Diatomaceous Earth – True Food Grade Silica Supplement?

There’s this new trend about a supplement called diatomaceous earth. The primary component is silica. Many die hard followers of this supplement claim that it’s a one size fit all solution.

It can do everything from treat cancer, treat diabetes, be used as a toothpaste, organic pesticide, can treat all sorts of skin remedies, reduce arthritis, prevent bones from getting, and so much more.

food grade diatomaceous earth

One of those claims was researched and investigated a little further. A Diatomaceous Earth (DE) study was published on The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The context of the study being that silicon is critical to the development of bones. However, it was unclear how silica works in foods that contain them. It wasn’t understood how to extract it, how it interacted with other substances, how it interacted with your body and so much more. That’s why this study was conducted. To understand a little bit more about the silicon in traditional foods.

It’s pretty simple to understand this study. There were two groups that were separated. One group consumed foods that were rich in silica. The other group did not. Then the effects of the food were compared to the group that did not get it. The subjects were also given liquids that contained silica in order to compare it to the group that ate the foods rich in silica.

Researchers wanted to see how the silica would interact in the human body. This was primarily measured via the gastro-intestines. The researchers predicted what the ideal amount of silicon that would enter the body. It then measured that prediction to actual results.

The conclusion of the study showed that silicon can be extracted from a variety of foods. The foods being beer, bananas, and string beans. These foods offered a high amount of silicon and the subjects were able to absorb them in high percentages. 60% of the silicon was retained while the remaining 40% was urinated away. The study concludes that foods is one way of obtaining silicon. It is suggested that more research be done on the role that silicon plays with regards to the development of bones. This can be used to treat a variety of bone diseases out there and help people who have fragile bones. It can treat people with injuries as well. The potential is there. It is quite possible that one can consume silicon to repair their bone damage or prevent bone decay.

Diatomaceous Earth & Silica History

Evidence has accumulated over the years about the role silicon plays in the development of bones. That part is clear. There’s a role. However, in the past researchers did not understand the properties of silicon that were contained in foods. Because of a lack of a clear picture it was originally thought you can only extract silica from liquids. Not enough research was done on extracting silicon from foods. It’s possible to absorb more silicon from foods instead of liquids. It would be more efficient to do so. The research conducted plays an extreme important to the development of bones.


In the past only research on animals were conducted. Silicon would be deprived from animals during the 70s. The results of all this research showed what can be considered the obvious. Bone growth would slow down and decay. The bones wouldn’t develop properly. Everything would be stunted. The studies concluded that animals would need/require silica in order to develop their bones. That’s why more research was done on humans.

Research was conducted on women who experienced menopause. Silica was given to them and they were observed properly. What ended up happening was that bone damage and decay would slow down drastically. The bones wouldn’t get weaker either. Bone decay is a serious issue for the elderly and is a major cause of death for the elderly.

As mentioned before there have been a lot of studies on silicon but not enough on the foods that contained it. The data that existed at the time only included liquids that contained silicon. This was a remarkable void that needed to be filled in order to complete our understanding of silica. It was once thought that the silica in plants is too low to be bothered with. The belief is held that any trace of silica is excreted away. However, this claim hasn’t been verified and is only a hypothesis.

The silicon that is absorbed in our bodies go through our kidneys to be excreted. The kidneys filters the silicon highly and a small portion is re-absorbed back into our bodies. The research before you wanted to see how silicon would react in the gastro-intestines and if the foods contained in silica can be used to assist in this matter.

How The Research Was Done ?

The subjects were selected from another study that was conducted in 1948. The purpose of that study was to understand and analyze heart disease. They wanted to understand the variables that would lead to heart disease.

The subjects were ideal for the purposes of this study. The children of the subjects are being currently tested as well. Approximately, 10,000+ subjects were evaluated to conduct this study. The research that has been currently conducted is much different from the small sample sizes conducted by other researchers. This data is much more conclusive. The procedure and protocol that were used in this research was approved by the Board of Human Research in the University of Boston.

Healthy subjects were chosen that contained average attributes. They would represent the mean of the population. Outliers were removed and not used. People of normal health were chosen to make sure the study was accurate as possible.

A rigorous quiz was given to the subjects in order to determine qualification for the study. The quiz asked the potential subjects about their dietary intake, family history of disease and other conditions, genetic conditions, mental condition, left or right handed and a variety of other relevant variables. This process allowed the researchers to find subjects that would be perfect for the study. The biases were removed. The results wouldn’t be skewed and only silica could be measured.

The foods were analyzed individually to determine the amount of silicon inside. Rigorous research was conducted to ensure that the same amount of silicon was used for each subject. This was done to prevent skewed results.

All of the analysis that was conducted were stored in a database. It was stored in the Dietary Assessment Research Program at Tufts University. The research also conformed to the standards of federal agencies in order to prevent skewed results and ease of access to the study.

Diatomaceous Earth Research

There were two studies that were done on the subjects. The first study measured whether there was silicon in foods and if that silicon could be absorbed for human consumption. And, secondly how the silicon reacted to the gastro-intestines were measured as well.

The subjects were forced to undergo fasting in order to prevent skewing of the results. The subjects were given liquids that contained high doses of silica. They were not allowed to eat/drink anything in order to prevent the skewing of the data.

Blood samples were extracted from the subjects and preserved in Mauser bottles in order to preserve the blood properly. They were stored in a proper airtight facility with the ideal room temperature and conditions. Everything was done in order to make sure the blood was stored in a clean and safe conditions. This would prevent the contamination of the blood samples and avoided skewing of data.

The food was bought from local shops. Cereal from the Kellogg brand was used to feed the subjects. Biscuits were obtained from the Weetabix brand. The rice from Uncle Bens. Raisins from Safeway. Other foods did not contain any notable brands.

The first study was done over the period of two days. Subjects were forced to fast and were required to remove everything from their stomachs. They were required to excrete in order to completely empty their stomachs. They were given a dose of the high dosage of silicon water. The subjects were then allowed to eat normal foods.

In the next day they fasted once more and it was insured that they contained nothing inside their stomachs. This was to of course prevent the skewing of data. This time they would eat various foods such as rice, beans, cereal, biscuits and so forth. After this was done their blood would be extracted. The blood were stored in sterile environments. Safely stored and adequately protected.

Urine was also taken. Every measure was taken in order to keep the urine samples clean and sterile. They were stored in clean bottles and in clean facilities. Every possible measure was done to make sure the urine was stored properly. This was done in order to avoid skewed results.

Enough blood and urine samples were taken for the purposes of this research.

Silica Analysis

The urine and blood samples were studied rigorously. They were properly processed and studied to see the silicon content of the samples. The meals were analyzed as well, in order to measure the absorption rate and how much was excreted/urinated away. Various techniques were used to measure the silicon content of all the foods that were used in the study.

The data was displayed through the use of Microsoft Excel. Urine and blood samples were put in a excel spreadsheet. This allowed us to efficiently compare the data that we had.

What The Study Found….?

It was found that men had a higher amount of silicon in their bodies. The absorption rate was greater in men as well. Therefore, men are more likely to absorb silicon from the consumption of food compared to men. The number of silicon present in the body would decrease as time would go on due to bone decay. Women would experience this decay much more faster than men.

The major food sources that yielded the most silicon for men were beer, bananas, white bread, cold cereal and coffee. The food sources that yielded the most for women were bananas, string beans, white bread, and cereal. These food sources contained the highest trace of silicon and are recommended to eat if one is interested in silicon supplementation.
Humans get a significant portion of their silicon from these foods. This diet is commonly more eaten among Asian/Indian subjects. Therefore, it is not surprising for them to have higher silicon within their bodies. This is because of their consumption of plants that are rich in silicon. An interesting observed occurrence is that bone injuries were less among Asian subjects. This is why it is highly suggested for researchers in the future to study the role silicon has on bone growth.

Beer contained the most silicon than any other substance out there.

The key takeaway from this study is that there are a variety of foods that contain a higher percentage of silicon then compared to their liquid counterparts. It was previously not understood how silicon inside foods worked. This study has resolved that issue. Men absorbs and have higher levels of silicon within their bodies compared to men. This is due to the consumption of alcohol. What you will not find in other studies is that we have accurately identified that the number of silicon in your body will drop as time goes on. This is extremely important piece of information as this is relevant to bone decay.

As of today we currently do not know if there was is a silicon deficiency condition or any condition that has an excess of silicon. We still don’t know enough about this substance. It is once again highly recommended for more research to be done on the role that silicon plays in the development of bones and potentially many other favorable outcomes like weight loss and the beautifiers we all crave for; better skin, hair, nails and teeth. Also what is even more impressive is due to the detoxification and cleansing nature that food grade DE has, it can also be an effective weight loss agent much like forskolin.

This research was done by the following people: Ravin Jugdaohsingh, Simon HC Anderson, Katherine L Tucker, Hazel Elliott, Douglas P Kiel, Richard PH Thompson, and Jonathan J Powell

These people have all the credit to this study.

In closing, we know this is only the tip of the iceberg data we have gathered on the overall diatomaceous earth and silica sensation of being a key player in the anti-aging health role. Please check back in with us as we will be updating this series on the silica health movement that is slowly gaining real traction.


Glycemic Index Diet

The Glycemic Index Diet

What is the glycemic index diet? It is a diet based on the correlation between foods that have carbohydrates and blood sugar levels and release of insulin.

The glycemic index diet is marketed as beneficial for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes, and would most certainly aid in shedding some extra pounds.

The glycemic index (GI) came into existence in the 1980s and became a gadget for diabetics to control spikes in their blood sugar. (1) GI ratings range from 1 t0 100, with 0-55 considered low glycemic, 56-69 in the middle, and 70-100 being considered high glycemic substances.

What does this mean? It means that consumption of foods with high glycemic ratings are more probable to result in spikes in blood sugar for suffers of type 2 diabetes, which heightens the risk of continuing high blood sugar readings. (2)

Biology and Nutrient Composition

Many carbohydrates contain starches, sugars, and fiber. The body is able to break down starches and sugars and turn them into glucose, which powers our cells. Fiber passes through and the body does not digest it.

Two key hormones to control blood sugar are released by the pancreas. Glucose from the blood is moved to cells to utilize for power thanks to Insulin. Glucagon sends for stored glucose in the liver to be let go into the body when blood sugar levels dip.

Foods rich with fiber are most often digested and used more slowly. It is theorized that the more even and measured the speed for release of energy, the more potential good results there can be for regulating the three key parts of health well-being: blood sugar, appetite, and weight control. (3)

Getting to know the GI values of different foods to help you choose what to eat is an alternative method to controlling your consumption of carbs. The technique is meant to assist in the selection of foods that have carbohydrates that will be processed slower, while steering you away from foods that spike your blood sugar. (4)

What you need to take away is that GI values are very beneficial in determining what are “good carbs” and “bad carbs”.

Glycemic Rating

The glycemic index is only applicable to foods that contain carbohydrates. Proteins and fats are not big pieces of the puzzle, however, consumption of fats and protein alongside carbohydrates can affect the blood sugar levels’ response to the carbs. (5)

There are foods out there that contain fats AND carbohydrates, such as seeds and nuts, but the carbohydrate content in these foods are so low that they are often seen as fatty foods.

Consider this: A baked russet potato’s glycemic rating is 111. This food is most likely going to spike blood sugar due to it being well over the top of the GI charts. Garbanzo beans, on the other hand, have a super low glycemic rating of 6. (6) These aren’t the only legumes with pretty low GI values.

A GI rating and a glycemic load (GL) value are different on the basis of serving sizes. Watermelon’s GI value is 80, which would be considered “high”, howevr, one would have to consume a lot of watermelon to reach the amount of digestible carbs it would take to spike their blood sugar, due to watermelon being 92 percent water. (7)

A formula is applied by analysts that can give you a better grasp of your response to a specific food by dealing with the portion size problem. The amount of food that you have consumed will determine the effect it has on your blood sugar levels. If you consume a little more than 4 ounces of watermelon, the GL is 5, which is quite low.

How do you find out if the food you’re eating will actually affect your blood sugar? You have to multiply the GI value by the number of carbohydrates in one serving. Then divide the product by 100. Quotients between 1 and 10 are considered low, medium ranges from 11 to 19, and anything above 20 is considered high.

For instance, a single cake doughnuts contains 23 carbs and has a GI value of 76. You can multiply 76 by 23 and divide the product by 100 to get a GL rating of 17.48. The GL of the cake doughnut is in the higher end of the medium bracket.GL rating of one cake doughnut has 23 carbs and a GI value of 76.

A whole wheat English muffin has a GI of 45; a white wheat English muffin clocks in at 77, so it’s easy to see a single serving of the refined flour product will have a greater impact on blood sugar levels.

There is plenty of information online about glycemic ratings. In fact, the University of Sydney has a facility for GI testing that allows you to search for common foods and get their GI values. (8)

Clinical Trials and Studies

The OmniCarb Randomized Clinical Trial found no hard evidence supporting the notion that consumption of foods with low GI values improved sensitivity to insulin, systolic blood pressure, or levels of cholesterol. (9)

The National Institutes of Health stated that additional studies would be needed to determine long-term effects of glycemic index diets after they reviewed a variety of clinical trials. (10)

The Glycemic Index diet is part of a list of diets that can assist one in managing diabetes; it joins other diets such as the Mediterranean diet, protein-rich diets, and low-carb diets. (11)

A study of GI and GL ratings and how they relate to diet and illness found that many subjects indicated that additional nutritional factors must be linked so that accurate conclusions can be drawn. (12)

Make sure you also take note of our forskolin review which talks about its ability to directly influence glycemic levels as well. We also briefly touch upon this in our post here and here.

There have been no long-term studies of the effect of GI diets made available yet, however a year and half long trial that tracked weight deviations in Brazilian women who subscribed to the diet did not find promising results for being able to prevent weight gain.

Thinking about starting the glycemic index diet? Just be reminded that how you combine options on the menu can lessen the effect of foods that would cause a blood sugar spike. Think about combining high GI foods with proteins, fats, or low GI foods.

You don’t even need to count calories or worry about controlling your portions when using the GI diet. You should keep a handheld device with you when you’re buying food, so that you can see the GI and GL ratings of what you’re about to consume.


  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3058718/
  2. http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/type-2-diabetes-live-better-guide/glycemic-loa
  3. http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/glycemic-index-diet
  4. http://www.elementsdatabase.com/glycemic_index.php
  5. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/136/10/2506.full
  6. http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthy-eating/glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods
  7. http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-much-water-is-in-a-watermelon
  8. http://www.glycemicindex.com/
  9. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2040224&resultClick=24
  10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280171
  11. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23364002
  12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17992183



Forskolin Coleus Forskohlii Health Benefits vs Supplement Claims

The truth about Forskolin – Don’t believe in the hype

There’s this recent trend about a weight loss supplement called Forskolin. Many people are hyping it to be the all-purpose cure for all of your problems. Is there any truth to this?

The famous Dr.Oz speaks highly about the product saying that it’s, “lightning in a bottle.” What a remarkable claim.

What he meant was that forskolin can be used as a way to lose a lot of weight. However, the truth is that forskolin might actually have other benefits besides melting weight.

There’s a huge list of benefits associated by the consumption of Forskolin. Here is the list.

  • Can reduce various heart conditions
  • Can be used to treat asthma
  • Helps to reduce obesity
  • Treats colon cancer
  • Treats glaucoma
  • Link to treating Parkinson’s disease
  • Minimizes urinary infections
  • Skin protection
  • Helps recovering hearing loss

That’s an impressive list of benefits. It’s a wonder that Dr.Oz didn’t mention any of that. There are a variety of medical studies that have been conducted to show that forskolin has a wide range of health benefits if applied properly.

Your 2015 Guide to Forskolin

The world of medical supplements is a dark one. You really don’t know whether you are being given the right information. There’s a lot of misinformation out there which leads people to being misled and potentially risking their health. And, when things don’t work out people don’t believe in science anymore.

That is why a guide for things like Forskolin is needed. It’s critical for you to read information that is accurate and not biased. This will allow you to make an informed decision about your needs. Hopefully, you’ll be able to gain some information by reading this article.

Forskolin is a promising supplement within the health niche. Unlike, other guides out there I will present you with adequate scientific research. No anecdotal evidence or magic promises of instant results. There will be none of that here. You’ll get the facts and make the judgment for yourself.

The popularity of forskolin occurred because of Dr.Oz’s opinion on the matter If, you look at the Google trends data – interest in forskolin spiked significantly after Dr.Oz recommended it to his audience.

This alarming spike in interest of this supplement is exactly the reason why this guide exists in the first place. People need to understand the facts related to this product before they start burning their money on a pipe dream.

Majority of interest in the product is coming from the United States, Australia and Canada. Dr.Oz is directly responsible for this interest in forskolin. Just take a look at any random forskolin product on Amazon. The main reason that is cited to buy the product is because of Dr.Oz’s recommendation.

He’s a well-respected doctor and because of that people trust his judgment. What’s interesting to see is his battles with the FDA over numerous claims he has made on the show. Click here to read more about that.

A Pure Review of Pure Forskolin Extract

So let’s begin with the basics.

Forskolin is a plant that does all sorts of different things to your body. That is what according to drugs.com says. It has a wide range of effects on your body and can treat all sorts of problems that you might have. As more and more information is coming forskolin can apparently be the miracle drug that everyone believes it to be. Just for different purposes. (Hint: Not only for weight loss.)

It’s an extremely powerful supplement. Scientists believe that it treat all sorts of medical ailments that people are facing.

Some ailments that forskolin is believe to minimize or reduce are heart problems, cancer and even hearing loss. Even people who are into weight lifting swear by this product. They claim that cuts weight and even increase testosterone. There isn’t enough research yet but as more and more data is conducted – we’ll see the full extent of what forskolin can do.

What’s the magic behind forskolin?

That’s a good question to ask. What’s the “secret” to this plant? It’s been shown that it increases your AMP levels in your body. We’ll discuss the science behind this jargon later. Let’s get this out of the way first.

There really is no need to mention any application used during ancient times. That really isn’t an accurate indicator of whether a particular supplement works or not. It’s interesting to note that this herb was used in ancient times for a variety of applications. However, this historic reference is instantly disqualified because the scientific method wasn’t even created during the time it was even used. How unfortunate.

In recent history here is what forskolin was used to treat:

  • Digestion problems
  • Neck problems
  • Headaches
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Cancer
  • Problems with the heart
  • Problems with blood
  • And so much more.

Forskolin is extracted from a plant called Coleus Forskohlii. The reasons behind why forskolin works so remarkably well to treat all these ailments is extremely difficult to explain. Forskolin works at the micro level which involves understanding cells. So, the reasons behind why the plant works can be better understood if you look at how people have used it.

Can forskolin change your body composition?

There’s this study that is called the Godard study.(1) It proved that taking regular amounts of forskolin actually caused people to lose weight. Testosterone increased after a few weeks. This was tried on a sample of obese men. It has also shown that forskolin can be used for the treatment of obesity. Fascinating stuff. It appears there is some truth to the miracle drug.

Ironically, people who are skinny and healthy that has taken forskolin has been shown to not work at all. There isn’t a sufficient study that makes that claim. More research needs to be done on that matter.

There isn’t enough scientific research on the application of forskolin. So, it is important to remember that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions with this plant. Just because lots of people are raving about the plant doesn’t mean it is scientifically true. Proper research needs to be conducted. This means that Dr.Oz’s word really doesn’t mean much. Despite, his bold claim there really isn’t scientific evidence that backs his claims. That’s how it works.

Can forskolin treat UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)

It appears that the most promising research with forskolin is the use of treating UTIs. (2) There was a study conducted on mice that has shown promising results for the application of humans. It’s important to remember that just because it worked well with rodents – doesn’t mean that it will work with humans as well. You can read the study here.

The common way of treating UTIs is through the use of antibiotics. Unfortunately, a nasty side effect of that treatment is the UTI coming back for round two. Seriously. 33% of women have reoccurring UTIs despite using antibiotics.

The issue is how the organism interacts with the infected area. E. Coli (the source of UTIs) can mess with the receptors within your bladder cells and release tiny little sacs that messes with your bladder even further. The sacs that the E. Coli released stays behind when the bladder is removed. The bacteria gets to rampage your bladder since it can hide within the little sacs that it stored in your bladder. Thus, making the use of antibiotics pointless. The bacteria can grow back at any time and attack your body at full force.

What forskolin does is increase your AMP levels. The empty sacs get drawn out when there is increased AMP levels. It helps the bladder get bigger.

Through, extensive research it has been found that forskolin can drastically increase the level of AMP in your body. As a side effect you get increased testosterone (which is why weightlifters love this stuff.) When the rats were experimented on their AMP levels increased and almost eradicated the E. Coli in their bodies.

Based on this research the use of forskolin can be used to treat UTIs. It’s a dramatic find.

The next claim – Can it help it treat people with hearing problems?

It’s pretty well known that other wildlife like bids and fish can recover their hearing loss much faster than mammals. Any bird or fish that gets hearing damage can be easily recovered. On the other hand mammals that experience the same level of hearing loss can actually be permanent.

There was a study conducted by the University of Virginia. The study showed that forskolin actually increased mammal’s ability to recover from hearing loss. Without the use of forskolin this damage to the ears could actually be permanent. It appears that forskolin can give you the same amount regenerative abilities that bird and fish have.

What has been found is that hearing loss can be attributed to losing a lot of hair cells. When birds are constantly given forskolin they actually regenerate their hair cells. This led to recovering their hearing loss.

The researchers in the study wanted to know if the same can be applied to the use of mammals. The study did it on rats. What has been found is that if you give some exposure to rats – regeneration occurs. However, it doesn’t work if you give them too much exposure. Rats who were exposed to the forskolin saw their AMP levels to improve drastically. This means that more hair cells regenerate and therefore reduce hearing problems.

More and more research is being conducted into this promising supplement. (1) This is great for people who want to better understand this interesting supplement.

Is Forskolin Right for Weight Loss?

The one consistent fact that can be determined is that forskolin definitely increases your AMP levels drastically. It has been shown to reduce weight for obese men but not for skinny people. Not enough research has been done on the use of forskolin for skinny people.

It also has been shown to treat UTIs effectively. This will change how antibiotics is prescribed for this ailment.

Because forskolin increases your AMP levels the many claims that people make about forskolin might not actually be far-fetched. It definitely has many unique properties that needs to be studied more.

Dr.Oz might have made an absurd claim at the time he said it but it appears that science is actually catching up to what he said. Perhaps, science will prove that he was right along.

Or maybe not.


  1. Dhasakumar S. Navaratnam, Henry S. Su, Sean-Patrick Scott & J. Carl Oberholtzer.  Proliferation in the auditory receptor epithelium mediated by a cyclic AMP−dependent signaling pathway. Nature Medicine 2, 1136 – 1139 (1996) doi:10.1038/nm1096-1136. Retrieved from http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v2/n10/abs/nm1096-1136.html on June 1y, 20155
  2. Brian L Bishop, Mathew J Duncan, Jeongmin Song, Guojie Li,David Zaas, Soman N Abraham.  Cyclic AMP–regulated exocytosis ofEscherichia coli from infected bladder epithelial cells.  Nature Medicine 13, 625 – 630 (2007) 
    Published online: 8 April 2007 | doi:10.1038/nm1572.  Retrieved from http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v13/n5/full/nm1572.html on June 17, 2015.
  3. Godard MP, Johnson BA, Richmond SR.  Body composition and hormonal adaptations associated with forskolin consumption in overweight and obese men.  Obes Res. 2005 Aug;13(8):1335-43.  Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16129715 on June 17, 2015.

Traditional Asian Diet

Trimming fat using the traditional Asian diet

What is the traditional Asian diet? It’s a plant-rich diet that also contains a nice amount of fish and other seafood.

I strongly recommend trying out the traditional Asian diet if you want to experience the same benefits enjoyed by millions of people in a densely populated area of the world.

With the traditional Asian diet, there is plenty of diversity with what you can eat, due to the many cultural customs of Asian countries. Also, don’t fret about counting calories or controlling portions.

There are two not so surprising unifying foods of all traditional Asian diets: rice & plant foods, the former being eaten at every meal and often being the only food eaten in less wealthier households.

In fact, over 90 percent of the approximated 350 million tons of rice produced yearly is consumed in Asian countries. (1)

Are you a vegetarian? If so, you may want to consider a different diet. Most of the protein consumed in traditional Asian diets is in the form of fish and other seafood.

In 2000, it was estimated that fish was being consumed at an average rate of 154 pounds per person in Japan. (2) Beef is seldom consumed, while eggs and chicken are included more often, in case you aren’t a big seafood fan.

Exercise is, of course, a foundation of the traditional Asian diet (and is such visually depicted as the foundation in a customized pyramid) and it is recommended that you exercise daily to achieve the intended results.

As we continue to view the pyramid, we see rice, noodles and other whole grains sit at the bottom of food groups. Going up, we see fruits, vegetables and legumes composing the next layer, with fish and seafood above those. Foods eaten less often, such as oils, poultry, and sweets compromise the higher levels of the pyramid.

Red meat sits at the very top of the pyramid. (3)


Plant foods have been depended on heavily for nourishment by many Asian cultures.

This results in smaller quantities of saturated fats being consumed, with large quantities of fiber getting into their diet. Fiber is very beneficial as it can protect you against persistent diseases, such as cardiovascular issues and cancer. (4)

Protein requirements are also in large part satisfied by consuming plant foods. Soy foods, beans, and legumes are standards in most Asian cultures, and as such are often included in a variety of dishes, such as stir-fried veggies.

Other plants, such as root vegetables and tubers, are huge in Asian countries, as they’re simple to cultivate and distribute. They also fill you up and provide nutrition, and there wouldn’t be tradition in a traditional Asian diet without them, despite the local favorite in each area.

Carrots, yams, turnips, parsnips, beets, winter squash, and sweet potatoes are frequently Yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, and winter squash are often given prominence to in traditional Asian diets. These food are high in fiber, therefore not causing blood sugar spikes and protecting consumers against disease due to dense nutritional profiles. Plentiful antioxidants and vitamins A and C also are helpful components of the diet. (5)

Let’s not forget about leafy greens (such as bok choy and tatsoi), summer squash, onions, long beans, cucumbers, garlic, and peas. A single Asian dish often contains more different kinds of vegetables than you’ll see in an entire week’s worth of American meals, in case you haven’t noticed.

To prevent destroying delicate nutrients and save fiber, the veggies are often just lightly cooked. Sensible heat application allows your body to take away more good stuff from certain vegetables, such as cabbage, peppers, spinach, carrots, asparagus, and mushrooms. (6)

Have you ever seen an odd looking fruit? Odds are that it came from some Asian country. These odd fruits are very common in traditional Asian diets. A fruit called durian is known as the “King of Fruits” in Asia. It is quite a strange looking fruit with, sugary rambutan flesh being hidden under hairy skin. Word on the street is that it is very well worth the labor to extract it.

Feeling homesick? Don’t worry, household names like bananas and apples are also in traditional Asian diets, as well as pineapples, oranges, plums, lemons, and a collection of others.

Aside from rice, other frequently utilized grains include corn, barley, millet, and amaranth. A study conducted recently investigated the potential of ancient grains being able to decrease the frequency of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease among those who practiced Asian diets that had started to include refined grains such as wheat and white rice. Re-introducing whole grains to be used in traditional breads such as Indian chapatti is a suggested by experts, as they believe that this may be beneficial in fixing the aforementioned health problems. (7)

Health Benefits of Traditional Asian Diets

The Joslin Diabetes Center conducted a clinical trial which found that American and Asian participants who had a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes increased their insulin resistance by religiously following a traditional Asian diet. (8)

With its prominence of fruits, veggies, and whole grains, a traditional Asian diet provides plenty of dietary fiber, which is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (9). The National Institutes of Health confirmed this through a recent study of a group of more than 50,000 Japanese men and women, whom they followed over a 14 year period. The study found that a close association between high fiber consumption and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. (10)

If that wasn’t enough to convince you, a plant based diet is actually recommended by The World Cancer Research Center to decrease your chances of getting cancer, considering that a high consumption of fiber is vital in the prevention of bowel cancer. (11)

An Asian-Indian herb by the name of Turmeric is part of the blend of spices used to make mouth-watering curries. Eastern medicine has long recognized this herb’s medicinal properties due to diarylheptanoid it contains known as curcumin. Curcumin, when used as an alternative method of treating neurological disorders, has shown hopeful findings as it pertains to rehabilitating the overall memory capacity of suffers of Alzheimer’s. (12)

The cell reinforcement properties of green tea are all around archived, and scientists trust the catechin in tea may be the way to its helpful impacts in ensuring against coronary illness, several forms of cancer, and liver illness. Continuous studies may pinpoint the part green tea can play in avoiding metabolic disorder, diabetes and obesity. (13)


The traditional Asian diet supplies a plant heavy way to deal with developing key well-being. It could prove to be a brilliant move to shape your eat eating regimen after the traditions and propensities from a diverse area of the world where scientists keep on noting the formulas of sharp and dynamic centenarians. This is different than the Zone diet we discussed earlier.

If you eat fish and other seafood on a regular basis and can deal with not consuming dairy and seldom eating red meat, the traditional Asian diet could be just the thing for you!


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Zone Diet

There are plenty of low carb, high protein, and low fat diets, but few diets focus on balancing a healthy portion of carbs, protein, and fat.

However, the zone diet is one of the few diets that does just this to positively influence your body’s response to foods.

Created by Dr. Barry Sears in 1995, the zone diet introduces a ratio of 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat at every meal. Two snacks should be eaten every day, and you should never go longer than five hours without eating something.

Dieting Simplified

This may sound like complicated may, but in reality the zone diet is really easy to follow. To balance the ratio correctly, you simply have to eat foods like:

• Low fat proteins like skinless chicken, egg whites, or other meats in portions similar to the palm of your hand.

• Choose carb sources mostly from vegetables and fruits.

• Limit fat intake to sources like olive oil, nuts or seeds, avocados, etc. The key is to eliminate trans fats and mostly saturated fats.

Sears claims that following these guidelines will normalize weight, stabilize blood sugar levels, and provide the perfect amount of fuel to keep mental acuity at peak levels throughout the day.

There are potential anti-inflammatory properties that may be appealing to this diet. This approach of dieting controls anti-inflammatory hormones and genes, which may reduce overall body inflammation and have a host of other benefits. Cutting and limiting foods that cause inflammation also may decrease the risk for developing chronic issues like heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and many more.

As said before, you may be able to stabilize your blood sugar as well. This is primarily because the zone diet forces you to consume carbs that are low on the glycemic index, which will reduce your insulin response to the food you eat. You’ll also feel fuller for a longer period of time.

Getting in “The Zone”

At first, calculating the percentage of fat, carbs, and protein for each meal can be a bit difficult. However, Sears claims it’s not as difficult as it may seem.

The ratios are more of a guideline than an exact science, and they don’t have to be dead on to produce the same desired effects. You should eyeball your plate and estimate portions though and that should help you follow the diet.

You should also pay attention to when you eat since you should never go too long without eating. Five hours is the maximum time in between meals, with the exception of when you sleep.

If you decide to use the zone diet for weight loss, then Sears recommends consuming 1,500 calories a day if you’re a man and 1,200 a day if you are a woman.

Similar to many other popular diets, the zone diet follows a pyramid illustration to show you what to eat.

• Vegetables make up the base of the diet, and you should consume mostly water-rich, non-starchy veggies.
• Fruits are the next level with a focus on variety. Make sure to switch it up every day.
• Lean proteins are next, with a focus on lean meats, fish, egg whites, legumes, and soy products.
• Mono-unsaturated fats from vegetables are next. This includes foods like nuts, seeds, avocado, and olive oil.
• Grains and starches are at the top, and only small amounts should be included.

Dr. Sears believes that the more “white foods” you eat, the more inflammation you will create in your body. This includes white breads, rice, pasta, and potatoes.

More About the Diet

The biggest problem with the zone diet is that it doesn’t contain dairy products, and dairy products are arguably the best way to take in calcium.

Consuming more leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, and soy products should be able to provide you with enough calcium per day. In the event they do not, you can take a calcium product to keep your body supplied with enough calcium.

Unlike the paleo diet, the zone diet does not eliminate grains completely, although it does limit them to a great extent. Vegetarians and vegans may find the zone diet more difficult, if not impossible to follow because of this.

However, limited grains serves one purpose – to limit the consumption of inflammatory foods. A review published in the NIH found that even whole grains can cause inflammation since they are still processed and often contain artificial ingredients.

What Does Science Say About the Zone Diet

The zone diet does focus on fruits and vegetables, which offers significant health benefits. For example, getting at least 30 grams of fiber daily is shown to aid in weight loss, drop blood pressure, and improve the body’s insulin response.

Fiber may also protect against various gastrointestinal disorders, and the zone diet is rich in fiber.

It is also rich in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that are abundantly available in fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants are said to reduce the risk for developing many chronic issues like heart disease and even some cancers.

Finally, diets with lower carbohydrate consumption have been shown to reduce abdominal fat faster than high-carb diets. This type of diet also improves insulin resistance, and may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

A recent report issued by the NIH summarizing findings regarding diets like the zone diet indicate that long-term studies are still needed to determine whether the zone diet ensures proper nutrition, although we don’t see how it would not provide the body with essential nutrients.

Final Thoughts

If you can manage to live without dairy products, and aren’t a big fan of grains, then following the zone diet should be easy. Since it focuses on fruits and vegetables, the zone diet may provide you with a number of benefits, like weight loss and improved digestion.

The zone diet may seem complicated, but in reality it’s a fairly balanced diet. Plus, since you don’t need to exactly measure portions, it isn’t difficult to follow this diet at all if you decide you’d like to try it.