Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Hungry Microbiome: why resistant starch is good for you

For something part health, part biology related, here's a decent 4-minute overview on resistant starch, which I mentioned briefly before, HERE. I haven't posted a whole lot of health stuff lately, which is an interest of mine that comes and goes, but I put links to some things that have been useful for me below.

Link to video


Three links that give a great overview of resistant start and how to get started trying it:

Not resistant starch related, but here are three health books that I recommend. There are certainly some differences between them, but most of the key ideas are the same:

And if you don't want to read a whole book or just want an easy summary, this one is still my favorite: Archevore Diet

There are some additional supplements recommended in Perfect Health Diet that I may add to my list one of these days, but for the most part I personally have been experimenting with...

Fish Oil and Vitamin D: Recommended by most of the things I read, the ones I take are:

Resistant Starch and Probiotic

As the articles above mention, there are likely some benefits to varying your sources, especially adding in some whole food sources (like a green banana), but I'm personally starting with 1-4 tablespoons of Bob's Red Mill Potato Starch a day mixed in cool water that I also use to wash down 1-3 capsules a day of 1 of the 3 (or maybe 1 of each) probiotics Richard Nikoley recommended, which are THIS, THIS, or THIS.

Glutathione and BCAA (branched-chain amino acids)

Art De Vany recommends those from Guardian, which you can find HERE. Sometimes their shipping speeds have been inconsistent, so I've also tried experimenting with alternate versions of those supplements HERE and HERE.

I take the fish oil and vitamin D pretty regularly, and have also been taking the resistant starch and probiotic regularly as I experiment with that. I take the Glutathione and BCAA less often, and a little more randomly.