Perpetual Autumn

by Paul Yanzer

Quelling Inflammation with Ketosis and Steric Chemistry/

Our modern world is a perpetual Autumn. We always have access to food that historically (over millions of years of human evolution) has only been available in the harvest season. As animals prepare for hibernation they are able to consume a large quantity of carbohydrates and foods rich in linoleic acids (Linoleic acid is the predominant n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) in the Western diet and we can obtain it from vegetable oils such as sunflower, safflower, soybean, corn, and canola oils as well as nuts and seeds). There is evidence of human hibernation as early as 100 years ago in Siberia in a practice known as "lotska", btw. By studying this, we know that this causes the animal to fatten up to survive the winter and it enables the animal to hibernate for longer periods of time in contrast to DHA (omega-3) consumption and saturated fatty acid consumption, both of which cause hibernating animals to spend more time awake and have less survivability in winter. So what does this tell us? Insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, is an evolutionary survival mechanism for winters. How do animals reverse their type 2 diabetes? Cold exposure and fasting and animal fats. This is a circadian rhythm mechanism as temperature exposure can act as a CR entrainment system when sunlight is low or unavailable.

The ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting is so effective for humans because it generally contains a higher percentage of Omega 3s and SFAs in the diet as opposed to the high carb and Omega 6 rich Western diet we are used to. There is also a circadian rhythm component to all of this. The ketogenic diet mimics foods only available in winter (again, traditionally over the course of human evolution), i.e., animal protein and fats, some low carb- high fiber root vegetables, aged cheeses, etc. Why is this significant? We spend our days indoors under low light (relative to the sun's output... ICU lighting has been shown to be worse than gloomy, rainy day lighting) and keep our lights on at night when we should be sleeping (especially blue dominate LED screens when high quantity of blue wavelengths in nature is only seen at mid day when the sun is high.... summertime. The lower the sun, the more red is the light that reaches us).

What's the short of it all? Eat with what is seasonally available to your latitude and lighting exposure. Spend all day in the office? 3 walks per day with your meals with skin and eye exposure. Need to lose weight/problems with inflammation? Regular sleep of 8+hrs per night at the same bedtime, cold showers, red/IR light therapy, and a paleo or ketogenic diet is a good place to start...