Taking Charge of Your Health

Eric Bakker,thanks for coming back. We’re going to talk about different things
that can affect your gut health. So, the question is [inaudible] the question,
the things that can cause harm to your gut health. That’s what the question is. What are the things that can cause harm to
your gut health? So, I’ve written a couple of points down on
paper here, and let’s discuss those. The gut is greatly aided by a diverse diet. I’ve spoken about this many times in my videos. So having a narrow diet or focusing your diet
right down to only a small amount of food, it’s going to really affect your gut microbial
growth significantly. Some people I’ve met over the years say, “I
only like carrots and peas. I don’t like broccoli.” Other people will eat a very diverse range
of vegetables, whereas others will only eat two or three. So, you can imagine how the gut microbiota
will compare to people who have a very diverse diet. From what I’ve been reading, most people,
globally, in western countries only between about 12 to 15 different types of vegetables,
and probably consume about four or five different types of animals in terms of their protein. So, they’ve got a narrow range. But if you look at indigenous people from
Africa, they will eat a far more diverse range of plant species, and therefore have a wider
range of bacteria in their gut conferring all of the benefits. So, it really pays not to have a narrow diet. Lack of prebiotic foods in the diet is another
key thing that many people don’t have. Most people, in my opinion, don’t eat yogurt
or keifer or sauerkraut or kimchi or kombucha or have any of those foods in their diet. That’s the majority. Enlightened people now are starting to eat
this way. But my grandparents ate like this for a long
time. This is what normal people used to do 50,
60 years ago. They ate like this. They didn’t see it as prebiotic foods. They saw it as a normal part of the diet. Now we see it as some special add on kind
of thing. The third one is alcohol. Alcohol really does affect the gut, but studies
have shown, for example, that when you consume spirits like gin or vodka, you dramatically
reduce the population of beneficial bacteria. But if you can stick with small quantities
of red wine with a high polyphenol content, you’ll actually increase the beneficial bacteria
content. So, not all alcohol is bad for the gut. It depends on the quantity, of course, if
you have small amounts. Red wine is actually not so bad as many other
spirits and forms of alcohol. Antibiotic use, of force, is not really good
at all for the gut. Some people I see will go on antibiotics recurringly,
once or twice a year for sore throats or urinary tract infections. And generally, these kinds of infections can
be fixed up by using natural methods quite effectively. I’ve raised four children without any antibiotics,
and I’m sure that many other parents out there who have done the same. You don’t have to automatically jump into
cipro as soon as someone’s got a little skin rash or a cut or a sore throat. Herbs have been used for hundreds, if not
thousands, of years for these sorts of reasons. So, go and see a naturopath or a doctor who’s
got an interest in natural medicine if you’re interested in this area, because you don’t
need antibiotics every time you get some type of infection or cough. You don’t need it. This is one of the key things that destroys
and undermines the gut function, is the antibiotic. So, if you can take it out the food chain. Now, with chicken, don’t eat commercial poultry,
for example, which is known to contain antibiotics. If you take it out of the medicine, don’t
keep consuming these pills like they’re candy, your gut’s going to be in a far better state. Lack of activity. Exercise is shown to be very, very good. They did research with professional rugby
players and found that they had a much larger amount of beneficial bacteria than men who
were equally matched for weight and age, things like that. So, the activity certainly does have a bearing
on the gut. If you’re a person like me who does a tremendous
amount of gardening, or is outside a huge amount of times, or someone who does a lot
of exercise, they’ll probably have a better microbial balance than someone who is more
infirm, sedentary, not interested in doing much. Smoking definitely has an effect on the gut
for many people, particularly people who are smoking quite a lot. So, research has shown that those people are
not only more prone to strokes, heart attacks, and diseases like that, but they’re also more
prone to inflammatory bowel disease. So, it can affect the gut adversely. Smokers have got a twice a high chance of
getting Crohn’s disease, for example, than non-smokers. Not enough sleep. Not enough sleep is another key area that
can be harmful for your gut. Sleep has shown, when a person has the good
diurnal rhythm of the day and the night cycle, they tend to have a far better balance of
microbes and a good spread of the beneficial bacteria than people who don’t have that at
all. Plenty of studies I’ve looked at now support
the fact that good sleep patterns come in line, also, with very good micro-biome patterns. So people with disrupted sleep tend to have
also not so good cortisol cycles. They get adrenal issues and thyroid issues,
and they get appetite problems, and all sorts of things. But you need to have good sleep patterns for
good bowel function as well. And stress, of course, which we’ve just touched
on now, is the last point. Stress, of course, is going to cause elevations
of cortisol and insulin and also leptin and other hormones, and they can really mess up
the gut and create lots of inappropriate messages from the brain to the gut regarding eating. Drugs can cause this, too, but stress causes
it just as well. So, it’s also shown through research that
people who have a low stress lifestyle and are not personally stressed all the time,
don’t tend to have these issues with their gut and food, that people who are stressed
do have. So, try and think about those points that
we’ve spoken about there because they could make a big difference for you. Don’t have the diet too narrow. Make sure you include some prebiotic foods
into your diet. Alcohol, it really undermines the gut. Antibiotic use, well that just trashes the
gut. Lack of activity. Try and be active or do something on a daily
basis. Smoking, well, those people need beating around
the head with a soft rubber hammer. Not enough sleep can really affect the gut,
and stress. Hope you got something out of that and it’s
going to help you in your life. Don’t forget, if you want my free report,
click on the link below. Thanks for tuning in.

One thought on “8 Things That Can Cause Harm To Your Gut Health

  1. Thanks for another great video.

    Could you please address building children's immunity and gut health. Please also give us some alternatives for antibiotics for children. That would be great 🙂

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