Taylormade Kraft Testing
In December we pioneered the first Metabolic Kraft clinic in the UK. Together with Dr Donal Collins and collegue Debbie Cox we tested 7 of my current clients to provide them with real-time Kraft curves and a metabolic profile interpretation like this
A “Postprandial insulin assay is the earliest biomarker for diagnosing pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and increased cardiovascular risk” Dr James J DiNicolantonio.
My clients therefore were eager to know what sort of shape their metabolic health was in. In addition this assessment allows if there is metabolic dysfunction a faster response to lifestyle changes than glucose assessment.
Made famous by Dr. Joseph Kraft, a clinical pathologist, who ran 3,650 glucose-insulin tolerance tests. developing what is now known as the Kraft curve.
Of the 3,650 glucose tolerance tests, 1,713 were defined as normal (for diabetes mellitus) according to the criteria of the American Diabetes Association.
Of the 1,713 tests which would have been judged normal strictly on the basis of glucose tolerance, 50% were demonstrated abnormal on the basis of insulin tolerance, and another 14% were borderline results. 2.5% were displayed insulin response.
This means that 2/3 of the tests that would have been judged normal by the Glucose Tolerant Test were found to be latent diabetic when the Kraft Prediabetes Profile test was taken into consideration.
This is the power of insulin assessment!
My clients were all in good metabolic health and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to learn more from each other and from themselves in what action they have taken over the last few years is keeping them healthy.
Some of the comments from the day were:
“It was very enlightening. Pleased my ‘internals’ are working well… must be all the good groundwork we have been putting in”
“Thank you for this amazing health check. It is reassuring to know all’s well.”
“Great experience, nice to meet other people interested in their health. The whole experience was really well organised and professional. Thank you for the information.”
“The new insulin testing offered by Taylormade Performance & Rehab is truly enlightening. Andy’s explanation of insulin’s role in the body and associated potential diseases, coupled with my own personalised insulin resistance profile gave a real insight into my own health. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to look after themselves both today and for their future selves.”
“Long term health has been a key driver for changing my eating habits, I want to be a fit and healthy role model for my children and I want to be around to watch them grow up.
The metabolic testing was really part of that whole journey - it confirmed to me that I’m on the right path and that I am healthy- if I hadn’t made the changes I did 2 years ago then based on the results I would most certainly be more at risk of disease and poor long term health.”
If you are interested to learn more about the Kraft test pllease also see the soon to be launched site www.meterbolic.org and video attached below.
We would love to add more sites around the UK and the world. So, if this sparks your interest and you want to have a test, support or collaborate, then please drop a DM to myself for information and discussion.
Would love to hear from you and discuss your role in the next phase of our Metabolic Revolution!
Sport and genetic testing
For sports people genetic tests should be the natural base to evaluate how much of their potential they are exploiting.
Many sports people are convinced that adequate training combined with correct nutrition (and here we could open a bible of considerations) permit them to achieve the best performances.
However before an allergy there can be an adverse reaction to a food which then becomes an intolerance, but even sooner an adverse reaction is then a reduction in absorption of nutrients, so basically many people have "correct" nutrition that due to different reasons (intestine, genetic predisposition, over feeding) doesn't let them use the 100% of proteins, vitamins etc.etc).
On this basis if you accept this concept the first thing to test is the engine, is the "burning efficiency" of the engine working well and checking if the fuel used is the best for that specific engine.
So the first easy test to offer is the intolerances one (TIAMI 180 but if the analysed subject is not in particular a food explorer that loves to test and eat anything the TIAMI 90 is more than enough). TIAMI is FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST IMMUNOENZYMATIC METHOD in a Italian TEST INTOLLERANZE ALIMENTARI METODO IMMUNOENZIMATICO (TIAMI).
TIAMI 90 crossed with a food weekly journal allows for a clear picture of how much food energy is being exploited in the patient.
TIAMI test offers as well the possibility to evaluate intestine wellness 'cause if the patient is eating correct food in terms of tolerance but complains about some problem with intestine (abdominal swelling, difficult or too easy evacuation, acne, excessive sweating, etc.etc) we can presume that there is a dysbiosis in progress that causes an inflammation .
What could be worse for our well-being than not doing any kind of physical activity?
Probably do it wrong....
Let’s start from the assumption that we are not all born to do marathons or endurance races like "ironman" then the first consideration that has to be made before venturing into any sport discipline, is what type of exercise best suits us and our actual physical “shape”.
With several pounds more than our weight form, when trying to recover our physical fitness to decide to go jogging every evening for 90 minutes is not the most suitable choice, our knees and our back if asked would not agree...
We have always to consider that a wellness program starts from a healthy diet developed on our predispositions, our tastes and our lifestyle so, once again, combining homemade or "hungry" food programs with Olympic exercise only leads to stress unnecessarily on our body and our metabolism.
We have to be aware that in a slimming program the exercise aspect helps for a 20-30% not anymore.
To continue to eat “random” even if combined with the best fat burning exercise does not lead to anything: many people after weeks spent training have not lost weight, and in cases that they have lost it is more in liquids than fat mass.
Before starting any sport activity it is always recommended to do a medical examination in order to check our state of health to avoid future problems: if 20 years ago we were a skilled footballer or good tennis player remember that it was 20 years ago.
Time unfortunately is not a friend of health and basing our recovery in form in a program on past splendors is not a wise approach.
To support well-being 150 minutes per week of aerobic activity are enough; however it’s totally useless to do everything on the weekend and you should try to distribute these 150 minutes on seven days.(20 per day)
Often on Sundays you see on the streets "cyclists" who would like to be a Tour de France participant, weighted in pedaling, body and spirit, “veterans” of a 80 miles tour then after that from Monday to Saturday the only sport practiced was the “fridge door opening” convincing themselves that a single exhausting weekly session resolves the "problem" weight/ well-being.
It would be enough to look at our profile in the mirror to verify that this is not so.
Twenty minutes a day, a little less or more, can be found and it is a small sacrifice that our health will appreciate.
If we combine this manageable physical activity with an adequate food plan, based on a preventive medical investigation and not on the diet downloaded from the internet, our silhouette will join the applause of health and we will find ourselves enjoying a new optimal sense of wellbeing.
In conclusion: "do it yourself" as it is a cheap choice does not always bring positive results, so we do less but do it better. Don’t work harder work smarter!
No drastic and dramatic choices, no low-calorie diets, no exhausting gym session at 9 pm because we don’t have time before: let’s wake up half an hour before, take your breakfast at home, let’s get used to having healthy snacks, eating healthily and taking care of ourselves and our silver years will be better because we have invested a little but consistently.
Little but on a regular basis is the best formula that ensures lasting results without stress.
Andy Taylor & Dr.Fabrizio Reggiani
Taylormade Health Check Membership
With 7 in 10 people (in the UK) looking to make health improvements post COVID-19, now is the best time for YOU to make that step.
We use a tailor made approach to your health assessment that looks at your physical, mental, social aspects of your life. Apart from the physical assessment we want you to have an idea on how you feel about yourself and what you are capable of and what areas of your life are a priority for you and what you are putting in place to make those areas as strong as you want them to be.
How it works:
•Body Composition Analysis, Body Composition Scales Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA), Tanita,
Non-intrusive, Simple print out
Takes 20 seconds,
•Waist Circumference. Waist to height score
•5km Row cardiovascular MAF assessment
•Squat, Lunge, Press, Pull, Brace, Hinge Strength Assessment
•Wheel of life Assessment, Self Esteem Questionnaire, Self efficacy for exercise Questionnaire
Explain metrics, educate, coach,
agree goals & actions before next measure
3. Book follow-up
Next appointment in 3 month period
Membership provides x4 measures per year for £240
Monthly Assessment £720 per year
THIS IS NOT A GYM
MEMBERSHIP. This is a Health Membership.
We do offer a Supplementary Scheme which includes
•Online training remote or via app; 1-1 or Group Workouts, Classes, etc.
•Coaching, Remote coaching, Personal training, Pilates etc.
•Nutrition coaching, advice, food delivery, meal preparation
•DNA Testing, blood testing ...and much more
We are pleased to be offering our clients and you the opportunity to use the Pulseroll products and purchase them through our website.
We have been using the products with our clients over the last two months and the feedback has been so good that we have jumped at the chance to be able to offer our clients and you the opportunity to purchase their scientifically proven products with unique features.
The Pulseroll Vibrating Foam Roller PRO
with its wider length than the classic roller, the Pro is the most powerful product in the Pulseroll family. Due to the vibrations, there is almost NO need to roll, technique is minimal and it is far less painful to use than a traditional foam roller. Reduce Next Day Soreness and Muscle Pain, 5 speed variations, Controlled easily with the one-touch remote control
Percussion Mighty Mini Massage Gun The mini massage gun has been designed to be your pocket-friendly ally. It helps to keep aches and pains at bay wherever and whenever they occur. Reduce Next Day Soreness and Muscle Pain, Increase Blood Flow and Flush Away Lactic Acid, Perfect to use all over the body.
Pulseroll Percussion Massage Gun PROThe Pulseroll Massage Gun PRO treats problem areas with short, strong pulses. A hand-held deep-tissue tool that uses rapid strokes to stimulate blood flow to the muscles. Reduce Next Day Soreness and Muscle Pain, Increase Blood Flow and Flush Away Lactic Acid, Perfect to use all over the body
Pulseroll Vibrating Massage Peanut BallThe innovative peanut shape ideally fits comfortably around the muscles, targeting the desired area with precision and best suited for myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and deep tissue massage.
Can be used on almost any part of the body, Controlled easily with the one-touch remote control, Portable and Lightweight
Pulseroll Vibrating Massage Single BallSmall but powerful; the Pulseroll Single Ball helps to reach and specifically target trigger points, combined with our vibration technology that can penetrate deeper into the desired muscle fibres.
4 vibration settings, Can be used on almost any part of the body, Portable and Lightweight.
All products have been scientifically proven Scientifically Proven to Reduce Next Day Soreness and Muscle Pain, Increase Blood Flow and Oxygen to Muscles and have been Approved by Physio's and Pro Athletes.
To get hold of the product you need today check out our online shop to order https://www.taylormaderehab.com/store/c10/Sleep_and_Health.html#/
At Taylormade we are acutely aware of the demands of juggling a business or businesses with family life. We understand that to be truly productive in every area of your life requires a concerted effort to manage your time and to make sure that time is well spent in the support to your wellbeing and your productivity.
Therefore, we have created a programme that maximises the time you spend in developing your health, strength & happiness. Our 30minute programme with sessions on a Monday & Thursday morning with classes between 6.30-7 & 7.15-7.45am is ideally placed to optimise the start to your day.
Ground in neuroscience being up early in the day giving you the opportunity to get morning light on your eyes that increases alertness and is the most important strategy you can do to support your mental and physical health (metabolic wellbeing, positive function of your hormone system, mental health steering in the right direction). This means getting outside even if there is cloud cover without sunglasses, how long depends on the brightness of the morning from 5mins-30 mins (minimum to fantastic). The neurons that pick this light up convey to the brain that it is daytime and time to be alert.
Ok so back to the exercise once you have your alertness.
How does exercise impact your brain and health? Data going back to the 1990s supports the idea that physical movement of particular kinds can support brain health and brain function both in the immediate term and long term. So it should have a profound impact on how you structure your day. Getting blood flow to the brain; The brain is an organ too, it is the most metabolically demanding organ in your body, its receiving those metabolic factors, those fuels by way of the vasculature blood vessels, capillaries and veins and things of that sort. So movement is very crucial to get your brain to function properly and movement of various kinds actually.
Resistance training turns out to be as important as endurance training because of the way it stimulates the release of particular hormones actually from bones, things like osteocalcin, which can positively impact brain function and support the health of existing neurons as opposed to increasing the number of neurons (increasing the number of neurons turns out may not be as beneficial as we may think due to incorporating new neurons into existing circuitry is actually very challenging for the brain to do).
So why 30 mins? Working out for too long- over an hour can be detrimental because of raising cortisol which is not always bad if it is appropriately timed and the appropriate low levels but you don’t want your cortisol levels up through out the day or big spikes in cortisol repeatedly, so keeping workout bouts relatively short can help with that so shorter bouts of exercise is more optimal.
So getting the timing and exercise combination right across your week, not too long or too short has been shown to be immensely beneficial for things like brain derived neurotrophic factor (increased connections in the brain), limiting inflammatory cytokines, for promoting anti-inflammatory cytokines, provided the exercise is of the proper duration and that its not so intense that your actually creating damage to the various systems of the body and your health breaks down.
Strength training with Taylormade is about stimulus to fatigue ratio to get optimal muscle hypertrophy. The optimal stimulus to grow more muscle. Crossfit for example = tons of fatigue but you never really hit failure super deliberately in any muscle group so the stimulus to fatigue ratio is horrible. So in our programme the goal is the highest stimulus to fatigue and the lowest time and equipment and remember the reasons for not thrashing yourself for long periods of time with lots of fatigue is that this can be detrimental to your health and we want to optimise your health so you can start to see how it fits the literature and research.
With the protocol we use you get greater stimulus for hardly any fatigue and hardly any time constraints with hardly any equipment which means that outside of our coached sessions you can continue at home. By trading intensity for duration, we can get our health benefits in a time frame that fits into your daily life. The highest lean mass to the lowest fat mass with this type of training and our nutrition advice also will help to maintain your metabolic health which means that the risk of diabetes, stroke, cardiac failure are all massively reduced.
If you are someone with limited time and your health is a priority then please send us an enquiry to learn more and to find out about the other parts of our programmes from nutrition, programming, pilates, injury management and mindfullness training to incorporate on your health journey.
Physical activity and health have never been more important than they are right now. We all know the physical and mental benefits of exercise but with the addition of the COVID-19 pandemic it has brought peoples health into the spotlight. It has been reported that people less physically active prior to getting COVID-19 have a higher risk of severe outcomes from the virus than those who are regularly physically active, according to a new study “Physical inactivity is associated with a higher risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes:a study in 48,440 adult patients, published in the British Journal of Medicine, April 13th.”
As we try to immunise the world, the most likely scenario for the next few years is that COVID-19 will be more like other infectious diseases, such as flu, that we will continuously manage and protect ourselves against.
Exercise is one of the best ways to do that. We know that physical activity is one of the most effective ways to prevent chronic diseases, along with diet and quitting smoking.
A study in 2008 found that physical inactivity is responsible for more than five million premature deaths every year- “Effect of physical inactivity on major non-communicable diseases worldwide: an analysis of burden of disease and life expectancy, The Lancet, 2012.”
It is important that anyone taking part in a new exercise regime understands their current health status and that the regime meets the individuals current ability level, so that additional stress is not put on the body. It is also helpful if the development of physical activity and movement quality can be achieved gradually over time and there is an assessment whereby the individual can see progress .
Anyone returning to exercise after contracting Covid 19 should be aware of the current Considerations and recommendations for recreational athletes returning to activity after COVID-19.
Each patient with COVID-19 is unique. Although general patterns in COVID-19 have been reported, there is a wide variance of disease expression. Each patient with COVID-19 recovers at a unique rate. There is currently no algorithm guiding a patient’s stepwise return to activity. The severity of disease appears to affect the duration of recovery, although this has yet to be proven. Return to activity after COVID-19 should be guided by a body-system approach that includes the cardiac, pulmonary, hematologic, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal systems. Clinicians should advise patients to return to activity in a slow, gradual, stepwise manner. Patients should be given instructions to speak with their health care provider should they develop symptoms in the body systems listed above.
Exercise should not resume if a patient with COVID-19 has persistent fever, dyspnea at rest, cough, chest pain, or palpitations. Any COVID-19 patient with an underlying cardiovascular or pulmonary condition should consult a physician prior to resumption of exercise, even if asymptomatic. An otherwise healthy patient with a self-limited course of COVID-19 who has been asymptomatic for 7 days may begin resuming physical activity at 50% of normal intensity and volume. Consultation with a physician is recommended if patients who have had COVID-19 develop chest pain, fever, palpitations, or dyspnea on the resumption of exercise." https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11420-020-09777-1.pdf
Jordan D. Metzl, MD & Kathryn McElheny, MD & James N. Robinson, MD & Daphne A. Scott, MD & Karen M. Sutton, MD & Brett G. Toresdahl, MD. Considerations for Return to Exercise Following Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19 in the Recreational Athlete. HSSJ (2020) 16 (Suppl 1):S102–S107
To see the range of services that we provide, that can help you achieve a greater degree of health and wellbeing please go to our services page or contact us page so we can answer any of your queries. https://www.taylormaderehab.com/services.html#/
The human body has to be considered like a soil.
When we are young our body is rich in nutrients: minerals, vitamins, and hormones combined with a healthy and balanced diet to help keep this perfect "world" in balance. Life, however, hardly offers to us optimal epigenetic conditions that permit to maintain these conditions over time: frenetic rhythms, stress, little exercise, bad diet, medicines in addition to natural ageing lead us from the age of 35 years on wards to impoverish this soil.
Through the years, the blood tests clearly show that mineralogical and vitamin deficiencies are more and more frequent with the consequent increased possibility to favor the onset of different pathologies. To maintain these values optimally, unfortunately, the diet even if healthy, is not enough, because it also depends on a number of factors related to the environment in which we live, the work we do and, in women, pregnancies, menopause and other factors mean we need help.
Nutriceutical science based on natural organic phytotherapy products helps to restore and maintain optimal levels of nutrients, helping also to modulate the hormone levels related to the proper functioning of organs essential to optimal metabolism.
Why organic? Our body is not a sponge that absorbs any substance.
Supplements of chemical and synthetic origin are marginally absorbed by our organs in the indicative measure of 10% while products of organic origin are absorbed around at 90%.
And this must be a clear evaluation parameter for those who need supplements.
However it should be underlined that dietary supplementation should be made exclusively under medical supervision and not following self-proclaimed advertisements that promise miraculous results by taking supplements or multivitamins often of chemical origin or under the advice of people who do not have a specific medical preparation; even worst when we rely on word-of-mouth.
What was good, assuming that what really brought positive results and always carefully considering the placebo effect triggered by expectations rather than real effects, to our best friend does not mean that it will be good for us too.
Taking supplements without knowing what our corresponding physiological levels are, related to elements we are taking, at best it wastes money because with already optimal levels we will dispose through urine and feces the "miraculous" effect, and then how useless a supplement will be.
Often, however, an uncontrolled and probably useless intake involves fatigue for kidneys and liver, intestinal inflammation risking to cause disorders or trigger latent pathologies such as allergies, intestinal intoxication and dysbiosis as well as being able to present possible allergic interactions with any current drug treatments.
It is therefore necessary to pay attention to what we take in the form of a supplement because there is no seasonality, age or climatic conditions that require universal intake of food supplements, but an individual physiological need that must be previously verified and evaluated by a medical professional in the sector.
Through specific blood tests we can establish what your body really needs for your wellness in a dedicated program that will take care of your diet, fitness and any need of your body to achieve the best well being.
Contact us for a no obligation consultation to find out how the support of supplements can aid any vitamin deficiencies you may have in the most natural way possible.
Dr Fabrizio Reggiani and Andy Taylor
The fact that the intestine is our second brain is no longer a new concept.
The enteric nervous system of the digestive system contains 500 million neurons and represents a real autonomous system that affects the central nervous system (brain and marrow).
Many people suffer from depression, hypersensitivity, intestinal dysbiosis, intestinal irregularities, being overweight, which are all factors that affect our well-being.
Although several of the listed disorders are sometimes associated with neurological processes, the central nervous system is not always the only one responsible as it interacts with the whole physiological system of the person.
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Difficulties in concentration
- Increase, loss (rarely) or difficulty in weight control
- Hyperactivity or motor retardation
- Moody or depressed
These are the typical symptoms of an intestine that does not work optimally.
These alterations are often associated with deficiencies in the gut microbiota (the set of micro-organisms found in our intestines), which carries out and contributes to numerous physiological activities; from synthesising nutrients and vitamins, to helping the digestion of the food we ingest, to modulating the levels of hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline, which when high contribute to stress.
The Immune system, which is of the greatest importance through the Covid-19 epidemic especially, is found in the intestine. A nonperforming intestine is a facilitator of diseases!
Various diagnostic solutions have been developed on these scientific considerations and patient needs: microbiota and intestinal permeability tests carried out on patients suffering of depression, stress and overweight revealed serious deficiencies and alterations affecting mood, basal metabolism, immune system, neuroendocrine and the neural system.
Intestinal tests are not invasive, just a self blood sample with a finger prick and a urine sample to be able to have a complete overview of health conditions of our intestines and are therefore suitable for every type of patient of any age.
The rehabilitative treatment is often "simply" based on the assumption of prebiotics and probiotics, not medicines, that combined with a food rehabilitation program and moderate exercise allow you to regain intestinal well-being, the physical form but also the serenity of the gut.
We offer several personalised tests on the microbiota and intolerance's that have already solved dozens of cases of patients "apparently" suffering of "pathologies" that instead were attributable to a low-performing intestine and an altered microbiota.
Once the intestine has been fixed, the other disorders have disappeared or fallen to manageable levels with proper nutrition and simple natural remedies, regulating and optimising the metabolism of the person allowing him\her to control their weight more easily.
This topic would certainly deserve more space and insight that our consultants will be happy to provide you during an informative interview without commitment focused on your needs.
Dr.Fabrizio Reggiani & Andy Taylor
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May 23rd, 2020
FOODS TO AVOID!!!!
Any food with added sugar Crisps Fast food (unless you trust the brand and you know the ingredients) Sugary condiments like ketchup, marinades and salad dressings unless they are free from sugar and other nasties
SWEET THINGS All confectionery and (non-dark) chocolates (including ‘protein’, ‘energy’ or ‘breakfast’/’snack’ bars)
Artificial sweeteners – aspartame, acesulfame K, saccharin Agave Canned fruit Coconut blossom sugar Cordials Fructose Glucose Jam Malt Rice malt syrup Sugar – white, caster, icing, light brown, dark brown Sugar-cured or commercially pickled foods Golden syrup
FOODS CONTAINING GLUTEN All flours and all breads made from grains containing gluten Barley, Bulgur, Couscous, Durum, Einkorn, Farina Graham flour Kamut Matzo Orzo Rye Semolina Spelt Triticale Wheat Wheat germ
OTHER GRAIN-BASED PRODUCTS All commercial breaded or battered foods (breaded chicken nuggets, battered fish, etc) All commercial breakfast cereals (muesli, granola, corn flakes, choco pops, cold porridges, etc) All crackers and cracker breads
DRINKS All energy drinks All soft drinks, including diet drinks Commercial fruit juices Commercial iced teas Flavoured milk and milkshakes
DAIRY-RELATED Commercial cheese spreads Coffee creamers Condensed milk Ice cream and commercial frozen yoghurt
FATS All industrial seed and vegetable oil derivatives Butter spreads Canola oil Cottonseed oil Corn oil Margarine and shortening Rice bran oil Sunflower oil Safflower oil
PROTEINS Highly processed sausages and luncheon meats like Meats cured with excessive sugar
Eat the foods in the picture to satiety!
Weight loss & Health.
The Taylormade approach.
This is the single most liberating action you will take in the next few months.
It is another one of those important psychological moments in your mission to turn your health around, a process to allow you to kick things off in the right frame of mind. Head into your kitchen and chuck out everything that contains any ingredients on the red list. Don’t lie to yourself. There will be foods, drinks and condiments you absolutely love that you think won’t make a difference. The passion-fruit cordial, the ketchup, the Worcestershire sauce, the emergency ice cream in the freezer… It must all go in one great symbolic cleansing.
Set a time on a date that you and someone else can both be available. Commit to completing the job in one day. Then, take the lists, your friend and a refus bag and go through your food cupboards, throwing away everything
The clear-out is best done on the weekend (at the end of your Observation phase) so you don’t have to rush it. If possible get your partner or a (Banting) friend to help you with the process. A witness adds accountability. Take a photograph of all the unhealthy carbs and processed foods you’re piling up before throwing them away – a snapshot that you will return to in the future with amazement.
Read some of the labels of the junk you’re binning. Work out how many teaspoons of sugar they contain (1 teaspoon = 4g). Many breakfast cereals are one quarter added sugar. Some condiments are a half added sugar. Think about how they’ve contributed to your physique and your health.
This is an act of motivation and practicality. Just doing it will serve as a mental marker, a turning point for you. It also removes any temptation from your house, which will assist in times of weakness in the weeks and months to come.
Put your pictures up on social media. You'll want to share how much sugar, processed carb and oil you found in your cupboard. Some of your friends may be just as intrigued to find what is lurking in their kitchens.
Until the next post I hope you have enjoyed learning about the Real Meal Revolution and the Taylormade approach. If you would like further information or start on one of our programmes please go to our services and inquire for the help you are looking for to move your health forward for the future of yourself and the people you love around you.
Final note on sugar to many unknown!
As per calculations found in: it is the glycaemic response to, not the carbohydrate content of food that matters in diabetes and obesity: the glycaemic index revisited |Unwin| journal of insulin resistance 2016. Twitter @lowcarbmd
Further infographics supplied by Zoe Harcombe and Eat better south Africa
The Four Horseman of the Carb-pocolypse!
The 4th in the series,
Inflammation in the body is designed to treat threats as they arise, not on a permanent basis. Although the inflammation in a specific area or organ might have been triggered to address one specific threat, when it becomes chronic, the side effects of inflammation can lead to a vast array of further conditions over time, with the body effectively turning on itself.
Although there are drugs to treat the illnesses associated with chronic inflammation, they cannot offer a cure because the core problem remains. As you age you must be prescribed more drugs in bigger doses, and in time you may need further drugs to treat the side effects of those drugs.
Today, chronic inflammation is recognised as a particularly dangerous threat to long-term health, and we believe it is a threat that needs to be dealt with at its root. It is a mechanism that we seek to address in Banting 2.0, both directly and by reducing things associated with it, such as insulin resistance and leaky gut syndrome.
What is chronic inflammation?
Inflammation is one of your body’s healing processes. If you sprain your ankle or stub your toe, your body responds by increasing blood flow to the area to provide more white blood cells and cellular “rebuilding materials”; as a result, it becomes swollen or inflamed. This process also disables movement in the area, offering protection and reminding you to look after it and let it heal.
Now imagine if you stubbed your toe, but instead of leaving it to heal in its inflamed state, you stubbed it every third day for the rest of your life: in time you would develop chronic inflammation – inflammation that persists for a long time or recurs regularly.
If you first stubbed your toe when you were 20 years old and kept on bashing it for the next 30 years, imagine the result of three decades of chronic inflammation on your fiftieth birthday: you may have had your toe amputated by then, or even your entire foot.
Think of inflammation throughout the rest of the body as similar.
For more information check out this talk from Mikhaila Peterson and her journey through chronic inflammation
Insulin resistance, poor gut health, leaky gut syndrome and chronic inflammation are four interconnected mechanisms that fuel much – possibly the great majority – of our long-term maladies today.
Weight loss & Health.The Taylormade approach.The Four Horseman of the Carb-pocolypse!
The 3rd in the series,
Lying adjacent to the layer of gut flora described in the last post is your intestinal wall. This is lined with a selectively permeable membrane which, unlike a normal permeable membrane (like a coffee filter), is genetically coded to allow only a specific selection of chemicals, proteins, enzymes, fats, and sugars through it into the bloodstream.
The cells that make up this membrane are bound together with organic bonds called “tight junctions” that usually require about 50 different biological processes to separate them, like a 50-step PIN code. The tight junctions would typically separate when the gut detects the trace of a new virus or toxin, allowing a microscopic trace of the toxin between the cells into the bloodstream before closing – the theory being that these trace elements teach the immune system how to fight the infections, similar to the way a vaccination works. This immune reaction causes minor inflammation but it is so short-lived you’d probably never know it happened.
The great gut disrupter is wheat (actually, gluten). Only cultivated for about 400 generations – and for many communities, the exposure to it has been far more recent than that – wheat is seen by many doctors and dietary experts, whether LCHF proponents or not, as damaging to many, if not most, humans.
For more information check out wheat belly by Dr William Davis!
Wheat – along with barley, rye and other grains – contains gluten, of which gliadin is an important constituent. In the human gut, gliadin has the unique ability to activate a protein in the intestinal membrane called zonulin that miraculously unlocks the 50-step PIN code, separating the gut-lining cells and allowing random large molecules into the bloodstream: food particles, bacteria, stomach acids and pretty much any toxic substance that was destined to be flushed down the loo rather than absorbed into your body. This is known as leaky gut syndrome.
When all these foreign molecules make it into your bloodstream, your immune system responds as it would against those microscopic traces; only this time on a much grander scale. The scene is thus set for a range of auto-immune diseases to potentially take hold in those genetically predisposed to them. Coeliac disease has long been identified as a hypersensitivity to gluten, but even those not predisposed to it may experience similar symptoms when consuming gluten-containing grains, the result of what’s now known as non-coeliac gluten sensitivity. Leaky gut syndrome is now associated with type-1 diabetes, coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestion-related maladies, while gluten consumption is believed to negatively affect the brain, increasing the chances of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of senility.
Thanks for reading and hanging in there! I know there is a lot to ‘digest’ in this series. In the last post of this series we will learn about chronic inflammation. Until then I hope you find that one as interesting as the previous series learning.