11 Answers To Your Questions – Inflammation, Diet, Genetics, and More!

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With more knowledge comes more questions. Over the last few decades we’ve learned more and more about our bodies, how they work, and how to keep them running in tip-top shape. We learned cholesterol was bad; now we know there’s more to the story, with good and bad cholesterol with different roles. We thought all around fat was bad for you; recently it seems fat is less the culprit, and high-carb, high-processed foots are making America less and less healthy. We can now map our genome and learn what traits are specific to us; but how do we use this information? Where do we go from here?

Last week we kicked off the WellnessFX Webinar Series with Ashley Tudor, author of Sweet Potato Power (click here if you missed it!). She answered a lot of your questions, but naturally there just isn’t enough time to get to them all in one sitting. But we saved them, shifted through, and picked out the ones we think our readers would enjoy the most.

Our Medical Director Doctor Murdoc Khaleghi used his expertise to provide concise and informative answers. Below you’ll find information about genetic testing, inflammation, and diet and supplementation recommendations.

*We haven’t forgotten about the questions specific to Ashley. We will have answers from the Sweet Potato Power author herself in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Q1

Certain foods, such as lean meats and fish and many fruits and vegetables, are anti-inflammatory. Moderate exercise is anti-inflammatory, though intense exercise can be pro-inflammatory. Many different supplements are anti-inflammatory as well.

Q2

To reduce apoB, you can reduce any saturated fat in your diet, increase the amount of aerobic exercise, or take certain supplements; such as multivitamins that contain E and B5.

Q3

There are many sources of plant protein. The most common source is soy, but nuts and certain high-protein grains are rich sources as well. If taking supplements, some common protein powders include soy, pea, rice, and artichoke.

Q4

This is likely a continued trend. By understanding your risks, you can better act to modify these risks and create the most effective interventions for yourself. For example, genetics testing allows you to know if certain medications and supplements are less effective, so rather than pay money for ineffective interventions for the rest of your life that may have negative side effects, you can focus on what is effective for you.

Q5

Our baseline panel includes hs-crp, though we have in development other panels which include other inflammatory markers, such as homocysteine, fibrinogen, and LpPLA2.  If you are interested in getting tested for these markers, please contact WellnessFX directly.

Q6

Exercise can affect hs-crp, which is one of the reasons we recommend not doing a strenuous workout for 12-18 hours before you get tested.

Q7

Certain foods, such as lean meats and fish and many fruits and vegetables, are anti-inflammatory. Moderate exercise is anti-inflammatory, but intense exercise can be pro-inflammatory. Many different supplements are anti-inflammatory as well. Pro-inflammatory foods include saturated and trans-fats, and simple sugars commonly found in sweets.

Q8

No one knows if there is a single best diet, which is why we recommend having biomarkers tested to assess whether your diet is optimal. Commonly accepted notions about diet are: the best source of protein are lean meats and fish, and the best type of carbohydrates are low-glycemic complex carbohydrates. Avoid excessive fried foods, sweets, or preservatives.

Q9

Low thyroid can be improved with foods that contain iodine such as shellfish, foods that contain zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, such as seafood, lean meats, and green and root vegetables, such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and many more. These vegetables have also been shown to improve testosterone sensitivity. Foods with unsaturated fat can also improve testosterone, such as nuts and seafood.

Q10

Fish can increase HDL, as can certain oils, such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, and peanut oil.

Q11

Yes. Ketones can lead to increased acid in the body, which can be harmful to kidneys. It is not known whether this affects healthy kidneys or those that are already impaired, but it is for this reason it is recommended those with kidney and liver problems avoid diets that significantly increase ketones.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Curtis Smith says:

Greetings, very very interesting program you have offered. You mentioned soy as a substitute for lean meat protein but didn’t go on to mention avoiding GMO soy or non-fermented forms of soy and the many allergetic and anti-nutritive properties of GMO and raw soy products.. Given these realities suggesting soy in a medicinal diet seems like incomplete advice, right? It’d be interesting to have more discussion on a healthful and nutritious diets if meat can’t be included.