All about 9 foods that harm your gut and why you should refrain from eating them
Foods that harm the gut? Yes, they do exist, and in this post, I want to introduce you to 9 foods that harm your guts and you should not eat.
As you may now know, the intestine is an organ of absolute superlatives! Our gastrointestinal tract is up to 12 m long and has a surface the size of half a football field.
But the intestine also has a problem: it is thin, even very thin. A few micrometers (thousandths of a millimeter) separate the intestinal contents from the bloodstream.
If there are problems in the intestine, if the intestinal wall becomes holey, massive health problems (for example Leaky Gut Syndrome or Irritable Bowel Syndrome) threaten. These issues also include autoimmune diseases.
What needs does the intestine have?
Similar to the stomach, the intestine is real sensitive to external disturbances. For a while, the immune system can compensate for this, but at some point, the problems can become too numerous. Then the big ailment outbreak threatens!
The intestine has needs that need to be met:
2- Useful gut bacteria
3- Foods that stimulate intestinal peristalsis
4- Avoiding pathogens and pollutants through food
5- Penty of fiber
6- Sufficient anti-inflammatory, phytochemicals, dyes, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids
7- Immediate repair for holes in the intestine
That’s a lot, isn’t it? Well, the intestine is very long and has a very large surface area. Potentially, a lot of toxins and pathogens can enter the body if the problems are overlooked.
That’s why it’s so important to provide the right nutrients and food to the gut. At the same time, you should always avoid harmful foods or irritants.
Below is a list of foods that harm the gut, and why.
Foods that harm the gut
Fast food and junk food are collective names for industrially processed food. Whether it’s McDonald’s, Burger King, a frozen pizza, hot dogs, peanut flips or donuts.
This has nothing to do with food. These “foods” contain numerous unhealthy concomitant substances (trans fats, chemical additives, omega-6 fatty acids…) that permanently harm the intestines.
So if you really want to help yourself and your gut, avoid industrially processed food and fast food.
Industrial edible oils
This is a collective term for edible oils which are manufactured industrially and are not intended for human consumption in this quantity.
What they have in common is that they contain too many omega-6 fatty acids. These are a class of fatty acids that promote inflammation in the body.
This starts in the intestine and, therefore, we ought to refrain from the following cooking oils:
Rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, thistle oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, nut oils, margarine.
For cooking, frying and cold use in salads, you opt for high-quality coconut oil, cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil from Crete*, pumpkin seed oil and cold-pressed linseed oil.
The problem with sugar is fructose: 50% of household sugar is fructose.
Nature has packed fructose only in fruit and berries, ensuring that you can’t contain too much of it at once.
Candy and sugary foods bypass this process. Too much fructose, like omega-6 fatty acids, triggers an inflammatory reaction in the gut.
So try to avoid sugar and sweets as much as possible. Instead, rely (in moderation) on Mother Nature’s sweets: fruit, berries and honey (see 20 Uses For Honey, Honey Bees, Manuka Honey & A Wholesome Nightcap Recipe).
Products from mass animal husbandry
Mass animal husbandry is one of the greatest crimes that humanity still commits today. The unbelievable suffering inflicted on the animals is later also reflected in the products.
In sausage, cheese, eggs, meat and butter from mass livestock farming.
These foods contain an above-average amount of omega-6 fatty acids, as the animals mainly feed on soy and corn. They also contain numerous residues of pesticides, antibiotics and stress factors.
This also affects your intestines. Thus, my advice to you:
Try to change animal products gradually and only source them from species-appropriate farming. Better yet, try to eat less meat altogether. Here the Flexitarian diet can be a great help for beginners that want to wean off of meat slowly.
Cereals, or rather gluten, the most important protein in the grain, directly attacks the intestinal wall and damages it.
Gluten is an important risk factor for Leaky Gut Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Autoimmune Diseases.
It is also the direct cause of celiac disease and other problems that begin in the gut.
We should only consume cereals in the form of sourdough products if you do not want to harm your intestines.
Otherwise, try to avoid bread, pasta, cereal mixtures, baked goods and other things that contain cereals.
White rice is not a risk, by the way, as it doesn’t contain gluten.
Non-fermented dairy products
Fermented dairy products are very healthy for your intestines. So enjoy them in the form of good organic cheese, natural yogurt, willow butter and probiotic buttermilk.
Non-fermented and non-probiotic dairy products are increasingly considered a health risk as the milk protein casein can cause allergies and intestinal problems.
Therefore, try to limit your milk product consumption to pasture butter, organic cheese, probiotic buttermilk and natural yogurt.
This is no secret and certainly no surprise. Nevertheless, most people continue to significantly underestimate the health effects of alcohol.
Alcohol triggers inflammatory reactions directly when absorbed in the small intestine. Thus, try not to let the daily evening beer become two. Or find a healthier alternative to alcohol after work.
I should stress this once again: Processed foods that are no longer similar to the original natural product and always contain many additives (see Preservatives & Gut Health – Unearthing Unaccounted Hidden Dangers).
They make the product longer durable, tasty or visually more appealing. However, this all comes at the expense of your health, more precisely at the expense of your gut.
So stick to unprocessed and natural foods and prepare them yourself. I have some wholesome and simple recipes available for you on the website.
And if you are under pressure and don’t find enough time to stand in the kitchen and cook, then take a look at what Sous Vide cooking can do for you and, in the long run, for your wallet.
Pretty much all mass-farming products contain antibiotics in a small amount. This is equivalent to constant therapy with antibiotics.
At the same time, you should only take antibiotics if a doctor prescribes them due to a really bad infection.
Often doctors do prescribe antibiotics even in viral infections where they do nothing at all, except bringing your intestinal flora out of balance.
Antibiotics wipe out the entire intestinal flora, the good and the bad intestinal bacteria. What remains is a sick intestine.
There is an increased risk that, after this radical cure, bad gut bacteria will first resettle. And so all the calamity takes its course again.
Try to take the advice given today into account and gradually remove the foods mentioned from your diet plan.
Replace them with healthy alternatives that can re-energize the gut. In this way, you are taking a huge step toward sustainable health.
A healthy gut is the absolute foundation for well-being and harmony in the body, for an intact immune system, and an important ingredient in the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
Natural diet, healthy fats are the key ingredients for a healthy gut. Of course, it is also important to give the intestines the food or nutrients it really needs. In the article (10 Foods for a healthy gut & A Strong Immune System) you will learn foods that can be easily integrated into everyday life and support your gut.
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