Foods To Avoid On Leaky Gut Diet
Greetings. It's Eric Bakker, naturopath fromNew Zealand, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of a range of products called Canxida.Thanks for checking out this tutorial. I've got a question here from a guy on YouTube calledPro Chess Player. I think his name is Josh and Josh is asking me quot;Eric, can you pleasedo a tutorial on foods to avoid for Leaky Gut syndromeéquot; Josh, one thing you and I havegot in common. I think I've checked out your site. You love playing chess. So do I, butI keep getting beaten by my teenage son, which is really annoying for me. One thing I don'tget beaten by is questions for Candida, so we're going to address that right now.What are some foods to avoid with leaky guté
Well, I've just spent a little bit of timeon the internet looking at a lot of sites on leaky gut syndrome to get a feel for whatthe general consensus is out there. Here's quite a wellknown website from a very wellknown in America who will remain nameless and this is saying, quot;Foods that causeleaky gut, gluten, cow's products, sugar, unsprouted grains, and GMO.quot; Very true, ,but there are a lot of things that you're missing out on. I'm going to go into somedetail with this tutorial. Grains, I've got another site, in fact, I just went to Google and typedin foods to avoid with leaky gut, and the paleodiet came up. Grains, legumes, dairy,sugar, unhealthy oils, alcohol, caffeine,
excessive carbohydrate consumption. This isa bit closer to the mark. But when you've got leaky gut, basically,a good advice for you with foods to avoid in general is processed foods. Processed foods,in general. So when you go shopping, I've said this before in tutorials, if you do shopat a supermarket, buy your foods only from the outside perimeter. Meats, vegetables,perishable products because these are less likely to cause problems with leaky gut. Itis true that alcohol and caffeine do cause leaky gut. Alcohol, to me, is the top of thequot;noquot; tree when it comes to leaky gut. If you would say to me, quot;What food is most associatedwith leaky gutéquot; I would say alcohol.
What out of everything I know is associatedwith leaky gut is antibiotics. That's really the top of the biggest tree is antibioticsor all kinds of pharmaceutical medications, antiinflammatories, steroids, antidepressants,sleeping pills, any kind of a drug, for blocking stomach acid or reducing pain. All of thesedrugs are involved in leaky gut. Including Tylenol, paracetamol, any of these kind ofdrugs. Birth control pills, all involved with leaky gut. But antibiotics are the top ofthe tree. But when we look at foods and beverages, alcoholis right at the top, so don't even think about drinking alcohol if you're worried about leakygut. And even if your gut is healthy like
mine, drinking alcohol occasionally will predisposeyou to leaky gut. You will make your gut increasingly leaky by drinking. Every drink you take increasesyour likelihood of making the gut leakier and leakier. And then on top of that if youput antibiotics and high stress in there, you're a sitting duck for a serious leakygut problem. Grains, yes and no. I believe that most peoplecan tolerate small amounts of gluten in their diet when they're healthy like me. I don'teat bread or flour products. I much prefer to have brown rice in my diet and grains likequinoa or millet. But I do have a piece of bread every now and then and I really enjoya nice piece of toast with some tahini or
an organic peanut butter. And I really enjoythe taste, the texture, the smell, and I'm sure most people do. I would not eat a pieceof bread every single day with peanut butter on it. I wouldn't do that. It's just everynow and then; these things are fine. Grains in general. You need to be carefulof refined flours, white flour, donuts, cookies, these sorts of foods. Every time I go to theairport and fly out, I see the donut stand and you see all the big large people sittingthere buying donuts with all these sugar toppings. That's crap. That's the sort of stuff youwant to avoid. Ice cream, refined carbohydrates, these sorts of foods. That's the sugars. Chocolatebars full of sugar, candy, confectionary,
Good Sleep Good Gut
You have approximately one hundred trillion bacteria,fungi and viruses, collectively known as microbes, living on your hair, skin and inside of yourintestines. Together this happy community is called your microbiome. A healthy microbiomehelps you digest food, process nutrients and trains your immune system to work properly. But these microbes also have a mind of theirown. Your microbiome can affect your mood, stress levels and even your sleep. When you have a bad night's sleep your bodydoesn't properly stop the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. And a higherlevel of stress hormones messes with the composition,
diversity and number of microbes in your gut.Having a diverse community of microbes means a healthy microbiome. But stress hormonesmean the community becomes less diverse and as a result, we see more bad bacteria lurkingaround. Your microbiome is also intertwined with yoursleepwake cycle, so poor sleep is linked to changes in your metabolism. Disruptingyour body's internal clock can lead to cravings for unhealthy food. And then eating unhealthyfood messes with your appetite. In one study, mice were fed a highfat dietand the activity of their microbes changed. The microbes signaled to eat more frequently.The mice started eating at the wrong times,
think having multiple lunches and a midnightsnack, and they became obese. Other mice, who were fed a highfibre, lowfat diet, stayedlean. And some researchers even think the bacteriain your gut are responsible for the calories you burn while you're asleep. So you probablywant to make sure you keep those guys happy. Of course, a healthy sleep cycle and a highfibre,lowfat diet will make your microbiome smile. When you think about it, you can somewhatcontrol your microbiome, by the food you eat, the medicines you take and even how you sleep.But your microbiome can also control you, by affecting your digestive and mental health,your mood and even your immune system. It's
definitely a dynamic relationship! But understandingthat this relationship exists is really important because you can act and take improving yourhealth into your own hands. Good night.