The Negative Effects of Low-Carb Diets Hinds’ Cave Human Coprolites

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Before you give up, know that my packages are low-carb. You’ll also agree that my packages, whether labeled “Wheat Stomach,” “Undoctored,” or “Tremendous Intestine,” are not weight loss plans. My programs begin with weight loss and then address common nutrient deficiencies and teach you how to manage the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome. Thus, results are much better than with weight loss alone.

Most low-carb diets, including ketogenic, carnivorous, Atkins, and low-FODMAP, don’t emphasize GI microbes. Even if you lose weight, lower blood sugar and stress, etc., this has serious long-term health consequences. Indeed, these diets emphasize meats, organs, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheese, and more. Like my packages, starchy plant matter like potatoes, yams, and grains is avoided. Greens vary by program. Additionally, legumes and fruit are forbidden. Because they’re weight loss programs, not health programs, most end there and don’t address nutrient deficiencies.

Let’s consider the GI microbiome. Many modern factors have caused a loss of GI tract bacterial species, or species range. All the various and complex methods to “grade” the human GI microbiome yield one constant sample: the higher the species range, the better the well-being measures; the lower the species range, the worse the well-being measures. Slender people have a much wider GI species range than overweight people. People without most cancers or type 2 diabetes have a wider species range. Species range has repeatedly reflected well-being (though trigger or impact is debatable). Due to antibiotics, glyphosate, herbicides, antimicrobial preservatives, and other factors, trendy GI species range is much lower than before. In particular, many microbes that were vital to the human host are absent. Lactobacillus reuteri, found in mammals and hunter-gatherers, is lost by most modern people.

Even with apparent health, we all start with reduced GI microbial species range. Because of this, neglecting microbes during low-carb results in:

Additional species range discount

  • Increase Proteobacteria (E. coli, Fusobacterium nucleatum)
  • High Desulfovibrio
  • Overgrowth of Akkermansia muciniphila and Bacteroides caccae mucin degraders

A depleted GI microbiome is further depleted. The metabolic benefits of this fatty acid decrease over time without Bifidobacteria and other butyrate-producing species, affecting blood sugar, blood pressure, and sleep. (Experiments show that ketosis’ beta-hydroxybutyrate doesn’t fully compensate for microbe-produced butyrate.)

Concerningly, Proteobacteria, especially Fusobacterium nucleatum, are rising. There is strong evidence that F. nucleatum causes most colon cancers. Remember that this microbe originates in the mouth, particularly in people with bleeding gums, gingivitis, and periodontitis, and colonizes the colon through the bloodstream (not swallowing), where it causes most cancers, according to experimental and human evidence. E. coli overgrowth (which varies with pressure) causes this. The rise in Desulfovibrio, a hydrogen sulfide fuel producer, may also contribute to colon cancer.

Due to a lack of plant fibers, mucin-degrading microbes consume intestinal mucus. It has been shown that microbes can immediately contact and inflame the intestinal wall, allowing them and toxic breakdown products like endotoxin to enter the bloodstream and cause endotoxemia. This causes insulin resistance, high blood sugar, type 2 diabetes, skin rashes, joint and muscle pains, coronary disease, depression, Alzheimer’s dementia, and many other conditions. This causes irregular mucin-degrading species proliferation, which threatens long-term health.

Homo sapiens depend on plant fibers, which GI microbes “digestible” but human digestive enzymes cannot. Hunter-gatherers forage for roots, tubers, and fibers (seasonally). The {photograph} above shows that historic feces, though not fully revealing all microbes, indicate high fiber consumption compared to modern populations. (Many of the recovered fiber is indigestible cellulose that most microbes cannot metabolize, but it provides an indirect proxy for plant matter consumption.) Because we depend on our resident microbes, the human genetic code includes elements related to nourishing microbes with different plant fibers. Failure to keep them happy threatens many human health conditions.

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