Choline, Eggs-actly What My Body Needs

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Eggs, are they good for you or bad? It depends on who you talk to or what study you read. The egg and the implications on eating them regarding your health is surrounded by a lot of controversy over the past few years. The advice about eggs in your diet is almost as discussed and bantered as the age old question, which came first the chicken or the egg? What should a person do? Avoid them, eat only the whites, eat only the yellow, eat them….what is the truth?

But seriously, today I want to discuss the health of your liver. What has that got to do with eggs? For me…a lot.
Eggs are high in choline. So, what does choline matter to me? I’ll tell you in a minute, but first, I must add, if you have heart disease that involves clogged arteries, stents or any other chronic illness, check with your doctor about whether you should consume eggs. You see, my heart condition is a electrical malfunction and my arteries are that of a 20 year old. In fact, my when the cardiologist look at my reports of my arterial health they tell me I have the arteries to beat….as if this was a contest. However I have a homozygous 1298 morphism of MTHFR. This puts a whole new perspective on the subject.

MTHFR and NAFLD

The combination of MTHFR 1298 morphism is unfortunately results in patients also dealing with (Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) NAFLD. I found some interesting information that shows this is indicative of a choline deficiency. However some studies my cardiologist is familiar with are concerned about elevated choline levels in blood tests. Eggs contain choline and have long been vilified as something to avoid in the diet due to concerns about cholesterol. But are eggs, exactly what you do need to eat? Maybe not for you, but for me they are very satisfying and seems to do my body good. Of course, I don’t eat just any eggs.

boiled eggs straight from IPMy chickens are free ranging and eat a diet natural to chickens which includes bugs and non-GMO grains for their egg laying mash. If my chickens get behind the demand, I fortunately have a neighbor who is like-mindedly organic. The yolks are a deep yellow-orange color and taste so good. I know I have found deviled eggs a great snack that is permitted when following the SCD diet. I’ve been making the perfect eggs in my new Instant Pot. They come out perfectly and no problems with getting the shells off my really fresh eggs. I cook them 7-7-7 in the Instant Pot, which translates to 7 minutes on steam, 7 minutes NR (natural release) and 7 minutes in ice cold water.

What Can You Do?

I’ve learned a lot about this subject that I wanted to share with you. It is important to share how to support the liver and avoid or reverse liver damage. This is something that affects a lot of people, not just me or those with an MTHFR mutation but everyone. Liver damage is becoming a very big problem, especially those eating a Standard American Diet (SAD). Did you know that about 70-90 million people and approximately 17% or more of children suffer from something known as NAFLD (Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease)?

 

 

Did you know medium chain triglycerides are actually beneficial for helping to heal a fatty liver? I’ve always used butter or olive oil in cooking but more recently I have added coconut oil to my pantry shelf. I now replace milk in my one daily cup of coffee each morning with a teaspoon of coconut oil and I use D-ribose instead of table sugar. Why? Let’s see what Dr. Mercola has to say, in this video, Is Coconut Oil Good For You?

Problems with Breathing?

liver heart and lungsI’ve heard from other heart patients, who often have trouble with breathing due to enlarged hearts. I recommend checking with your doctor and if the discomfort is not attributed to your heart then perhaps it could be your liver. Take a look at the liver and it’s position in the body with regards to the heart and lungs. If your liver is enlarged it could put pressure on your heart and lungs, making it harder for your heart to pump efficiently and also limit your lungs capacity to fully expand with air. So is it the enlarged heart or the enlarged liver that is making it hard to breathe? Try laying on your back or on your right side instead of your left side. This takes the weight of an enlarged liver off of the heart, therefore not causing unnecessary strain to a weak heart.

When I had my sudden cardiac arrest I had lungs filled with fluid. During my hospital stay they drained off 5.5 liters of fluid. But since then I have had some occasional issues with breathing. My rings are not tight and my ankles aren’t swollen. So I wondered what could be making me feel like a blown up balloon? The discomfort I felt just below my bra line is indicative of problems with my liver and not with my heart. I know that it wasn’t, the cardiologist confirmed from labs that I did not have fluid build up when I gained unexplained weight. I couldn’t wait to take my bra off so I could breathe easier. I even had to 3″ bra extenders to give me room to breathe when I did wear one. I had this same discomfort when my gallbladder acted up before it was surgically removed back in the 1990’s.

Detoxing to Find Normal

Medications, supplements and sometimes your normal diet just don’t make you feel normal anymore. The doctors didn’t have any plausible answers, so I set off to do some research and figure out how I could heal my body by healing my gut and supporting my liver. I have realized that my body needs to detox all the toxins in my system that are stored as fat….and guess where….yes, the liver. I’m going to rebuild my body, cell by cell, until I have regenerated a completely new me. One cell at a time. It may take me 7 years, but I’ve got time.

I’ve gotten to the point that I’m not sure if scientific studies can be trusted to tell us what truly is good for our health or what is good for industry’s pockets. Watch this video, The Truth About a Recent Study on Eggs, that sheds a different perspective on whether eggs are good for you or not.

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