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Your Harshing On My Legumes I Why Paleo Is So Quick To Jump On Vegans

Always drama over legumes

The other day I shared this amazing broccoli and oregano hummus recipe from The Flexitarian on my Facebook page, knowing that the first comment I would get would be that “chickpeas aren’t Paleo”. I get this all the time in my large nutrition group as well. And my standard answer is from the “authorities” in nutrition because of course myself with a nutrition diploma and a lifetime of ingredient research cannot be the common sense for many of these folks. The people that hate on these sorts of posts are those that are very traditional in the defined roles of Paleo Vegan (Pegan as Dr. Mark calls it) as you can see the traditional below.

What I tell them is this:

It depends on where you get your information, ____. If you look at the Whole 30 Vegan/Vegetarian shopping list Tofu, lentils, and properly prepared beans are all acceptable paleo foods. Paleo Leap says, “Legumes and pseudograins (which include vegetarian staples like buckwheat and quinoa) are both promising solutions to this puzzle – as long as they’re prepared correctly.” 

And if you have read my basics you know that this Paleo Vegeo lifestyle is all about finding YOUR nutritional truth. That means for some people chickpeas would be fine, lentils would be fine, kidney beans would be fine, and GASP … organic tofu would be fine if it works for you. It doesn’t work for me, and I am not fond of soy in general personally. But it’s your personal truth not mine. I like the TEMPT Hemp Tofu… so yummy. But even some Paleo folks would want to toss me to the timbers for saying hemp is okay if you are paleo. The truth is as you know that you have to get to know yourself and that generally means doing at least 30 days elimination from all of these foods and then reintroducing one at a time to see how your body reacts to them.

It’s hard to be vegan. Don’t you agree? Especially if you have food allergies. Even harder to be paleo and on top of it vegan. And so for us we have to be aware of genetics, digestion, micro-nutrients and macro-nutrients even more so than your average Paleo off the street. Although many of those that are Paleo should be genetically tested ans see if there are any gene mutations first. If you have the right gene mutation you should be low protein, high fat. If you are eating bacon and ribeye at every meal you could be doing serious damage to your brain and not know it otherwise. That foggy feeling may not be overwhelming life after all.

And there are very few vegan protein powders for paleo folks to choose from. There is the Warrior Blend and Non-GMO Pea Protein, Hemp Protein, Sacha Inchi Protein… and I am just going to say it… there is also those with rice protein.

Yes I said it. I know that Paleo and Rice are not often said in the same sentence because it’s not generally allowed. But rice in the right form can provide you with a good resistant starch. The best sources of resistant starch is going to be from those supplementary isolated starch sources, and rice protein is a better option than cold cooked rice. So I don’t look at it in the same tones as I do eating rice.

But if you don’t react to a little rice or tofu you may have been looking at complet protein shake. However I would not recommend it for B12 MTRR clients because it does show in the ingredient panel b12 and I have been totally informed on it. And if that is the case, please let me know so that I can share some alternatives to throw into your mix.

Mother’s Nutrition **Before Pregnancy** May Alter Function of Her Children’s Genes

Epigenetics: Mother’s Nutrition **Before Pregnancy** May Alter Function of Her Children’s Genes

We’ve read a lot recently about how as a woman, your health means so much more than just being healthy for yourself. It’s about what you are going to pass on to your children. Not only does this mean that what you eat may be changing your DNA. Imagine that. You are not passing on the healthy genes your grandparents passed onto their children, because your eating habits are actually changing your DNA. A New Scientist article recently quoted a study that was done on rats. It showed how specific supplements injected into pregnant rats alter the DNA expression of their children. So too does injection of specific supplements change their behavior. You’ve probably seen some of this in your children with food coloring, etc.Back in your school biology class all of you probably learned that DNA is your genetic code. In other words it’s the cellular instructions to make proteins. When our DNA is damaged, we subject ourselves to numerous health problems. Our cells become inhibited in producing what our bodies need and our bodies become challenged in re-growing healthy cells.That being said, have you ever heard of Pottenger’s cats? O

ne particular question that Pottenger addressed in his study had to do with the nutritive value of heat-labile elements — nutrients destroyed by heat and available only in raw foods. Dr. Pottenger then devised a series of controlled experiments along with Dr. Alvin Foord, a professor of pathology at the University of Southern California and pathologist at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. In the first experiment, the cats were divided into two groups. A control group of cats was fed a raw food diet composed of raw meat, raw milk, and cod liver oil. A second group was fed a diet composed of cooked meat and processed milk (CFD) plus the cod liver oil. <br></br>The 1st through 4th generation of Pottenger’s cats were great, happy, lots of great little kittens. There was no 4th generation of CFD cats. No CFD cats of the 3rd generation could give birth to healthy offspring. Either the third generation parents were sterile or the fourth generation cats died before birth.

So what do you think now that we have given birth to the third or fourth generation of kids eating processed foods… what do you think we’ve done to them? These cats developed diseases and illnesses near the end of their lives. Then the third generation of cats began manifesting unhealthy conditions in the beginning of their lives and many died before six months of age. Like I said, there was no 4th generation of CFD cats. A really great article on the these bad bio-franken-created foods is here – http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/food-how-altered/When you switch over to a healthier lifestyle you will be moving to a mostly unprocessed style of eating, and you need to focus on organics when you use anything processed at all. Processed foods almost always mean genetically modified. Never forget that altering the DNA of your food directly affects the human or animal’s DNA that eats it. I love using the whole food capsules as a natural supplement, and then working with your doctor to get the added needed prenatal supplementation (keeping in mind talking about the folate vs folic needs for your personal genetics)

Sometimes a good complete protein shake can be helpful especially when you are busy, you may not be getting enough nutrients on the go. Pregnancy and work or motherhood can be taxing, right?

Excuses and Fear Are Out Of Here I Simply Fit Challenge Week One

Simply Fit Challenge Week One


Six week challenge starts tomorrow, and this first week is all about tackling all of those excuses. It seems that over the last year I have become the Queen of excuses. The FitBit scale let me know… and apparently I don’t work well with old school manual scales. It was shocking!!
It’s about health, and when I focus on health then the weight will come back off… I know that.

At least I can’t lie to myself any more about what the old manual scale says I weigh. As a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner I want to hang my head in shame, but I won’t. I won’t attach shame to anything that is attached to me. I am amazing. I just had to pull myself together and I’m saying goodbye to the garbage. I have gained over ten pounds in the last 14 months… and it’s okay. Goodbye to those ten pounds, because I am going to give them up. I don’t know need them to be my partner in fear… I am over that.

I have been very quick to make excuses since the miscarriage. Sort of like I made excuses when I had my daughter. I had to realize that when she was four it was no longer ‘baby weight‘. Excuses are rationalizations we make to ourselves about people, events and circumstances like weight, relationships, career, and so much more in our lives. These excuses are invented reasons we create to defend our dysfunctional behavior, to neglect taking action, or simply as a means of negating responsibility… and believe me that many of us have a lot of that held onto issues about responsibility. It either makes us control freaks, or afraid of success and being responsible for others.

I have been living with LOADS of excuses. And in fat what it comes down to is these reasons:

  • Fear of Failure/Success/Responsibility
  • Fear of Embarrassment
  • Fear of Change {Who Moved My Cheese}
  • Fear of Uncertainty
  • Fear of Making Mistakes
  • Perceived lack of confidence or resources {Like not having enough… been there too}


To eliminate excuses from our lives we must first look at eliminating all traces of fear. And that was my word for the year, Fearless. And so it’s time that I’ve spent half the year going after many of my fears, now it’s a big big fear of failure, wrapped tightly in a big fear of success!Do they have an AA program for that? One for those of us that are GREAT at coaching others to get through these issues, but SUCK air at getting down to business when it comes to ourselves?

I am going to let go of those fears because I have a lot of them. I fear that I won’t get back to the size that I used to be. I fear that if I get back to the size I used to be I will go back to the person I used to be… and I didn’t like that girl very much. She was a bit of a bee-och. I fear that I will be very successful and more clients will look to me for answers. I fear that I will grow an extremely large business organization and I won’t be able to support them.

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses…The gift is yours—it is an amazing journey—and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.” ~Bob Moawad
So I am looking at myself today as a person who is ready to say goodbye to my excuses. I am going to say goodbye to a person that fears becoming something more…. it goes back a lot of years, this fear, but I am ready to take it on. I know I’m not a size, and I think of myself as such. It stands in the way of my wellness goals. It stands in the way of being the best mom and wife I can be. It stands in the way of going after things I know that I want to go after. So that is what this is all about this week. Taking on those fears.
Today it ends. Fears be gone. I am enough. I am going after my dreams. Are you ready to take on some fears? Get over some insecurities? Be the person you are meant to be?? It’s going to be hard, but you can do it, and so can I! Let me leave you with a little behind the scenes from the farm and leave you with a smile on your face!!!

Easter Sunday Wild Blueberry Coconut Flour Pancakes I Paleo Vegeo

Wild Blueberry Coconut Flour Pancakes

We love Easter, for so many reason. I love especially the traditions we have created with our little family each year. 

From the start making Easter eggs has been a daddy and daughter combo. My feeling was that mom gets to do everything with the girl, so shouldn’t daddy have some connecting time as well? Of course he should!!

They can’t wait to make their Easter eggs, and as we’ve gone more and more green we end up using of course pastured eggs… all nice and varied in colors, natural egg dye and apple cider vinegar instead of white “corn” vinegar. If we want to eat them later, don’t we want them to be edible? 

So that is where the traditions start. This year we added in the making the wild blueberry jam, and so I just had to make some grain-free pancakes to go with it. The Pear Coconut Flour Pancakes held together a little bit better I think because of the added chia seeds. So I may add some chia seeds the next time I make these.

Wild Blueberry Coconut Flour Pancakes

2 Pastured Organic Eggs (or egg substitute for vegan)
2 tbsp of vanilla coconut yogurt
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
2 tbsp organic coconut flour
1/8 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 cup wild blueberries 


1. Mix all of the liquid ingredients first in your Blendtec Express or other high powered blender. If you need a new high-speed blender the Blendtec for its safe and advanced cutting-edge technology! Get a $600 retail value Blendtec Express blender for $199 or a $1500 Blendtec Express Pro blender for $599when you subscribe to 12 months of Blendfresh (min. $69 per month). What a deal!

2. Add in the salt, baking powder and wild blueberries and blend.

3. I use the Green Ceramic pancake pan because I can just flip it over after 3 minutes, but use a good coconut oil and medium heat and I do 1/4 cup of pancake mix for each pancake. This recipe makes 4 decent sized pancakes. 

These must cook through the full three minutes to hold together. If they aren’t pancakey enough for you, make sure you look at the chia pancake recipe linked above. 

Amazing Wild Blueberries and Highland Jam I Paleo Vegeo Recipe

Amazing Wild Blueberries 

If you have never seen wild blueberries, you are missing out. They are amazing!! I love them. They are these little tiny nutrient packed gems!! This is a gorgeous, sticky, taffy-like wild blueberry five ingredient jam!

Wild Blueberries are wildly different from the regular blueberries you normally find in the
produce section. Don’t be fooled by their size—they pack more into their tiny blue bodies
than any other blueberry on the planet!

Wild Blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries. Wild Blueberry
plants are more genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading and
interlocking naturally across fields over thousands of years. That diversity is what gives
Wild Blueberries their complex and delicious flavor—an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet. Makes them perfect for so many recipes. After we made this Highland Jam we made some Coconut Flour Wild Blueberry pancakes to put them on top of.. YES, we do love the taste of these berries.

Wild Blueberries have two times the antioxidant capacity of the larger cultivated blueberries.
A growing body of research shows the potential health benefits of Wild Blueberries
including gut health, diabetes, cancer, and brain health.

99% of the Wild Blueberry crop is frozen fresh at harvest, which locks in their nutrition and
taste. Wild Blueberries are called “Wild” because they are not planted— they have occurred
naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada for 10,000 years.

These organic Wild Blueberries for a  10-ounce to 15-ounce bag run about $3.59. A 3-pound bag retails
for about $10. 

Wild Blueberry Highland Jam Recipe

5 bags 365 Organic wild blueberries – 10 oz each bag 
2 1/2 pounds Organic Vegan sugar
2 ounces fresh squeezed organic lemon juice
1 ounce fresh squeezed organic lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons Glen Morangie Highland Single Scotch Whiskey (if you are hard core paleo and can’t even cook with a little just opt this ingredient out. But it is so little and just adds a unique sugary complexity to the jam) 

Now before you go crazy, remember that all forms of sugar are sugar. Honey, Coconut Sugar, Molasses… it’s all just sugars when they are broken down and each have their pros and cons. For me, if you are going to make something that is a treat, then just use sugar. This recipe isn’t for everyone in the Paleo Vegeo realm, but also just being vegetarian and paleo is off the beaten path anyway, am I right? Most Paleo Jam recipes are going to use honey, and also gelatin. If you are vegan or vegetarian you probably won’t use either, so I opted to use a Vegan and Organic NON-GMO sugar as my option.


1. If you have picked your wild berries watch for stems, but either way give them a good rinse because they can sneak into the bags here and there.
2. In a large bowl combine the berries sugar, lemon juice and lime juice. Then cover and place into the fridge overnight. 

Amazing Wild Blueberries and Highland Jam I Paleo Vegeo Recipe
Wild Berries, Lemon, Lime and Sugar… Like The Best Candy Ever!

It really looks like candy when you place it in the fridge. I took a small spoonful and thought it was actually even better than candy!! Maybe next time I will see if I can blend it into an ice cream/gelato because that was amazingly sweet!! 

3. Mix your Glen Morangie Highland Single Scotch Whiskey into the mix once you take the berries out of the fridge. (if you really want the flavor not the sugar add this in after you finish the boil)

4. Place the berry mixture into a large pot and brought it to a boil. We used our large brewing pot, you need at least a 12 quart pot because it will get very bubbly and you don’t want a mess. 

5. Cook your batch until it reaches the setting point. Your setting point for jam is 105c (220F) so a good way to test for setting point is to have a sugar thermometer clipped to the side of your saucepan, with the end dipped in the boiling jam mixture. Otherwise you can try the wrinkle test. This is where you put a plate in the freezer. Take it out and add a spoonful of jam. Let it set for a minute and then push it. The jam will wrinkle when you push it. You may want to have several plates in the freezer if you are going to use the wrinkle test.

6. Here is where you could add additional Highland Scotch into your jam. We used a silicone cutting board as a funnel to pour our jam into the mason jars. 

I just entered the #WildBlueberrySide Recipe Contest with this recipe and you should too! Submit your recipes using frozen Wild Blueberries for a chance to win a Vitamix® Blender or Whole Foods gift cards. This contest is for bloggers only! Get more details here http://bit.ly/wildbbry Make sure if you make it a Paleo Vegeo recipe that you hashtag #paleovegeo so that I can take a look!! Can’t wait!! You can learn more about Wild Blueberries at http://www.wildblueberries.com/

Disclosure: I was given these amazing Wild Blueberries to be able to share a wonderful recipe or two with you from the Wild Blueberry Association and Moms Meet .Learn more online



Lectins, Leptin and Lactic Acid Bacteria Oh My I Barbara Christensen Vlogcast

Lectins, Leptin and Lactic Acid Bacteria

Lectins, Leptin and Lactic Acid Bacteria Oh My I Barbara Christensen Vlogcast  the Paleo Vegeo Creator

If you have been paleo for long you have heard about Leptin Resistance, and to avoid Lectins. But I am about to BLOW your mind with some science and the connections on the latest VlogCast. 

Nourished In 30 – Finally On Kindle

The Nourished In 30 Finally On Kindle 

I have been teaching others through my Nourished In 30 program for the last year – and I have met some amazing people that live their own nutritional “paleo” truth. And so I was so excited to finally have my program on Kindle. YAY!!

I feel like there are enough “recipers” out there that this isn’t a recipe book, although I do include a few very simple recipes. This is an information book. It’s exactly what I teach my clients about nutrition and how it impact their wellness. It is meant to be both physically healing and emotionally healing because if you’ve ever done a program like this you know that you are going to be pulling up emotions. They go hand in hand. It is why there are so many emotional eaters. We too often connect our food to our souls. And unless you are creating amazing recipes and open fantastic restaurants, connecting food to your soul is a very bad thing.

So what I wanted to do was share something that would educate, give you some good cleansing results, and also help you come out the other side feeling like you’ve learned something amazing that you will take into the rest of your life. I want to make sure you read labels, and think about epigenetics, and I also want it to be easy. So I hope that I created all of those things. Please feel free to share your testimonial below, and let me know what you think the best part of the program was for you.

You can order your Nourished In 30 for your Kindle on Amazon – http://amzn.to/1yrXi9K

Barbara Christensen VlogCast I Paleo Vegeo I Vacation Post, Vegan Creatine and Brain Shrinkage Diseases

Barbara Christensen VlogCast Vacation Post

So while I’m enjoying the holiday with family I wanted to share more “genetic” intriging information for all of you to enjoy.

Vegan Creatine and Brain Shrinkage Diseases

I found an amazing Vegan source of creatine! I’m so excited. And remember that creatine isn’t just important for those trying to build muscles. Dr. Terry Wahls, who’ve I’m enjoying listening to on TED today, believes that creatine and carnitine are 2 extremely important nutrients for healing the mitochondria. The data suggest that creatine may enhance survival signaling via activation of the Ras/NF-kappaB system. MS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, MS… all have the similar brain shrinkage which Dr. Wahls believes is linked to poorly functioning mitochondria.

Dr. Wahls said she first started to see changes in her own medical condition after adding omega-3 fats, creatine and Coenzyme Q10 into her daily routine. She then changed her diet to include the building blocks of nutrition which for her she determined were roots, seeds, nuts, oily fish, grass-fed meats, organ meats and natural iodine from sea weeds.

I love seaweed and those sea vegetables I often get from the Emerald Sea supplement because it has been tested heavy metal and toxin free which is so important. Seaweed is great for iodine because of the use in our myelin repair. Myelin is a fatty substance that forms a sheath for nerve fibers According to an amazing naturopathic physician, Dr. Linda Page, all neurological disorders must be comprehensively addressed, and so I agree because when you add into the issues things like the severe copper deficiency in MS, and we’ve talked recently about copper and dopamine, etc, then you can’t just say you have a genetic defect and leave it at that because it comes back to the nutrition. Genetics and nutrition, and nutrition and genetics. I still believe that our answers have to start with the questions there. In MS, T cells from the body’s immune system attack and destroy the myelin sheath and leave the nerve cell fibers unprotected. The reason the iodine is important to the myelin sheath has to do with it’s role in our synthesis of the thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones help your cells activate genes which triggers the production of specific proteins. One of those proteins is the myelin basic protein (MBP) which is an essential component of the myelin sheath. Something interesting for those with Hashimoto’s to consider as well.

Now Dr. Wahl also ate 9 cups of non-starchy vegetables and berries each day. For her 3 cups of that were greens, and 3 cups were sulphur-containing vegetables –  kale, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, onions, chives, leeks, mushrooms, asparagus, and colorful vegetables. She believed anything inflammatory and processed must be removed – so no sugar, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, allergens, dairy (including raw dairy), grains, or legumes, including soy beans.  Sound familiar? Dairy, grains and legumes, especially, are implicated in auto-immune reactions which is what brings many of us to both veganism and paleolithic diets.

Yet Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurologist, has suggested that while “no one has adequately tested a specific diet and mix of supplements as a treatment for Huntington’s, based on the best scientific evidence it makes sense to follow a mostly vegetarian diet, avoid fluoride and mercury-containing seafoods, foods containing omega-6 (vegetable oils), and high-sugar foods and drinks.”

I personally have to wonder, was it the bioactive iron and amino acids that she was getting from the grass-fed and organ meats  just something she was greatly lacking due to her genetic makeup and perhaps digestive issues?

I would be personally worried about offering up too much meat to anyone with Huntington’s not knowing enough about the proteins, but of course I am not a doctor or dietitian. But just like what I’ve talked about with MTHFR defects and our genetics being a key to what we should be eating and supplementing with, those with Huntington’s have the HTT genetic defect. John Hopkins has been doing some amino acid based clinical studies that seem to point in this direction. Interesting read over here.

Also think about the fact that the oily fish would have contained a combination of algae DHA combined with the omega3’s. And what a great combination for both detox support and brain health, right?

Barbara Christensen VlogCast I Paleo Vegeo I Vacation Post, Vegan Creatine and Brain Shrinkage DiseasesNow also going into paleo she would have then removed the gluten (specifically wheat) proteins. As I’ve read about the HD patient in S. California who was a member of a local CrossFit Gym, and who had been diagnosed with HD by a group of University neurologists employing MRI technology to detect the characteristic brain lesions. After approximately 8 months following adoption of a Paleo Diet (Gliadin free), she experienced a dramatic reduction in disease symptoms and subsequent MRI evaluation indicated a reduction in lesion volume. My uncle has celiac and so he is living Gliadin free and is quite healthy even though he is almost 90 years old, which is really quite an interesting bit I’d love to study more one day.

Dr. Wahl also recommended for diet to eat organic, free-range, antibiotic-free eggs (if tolerated), because they contain choline – which together with inositol – is critical for myelin sheath repair. I’ve discussed myelin sheath repair on my blog a long time ago in connection with curcumin extract. Turmeric is a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory as you know. So when it comes to these sorts of nuero diseases, curcumin has been seen as a way to free up the traffic in your nerves and repair that myelin sheath damage. In fact they have found MS to be very rare in India where Turmeric is a part of the daily nutrition.

Back to choline, however, your collard greens, swiss chard and cauliflower, sesame and those beloved flax seeds all contain lessor levels of choline and if you are eating the 3 cups were sulphur-containing vegetables daily you would imagine you are getting enough choline. Also grapefruits, oranges, mandarin oranges, cantaloupe, rutabaga, blackberries, artichokes all have great amounts of inositol. So I don’t think that it really comes down to the meat and that is why we are seeing vegan paleo as being so healthy. Just making sure you are getting those highly bioavaiable nutrients that you need daily is what is important, not the specific food product.

I want to emphasize that I am not a doctor, and I can’t provide personal medical advice. Any decisions about treatment of a disease or symptoms from an illness should be pursued in consultation with your primary physician.Consider this some useful items to discuss at your next appointment if you are looking to dramatically change your diet.

Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue … We Talk On Tuesday I The Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen Vlogcast


Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue

My adrenal fatigue didn’t come from overtraining, {yes personal trainer that actually NEVER overtrained} but it did come from stress, and type A personality doing it all. Same result, but different path.

I am starting to feel so much better these days. Working out in the mornings with weights for 20- 30 minutes three times a week, flexibility through yoga once a week, walking and tabata. You know that this first really took me down a path when we went to Utah for the conference and on to California, and then this January it was rock bottom.

UGH. Total exhaustion is not a fun way to live your life.

Getting back to a very strict paleo vegeo diet with the Vitamin D and coconut oil supplementation and calcium/magnesium, lots of vegan omegas, powdered greens, iron supplementation, and I’m using the tranformation porgram and feeling so much better. Being careful, of course, to not over do it. Taking the weekends easy. Also I’m still using the essential oils, and also using Clary Sage every morning for an extra support to my hormonal system at age 46 now. Here is the information from Dr. Mosley on the 3 minutes of fitness that I talk about in the vlogcast today – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17177251.
A few relatively short bursts of intense exercise, amounting to only a few minutes a week, can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits of hours of conventional exercise, according to new research, says Dr Michael Mosley.

Eating a Modified Paleo Diet Or Suffering From a GI Disorder Could Cause You Zinc Deficiencies

Those Eating a Modified Paleo Diet Or Suffering From a GI Disorder Could Be Zinc Deficient

You are vegan or vegetarian and you don’t eat grains or meat…. could be that you are zinc deficient. People at risk of zinc deficiency or inadequacy need to include good sources of zinc in their daily diets. Supplemental zinc might also be appropriate in certain situations.  Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell!!

Eating a Modified Paleo Diet Or Suffering From a GI Disorder Could Cause You Zinc Deficiencies I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara ChristensenThose with GI issues, or who have had GI surgery or IBD, UC, Chrohn’s disease, etc, can see a decreased zinc absorption and increase endogenous zinc losses primarily from the gastrointestinal tract and, to a lesser extent, from the kidney

Vegans and vegetarians get zinc through plants, and the bioavailability of zinc from vegetarian diets is lower than from non-vegetarian diets because  of this. Meat is high in bioavailable zinc and may enhance zinc absorption. Legumes and whole grains, which contain phytates that bind zinc and inhibit its absorption, so if you are vegan or vegetarian then that lends a better reason for why you may be looking at the paleo diet. For those that still use some grains, legumes or other iffy foods, you really need to make certain that you reduce the binding of zinc by phytates and increase its bioavailability through soaking beans, grains, and seeds in water for several hours before cooking them and allowing them to sit after soaking until sprouts form. I found this really great soaking and sprouting image that I think many of us could use from Vidya Cleanse – here on Facebook. Unless you consume reasonable quantities of assorted soaked and sprouted nuts, seeds and raw peas, mushrooms and broccoli your diet most likely contains inadequate zinc levels. Soybeans have the highest levels of phytic acid of any legume and this chelates (binds with) zinc and makes it unable to be absorbed, one more reason to dump the soy from your life completely.

There is a fact that obese individuals have low zinc and poor leptin regulation. This decrease in zinc leads to a leptin issue that can cause the body to build more ‘fat body mass’ as opposed to lean body mass. And zinc deficiency has been linked to various chronic ailments including infertility. Zinc deficiency also inhibits TSH release in the anterior hypophysis and brings about a decrease in thyroid hormone levels and is involved in the structure of 1,5-deiodinase enzyme which transforms T4 to T3. If you have any sort of thyroid and infertility struggles you know what all of that means to your health. For men a little zinc supplements may actually help raise your testosterone levels, as will adding in that all needed weight training.

I can tell you that from all of my research I’ve seen that both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics tend to be deficient in zinc. Zinc deficiency affects the ability of the pancreatic beta cells to respond to the body’s call to produce and secrete insulin. If that cute little pancreas does not produce and secrete enough insulin , your levels of glucose in the blood stay high.

Zinc is required for the synthesis of serotonin, which stimulates the sensation of satiety and reduces food intake. Now dopamine activation decreases food intake and high-dose zinc administration was shown to inhibit the binding of dopamine to D 1 and D 2 receptors, which are important in dopamine’s food intake-inhibiting effect. So you need to make sure you do not take too much zinc if you find to be deficient.

And guess what, zinc is known as a copper ‘antagonist’ or ‘competitor’… so low zinc almost always means high copper. So you need one to balance the other. Zinc has a big impact on our other nutrients. In fact, zinc deficiency is thought to interfere with vitamin A metabolism, and vitamin A deficiency may exacerbate iron-deficiency anemia. Makes me wonder what my daughter’s real internal issues are because she eats meat, but has been tested low iron. Could it be that she is not absorbing zinc, among other nutrients, and that it’s just this cascading waterfall of issues? I also have low iron, and a condition called xerophthalmia (dry eye), which can be caused by low vitamin A….ah the brain is spinning thinking about all of this.

Now keep in mind that thiazide diuretics such as chlorthalidone (Hygroton®) and hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix® and HydroDIURIL®) increase urinary zinc excretion by as much as 60%, and antibiotics and zinc supplements should be taken four hours apart. So don’t just go starting supplementation without talking to your doctor and/or pharmacist.

You can try the Optimal Zinc Lozenge (http://bit.ly/OptimalZinc) for supplementation because it’s a really good bioavailable supplement, and is good dosage that can be cut in half for a lower dosage as well. It is free of magnesium stearate, milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, corn, yeast and soybeans and contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

An adult needs 40 mg of zinc a day, and if you think about the fact that you’re only getting about 1 mg in an oz of almonds. Here’s an article with vegan zinc sources which may give you an idea on why so many of us are zinc deficient. http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/zinc Unfortunately zinc is hard to test for… so good luck to us all. 😉