A strong body of research supports the idea that a vegetable centered diet is key to wellness. Meals based on plant foods are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Add reasonable amounts of good protein sources, like pastured eggs, sea food, some organic meats, top with healthy unprocessed fats, and you have achieved the optimal diet according to the latest leaders in nutritional research .
The future is here! For less than $400 you can get a tailored nutrition plan, based upon the sequencing of your gut microbiome. Is the expense worth it? That depends on what you are trying to achieve, and who you ask .
A steady stream of books about diet therapies and healthy eating has been reshaping the way many people eat in the past few years. These books, published by popular doctors and bio-hackers, all teach eating principles that are very similar to the SCD. Some of these ‘new’ diets focus on disease management, and some focus on health maintenance and disease prevention.
If you already eat based upon the principles of SCD, GAPS, AIP Paleo, Whole 30, or any comparable variant, you are way ahead of the curve. However, if you want to sharpen your tools and improve your diet even more, you owe it to yourself to keep up with the current research and accumulated data.
SCD yogurt samples are between 2 to 30 times more potent than most commercial yogurt
Most SCD users consider the 24 hour yogurt a staple of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, whether it is dairy or nut based yogurt. As a matter of fact, some users find that increasing yogurt consumption helps their body when it needs to calm a flare or nurse a cold. However, yogurt is not always necessary for diet success.
I know many people diagnosed with IBD that healed and sustained long-term wellness without using any kind of yogurt. Some of them used capsules of SCD legal probiotics, while others just practiced the diet without adding probiotics, and did very well.
Often, the path to wellness is not only tough on the body and mind, it is also financially challenging. Families that are working hard to manage medical conditions such as IBD, face grueling schedules of medical appointments, and need to invest more time in food preparations for diet therapies. Parents miss many workdays, sometimes even changing their jobs, in order to care for their ailing child. Many find the medical and food expenses simply overwhelming. ...continue reading "Overwhelmed by the financial cost of IBD"
The book Nutrition In Immune Balance (NIMBAL) Therapy: Using Diet to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease was written by Dr. David Suskind, an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. During the past year this book was distributed to the medical community. Following strong supportive feedback, it is now broadly available for purchase online at mybookorders.com or with Amazon.
A few years ago I shared this presentation with the GI team at SCH about the success we had in using SCD to manage our son’s Crohn’s.
On a sunny April day in Seattle a new milestone in the science of “diet as medicine” was reached, as Seattle Children's Hospital held its 7th Nutrition Symposium: Nutrition in Immune Balance: Using Diet to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
The gut mucosa hosts the body’s largest population of immune cells.This amazing animation, Immunology in the Gut Mucosa, was produced by Nature Immunology in collaboration with Arkitek Studios and helps unravel the complexities of mucosal immunology in health and disease.
These links are courtesy of CCFA. The Northwest Chapter of the CCFA is instrumental in providing the highest level of support and education, consistently addressing topics at the cutting edge of current science.
People often ask me what is the best way to start a gut-healing diet. “From your weakest point,” I answer with a smile. It depends if your current weak link is your body, suffering distress that dictates immediate relief, or if your current weak link is your mind, resisting restrictions and change. ...continue reading "How to start a diet"