The verdict is out.
A protein in wheat is responsible for inflaming the gut. In the past, scientists have focused mainly on gluten and it’s effect on digestive health.
But, according to research presented at one of the world’s most prestigious gastroenterology conferences (UEG, or United European Gastroenterology) in October 2016, the spotlight is now on a protein called AMI (it stands for amylase-trypson inhibitors).
Let’s just call it the culprit. It appears AMI can inflame not only the gut but through it the kidneys, lymph nodes and even the brain.
Why is this knowledge important? It’s because anything that causes inflammation in the gut has a negative effect over time on the mind.
Luckily we are living in an age where we have many choices besides wheat. I’ve written about a few here.
My clients are shocked and dismayed when they take stock and discover how much wheat and wheat based products they are eating.
Learning to read food labels is a great first step.
The real adventure begins when you decide to stop doing the ‘same old, same old’ and start exploring tasty and nutritious wheat alternatives.
Catch the wheat free wave!
- 1/3 of Americans say they are trying to eliminate wheat from their diet.
- Restaurants in the USA confirmed two million “wheat free” dishes were ordered last year.
- Gluten free items doubled in sales in the past five years.
- 15 billion dollars were spent consuming gluten free food.
If you want a sweetener with zero calories, choose Stevia. Why? Stevia is chemical free and does not inflame the gut. As a bonus, it also helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Read more here.
Can it be that primitive hunter-gatherers have healthier guts than 21st Century urbanites?
Well, it seems that hunter gatherers have the gut-brain advantage. They may only have the clothes they stand up in and primitive weapons, but they lead the way in gut-brain health!
Check out this article to learn more about a mad keen anthropologist who radically changed his gut health in just three days of eating as a hunter-gatherer with Africa’s Hadza tribe.
The good news is you don’t need to go back to the Stone Age to get your gut-mind connection working properly!
This excited me so much that I embarked on a month-long gut health program. If it excites you as well, like me on face book because I will be dishing up lot’s of tips and tools to get your gut-brain connection working as smoothly as a hunter gatherer.
Did you know 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut? Serotonin is a neurotransmitter vital for proper brain function. When you produce serotonin in the right quantities, your thinking is clear and you feel positive and on top of things. Too little serotonin is linked to states of depression and anxiety.
So, when you care for your gut you actually help produce more serotonin. It’s worth putting effort into eating well for your gut’s and brain’s sake!
1 cup almonds
Handful of basil
Splash of lemon
Pinch of salt
Water to dilute as necessary
Soak almonds for at least 4 hours. Then plunge in boiling water for 60 seconds. Sit in the sunshine (optional 🙂 to shell almonds. They pop out of their skins easily! Blend all other ingredients. Add a little water as necessary to make a smooth paste.
Serve on blinis, crackers or pasta.
Here’s a Russian mini pancake also known as Blini. They’re perfect for a cocktail party!
1 cup organic buckwheat flour
2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup milk of choice
1 large egg
Mix well by hand. Then in a non-stick fry pan cook on medium heat (one tablespoon for each bite-sized blini)
Top with smoked salmon.
For vegans make almond-basil paste (easy)
Note: Traditionally they have sour cream & caviar.
Sprig of dill (optional) on top.