sugar has some kind of unique effect that leads to 2 diabetes, irrespective of weight or body fatness.” I swear, I’m not making this up. The quote above is from a doctor, researcher and “Scientific Advisory Board Member to a number of international diabetes organizations”. Of course there is plenty of scientific evidence about the role of sugar in the obesity epidemic, starting with a physical dependency (similar to what keep drug users addicted to… Read More

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Debunking myths: you can’t use more than 30g of proteins per meal

It’s said again and again, it has to be true: you can’t use more than 30 grams of protein per meal. Except, it isn’t true. Think about this for a moment: we evolved hunting for days in the savannah, trying to catch that gazelle that we followed for days, eating little or nothing in the process; then Gnuuk was finally able to throw a rock and kill the animal, and we went back to the tribe. After roughly chopping the meat, we just eat a little bit and keep the rest for the 5 or six meals a day necessary to get the amount of protein to rebuild our muscles.… Read More

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Not enough vitamin D will make you fat (and sick)

We are lucky bastards here in Australia. We live in one of the most wonderful country in the world, we have an abundance of great produces and high quality food, amazing sceneries and some of the most liveable cities. We have plenty of sunshine, too, but amazingly most of the population suffers from low levels of vitamin D. And that’s not good, not good at all. Vitamin D is incredibly important for our health, and it plays a number of roles in the human body. It’s mostly produced when the sunshine hits our skin, though, and only in the central hours of the day. There are plenty of studies that… Read More

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