Most people think that saturated fat, salt and meat are bad for you and that a plant based diet is the best way to eat. However, you hear that there are alternative ways to eat and you wonder if one or more of these alternatives might be the way to go. Diet has become a multiple choice question with some of the following options: vegan, vegetarian, paleo, low carb high fat, keto and carnivore. The governments of the world try to help by putting together food guides that point us in the right direction, but how often does the government get things right? I decided to do my own research to see if I could come to a conclusion on this issue. There have been many books written on the subject of diet and nutrition. The thing is, how do you decide which one to read? After checking out the reviews on many of these books I decided to read "Why we get fat and what to do about it" by Gary Taubes. After reading this book I did further research by reading several additional books, scientific studies as well as watching countless video presentations and lectures on YouTube. At a certain stage of this process I requested a copy of my most recent blood work from my doctor so that I could see how healthy I was. It turns out that I was not doing too bad except for one thing. My HbA1c, which is a measure of insulin resistance, was 5.7 which meant that I was pre-diabetic. Based on what I had learned from my research I decided to go on a low carbohydrate diet to try to reduce this number. My low carb diet morphed into a ketogenic diet as the number of carbs that I ate each day went down. Then I started doing multiday fasts. So far I have done a 4 day fast, two 5 day fasts, two 6 day fasts and a 7 day fast. My HbA1c is now down to 5.1 and I have seen the following improvements in my physical well being: no more restless leg syndrome, no more poor blood circulation in my legs while sitting watching TV at night, no more sciatica pain in my right leg while driving, no more sinus infections, no more lichen planus, no more sleep apnea, no more painful joints when getting up in the morning, no more scaling skin behind my ears and no more eye floaters. Also, both of my knees which were a bit dodgy due to cartilage issues have improved. Yikes - I was a mess and I did not even know it. All of these issues had crept up on me over the years and I had just assumed that they were a normal part of aging (I am 64 years old). I have also lost 8 pounds and a few inches off my waist in spite of the fact that I was not over weight. I was what they call TOFI - thin outside and fat inside. It is likely that most of the weight that I lost was visceral fat in and around my organs. Many people who know me see the way that I now eat and they ask me why I do it. I thought that it would be nice to have a web site where they could access some of the informative videos that I have learned from. If you are wondering why I named this web site ZonulinTightJunction you should go to the "Gut" section of the web site.
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Cut out sugar, grains and seed oils and you are on your way to better health. In other words, don't eat processed food. In general this means that you should shop around the perimeter of the supermarket and stay away from the rest of the store.