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Epigenetics refers to the impact our lifestyle has on our genes. This includes what we eat and drink as well as how we exercise and our exposure to toxins. Genes alone are not a life sentence as epigenetics are responsible for 60-70% of our health and well-being.

Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth, while boosting immune function and destroying invading organisms. The prohormone (it is not actually a vitamin) is also responsible for modulating cell growth by upregulating healthy cell production and downregulating unhealthy cell division such as cancer.

Methylation occurs when a molecule called a ‘methyl group’ is added to a protein or DNA to support various bodily functions.

In order to survive the body uses methylation is a specific order of priority.

  1. Activate stress response (cortisol and adrenaline)
  2. Deactivate stress response (cortisol and adrenaline)
  3. Down regulate antihistamines
  4. Create neurotransmitters (dopamine and serotonin)
  5. Modulate estrogen
  6. Detoxification
  7. DNA gene expression

Oxytocin, which is produced in the pituitary gland, is at the top of the ladder. Each rung of the ladder affects the rung(s) below. When looking at hormone imbalances we need to look upstream to find the root cause.

  1. Oxytocin (also known as the bonding or cuddle hormone)
  2. Cortisol (released under stress)
  3. Insulin (regulates blood glucose)
  4. Sex Hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone)

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is part of all animal cells. It is essential for many of the body’s metabolic processes, including the production of hormones, bile and vitamin D. Both the “good” (HDL) and the “bad” (LDL), in the correct balance, are essential for your body to operate properly.

Domestic extra virgin olive oil is great for eating and low temperature cooking. Avocado oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and animal fats (bacon grease, chicken fat, lard and tallow) are excellent choices for cooking.

No! Amalgam fillings are approximately 50% mercury which is a toxic heavy metal that can find its way to your brain. The materials are classified as toxic before and after being placed in your mouth. If you are going to have them removed please find a properly trained biological dentist. See Resources page.

Nutritional ketosis and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) are entirely different conditions. Ketone levels typically remain below 5 mmol/L during ketosis which is a very beneficial state for your body. However, people in diabetic ketoacidosis often have ketone levels of 10 mmol/L or above, which requires hospitalization. This is directly related to their inability to produce insulin and occurs mainly in people with type 1 diabetes if they do not take insulin.

When fat-adapted, your body will efficiently use stored fat as a fuel source.

Your body readily produces ketones and this alternate fuel source is efficiently used by certain cells such as those in the brain.

Metabolic efficiency is when your body can easily switch between using fat or glucose (sugar) for fuel. This is also referred to as Metabolic Flexibility.

This occurs when your cells stop responding to insulin correctly. As a result, your blood glucose levels rise, and your pancreas works harder to make even more insulin. Unless corrected you may damage your pancreas as well as develop type 2 diabetes.

Weight loss resistance is when your body won’t release the extra weight even when you exercise and reduce calories. There are many factors that can contribute to this situation. It could be related to prescription medications, pro-inflammatory foods, hormone imbalances, toxicity, chronic stress, lack of sleep, prolonged calorie restriction, gut dysbiosis (imbalance of bacteria), or any combination of these factors.

In general

  • 0-50 grams/day for ketosis and accelerated fat burning
  • 50-100 grams/day for weight loss
  • 100-150 grams/day for maintenance
  • 150-300 grams/day, which is the default zone of a grain-based diet, will result in unwanted weight gain.
  • 300 or more grams/day puts you in the danger zone for significant health problems.

Grains include wheat, corn, rice, pasta, cereals, and cooking grains (barley, millet, rye, oats, etc.) Today’s grains have been engineered (genetically modified) and are routinely sprayed with glyphosate (found in Roundup) which is a known toxin. They also contain gluten, lectins, and phytates, all of which have a toxic effect when ingested, suppressing immune function, interfering with normal protective gut barriers, and promoting systemic inflammation.

Yes! Opt for abundant vegetables, extra fruit, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, yams and other starchy tubers, quinoa, and wild rice.

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