Fast Food Destroys Gut Bacteria.
March 19, 2016
We’ve heard it all before – how most fast food and junk food is bad for you and should be avoided as much as possible. Ask anyone in the Natural Health field and they’ll tell you it’s no surprise that McDonald’s food has always managed to be at the top of the “avoid” list; regardless of their menu changes and promotion of more “healthy” eating.
Some research has shown that even McDonald’s salads are a bad idea, with some topping out at over 700 calories! That’s more than a Big Mac! For more info, click here: CBC News Canada
You’ve guessed it — the “fast food” mentioned in the title of this article is specifically about the kind McDonald’s serves up. To their credit thought, McD’s isn’t the only fast food place that has poor quality foods; there are other fast food places that have just as much negative impact on the body. It just so happens that the info I’m going to share with you here is based on a study that involved McDonald’s.
In recent years, medical studies have enlightened upon the idea that good gut bacteria is beneficial and that healthy numbers contribute to maintaining good health. This comes as no surprise to anyone in the Natural Health field; we’ve know “forever” that good gut bacteria is crucial, and that without it a myriad of dis-ease can develop.
Now there is new, incriminating evidence that fast food has more negative health impacts than previously thought, and this time directly on beneficial gut bacteria.
A recent study by a UK genetics professor, Tim Spector, showed the devastating effect that certain fast food has on the human intestinal tract and the bacterial colonies that normally reside there. Using his son Tom as a “guinea pig”, and McDonald’s food (once again) as the focus, the study showed how in ONLY 10 DAYS Tom went from feeling “good” to “really unwell”.
Not only that, but microbiome test results (performed by Cornell University) showed that his gut microbes had been “devastated.” Essentially, it showed that he had “lost nearly 40 percent of his total bacteria variety, and even after two weeks of recovering from the diet and returning to a healthy balanced regimen, his microbes still were unable to recover”.
Here are a couple of links, by different sources, that give more detailed info about the study and the results:
Natural Society (this link will take you away from this page so be sure to come back! 🙂 )
So why is all this gut bacteria thing such a big deal? It’s a big deal because without a healthy digestive system, the rest of the body cannot work very well.
There is a huge connection between digestive health and everything else that goes on in our body. Think about it…. every single organ and system in our body requires proper levels of nutrition and it our responsibility to provide our body with all of the right nutrients.
Further, we have to process (digest, assimilate) anything we eat through our digestive system in order for those nutrients to make their way to where they are needed, and if our digestive system isn’t working well, or we’re not using the right food-fuel, then things start to go wrong.
There are two basic parts to the digestive system: the upper part (small intestine) is responsible for food breakdown and nutrient absorption, while the lower part (large intestine) is responsible for processing waste matter and elimination. If we don’t eliminate properly, excess toxins are reabsorbed back into the blood-stream. And what helps things to break down into easily eliminated waste solids? You guessed it – beneficial (“good”) gut bacteria.
There are many different types of organisms that live in the intestines; many hugely beneficial, some moderately beneficial (e.g. Candida), and some with no benefit at all (e.g. parasites). These organisms have a symbiotic relationship with us, meaning that if we take care of our digestive system (and our good bacteria), it will take care of us. Alternatively, if we don’t care and eat crappy food, the not-so-good bacteria thrive and cause havoc.
Some signs that your digestive system may be out of balance:
– You’ve been diagnosed with a bowel disorder such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), diverticulitis, colitis, ulcers, etc.
– You experience bloating, excessive gas, indigestion, heart-burn on a regular basis.
– You experience pains and cramps (that have been medically checked out; 9 times out of 10 that is when the IBS label is applied).
– You have irregular bowel movements (e.g once every 2 days or less).
– You have persistently loose, smelly bowel movements.
– You have constipation (hard, dry stools that are difficult to expel).
– You’ve noticed other “things”, including: constant tiredness, lethargy, low-grade regular headaches, mood swings, run down immune system (e.g. get cold or flu easily and frequently), allergies, skin conditions, fungal or yeast conditions.
(NOTE: please make sure you have any ongoing or recurring symptoms checked out by your primary health-care practitioner!).
So what can we do about creating a healthy digestive tract?
1. EAT “CLEAN”. This is not rocket-science; it’s what we’re supposed to be doing: eating fresh, whole, organic and/or naturally sourced foods free (as much as possible) from GMO’s, chemicals, pesticides, etc. If you’re not sure what that looks like, contact Living Energy and I’ll be happy to email you my “clean-eating” guide. Or, if you’d rather go over things in person, I’d be happy to see you for a consultation.
2. Take PROBIOTICS daily. A probiotic is a supplement comprised of the main, beneficial (“good”) gut bacteria. Good bacteria (along with the not-so-good and downright ugly bacteria) that is found in our intestinal tract. Taking a daily probiotic supplement is recommended during/after antibiotic use, poor diet, and stress (especially prolonged). There are many available on the market; make sure yours is a high quality one that provides at least 1 billion CFU (colony forming units).
3. Take STRUCTURED SILVER on a regular basis. Structured silver targets excessive Candida colonies, along with other unwanted organisms and yet will leave beneficial bacteria alone. For more information on Structured Silver, click on the “Structured Silver” link in the left hand menu.
Take good care of your body. It’s the only one you get this time around, and there is so much here to enjoy and experience!
As always, if you have a medical condition of any kind, please have it checked out by your primary health practitioner first before undertaking any natural program.