Got Junk In Your Trunk? It May Be A Good Thing

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Healthy fat is making a comeback.  New research out this month provides yet another reason healthy fat is such an important building block for your body.

A new book out by Professor Will Lassek MD out of Pittsburgh University, “Why Women Need Fat,” provides another reason women should not strive to be too lean…

Dr. Lassek points out that the fats found in women’s bottoms and thighs helps develop babies’ brains from day one via breastfeeding, the research published in Lassek’s book finds. [1][2] These lipids are critical for a child’s healthy growth and development.  More studies on this topic are provided below for further reading. [3][4][5]

In The Better Baby Book, Dr. Lana and I wrote about how the woman’s body stores DHA in her fat, which is used preferentially by the fetus. [6] This is one reason that the first child in a family tends to be more intelligent; their mother had more DHA fatty acid built up. This is also probably why we are more attracted to curvy women on average.

In the Bulletproof Diet Roadmap (get it here free), I recommend supplementing with krill oil and eating wild caught seafood, particularly low mercury types, for everyone. And guess what: it’s even more important if you are a woman of childbearing age and planning to start a family.

The Bulletproof Diet boosts fertility in large part because overall it’s low in sugar and – you guessed it – high in healthy fats.  Eating plenty of high-quality fats like grass-fed butter and MCT oil also provides the extra energy that women need to sustain a pregnancy. Healthy fats are the best source of clean energy and won’t lead to crashes and food cravings like sugar or carbs do. Consuming enough healthy fats will help you perform well, make your hormones work, suppress bad gut bacteria, and allow you to still lose weight.  Check out this kick ass “Get Some Coconut Ice Cream” for an example of how delicious healthy fats can be.

Note: in order to protect your fertility, it’s just as important to avoid unhealthy fats as it is to eat healthy ones. Obesity is a risk factor for infertility, and synthetic trans fats can cause ovulatory infertility even in small amounts.  Another way the Bulletproof Diet boosts fertility in women is by reducing inflammation. Chronic inflammation makes conception difficult, but on the Bulletproof Diet you won’t be eating foods that promote inflammation like grains, dairy, and oils that are high in omega-6 fats. You may have eaten these foods in the past, though, and their effects can last up to 6 months.

Women who are planning to get pregnant should start the Bulletproof Diet at least 3 to 6 months before conception. Three months on the Bulletproof Diet is enough to boost your fertility, but 6 months will give your body time to clean out the harmful toxins that may have been in your previous diet while also ridding your body of chronic inflammation.  For men, it’s best to start the Bulletproof Diet 3 months before trying to conceive, but even 30 days can make a big difference. Plus, it’s more fun (and a lot more practical) to be on the Bulletproof Diet when your partner is too!  Check out this awesome Bulletproof fertility success story here.

It’s an enormously important and complex topic – Dr. Lana and I co-authored an entire book on it, The Better Baby Book, in fact, if you want to dive into the details.  Meanwhile, we’ll be writing lots more about fertility in both women AND men soon, so stay tuned!

The Bulletproof Diet is specifically designed to increase and promote fertility in both women and men.  There’s a lot you can do now to have the healthiest, happiest baby possible.

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By Dave Asprey

  • jhohiu

    As a Canadian doctor who trained in the US, I have a great amount of respect for the American medical research. Some of the best medical minds in the world are concentrated in places like New England, Chicago, Minnesota, California… These people dedicate their lives to studying human health, and the science that takes them years to build can become obfuscated in the blink of an eye by social movements.
    In my view, preventive medicine isn’t all that complicated; there are clear guidelines set in place by those bright minds I just mentioned. As a doctor, all I have to do is follow them. Im like a preacher in that sense, intoning the same commands. However, we doctors do understand that sometimes medical innovation requires a breach with convention. But long years of study humbled us with regards to the astonishing complexity of the human body. We therefore defer to specialists who try to make sense of this complexity by adopting research as their vocation. We let them do the swaying, so that they may improve current guidelines.
    Do I know which diet is the healthiest? No, I make no such claim. But having studied medicine for 5 years, I do know where to source my information. And in nutrition, the authority lies with the panel that devises the food guide, or pyramid. Every 5 years, the government assembles a team of some of the brightest researchers in nutrition in the world. They proceed to pour over every quality study ever done in nutrition in order to provide us with answers on how to eat healthy. Compared to an entrepreneur with no background in nutrition, my bet is that they do a better job analyzing the data. For those of you who follow the bulletproof diet and feel better than ever, I am happy for you and wouldn’t ask you to change. I would just make sure that you are making an informed decision and have at least considered expert recommendations.
    Who knows, maybe Mr. Asprey is right and the bulletproof diet is the way to go. However, if you’re looking to bet on a diet, I think the odds lie in favor of the food pyramid.

    • Mark

      Do some research in the “politics” behind the American food pyramid

      • jhohiu

        Thank you for the reply Mark, and I agree with you, American politics can be quite sketchy. However, America isn’t the only country with a food guide.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nutrition_guides

        Check these out; you’ll find they’re all pretty much identical, and I can assure you that lobbyists in countries like sweden and switzerland don’t have a fraction of the influence that they have in the US.

        • It’s interesting how little nutrition they teach in medical school. It’s also interesting that they’ve taught that nutrition comes from panels, but they may not have explained that to people make up those panels often are appointed by the food industry.

          If following advice from well-intentioned but industry owned panels really worked, why is obesity rampant today? How is it that these panels of experts have provided The exact wrong advice for so long?

          My 10 years of running an anti-aging nonprofit research group has taught me to listen to the thousands of physicians who do not blindly follow industry panels, but who look at clinical results, look at functional medicine, and get results that they don’t teach you about in five years of medical school. I am pleased to call some of those physicians my friends, and to have their testimonials in the book. I don’t need to have any letters after my name for the research to be valid, but the most important thing is that you have a framework and use it to figure out what works best for you.

          Why have no industry panels made that recommendation yet?

        • jhohiu

          The rampant obesity rate has nothing to do with national food guidelines, but more to do with socio-economic status. In line with my previous post, countries such as Sweden have largely the same nutritional guidelines as the US but without the obesity epidemic.
          Also, do any of your followers see the irony when an entrepreneur selling products on his own nutritional blog points out a conflict of interest in order to weaken a panel’s credibility?
          Finally I’m sure that the thousands of physicians you listen to are very dedicated individuals, but unless they’re setting up controlled trials with thousands of patients, their anecdotal evidence is not likely to be of any additional benefit to the guidelines already in place.

    • Mark

      Death by Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health Hardcover