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Real Talk With Jimmy Moore

Veteran health podcaster, blogger, and international bestselling author (Keto Clarity and The Ketogenic Cookbook) Jimmy Moore from "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" discusses the current health headlines, dissect the latest medical and nutritional health research studies, and answer listener-submitted questions about the low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet. Submit your keto questions at KetoTalk.com.

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155: Dr. Will Cole Provides A Functional Medicine Perspective On Jimmy Moore’s Pre-Sabbatical Labs

Today is the last Keto Talk that we bring you before Jimmy heads out for his six month sabbatical. In this special episode, Jimmy and Will go over the battery of tests that Jimmy had done before leaving. Listen in to this special farewell (for now) episode as Dr. Cole takes a deep look at the functional medicine tests performed by Dr. Gus Vickery. Will gives his take on the test results and offers some thoughts on what he expects to see when Jimmy returns. Paid advertisement “We know that total cholesterol is a poor marker for cardiovascular health. Many people that have heart attacks have low cholesterol.” - Dr. Will Cole “I think de-stressing, slowing down and getting more good amino acids with keto carnivore have helped spike my testosterone levels to double what it was.” - Jimmy Moore Paid advertisement Be sure to go back and listen through the archives of Keto Talk during the hiatus and enjoy the body of work we’ve put together. Six months will be over before you know it and we’ll be back with more great episodes of the show you love. Paid advertisement


29 Aug 2019

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134: Jillian Michaels, HPV And Keto, Weight Loss After Cancer, Coming Off Statins, Getting Cancer While Eating Keto, Longevity Studies Of Ketosis

In this episode, Jimmy and Dr. Will Cole answer your questions about Jillian Michaels, HPV And Keto, Weight Loss After Cancer, Coming Off Statins, Getting Cancer While Eating Keto, Longevity Studies Of Ketosis and more! Jillian Michaels criticizes keto diet: 'Why would anyone think this is a good idea?' THIS WEEK’S HOT TOPICS: 1. If I have hemochromatosis, then how do I lower iron and Vitamin C while eating keto?  2. What level of total cholesterol is considered “too high” when you eat keto? 3. Is getting adequate fiber eating keto the key to lowering visceral fat? 4. Can someone with kidney disease eat a ketogenic diet without fear of more damage? 5. Is eating low-carb fermented foods the best way to heal the gut while eating keto? Jimmy and Will answer your questions: - Is cycling between ketogenic diet and eating carbs what led to the HPV? Will keto help or hinder my goal of getting rid of this? - What can I do in my keto diet to make weight loss happen again after cancer treatments? - Can statins stall weight loss on keto? What should a keto dieter coming off a statin medication be concerned with to track their heart health? - Is keto the answer for cancer if someone develops it while eating a strict ketogenic diet? - Are there studies looking at the longevity effects of keto that are compelling like the ones presented by the blue zone people groups such as the Adventists? Find full show notes here

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24 Jan 2019

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153: Interview With Dr. Will Cole About His 2019 Book The Inflammation Spectrum

Jimmy talks Keto Talk co-host Dr. Will Cole talking about Will's new book The Inflammation Spectrum. On the heels of his smash hit debut book Ketotarian, Dr. Cole digs into one of his favorite topics: inflamation.


15 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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133: Keto Causing Weight Gain, Antibiotics Lower Ketones, Sleep And Hormones, Depo Birth Control Shot While Keto, Feeling Better On Hypocaloric Keto

In this episode, Jimmy and Dr. Will Cole answer your questions about Keto Causing Weight Gain, Antibiotics Lower Ketones, Sleep And Hormones, Depo Birth Control Shot While Keto, Feeling Better On Hypocaloric Keto and more! THIS WEEK’S HOT TOPICS: 1. The Keto-Mojo blood ketone meter shows readings for hematocrit and hemoglobin—how do these relate to glucose, ketones, and overall health? 2. Does the constant “ping” we get from our devices trigger a cortisol response that could sabotage your ability to get into ketosis and reap its benefits? 3. What are the pros and cons of choosing not to exercise the first couple of months after you start keto? 4. If a woman eating keto gets pregnant, what benefits will she see remaining in ketosis vs. not being in ketosis? 5. As a former vegan pursuing nutritional ketosis, how do I switch over my mentality that cooked meat is “dead food” and embrace it as healthy now? Jimmy and Will answer your questions: Could keto and fasting be the reason why someone is struggling with weight loss? Do antibiotics lower ketone production and how can I heal the damage they are doing to my gut health? Could my sleep issues that were diagnosed as being caused by fibromyalgia actually be related more to hormones that a ketogenic diet is helping me bring under control? Why does taking a birth control shot like Depo increase hunger and moodiness despite being in a ketogenic state? Why do I feel better eating 800 calories vs. 1800 calories of keto meals? Find full show notes here


17 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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152: Dr. Will Cole And Seamus Mullen From The goopFellas Podcast Share How To Do Keto Well Or Worse

Today we have a very special episode of Keto Talk with The goopFellas. As most of you know, Jimmy’s weekly co-host Dr. Will Cole recently launched a podcast on Gwynyth Paltrow’s goop network with his co-host Chef Seamus Mullen. Together they tackle subjects on health and well being with a focus on transformation. “I know from seeing patients how prevalent anxiety is in all types of people, but it’s important to talk about so that we can get tools to start feeling better and whole.” - Dr. Will Cole Paid advertisement On this special episode of goopFellas on Keto Talk, cohosts Dr. Will Cole and Seamus Mullen break down the ketogenic diet. Should you switch to a high-fat, low-carb baseline? What would you eat in a typical day? When do our bodies go into ketosis, and what are the potential health benefits? What about intermittent fasting? Seamus shares his personal experience of changing his diet while healing from rheumatoid arthritis. And Will shares examples from his functional medicine practice, the kinds of diets he typically prescribes for patients with chronic inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and how he tweaks the conventional keto model to be cleaner and more vegetable-forward for anyone (he’s the author of Ketotarian, after all). “The decision you make in your mid 30s definitely impact what happens to you in your 40s. The sooner you start to take care of yourself the better you will be.” - Seamus Mullen Paid advertisement goopFellas: What drives people to change, to heal, to reinvent themselves? Two friends who have become familiar with unlikely personal transformations talk with people who have experienced profound shifts in perspective and well-being: Chef Seamus Mullen himself almost died from rheumatoid arthritis, and functional medicine practitioner Will Cole’s day job is helping people uncover and overturn the roots of dis-ease. Together, they get at the catalysts that bring people out of their dark night and into their purpose. Paid advertisement


8 Aug 2019

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146: Healing Chronic Fatigue, Elevated Glucose Response To High-Carb Meal While Keto, APAO2 Gene, Keto & A-Fib, Daily Laxative For Opiate-Induced Constipation

In Episode 146 of Keto Talk, Jimmy and Dr. Will Cole answer your questions about Healing Chronic Fatigue, Elevated Glucose Response To High-Carb Meal While Keto, APAO2 Gene, Keto & A-Fib, Daily Laxative For Opiate-Induced Constipation, and more! HOT TOPICS: Will's exciting new podcast The goop Fellas Podcast Why is being proactive about your health by doing things outside of conventional wisdom considered strange?  How do you mitigate the effects of cortisol and insulin resistance (even while eating keto) induced by taking prednisone for Crohn’s disease? What role could a ketogenic nutritional health plan play in the recovery from opioid addiction? What’s the difference between saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats and how much of each do you need in your keto diet? Should a Type 1 diabetic who eats keto and sees a major glucose rise from a powerlifting workout be concerned about the rise in glucose? How do I eat low FODMAP real food-based keto to control my IBS when my doctor tells me the fat-digesting bile is flowing back into my stomach? “At one point when I was on Lipitor before starting the Atkins diet I got my cholesterol down to 120, but you can ask my wife, I was NOT a happy man.” – Jimmy Moore “With the rise in awareness in wellness you also have a rise in skeptics and trolls. You can be objective without cynical and name calling.” – Dr. Will Cole HEALTH HEADLINES: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s 'One-Meal A Day' Diet Is Absolutely Bonkers WHY LONG-TERM SUCCESS ON KETO CAN BE CHALLENGING FOR WOMEN, ACCORDING TO HORMONAL EXPERTS Diets high in red meat linked with greater health risks in two new studies There’s no such thing as a sugar rush Could Very Low 'Bad' Cholesterol Bring Stroke Danger? Limiting Carbohydrates Intake At Breakfast May Help Type 2 Diabetes Patients STUDY:  Low-carbohydrate diets differing in carbohydrate restriction improve cardiometabolic and anthropometric markers in healthy adults: A randomised clinical trial – How do you heal fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue when you’re doing everything perfect in your ketogenic lifestyle? Hi guys, I’m a longtime listener listener and appreciate all of the information you give so generously! I’m trying to figure out how to heal from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome which I was diagnosed with in 2014. I have eaten an LCHF diet for many years and lost around 30kg (~66 pounds). I'm 59 years old and have been a yo-yo dieter my entire life. On low-carb, I have been much more successful in stabilizing my weight and the trend has been moving slowly in the right direction with about 22 pounds left to go. It’s such a struggle. Even still, my fasting blood glucose is 5-6 mmol/L and blood ketones are 0.5-0.9 mmol/L. I’ve been very strict in my keto diet for a while, but the aches and pain in my arms and legs from my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue persists. The good news is my brain is a lot clearer and I’m able work again. It’s so difficult to find any doctors here in Sweden willing to run the tests I need to dig a little deeper into this. What would you suggest I do to help with my health issues? Thanks for your input. Susan from Sweden – Why is the blood glucose response to a higher-carb meal greater since I’ve gone strict keto than it was when I was only eating low-carb? Hey Jimmy and Will, Can you explain more about the blood glucose rebound effect that happens after eating keto for a while and then having a higher carb meal? I’ve noticed much higher blood sugar readings when I eat carbohydrates while on a ketogenic diet than I did just eating low-carb. I suppose it’s sign that my insulin resistance has gotten worse, but I can’t imagine why since I’m on keto. Granted, it is not always perfect in my keto diet and I don't track macros anymore. But my normal readings two hours postprandial might have been 130 before but now it’s 160. Good luck with your six-month sabbatical, Jimmy. And thank you for answering my question. Donna – How can I optimize my keto lifestyle with the APAO2 gene mutation that makes it difficult to process saturated fat? Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole, I have been keto for a year and a half and I’ve lost 60 without taking any medications. I recently learned that I have the APAO2 gene mutation that makes it difficult for my body to process saturated fat. My doctor insists that I cut my fat intake and eat a lot of vegetables. My LDL-P is 2418 and my heart calcium score came in very high at 268. I also have high oxidized LDL. I’ve been dairy-free for a year which has helped me boost my HDL cholesterol to an all-time high of 49. I took statin medications for almost 18 years before the side effects became too much for me to bear. I’m 68 years and just want to be as optimally healthy as I can possibly be. The one bright spot is my inflammation marker hsCRP is stellar at 0.3. Should I be eating more lean proteins and increasing my intake of avocado, olives, and nuts along with eating more leafy greens?  I am considering the Ketotarian way of eating since it seems to fit my genetic needs at this time. I just hate to give up so many of the animal-based foods I enjoy. Thanks for your help, Kenneth – Will a ketogenic diet help patients dealing with atrial fibrillation? Hi Jimmy and Will, I just listened to your special episode with guest cohost Dr. Jay Wiles from a few weeks back where you discussed the bogus a-fib study. As someone who has this condition, I appreciated your input on that. But you guys didn’t say whether keto would help with this disease or not. My experience has been that my heart palpitations get worse eating keto and that if I backed off my thyroid medication I get relief from this. I’m not sure why, but I suspect it is the hormone regulatory effects that come from a ketogenic diet. Unfortunately, when I did this my TSH shot way up to (yes, that’s not a typo—338!), and my doctor was obviously VERY concerned. I went back on the medication for fear of not knowing what impact chronically high TSH would have on the body. (I live in Canada and doctors rarely test any of the other numbers on the thyroid panel). Can you talk more about what impact eating keto has on patients with a-fib? Thanks so much. Brenda KETO TALK MAILBOX: – Is using senna leaf as a daily laxative to deal with opiate-induced constipation causing damage to the microbiome and general gut health? Hey guys, I eat >keto, but have a really bad case of opiate-induced constipation which forces me to use senna leaf as a laxative on a daily basis.  I try to boost my gut health with fermented foods, probiotics, and digestive aids. But it seems I’m hopelessly addicted to taking laxatives since I can’t poop without help. This is probably a silly question, but is my microbiome suffering from this? I haven’t had a solid stool in months. So embarrassing! Thanks for helping me with this! Kristin

1hr 14mins

18 Apr 2019

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151: Overwhelming Carb Cravings On Keto, Deposits Of Cholesterol On Face, Genetic Liver Cirrhosis, Bloating On Keto, Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment

We’re back for another info-packed episode of Keto Talk! In this episode, Jimmy and Dr. Will Cole answer your questions about Overwhelming Carb Cravings On Keto, Deposits Of Cholesterol On Face, Genetic Liver Cirrhosis, Bloating On Keto, Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment, and more! “It’s not the ketogenic diet that failed them, it’s how they prepared for it and what they were eating that was not working for them.” Dr. Will Cole People can so easily psyche themselves into doing keto badly and then blame keto for not working: Tried the Keto Diet, and I Hated Each Second of It Paid advertisement HOT TOPICS: Do people with Celiac disease need to eat more fat due to poor absorption? Does keto lead to an elevated level of bilirubin in the urine? Should I be concerned about my LP PLA2 being elevated (over 200) after starting keto? Why is my fasting insulin so high at 7.3 despite being strict keto without cheating at all? What if any impact does your blood type have on your body’s ability to be in ketosis? Paid advertisement HEALTH HEADLINES: Nutritionists Reveal Why People Listen To Low Carb Gurus Instead Of Science “Keto Diarrhea” Is Just One of the Many Gnarly Truths About the Keto Diet Best way to lose weight fast is to SWITCH between keto and low-carb diets Meatless meat is having a moment. Will eggless eggs be next? Low carb diet leads to “clinical remission” in three case studies of adults with type 1 diabetes STUDY:  Train your brain with computer game to eat less sugar “I think the best ketogenic approach in the world will become unraveled if you aren’t sleeping and are stressed.” Jimmy Moore Your Questions: What can I do to help get rid of the persistent and overwhelming carb cravings that hit me even while eating keto? Hey Jimmy and Will,  I recently joined in on Jimmy’s 7-day fasting challenge on Instagram and they were so incredibly helpful. I was really hoping that would be a reset for me and a springboard into eating clean keto. I’ve been struggling for years with on again off again low-carb eating, but I just have super intense carb cravings. I ended up going through my time of the month and struggling through that last day of the fast and then crashed and burned back into eating tons of carbage afterwards. I caught your emotional eating JIMMY RANTS episode and I just need some help with figuring out how to conquer the craving insanity that I just can’t always willpower through. I want to be successful once and for all, but I’m feeling like a failure here, yo-yoing at very high weights, with Type 2 diabetes. I know that the answer to this lies within eating a keto template and I’m not afraid to put in the hard work to make it happen. But I definitely feel controlled by food.  I refuse to believe that I have to have a dangerous weight loss surgery to conquer this problem, but I’ve been winning some battles but losing the war for years. What do you recommend for the obsessive, overwhelming cravings, and persistent thoughts about food? How do I get actual control over this? Thanks so much, Rhonda If cholesterol isn’t a bad thing, then why did keto lead to these permanent deposits of cholesterol underneath my eyelids? Hey Jimmy and Dr. Cole, Thanks for this podcast. I started reading Jimmy’s book Cholesterol Clarity recently because I developed these yellow bumpy lines under my eyes and was told it’s because I have high cholesterol.  I went to the doctor and immediately they wanted to put me on statins. I hate going to the because of this kinda thing. They didn’t even go over the results with me. They had the front desk call me and tell me I had a high cholesterol number and that there was a prescription for statins waiting for me at the pharmacy.  I didn’t take them, of course, and I retested after a three-month, 30l-pound keto weight loss and it was even higher. The doctor again insisted I take a statin and I again refused.  My question for you guys is if cholesterol isn’t bad, then why do these permanent deposits of cholesterol end up on my face? They look horrible and I’m told they will never go away on their own. How and why does this happen? I wanted to show you these yellow things on my face and I wondered if you had any knowledge about them. Thank you for answering my question. Louise Would a genetic liver cirrhosis condition be hindered or helped by eating a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet? Greetings Jimmy and Will, My boyfriend was recently diagnosed with liver cirrhosis which developed as en effect of a genetic disorder he was not aware of. He’s never been much a drinker and he definitely doesn’t drink now. He works out regularly and eats somewhat “healthy” according to his doctors. He’s in great shape especially for someone with only 20% liver function. I read somewhere that a hepatic diet is made up of primarily carbs since protein breakdown is impaired and fat is bad for the liver. I by no means consider myself an expert on nutrition and metabolism, but this sounds like total BS to me. It doesn’t make sense to feed your liver carbs which turn into sugar. In my mind, it just makes sense that a keto diet is the way to go in conjunction with coffee enemas perhaps. What do you think? I want to learn and do as much as I can to help my boyfriend have the best life and the best health possible.  Thank you, Brenda Why do I have bloating when I eat keto foods? Why won’t my Ketonix breath ketone analyzer show the presence of ketosis with anything I do? Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole, I love your show and never miss an episode because it really helps keep me on track. I’m a 31-year old breastfeeding female and have been eating keto since January 2017. When I transitioned to keto, I had already been breastfeeding my daughter for 10 months and I was starting to struggle with weight gain and hunger that was much worse than when I was pregnant. I ate whole organic foods and took probiotics for years but still consumed far too much sugar (honey, coconut sugar, and grains) and I knew I had to make a change when I started gaining more weight than I ever had in my life and having an insatiable appetite for sugar.  My transition was rough and I had keto flu and lightheadedness for weeks despite consuming plenty of water, salt loading, and taking a multimineral supplement. Urine test strips at the time showed that my ketones were off the charts high. At the beginning of my pregnancy my hemoglobin A1C was prediabetic, but after a few months on keto it was down to normal. My fasting blood sugar in the morning is now 83, and it drops to 76 after my 25 minute beginner’s strength training workout and 59 two hours after my usual breakfast of scrambled eggs. In the evening, 2 hours after dinner, it is around 80. I lost about 30 pounds in the first months and my milk supply never dropped (I’m still breastfeeding now, almost a year on keto later, with no problems.)  I love the ketogenic way of eating and am so thankful to be off carbs, but I have two main concerns: the first one is constant bloating. When I still ate carbs I had stomach pain every morning that improved after eating breakfast. Now that I’m keto I tend to feel very bloated after meals. I eat dairy and nuts, but temporarily cutting them out of my diet and it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Sometimes my worst bloating is after eating something like riced cauliflower with bacon. It seems like everything sits in my stomach too long. And I really can’t handle seltzer water! I once had a UGI endoscopy in my stomach for the stomach pain years ago and it showed everything normal except for low stomach acid. Could that be the problem? How do I increase stomach acid? I also sometimes have nausea and an acid taste, like reflux symptoms, although I’ve never had heartburn.  My other concern is with testing my ketones. I use the Ketonix breath analyzer and no matter what I do, I blow green. If I have a glass of dry champagne the night before and keto treats full of almond flour and cheese, I blow green the next day. If I intermittent fast for three days and eat very strict keto, I still blow green! How is this possible? Am I truly in ketosis? Thank you so much for your help! Rachel KETO TALK MAILBOX: Paid advertisement Would the inevitable diabetic neuropathy be rectified more effectively with IF and keto than with Gabapentin? Hey guys, My boyfriend’s mother was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, she suffers from horrible neuropathy and finds it very difficult to sleep at night which is very common. I have read on the Internet that people with neuropathy most of the time are prescribed a drug called Gabapentin. To my surprise, they are also prescribes to patients as antidepressants. The more I think about it, long-term use of these drugs has to be very difficult on the kidneys and liver which is a double whammy for diabetics who already have issues with both of these organs. To me, it seems intermittent fasting and keto can help solve this neuropathy without the need for any risky medications. In your functional medicine practice, Dr. Cole, have you found this to be true in your patients? Sincerely,  Emi

1hr 11mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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144: Top Functional Medicine Lab Testing Every Keto Dieter Should Be Running

In Episode 144 of Keto Talk, Jimmy and Dr. Will Cole dig into the subject of Functional Medicine and Dr. Cole explains to us exactly what tests every keto dieter should be running and what they mean to you. “It's rarely one thing that is the magic bullet. Normally it's a confluence of different factors. These labs allow us to find the pieces of the puzzle.” – Dr. Will Cole “You can take a shotgun approach with labs and do everything, or use them to really fine tune your health.” – Jimmy Moore The specific tests we talk about in this episode and the ranges you should be looking for: C-reactive protein Inflammation is one primary way disease genes get turned on, and it is generally destructive all over the body. C-reactive protein is an inflammatory protein that, while it is essential for cleaning up bad bacteria, in excess it can lead to accelerated aging, chronic disease, and damage to the telomeres. Optimal Range: < 0.5 mg/L Small dense LDL particles What you thought was “bad cholesterol” (LDL) isn’t all bad, and labelling it so is a simplistic and inaccurate view of cholesterol. LDL particles are proteins that carry cholesterol around in your body. Some of these particles are big and buoyant, while others are small and dense. It’s the small dense LDL particles that can cause damage, while the larger fluffier particles are essentially benign. Knowing your level of small dense LDL particles is much more instructive that simply knowing your total cholesterol, because it is the small dense LDLs – not the cholesterol itself – that indicate a riskfor heart attack and stroke (and thereby put you at risk for an earlier death). Optimal Range: < 200 nmol/L Homocysteine This protein in excess (especially when coupled with a B vitamin deficiency) has been linked to cognitive decline, which can drastically reduce quality as well as length of life. Optimal Range: < 7 Umol/L Hgb A1C This test tells you what your blood sugar has been, on average, for the past two to three months. When it is high, it can indicate pre-diabetes or diabetes, and an elevated A1C has been linked with higher rates of all-cause mortality in patients with diabetes. Optimal Range: < 5.3% Vitamin D This nutrient is responsible for hundreds of different genetic pathways in the body but because most people spend most of their day indoors and get little sun exposure, vitamin D deficiency is rampant. That’s too bad because this deficiency is linked to chronic disease, and optimal levels are linked to an actual preservation of telomeres, meaning you live longer and stay healthier! If that’s not a reason to get a little sunshine, I don’t know what is. Note that vitamin D should be paired with other fat soluble vitamins, like vitamin A and K2, for maximum absorption. Optimal Range: 50-60 ng/mL Fasting insulin When your body breaks down carbohydrates, and to a lesser extent, proteins into glucose, your blood sugar goes up. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin to send your blood sugar into your cells (for energy) and bring down the level in your blood. However, if insulin gets activated too often at too high levels, this has been linked to accelerated aging and telomere shortening. Optimal Range: < 3 ulU/mL C-peptide: Optimal Range: 0.8 to 3.1 ng/mL Fasting blood sugar: Optimal Range: 75 to 90 mg/dL Triglycerides: Optimal Range: < 100 mg/dL HDL: Optimal Range: 59 to 100 mg/dL Hormone testing: Urine and Saliva Other Nutrients: Selenium, Mg, Iron, MMA, Microbiome labs: We look to assess gut health, where around 80 percent of our immune system resides. Intestinal permeability lab: This blood test looks for antibodies against the proteins that govern your gut lining (occludin and zonulin), as well as bacterial toxins that can cause inflammation throughout the body, called lipopolysaccharides (LPS). Multiple autoimmune reactivity labs: This array shows us if your immune system is creating antibodies against many different parts of the body, such as the brain, thyroid, gut, and adrenal glands. The labs are not meant to diagnose an autoimmune disease, but to look for possible evidence of abnormal autoimmune-inflammation activity. Cross reactivity labs: Helpful for people who are gluten-sensitive and who have gone gluten-free and eat a clean diet, but still experience symptoms like digestive problems, fatigue, and neurological symptoms. In these cases, relatively healthy food proteins—such as gluten-free grains, eggs, dairy, chocolate, coffee, soy, and potatoes—may be mistaken by the immune system as gluten, triggering inflammation. To their immune system, it’s as if they have never gone gluten-free. 1. AHCY: This enzyme is responsible for breaking down the amino methionine by converting S-adenosylhomocysteinase into pro-inflammatory homocysteine. Mood disorders are common for those with a double mutation but typically do well with SAMe supplementation. 2. BHMT: The BHMT gene directs the enzyme responsible for the amino acid methionine, the building block in the choline oxidation process for optimal brain function. Changes in this gene are associated with ADHD. 3. CBS No, not the television network! It actually stands for the enzyme that makes the amino acid cystathionine. A mutation of this gene will lead a person to produce more sulfur end products and as a result will need to limit sulfur-rich foods such as legumes and dairy. These foods can increase ammonia levels and contribute to existing health problems. NOS and SUOX are two other genes that can increase sulfur and are linked to immune disorders like asthma. 4. COMT: This gene is responsible for creating a healthy balance of neurotransmitters and, in turn, a healthy brain. A double COMT gene change is associated with increased risk for anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. 5. MAO: The main role of the MAO gene is to clear out excess neurotransmitters like serotonin. When changes to this gene occur it can create an imbalance in neurotransmitters leading to increased rates of anxiety and depression. Those with an MAO mutation, as well as the MTHFR gene mutation, can have a higher rate of histamine intolerance. Because of this even healthy foods such as fermented foods, bone broth, and vinegar can increase inflammation. 6. MTHFR: This is not an acronym for a swear word guys, get your mind out of the gutter. The biggest thing I use DNA testing for is to assess methylation, a biochemical superhighway that help your gut, brain, hormones, and detox pathways function properly. This process happens a billion times every single second so if methylation isn’t functioning well, neither are you. Since I often deal with a variety of gut, brain, and hormonal problems in my clinic it is important to see if my patients methylation is working well. The MTHFR enzyme is responsible for converting folic acid into folate which acts as fuel to the methylation process. A1298C and C677T are the two main MTHFR mutation. When A1298C is altered it can lead to mood disorders due to its important role in neurotransmitter function. C677T changes can cause higher levels of inflammatory homocysteine. Both of these are linked to autism and autoimmune conditions like autoimmune thyroid issues. 7. MTR/MTRR: These are necessary for B12 production, another methyl donor. Those who have this mutation need higher intake of B12 because their body uses it faster than it produces it. Oftentimes people who have this genetic change can also be low in lithium which is needed for mood regulation. We can easily check lithium levels through testing blood and hair. 8. VDR VDR stands for vitamin D receptor. Every single cell in your body uses vitamin D. Other than your thyroid hormone, no other nutrient or hormone can claim that importance. It is responsible for over 200 different pathways in the body. Mutations in this gene make it really difficult to absorb vitamin D. It’s important to know if this is the case for you in order to supplement higher doses on a consistent basis to make sure you are getting enough of this vital nutrient. 9. Detox genes I also look for changes in your detox genes such as CYP1A2, also known as your caffeine gene. This can show just how well you can tolerate caffeine and whether or not it can be harmful or beneficial to your health.

1hr 18mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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136: ‘Dead Foods’ Thinking With Cooked Meat, Gut pH, Melasma And Sjögren’s Syndrome, Triglyceride Spike On Keto, Stage 3 Kidney Disease, Constipation

In Episode 136 of Keto Talk, Jimmy and Dr. Will Cole answer your questions about ‘Dead Foods’ Thinking With Cooked Meat, Gut pH, Melasma And Sjögren’s Syndrome, Triglyceride Spike On Keto, Stage 3 Kidney Disease, Constipation and more! HOT TOPICS: World Cancer Research Fund recommendations on a healthy cancer preventing diet and their philosophy on eating red meat Can you eat keto without having very much saturated fat because of an APOE4 genotype? Are there special considerations with keto for people who have had their thyroid completely removed? Why would Vitamin A levels skyrocket on keto and can there be a toxic elevation of it to be concerned about? What’s the mechanism that would cause weight gain when people start eating low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat? Why do nutritionists think a ketogenic diet will crash your adrenals and what could be done to prevent this? “People that go keto need to be aware that their medicines might need to be adjusted.” – Jimmy Moore “We know the brain benefits of the ketogenic diet. I would advocate people that are at risk of Alzheimer's disease to eat a whole food keto diet.” – Dr. Will Cole HEALTH HEADLINES: What are the long-term effects of a ketogenic diet? Not all carbs are bad: Study shows high-carb diets can promote healthy brain aging Skinny genes the 'secret to staying slim' Trans Fats: Going, Going…Gone : COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE FROM LISTENER KATE:Everything was great until I got to the last paragraph:"While most vegetable oils are good substitutes [for transfats], tropical oils such as palm and coconut oil are high in saturated fat, and their effects on the heart are still unclear. There are also environmental concerns with palm oil: Increased demand has led to large-scale deforestation and animal habitat destruction in Indonesia and Malaysia as land is cleared for new palm plantations. All of this is just more reason to eat whole unprocessed foods, which are naturally free of artificial trans fats.”Seriously, are we now supposed to make food determinations based on “unclear effects” on the heart? and whether is harms the environment? Well then, I believe everything in the grocery store should be examined for these two things. Nothing would be left except products from local farms. And since when are vegetable oils considered "whole unprocessed foods”?I thought Berkeley Wellness was a pretty trustworthy publication - but this just shows me they are like any other tabloid magazine. Getting yeast to make artificial sweets STUDY: Diabetes type 2 warning - the one weight loss diet plan that could cause high blood sugar Jimmy and Will answer your questions: – How can a former raw vegan feel more confident about eating cooked meats when the mentality is these are dead foods compared with vegetables being life-promoting? Hey guys! I love this podcast and I’ve been keto for more than two years. One thing I still struggle with is feeling like I don't get enough veggies in my diet. I used to be mostly raw vegan and still think of plants as living foods that provide living properties like antioxidants that heal the body. Sometimes I feel torn between wanting to make veggie juices or green smoothies instead of cooked meats and other animal-based keto foods because I always thought of them as dead foods. The ironic thing is I know I feel best in ketosis with more energy, stable mood, and no joint pain. Should I be concerned about having these thoughts? Is it really okay to be consuming cooked meats and smaller amounts of non-starchy vegetables? I guess I’m looking for confirmation that this is enough nutrition to build healthy cells. Please help ease my mind. Angie – What is necessary for properly balancing the gut pH levels when you eat keto? Hi Jimmy and Will, I have read your books and am fully dedicated to the keto lifestyle. I was wondering if you guys could share your thoughts on how to stay properly balanced with your gut pH (alkaline vs. acid) while pursuing ketosis. It’s seems adding in a small amount of grains along with the non-starchy vegetables you consume on keto would be enough to balance this. Does this make sense or do you have another perspective on this that I’m not yet understanding. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Kim – Will autoimmune issues like melasma and Sjögren’s syndrome ever fully heal with a ketogenic nutritional approach? Hello Jimmy and Dr. Cole, I’m a 40-year old female who has been battling autoimmune disease (Sjögren’s syndrome) for more than 10 years and I’ve made great strides. I started to get melasma when I was 30 years old and I’m convinced that this is from my hormones going haywire. I am no longer taking plaquenil for pain and inflammation since going keto three months ago and I haven’t felt this good in years. But I really hate the melasma and want to see my body fully heal from this and my autoimmune disease. Will this eventually start showing signs of healing if I stay in nutritional ketosis? Anything else I can do along with keto to spur this on? Dalaina – Why would triglycerides spike early on eating keto? Will keto help stage 3 kidney disease? Hi Jimmy and Will, I started keto three weeks ago and recently had some blood work done that shocked me. I had a huge spike in triglycerides—up to 700! I have had traditionally high triglycerides 150-200 for years. I’ve increased my fat intake and consumed very low carbs (< 30 grams), yet it scared me to see this large jump in triglycerides. It is noteworthy that I am recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and have stage 3 kidney disease. I also recently stopped my statin and beta blocker medications. So my questions for you guys is this: 1. Why did I see a spike in my triglycerides to 700 just three weeks into the diet ? 2. Is a ketogenic diet suitable for someone with stage 3 kidney disease? I have listened to nearly all of your Keto Talk episodes going back to the very beginning. It’s always found this podcast so interesting and I love the great answers and information. Ed KETO TALK MAILBOX: – Why is constipation a problem early on when I switched over from a Paleo diet to keto? Hi Jimmy and Will, I came to keto a couple of days ago from a Paleo diet and I used to have a very active bowel system, especially in the morning. I’ve never experienced constipation in my life, but I’ve gotten it eating keto and it’s showing up as a bloated belly. I’m struggling keeps my carbs low and protein moderated while all these fats on keto have made me nauseous and I’m hungry. What am I doing wrong? I drink a LOT of water, including bone broth and magnesium at night. I’m also eating spinach, chia seeds, and castor oil to try to get things moving. Do I need psyllium husks or digestive enzymes? Thank you for your help! Morena Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

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7 Feb 2019

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141: Sore, Dry Eyes, Normalizing DHEA Levels, Keto Healing Stroke Damage, Elevated Prolactin Levels, Ketosis Causing Vertigo

In Episode 141 of Keto Talk, Jimmy and special guest cohost Dr. Jay Wiles from DrJayWiles.com  answer your questions about Mixed Messages About Keto, Hypopituitarism, Convincing Skeptics Saturated Fat Is Healthy, Insulin Pump And Ketosis, Type 1 Diabetic Weight Gain On Keto, and more! HOT TOPICS: Dr. Wiles shares about the intricate role that a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet can play on overall brain health, cognitive performance, and overall psychological well-being. Can a ketogenic diet help with ocular migraines? Does eating keto improve the headaches that are associated with a brain colloid cyst? Why does eating keto and fasting have such a calming effect on your mood and mental health? Is there a period of keto-adaptation necessary to see an improvement in an EEG for persistent sleepiness? Will a ketogenic diet be dangerous for someone with chronic anxiety and a general eating disorder? “Nobody ever asks if the SAD diet that people have eaten for years is the cause of diabetes, but they jump at the chance to blame keto.” – Jimmy Moore “With a ketogenic diet we can significantly reduce the occurrence and severity of migraines.” – Dr. Jay Wiles HEALTH HEADLINES: – Low-Carb Diets Linked to Higher Odds for A-Fib – NIH Study Probes Impact of Heavy Screen Time on Young Brain – Diet for Alzheimer's: Waikato trial to pit ketogenic and healthy diets against the disorder – STUDY: New study links Alzheimer's disease with liver function and diet Jimmy and Jay answer your questions: – What can I do to prevent the sore, dry eyes that came on when I switched over to keto to help with chronic daily headaches? Hi Jimmy and Jay, I went into ketosis for a few months before Christmas with the hope that it might help me with chronic daily headaches I have had for many years. It really helped and I'm hoping it can be the cure I’ve been seeking for so long. However, there were a some side effects which I wonder if you could help with like sore, dry eyes which feels like I’ve drank too much alcohol. What’s going on with this? Liver issues? Dehydration? Lack of sleep? When I switched back over to a “normal” diet during Christmas, my eyes got a lot better. Since the beginning of the year I’ve cut my carbs again (but not fully keto) and the eye pain is back again. I’ve tried supplementing daily with magnesium, potassium, fish oil, a multivitamin, 5-HTP, a probiotic, and butterbur (which is supposed to be good for headaches). I also put pink Himalayan sea salt in my water and drink 3 liters of water daily. Any help you can give for this issue would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work! Sean – Will keto help normalize my DHEA-S levels as my blood sugar and insulin levels come down into the healthy range from eating keto? Hello Jimmy and Dr. Wiles, I’m a female in my early 40s with elevated DHEA-S coming in at 509. My endocrinologist did additional testing to rule out congenital adrenal hyperplasia and nothing came up. I also have elevated postprandial blood sugar due to metabolic syndrome which also comes with extra weight around my midsection. My question for you guys is this—could my glucose/insulin issues be the reason why my DHEA-S has increased? Or is it vice versa? And will keto help bring this level into normality? I’ve been doing keto for several months and have lost almost all the extra weight around my middle, but I’d love to know more about this DHEA thing. Thanks for your help, Lisa – Can a low-carb ketogenic diet help bring about healing for the symptoms of someone who has experienced strokes in the past? Hi Jimmy and Jay, I love Keto Talk and find it so helpful! I have been looking for information on stroke and keto but have not find anything yet. My boyfriend had a couple of strokes many years ago and now suffers from brain fog, chronic pain, and other quality of life issues. I have been eating keto for a couple of months and have seen so many great benefits. I can't help but think my boyfriend would benefit from doing it as well. Is this wise? Thank you for answering my question, Chiara – Is my elevated prolactin levels a result of my low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet? Hey Jimmy and Dr. Wiles, Thank you for playing such a strong part in my journey to better health. In January 2014, I weighed in at 285 pounds and lost 50 pounds with juicing. After slowly gaining back all the weight after getting frustrated with doing that, I then got diagnosed as prediabetic in June 2016 and it terrified me since my older brother has Type 2 diabetes. Fortunately I found the work of Tim Ferriss which led to me the cyclical ketogenic diet and then into full-time keto which helped me lose over 100 pounds. So far so good, right? I recently went to the doctor and got some bad news about my prolactin levels indicative of the health of my pituitary gland. Normal range is 2.1-17.7, but mine came in at 63.9! Is this increase in prolactin a result of eating keto or is it something completely unrelated to my diet? My doctor is going to run an MRI to see if he can find out more about it. Is this normal for ketosis? Thank you in advance, Sean KETO TALK MAILBOX: – Is developing vertigo a common problem with switching over to a ketogenic diet? What is added or subtracted from the diet that would cause this? Hi Jimmy and Jay, After doing keto for a little while now, I’ve just experienced vertigo for the very first time. Is this a common side effect of keto? Does it mean I’m getting too much or too little of something in my diet now that would cause this? I’d appreciate your help in understanding this. Jodi

1hr 35mins

14 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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137: Dr. Will Cole’s Functional Medicine Clinic Patient Profiles

Today on Keto Talk, Dr. Will Cole shows us some examples of real-world patient cases that have been treated with functional medicine in episode 137. Highlight Quote: “My heart and passion is getting to the root cause of what's causing people to struggle, using functional medicine in a ketogenic context.” -Dr. Will Cole We talk a lot about health and healing through the prism of a real food ketogenic approach and looking at wellness from a Functional Medicine standpoint here on Keto Talk. Dr. Will Cole from DrWillCole.com is a practicing Functional Medicine Practitioner and brings us a special treat today as he gives us a look at some real world examples of conditions he has helped treat at his clinic using this unique approach. Here are some of the topics Jimmy and Will discussed in the patient examples in episode 137: – Lyme / Viral major components Face and lips swell any time she has an exposure to food she shouldn’t. Dramatic increase of symptoms with exposures Falls asleep at table eating/ Extreme fatigue. – Alopecia Hair growth after 4 months. Hair, eyelashes and eyebrows Significant weight loss. Significant anxiety decrease – SIBO/ Stomach distention Within one week up to 95 % of symptoms has resolved First time her stomach has been flat in 4 + years. Mood stabilized. Major factors in case: stress and diet. – Autistic Improvements with interaction with parents Improvements in mood Trying to communicate Mood stabilizing. – Diabetic/ Mold exposure Mold numbers consistently low. Had remediation of kitchen and c3a has improved. – Dizziness, autoimmunity , blurry vision (parasites) Since dietary changes / improved vision / symptoms 60% resolved Highlight Quote: “When you get the hyper reactivity to mold, it's nothing to play with.” – Jimmy Moore ITUNES REVIEWS: Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts


14 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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140: Mixed Messages About Keto, Hypopituitarism, Convincing Skeptics Saturated Fat Is Healthy, Insulin Pump And Ketosis, Type 1 Diabetic Weight Gain On Keto

In Episode 140 of Keto Talk, Jimmy and Dr. Will Cole answer your questions about Mixed Messages About Keto, Hypopituitarism, Convincing Skeptics Saturated Fat Is Healthy, Insulin Pump And Ketosis, Type 1 Diabetic Weight Gain On Keto, and more! HOT TOPICS: Will’s Functional Medicine perspective on Jimmy Moore’s upcoming 6-month sabbatical (what to expect, the mental challenge, health changes that should happen, and acclimating to the work load again when he returns) Is cutting back on fat the first change to make when weight loss isn’t happening on keto? What are the effects of long-term ketosis on female reproductive hormones, specifically estrogen production? Since the liver needs glucose to convert T4 to T3, does this mean keto leads women especially to develop hypothyroid unless they eat some whole food carbohydrates? How can I deal with the continued hormonal headaches that are reduced but not completely eliminated with keto? Is it true that there may be some health concerns associated with consuming cooked fats (i.e. makes them more carcinogenic). “As a rule I don't use avocado or olive oil for cooking because butter, coconut oil, lard, and all these stable saturated fats do such a great job for cooking.” – Jimmy Moore “I think being proactive and addressing health issues before they become serious is a brave move and one that is a counter cultural idea.” – Dr. Will Cole HEALTH HEADLINES: Vegetarian Keto Diet: Yes, Even Plant Eaters Can Thrive With Fewer Carbs & More Fat Diabetes Management: Here's What Makes Apple An Ideal Fruit For Diabetics The keto diet and cancer: Why some doctors believe ketosis ‘starves’ tumors Your Avocado Toast Is Getting More Expensive. Blame the Healthy Fats Trend Global Keto Diet Market : Growth Opportunities, Market Status grow at CAGR of 5% in 2023 STUDY: Effect of A Very Low-Calorie Ketogenic Diet on Food and Alcohol Cravings, Physical and Sexual Activity, Sleep Disturbances, and Quality of Life in Obese Patients. Jimmy and Will answer your questions: – Are concerns over lack of nutrients and acidity in the body on keto valid? How can you cut through the confusing mixed messages on keto? Hello guys, I am incredibly frustrated with my keto experience so far and hoping you can help. I am a 5'3" female and weigh 155 pounds. I started this journey to help me with brain fog, afternoon slumps, and energy level issues and I finally started to feel better after a really rough two months trying to get keto-adapted. While I have gotten better now, it seems to be a bumpy ride so far.  As a runner I’m seeing a negative impact on my endurance, my menstrual cycles have become very intense, and I’ve experience zero weight loss (although that’s not a goal, it would be nice to see). I’ve been doing a ton of research and listening to podcasts trying to figure out if I’m doing something wrong and perhaps seeing if getting the benefits of keto is any different for women as compared with men. I hear things about keto causing acidity in the body which is the precursor to the development of disease and it kinda freaks me out. My diet is very rigid most of the time eating mostly organic foods,  very little red meat, and focused on fish, chicken, turkey, and more vegetables thanks to reading Ketotarian and Dr. Anna Cabeca’s new book. I’m ready to give up on my keto plan because of the lack of nutrients and acidity concerns. There seems to be so many mixed messages about keto that I don’t know what to believe and how to do it the right way for me. My desire is to be healthy, not skinny. Can you help me out? Thank you for answering my question, Dana – Why would ketones not show up in blood testing from two years of eating very low-carb? Does it have to do with hypopituitarism and will keto perhaps help with this? Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole, I’m a huge fan of Keto Talk and I learn something new every time I listen! I have been eating real food keto staying under 20g of carbs daily for the past two years but have never registered more than .02 on my blood ketone meter. Is this normal for someone who has hypopituitarism? Can eating low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic help with this? Thanks again for all you do, Danielle – How do you convince friends who think saturated fat and cholesterol are leading to heart disease on keto? Are there third party resources that can explain all of this? Hey Jimmy and Will, Saturated fat and cholesterol are the primary concerns that my vegan and vegetarian (and even my SAD dieter) friends point to when it comes to the keto diet. Even when I point out that plant-based food sources such as coconut and olive oil both have more saturated fat than most animal-based foods, they argue that this way of eating will raise cholesterol and saturated fat levels in the blood which will inevitably lead to atherosclerosis and heart disease. I’ve asked them to read your book Cholesterol Clarity, Jimmy, but my very intelligent and mostly skeptical friends want resources from “unbiased” sources since you are a prominent figure in the keto space. I really need some third party resources to share with them about the healthy role of saturated fat, cholesterol, and why a ketogenic diet is a positive thing for the body. I’m shared about Nina Teicholz’s book The Big Fat Surprise as well as the Joe Rogan podcast debate between vegan Dr. Joel Kahn and Paleo diet practitioner Chris Kresser. Do you have other suggestions? Thanks for your help! Jodi – Does being a Type 1 diabetic using an insulin pump make it that much more difficult to get into a state of nutritional ketosis? Hello Jimmy and Dr. Cole, I am a Type 1 diabetic since before I was 2 years old and I’m on an insulin pump as well as dealing with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroid, and celiac. I eat low-carb keto and my blood sugars stay in tight control. My thyroid levels are very good thanks to the Nature-throid medication I use. But here’s my problem—I can never get into a state of nutritional ketosis. Is it because I’m on an insulin pump and there is a constant flow of basal insulin being injected into my body? Over the years, I know I've become insulin resistant and have gained weight especially in my midsection. I'm 47 years old and ever tried working with a personal trainer for two years…but all I did was gain more weight in my belly. Why is my body holding onto fat and not burning it when I’m eating keto? Thank you for helping me with this puzzle, Harmeet KETO TALK MAILBOX: – Why would a Type 1 diabetic getting good ketone levels struggling with weight loss unless calories are significantly reduced? Hello Jimmy and Dr. Cole, I'm 54 years old, 5’2”, and 143 pounds, and needing to lose just a few more pounds. I currently have 25% body fat and lift weights regularly. I've been a lot like you, Jimmy, trying all different kinds of diets and reducing calories—but nothing seemingly works! I know I got too hypocaloric at one point and increased my calories again. I’m a Type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump and don’t need very much insulin because I keep carbs below 20g, 70-80g protein, and fats from eggs, avocados, butter, cheese, and fatty meats. My blood ketones are in the healthy range of 0.7-1.9. As much as I believe in keto, I can’t deal with gaining weight. The only time I’ve seen the scale move is when I’ve cut calories to 1100 a day. But I know that’s not a healthy level for me to be consuming long-term. Why is this so hard for me? It feels like all of the low-calorie, low-fat diets I’ve always suffered with. I really thought keto was different from those. Please help me figure this out. Sherri ITUNES REVIEWS:

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7 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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147: Offalcast: What Nutrient-Dense Organ Meats To Eat And Why

In Episode 147 of Keto Talk, Jimmy and Dr. Will Cole do a deep dive on the subject of offal and why it is so important to eat 'nose to tail'. “Especially for people following the carnivore protocol, this is great because offal is one of nature's multi vitamins.” – Dr. Will Cole “When you think back to our hunter gatherer ancestors when they got an animal they didn't let any part of it go to waste.” – Jimmy Moore Offal and organ meats are most popular when used from beef, pork, lamb, or poultry. The different kinds of organ meats that you can eat include: Brain Heart Liver Kidney Tongue Gizzard Sweetbread History Of Organ Meats Each culture has their own opinion of organ meat and each views it slightly different than the next. In some cultures, organs are consumed daily while in others certain organs are illegal to eat. One thing that stands true for all cultures is that organ consumption has changed over the years.Centuries ago, not only were organ meats just eaten, they were praised and loved. When food was hunted and gathered there was a lot of effort put into supplying it for families and tribes. Hunters didn’t just walk to the local supermarket to buy meat, they had to fight for it. And when you’re putting that much effort into hunting food for your family, you use every ounce of it that you can. Not only was it eaten just so it wouldn’t go to waste, the organ meat was reserved for the respected society members. Whether it was the political kings and leaders, the hunters, or the elders; the organ meats were regarded as the best and saved for the best. Over the years it has changed to be eaten by all, not just the well respected, in almost all countries. In some countries, organ meats are served as common street food and others as appetizers and entrees in expensive restaurants. No matter how common throughout the world though, eating organ meat isn’t a widely loved meat here in the United States, yet. Why People Avoid It I will admit that the taste can take some getting used to, but they provide far too many benefits to avoid it. Another reason that organ meats invoke negative perceptions is the thought of toxins. The misconception in our society is that the animals’ toxins are stored in their organs; and when eaten, the toxins now move into our bodies. This would make sense, however the toxins are not actually stored in an animal’s organs. The organs, the liver in particular, are where the toxins move to get filtered out. Once there, the liver doesn’t store it, but rather decide where it should be moved to. Most times, the liver moves any toxins to the kidneys where it is then expelled through urine. The toxins are removed from the animal’s organs and bodies before it has the chance to enter our bodies. Benefits The benefits of eating organ meat reach far and wide. Each one acts as a superfood that provides many more nutrients to our bodies than the animal muscle meat that we normally eat. 1. CoQ10 One of the main nutrients that organ meats offer is the Coenzyme Q10, otherwise known as CoQ10. This coenzyme is found in the largest amounts in animal hearts. Like all coenzymes, our bodies naturally produce this nutrient, but only in small amounts and not enough that we need. That’s where organ meat comes in. CoQ10 is also designed to help other enzymes digest and break down food. When it comes to energy, it isn’t always the same and instead comes in many different forms. The form that our cells use is called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. But when our energy comes in the form of fat or carbohydrates that we eat, how does our body make that change to supply energy to our cells? CoQ10 is crucial for the body to begin and sustain the ATP synthesis process to continually supply our cells with energy each day. Our brain and cardiovascular systems are also impacted by this coenzyme due to its antioxidant features and its effect on oxidative stress. Although further research is needed, it is recommended to people with or at risk for cardiovascular disease to up their CoQ10 intake along with regular medications. Eating foods high in CoQ10 helps fight the backlash that come with these prescribed medications and keep blood flowing. When it comes to our brain, it has been shown that those with cognitive disorders have lower levels of CoQ10 that contribute to the issue. As potential agents are looked for to combat the cognitive decline we see on a daily basis, research suggests that CoQ10 has potential to be used medically to fight the decline. 2. Vitamin A Organ meats also offer one of the largest amounts of the antioxidant Vitamin A. When taken in supplement form Vitamin A in mass amounts can result in toxicity; but, Vitamin A present in food does not lead to any toxic results even in large amounts. When the body breaks down nutrients from food sources it can access how much our individual bodies need and expel any extra, avoiding any issues. There are two types of Vitamin A: retinol, or active Vitamin A, and beta-carotene. Active Vitamin A is present in organ meats and other animal meat in smaller quantities. This type can be broken down and used by the body right away, making it a perfect source to get this nutrient from. Beta-carotene, found in many vegetables, cannot be used by the body unless broken down and changed. Even though vegetables are great for you, they are an inefficient source of Vitamin A because of the work and stress it has on our bodies just to use it. Vitamin A can also do a lot of good when it comes to the immune system. In a recent study of children under 5 in Colombia, they came to the conclusion that increasing the childrens’ Vitamin A intake was the most effective way to protect against disease. Not only was it the most effective, it was also the least expensive way to protect the immune system in the children to ensure health. When Vitamin A is present, the mucosal barriers that become damaged by infection can regenerate and repair themselves to provide immune protection. If your body is lacking this immune-boosting vitamin, then regeneration does not occur and infections become more prevalent and can spread faster. One of the most noticeable benefits of Vitamin A is the glowing and clear skin it can lead to. Its support of cell regeneration keeps wrinkles away while the anti-inflammatory properties protect against acne and skin irritations. 3. B Vitamins Organ meats also supply us with important B Vitamins. All of the B Vitamins that are present in organ meats offer some kind of help to our cardiovascular systems. These vitamins can maintain healthy levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, blood triglycerides, and homocysteine. When all of these are at healthy levels, the risk of developing a heart or cardiovascular issue is greatly diminished. Vitamin B7, also referred to as biotin, is known for its ability to enhance beauty through the positive effects it has on hair, skin, and nails. One thing needed for radiant skin is fatty acid synthesis, and, of course, biotin aids this process and can therefore fight the effects of aging and prevent wrinkles. Biotin deficiency and thyroid problems can both lead to thinning hair and hair loss. This can be reversed and restored through incorporating more biotin into your diet. The same is true for restoring weak and thinning nails back to full health. For this reason many beauty products and beauty enhancing supplements can be found with biotin. However, biotin is not as effective when use topically compared to when it is when ingested. 3 ounces of beef liver provides 30 mg of biotin, which is the daily recommendation for adults. The B Vitamins in organ meats also aid in hormonal health and pregnancies. Folate, otherwise known as B9, is one of the most needed vitamins for mothers and babies for a healthy pregnancy. Folate supplements are often recommended by doctors, but I truly believe that when available, food medicines are the best way to get your daily dose of vitamins. Vitamin B6 can also decrease the risk of erectile dysfunction, reduce nausea related to pregnancy, and calm menstrual cycle cramps. Vitamin A for immune system calming. Vitamin A is essential for a strong immune system, and vitamin A deficiency has been linked to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes. Researchers suspect the reason has to do with our dendritic cells, which send out a “red alert” at the sign of a supposed invader, to stimulate immunity, or a “calm down” message that tones down excessive and damaging immune reactivity. The “calm down” message makes use of vitamin A! Vitamin K2 for brain and spinal cord healing. One study in the Journal of Neuroimmunology found that vitamin K2 was effective at inhibiting the pro-inflammatory iNOS in the spinal cord and the brain immune system in rats that had multiple sclerosis symptoms. That suggests it could do the same for humans, but unfortunately, K2 is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the western diet. You can fix that with the right food medicines! Iron to replenish deficits. Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is linked to many autoimmune diseases, but it isn’t clear how much of this is cause and how much is effect. One likely reason is that ferritin (stored iron) is mostly absorbed in the intestines. When absorption is compromised by inflammation and autoimmunity, iron stores can fall too low, and as you may already know, damage to the gut lining and leaky gut syndrome are considered (in functional medicine) to be preconditions for autoimmunity. Micronutrients to quell inflammation and promote optimal function. Micronutrient deficiencies – especially of selenium, magnesium, and zinc – are associated with several autoimmune diseases. That’s likely primarily due to chronic inflammation, which decreases the absorption of these vital nutrients. Yet, these micronutrients are required for the healthy production and conversion of the thyroid hormone, and thyroid problems such as Hashimoto’s disease are some of the most common autoimmune conditions. Supplementing with these micronutrients can help get thyroid issues back on track as you work on healing the gut and decreasing inflammation to increase micronutrient absorption.


25 Apr 2019

Rank #13