health

Diet health bomb, no survivors – (Ideal in times of misery and [di]stress)

Heathy gut biome (and diet in general) is the root, the key, to overall health. Especially important in times of misery like recently.
I present to you the latest optimization of my daily or every-other-day (what’s the word for that?) drink:

That’s self-fermented kefir with pure cocoa and sweetened with erythritol.
(500 ml kefir, 1 daringly heaped teaspoon of cocoa powder, 3 level teaspoons of erithritol)


Real kefir is nothing like that Kalinka stuff in the supermarket which is labeled “mild”. (Same system with yoghurt mild. – Made with starter powder consisting of a more or less meager microbiome.)
– Let it ferment for a long time (until the milk components start separating) and there will be almost no lactose left.
– You can optionally use…
— goat milk (no casein, although allegedly that’s a lot less with grass fed animals)
— grass fed (the animal’s food reflects in its products)
— high fat milk (complements the low-carb nature of this drink and tends to dissuade the body from converting protein into sugar due to lack of other energy sources)
— ESL or fresh instead of superheated (But if you choose no-homo*, the cream might create a smeary film on everything – a hassle. I personally prefer organic grass-fed 3.8% ESL homogenized cow milk.)
— organic / non-GMO

Instant cocoa drink powder is mainly just glucose and most of the rest is other sugar, i.e. extremely fast sugar, causing insulin spike which is the root of so many problems. (Industry-pushed addiction mechanism.)
Pure cocoa means almost all the weight is actually cocoa. It is very rich in antioxidants and minerals (especially zinc which is crucial for a strong immune system) and supports the generating of happy- and sleep hormones.
It is also surprisingly rich in fiber, which helps with the fact that kefir doesn’t have any. (Alternatively you could add a bit of psyllium husks for that.)
Cocoa has lots of fat and protein and only moderate carbs of which almost none are sugar. (Kefir itself is kinda even in those three, and the longer you ferment, the less of the quick lactose will be in it.)

Erythritol is one of the few sugar alcohols that do not cause an insulin response at all, i.e. not only is it not sugar, but it also has virtually no calories. I am using one that has a tiny bit of stevia in it (also virtually no carb) in order to bring its sweetening power up to sucrose (table sugar). (Stevia alone has a bitter-ish aftertaste.)
Xylitol would be a taste alternative without erythritol’s cooling effect (mostly pure on the tongue only), but it has an insulin effect – roughly 40% of sucrose I think, so kinda defeating the low-carb purpose a bit.
But maybe you can adjust your taste buds and don’t need sweetener at all. I only added it ‘for science’, and it tastes nice, but I can also enjoy it without. The kefir buffers the cocoa’s mild bitterness nicely.
Don’t overdo erythritol. Some people might get diarrhea from it, although less so than with other sugar alcohols. (Then again, that’s not always bad, and drinking kefir for the first time might trigger it, too, because your body can finally get rid of some baggage. – Then you need good renutrition. Same as after a period. It’s always a loss of resources.)

*) non-homogenized


DISCLAIMER (sigh): This is not professional health advice. (duh) – For that you have to try to find a doctor who is competent.


Special thanks to Dr. Eric Berg on Youtube (who is only a doctor in chiropractics) who I now consider my general practitioner (paired with my own gumption) after repeated disappointments with local doctors and the healthcare system in general. – Why am I paying so much money for it?

Water is smart. Smartwater is dumb.

One of the dumbest and most popular tactics of the deceiver is to tell the exact opposite of the truth. It is based in a fear of having the truth become obvious, so its opposite is being enforced with plenty of words and fancy eyecandy and such.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that when in a country with overall bad tap water Coca Cola sells water, it would be at the very least facepalm-inducing.

The product they sell is like a self-parody. It reminds me a bit of the movie “Idiocracy” ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808 ) where people eventually tried to water their fields with energy drinks “because it has electrolytes”. I could even imagine this movie having been inspired by products like it.

Here, read their marketing orgasm for yourself:

“glacéau smartwater
glacéau smartwater is inspired by the way mother nature makes water, known as the hydrologic cycle. we simulate this process by vapor distilling water, making every drop as pure as the very first drop of rain (before it passes through pollutants, of course). if that’s not smart enough, we then one-up mother nature by adding in electrolytes for a clean crisp taste. if that sounds like genius, it is. smartwater is smart because it’s made that way.”

( http://www.coca-colacompany.com/brands/product-descriptions#glaceau-smartwater )

The lack of capital letters, by the way, is intentional. They do it for that product line. That’s corporate marketing for you. All about appearances.
Well, the idiot is by design not smart enough to conceil his idiocy, thus a sentence like
“if that sounds like genius, it is.”
Well guess what: It doesn’t sound like genius, so by your own words, it is not. (Sarcastically speaking, it is no surprise that someone who doesn’t know how to use capital letters also doesn’t know how to use proper sentence-logic.)

So what they do is take water with all its natural ingredients, all the minerals and trace elements, then remove everything, only leaving chemically pure H2O, and then re-adding a tiny fraction of that richness, and then sell the result for a high price.

Probably the only thing that keeps this from being the dumbest drinking water ever (unless we talk about it being deviously smart to sell this to the gullible and get rich) is the adding of electrolytes, although they don’t specify which they are, and they add them for the wrong reason – for taste – as if to spite their nutritional relevance, thus perverting nature. (Electrolytes can mean minerals. I seem to remember the label of such a bottle and it was one or two basic substances only.)

There’s also purely distilled drinking water being sold. And I learned as a kid that if you drink several liters of distilled water, you die because the radical change in osmotic pressure in your body cells destroys them. In a less radical scenario: I have seen people drink such distilled water after doing sports. They expel significant amounts of minerals with their sweat, and then by drinking just distilled water, they don’t replenish that. They will drive themselves into an unnecessarily big hunger. Why not just drink the really smart water, the way Earth provides it? If it’s not spoiled, that would be tap water, but it is also known as mineral water.

When I was on Hawaii, at Wal Mart, they had various waters there, and the healthiest water there was often sold out. Not because people understand its value, but because it was the cheapest. Yes, spring water was the cheapest water there, while water robbed of all its valuable ingredients was among the most expensive.