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Plant Medicine for Gout

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Plant Medicine for Gout

Plant Medicine for Gout

 About once or twice a year for the last ten years I have had the pleasure of what I call ‘a bout of gout’. I have done a previous post on this, but wanted to take the time to update the ‘cures’ cabinet. I was lying on my bed with a swollen and painful foot and I was definitely playing the ‘poor me ‘ card, not a lot wrong with that because by playing it my wife dealt her positive cards, which led to new discoveries! She asked a simple question ‘when was the last time you truly felt positive and healthy’? I answered when working at sea 10 years ago (of course I have had great times over the last 10 years, the question was more aimed at a time free from chronic illness) she then asked ‘what were you doing’? This then bought back the memory of some supplements I was taking, which consisted of algae and herbs, I mentioned I still regularly eat algae, but the only herb I remember in that product was ‘Indian Tiger Herb’. She said well let’s get you some of that 😀. My wife then discovered that ‘Indian Tiger Herb’ is actually ‘Gotu Kola’ and is often referred to as Indian Tiger Herb due to the observation of Tigers using the Gotu Kola plant to heal wounds, after researching Gotu Kola I realised it was exactly what I was looking for, but when a bout of gout strikes one is limited on the distance they can travel, so I messaged a couple of friends who said they were happy to help (legends). They took there legendary status further by doing there own research and went and saw a herbalist who added warm lime water, sour tart cheery juice, Devils claw and celery seed to the list, they returned to me with an amazing goody bag. My friends had armed me with herbal wisdom and magic and my wife took me from poor me to let’s look to the positive and pay attention to the narrative because illness easily strikes a negative and pessimistic narrative. With narrative checked and a brew of Gotu Kola, Devils Claw and celery seed after an entree of sour tart cherry juice I was ready to meet my old foe in the battle field (with positive narrative in play, of course). The results are really significant and anyone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or anything similar should in my humble opinion touch base with these remedies. To you all in great health Matt Allen...

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My Top 5 Reasons to Eat More Fat

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Bio Hacking, Blog, Nutrition | Comments Off on My Top 5 Reasons to Eat More Fat

My Top 5 Reasons to Eat More Fat

First thing we should know is that not all fats are good for you. The best fats to eat are the saturated fats, like butter, ghee, coconut oil, and other animals fats from grass fed animals and the monounsaturated fats like olive oil and avocado oil. Polyunsaturated fats, from other vegetable oil sources, should be minimised in your diet and trans fats should be avoided at all costs! 1 – Good quality fats are a crucial raw material for so many processes and components of the body  Most hormones are made of fat and cholesterol and hormones control and contribute to almost all processes and functions in the body. Without a constant supply of high quality fat we can’t expect to feel or function at our best. Fats make up a large portion of your cells, from your brain cells to your skin cells and everything in between, again, without a great source of great fat, Your body will suffer on a cellular level. 2 – Fat is a much better source of energy for your body Fat is much denser and is slower to be absorbed (than glucose) , meaning you have more long lasting energy . Using fat as an energy source does not trigger a release of insulin, like a carb based diet does, which on  chronic basis is absolutely disasterous for the body and can be implicated in a large number of the lifestyle diseases.   3 – Fat eliminates cravings  Due to its slower and more stable absorption, fat is far more satiating for the brain than carb based energy sources. Our brains cause us to crave foods when our brain experiences sharp rises and falls in energy levels as on a carb based diet. On a fat based diet, these sharp energy rises and crashes don’t happen, therefore no cravings are triggered by the brain. 4 – Fat soluble vitamins need fat to be optimally absorbed Vitamins A, D, E and K are known as fat soluble vitamins, this means that these vitamins need to be absorbed by fat to be properly utilised by the body.  These vitamins are very high in dark green, leafy vegetables like our favourites kale, spinach, chard and broccoli. What this means is that we should eat these vegetables with a great source of fat, like butter, ghee, olive oil or coconut oil. What it also means is that eating these vegetables raw, like in a smoothie or juice and without a good fat, to absorb the vitamins, means we’re not getting all the vitamins we could be and we may even be doing some harm to ourselves.   5 – Eating a high fat diet can lead to a reduction in excess body fat By eating a high fat diet and re-igniting the bodies own fat burning mechanism, we can actually begin to burn through any excess body fat we may be storing and be full of energy as a result of that! Not to mention the effects this state of being can have on reversing, slowing down and preventing many lifestyle diseases. Bryan Gohl Note from Editor: Fat does not equal only animal fat, there are many as Bryan has pointed out available to Vegans and Vegetarians. Albeit coconut may not be vegan....

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My Vegetarian, Yogi Identity

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on My Vegetarian, Yogi Identity

My Vegetarian, Yogi Identity

I get it. I really do. Its a great philosophy.   Ideologically speaking, I would be more than happy to eat only a vegetarian diet.   And I did, for about 7 years. With some time as vegan thrown in for good measure.  I remember the day my ignorance was shattered. I came home to find my then girlfriend watching one of those undercover PETA videos, you know, of humans treating animals in absolutely disgusting ways.  Truly horrifying.  I’d never stopped to think where my meat had come from.  I just presumed everything was ok.  Then that video shattered everything. I actually got angry. How could this be happening. Was I a part of it? I suppose I was.  I stopped eating meat instantly.  I went into vegetarianism full steam ahead, my girlfriend and I both did.   Veg curries, salads, grains that nobody knew how to pronounce, ( kwinoah?) juices and smoothies.  I was relentless. I once juiced a raw onion just to see what would happen, if it could be added to my litre of juice a day. You can imagine the result. Heaven knows what I was thinking.   I was the absolute poster child for vegetarian wellness. I bought every seed, nut, green and brown superfood powder you can think of and added them all to my smoothies.  Everyday.  Every smoothie turned into thick brown sludge. Try adding cocoa and spirulina to the same mix.  I was super healthy I told myself.  The result? I felt wonderful, I really did. The zing and pop of having that many raw veg in ones diet everyday really is noticeable. I lost weight too. Only a little mind you.  Had I paid attention, Im sure my skin looked better too.  But things started to go wrong almost immediately too.  It took 7 years for me to admit to myself that my health and my body were deteriorating.  The most obvious symptom was diarrhoea. Then constipation. Then diarrhoea.   Consistently inconsistent.  FOR 7 YEARS!  Can you imagine the kind of denial one needs to have to go through that?  I always had an excuse. Not enough of this, too much of that, forgot to do this, ate that thing I shouldn’t have eaten.  Before I went vegetarian, while still on the Standard American Diet or the Western Diet, I was consistent as clockwork. To the minute, everyday.  No more.  Now I worried consistently about the consistency of my next poo.  Plus I was bloated. Always. I may have been bloated while on the Western Diet but I never paid attention.  I was so permanently bloated that I thought I just had a pot belly, like that was the way my body was shaped. I thought my father’s beer belly had been passed on! Really inconvenient considering I had been working on a 6-pack for about 15 years at that point.  Next, my joints started to fail. First my knees, then my wrists, then elbows and shoulders.  My knees would hurt even during a short walk to the corner store. If I stepped out of the car at slightly the wrong angle, my knee would twist and it would hurt for days.  Same with my wrists, I once opened a jar of nut butter, or at least tried, but my wrist sprained before I managed to get the top of the jar off. I had to wear a wrist strap for 2 weeks. All I wanted was some cashew nut butter, instead I got a badly sprained wrist. At work, as a carpenter, I noticed I was getting weaker, like my grip strength, I knew from experience...

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