Sources Of Endotoxin

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  1. jyb

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    I wonder what are the possible sources of endotoxins and gut inflammation. I know that starch can be either a direct source (small particles that penetrate through the intestinal wall) or indirect (feeds on bad bacteria). But what about incompletely digested fat or proteins? For example, hypothyroidism makes it more likely that the food is not digested thoroughly in the stomach due to insufficient acid produced (I believe), so I wonder what happens to the fat when eating say a large portion of cheese, and if incomplete digestion could explain some symptoms.
     
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    High fat meals can promote endotoxin and inflammation. Possibly by promoting absorption of already present endotoxin (via secretion of bile?).
     
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    What about proteins? Let's say its bedtime, and have some gelatin and milk. Since metabolism has slowed down considerably by that time, is there enough stomach function to properly digest those? I think however that in the morning, when metabolism is still slow, protein seems good.

    These questions seem like details, but experience with carrot and cascara has taught me that even when eating mostly easily digested foods, symptoms seem related to what happens in the gut. And I feel like what happens in the gut is a cause, rather than a consequence of some respiration problem, though either is possible.
     
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    Well, if you're not getting enough carbs/sugar to offset the protein then stress hormones can be released to make the necessary sugar available. Stress can also cause the release of gut endotoxin into the system

    There are hard to digest proteins like gluten, but I don't think gelatin or milk falls into that category.
     
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    I have read somewhere, either RP or other source, that partially digested protein is
    quite toxic and irritates intestine. Any kind of small intestine irritation will increase
    serotonin. Undigested gelatin surely feeds bacteria, not sure about other proteins.
    RP has mentioned that saturated fat kills bad bacteria and PUFA increases bad bacteria.
    I do not remember how PUFA increases bad bacteria. He also explained that when
    saturated fat is eaten with fiber it can turn beneficial by killing bad bacteria
    down the small intestine. Fiber and fat with meal help with lowering persorption.
    RP recommends eating mostly sugar and fat after sunset. Quality of sleep is a good
    indicator if drinking a glass of milk before bed was a good idea or not.
    You can try ice cream, OJ or pure sugar before bed and see if it affects sleep.
     
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    It contradicts a bit kiran's post about fat potentially promoting endotoxin (as avoiding pufa is a given).
     
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    @jyb
    Bile salt excrete fat soluble toxins and helps to digest fat. Charlie just posted a study
    showing raw carrot salad increasing bile and fat excretion by 50 percent.
    viewtopic.php?f=36&t=2740
    If you are hypothyroid,then your intestine is sluggish and this will
    increase the damage done by bile acid. It is a mix bag.
     
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    But isnt the carrot helping to move out the bile? So it does not re-absorb?
     
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    @Mittir: so the hypothesis is that one wants at least some saturated fat to absorb the toxins, but if a lot of fat then a lot of bile (whether hypo or not), and then if hypo and slow digestion then bile has more time to irritate the gut?
     
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    Yes, that is why carrot salad helps.

    @jyb
    I am not sure about that hypothesis. I think a person would secrete some bile salt even when there is no fat in the diet. It is true that high fat diet increases bile acid content of digestive tract.I am thinking about about William Brown's fat free diet, he had all those major health
    improvement without eating any fat.
     
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    Ok, there's a caveat: If the gelatin isn't fully dissolved, then it might be harder to digest.

    But there are studies that indicate high fat meals promote inflammation. This is most likely due to fat sweeping endotoxin with it into the body. Fiber probably helps because it reduces fat absorption.
     
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    May I ask why you are specifically mentioning the caffeine in coca cola? Caffeine from every source should do the trick.

    There are two ways for us to protect ourselves from endotoxins:
    1. Try to avoid the intake/ absorption of endotoxins and prevent the production of endotoxins by bacteria
    2. Taking subtances that mitigate the bad effects of the endotoxins. Caffeine is one of them, others are Aspirin, Vitamin E, glycine, niacinamide and many more.

    The cytokines mentioned in the study are signaling cells of the immune system and they promote inflammation. Caffeine seems to decrease the response of the immune system (decreased release of cytokines like interleukin and TNFalpha) to endotoxins.

    on a personal note, I had better results when I both decreased the endotoxin content in my gut with carrot salad, bamboo shoots, or antiseptic substances like antibiotics or coconut oil and protected myself with one of the protective substances.

    Btw, when my thyroid was really sluggish, I had a hard time digesting proteins especially after sunset. As soon as my metabolism increased, I didn't have this problem anymore. I believe that endotoxin related problems are a symptom of a sluggish thyroid and not it's cause.
     
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    undigested protein, especially sulphur bearing (methionine, cysteine). The way the food is cooked and how old it is and processed make a difference
    most plant toxins produce some endotoxin (like chilis, garlic, nutmeg, most spices...mustard, ect)
    unripe fruit doesn't cause endotoxin but similar type response
    indigestible starch (raw, undercooked, gone stale, cold)
    rough or astringent fiber (anything that has adhering properties or is rough, like raw kale or wheat bran)

    saturated fat doesn't enhance absorption of toxins, it also doesn't kill bacteria. Its basically like fiber that cant be fermented, its soap essentially, it lifts microbes off the surface of the skin and binds them so they get eliminated, but youd probably have to eat a pretty good dose to have that effect...enough to overwhelm the capacity to absorb all the fat. Coconut is an exception, and pehaps a bitter olive oil. PUFA has a similar effect actually, a soaping effect, but can be obstructive along the path because of auto oxidation, which can be like unripe fruit in the sense of a non endotoxin source of irritation
     
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    Just because is what I had in mind, it's already made when you buy it, and it has I think a good amount of sugar which might be helpful.

    The caffeine content though maybe it's low, I think 1 liter has 100 mg. If it's too low one possibility is adding caffeine powder.
     
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    coffee and t3 excitability

    I am wondering if anyone else experiences this: I try so hard to have the coffee each day (been peating for over 1 month now) - lots of milk, lots of sugar - very early in my day as I am very sensitive to caffeine ..... no matter what, the days/weeks that I force myself to have coffee, I'm jittery/anxious all day, and can't sleep that night, no matter how exhausted I am. When I stop drinking coffee, after a day or two, I actually get a decent nights sleep (for me, anyway). I do hot chocolate with real cocao, raw milk, salt and sugar each night before bed as Ray suggests for sleep problems, and haven't necessarily noticed a difference, but I'll keep trucking along with that ....

    I also experience the same kind of thing (jittery, anxious) when I add cynomel ... just an 1/8-1/4 tab with each meal --- jittery beyond belief - feel like I'm coming out of my skin. I am taking dessicated thyroid and have had good results with that (temps coming up), but my pulse is pretty much on average within good range. I've backed off of the t3 (cynomel) for a day or two, and no coffee, and felt relaxed, tired actually, but slept decently - however, I still bolt awake around 3am for 2 hours or so.
    I feel like I've got so much info swarming around in my head between my symptoms, and trying to help my daughter with different symptoms (all that respond to Ray Peat's diet/progesterone findings) .... so I could really use a clear thinker to set me on the right track ... to coffee, or not to coffee, to t3 or not to t3? :) Thanks!
     
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    Re: coffee and t3 excitability

    Well, from my experience I have to eat or drink something before the morning coffee or I can also get too much adrenaline. I have something sweet - maybe Greek yogurt with strawberry jam and extra sugar stirred in. Or fruit. Something though before the coffee/milk/sugar/salt.

    And not sure I would put cocoa in my drink before sleep. I just know it causes me some adrenaline feelings even during the day. I'm not sure if it lowers my blood sugar too much or what.

    As far as waking in the night, I keep about 1/2 c. milk by the bedside, can put sugar/salt in it. I drink that if I wake up with what you describe. I've used honey too. Taking 1 or 2 T.

    Also, there's been discussion of taping one's mouth shut to prevent mouth breathing in the night which can cause hyporventilation. You lose too much CO2, you get dry mouth. You don't even realize your breathing is not good. So taping mouth shut is one way, and I'm going to experiment with a chin strap to hold my mouth closed in sleep.

    HTH.
     
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    Re: coffee and t3 excitability


    If I were you, I would give niacinamide a go. I always take a little bit of it when I consume caffeine and it prevents the adrenalin response I would get otherwise.
    This thread might be helpful to you: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=3480&hilit=surrogates
     
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    Ray Peat once mentioned that caffeine can strenghten the gut lining, which also could protect from endotoxins. I was very sceptical of this, until I experienced it myself. I believe that caffeine strenghtens the gut lining since it synergizes with progesterone, which has a healing effect on the gut lining.
    But, if you get an adrenaline response when taking caffeine, the adrenaline is going to hurt the lining more than the progesterone will heal it.
     
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