The Food You Need To Avoid For Great Gut Health: A Doctor Explains

If you want great gut health, you probably understand that you need to tend your gut garden. That means providing more fertilizer for the health-promoting bacteria in order to shift the mix of bacteria living in your bowel.

But it's also important that you focus on starving out the disease-promoting bacteria. And that means cutting out sugar and sweeteners.

Many people are aware that they should eliminate or greatly reduce their sugar intake. But they still crave sweet foods, and so they turn to alternative sweeteners like honey, agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and other fructose-based sweeteners. But the problems with fructose-based sweeteners is that they feed the wrong bacteria, increasing risk of metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and diabetes. The sugar-loving yeasts and bacteria make by-products that get into our bloodstreams, cross the blood-brain barrier, and create cravings for sweet flavors. Plus, they increase the risk of fatty liver and liver damage.

So, what should you do? Reducing sugar and sweeteners to less than 1 teaspoon per day—or better yet, eliminating them entirely—is a huge step in restoring gut health.

Instead of sugary, sweetened beverages, drink water or unsweetened teas. You should also replace sweetened, processed foods and flour-based foods with vegetables and berries to better feed the health-promoting bacteria in your bowels.

If you want to learn more about how to restore your gut, check out my new class. You'll learn how our guts evolved, the importance of having the right mix of bacteria in our bowels, and how to get your bacteria back on track.

Dr. Terry Wahls

Dr. Terry Wahls is a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical research on the use of diet and lifestyle to treat brain-related problems. She has also worked at the VA for many years in the traumatic brain injury clinic and was the director of the therapeutic lifestyle clinic. In both clinics, she focused on using diet and lifestyle to treat traumatic brain injury and neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. Time and time again she saw people experience marked reduction in pain, improved mood, and better thinking. She also saw that in my own life. She has progressive MS and for seven years, she declined steadily, and though she took the newest drugs, including very potent biologic drugs, she ended up in a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. When I started studying the latest brain science and designed a diet and lifestyle program specifically to support my brain cells, my decline slowed, then stopped, then I recovered. I now bike five miles to work. I use these principles to help others with a wide variety of brain-related symptoms end their decline and suffering and restore their lives. If you want to learn more about the protocols I used in my recovery, clinics, and research, visit www.terrywahls.com. Pick up my book, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, and the companion cookbook, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life. If you want to dive even more deeply into what we do to help people reverse their decline and get their lives back, come to the Wahls Protocol® Seminar that I conduct each August.
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