digestion

The Human Colon in Evolution: Part 2, Fiber Foolishness

Suggestions that humans may have obtained more calories from SCFA in the past are rooted in estimates of fiber consumption from the Paleolithic. Evidence is rather sparse and limited to coprolites. In the burgeoning field of evolutionary medicine, anthropologists have become very interested in the Paleolithic diet and its relevance for promoting health today. Some of the landmark papers in the field have cited these coprolite studies as evidence for fiber intakes as high as 150 grams as day, well over what any known human culture currently consumes (M. Konner & S Boyd Eaton, 2010).

Beating IBS

 Mark Sisson posted a link to a sad essay called IBS Is Why I'm Still Single. Every day I'm able to eat and live normally, I am so grateful. You see, most of my life I had painful stomach problems. When I was four I remember crying in the bathroom.

The Gut-Brain-Skin Axis

 When I was a child I was obsessed with several things, but two of them were Motown Oldies and aliens. I also had a bad habit of hearing things rather strangely. A good example would be the song "It's in his kiss" by Betty Everett. For quite some time I thought it was actually "It's in his skin." Since I was also into aliens I kept thinking about would would be in his skin besides baby aliens? I must have seen that scene from Alien when my mother wasn't looking...

Reader Questions: Terrible bread, meetup organizers, ulcers

And now for some reader questions:

Q: Dru from Idaho asks "Is this paleo?" sending along this attached picture:

A: No. You got Dim Sum and got a bunch of bread? Dude, where are the writhing sea creatures drenched in various rich possibly-alcoholic sauces? Do they even have Dim Sum in Idaho anyway? 

Fresh Week: Fresh Diet to Heal Intestinal Permeability Issues

Some people wondered about the chemical-free part of Sarah's diet. Of course all foods are made up of chemicals, but Sarah means added isolated chemicals. Her recipes featured flavors from fresh herbs and fruit rather than from dried spices or oils.

Wild Fermentation

Last weekend the fridge at work was left ajar, which was overall a complete disaster. But I did notice that a jug of apple cider was bulging. Aha! A sign of fermentation. I poured it into a glass. It was fizzy and smelled kind of alcoholic. I took a swig. It was fairly tasty, though later I realized I didn't need the alcohol at 11 AM. 

Breaking The Vicious Cycle

A girl who used to live in my apartment left behind a subscription to Self magazine. Self actually used to be one of my favorite magazines when I was in high school and my early college years. I even did the "Self Challenge" to lose weight. It challenged you to go the gym and eat lots of healthy whole grains. Not surprisingly, my daily servings of Kashi honeyed cereal and treadmill plodding did nothing to fix the spare tire I had around my waist and my chronic stomach aches.

GERD and fructooligosaccharides

Another consideration for GERD via Whole Health Sourcefermentable carbs, specifically fructooligosaccharides (FOS) might make it worse. It makes sense- colonic fermentation seems to play a huge role in digestive disorders. A low fermentative diet, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, has long been used for inflammatory bowl disease.