Thank for checking out my video. We’re going
to do a video today on leaky gut. Basically, the best foods and diet to heal a leaky gut.
As you’re probably aware, I’ve done quite a few videos on this channel. I’ve been around
for a while now. This is my 27th year of practice. I’ve been seeing patients an awfully long
time, and I’ve seen every diet you can imagine. Just look behind me and look at all the bookshelves.
I’ve gotten a few comments on how bent my bookshelves are. I made those when I was a
student, quite a long time ago now. I’ve got thousands of books. In fact, I’ve got two
bookshelves here, another bookshelf here, I’ve got three bookshelves out in the back,
and I’ve got boxes out in the back with more books that my wife won’t allow me to have
in my room because it looks too crappy, she says, for patients.
Let’s talk a little bit about books, for example, and diets. There are thousands of diet books
out there. I’ve seen so many of them. I’ve been collecting books on health really since
my 20s. I’ve read lots of books and I’ve looked at lots of blog sites on the best kind of
foods to eat for leaky gut. I can remember reading about the Paleo diet when people weren’t
even around that started thinking the Paleo diet was like the “in” thing. There is a guy
called Chris Kresser online in America who’s very big with this Paleo diet. I read this
book here, Paleolithic Prescription in 1988, before it even became a fad. It’s all a fad
now. And this book here is pretty cool, Native Nutrition. Again another book from the [80s
and 90s]. I read all those books when I was in my 20s and started to realize people need
to eat common sense, basic foods. It’s not rocket science.
You probably know this book, The Gaps Diet. Another good book from Liz Lipski, Digestive
Wellness. A good Irish friend of mine, Dr. John McKenna, books on the stomach. Nourishing
Traditions from Sally Fallon. The list goes on and on. Everyone has got their own take
on what are the best foods to eat. And everyone who comes out with a book like The Body Ecology
Diet, The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the blah, blah diet, the blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah diet. There are millions of diet books out there.
What you’ve got to try to get through your mind is no diet is going to be specific for
you. So when you’ve got The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, why don’t we call it The Specific Jane
Diet, The Specific Joe Diet, or The Specific Mary Diet? In my writing and teaching, I’ve
always maintained that there is no such bloody thing as one diet that suits hundreds of people.
That’s why I would never write a diet book as such myself.
If you looked at my Candida Crusher book and also in my psoriasis program that I recently
launched, you’ll find that I really emphasize a point that I want you to try to find the
foods that best suit you as a human being, not me or Donna Gates or not Sally Fallon
or not Natasha Campbell-McBride, not Chris Kresser, not all these other people. They’re
not bloody gurus. They’re just people who write about diets, and they give you options.
They give you recipes, but you need to experiment with these things. Every person who buys these
books or who sees me who’s been on a program, they always end up modifying those programs
to suit themselves. Many people tell me that when they’ve gone, for example, on the Body
Ecology Diet; they find they can eat certain foods that Donna Gates says that they should
avoid. And it’s the same thing when people go on any other diet like the Gut and Psychology
Diet. I’ve had a patient recently who’s been on
the SCD Diet, The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, for about four years hard out and not feeling
better. So I got this guy and his wife and two children, they’re all on the diet, to
make modifications. I said, “Look, it’s time to introduce bread.” “Oh, no. I can’t eat
bread. On the SCD diet, it says it’s toxic. It’s poison.” But when I got his wife to eat
some bread, just flat bread, chipati kind of bread, she felt good. In fact, she gained
a bit of weight. She improved. And then after a couple of weeks of observing his wife doing
this, this gentlemen did the same, and he felt fantastic. And he started to realize
it’s not good to maintain a strong dietary protocol for a long period of time. Especially,
if you get very anal and constricted about it. To me, it’s like trying to brainwash somebody
into a religious belief and telling him or her that everything else is nonsense out there,
and only his or her way is the highway. Eventually, any kind of diet you go on will
be broken and you’ll end up reverting back to foods that you like to eat, foods that
suit you, because we can’t be social lepers all our lives. We can’t maintain very ultra-strict
dietary protocols and piss everybody off around us. It just doesn’t work. Trust me, I’ve worked
with patients long enough to tell you this. You end up annoying the hell out of people
around you. People that you love, friends, they just think that you’re a bit of a dick
after a while. And sooner or later, you want to eat foods that you’re not allowed to eat.
You want to go back to those foods again. So you need to experiment.
So let’s talk about food choices that are going to be particularly good for leaky gut.
I’m not going to go into what leaky gut is because I’ve explained that in another video.
But leaky gut essentially means digestive permeability. Medical practitioners think
this is a load of crap. Well, I don’t really care anymore what medical practitioners think.
Because in my opinion, most people in the western world have some element of LGS or
leaky gut. Why? Because people drink alcohol. Because they take antibiotics. It’s because
they lead high stress lives. It’s because they do things that compromise their gut function.
That’s why. We’re starting to learn a lot about the gut.
Foods for leaky gut. Common sense guys. Common sense. It’s the foods that your great grandmother
used to eat. It’s foods that your great grandparents never bought in supermarkets. It’s not rocket
science. All of these diet books bang the same drum. No sugar. No alcohol. Keep away
from highly refined foods. I’ve been trying to chant this mantra now for like 30 years
with patients, and I’ll be chanting it for another 20 or 30 years. It won’t make any
difference to me. The trends, I couldn’t care less about the trends.
Fermented and cultured foods. These are foods my grandmother used to eat. Foods I’ve been
eating for a long time. Foods that Donna Gates seems to think are magical foods, but people
have been eating cultured and fermented foods for hundreds of years, nothing new about it.
And they will for another few hundred years. Try to get used to some kind of cultured or
fermented foods. I received an email recently from a patient
stating that her naturopath said that cultured and fermented foods breed Candida. They make
bad bacteria in the body. What a load of crap! They don’t do this at all. Cultured and fermented
foods improve the ecology of the gut. They make the gut high and rich in a lactic acid
environment, which encourage the production of lactobacillus. I would be a bit cautious
about Kombucha, for example, made with lots and lots of bags of white sugar. But generally
with things like a quality yogurt or a kefir or a kumis, there are many other kinds of
cultures, you’re going to be fine with these kind of food approaches in your diet.
Same with sauerkraut and the same with kimchi from Korea. Good food. But what about seaweeds?
No one talks about seaweed when it comes to ecology of the gut. When it comes to specific
carbohydrate diets or things like that. Seaweed is extremely mineral rich and has been eaten
by a lot of people around the world now for tens of thousands of years. Seaweed, in fact,
contains the highest amount of mineral content per gram than any food on the planet. So try
to include some of these. The Japanese have been eating sushi for a long time now. Go
and check out some of my writing on seaweeds in your diet, small amounts are extremely
healthy for you to have. Vegetables, there are tons of vegetables that
are fantastic for improving the integrity of the large intestine. I’ve also written
an article about foods, for example, Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus, kiwi fruit, there are
many foods that improve the integrity of the gut. But when you put the whole package together,
stress reduction, cutting the crap out of your diet that you know you shouldn’t have,
stop these takeaway pizzas and soda drinks. Stop late at night eating over your keyboard
with a pizza trying to think you’re going to improve your health like that.
It’s the total package that improves the leaky gut. It’s not just the food you eat. I really
want to stress that. All these diet books I look at, they’re too anal about what you
eat, but they don’t talk much about what you live and how you think and how you feel. Because
these are classic indicators to me on why people don’t repair their leaky gut. So there’s
no rocket science behind the best foods for healing leaky gut. It’s a healthy, balanced
diet and you should know those kind of foods that you should be eating. It does make a
lot of sense when your gut is playing up in the initial stage, to cut out a lot of carbohydrate
foods because they make you bloat, fart and create bowel problems. That includes breads
and carbohydrates. It’s basic. But I wouldn’t go to the extent of taking out brown rice,
quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, rye, every single grain because a book tells you that every
grain is poison and toxic and will cause cancer and take ten years off your life. This is
a load of crap. Too many books talk about this.
I’ve spoken at length about antibiotics in the food chain causing more problems than
you can poke a stick at. In America, hundreds of thousands of tons of antibiotics get poured
into the food chain. These are issues that concern me, rather than omitting every bit
of gluten from your diet. Maybe gluten is not the big bad ogre that you think it is,
at least until you stop drinking every drop of alcohol and you stop eating any foods containing
antibiotics. If you do those two things first, then let’s have a look at if gluten is going
to be a problem in your gut. These are things I want you to think about.
Basic, common sense. That’s what a leaky gut diet is. Healthy food. Healthy snacking. Not
snacking on takeaway food. Not eating late at night. Common sense. So all these diet
books, up to you. You can read them and get indications on them. But remember, you need
to experiment because what’s right for you is not what’s right for Natasha Campbell-McBride.
It’s not what’s right for people who write all these books. You are your own guru. That’s
really the message I want to break through with this video today. You are in control
of your diet. You know what’s right for you. You know what’s going to aggravate or make
you feel good, so it’s up to you to experiment with this kind of approach.
Make sure you do my yeast infection quiz on CandidaCrusher.com and check out yeastinfection.org
and also EricBakker.com. That site is undergoing a makeover at the moment. That’s going to
have a lot of fantastic articles for you to read further. And you can always see me as
a patient. Remember, you can book through my online booking system.
Thanks for tuning into my video.
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