I think just about everyone has probably heard of the dangers of gluten by now. But gluten gets so much attention a lot of people miss that gluten is not the only gut destroyer, there are many. I’m going to point out five biggies that are not gluten.
5 Top Gut Destroyers
1. Undigested Food
Any food you do not digest will gradually destroy your gut and over time lead to food allergies and/or food sensitivities. Poor digestion is the primary reason people have a leaky gut, which is becoming an epidemic in our country. So undigested food is my number one gut destroyer.
Solution: Chew your food well, and maximize digestion with proper food combining
2. Over Eating
When you over eat, you burden your entire digestive system. It’s like the kid who crams so much toilet paper in the toilet it backs up. Your digestion does the same thing. But since you can’t just take a plunger to your digestive system, you get symptoms of acid reflux, gas, bloating, etc. Your body was not designed to digest all of that food at one time. As we learned in number 1 above, undigested food will gradually destroy your entire digestive system and gut.
Solution: Eat slowly and don’t over eat
3. Lack Of Healthy Gut Bacteria
This is HUGELY important. Healthy gut bacteria is critical for a healthy gut and good health. Healthy gut bacteria boost your immune system and help you digest your food. A lot of weight loss programs encourage taking probiotics for good reason. You cannot lose weight if you have an unhealthy gut because undigested food that rots in your gut feeds candida and parasites and turns into fat.
Solution: Include probiotic super foods into your daily diet.
4. Preservatives, Medications, Artificial Sweeteners, Pesticides, etc.
Any fake food or drug you put in your body, your body has to figure out what to do with it because we are not designed to digest chemicals and drugs. Your liver will try to filter out these poisons. But eventually the liver becomes congested allowing these poisons into the blood where they can form tumors, cause joint pain, inflammation, and other health problems.
Preservatives, Medications, and Artificial Sweeteners also destroy healthy gut bacteria, which you need if you are going to be healthy. It’s like planting grass seed, then pouring weed killer all over your yard the next day.
Solution: Eat Real Food “Foods That Heal”
5. Bile Deficiency
Bile is the degreaser in your digestive system that digests fats, fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), and stimulates the colon to release toxic waste. Undigested food and fake foods clog your liver causing thick slow bile and gallbladder stones. This is a HUGE problem. You need healthy fats for your skin, hair, hormones, heart, brain, etc. Bile deficiency or gallbladder stones = poor fat digestion which = long list of health problems.
Solution: Detox, cleanse your liver flush and include foods in your diet that increase bile flow
All the best to your health!
Catherine Rudolph, CNC
Certified Nutrition Consultant