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Apr 10 2017

LCKL 072 – Biohacks 101 – Fasting – Other Benefits…

Within this episode you will discover 5 other benefits of fasting, including digestive health, inflammation, energy, skin health and lifespan extension.

  • How Fasting Improves Digestive Health;
  • How Fasting Decreases Inflammation;
  • How Fasting Increases Energy;
  • How Fasting Improves Skin Health; and
  • How Fasting Extends Lifespan.
Other Benefit #1 - Digestive HealthOther Benefit #2 - Lowered InflammationOther Benefit #3 - Increased EnergyOther Benefit #4 - Better SkinOther Benefit #5 - Promotes Longevity
  • Fasting has been used by many celebrities as a way to detox your body for many years.
  • Fasting gives your digestive system a rest from breaking down and absorbing the food.
  • Fasting has also been shown to help restore the cyclical fluctuations of gut microbes and therefore may have a protective effect against obesity and metabolic syndrome.
  • Our bodies are designed to go for a period of time without food.
  • Fasting allows time for bacteria to reset the environment. Digestive microbes are active in the process of digestion, and therefore by giving gut bacteria time without food, it sets off a mechanism that forces the bacteria to work on their own populations.
  • It is during this period that the health and diversity of the gut bacteria is maintained.
  • Fasting has been shown to be effective in treating IBD according to a research study done on patients doing Ramadam. In this study that was published in the Indian Journal of Gastroenterology in 2008 men with ulcerative colitis had a mean score of colitis activity index of 3.5 before Ramadam and this decreased to 1.7 after fasting.
  • Fasting has been shown to be a powerful therapy for treating inflammation.
  • In a study that was published in the Nature Medicine Journal described how Beta Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) directly inhibits a powerful inflammasome known as NLRP3. This inflammasome has been directly linked to several disorders such as autoimmune disorders, type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, alzheimers disease and other inflammatory conditions.
  • Studies have found that inhibiting NLRP3 also reduced inflammation in the body. The three main ways that have been found to lower this inflammasome are fasting, the ketogenic diet and high intensity exercise.
  • There are many reasons why it is suspected that fasting can help with energy levels, however I am going to go over 2 of them.
    • Fasting initiates the production of beta hydroxybutyrate (i.e. Ketones). Ketones are a by product of burning fat and your brain absolutely loves them. These ketones will make you feel energetic and more alert. Once your body starts burning fat while fasting, the body will also start producing ketones and therefore make you feel good.
  • Orexin – This is a very important neuropeptide that does two important things. The first thing it does is keep you awake and then it also increases your appetite if you don’t eat. As long as you don’t eat, these levels of orexin in the brain will spike, keeping you awake and increasing mental energy. When you sleep your brain uses melatonin to help put you to sleep. The orexin system and melatonin system interact. If Orexin levels are high during the day and then you go to sleep the melatonin levels will be really high at night, therefore causing you to sleep deeper than normal. Fasting will expose you to higher orexin levels during the day, increasing energy and therefore exposing you to more melatonin at night. This will cause your sleep to be deeper and the deeper your sleep the less sleep is required.
  • Water fasting can improve skin tone. Since the skin is well hydrated it may heal itself and renew itself faster.
  • Water fasting has also been shown to help speed up scar healing and help with skin conditions like acne.
  • Some findings indicate that short term fasting may inhibit certain skin conditions and detoxify skin impurities.
  • Contact Dermatitis – Fasting has been shown to benefit Contact Dermatitis, which is a type of skin irritation that has resulted from a specific object or substance. They found that in studies with mice, the dermal swelling reduced after a short fasting period of 48 hours.
  • Hives – A study that was published in the Journal of Dermatology found that a fasting period of only 11 days was able to alleviate chronic urticaria. However, the hives returned within 3 days of breaking the fast.
  • Acne and Eczema – Studies have shown these conditions may clear up much more quickly with short term fasting. When the body is able to properly filter and eliminate wastes through the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts, the quality of the skin secretions will increase, therefore helping to prevent and treat acne.
  • There are a number of ways that fasting can promote longevity:
    • Firstly, by reducing the incidence of chronic disease;
    • Secondly, by reducing free radical damage. When more fuel is consumed than what is needed then the cells leak electrons which react with oxygen, therefore producing free radicals. These free radicals damage your cells and your DNA and are linked to an increased potential for illness and disease. Studies demonstrated that fasting in mice with lymphoma reduced the amount of free radicals, increased their longevity and reduced the death rate.
    • Thirdly, because of its autophagy and mitophagy response. This is a critical process that happens when your body begins to eat itself in an orderly pattern to remove damaged parts from your body. This process allows you to clean house and keep your body healthy.
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Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.


Jan 30 2017

LCKL 049 – Vitamin E – Powerful Antioxidant That Protects Against Disease, Balances Hormones, Improves Fitness and Much Much More…

Have you heard about how important Vitamin E is for overall health and longevity. But are you also concerned because there are so many conflicting studies out there showing that Vitamin E is dangerous. Well, let me put your mind at rest. Vitamin E, when taken responsibly or in your food is not dangerous and is actually beneficial for skin health, heart health, eye health and even muscle growth. Discover in this episode all you needed to know about this essential Vitamin.

  • What Vitamin E is;
  • The 8 Different Types of Vitamin E;
  • Food Sources of Vitamin E;
  • Dangers of Vitamin E Deficiency;
  • Symptoms of Vitamin E Deficiency;
  • Causes of Vitamin E Deficiency;
  • General Benefits of Vitamin E;
  • Why Vitamin E and other Antioxidants are Crucial for optimising Fitness and Muscle Growth;
  • Research Studies Showing 7 Different Conditions Vitamin E is useful for;
  • What Type of Vitamin E Supplement you should be taking if you are going to supplement;
  • Toxicity of Vitamin E;
  • Medical Interactions of Vitamin E; and
  • Dosages of Vitamin E.
What is It?Food Sources of Vitamin EDangers of Vitamin E DeficiencySymptoms of Vitamin E DeficiencyCauses of Vitamin E DeficiencyGeneral Benefits of Vitamin EResearched Benefits of Vitamin EWhat Type of Supplement Should I Take?Toxicity of Vitamin E SupplementsInteractions with MedicationsDosages of Vitamin E
  • Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin that is found naturally in some foods, added to others and is also available as a supplement.
  • It was first discovered in 1922 at the University of California by Dr Herbert Evans and his assistant Katherine Bishop.
  • They fed rats a semi purified diet and then noticed that although the rats grew well, all the pups from the female pregnancies would die in the womb.
  • After they then supplemented them with lettuce and wheat germ, healthy pups were born.
  • Vitamin E is made up of 8 different compounds, known as 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols:
    • Alpha-tocopherol;
    • Beta-tocopherol;
    • Gamma-tocopherol;
    • Delta-tocopherol;
    • Alpha-tocotrienol;
    • Beta-tocotrienol;
    • Gamma-tocotrienol;
    • Delta-tocotrienol.

They have actually found it is much better to get your Vitamin E from food or natural sources as it is twice as bioavailable as the synthetic form. In fact, they have found that only 50% of the synthetic form is used as a natural form by the liver. The other 50% is excreted via the body in the form of urine.

The foods highest in Vitamin E are actually also able to be eaten on a low carb or ketogenic diet, such as:

  • Leafy Green Vegetables;
  • Almonds;
  • Sunflower Seeds;
  • Avocadoes;
  • Shellfish;
  • Fish;
  • Olive Oil;
  • Broccoli;
  • Squash/Pumpkin; and
  • Olives.

If you become Vitamin E deficient, it can cause severe neurological problems due to poor nerve conduction.


  • Eye Disease known as Retrolental Fibroplasia;
  • Loss of weight and delayed growth;
  • Poor eating habits;
  • Developmental Issues.


  • Chronic Liver Disease;
  • Neurological Deficits;
  • Lack of Coordination;
  • Paralysis of Eye Muscles;
  • Muscle Weakness;
  • Drooping of the Upper Eyelid;
  • Speech Disorder; and
  • Slow Growth.


  • Mild Anaemia;
  • Neurological Deficits
  • Infertility;
  • Age Spots;
  • Cataracts;
  • Decreased Sex Drive;
  • Muscle Abnormalities;
  • Enlarged Prostate;
  • Miscarriage;
  • Decreased Circulation;
  • Liver Abnormalities; and
  • Brain Abnormalities.


  • Gastrointestinal Issues;
  • Dry Hair and Hair Loss;
  • Muscular Weakness;
  • Slow Tissue Healing; and
  • Leg Cramps.

There are a couple of different causes that could contribute to Vitamin E Deficiency, such as:

  • Poor Nutrition – If you are not eating from the list of vitamin E rich foods then it is possible you will begin to suffer from a Vitamin E deficiency.
  • Low Fat Diet – As Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, it is critically important that you consume plenty of fat when supplementing with it or when eating the vitamin e rich foods, otherwise you will not be able to absorb the vitamin correctly.
  • Fat Malabsorption – If you suffer from the inability to absorb essential fats, which often occurs in conditions such as celiac disease, crohns disease, lactose intolerance or intestinal damage, then you will become deficient in not only vitamin E but also the other fat soluble vitamins.
  • Potent Antioxidant so it helps to protect your cells from damage and slows down the ageing process.
  • Helps to balance cholesterol levels by fighting cholesterol oxidation.
  • Helps maintain youthful and radiant skin.
  • Helps maintain youthful and radiant hair.
  • Assists in balancing your hormones and therefore helping with PMS, Weight Gain, Allergies and much more
  • Helps with PMS – Take a Vitamin E supplement 2-3 days before and 2-3 days after a menstrual period to reduce the cravings, anxiety and cravings related to PMS.
  • Improves Eye Health and Vision and decreases risk of Macular Degeneration.
  • Slows down memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Improves physical endurance as it increases your energy and reduces the oxidative stress on your muscles after you exercise.

Few actually realise the importance of antioxidants when it comes to muscle growth. o Following exercise, free radicals wreak havoc on your muscles, resulting in

breakdown. These free radicals will then produce pro inflammatory cytokines, which will inhibit growth hormone and insulin like growth factor 1. These are both major players in muscle growth.

Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant that will do just that.

Venous Thromboembolism (including DVT and Pulmonary Embolism)

  • A study done in the Journal of Circulation in 2007 found that supplementation may reduce the risk of VTE in women, as well as those with a history or genetic predisposition.
  • This study took 39,876 women over the age of 45 and split them into two groups, one that was placebo and the other that was taking 600IU of Vitamin E per day.
  • Their risk of VTE was documented prior to the study.
  • During a follow up period of 10.2 years found that VTE occurred in 482 women: 213 in Vit E group and 269 in placebo group.

Coronary Heart Disease

  • A study done in the New England Journal of Medicine did a study in 1980 where they took 87,245 female nurses between the ages of 34 and 59 years of age.
  • They were free of diagnosed cardiovascular disease and cancer and they completed dietary questionnaires which assessed the consumption of a wide range of nutrients, including Vitamin E.
  • They found that women who took Vitamin E for over 2 years had a reduced risk of heart disease, although those that were taking it for short periods of time had little effect.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • Vitamin E supplementation may reduce lung disease risk by about 10% in women over 45.
  • A study that was done at the Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences found that Women who received 600IU of Vitamin E plus 100mg of Aspirin every second day had a reduced risk of chronic lung disease than those on placebo.
  • Over a 10 year span, the researchers documented 760 new cases of chronic lung recipients in those taking the Vitamin E and 846 cases in those in the placebo group.

Reduce Cholesterol

  • Studies have shown that the Tocotrienol form of Vitamin E may reduce cholesterol levels by about 15% in those with raised cholesterol levels.
  • According to studies published in the Functional Foods in Health and Disease which is an open access journal found that 300mg per day of a tocotrienol rich palm oil for six months may reduce LDL cholesterol by 17% and total cholesterol by 11%.
  • Also, a study that was done in 1992 from researchers at Bristol-Meyers Squibb found that the gamma tocotrienol was 30 times more active than the alpha-tocotrienol.

Brain Health

  • Because of the potent antioxidant capacity of Vitamin E, it plays a key role in protecting the membranes from oxidation, as well as omega 3 fatty acids from peroxidation.
  • Although the tocotrienols are the form most beneficial for most conditions, recent data has shown that all forms of vitamin e is beneficial for the brain.
  • For instance, a paper was published in the Neurology of Ageing who found that the risk of mild cognitive impairment was 15% lower in those with the highest level of tocopherols and 8% in those with the highest level of tocotrienols.
  • They also found that those with Alzheimers Disease displayed higher blood markers of vitamin e damage.
  • There are also other studies that have shown that d-alpha-tocotrienols are one thousand times more potent than d-alpha-tocopherol in protecting the brain cells from neurodegeneration that is caused by stroke and trauma related injuries.
  • One such study is that by Professor Chandan Sen at the Ohio State University who showed that extremely low concentration of tocotrienols but not alpha tocopherol prevented glutamate induced brain cell death, which is something that occurs in the brain during a stroke.
  • What’s even more amazing is that not only does tocotrienols prevent stroke induced injuries but when introduced several hours after a stroke it can affect the complete recovery of the dying neurons.
  • There are many other studies available regarding this.

Skin Protection

  • Vitamin E is well known to be useful in the protection of the skin.
  • It is the most abundant lipophilic antioxidant that is found in human skin.
  • Vitamin E first accumulates in the sebaceous glands before it is delivered to the skin via sebum.
  • It takes about a week after taking Vitamin E supplementation for the sebum in the skin to be altered.
  • Skin vitamin E levels are higher in those with increased sebum production as well as in skin types that naturally produce more sebum.
  • Exposure to UV light lowers the Vitamin E content in the skin.
  • The main role of Vitamin E in the skin is its photoprotection, which is to prevent damage induced by free radicals and reactive oxygen species.
  • It is also known as an anti-inflammatory on the skin when used topically. Topical Vitamin E can reduce swelling, skin thickness, erythema and edema.
  • Finally, Vitamin E can help with the healing of wounds (especially topically).

Eye Health

  • Vitamin E plays an important role in protecting certain parts of the eye which is particularly susceptible to eye damage. For instance cataracts are believe to be caused by oxidation in the lens of the eye from UV radiation.

A popular eye research study known as the Age Related Eye Disease Study found that Vitamin E, along with a whole host of other nutrients has helped many people with moderate age related macular degeneration. Taking these nutrients reduced the risk of developing age related macular degeneration by around 25%.

If you are supplementing, it is important to check what type of Vitamin E is in the supplement. If it is synthetic it will read dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate or dl-alpha tocopherol. However, if it is the natural form it will read d-alpha tocopherol.

  • There has been no known data on any adverse effects from consuming Vitamin E in food.
  • However, high doses of alpha tocopherol supplements has been found to possibly cause haemorrhage and interrupt blood coagulation. High doses can also possibly inhibit platelet aggregation.
  • Studies have found that doses up to 1000 mg per day (1500IU in natural form or 1100IU in synthetic form) to be safe.

If you are taking regular medications it is important to check with your practitioner prior to taking synthetic Vitamin E.

  • Anticoagulant and Antiplatelet Medications – As Vitamin E can inhibit platelet aggregation and antagonize vitamin K dependent clotting factors it is important synthetic vitamin E is not taken at the same time as drugs such as Warfarin.
  • o Simvastatin and Niacin – Do not take antioxidants alongside these drugs as it can blunt the beneficial effects of HDL cholesterol.
  • o Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy – This is still up to debate and should be researched further, although practitioners are recommending against it due to the inhibition of cellular oxidative damage in the cancer cells.
  • The recommended dosages of Vitamin E will vary, depending on the reason why you are taking the supplement.
  • Generally, the recommended dosage for Vitamin E is 15mg per day.
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Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.



Jan 18 2017

LCKL 044 – The Hidden Power of Vitamin A and the Myths Surrounding It’s Toxicity

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin which is absolutely essential for survival, both for the health of the brain, the eyes, the immune system, the skin and even in the prevention and/or treatment of cancer. However, due to the Vitamin A scare and the low fat craze we are becoming more and more deficient in this vital nutrient. Listen up to learn more…


  • What Vitamin A is;
  • The different types of Vitamin A and how synthetic vitamin A differs from that found in liver and other animal products;
  • How a low fat diet can be detrimental to your overall health and how Vitamin A deficiency is one of the culprits;
  • The dangers associated with Vitamin A Deficiency and how you may become deficient in this essential vitamin;
  • General benefits associated with optimising Vitamin A levels;
  • How Vitamin A can help with Vision;
  • How Vitamin A can help with Brain Health;
  • How Vitamin A can help with your Immune System;
  • How Vitamin A can help with Skin Health;
  • How Vitamin A can help with Cancer;
  • How Vitamin A during pregnancy is not detrimental but is in fact essential to the health of you and your unborn child; and
  • Reasons why you should not believe all the studies you read or hear. Some of them are seriously flawed…
What is Vitamin A?SourcesDangers of a Low Fat DietDangers of Vitamin A DeficiencyCauses of Vitamin A DeficiencyGeneral Benefits of Vitamin AResearched Benefits : VisionResearched Benefits : MalariaResearched Benefits : Regulates ImmunityResearched Benefits : Reduces Menorrhagia (Excessive Menstrual Bleeding)Researched Benefits : Improves Brain HealthResearched Benefits : Improves Skin HealthResearched Benefits : CancerVitamin A Toxicity
  • A group of fat soluble retinoids, including retinol, retinal and retinyl esters.
  • It is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction and cellular communication.
  • Vitamin A was discovered by a researcher named E V McCollum in the year of 1907. He first became interested when he realised that cows who were fed wheat failed to thrive, became blind and gave birth to dead calves while those eating yellow corn did not.
    • After realising that it was too difficult to research on cows due to their size and inability for a large cohort he decided to test it on rats (which were just pests anyway).
    • He found that rats who were fed pure protein, pure skim milk, sugar, minerals and lard or olive oil for fat failed to grow. But those who were given butterfat or egg yolks had their health restored.
    • He found this fat soluble factor (Vitamin A) which was essential for growth and survival.
  • 5 Months after McCollums study, other researchers by the name Osbourne and Mendel found that cod liver oil produced the same results as butter in rat studies.
  • On top of this there were many other researchers that realised the importance of Vitamin A.

Preformed Vitamin A

  • Dairy Products;
  • Fish; and
  • Meat (especially liver).


Provitamin A

  • Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene and Beta Cryptoxanthin.
  • These plant pigments are converted into Vitamin A.
  • Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and therefore will be unable to be absorbed on a low fat diet.
  • Carotenes are converted by the action of bile salts and very little bile reaches the intestines when a meal is low in fat. Butterfat stimulates the secretion of bile that is needed to convert carotenes from vegetables into vitamin A and at the same time it provides an easily absorbed Vitamin A at the same time.
  • Although Carotenes from vegetables are able to be converted into Vitamin A, those with Diabetics, Poor Thyroid Function and Poor Digestive Issues cannot make the conversion.
  • Other issues that hinder this conversion include strenuous physical exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive iron consumption, use of popular drugs, excessive polyunsaturated fatty acids, zinc deficiency and even cold weather.
  • In pregnant mothers a deficiency can result in offspring with eye defects, displaced kidneys, displaced hairlip, displaced cleft palate and abnormalities of the heart and blood vessels.
  • In 3rd world communities vitamin A deficiencies are rampant and contribute to high infant mortality, blindness, stunted growth, bone deformities and susceptibility to infection. Even in communities that have access to a plentiful supply of carotenes in vegetables and fruits deal with these issues. They have found that a scarcity of quality dairy, minimal consumption of organ meats and using vegetable oils instead of animal fats has contributed to these issues.
  • Being an infant or child;
  • Having Diabetes;
  • Low Thyroid Function;
  • Low Fat Diet;
  • Intestinal Roundworms;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Pancreatic Disease;
  • Celiac Disease;
  • Excessive amounts of stress;
  • Strenous Physical Exercise;
  • Periods of physical growth;
  • People with measles;
  • High Protein Consumption;
  • Pregnancy and Lactation; and
  • Growth and Repair of Body Tissues;
  • Protects Mucous Membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs;
  • Promotes the secretion of gastric juices necessary for proper digestion of protein;
  • Helps to build strong bones and teeth and rich blood;
  • Essential for good eyesight;
  • Aids in the production of RNA; and
  • Contributes to the health of the immune system.
  • Vitamin A is an essential component of rhodopsin, a protein which absorbs light in the retinal receptors.
  • It also supports the normal differentiation and function of the conjunctival membranes and cornea.
  • In 1904 a Japanese physician by the name of M Mori treated children with Xeropthlamia with liver and cod liver oil with remarkable results. Xeropthalmia is a condition that starts with night blindness, leads to dissolution of the cornea and finally results in bursting of the eye. In fact when it came to treating this condition, cod liver oil was found even more effective than liver. They found that the result for this was so dramatic that by the evening the children with the night blindness were already dancing around briskly.
  • There was also research showing that cod liver oil also helped to reverse keratomalacia which is associated with severe nutritional deficiencies and is characterized by corneal ulceration, extreme dryness of the eyes and infection.
    • One researcher by the name of Bloch gave children a diet consisting entirely of whole milk, butter, eggs and cod liver oil and found that it cured night blindness and keratomalacia.
    • To test this, he gave one group cod liver oil/butterfat and one group margarine and half of the group that had margarine still developed corneal problems but the ones eating butterfat and cod liver oil still remained health.
  • Research has shown that Vitamin A Supplementation can reduce the incidence of malaria. In fact a research study that was published in the Lancet in 1999 in Papua New Guinea found that these people had a 30% lower incidence of malaria than those receiving a placebo.
  • A research study in the journal Nutrition Reviews has shown 3 ways that Vitamin A can influence immunity.
  • Vitamin A Deficiency leads to a loss of ciliated cells in the lungs, which is an important first line of defence against pathogens.
  • Vitamin A promotes mucin secretion and microvilli formation by the mucosa, including the GI tract mucosa.
  • Vitamin A also regulates T Cell Production and Apoptosis, also known as programmed cell death.
  • A study in the South African Journal of Medicine found that women who were treated with megadoses of Vitamin A (up to 100,000 IU per day) resulted in a 92% reduction in menorrhagia.

Memory and Learning

  • Lack of vitamin A interferes with optimal function of the hippocampus, which is the main seat of learning.
  • Scientists found that removing Vitamin A from the diet of mice reduced learning and memory.


  • Natural Vitamin A has been shown to help reconnect the retinoid receptors in the brain of autistic children, therefore helping with sensory perception, language processing and attention. Use of cod liver oil has also been shown to help children recover from autism due to the DPT Vaccine.


  • Studies have shown that those with high levels of Vitamin A in their blood were much more likely to recover after a stroke.
  • Vitamin A has been shown to be useful in the treatment of psoriasis. Research has found that patients who suffer from advanced psoriasis had low levels of Vitamin A in their blood.
  • There has been a great deal of research done on the effect of Vitamin A and Cancer.
  • Unfortunately for some reason this research has not been widely adopted.
  • However, there have been a couple of situations historically which have shown that Vitamin A can be beneficial in the treatment of cancer:
    • In 1946 Dr Max Gerson testified before a US congressional committee on the successful of his Vitamin A cancer treatment but he was ignored. He was well known for treating terminal cancer using raw liver juice which is a strong source of Vitamin A.
    • In 1973 a physician by the name of Dr Kanematsu Sigiura published a study showing that mammary tumors were able to be regressed with the use of Vitamin A and Laetrile. However, his results were completely denied.
    • A study has been done showing that Vitamin A can be protective against lung and bladder cancers in men.
    • Also a study published in the Drugs of Experimental Clinical Research Journal has found that Vitamin A can also be protective against prostate cancer too. They found that 14 out of 15 patients with prostate cancer achieved total remission using Vitamin A as part of the cancer treatment.
  • Although Vitamin A Toxicity is not common it is something that can happen if you take excessive amounts of Vitamin A Supplements:
    • Symptoms of Vitamin A Toxicity include:
      • Dizziness;
      • Nausea;
      • Vomiting;
      • Headaches;
      • Skin Damage;
      • Mental Disturbances; and
      • Infrequent Menstruation.
    • Symptoms of Severe Vitamin A Toxicity can include:
      • Blindness;
      • Liver Damage – Can occur in children who take RDA Approved adult levels over prolonged periods of time or adults who take 5 times as much RDA Approved levels for 7-10 years.
      • Chronic overdose in children can cause fluid on the brain.
  • Acute vitamin A poisoning can occur in children after taking one dose of synthetic vitamin A in the range of 300,000 IU or a daily dosage of 60,000 IU for a few weeks.
  • There has been ongoing concern about the dangers of Vitamin A toxicity, especially in Pregnancy. Because of this the RDA has been reduced from 5,000 IU to 2,500 IU and the upper limit has been set at an upper limit of 10,000 IU for women.
  • However, unfortunately 1 tbsp Cod Liver Oil contains at least 15,000 IU and one serving of liver can contain up to 40,000 IU. Therefore, it is far too easy to go over the 10,000IU dosage.
  • This concern arose after an article entitled “Teratogenicity of High Vitamin A Intake” was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1995 showing that linked birth defects to high vitamin A excess in 22000 women. Researchers found that cranial neural crest defects increased with increased dosages of Vitamin A. However, what they didn’t report was that neural tube defects decreased with Vitamin A consumption. Other than this, no trend was apparent with musculoskeletal, urogenital or other defects. Plus when the Vitamin A was from food alone and not from supplementation, the cranial neural crest defects were much less pronounced.
  • But this research study was flawed.
    • What they did to determine this was that they interviewed these women and asked about their eating habits and supplement intake before and during pregnancy. This in itself is not an accurate way of determining accurate Vitamin A levels.
    • Blood tests were not taken to determine the actual usable vitamin A status of the mothers.
    • The birth defects were not weighed according to severity. Therefore it was unable to be determined whether the defects of the babies born to mothers taking the high doses of vitamin A were serious or minor compared to those taking lower amounts.
    • Most of all, the researchers failed to distinguish between manufactured Vitamin A in the form of retinol which is found in supplements and added to fabricated foods or from vitamin A containing foods. Synthetic vitamins are less biologically active and therefore less effective than naturally occurring vitamins.
    • They also made no distinction between those consuming whole Vitamin A from animal sources and those who ingested the retinol added to margarine, white flour and breakfast cereals. Remember that these foods are not only deficient in real Vitamin A but they also contain other substances that can cause birth defects.
  • What they have found is that cranial neural crest defects increased in proportion to the amount of retinol from supplements that were consumed during the first trimester of pregnancy (although it was considered safe up to 15,000 IU per day). Unlike Vitamin A from foods, the retinol from synthetic supplements can be teratogenic, especially when your health is not optimal.
  • However, there have also been many research studies that have shown this is not the case.
    • For instance, a study in Rome found no congenital malformations among 120 infants exposed to more than 50,000 IU of vitamin A per day.
    • Another study in Switzerland found that the blood levels of Vitamin A in pregnant women at a dosage of 30,000 IU per day had no association with birth defects.
  • It is important to note that Vitamin A toxicity does not occur from food unless you are consuming seal or bear liver. Even synthetic vitamins are not toxic if given in a single large dose or smaller daily doses. Do not be scared to consume the best superfoods – Liver and Cod Liver Oil.
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Dec 23 2016

LCKL 033 – How Nutrition Affects The Occurrence of Acne

Are you and/or a loved one struggling with acne? Are you scared to leave the house, frightened that somebody is looking at you? Are you wondering how nutrition plays a role in skin health. After all, we have been told that greasy foods are not good for y our skin. But are they telling us the truth or is something else really the issue?

  • The two main factors behind acne;
  • The five main causes of acne;
  • The interaction between insulin resistance and acne;
  • The interaction between sugars and hormones when it comes to acne;
  • The interaction between sugars and inflammation when it comes to acne;
  • The interaction between sugars and candida when it comes to acne;
  • The interaction between dairy and acne;
  • The interaction between gluten and acne;
  • The interaction between leaky gut and acne;
  • 2 Top Supplements you can take to help with skin health; and
  • Much Much More…
Factors behind the occurrence of AcneCauses of AcneInsulin Resistance and AcneSugars, Hormones and AcneSugars, Inflammation and AcneSugar, Candida and AcneDairy and AcneGluten and AcneLeaky Gut and AcneSupplements for Skin HealthSteps You Can Take (Control Insulin)
  • There are two main factors behind the occurrence of acne.
    • The first is hormones. Hormones are responsible for putting the skin glands into overdrive, resulting in an excess of sebum and skin cell growth. This combination results in blocked pores.
    • The second is inflammation. Inflammation will damage the sebum in these blocked pores and cause an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to thrive, in particular P Acnes.
  • High Glycemic / High Carbohydrate / High Sugar Diet
  • Hormones
  • Inflammation
  • Candida
  • Dairy
  • Many studies have shown that higher glycemic index foods contribute to the occurrence of acne and lower glycemic diets such as those found in the katavan and ache tribes had very low incidence of acne.
  • Studies have reported that foods with a high glycemic index may contribute to acne by elevating insulin levels, suppressing SHBG concentrations and raising androgen levels.
  • Hyperinsulinemia has been shown to elicit a hormonal response that contributes to unregulated epithelial tissue growth and increased sebum production.
  • At the end of this episode I will be discussed the results of a study done in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition detailing how a low glycemic load diet improves symptoms of acne vulgaris.
  • All acne is hormonal to some degree. Acne prone skin is sensitive to androgens, such as testosterone and unfortunately this increases sebum production and skin cell growth.
  • Insulin and IGF-1 are other hormones that are linked to acne.
  • Studies have shown that the higher the IGF-1 levels the more severe the acne is.
  • IGF-1 will also increase sebum production and increase pore size, therefore making them more visible.
  • Insuliin has the same effects, although not quite as potent.
  • Obviously a High Carbohydrate diet increases your insulin levels and your IGF-1 levels too.
  • Studies have shown that acne patients have higher levels of inflammation than those with healthy skin.
  • An increase in inflammation is one reason why food allergies, gut problems and some foods aggravate acne.
  • Sugar is extremely bad for inflammation. Studies have shown that after 3 weeks of drinking sugary soda, C-reactive protein levels increased by 87% at 1 can per day and 105% at 2 cans per day.
  • Considering many drink much more than that it is no wonder inflammation is such a problem.
  • Excessive sugar intake sends the growth of the candida out of control.
  • Candida is a yeast which lives in our skin and our digestive tract. Normally our immune system will fight it off but under situations such as excessive sugar intake, it will spread out of control.
  • Candida is a massive problem when it comes to contributing to leaky gut syndrome (see episode #21 of the podcast). As there is a clear link between leaky gut syndrome and skin health it stands to reason that the presence of candida can contribute to acne.
  • Candida is such a big problem that I would like you to keep an eye out early 2017 where I will have a podcast episode on the topic.
  • Dairy can be an issue when it comes to acne due to the hormones present in conventional dairy.
  • Studies have shown that consuming milk shows a greater prevalence of acne than less frequent consumption.
  • Milk provides a mix of growth factors, hormones and nutrients that are specific to offsrping. Once growth ends and the young are able to feed themselves, the consumption of milk is supposed to stop.
  • Dairy foods produce a high insulin response, increase hormone levels in the body and they alter inflammation levels.
  • Consuming Cows Milk is able to raise IGF-1 levels in the body.
  • Although IGF-1 can survive pasteurisation and homogenisation, the bacteria in fermented products, such as kefir and yogurt does reduce IGF-1 in the body.
  • A compound found in dairy products, known as betacellulin has also been found to increase skin cell division and decrease skin cell death – leading to worse acne.
  • Whey protein has been found to be exceptionally bad when it comes to increasing insulin levels and therefore promoting an insulin response.
  • To learn more about the dangers of consuming conventional dairy and the benefits of switching to raw then make sure you check out Episode #31.
  • Gluten contributes to leaky gut and therefore should be avoided at all costs when it comes to people with skin issues.
  • Typically if you have gluten induced acne then an outbreak will occur a couple of days after consuming it.
  • If you would like to learn more about leaky gut syndrome, then you have a few options.
    • Check out Episode #21 where it is discussed in great depth, along with solutions for treating it.
    • Get my “Beginners Guide to Healing Leaky Gut” book on Amazon.
    • Take my “Healing Leaky Gut” Course on Udemy.
  • Gut health and Skin Health are closely linked together so in order to heal your skin you must ensure that your gut is in perfect health.
  • Vitamin A – This plays an essential role in skin health.
    • This nutrient is found in the skin, predominantly the sebaceous gland and a deficiency in it can result in dry skin, dry hair and broken fingernails.
    • It thickens and stimulates the dermis, where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are. Therefore it is known to not only help with acne, but also reduce wrinkles and increase blood flow to the surface of the skin.
    • It is known to decrease sebum production, therefore treating acne.
  • Vitamin D – This nutrient plays a critical role for the skin as it is the site of synthesis of the vitamin D metabolites.
    • Vitamin D helps to reduce or eliminate acne by reducing inflammation.
    • Helps to control your insulin response.
    • Helps to boost the immune system, therefore helping with bacteria.
    • If you are interested in learning more on Vitamin D, I am looking at writing a book on the topic early 2017. Make sure you sign up for the inner circle membership and you will be notified on what projects are coming up. It will include dosages, places to get it, some surprising benefits associated with it and much much more…
    • To learn even more supplements that you can use to help heal acne, feel free to grab a copy of my book “The Acne Solution” which you can get in PDF format from my website sidebar or via Kindle in Amazon.
  • Adopt a Low Carb, Ketogenic Eating Plan as this will allow you to lower your insuin levels.
  • Listen to Episode #21 (Healing Leaky Gut), Episode #24 (Reversing Insulin Resistance) and Episode #31 (Dangers of Conventional Dairy). These episodes will give you even greater tips that were unable to be included in this episode and will help you on your journey towards wellness.
  • Heal That Leaky Gut, especially by eliminating all grains and in particular gluten.
  • Drink plenty of good quality water. If you would like to learn more about the importance of water, you can check out episode #27.
  • Ensure you are getting sufficient sleep and make sure it is good quality (see Episode #18 for 7 crucial steps for optimising sleep performance).
  • Consume more fermented foods as probiotics are critical for healing a leaky gut.
  • Eliminate all processed foods as they are not only nutrient void but they also promote inflammation.
  • Try supplementing with some of the recommended supplements if additional help is required.
  • Grab a Copy of my book The Acne Solution by going to http://www.lowcarbketoliving.com/acnesolution
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