BREAKING VICIOUS CYCLE ELAINE GOTTSCHALL PDF

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It is a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free meal plan. Of all dietary components, carbohydrates have the greatest influence on intestinal microbes yeast and bacteria which are believed to be involved in intestinal disorders.

Most intestinal microbes require carbohydrates for energy. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet works by severely limiting the availability of carbohydrates to intestinal microbes. When carbohydrates are not digested, they are not absorbed. They remain in the intestinal tract, thus encouraging microbes to multiply by providing food for them. This can lead to the formation of acids and toxins which can injure the small intestine.

Once bacteria multiply within the small intestine, they can destroy the enzymes on the intestinal cell surface, preventing carbohydrate digestion and absorption. At this point, production of excessive mucus may be triggered as the intestinal tract attempts to "lubricate" itself against the irritation caused by the toxins, acids, and the presence of incompletely digested and unabsorbed carbohydrates.

The diet is based on the principle that specifically selected carbohydrates, requiring minimal digestion, are well absorbed leaving virtually nothing for intestinal microbes to feed on. As the microbes decrease due to lack of food, their harmful by-products also diminish. No longer needing protection, the mucus producing cells stop producing excessive mucus and carbohydrate digestion is improved.

Further debilitation is prevented, weight can return to normal, and ultimately there is a return to health.

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Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet

Avoid starches and complex sugars. Slowly introduce laxative foods after symptoms improve. Eat unprocessed foods. Below is a description of the food recommendations in the diet. Use this page as a cheat sheet alongside the book. Get a copy of Breaking the Vicious Cycle for information on the effects of diet on intestinal microbes, effects of diet on celiac disease, mental health, and autism, supplementation recommendations, meal plan for first 5 days, and recipes.

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Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall (1994): Specific Carbohydrate Diet food list

In our determination to rise to a challenge and overcome it, we sometimes reach beyond all expectations; revealing hidden talents that bring blessings to others in ways we never would have imagined. Though we set out to save a child, in the process find ourselves changing the world. Young Elaine Gottschall harbored no lofty ambitions of changing the world. She thrived in her role as wife and mother, content to lead a quiet, "normal" family life in blissful obscurity. Then calamity struck. Diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis, she suffered acute, chronic intestinal distress and bleeding that was unresponsive to standard medical therapy. Yet the doctor insisted that food had nothing whatsoever to do with her illness.

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