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Robb Wolf’s Fish Oil Calculator

The magnificent Robb Wolf, the guy behind The Paleolithic Solution, has published a simple yet very informative fish oil calculator. So if you’re unsure how many grams you should take in per day, pay a visit here! Also to check the doses for your trainees if you have some.

March 27, 2010 at 15:12 2 comments

Omega-3 for Alzheimer’s

It’s been known quite a while that (heavy doses of) omega-3 fatty acids may significantly improve the condition in people with Alzheimer’s. Among others Dr. Barry Sears has done some experimenting and written about it in his several books, such as Omega Rx Zone. Now the researchers from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and School of Medicine at The Deakin University believe they’ve found out, why omega-3’s prevent Alzheimer’s. Apparently low omega-3 levels in brains and an actual omega-3 deficiency causes the zinc level to rise which results in cell death.

When Alzheimer’s is already the second most feared disease in the U.K. after cancer and younger and younger people tend to fell ill, there’s finally some light to this. By making sure you’re having an adequate amount of omega-3s (at least 2,5 grams per day for an healthy adult) and taking care of your diet (remove processed carbs ie. sugars, cut down vegetable oils and other products rich in omega-6, preferably also grains and possibly dairy, include: organic meats, vegetables, nuts such as macadamia and walnut, fish, eggs, berries, avocado and virgin coconut oil) you can make a difference for your own future.

NOTE: when treating Alzheimer’s and other memory illnesses as well as neurological conditions by supplementing with omega-3, the needed amount is SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER than the amount recommended for an healthy adult. For example Dr. Sears was experimenting with some 20 grams dose of fish oil per day.

Via Jess Banda’s Blog.

March 10, 2010 at 06:35 Leave a comment

Beating the terrible gout

Gout, that wicked and painful lifestyle disease that I would otherwise be completely ignorant of, used to terrorize my dad ever now and then. The pains just attacked out of nowhere and lasted several days if not weeks. My dad and I had read everything about the gout diet and the purines in food which are said to cause gout. My dad obeyed most of the time: no red meat, no beans, no shrimp, no seeds…

Then, in the beginning of last fall 2009, I ran into this article: Gout: The Missing Chapter from Good Calories, Bad Calories. In the article Tim Ferris, the keeper of the Four Hour Work Week blog summarizes the mechanism behind gout and the conclusion is, the purines are pointless! In gout, as well as almost every other known lifestyle (and several other) diseases the diet DOES play a remarkably important role and a diet LOW IN CARBOHYDRATE especially. It seems, that the gout attack is caused by sugar, fructose (fruit sugar) and glucose (also glucose sirap/high fructose corn sirap present in many of the prepared foods, candy et cetera).

Having this knowledge as my guideline I designed my dad a new diet that he immediately begun to follow. Results? Six months gone and no gout pain in sight! My dad’s lost the last few pounds, looks fitter and does a good job working out at the gym and has no problems of following the diet approximately 85% of the time, which is enough to work it’s magic.

So, if you want to give it a go, base your diet on these few principles:

  • cut the carbs: as little bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, sugary and starchy things as possible, also minimize fruit intake
  • eat read meat, fish, shrimp, chicken, turkey, game meat, eggs and full-fat cheese for protein
  • eat butter, organic coconut oil, olive oil, nuts (except for peanuts which are actually legumes) and seeds for fats
  • eat plenty of (no potatoes, sweet potato, corn or yams) vegetables and berries

There it is. Quite classical low carb diet that works perfectly for gout as well. I also suggest to avoid any additives, especially E621, ready made marinades and meals. Opt for as unrefined food that you can and prepare the most of it yourself. Prefer organic whenever it’s possible, especially buying fatty meats.

March 1, 2010 at 21:18 Leave a comment

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