Think it’s your brain controlling your cravings for cheese cake, juicy burgers, and delicious rigitoni pasta?
Well, mounting research says cravings come from microbes in the gut.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, these microbes also control what happens to food after you eat it.
Because you see, it’s these microbes that decide if food gets turned into nutrients and energy, or forced into the cells as visceral fat.
This is no crackpot theory.
It’s now been proven in HUGE study of 1760 elderly female twins, conducted by scientists from Kings College London, UK.
After comparing their levels of visceral fat and composition of microbes, they concluded that it’s the TYPE of microbes people have in their gut that influences how much visceral fat they carry.
Not how MUCH they eat.
“We confirmed that gut microbiota composition and diet are both associated with VFM accumulation and that these two factors are closely linked,” the scientists concluded.
So how can you improve the composition of microbes in your gut, and reduce how much fat is accumulated as a result?
Eating a nutrient, fiber rich diet.
This was the second discovery by the team of scientists. That
diet has a direct impact on the TYPE of microbes in people’s guts.
What they discovered is eating junk foods high in processed sugars and carbs causes the gut to be infested with fat spreading microbes.
Eating nutrient dense foods rich in vegetable fiber causes an increase in the lean type of microbes.
Even better, these lean microbes were found to improve insulin sensitivity and the pace of fat burning metabolism.
So, as I’ve often said, the gut is the CORE of all health in the body. And the foods you eat directly impact how healthy that core is.
The good news is you don’t need expensive probiotics to feed your gut with health enriching bacteria.
My free eBook ‘Eat Your Way to a Healthy Gut’ is packed with nutrient dense, get enriching recipes. You also get 2 meal plans for making the transtion to healthy eating a success.
Are expensive probiotic supplements a waste of money?
They could well be based on the latest studies.
Gut health experts have long suspected probiotic supplements don’t stay in the gut long enough to work.
This includes Matthew Ciorba, a gastroenterologist at Washington University in St. Louis. In an interview with Scientific American, he said, “There is no evidence to suggest that people with normal gastrointestinal tracts can benefit from taking probiotics.” (1)
While Emma Allen-Vercoe, a microbiologist at the University of Guelph in Ontario said, “If you’re not in any distress, I would not recommend them. [For the most part] the claims that are made are enormously inflated.”
A recent Israeli study has now verified that their suspicions that probiotics are more hype than proven science are well finded.
The study was conducted by the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.(2)
After shoving an endoscope (long camera shaped like a cable) into participants’ intestines they found that, in many cases, their “guts expel probiotics without meaningful changes to their microbiome.”
In other words, the only evidence that they’d taken probiotics at all were found in the toilet bowl.
Just Two Ounces Has More Probiotics than An Entire Bottle of Probiotics
Based on the latest evidence, if you’re among the 4 million Americans that takes a daily probiotic you may want to consider getting probiotics from food instead.
The good news is there’s a food found to be a more potent source of probiotics than an entire bottle of expensive supplements.
That food is sauerkraut.
Natural health proponent Dr. Joseph Mercola made this discovery after sending a plate of sauerkrat to a lab for analysis.
“We found in a 4-6 ounce serving of the fermented vegetables there were literally ten trillion bacteria,” said Mercola.(3)
This means just 2 ounces of sauerkraut contains more probiotics than a bottle of 100 count probiotic capsules. While eating a 16 ounce plate full gives you the same gut enriching benefits as 8 BOTTLES of expensive probiotics.
As Mercola says, “Adding a small amount of fermented food to each meal will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Why? Because they can contain 100 times more probiotics than a supplement!”(4)
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of The GAPS Diet, is also a big fan of getting probiotics naturally from food.
At the Gluten Summit in 2013 she told a packed audience that “With every mouthful of sauerkraut you’re consuming billions of beneficial microbes which will be killing the pathogens in your gut driving them out and replenishing the beneficial flora in your digestive tract.”
Simple Sauerkraut Recipe
If I’ve now convinced you to start getting probiotics naturally from food, here’s a simple recipe sauerkraut, and save money on the pre-made jars on supermarket shelves.
1. Chop up a cabbage into thin slices.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of salt to the bowl.
3. Pound the cabbage until it goes limp and the juice starts to leak.
4. Pack the cabbage tightly into old jam jars. Pour in water until it’s an inch below the lid and screw the lid on tightly.
5. Leave in a cupboard to ferment for 2-12 days to achieve your preferred taste.
6. Put the jar in the fridge to slow the fermentation down.
Get a Daily Dose of Probiotics from Smoothies
If the idea of eating a plate of fermented sauerkraut doesn’t tickle your taste buds, there’s another way of getting a daily dose of natural probiotics that’s even more potent.
I discovered this solution after getting en email from Kelly (not her real name), who’s a single mom from Michigan.
For years Kelly had suffered from painful cramps, bloating after meals, and explosive diarrhea that hit her like a truck.
Her gut problems got so bad that one day she suffered an “accident” at the worst moment possible – When surrounded by parents waiting for her son at the school gates.
Luckily, nobody noticed. But this near disaster motivated Kelly to finally fix her gut health issues.
Probiotic + Prebiotic + Digestive Enzyme in a Single Glass
Rather than expensive probiotic supplements or struggling to follow the restrictive Low FODMAP diet, what Kelly did was track down the most potent probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes in their most natural form.
She then combined them to make a probiotic smoothie recipe.
It sounds so simple. Yet by drinking this smoothie each morning she fed her gut with a motherload of gut enriching nutrients. This led to her gut microbiome and fixing her cramps, gas and bloating in a matter of weeks.
She says her probiotic smoothie has given her more energy and helped blow away her brain fog too.
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My stomach would rumble so bad at dinner people thought an alien would pop out and scuttle across the table.
Charging through shopping malls looking for a bathroom was a weekly occurrence.
And I’ll never forget seeing people’s eyes roll when I cut meetings short for the upteenth time.
Good news is I found out the root cause of my tummy troubles and how to fix it. And I didn’t have to waste money on overpriced supplements or undergo drastic dieting to do it.
What I did was implement a four step strategy for revitalising my gut health and strengthening my digestive system. I’m pleased to say that I now enjoy an active life again without scheduling around bathroom breaks:
1.Kept a food diary
Tracking what I ate each day helped me identify some of the ‘trigger foods’. In my case, low fat yogurt, granola bars, and orange juice were among the many culprits.
2. Cut back on sugar
I was never a big soda drinker. But stopping myself adding two teaspoons of sugar to my morning coffee took some willpower. However, now I’m used to it, I think my coffee actually tastes better.
Getting rid of my sugar addiction has made it easier to adopt healthy eating habits too.
3. Ate NATURAL probiotics
I’ve always thought the big claims made about probiotic supplements were hogwash. So rather than spend a fortuve on pills, I’ve been eating fermented foods to give my belly a daily dose of probiotics in their most natural form.
4. Are natural digestive enzymes
Digestive enzymes help the gut metabolise carbs and sugars. But like many things, the body’s natural level of digestive enzymes depletes with age. Good news is there are plenty of foods you can get at your local grocery store packed with digestive enzymes as mother nature intended.
Free eBook – Eat Your Way to a Healthy Gut
Those are the four tactics that worked for me.
But implementing them can be hard.
You need to know what foods to eat, what to avoid, and how best to plan your meals. Get any of these wrong and you may find yourself at square one.
The good news is there’s no need to spend hours hunting for recipes and planning your meals. I’ve created a FREE eBook that reveals everything I discovered.
Eat Your Way to a Healthy Gut is a short yet thorough guide on improving your digestive health through food. You can read it in less than an hour and get answers to many important questions on digestive health:
✔ The #1 reason why 1 in 4 people experience digestion problems (p.8)
✔ The little-known side effect of taking too many probiotic supplements (p.10)
✔ 4 clever “dinner table” eating habits for relieving bloating (p.11)
✔ A nutrient found in a common vegetable that’s great for digestion, muscle function, and relieving constipation (p.12)
✔ How long after quitting processed food you should expect an improvement (p.15)
✔ Who should avoid eating bran (and what to eat instead) (p.17)
✔ 3 foods to avoid for a healthy digestive system (p.18)
✔ Why high-stress causes havoc to your digestive tract (p.21)
✔ Recommended way to cook broccoli to reduce bloating (p.26)
✔ 6 foods everyone should eat to avoid leaky gut (p.28)
✔ How to boost levels of digestive enzymes through food rather than expensive supplements (p.32)
✔ 7 spices for bulletproofing your gut (you likely have 3-4 of these in your cupboard) (p.34)
✔ 7 probiotic superfoods for rebalancing your gut microbiome (p.38)
✔ 2 x meal plans (repair and maintenance) (p.42)
✔ 29 x gut enriching recipes with ingredients, cooking instructions (p.46-69)
29 Gut Enriching Recipes
Choose from easy to make breakfast meals, delicious lunch dishes, and mouth watering dinner recipes all made from gut healthy ingredients:
– Probiotic Superfood Burger that’s healthy to eat
– Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Fried Capers
– Broccoli Stalk, Kimchi & Zucchini Salad
– Mango, coconut and chia seed pots
– Chicken goujons with walnut & red pepper spread
…and more all with ingredients lists, easy-to-follow instructions, and most with photos.
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(i) Lin, H. (2004). Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. The Journal of the American Medical Association. 292:852-858.
(ii) Pimenetel, M., Park, S. Mirocha, J. Kane, S., and Y. Kong. (2006). The effect of nonabsorbed oral antibiotics (rifaximin) on the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Annals of Internal Medicine. (145)8:557–563.
(iii) Atkinson, W., Sheldon, T.A., Shaath, N., and P.J. Whorwell. (2003). Food elimination based on IgG antibodies in irritable bowel syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. Gut. 53:1459–1464(iv) Shanahan, F. and P.J. Whorwell, M.D. (2005). IgG-mediated food intolerance in irritable bowel syndrome: A real phenomenon or an epiphenomenom? The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 100:1558–1559.
Disclaimer – Statements made in this article have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always consult your doctor before making changes to your diet or medications.
We now take 10 times more prescription meds than we did in the 50s. Many are not needed. They’re expensive, potentially toxic and taking over the long-term can make the conditions WORSE.
One condition for which meds might be making us sicker, rather than healthier, is heart burn. We’re now so used to taking pills and medications for heart burn that we think nothing of it. But unfortunately their toxicity doesnt get talked about much.
Previous generations accepted heart burn as a warning sign of bad food. A reminder that the food we were eating wasnt good for our stomachs or our heart. But now, instead, we swallow a pill to TURN OFF our body’s natural reflex system.
What this means is that our body is FORCED to stop producing stomach acid. A chemical we NEED to properly digest food. So our body pushes back. It tries to produce even more stomach acid. And then in a matter of weeks we’re dependent on the drugs to constantly keep acid reflex under control.
Taking powerful drugs like this over the long-term is now linked to dementia and death. Yet they continue to be handed out like candy without any warnings about the risks of dependence.
The good news is that heart burn often occurs due to poor gut health and eating the wrong foods. Yet more reason to adopt a gut healthy diet, like that recommended in my eBook – Eat Your Way to a Healthy Gut
Fermented foods are among the best foods for gut health. But fermented foods, like kimchi, keffir and saur krauct, can be an acquired taste.
So if eating fermented foods every day doesnt tickle your taste pallete, I found a better solution for getting a daily dose of gut enriching probiotics.
Kelly is a single parent of a beautiful boy called Billy.
She wrote to me a few months ago after reading about how I “followed through” when stood at the 11th tee of the golf course.
Because you see, the same thing happened to her. Except it wasnt at the golf course, it was while stood waiting for her son at the school gates.
Like me, she’d also been suffering from chronic gas, bloating and diarrhea for a long time before her accident. And also, like me, it motivated her to find a solution.
She delved even deeper into why digestive problems happen. And discovered that it was a gut imbalance to blame.
Like me, she also developed a natural solution of her own. I wont ruin the surprise by revealing exactly what it is. Suffice to say, it offers a fantastic way of feeding your body with a daily dose of probiotics, prebiotics AND digestive enzymes.
And without having to swallow down fermented foods or waste money on overpriced supplements.
Read her story by clicking the link below: