MSG, or free glutamate, is a neurotoxin made from the amino acid glutamine. The corrupted form has been linked to headaches, autism, mood and energy level disorders, hormonal imbalances, food sensitivities and allergies. The insidious thing about MSG is that it is being put into most of our processed foods and condiments under other names in order to make them taste better. Many people are finding that when they remove the majority of the free glutamate from their diet, food allergies and other symptoms disappear. I wanted you to have access to this list so that you can avoid MSG wherever possible.
And here is a ted talk by a bio chemist about MSG that is worth watching . . .
What Can I do Right Now?
After 15 years of research, study, and patient care, if I had to blindly hand over the most important and most generally applicable tools for balanced health, without knowing anything about the particulars of the person’s health situation, it would all boil down to the following list: “Top Six Tips for Better Health”.
If you don’t do anything else to improve your current condition, and you just follow these guidelines, things will get better. What is missing from this list, besides the individualized protocols and therapies and sometimes necessary weeks of healing through a disorder that took years to create, are the larger picture ingredients to good health; things like love and community, creativity and relaxation. There are many other worthwhile conversations to be had; about things like perception and gratitude . . . More about these topics to come.
Top Six Tips for Better Health:
1) Water: Drink half your weight in ounces of good clean water everyday. (Try to drink the lion’s share between meals and before 7:30pm so that it doesn’t affect digestion or your sleep.)
2) Movement: Move naturally. Create a life that has physical activity built into it—garden, walk, lift things, dance. Or, if you enjoy going to the gym or other facility, do some form of focused exercise, at something that gives you pleasure, for 30 minutes, 4x/week. And if you are wanting to lose weight, do some high intensity interval training with weights.
3) Sugars: Reduce your intake of dairy products and grain products by 50%, and cut your intake of processed carbs— cookies, cakes, crackers, pastas, and baked goods–by 90% (**Stop eating white sugar or drinking regular or diet sodas and sweetened fruit juices entirely.)
4) Fats: Increase your intake of healthy fats—avocados, raw nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, eggs (if not allergic/reactive), while eliminating hydrogenated and trans-fat consumption.
5) Plants: Make fresh, preferably organic, vegetables the main course of every meal and 80% of your diet. Real fruits are good too, but limit intake if you are diabetic or trying to lose weight.
6) Toxins: Avoid all fake foods–artificial sweeteners, preservatives, dyes, and other chemicals used to make foods last longer on the shelf. These chemicals add to your stress-load and cause inflammation and contribute to chronic disease.