Your Best Foods For A Healthy Digestive System

March 8, 2020

Hi there, Eric Bakker, thank you for coming
back. I often get asked this question, it’s a common
question, and I’m going to give a common reply to it. The reason why I’m doing this question again
is because it’s quite apparent, from the correspondence I get, that many people don’t know the answer
to this question. So, please bear with me if you know the answer
to question because many people don’t. So, the question is, what are the best foods
to support a healthy digestive system? I’ve made seven points here I’m going to discuss. These points are very relevant. Follow this kind of plan, you’re going to
end up with a great, healthy gut. So, the first one, obviously, is we need to
eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, grains into our diet. These really support excellent health because
they contain lots of different fibers in them. Many fibers that are partially digestible,
and many fibers that are non-digestible. So, your digestive system loves this kind
of a load. It’s going to be able to break these things
down, some of them a little bit more rapidly, to give you more energy. Some more slowly, and some of these vegetables
in particular will not get broken down much at all. They’ll get busted down to a fiber, which
then the bacteria further down the digestive tract can act on, and probably break down
and convert that into fuel for good bacteria. That’s why it’s important to avoid junk, and
sugar, and ice cream, and crap like that. It will not support good cellular growth in
the bowel. All it’ll support is production of gas and
you get bloating out of that and weight gain, which you don’t want. So, plenty of vegetables, legumes, beans,
fruits. I’ve written down raspberries, green beans,
and peas. Broccoli, lentils, whole grains, asparagus,
almonds. There are so many foods that fit into this
category. You guys out there will know these kind of
goods. These are the best foods to eat. So, eat plenty of that category. The second one, which you’ll probably know
about, are the fermented and cultured foods. So, what’s the difference between a ferment
and a culture, some people will ask me. How do I know that one is what? It doesn’t really matter. I’ve written down here, ferments with a culture
include wine, yogurt, and bread for example. We add cultures to that and we let that go
through a fermentation process. So, if you look at kimchi and sauerkraut,
they didn’t have anything added to them, per se. With sauerkraut, you’re going to pound that
and put the juice from that … You’re going to be attracting wild yeast from the air,
which are going to help create that fermentation process. But, you don’t need to add the salt to the
sauerkraut. So, these foods are also naturally good to
support healthy digestive system health, providing you can tolerate them. Okay? Many people say to me, “I can’t tolerate yogurt.” “Well, I’ve put kimchi into my diet or I’ve
put some sauerkraut in and I’m getting bloated and gassy, it’s not working for me.” And lots of people will go onto different
sites and read about fermenting for example. They’ll make kimchi up and they’ll be drinking
gallons of this stuff. And they’ll get sick. And they can’t work out why they’re getting
sick. It’s because the bacteria in their gut is
not balanced yet. You need to pull these foods out and wait. Keep working on chewing, keep working on relaxing,
you might need to work more with enzymes or probiotics. You may have some microbes that need to be
cleaned out the gut. And eventually you’ll be able to tolerate
these foods again. So if you can’t tolerate it now, don’t think
of it as dire or something. Just pull it out of your diet. Wait a period of maybe six weeks or two months,
put a little bit back in. Maybe at five or ten percent and then take
it from there. The artificial sweeteners is a big one when
it comes to the gut. Some of the research I did [inaudible] and
different types of artificial sweeteners … It shows that they really affect the bacteria
a lot. Most of the studies I’ve read basically talk
about rats, but I’m pretty sure that a similar thing would happen in the human gut in terms
of insulin resistance, in terms of sugar cravings. So artificial sweeteners make you want to
have more sugar. Alright? They affect different inflammatory pathways
in the body, making it more likely that you could end up with a stroke or heart attack. Don’t eat this stuff. It’s junk. If you really want some natural kind of sweet
stuff, I would say look at fruit. [inaudible] problem is not bad, or you haven’t
got much [inaudible], you may be able to eat a little bit more than you currently are eating. Berries are usually a good treat for people
who want sweet stuff. You can also grow stevia as a plant. I’ve got a big plant in my yard. It’s quite nice. You can pick some leaves off that and chew
on that. But you don’t need artificial sweeteners. Kick them out. Prebiotic foods. I’ve spoken too many times now on various
videos. These are some foods in particular that contain
sugars, natural sugars, and starches, natural starches, that support the growth of probiotics. So we call these prebiotics. As you all are aware of by now, I’m not a
fan of prebiotic supplements. I just find they cause bloating in so many
people, and gas. And you don’t need these kind of prebiotic
sugars in with your supplement. Berries, almonds, leafy greens, especially
things like brassica, broccoli, things like that, cauliflower, these are prebiotic foods. Legumes, asparagus, sprouts, these are all
prebiotic foods. These are a great addition to the diet. Eat whole grains. They contain tons of fiber. And these are broken down, again, in the large
intestine. They contain a particular kind of carbs called
beta glucans. You’ll find these in many different types
of grains. Quinoa is a good grain to eat. Brown rice is a good grain to eat. Most people can tolerate these grains. And they’re very, very good in the digestive
system. And again, small amounts to begin with. Don’t start with large amounts. Last point. Eat a diet diverse in different types of fibers. Meaning don’t just stick with carrot and broccoli
on your plate and a bit of boiled potato and a piece of chicken. Lots of people eat very too basic like that. They keep eating the same vegetables time
and again. So my recommendation is for you to experiment
every few weeks to try a new vegetable you may not have tried before. This is gonna introduce new fiber into your
diet, which is exciting for your gut. It gives it the opportunity then to work on
those kind of fibers you previously have not consumed. This could be really good for you because
it may allow your gut again to grow more [inaudible] for example. Last thing I’ll leave you with is to take
a probiotic supplement ’cause this enhances all this kind of work. So if you want to increase beneficial bacteria
in the stomach or the small bowel or the large bowel, follow these points I just mentioned. But also take a probiotic every single day. You can take any kind of probiotic. But just make sure it’s a good one that’s
balanced, that’s got a couple of species of [inaudible] in it and a couple of species
of bifidobacteria in it. And you don’t have to buy mine. But I’m gonna show you mine anyways and I’ll
show you why I created this one the way I did. It’s a green label called [inaudible] Restore. This has got six probiotics in it. It’s also got seven enzymes in it, which support
the action of the probiotic by assisting the body in helping to break down foods more effectively,
giving the probiotics more food. Make sure you have at least three strains
of lactobacillus in your supplement. Two is good. Three is better. I like lactobacillus rhamnosus, lactobacillus
plantarum, lactobacillus acidophilus, and lactobacillus KCI. Okay? Those are all in the [inaudible] Restore. I’ve also put bifidobacteria in there. Two species are in here. We put the bifido longum and the bifido bifidum. So five types of probiotics in the one capsule. Now, that’s in a special capsule that goes
through the gut. So it’s not gonna open up in the stomach. It’ll start opening up further down and putting
that load where you want it. In the intestines. So there you have it. That’s a bit of a summary for me on some of
the good things that you can do to support bacteria in the digestive tract. I hope that answers a few questions for some
people out there. And thank you for the question. Always appreciated.

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