Friday, December 25, 2015

Diets for health

Here are some diets I've been made aware of to help improve one's health.
  • Blood type diet: This is a diet based on blood type--O, A, B, AB--and is documented in the book Eat Right For Your Type.  This database provides details for each type of food on whether the food is beneficial/neutral/harmful for each of the blood types.  There is also a smartphone app to provide quick access to the information.
  • Low FODMAP diet: This diet is mostly targeted at addressing the symptoms of IBS.
As of now, I'm still mostly following an Ayurvedic diet, but it's interesting to see how these other diets compare.  There are indeed a number of similarities, but there are also differences.

Of course, there are tons of diets out there and one should use those that appeal to them.  Everyone's constitution is different so what works for me might not be right for everyone.  When I was younger I used to evangelize everything I thought was cool and that helped me, but I feel I don't know enough to provide such recommendations.  Instead, I just try and listen to my body, and encourage others to do the same.

Update 05/01/2017

At a recent event by Dr. Carly Polland (notes available for download), we went over the following diets and who they are for:
  • Mediterranean -- Good place to start to get away from processed food.
  • Anti-inflammatory -- Auto-immune, pain.
  • Low FODMAP -- SIBO (small intestine), IBS.
  • Specific carbohydrate -- Crohn's disease.
  • Gut and psychology syndrome (GAPS) -- Neurological disorders.
  • Gluten-free -- Celiac.
  • Nightshade-free -- Arthritis.
  • Anti-estrogenic -- Hormone imbalances.
  • Paleo -- High BP, high sugar, insulin resistance.
  • Vegan/Vegetarian -- Cardiovascular, diabetes, fibromyalgia.
  • Raw foods -- General health.
  • Pegan -- Cardiovascular, diabetes, weight.
  • Elimination -- Diagnostic. 
After we went over these, she stressed the need for personalized nutrition.
  • Assess digestive function.
  • Evaluate gut bacteria and rebalance if necessary (pre- and probiotics).
  • Evaluate immune function and balance.
  • Heal enterocytes (intestinal lining) if necessary.
  • Test genetics for ancestry and polymorphisms.
  • Evaluate nervous system, endocrine system, and oxidation.

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