What do we use MSM for at The Plan?
• Acid Reflux
• Healthy collagen synthesis for skin, hair and nails
• Inflammation (especially of mucous membranes)
• Candida- yeast overgrowth
• Leaky Gut
• Liver detoxification and choline production
MSM helps to alleviate the symptoms of a large number of allergies including food allergies, contact allergies, inhalation allergies, etc. The major anti-allergic property of MSM is caused by its ability to bind to the mucosa and present a natural blocking interface between hosts and allergens. MSM also works to alleviate allergies through detoxification and elimination of free radicals, and improvement of cell permeability. A direct correlation between concentration of MSM used and resistance to allergens has been established and several authors have noted that MSM works as a histamine inhibitor at least as well as the traditional antihistamines, without the negative side effects.
Undigested food and toxins are deterred from entering the blood stream through thus reducing one of the most common causes of allergies and auto-immune diseases. Given time, MSM will start to repair the damage causing the gut to leak. MSM improves the permeability and the absorption capabilities of the cells in your intestinal tract, it can improve your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. Sulfur compounds work with B-vitamins to augment the muscle tone of your stomach and intestines, and this helps to move food along more efficiently. Since an increase of MSM levels can stabilize your ph balance, it helps to normalize stomach function and prevent overproduction of stomach acids. This also alleviates heartburn and stomach ulcers.
When administered orally, MSM is effective in ameliorating the bodies stress response and appears to augment immunological competence through a natural vitamin like moderating or normalizing activity for various body functions and is noted for its exceptionally non-toxic nature for both children and adults, including geriatric patients.
Preventing Breast Cancer
Research in animal studies has shown that oral MSM supplementation can protect against the onset of breast cancer. In both breast and colon cancer studies, MSM significantly prolonged the time of appearance of both tumors and cancers.
Sulfur also aids carbohydrate metabolism, which is significant for hypoglycemics and diabetics. Sulfur is an important component of insulin, the protein hormone secreted by the pancreas. Low levels of sulfur in the diet can result in low insulin production. It is possible that a diet rich in sulfur could increase the body’s ability to produce insulin to a point where insulin injections could be reduced.
WebMD notes there appear to be no interaction between MSM and medications herbs, supplements or food.
Q: What are The Plan’s recommendations for allergies?
• MSM- 3,000 mg works for up to 180 lb, 4,000 mg over 180 lbs, for 6 weeks, 1-2 times per year
• Quercetin can be a nice addition to MSM
• Make sure to shower at the end of the day to wash off pollen
• Steaming your face with sage can help to clear sinuses and is antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial
• Taking probiotics can help with immune support
• Don’t sleep with windows open
If you are doing The Plan test less frequently as heightened levels of histamine can mean you are primed for weight gain. Get your allergies under control first! Allergies may mean hormonal fluctuations feel worse, make sure to eat your friendly foods at this time!
Q: What happens when I take MSM?
A: The sulfur in MSM helps take certain chemicals and make them water solu¬ble. This allows them to then be excreted by the kidneys. Some of the sulfur is used to make cysteine, which is then used to make glutathione. Glutathione rids the body of toxic metals, protects cells from oxidation, and does other health promoting activities. 7 MSM also goes to any injured cells and reduce inflam¬mation, increase the flow of nutrients to the site and promote tissue repair. It may also help prevent scarring. If you have allergies it can help control your histamine response. MSM has also been found to support energy levels.
Q: If I am allergic to sulfa drugs, will I be allergic to MSM?
A: It is very rare to be allergic to nutritional sulfur. Most people allergic to sulfa drugs tolerate MSM very well. However, if you are concerned about a possible sensitivity to sulfur, start with a small amount of MSM and build up your intake slowly under the guidance of your health care practitioner. Taking 100 mcg of molybdenum along with MSM also helps you metabolize MSM more effectively.
Q: When I started taking MSM I got a headache. Can MSM be to blame?
A: This is not common, but can occur. First of all, the sulfur in MSM increases detoxification, the body’s process of removing cellular and metabolic waste. This “spring cleaning” initiated by MSM is a health enhancing process, but if you start to release toxins too quickly, this could cause a headache. The solution? Stop your MSM for a few days, and begin to take it again in reduced doses so your body can cleanse itself more slowly. This will allow you to detoxify without headaches.
Q: How does MSM relieve inflammation?
A: MSM increases the effectiveness of the body’s natural anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol. MSM also inhibits the proliferation of fibroblasts.8 Excessive amounts of fibroblasts are produced in the swelling process and lead to scar tissue. MSM also binds to fluid in swollen tissue and aids in its removal.
Q: How can MSM help with allergies and/or respiratory problems?
A: MSM blocks histamine receptors. It acts like a bodyguard outside the cell membrane, deciding how much histamine will be allowed in to cause inflammation, swelling and fluid build-up.
Q: MSM gave me a rash. Should I stop taking it?
A: The MSM is probably helping you to rid excess copper and/or toxic metals such as mercury. Both of these metals can cause a skin rash. You do not need to stop taking the MSM. It would be helpful to add Vitamin C to help the process along and minimize symptoms. You could also reduce the dosage of MSM and detoxify at a slower pace.
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Fall is here and we are all gearing up for the holidays. But with what is possibly the best time of year can also bring an unexpected present… the dreaded holiday muffin top . Too many parties, too much take out, dinner out in restaurant all add up. But it’s easy to bypass this weight gain trap with a little home cooking . I’m here to help you enjoy this incredible time of year without worrying about your scale. Instead let’s have you concentrate on enjoying this marvelous life you have created.
Eating, and especially dinner should be fun, not a dreaded chore. Finding the time to cook, play and spend time with friends and family is possible if you plan it ahead . I’m sure you have heard the magic words before, do it in advance. But here’s something more concrete. I’m going to tell you exactly how I do it. Here’s your secret look into a nutritionist’s kitchen routine.
My magic weapon is to make it fun and have an an all out party.
- It’s No Mystery, Dinners Have A Few Basic Ingredients
The rest is bells and whistles. No matter what style of cooking you love, whether it’s Paleo or classic French, all meals break down into simple components: proteins, cooked vegetable, salads and perhaps carbs. The best way to approach cooking for the week is to be prepared and keep the menu simple and delicious and know what works for you and your family.
- Work Out Your Menu For The Week Based On What Everyone Eats
You can easily work out dishes for your vegetarian daughter and your gluten free best friend. All you need is a well stocked pantry and make everyone happy with simple personal touches whether it’s adding sriracha to one person’s dish or a quick rice pilaf or pasta.
- Shopping The Day Before is Key
I do a big shop on Saturday and see what is seasonal, fresh and on sale. I also make sure to pick up a lovely bottle of wine and flowers for my Sunday night cook fest. Here’s an example of what I would buy:
- A whole chicken which will make 4-6 servings and a chicken breast for each additional 2-3 servings per person.
- Buy ground meat of choice, I adore ground lamb, but beef or pork works too!
- Grab some eggs and keep them for a mid week easy dinner frittata.
- Buy chickpeas or beans of choice for a vegetarian night.
- Chop veggies for the week. I highly recommend glass containers with a seal, it keeps vegetables fresh, or breathable Tupperware which allows you to adjust the venting for each vegetable for maximum freshness. Because I lightly steam all of the vegetables Sunday night, it’s easy to saute, roast or steam as needed!
4. Make It Fun and Make It Easy
If you’re not having fun cooking then we need to change this pronto! My secret is telling everyone that Sunday nights is the one night I don’t want anyone helping out! As soon as the sun sets I have my playlist on Spotify blaring, pour myself a hearty glass of wine and start the party. You can make the dinners for Sunday through Friday on Sunday night, Friday and Saturday you use the leftovers for have a great Mexican and Thai night.
Here’s a sample week for you:
On Sunday Night try this recipe for Chicken Parmesan, served with a side of pasta or gluten free “zoodles”
You can also roast a whole chicken and vegetables right in the skillet.
Make it a meatless Monday Night with a warm, hearty Chana Masala and use the leftovers for lunch.
Tuesday change the pace with Burgers & Avocado Fries with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce.
Wed night is a quick and easy gluten free night with a Leek and Mushroom Frittata.
Thursday-mix it up and make it spicy with a Sweet and Sour Chicken stir fry !
Friday, you made it through the week! Celebrate with Taco Night!
Saturday I bet you still have some vegetables left and chicken, perfect for making Chicken Pad Thai.
5. Helpful Hint
Sometimes you just don’t want to cook, and you shouldn’t have to! Be flexible
The quickest way to make cooking a chore is to make yourself feel like you have to channel your inner Martha Stewart and grow all of your own vegetables and raise livestock. Give yourself a break when you need to, pick up a rotisserie chicken or order in some plain steamed Chinese food and add some sauces you love. Remember this isn’t about being perfect, it’s about having fun and bonding with those you love. The payoff? Your best weight, health and sanity!
Your friend in health,
Rotate or React. Shelly asked how often should we be retesting and how often should to rotate foods. Remember that rotating foods that work for your chemistry is the best way to keep losing weight, be at your healthiest and not build up food sensitivities which cause inflammation. Great questions, so here you go!
Wheat is best every other day and frankly so is every food once you get enough in your arsenal. So if you have kale, broccoli, sunflower seeds, chicken and pizza on Monday, don’t have them again until Wednesday.
Here’s the optimal rotation of proteins if you pass them:
chicken 3x a week- every other day
lamb – 3x a week- every other day
eggs- 3 x a week every other day
beans- 3x a week- do not have more than once daily
duck breast- 2-3x a week every other day
fish and seafood – 2 x a week 3 days apart
pork- 1-2 x a week
turkey-1-2x a week
steak- 1x a week
buffalo- high reactive
veal- VERY high reactive
Make sure to test once a year and for every 50 pounds lost. You don’t have to restart from The Cleanse, you can start at day 3 and have it as a regular day, so coffee and wine is fine!
What happens if you failed a food? Does that means you should never eat it again? Retesting depends on how much weight you gained. If you gained less than .5 lbs, then I would suggest retesting in 6-12 months. If you gain a pound or more, definitely wait a year to retest. And don’t give up! Remember, I lost eggs, they were my mortal enemy, and now they are back! Brayden couldn’t eat any wheat and he took a year break. Now he has wheat every other day!
FIFTEEN years. It’s been fifteen years since I have been able to eat my beloved egg yolks. And you poor folks have had to listen to me kvetch about it. But I knew in my gut, that no matter how much I missed eggs, it wasn’t the time to test them. You see, while I had fond memories of many eggy delights, if I actually thought of eating an egg that minute a huge wave of nausea would overwhelm me.
What did eggs do to me? Not pretty things. Immediate stuffed nose, followed by a headache, distended belly, a pound weight gain and often a headache or even a migraine! So when you have symptoms like that, it’s a no brainer. Lose the eggs.
Last week I thought about testing eggs, specifically the yolks, my true love…no nausea. Hmmmmmm….But I waited. I was not looking forward to feeling ill. But yesterday Bill and I went to a cute little organic chain here, Le Pain Quotidien. Great breads, organic eggs….soft poached. I knew this was my chance. So I jumped on it, I ordered two eggs, and even though they came with bread (bread and eggs is a REALLY tough test to pass), I went for it. Cracking open the egg, I scooped out that gorgeous orange yolk. I closed my eyes and ate it. I waited for the stomach pain. None. Bill was watching me with eyes wide open. We barely breathed for two minutes. I slathered my bread with loads of butter and had the second egg, dipping the bread in the yolk. Sheer heaven. No symptoms, I felt great! Sure enough on today’s weigh in there was no reactive response, no histamine related weight gain.
I’m going to proceed cautiously and just have eggs for dinner once a week. It’s funny, it was like a really bad break up and now that we’re friends again, I’m going to take baby steps in our relationship. But it’s always nice to know, that the foods you love, may be reactive for awhile, like wheat was for me and is now FINE. But they can, and will come back ,if you listen to your body and let it heal.
To learn more about food, inflammation and how to find the foods that work for your chemistry, read The Plan, The New York Times bestseller or visit www.lyngenet.com.