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Apr 19, 2014 - 6 comments

Things Killing Your Gut

U.S. scientists discovered that gut microorganisms not only influence immune cell function, but actually support the production of immune cells that form the first line of defense against infection.
About 80 percent of the neurotransmitter serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract—not the brain. Since large quantities of neurotransmitters are manufactured in the gut, that means your GI tract is largely responsible for your general physical and mental well being.
Bacteria that are in our gut help regulate your metabolism. Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN, academic director of nutrition and integrative health programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. "When that's in balance, we have energy and our brain works better. The Human Genome Project, scientists discovered we have fewer genes than a fruit fly, carrot, or pineapple! Instead, the genes we have are always talking to the microbes in our gut.
About one third of people today have some sort of digestive problem on a weekly or monthly basis. A lot of conveniences associated with modern life are killing gut health.
Foods developed in labs, denatured, industrialized fats, high-fructose corn syrup are a mystery to our gut. These new to nature foods give different information to our cells and microbiome," says Lipski, also author of Digestion Connection "Intuitively, we know that different foods have different effects on us; some make us feel energized, some drain us."

High fructose corn syrup needs more energy for the gut to absorb it, that leads to the possibility that you will have gut leakage and inflammation. Natural oils are important to our cells, but denatured, industrial fats stripped of antioxidants and vitamins don't give cells the nutrients they need. "It's the life in food giving us life," Lipski says. "Most people are eating mostly dead foods."

Eat organic to avoid high fructose corn syrup, avoid industrial oils by avoiding processed and fast food.
Carrageenan, is used as a thickening agent in ice cream, yogurt, soymilk, and sour cream and even organic versions. It doesn't need to be used in food. It has caused inflammation in the GI tract, triggering an immune response similar to that your body has when invaded by pathogens like Salmonella.
Wheat is bad, even if you have celiac disease, wheat could be causing acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, and other things. Wheat has been crossbred in the last 40 years that changes amino acids and gliadin protein, which could be making you hungry and damaging your gut. Try quinoa instead It's a seed high in protein it's not a grain.
The Journal of Organic Systems found pigs fed genetically engineered food were much more likely to suffer from severely inflamed stomachs. I guess it's happening to people.

The main ingredient in Roundup, is the chemical nonorganic farmers spray on GMO crops. So much is applied and taken up inside of the plant that the U.S. government keeps increasing the limits allowed in our food. That's bad news for your gut because glyphosate that's the main ingredient  also acts like an antimicrobial, acting like a potent bacteria killing in the gut, wiping out delicate beneficial microflora that protects us from disease. What's left? Harmful pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli.
The best way to avoid GMOs is to eat organic. If you can't then avoid nonorganic processed foods most contain at least one of the most common GMO ingredients made from corn, soy, cotton oil, or canola.
Source:  LEAH ZERBE

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by remar, Apr 20, 2014
Thank you for posting this! Many of the things I already new. But, it's always great to get even more information.
I'm a vegetarian and go for organic whenever possible. I learned about quinoa not too long ago and love it! You can make so many healthy dishes with it. No more wheat for me and my body can tell the difference in a good way.
I sure didn't know about soy. I have it sometimes but mainly stick to almond or coconut milk. I buy organic soy milk. I just looked at the ingredients and sure enough, there's carrageenan in it! Uggh, Out it goes. Now, I need to check almond and coconut milk to see if it's in those.
Thank you so much again for posting this! I may have found a cause for my stomach issues, even though I thought I was eating organic and so very healthy.

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by gymdandee, Apr 20, 2014
Read the book Grain Brain By Dr. David Perlmutter M.D.
As for Soy, Asians eat a lot of soy in their diet, Soy formula is a good choice for infants, Soy-containing foods help prevent osteoporosis, Soy is a healthy food for adults, Soy helps improve libido in men.
The answer to all of the above statements is: false. Those who eat large amounts of soy, especially non-fermented soy, have severe hormonal imbalances that are very difficult or impossible to correct without eliminating or drastically reducing soy in the diet. i have seen soy as an ingredient added to tea bags! Give me a break!! Soy is contained in almost 60 percent of grocery store food. It is in vegetable burgers and hot dogs and is a hidden ingredient in many other foods. And don’t forget soy milk.
One study found that Chinese ate approximately 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons of soy a day. Soy is not eaten in large amounts in Asian countries; rather, it is used as a condiment.
Most of the Western food sources contain soy protein isolate, which is a highly processed, devitalized, and toxic food source that needs to be avoided! No newborn child should be fed a soy-based formula.
In 1997, researchers reported that infants fed a soy formula ingested a whopping 28 to 47 milligrams (mg) of isoflavones That's an estrogen-like compounds found in soy. The author of this study concluded, “The daily exposure of infants to isoflavones in soy infant formulas is six- to eleven fold higher on a body-weight basis than the dose that has hormonal effects in adults consuming soy foods. I could go on forever but I think you know how I feel about Soy! Fermented soy Is OK.

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by sarveshyadav, Apr 21, 2014
Thanks for the advice


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by Sandman2, May 03, 2014
   Not to mention that 93% of the soy grown in the US is GMO.

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by gymdandee, May 03, 2014
There are many different opinions on what "natural" means, since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn't regulate the term.
This past December, California resident Julie Gengo brought a class-action lawsuit against Frito-Lay for advertising its Tostitos and Sun Chips as all natural, despite the fact that both are made with genetically modified corn. Her suit follows another, brought by the same New York City law firm, Milberg LLC, against food giant ConAgra for advertising its canola oil as natural, even though it, too, is made from a genetically modified crop.
labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods. Ingredients made from genetically modified crops, or GMOs, such as corn, soy, canola, and even cotton exist in approximately 70 percent of the processed foods on store shelves, including nearly all foods advertised as "natural". Public opinion polls conducted by Reuters, Consumers Union, ABC News, and the Washington Post all show that more than 90 percent of Americans want genetically modified foods to be labeled, something that is already required in 40 developing and developed nations. "It's even required in Russia and China, two countries not exactly known for progressive citizen action," says Gary Hirschberg, CEO of the organic dairy Stonyfield Farms and one of the founders of a new campaign to force the FDA to require labeling. "America, a country ruled by the people, has not provided this same right to know."
According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 88 percent of corn and 94 percent of soybeans grown in America are genetically modified. In addition to corn and soy, biotech companies have successfully gained patents for genetically modified sugar beets to make sugar, and alfalfa (hay) to feed to livestock. Nearly all of these wind up on your dinner plate in the form of processed foods or in the meat and dairy products made from animals fed genetically modified grain.
Hirschberg says, The FDA said, when the issue of labeling has come up before it said these crops are not materially different from non-genetically modified versions of the same crops. "But they're clearly different."
Robyn O'Brien, a former financial analyst for the food industry-turned-food activist after one of her children had a severe allergic reaction that she believes was caused by genetically modified ingredients.
But there is evidence that genetically modified crops are not as benign as biotech firms would like you to believe. The best-documented problem they pose to people is the potential for food allergies. When plants are crossbred with entirely new species, new proteins are introduced into the crop, and food allergies can develop if your immune system attacks those new proteins and treats them like foreign invaders.

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by gymdandee, May 03, 2014
The most severe, and well-studied, risk of genetic modification is that posed by the pesticides these crops are designed to withstand. Monsanto, designs nearly all its genetically modified seeds to withstand Roundup, a pesticide so heavily used, researchers recently detected it in rain. Because it's so heavily used, workers and those living in agricultural areas are constantly exposed to low levels that can interfere with hormones and, in this way, lead to endocrine disorders such as obesity, diabetes, infertility and heart problems.
Its heavy overuse has also led to an explosion of pesticide-resistant weeds, which now cover 13 million acres, up from just 2.4 million a few years ago. Not only that, but bugs are becoming resistant to it. Farmers in the Midwest now have to contend with rootworms that are developing resistance to the Bt toxin bacterium.

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