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What does magnesium help with?

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Well I am glad you asked!

Magnesium, often referred to as the ‘Master Mineral’, is crucial to the heart, musculo-skeletal system, and brain for producing anti-oxidants that combat multiple diseases. Magnesium is a highly important mineral that is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body. It is the fourth most abundant mineral found in the human body and contributes to fortifying human health, especially bones and muscles.  Helping your body cope with stress and managing your sleep/wake cycle is a biggie.

Why does your body need magnesium?

As a vital component of the immune system, magnesium aids in keeping a number of illnesses at bay such as asthma, diabetes, insomnia, high blood pressure, constipation, depression and migraines. Other important areas where magnesium helps are regulating calcium from bones and cardiac and skeletal muscles, cleaning the bowel, balancing blood-sugar levels, inducing optimal blood circulation and maintaining blood pressure, calming the nervous system, making joints and ligaments flexible, regulating the sleep pattern, combatting depression, and improving Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms. Pretty much everything in the body - truly.

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Unfortunately, one of the most commonly encountered problems, as per several medical experts and practitioners, is the deficiency of magnesium in the human body. Despite following an adequate diet, a large number of people across the globe tend to be magnesium deficient. While not many short-term ill effects have been discovered, this could cause abundant damage to one’s health in the long run.

What happens to your body when magnesium levels are low

With the absence of magnesium in the body, producing adequate energy in cells will become increasingly difficult, with muscles not being able to relax or contract, which will also hinder the synthesis of essential hormones. This, in turn, might hamper the control of vital functions within the system and make the body prone to common diseases.

Studies have found that magnesium deficiency is strongly connected to mineral bone density. Therefore, its deficiency adversely affects bones by decreasing their strength, volume, and causing poor bone development.

Moreover, the lack of magnesium in one’s daily diet has most frequently been associated with chronic depression, especially among today’s youth, and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, because insulin resistance can increase urination frequency, and thus urinary excretion of the mineral. It can also become a major contributor to severe hypertension and lead to a rise in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Digestive disorders such as chronic diarrhoea and celiac diseases are also a result of low magnesium intake.depression, especially among today’s youth, and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, because insulin resistance can increase urination frequency, and thus urinary excretion of the mineral. It can also become a major contributor to severe hypertension and lead to a rise in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Digestive disorders such as chronic diarrhoea and celiac diseases are also a result of low magnesium intake.

Magnesium Deficiency in the Body

Magnesium deficiency is more common than its overdose as humans usually do not get much of it through diet. The deficiency is caused by certain risk factors including age, crohn’s disease, celiac disease, alcohol use, medications, and diabetes.

How likely is it to have an overdose of Magnesium? You do not need to be concerned usually as the dietary source of magnesium will not likely cause any harm. Rarely will an overdose of magnesium become severe in healthy people. You may suffer from mild symptoms if an overdose occurs which should be noted before it gets worst.

The kidneys are responsible for flushing out excess magnesium from the body. People with kidney failure struggle with magnesium overdose as their body absorbs too much magnesium. Magnesium toxicity is caused by medications such as antacids and laxatives. Doctors advise people to avoid such supplements that can cause overdose of magnesium if they are at risk.

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If you can tick any of these symptoms, its likely you are very low in magnesium.

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Yep, we are all electioned out. Tired of the rhetoric, we dont know who to trust as they seem to flip flop every day. We've taken a look and attempted to clarify, the policies from the major parties on the things that are important to us, they may be for you;
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. 
Since the age of 15, one in six women in Australia experiences physical or sexual violence by a partner. Labor has proposed legislating 10 days' domestic violence leave compared to the Coalition's five days.
Liberals: Scott Morrison announced on March 4 that the federal government will commit $328 million to curb violence against women. 
Labour: Would provide 20,000 support packages for those escaping family violence and provide $88 million for a safe housing fund.

Its $660 million package includes $62 million in local grants for family violence prevention projects and 25 family violence specialists to work at Centrelink to help people get access to services quickly.

The Labor party says it will pay for the program by putting a levy on the major banks. Labor's Clare O'Neil says the Australian Labor Party will force the banks to give back to the community. (Last year, the big four banks in this country made $30 billion in profit alone).

GENDER PAY GAP.
The burden of unpaid care and housework falls primarily on women (particularly mothers), once women have children, they take on the lion’s share of caring and household management, and ten years later they are still doing more than men, even if they are working full-time. Women’s disproportionate share of unpaid care work, lack of flexibility and time out of the workforce are key factors to the gender pay gap
Labour: Have pledged to force large companies to publicly report their gender pay gap, end secrecy clauses around pay in big business and have set targets for women's participation on boards. 

Labor has unveiled a national strategy to close the gender pay gap, as well as policies to lift the wages of low-paid workers. Labor has pledged to introduce superannuation payments for the first time for employees on paid parental leave or partner leave. It has also said it will scrap the $450-a-month minimum income test for the payment of superannuation

Liberal: The Coalition does not have a plan to address the gender pay gap. The gender pay gap has fluctuated between 14 and 19 per cent for the past two decades, and the biggest gap during that period was 18.5 per cent under prime minister Tony Abbott.

ENVIRONMENT:
School students are striking. People are marching. Authorities are issuing warnings and businesses are doing what they can to adapt to changes already seen and predicted. What policies need to achieve is clear both in the science and international agreements: net greenhouse gas emissions — mostly from burning coal and other fossil fuels — must be reduced to zero. Australia produces just 1.3 per cent of global emissions — but that is no small amount. We have one of the highest emissions per capita, and similar total emissions to the UK.
Liberal: Australia's current target for 2030, put in place by Tony Abbott, is to reduce our emissions by at least 26 per cent below 2005 levels. Professor Andy Pitman, head of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of NSW says the 26 per cent cut to emissions is "about a third" of what's needed. The Coalition also says $15 billion for renewables will be injected into the national energy market in the next three years.
Labour: In this election campaign, laying out a suite of policies including controversial tax reforms and the target of reducing emissions by 45% by 2030.

Despite this, the party can’t bring itself to fully commit on climate change, and is refusing to say whether it would stop a highly controversial proposed coalmine that environmentalists say will threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

The Greens: have called for much stronger action — phasing out coal exports by 2030, reaching net zero emissions by 2040, and a new public authority called Renew Australia, which would oversee the transition to a zero-carbon economy.In a minority government, these ambitions could influence final policy outcomes. Some aspects of the Labor and Greens policies are not entirely consistent with the Paris Agreement, but they could be adjusted to be.

If you really wnat to get a deep dive into which party you most align with, check out VOTE COMPASS.

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Average magnesium intake in Australia has dwindled to less than half what it was a century ago, and according to recent studies, there’s a very good chance that you’re not getting enough. 

Do your legs drive you crazy at night with the relentless symptoms of restless legs syndrome? Is that anxiety getting beyond your ability to "just cope?" How are those oral magnesium supplements working out for you? 

You can see where I'm going with this - yet you are still struggling to believe the hype around transdermal magnesium. It's ok - get it, when I was first looking for something natural and side effect free to combat my chronic pain, I laughed at the idea of a bath salt helping! After all, even the strongest pain killers were starting to lose their impact, how on earth could using a bath or having a bath make a difference, it was farcical!

Wow, was I wrong... within a week of these salty baths, the pain had begun to reduce, it continued to do so over time. Bonus discovery was the way it helped me cope better - the anxiety attacks just weren't there anymore. I had never had any kind of result like this with the supplements I was taking. To back up my experience, there are a growing number of trials and studies showing the superior absorption levels of transdermal magnesium compared to tablet and capsule supplementation.

Let's first look (again!) at why magnesium is so vital. Magnesium is a coenzyme that catalyzes hundreds of biochemical processes throughout the body. It’s essential for myriad chemical reactions, the production and transport of energy, synthesis of protein, transmission of nerve signals, muscle function, healthy DNA, and more. All the nerves in your body use magnesium to help send messages along the nerve pathways. It is also involved in blood pressure regulation and blood sugar uptake. Many significant health problems can now be attributed to magnesium deficiency including increased insulin resistance leading to diabetes, insomnia, fatigue, muscular tension, nervous hypersensitivity, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, tics, tremors and even some skin disorders.

Did you read our earlier blog on the incredible results one customer had with using our sprays on psoriasis? Check out the before and after;

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Why Are We All So Deficient?

The consumption of sugar, alcohol, some medications and chemical exposures and the prevalence of stress in our lives, sap our magnesium reserves. Magnesium is necessary for calcium transport, so when it is deficient, bones get soft and calcium becomes deposited instead of circulating and integrating into tissue. This can result in bone spurs, cataracts, atherosclerosis and many other problems. Read more here

Now I hear you saying "I'll take supplements". NO.  One problem with magnesium supplementation is that so much of it is eliminated in the bowel. In fact, magnesium sulphate (Epsom salt) is used as a laxative. Magnesium hydroxide is used as an antacid. Both of these forms of magnesium are not useful for supplementing the blood and tissues. Amino acids can help magnesium cross from the gut into the bloodstream, but in general, it is difficult to supply sufficient magnesium through oral supplementation. For this reason, it is helpful to supplement magnesium intravenously or transdermally. Intravenous treatment is a medical procedure, but transdermal administration is something you can do yourself, anytime, anywhere. 
In a recent study, both the blood level as well as the cellular magnesium content was determined with the help of a hair analysis before and after a twelve-week transdermal application with a 31 per cent saturated magnesium chloride solution. After a twelve-week course of treatment, an average rise in the cellular magnesium content of 59.5% was determined in 89 per cent of the test subjects. All participants showed an average improvement of 25.2% in the calcium-magnesium ratio during the test period. As an additional effect, a clear indication of detoxification of toxic metals was observed in 78 per cent of the test subjects* 
It's also important to create conditions whereby transdermal treatment can be as effective as possible. There are several factors that can optimize absorption through the skin:
  • Bathing in magnesium chloride increases the area of application.
  • Absorption through the skin is not homogeneous. Areas such as the scalp and armpits have higher rates of absorption.
  • Increasing the amount of time the application is left on the skin or the time of bathing. Twenty minutes is sufficient for most people but sometimes 30-35 minutes may be desirable
  • Heat enhances the delivery in a bath compared to a lotion (we suggest rub area well after spraying to compensate for this)
  • Increased temperature of the area of application (as above)
  • Increasing the frequency of applications or baths.
If this was just marketing 'spin', we would not receive the testimonials we do - our products even work on young children, which completely negates the placebo theory! In the wise words of Molly Meldrum, 'do yourself a favour" and try it for yourself, CAIM & ABLE offers a 30 Day Refund if you're not happy, you've nothing to lose and so much to gain.
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*(Ref.Watkins K, Josling PD. A pilot study to determine the impact of transdermal magnesium treatment on serum levels and whole body CaMg ratios. European Journal of Nutraceutical Research April 2010)
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2095496415601959?via%3Dihub
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28403154

 

CAIM & ABLE, we are and always have been, more than just a "magnesium"  fad.

More than any other consumer industry, the beauty and personal care categories are driven by trends. New trending ingredients, formulations, colours and brands come around every season. Walk into your average retail store and you’ll see this reflected on shelves. Here in Australia, there are more products on the shelf in the average cosmetics aisle than in any other category across fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).

With this rapid turnover of fads and the "next big thing" in an ingredient profile, how do we stay relevant and remain genuine at the same time? By delivering authentic products that solve REAL consumer needs, every time. My goal when creating the suite of products has always been to use only ingredients that have been proven in research - not marketing spin, to have a genuine positive benefit to the consumer. 

We've created our products in their simplest form with only the right ingredients nothing more, nothing less. CAIM & ABLE can claim, authentically, to be a "functional" skincare product, they have the ability to have a positive influence on peoples health, be that aches and pains, skin conditions or poor sleeping patterns.  

Don't take my word for it, please - I invite you to read the reviews for yourself. 

Michelle xxxx

Founder & CEO

https://www.caim-able.com

Yep, there is no doubt about it -  it's a man's world.

The weaker sex need not concern themselves with that monthly increase in bloating, fatigue, irritability, soreness, and sleep disturbances. Yet for women, these are the "norm" in and around a woman's menstrual cycle, but it might actually be caused by a magnesium deficiency which is good news - we can work with that!

We dread our monthly cycles of hormonal changes, leading up to menstruation. With the change in hormones, we begin to feel more moody or irritable, fatigued and lethargic. We usually also experience bloating, swelling, sore breasts, sleep disturbances, headaches, and increased sugar cravings. One of the biggest things to regulate your moods and decrease symptoms can be as simple as adding topical magnesium to your routine, particularly around PMS time, when everything gets tender and sore.

Magnesium impacts many areas of women’s health and gynecology from pre-menstrual syndrome to menopause, PCOS to endometriosis, and beyond. Do you find your craving chocolate around PMS time? Yes, its yummy but chocolate is high in magnesium and our requirements for magnesium increase as we approach menstruation. Women typically have a lower dietary intake of magnesium than men do, and yet we need magnesium for our hormonal health.

For many of us struggling with digestive health issues, taking a supplement internally does not guarantee we are getting the nutrients from it. Transdermal magnesium therapy (TDM) has proven to be a far superior solution - absorption and therefore impact on symptoms is very fast, it is safe and without side effects. All of this means we are able start to feel better fast. 

As your cycle approaches, use magnesium oil on your breasts, lower abdomen, and inner thighs right before bed. It can help with breast tenderness, cramping, and sleep latency.  I suggest our Less-Itch spray, its just more comfortable. As my period approaches, and abdominal cramping become stronger, I find magnesium chloride bath soaks help tremendously with all over body aches and cramping.

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By now you should be aware of just how transdermal magnesium therapy can improve your life in so many ways. 

We talk a lot about magnesium and how common magnesium deficiency is here on the blog and usually, we focus on adults - but did you know that kids can be affected by magnesium deficiency too? 

Difficulty sleeping, muscle twitches and spasms, constipation and irritability are all potential symptoms you might see in a child that needs more magnesium.

According to a study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, posted on PubMed.gov, magnesium can help children prevent and cope with mental illness too: “The study shows an association between higher dietary Mg intake and reduced externalising behaviour problems in adolescents.” These problems include anxiety, depression, ADD and ADHD.

In addition to putting a stop to these deficiency symptoms, getting enough magnesium can benefit your child’s body and overall health in a number of ways.

A reminder for you of the benefits of using Magnesium daily;

  • Increases the release of DHEA – our youth hormone
  • Encourages healthy, glowing skin
  • Supports the repair of damaged skin cells
  • Helps to facilitate safe and effective detoxification
  • Helps relieve muscular aches and pains, cramps and spasms
  • Improves muscle function
  • Increases energy levels
  • Elevates moods and helps to relieve stress
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Helps to calm overactive nerves
  • Supports the balance of the hormonal system
  •  Improves insomnia and sleep quality
  • Alleviates eye twitching
  • Osteoporosis
  • Helps regulate high blood pressure
  • May help lower the risk of coronary heart diseases
  • Helps decrease the risk of diabetes
  • Treats migraines and headaches
  • Helps calm panic attacks and anxiety
  • Relief from PMS and menopause symptoms

Last and certainly not least, it actually relieves growing pains. About 25-40% of children will suffer from growing pains at one point or another, usually between the ages of three and twelve. Magnesium is an essential nutrient for building bones, and many of us don’t get enough of it. Magnesium in the chloride form is well-absorbed through the skin, which is why it’s often incorporated in baths or rubbed on the skin in the form of magnesium oil, magnesium oil is the quickest way at getting magnesium absorbed through the skin, but it can be irritating to some people - especially children. This is why we created the "Less-Itch" spray which has been very well received by kids, alternatively, you may like to whip up a lotion.  

Here is a recipe for some gorgeous magnesium lotion, store it in the fridge to give it a longer shelf-life as it doesn’t contain preservatives!

  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 3 TBSP. beeswax
  • 3 TBSP. shea butter
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera juice
  • 1/2 cup magnesium flakes

Directions:

  1. Heat aloe juice over low heat until warm. Stir magnesium flakes into juice until dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Heat almond oil, beeswax, and shea butter over low heat using a double boiler until wax and butter are melted. Transfer to a 2 cup glass measuring cup.
  3. Let oils and waxes sit until thickened. Once thickened, begin blending with an immersion blender while slowly pouring in your aloe juice/ magnesium. Blend well.
  4. Pour into a glass jar and label. The lotion will continue to thicken as it cools. Store in the refrigerator for 3-6 months.

To be honest, it’s difficult to get enough magnesium from food to begin with. If your child isn’t eating enough magnesium-rich foods, you can be pretty sure that they need a boost of this important nutrient. It goes without saying that sugar should be minimised as its an 'anti-nutrient, it actually strips minerals and vitamins from your body and bones to process.

https://www.caim-able.com/collections/bath-salts/products/pure-unscented-magnesium-chloride-flakes-the-ultimate-skin-food

NEXT BLOG: PSORIASIS 

Psoriasis, a skin condition characterized by raised pink itchy lesions that are made from a buildup of dried, dead skin cells, can affect people of any age. An imbalance of the immune system appears to play a role in the development of this condition and trigger factors include stress, obesity, skin injuries and infections, cold air, smoking and excess alcohol consumption.

Based on some research studies, magnesium may also benefit individuals affected by psoriasis. Magnesium compounds in combination with sun rays radiation may effectively manage skin conditions like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, according to a study published in the October 2000 issue of "The Journal of Investigative Dermatology.” The researchers found that magnesium compounds from the Dead Sea positively influences certain cells in the skin that are involved in inflammation and production of psoriatic lesions.

Whilst I'm not surprised, I was beyond thrilled to hear of one customer's incredible transformation using one of the Caim & Able Magnesium Oil sprays. She summed it up perfectly with "it completely changed my year/life and I can honestly say it was just that product". Amy's full testimonial reads "My friend recommended your magnesium spray for psoriasis I have had quite badly on my elbow for around 10-15 years. I have tried all sorts of treatments both natural and prescribed and nothing has consistently worked. 

I started spraying your magnesium spray twice a day, morning and night in April and the transformation by June was incredible. I also had psoriasis in my ears which as all but disappeared. 
I just wanted to share this with you as it has genuinely changed my life".

Amy M

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PSORIASIS SKIN LESIONS PRIOR TO USING CAIM & ABLE SPRAY

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PSORIASIS SKIN LESIONS AFTER TO USING CAIM & ABLE SPRAY FOR 2 MONTHS

Psoriasis Is More Than a Superficial Skin Condition, it is actually an autoimmune disease. Part of the reaction occurs when a type of white blood cell called a T cell mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells.

These overactive T cells then trigger other immune responses that collectively speed up the growth cycle of skin cells, causing them to move to the outermost layer of your skin in a matter of days rather than weeks.

Because the dead skin cannot be removed quickly enough, it builds up into the thick patches characteristic of psoriasis. For up to 60% of people with psoriasis, the condition seriously impacts their daily life.

The skin may become so inflamed that it cracks and bleeds. Up to 30 % of sufferers also develop psoriatic arthritis, which can cause debilitating joint damage.

People with psoriasis are also at an increased risk of numerous other chronic diseases, including eye conditions, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. And then there are the psychological repercussions.

Those who aren’t familiar with psoriasis may view it as a contagious rash, and as a result, people with psoriasis may be shunned or excluded socially. People with psoriasis often suffer from depression, low self-esteem, social isolation and problems at work.

Other tips to help is to increase your Vitamin D. Vitamin D is thought to effect psoriasis on multiple levels, including helping to regulate keratinocyte (skin cell) growth. Phototherapy (the sun) is best, although avoid the heat in the middle of the day, walk outside in late afternoons and early mornings to get your daily dose. 

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Keto Diet - the good, the bad and the dirty.

It seems like everyone is trying the ketogenic diet these days in an effort to drop significant amounts of weight. Like those that have come and gone before, it's a fad - let's take a closer look at it.

WHAT DOES A KETO DIET LOOK LIKE?

The keto diet requires your daily calorie intake to come from a breakdown of 20% protein, 10% from carbs and a whopping 60-80% fat. It's all about getting your body into a fat-burning mode called ketosis, which happens when you start decreasing your carb and protein intake.

Ketosis is where the body no longer uses glucose from carbs as its main energy source. It starts breaking down fat instead, creating more ketones for energy. To me, it has The Atkins Diet written all over it and we know how that ended for its founder who was let's face it, a heart attack waiting to happen.

"It's advertised as a weight-loss wonder, but this eating plan is actually a medical diet that comes with serious risks."

It also can have some pretty nasty side effects, from diarrhea to the keto flu to nutritional deficiencies. Since people on ketogenic diets are eating fewer grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, they usually end up deficient in very important micronutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, iron, fatty acids and even pre and probiotics. 

The main three nutrients the body becomes deficient in are;

SodiumIn the first few weeks on a keto diet, only about half of your weight loss is from body-fat. The other half is from water and sodium loss. Therefore, getting enough sodium from healthy salts is crucial, Celtic sea salt, Himalayan salt and bone broths (for non-vegans) are ideal.

Potassium - Virtually all fruits and veggies contain significant amounts of potassium but of course, these foods are severely limited on a Ketogenic diet. Great food sources are avocado, mushrooms, kale and spinach

Magnesium - Magnesium is the body’s “calming” mineral; helping to keep your brain, heart and muscles relaxed. It’s also essential for protein synthesis, blood sugar control, energy metabolism and over 300 other biochemical reactions in the body. Intense exercise, lack of sleep, caffeine, alcohol, some medications and stress can all deplete magnesium levels. Food sources include dark leafy greens (swiss chard and spinach), pumpkin seeds. Of course, we now know that it is challenging to absorb adequate amounts of magnesium via food or supplements and transdermal magnesium (via skin) is far superior. 

A number of cautions to be aware of include diabetes, the weight will be regained, increased risk of heart disease, decreased metabolism

Performance - be aware that the body is in a more acidic state when it’s in ketosis, which may limit its ability to perform at peak levels.

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There will always be a trendy new fad diet claiming to be the best thing or the simplest and fastest way to weight loss. I've spent most of my adult life researching, discoveries, testing all sorts of health paradigms and what always seems to be the ideal for health in general and in particular weight loss, is to simply adopt a healthier lifestyle every day. It's not rocket science, eat mostly plants and not too much. The weight will drop and stay off, your energy levels will lift, and you will add years to your life. 

Eat meat if you love it, but it needs to be kept at a minimum - we are omnivores, not carnivores - trust me, there are differences.

  • Shape. Carnivores have a very different GIT to humans - Carnivore bowels are smooth, shaped like a pipe, so meat passes through quickly. A carnivores’ stomach is also 20 times more acidic than the stomachs of humans. Humans, on the other hand, have bowels that are bumpy and pouch-like with lots of pockets, like a winding mountain road. This is so plant foods pass through slowly for optimal nutrient absorption. 
  • Fibre. Carnivores don’t require fibre to help move food through their short and smooth digestive tracts. Humans require dietary fibre to move food through their long and bumpy digestive tracts, to prevent the bowels from becoming clogged with rotting food.
  • Cholesterol. Cholesterol is not a problem for a carnivore’s digestive system. A carnivore such as a cat can handle a high-cholesterol diet without negative health consequences. A human cannot. Humans have zero dietary need for cholesterol because our bodies manufacture all we need. Cholesterol is only found in animal foods, never in plant foods. A plant-based diet is by definition cholesterol-free.

If you are still keen to give the KETO diet a go, speak with your preferred health practitioner for guidance. I can recommend the folks at Rushcutters Health a call too, they have some great advice on this (fad) diet.