Posts Tagged: Tryptophan

Why Healthy Diets Fail


Health food sucks

By Matt Stone There is a lot of hype surrounding various “healthy diets.” I too had a religious faith that a nutritious and wholesome diet would deliver unspeakable vitality. The science seemed to be there, testimonials left and right, and it “just made so much sense.” But, when I tried various versions of what seemed like the optimal diet at the time, it didn’t always work out the way I assumed it would. After many years of communication with people about health and diet, I’ve come to realize that I’m not the exception, but that the long-term success of puritanical eating endeavors fail more often than they succeed. Although I could easily construct a 50-item list of reasons as to why that is, I’ll keep it to the top 10…… Read more »

Soy Sauce


soy sauce

Well I guess it’s meant to be.  I did a long-winded post about soy sauce, pulling nerdy nutrition crap out of my rear end, and when I went to preview it the whole thing got lost into an internet black hole.  Nothing remained.  So be it.  Instead I’ll leave that out and just say, simply, why I wanted to do a post on soy sauce specifically… After recently seeing the powerful importance of salt in increasing metabolic rate and keeping the nervous system calm, I bought some soy sauce for the first time in a long time.  I was excited to have some because I know it’s super salty and super good.  Imagine sushi without it.  Eesh. In some parts of Japan and China salt consumption exceeds 20, and sometimes even 25… Read more »

Causes of Depression, Depression and Diet


Depression, Dyslexia, Schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), ADHD, and a host of other mental disorders share some common threads.  Most depression information characterizes these disorders by abnormalities in neurotransmitter profiles.  Like autism spectrum disorders, the origins and causes of depression, as well as most of these other imbalances, can be traced to where many neurotransmitters are manufactured and absorbed – the digestive tract. Certain research suggests a strong correlation between depression and diet.  For example, one scenario that induces depression is a condition known as fructose malabsorption.  Research scientist Maximilion Ledochowski has done extensive clinical work to better understand the dynamics of this condition.  Fructose malabsorption, Ledochowski estimates, is present in at least a third of the adult population and is perhaps twice as prevalent amongst children. Whether or not… Read more »

Ray Peat – Protein and Vegetarian Diets


“Vegetarians often notice temporary exhilaration when they stop eating meat, probably because their thyroid has been suppressed. But a more serious hypothyroid state often follows, from a low protein inadequate vegetarian diet. Low protein diets definitely interfere with the liver’s ability to detoxify estrogen and other stressors.” “A few years ago, most of the nutritional problems that I saw were caused by physicians, by refined convenience foods, and by poverty. Recently, most of the problems seem to be caused by badly designed vegetarian diets, or by acceptance of the idea that 40 grams of protein per day is sufficient. The liver and other organs deteriorate rapidly on low-protein diets. Observe the faces of the wheat-grass promoters, the millet-eaters, and the ‘anti-mucus’ dieters, and other low-protein people. Do they look old… Read more »