Nutritional Value of Foods

24 Jan

Notes from Gut and Psychology Syndrome

by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride


Meats and poultry are rick in Vitamin B1 (pork), B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, and K2 (organ meats). They should be eaten in combination with vegetables (not grains or fruit) for balanced stomach acidity.

Meat, bone and fish stock is a great nutritional and digestive remedy.  They provide building blocks for the rapidly growing cells if the gut lining and they have a soothing effect on area of inflammation in the gut, and have been used for centuries. The book mandates that the broth be homemade and that you use the joint, giblets, and cut the bone to access marrow.  It should last for 7 days in fridge.

Fish are rich in Vitamin A, B12, B6, B2, and D (fish oils especially).

Liver: great and essential for anemia.  Rich in Vitamin A, B1, B5, D, Biotin, Folic Acid. An absolute for an anemic person.

Eggs are one of the nourishing and easy to digest foods on the planet.  The yolk is absorbed almost 100% without digestion. Eggs help the liver and nervous system function because of cholin – an amino acid. Egg allergies are usually attributed to the whites. Eggs are rich in Vitamin A (yolks), B1, B2, B6, B12, D, Biotin (yolks), essential fatty acids, zinc, and magnesium.

Probiotic foods like homemade sauerkraut and fermented vegetables are essential.   When you introduce a probiotic to the system, it kills pathogens (which releases toxins and can cause a temporary increase of the symptoms).

Vegetables:

  • Leafy veggies are rich in folic acid.
  • Non-starch fresh vegetables include: french artichoke, beets, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, cucumber, celery, green beans, marrow, zuchinni, eggplant, garlic, onions, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, parsley, green peas, peppers of all colors, pumpkin, squash, spinach, tomatoes, turnips, and watercress.

Fruit: Apart from avocado, fruit interferes with digestion of meats and should be eaten only between meals.  Only lemon, avocado and sour varieties of apples can be combined with meats.  The book notes that imbalanced gut patients should avoid fruit if they are experiencing diarrhea.

Milk: Milk is rich in Vitamin A (butter), B2, B12, K2 (butter, cream, fat cheese).  However, as noted above, an allergy to milk is one of the most common allergies in existence, and is a main reason for infantile colic. In ranking, people should drink milk in the following order: Raw milk is better than pasteurized milk; organic milks is better than non-organic milk; goat milk is better than cow milk.

Nuts and seeds should not be roasted, salted or processed in any way.  They are rich in vital minerals, amino acids, magnesium, selenium, zinc, omega 6 and omega 3.  If there is trouble digesting nuts, one should soak shelled nuts in salty water for 24 hours

The safest Beans and legumes are dried white (navy), haricot, Lima, string, lentils and split peas; the rest are too starchy.  Soak beans for at least 12 hours, then drain and rinse to remove lectins and starches.

Sugars should be avoided. All natural, cold expressed honey is okay.  Try to eliminate even this to get rid of candida.  When one has candida overgrowth, they should avoid honey and all sweet things, even though the body will crave sweet starchy things, particularly when there is an overgrowth.

Drinks should be limited to water, freshly pressed juices and meat/fish stock (homemade).  Weak tea or coffee is also allowed, as well as homemade almond milk and coconut milk.   A slice of lemon or tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is beneficial in water or tea.  Drinking water at meals is not advisable because it may interfere with digestion.  Stock is a preferred drink with meals.   Fresh pressed juices help speed up the detoxification process.  Alcohol should be avoided, but occasional dry wine, gin, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon and vodka are permissible (not beer).

Ginger is a good digestive aid.

Fats: Animal fats are the best fats to cook with because they do not change in their chemical structure when heated. Cooking should be done with Ghee, butter, or animal fats. Natural, non-hydrogenated coconut oil can be used for cooking and baking as well. Avoid all oils apart from virgin, cold pressed olive oil and other cold pressed oils (but still, don’t cook with these oils because the heat destroys a lot of nutrients and changes unsaturated fats into trans fats).

Salt, table salt that is, should be avoided.  Eating a good salt is essential.

 

Omega 3’s and 6’s
3’s: Needed for brain, nerve, visual, adrenal and sex glands.

6’s: needed for brain, immune system, hormone metabolism, inflammation, blood clotting.

Both need to be accompanied with vitamin C, B3, B6, magnesium, zinc, C and some enzymes.

Omega 3 sources: flaxseed oil, hemp oil, chia. Cold water fish help absorb including cod liver oil.

Omega 6 sources: primrose oil, borage oil, blackcurrant seed oil, safflower, sunflower, walnut, hemp oil, nuts.

A 2:1, Omega 3’s to 6’s is preferred.

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