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Calories, Do You Worry About Them?

Calories, do you worry about how many you eat? If you do, you’re not alone. A lot of people do the very same thing, they count their calories. If you’re one of those who do, I have a suggestion for you. To help make your job easier and you healthier; it’s not how many calories you eat, that’s important. What’s important is where the calories come from.

Calories are essential to survive, so they’re absolutely necessary and yes if you eat more, you weigh more. If you eat less, of course, you weigh less. That does make eating fewer calories crucial yet eating less to control them can be very difficult at the least if you’re on a carb diet. The simple reason for this is because carbs make you hungry. They create and maintain a hunger cycle that you have no control over, without removing them. That makes, where you get your calories from, more important than how many you eat.

Are the calories you get from the food you eat most from carbohydrates or are they calories from protein and fat? If you’re eating calories from carbohydrates, under the guise of healthy energy, you’re allowing those carbs to make the fat that your body needs to use for that energy. If you’re getting your calories from fat and protein, you’re feeding your body exactly what it needs to survive and thrive. Eating fats and protein also allows your body to heal itself from virtually anything. There is very little our bodies cannot heal from, as long as they don’t have the influence of the glycation that’s the result of carbohydrates contaminating their systems. That means if your body needs glucose, let it make its own.

Whatever glucose you can get from carbs, your body can supply, on its own. When your brain (which is the only part of your body that uses glucose) needs glucose, it can supply the brain with all it needs through a process of gluconeogenesis. Your body reformulates the glycogen in your body to pull glycose out of it to use whenever the brain needs the glucose. (Remember, glycose used to be the name for glucose.)The interesting thing about this little-known fact is that your body makes this glucose, regardless of how much you already have in your body from the carbs you eat.

This all points to the fact that your body will make the nutrients it needs, provided you feed it the proper foods, to begin with, and carbs are not in that group. Carbs make your body make its own fat. It makes that fat out of the carbs you eat with the hormone insulin. (That’s an enzyme you don’t want to be inhibited.) A healthier way to live is to allow your body to make its own glucose instead of fat. This does wonders for the body. As long as you eat enough protein to compensate for the loss of muscle tissue from gluconeogenesis, you’ll never lose vital muscle tissue.

This is why long fasts help you lose so much weight. After your body uses up its own fat to fuel your body, it resets your body to produce growth hormones that not only help keep you thinner; they keep you healthier by repairing your systems for you (usually without the need for medication).

It does this by changing your hormones. The way in which many hormones work is affected by eliminating carbs from the diet. Insulin is soon replaced by glucagon which regulates the gluconeogenesis that takes place in your body whenever it needs glucose. This hormone regulates how fat is burned in your body, whereas insulin controls how fat is stored in your body. As long as you’re eating carbs you’re creating insulin and it’s instructing all the fat you’re making to be stored, instead of to be used. When you remove the carbs from your body; your body changes, from increasing its production of insulin to increasing the production of glucagon which in turn ramps up the burning of your fat. This is why keto diets work so good. It’s also why carb diets work so bad.

That means when you continue a diet of carbs, you’re forcing your body to make its own fat out of those carbs and this is where your problem lies. The fat your body turns the glucose into is not a clean burning fat. It’s a dirty fat at best. It leaves glycated residue wherever it’s burned. That, in turn, gums up your cells…all of them, including your brain cells, your heart cells, your kidney cells, liver cells, every cell that blood flows through including the blood vessels they flow through. This is the true danger in carbohydrate consumption. This danger has been magnified by glyphosate herbicide with its enzyme inhibiting chemicals.

Some of the enzymes that get affected are enzymes that influence behavior. Some of these behavioral enzymes influence your appetite, as well as digestion, making this enzyme inhibitor responsible for more of your hunger and less of your nutrition. (It could actually detract from your nutrition.)

Could that be why Monsanto is so vehement about their product being safe? They must know, cutting the use of enzyme inhibitors in crops will cut down on the need for medication for the changes those enzyme inhibitors impose on the body when they’re consumed by an unsuspecting public. If news like that were to leak out to the world, what do you think that would to the profits of the pharmaceutical corporations they used to own? What would happen to the profits of the food producers that depend on the grain industry to provide them with their flour? Don’t you think that would have a major influence on them if everyone knew that it was actually all of the grain products that Monsanto is responsible for that is making them need the very medications that Monsanto’s old pharmaceutical companies make?

I’m sure the pharmaceutical companies are still customers of Monsanto chemical division now, buying the same enzyme inhibitors to use in heart medication as well as many cancer medications. This is a practice that will only lead only to more and more drug need by their consumers and this is how you get hooked. If you eat grains in any form you’re one of their consumers.

This is what happened to my mother and continues to happen to over 20,000 mothers every day. This vicious cycle is courtesy of Monsanto’s crop seed companies, Monsanto’s herbicide companies through the production of Roundup, and what used to be Monsanto’s corporate partner, Pharmacia.

Cutting down on the use of these herbicides will also cut down on the need to use these same chemicals they need to produce the glyphosate, to make those heart medicines and this is the doom they’ve condemned to our society. Their greed is more important to them than the health and safety of all America. Their glyphosate ensures this for Monsanto even after their patent expired. It also ensures that America is not free, but still under the control of this industry and Monsanto. (It has something to do about the hunger cycle,)

According to Wikipedia; Glyphosate kills plants by interfering with the synthesis of the aromatic amino acids phenylalaninetyrosine, and tryptophan. It does this by inhibiting the enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS), which catalyzes the reaction of shikimate-3-phosphate (S3P) and phosphoenolpyruvate to form 5-enolpyruvyl-shikimate-3-phosphate (EPSP). Glyphosate is absorbed through foliage and minimally through roots, meaning that it is only effective on actively growing plants and cannot prevent seeds from germinating. After application, glyphosate is readily transported around the plant to growing roots and leaves and this systemic activity is important for its effectiveness. Inhibiting the enzyme causes shikimate to accumulate in plant tissues and diverts energy and resources away from other processes. While growth stops within hours of application, it takes several days for the leaves to begin turning yellow.

Your body uses these same amino acids(proteins) for hormone production and maintenance to regulate your hunger hormones, your digestion hormones, and your sleep hormones.  If you’re digestion, hunger or sleep is or has been disturbed, this is your reason why.

This makes your body waste a lot more energy, converting those carbs into fat, so it can use them. If you feed your body fat in the first place, you don’t need to convert anything as the fat is “ready to use”. This last little factor is what’s important to know because it doesn’t require your body to make fat out of the sugar. This is what drains your pancreas from its supply of insulin. It also glycates your blood and it’s this glycation, that leads to more modern disease than any other one thing. If you can control glycation, you control all inflammation. Controlling all inflammation means that you’re controlling all modern diseases created by inflammation (by which most are generated.).

This fact combined with the fact that Roundup affects the enzymes phenylalaninetyrosine, and tryptophan, means that they’re also affecting your hunger patterns and your digestion. That creates a double dipper for the food industry and pharmaceutical industry. And they do this legally, thanks to a patent law from 1954 and a ruling from an old Monsanto lawyer saying that modifying seeds for any purpose, is legal. I’m sure they didn’t realize the consequences at the time, their actions would have on humanity.

One of the enzymes affected in your body is Phenylalanine, is a precursor to tyrosine; the monoamine neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine  (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline); and the skin pigment melanin. Affecting the phenylalanine is going to affect how your other hormones work that is influenced by these enzymes. Tryptophan is an enzyme that influences your hunger by influencing enzymes that affect hormones that are influenced by what you eat. This is why your hunger is greater now than it ever was in the past and this is why the obesity epidemic, diabetes epidemic, CVD epidemic, cancer epidemic and dementia epidemics have worsened alongside the increase of glyphosate sprayed on American crops.

That means you must get your calories from healthy fats and protein. These are the foods your body prefers. It can live on carbs but carbs are only supposed to be used in times when we can’t get the protein or fat. The healthiest fats to partake of are MCT fats, Medium Chain Triglycerides. They’ll balance your cholesterol which is much healthier than just lowering it. Balancing is will actually lower your LDL by increasing your HDL. It’s the HDL that cleans out your cells of the spent LDL that’s been fed into it. If your body can’t clean out the burned LDL out of your cells, the LDL backs up in your blood increasing your overall cholesterol. What’s worse? If you accumulated this LDL from eating carbs, it’s dirty LDL, which is going to leave a residue inside your cells and this is what turns carbs into poison. That residue is what leads to all the modern diseases known to man. If you can cut down on that residue, you can control all disease.

Protein and fat have been the basis of our diet as far back as our species started walking the savannah. It took millions of years to develop. We’re not going to change that overnight by reverting back to a diet of carbs. That’s insanity in my opinion. Homo Sapiens went through well over 100,000 years eating protein and fat supplementing it with carbs. Today, the basis of our diet is carbs and we supplement it with protein and fat. This practice urged on by a grain industry that’s interested only in profits and not public health, has proven deadly for all Americans. Since the expansion of the use of Roundup, this practice has become the deadliest practice that anyone can take part in. Not even the extensive exercise our ancestors had from running all the time could have saved them from the ravages of this weed killer.

This weed killer has turned into a people killer, through its enzyme inhibiting functions and this is something Monsanto continues to deny. (They’ve made lying to the public law, with their placements in the USDA, FDA, EPA and probably the CDC all to ensure their success in carrying out that grandiose ruse that grains are healthy to eat and that you need to eat more of them. Hold on to that thought because we’re going to look into why they’re pushing this on the public like they are.

Thousands of years ago in our Paleolithic state, we were primarily carnivores. Just like bears we developed the ability to digest plant food making us omnivorous instead of just carnivorous. However, eating carbohydrates has its bad side, and it’s called glycation. Protein can’t create glycation. Fat can’t create glycation. They both need the glucose to do that. That makes glucose a natural poison that we’ve been eating for over 10,000 years, only to be ramped up in the last 50 years or so to where the proliferation of its use is now sending hoards of people to their premature deaths. It’s also making these same people very sick for extended periods of time before they die. It also makes people sick while they continue to eat, what now are really dirty carbs, due to the glyphosate herbicide sprayed on them as many as four times before they reach your table. Think about that for a minute.

The bread you make your sandwich with has been poisoned, right under your nose without your consent, or knowledge, which forces you to need the pharmaceuticals that this same company produces. Who knew that this addiction that’s been forced upon you claims your health with every bite you take? You should know what addiction this is, by now and what you can do about it. What they’re selling as safe has escalated death rates from diabetes to brain cancer, from Alzheimer’s to atherosclerosis, all evidenced by the rise in cancer rates in the farmers that use this weed killer.

It’s also evidenced by the rise in autism since the start of spraying, 40 years ago. Autism rates climbed steadily for 15 – 20 years from the early 70’s when they started using glyphosate, until they too, skyrocketed in the 90’s when glyphosate usage multiplied. Now glyphosate is at an all-time high with every rate of modern disease at an all-time high as well. Yet Monsanto and its industry refuse to acknowledge the true damage they’re doing to our society. It’s their greed that’s driving every pandemic known to modern man. From destroying our health to destroying the environment, Monsanto is leaving quite possibly the largest footprint on our ecosystem, medical system, the pharmaceutical system as well as our agricultural system. They have industrialized legal covert terrorism on an unsuspecting public, by saturating our diets with poisonous food, without telling us. What they should have shared with us, was that they were using us as guinea pigs, for their experiment on the impact glyphosate has on human physiology.

Their experiment has been disastrous for the American people, as well as the world, as glyphosate is breaking records in sales every year, especially since the patent expired 16 years ago. But this isn’t supposed to be about glyphosate. This is about the calories you eat and where you get them from. The glyphosate sprayed grains just tells you, not to get your carbs from that source as that source is now tainted, severely.

Do you get them from dirty sources like carbs or do you get them from efficient foods like protein and fats? Remember where I said that a gram of sugar has 4 calories and that a gram of fat has 9 calories? That only points to the fact that fat is 225% more efficient as a food source. (This is something Monsanto has lied to you, for about 30 years.) With fat being that much more efficient than sugar, it’s no wonder that it’s that much healthier.

Eating the proper fats feeds your body exactly what it’s been running on ever since we’ve been running as a species. A running we did in our Paleolithic years. We ran all day long, either hunting food, tracking down food, or just running down our food. The funny thing about this is, they were all running on empty stomachs, all day long, and not running out of energy. They could only do this by not eating many carbs. Their bodies had to run on ketones and fat, ramped up by adiponectin and other hormones in their bodies that set their brains to grow.

It was this constant practice of exercising every day that made their bodies produce the hormones that allowed them to advance faster than the other species. It was our ability to sweat and cool our bodies that allowed our ancestors to run down their game to feed their families. It was this kind of diet that our bodies ate for 1,000’s of years. Not until the last 60 years or so did we become sedentary and start eating more of what used to take us a half a day of gathering to eat. Most people now get their calories without the gathering or the hunting or the running so they never burn up those calories. They store them. This is the nature of a carbohydrate diet. The same hormone (insulin) instructs the fat it just made to store itself as visceral fat around your midsection until you need it. Your problem is, you seldom need it so it stays as fat.

The bad thing about that is that this fat you just made out of your carbs is going to demand more fat to join it. Fat in your body shuts down the action of leptin, the satiety hormone. When this hormone isn’t working right to tell you when to put down your spoon, it‘s demanding that your body consume more carbs to satisfy it. This leptin resistance leads directly to you needing to eat more and more, just to produce enough leptin to satisfy your addiction. And this is precisely why you should get your calories from protein and a much more efficient fat, rather than carbs.  This is a metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes. This is why the keto diet is taking off so much. It’s not only a fat burning diet, it’s a brain growing, muscle growing diet that truly gives you the best body and brain you can have.

You’re probably asking, what kind of fat is good to eat? I’ve always been told that fat is bad. Until I learned that it isn’t at all. It’s healthy. Actually, it’s very healthy. The industry that told you it was bad had an interest in selling you that idea so you would eat more carbs. They even recommended for you to eat them over the fat. That’s because the grain industry is behind the recommendations for what you eat and their interest is in supplying more grains for you to consume.

Later they found out that a diet of fat won’t lead you to any drug use. That’s reserved for the carb diet and that may have been why this industry dissuaded everyone from consuming a diet of fat. Just like the sugar industry the grain industry has been lying to the public for greater than 60 years about the safety in eating their food. Now, they’ve amplified its danger by dousing it with more and more glyphosate right up until two weeks before harvest. How safe do you really think that makes the food you eat?

Remember the thought I asked you to hold on to earlier in this article, why Monsanto has been pushing the idea that grains are healthy to eat? The answer to that question is because this is a crop that can be marketed to farmers as making them more money by producing more crop. Yet they need to spread more Roundup, to do this, according to Monsanto. (This is something many farmers don’t agree with and are actively trying to resist. Monsanto’s push to own every farmer on North American soil has taken many of these farmers to court where Monsanto has tied them up for years at a time, often, to get them to use their own GMO seed.) This includes Canada where a majority of canola is grown, which happens to be another Monsanto glyphosated crop. This is another one that they like to spray with Roundup right before harvesting to save the lower oil pods that drop off the crop and shatter losing much of the valuable canola oil. (For the farmer, it’s Roundup to the rescue. For the consumer, it’s Roundup to the dinner table where it can continue it enzyme inhibiting actions in the bodies of your family.

Right after Monsanto patented their first seed in 1980, they purchased GD Searle chemicals, makers of NutraSweet in 1985. This was about 14 years after they patented Roundup. (They probably patented the glycation of America.) Their Roundup has done a bang-up job of bringing the senescence of glyphosate to humans. Roundup is advertised as working through senescence, on how it kills weeds. That senescence is rubbing off on our population. It was 7 years after they patented seeds that they patented Celebrex setting themselves up to be a provider of foods that require an early departure to drugs and a never-ending cycle that never lets up until a premature death.

This current cycle of disease, disorder, and death can be traced back to 1954 and the plant act. That’s when they made it legal to patent seeds, later leading to genetic modifying of crop seed, later leading to genetically modifying crop seed to survive multiple uses of an enzyme inhibiting herbicide that induces senescence in humans. This is the genetic modifying of humans by modifying their food. This food that gets modified just happens to be an addictive food that’s been made more addictive by its modifying. If this isn’t criminal, I don’t know what is.

To prevent your premature death, look to make fat and protein the core of your diet. You don’t have to eat nearly as much, or as often, as it’s that dreaded hunger cycle that never appears in the keto diet. That’s because of the arguably worst manifestation of a carbohydrate diet, is the hunger cycle that’s tied to it. I don’t know anyone who would want that. Especially when that hunger gets magnified by what’s been sprayed on it multiple times.

It’s clear to me that the more glyphosate that Monsanto sells, the more disease the public is going to fight. From autism to Alzheimer’s, all modern diseases have increased right alongside the increase of glyphosate usage. The only blessing here is that we don’t have to eat it. We can say no to glyphosate by not eating any grains, including sugar.

Carbs, How They Create A.G.E.s. Your ticket to Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Heart Disease and more

How Carbs Create A.G.E.s. Your ticket to Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Heart Disease and more

AGES are the single, most influential, factor in what ages us and
are responsible for a majority of the illness and disease that we live with today. Dr. Perlmutter explains it much better in his book Grain Brain in chapter 4, starting on page 99, about Advanced Glycation End-products.

According to Wikipedia;

“In human nutrition and biology, advanced glycation end products, known as AGEs, are substances that can be a factor in the development or worsening of many degenerative diseases, such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, chronic renal failure, and Alzheimer’s disease.[1]

Before we continue on with this post, a disclaimer: all paragraphs that are blocked in quotations marks, are all copied directly from Wikipedia, Grain Brain or Wheat Belly. I did this on numerous passages on this post for the purpose of expediency. I apologize; my time is too limited to deconstruct everything I use from those indispensable sources. With that said, it’s time to get started;

Wikipedia goes on to say,

“These harmful compounds can affect nearly every type of cell and molecule in the body and are thought to be one factor in aging and in some age-related chronic diseases. They are also believed to play a causative role in the blood-vessel complications of diabetes mellitus. AGEs are seen as speeding up oxidative damage to cells and in altering their normal behavior.”

The questions this conjures, is, whatever could cause these damaging substances? They’re a normal part of aging but what amplifies their behavior is a part of our diet that’s been with us forever, carbohydrates, plain and simple. I understand why this is hard for you to accept, so we’ll go through all of the effects they cause and look at what wheat and gluten play in each part.

AGEs have a range of pathological effects, such as:[25][26]

Oxidative stress is caused by “Glycation (sometimes called non-enzymatic glycosylation) is the result of typically covalent bonding of a protein or lipid molecule with a sugar molecule, such as fructose or glucose, without the controlling action of an enzyme.”

“Some AGEs are benign, but others are more reactive than the sugars they are derived from, and are implicated in many age-related chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (the endothelium, fibrinogen, and collagen are damaged), Alzheimer’s disease (amyloid proteins are side-products of the reactions progressing to AGEs),[8][9] cancer (acrylamide and other side-products are released), peripheral neuropathy (the myelin is attacked), and other sensory losses such as deafness (due to demyelination). This range of diseases is the result of the very basic level at which glycations interfere with molecular and cellular functioning throughout the body and the release of highly oxidizing side-products such as hydrogen peroxide.”

Of all the causes and effects, listed above, the two we’re going to look at are oxidative stress and cytokines. The primary reason I want to examine these factors is that these two are responsible for what makes many carboholics look 70 when they’re actually only 55. So, let’s break down each part; we’ll start with cytokines. If you haven’t checked out what Wikipedia has to say about these destroyers of life, you should do so now, right now.

“Cytokines are a broad and loose category of small proteins that are important in cell signaling. They are released by cells and affect the behavior of other cells. Cytokines are produced by a broad range of cells, including immune cells like macrophages, B lymphocytes, T lymphocytes and mast cells, as well as endothelial cells, fibroblasts, and various stromal cells; a given cytokine may be produced by more than one type of cell.[1][2][3]

“They act through receptors, and are especially important in the immune system; cytokines modulate the balance between humoral and cell-based immune responses, and they regulate the maturation, growth, and responsiveness of particular cell populations. Some cytokines enhance or inhibit the action of other cytokines in complex ways.[3]

“They are different from hormones, which are also important cell signaling molecules, in that hormones circulate in much lower concentrations and hormones tend to be made by specific kinds of cells.”

“They are important in health and disease, specifically in host responses to infection, immune responses, inflammation, trauma, sepsis, cancer, and reproduction.”

“A key focus of interest has been that cytokines in one of these two subsets tend to inhibit the effects of those in the other. Dysregulation of this tendency is under intensive study for its possible role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune disorders.”

“Several inflammatory cytokines are induced by oxidative stress.[7][8] The fact that cytokines themselves trigger the release of other cytokines[9][10][11] and also lead to increased oxidative stress makes them important in chronic inflammation, as well as other immune responses, such as fever and acute phase proteins of the liver.”

If all this is the responsibility of cytokines, and cytokines are caused by oxidative stress, what does the oxidative stress play in this equation?

“Oxidative stress reflects an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of reactive oxygen species and a biological system’s ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage.”

“In humans, oxidative stress is thought to be involved in the development of Asperger syndrome,[2] ADHD,[3] cancer,[4] Parkinson’s disease,[5] Lafora disease,[6] Alzheimer’s disease,[7][8] atherosclerosis,[9] heart failure,[10] myocardial infarction,[11][12] fragile X syndrome,[13] Sickle Cell Disease,[14] lichen planus,[15] vitiligo,[16] autism,[17] infection,[18] and chronic fatigue syndrome.[19] However, reactive oxygen species can be beneficial, as they are used by the immune system as a way to attack and kill pathogens.[20] Short-term oxidative stress may also be important in the prevention of aging by induction of a process named mitohormesis.[21]” 

If oxidative stress is bad for you in the long term and good for you in the short term, what about the short-term benefits? We’ll come back beck to look at the short benefits of oxidative stress after we look at what it does to you in the long run.

To summarize the above paragraphs from Wikipedia, long-term oxidative can be deadly, but short-term oxidative stress is beneficial.

The short-term benefits of oxidative stress come mostly from exercise, but also from “curcumin from turmeric, green tea extract, silymarin (milk thistle), bacopa extract, DHA, sulforaphane (contained in broccoli), and ashwagandha”.

“Short-term oxidative stress may also be important in the prevention of aging by induction of a process named mitohormesis.[21]” Short term oxidative stress also helps build up Nrf2 in your brain which can supercharge your production of antioxidants. “Activation of Nrf2 results in the induction of many cytoprotective proteins.”

“One of the areas where the concept of hormesis has been explored extensively with respect to its applicability is aging.[12][13] Since the basic survival capacity of any biological system depends on its homeodynamic (homeostatic) ability, biogerontologists proposed that exposing cells and organisms to mild stress should result in the adaptive or hormetic response with various biological benefits. This idea has now gathered a large body of supportive evidence showing that repetitive mild stress exposure has anti-aging effects.[14][15] Exercise is a paradigm for hormesis in this respect.[15] Some of the mild stresses used for such studies on the application of hormesis in aging research and interventions are heat shock, irradiation, prooxidants, hypergravity and food restriction.[14][15][16]Some other natural and synthetic molecules, such as celasterols from medicinal herbs and curcumin from the spice turmeric have also been found to have hormetic beneficial effects.[17] Such compounds which bring about their health beneficial effects by stimulating or by modulating stress response pathways in cells have been termed “hormetins”.[14] Hormetic interventions have also been proposed at the clinical level,[18] with a variety of stimuli, challenges and stressful actions, that aim to increase the dynamical complexity of the biological systems in humans.[19]

Exercise is the best way to induce mitohormesis. but it can be found in curcumin also, which can be found in turmeric, an important spice used extensively on the Indian subcontinent. This one little compound is so important in the proliferation of your antioxidants, that some drug companies, are trying to copy it with their own chemical versions, like, Tecfidera, oltipraz, Bardoxolone methyl, to name a few. It’s that important.

Calorie restriction is another way to build up your anti-oxidants. This will build up more anti-oxidants in you than what you could ever drink. We’ll talk more about that later.

Effects in aging

“One of the areas where the concept of hormesis has been explored extensively with respect to its applicability is aging.[12][13] Since the basic survival capacity of any biological system depends on its homeostatic ability, biogerontologists proposed that exposing cells and organisms to mild stress should result in the adaptive or hormetic response with various biological benefits. This idea has now gathered a large body of supportive evidence showing that repetitive mild stress exposure has anti-aging effects.[14][15] Exercise is a paradigm for hormesis in this respect.[15] Some of the mild stresses used for such studies on the application of hormesis in aging research and interventions are heat shock, irradiation, prooxidants, hypergravity and food restriction.[14][15][16] Some other natural and synthetic molecules, such as medicinal herbs and curcumin from the spice turmeric have also been found to have hormetic beneficial effects.[17] Such compounds which bring about their health beneficial effects by stimulating or by modulating stress response pathways in cells have been termed “hormetins”.[14] Hormetic interventions have also been proposed at the clinical level,[18] with a variety of stimuli, challenges and stressful actions, that aim to increase the dynamical complexity of the biological systems in humans.[19]

“Epidemiological data suggest that individuals with a low-calorie intake may have a reduced risk of stroke and neurodegenerative disorders. There is a strong correlation between per capita food consumption and risk for Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. Data from population-based case-control studies showed that individuals with the lowest daily calorie intakes had the lowest risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.”

Because “calorie restriction has been demonstrated in a variety of laboratory models to induce Nrf2 activation”, it’s as important as the exercise. Nrf2 is a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) protein that regulates the expression of antioxidant proteins that protect against oxidative damage triggered by injury and inflammation.[2]

When calories are reduced in the diets of lab animals, they not only live longer, but also become remarkably resistant to the development of several cancers.” This is according to Dr. Perlmutter, in Grain Brain. Calorie restriction is close to impossible when you are a carboholic, on a carbohydrate diet. Every two hours or so you need another infusion of glucose into your system, to keep you going. Your hunger cycles force you into this repetitive behavior. You really have little choice in it because of the drop in your sugar levels. A carboholic cannot stand the rigors and stress of fasting as easy as someone who’s been on a keto diet for of any length of time. This is one of the biggest reasons that I remain on my MCT keto diet

What else builds up Nrf2 in your brain? A diet high in fats, omega 3 fats in particular. MCT’s are the best. MCTs like coconut oil, and a diet low in carbohydrates. Why? To me, it’s simple, fats won’t glycate other fats. Glycation occurs when glucose mixes with lipoproteins (cholesterol). It’s sugars that glycate cholesterol. If, it’s the glycation of cholesterol that leads to most illness and diseases, and building up Nrf2 in your brain can help protect you from that glycation, why wouldn’t you want to build it up?

Dr. Perlmutter, says it better, in Grain Brain, of page 127 in chapter 5, where he explains the effect of antioxidant protection, and how we can generate more antioxidants, with our diet, than what we can ever ingest through drinking antioxidant beverages. He says, ”Several natural compounds that turn on antioxidant and detoxification pathways through activation of the Nrf2 system have been identified”, which we talked about above.

To summarize,

With all of these deadly consequences, AGES offer, why do people still continue to eat carbs and continue to suffer the effects of dealing with the long-term effects of these things?

Short-term effects are really beneficial, like increasing your autoimmune system by ramping up your antioxidant production, protecting from all of the above diseases. If abstaining from carbs can bring you some of the short-term effects, again, I have to ask myself, why do people still continue to eat carbs and continue to suffer the long-term effects of these things?

But then, I know the answer, Addiction which is a good reason to visit Why the addiction is so hard to break.