7 Myths About Gut Health Even Smart People Believe!

7 Myths About Gut Health Even Smart People Believe!

Eric Bakker, the naturopath from New Zealand,
thanks for coming back. Let's talk about gut health and let's talk
about smart people because I know a lot of smart people out there. There's a lot of people in the world, there's
a lot of people. There's a lot of people that are smart, there's
lot of people that are dumb, there's a lot of people that think they're smart but they're
dumb, and there's a lot of people that are dumb that are actually quite smart. Does that sound funny? But there are a lot of the intelligent people
out there, and a lot of people actually have these belief systems about food, diet, nutrition,
weight, health, that actually walked in their way of thinking. It's a very linear process for some people. Some people think their way is the highway
and there are no other roads that lead to Rome, but let me tell you, there's a hundred
ways that lead to Rome. Not all of them are safe, some are safe, some
are a bit dodgy, but there's a lot of roads. Let's talk about some points here which I
find quite relevant to discuss when it comes to what even smart people believe to be the
truth about the gut. The first one is that many people actually
believe that gut problems are primarily caused by food. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. I've tried with my videos… Let me just move that screen over, that's
better. I've tried with my videos now for a few years
to really show you out there that it's not just all about food. I've seen far too many patients eat very basic,
even crappy diets that are in very good health. Furthermore, I've seen more people eat amazingly
healthy food and have terrible health. When I looked into their lifestyle, engage
with these people and patients, and really tried to understand what the mechanisms were
behind their gut problem, it was their lifestyle. If you are living in a dysfunctional relationship,
if you've got a crappy job, I couldn't care less what kind of food you eat, you need to
get things sorted first. In fact, highly intelligent people often have
too much time dedication. They're time poor. They spend too much time on computers in IT,
and they often think this is the way to go. We'll just have a little bit of a food here
or there, but you know, and then they say, "Well, I'm eating clean." Yes, but you're stressed out, man. Think about it, all right? It's not just about food. That's point 1. [inaudible] point 2. You just need to eat cleaner. That's what your problem is, you're eating
clean but not as clean as me, you know I'm eating clean. Man, I've seen people eat that clean, it makes
sterile look like filth they eat that clean. I'm serious, they eat so clean it's unbelievable. It makes me wonder, maybe they're anal, maybe
they're OCD, I don't know what they are, but some people tell me how clean they eat, but
yet how crappy they feel. My point is, well, maybe you need to eat a
bit dirty or try something different because mixing four types of quinoa, the three types
of legumes and having that with two green drinks mixed with this and that. It's too much. Some people try and cram everything into one
day. They'll have so much food in so many different
sessions of eating all these clean foods. It's over the top. Maybe I should call it the OTT diet, the over
the top diet because many people have that, particularly a lot of my friends in California
that I know eat far too clean. What if we put you in Mumbai, or in Delhi,
or Calcutta for six months, do you think you could eat really clean over there? No. Now, I've spent time in India and I've seen
people eat not so clean but have really good gut health because they had a diet high in
resistant starch and fiber. They had small amounts of food, they didn't
have large portion sizes. What do they drink? Water. Water and normal food, and they had good gut
health. You don't need to eat super clean to have
the super good gut health, far from the truth. In fact, you need bacteria to make your gut
in good shape, so you might work the other way around, in fact. This is second point, let's talk about the
third point. Carbs are the devil. Today people think that carbohydrates are
bad. People now seem to increasing their protein
consumption and fat consumption at the expense of their carbohydrate intake. What's the common theme I see with many patients
over the years? Fatigue. Once you start taking out all the potatoes,
sweet potatoes, bananas, most fruits, and you take your vegetables down to a small,
narrow amount of veggies you're eating, you take out all grains or legumes and things
like that, it's not a good idea. Watch my videos on resistant starch, watch
my foods on carbohydrate on why you need carbs. Carbs are not the devil, the devil is, however,
the bad carbs. We're talking white bread, we're talking processed
carbohydrates, we're talking candy, ice cream, we're talking the wrong kind of carbs here. We're not talking the right kind of carbs. You can't tell me that sweet potatoes are
bad carb especially if you cook it, and then the following day cook it and double the starch
content on. It's a darn good food. Carbs are not the devil. Fourth point, keto is the main way to lose
weight today. What a lot of crap. There are a lot of people that lose weight
that wouldn't even know what keto is. They think keto is some type of Japanese car
or something. You don't need to follow a keto diet to lose
weight, all you need to do is use common sense. Eat the right kind of food, avoid the wrong
kind of food. Many people, in fact, thousands I've seen
over the years who've lost significant amount of weight and maintained it, all they did
was change their diet and lifestyle, and they maintained that, and the weight stayed off,
to the point where their gut improved so much, it started finally giving up here the right
kind of signals. Which means the person could finally walk
past Dunkin Donuts without having to jump in there and grab a donut. The healthier your gut based on a good diet,
the healthier decisions you're going to make especially long-term. Point 5. Supplements are a complete waste of time. Food will cure all. Food is medicine, medicine is food. I still hear that from people. Well, I can tell you guys out there, when
your gut is in a really bad place, sometimes supplements make all the difference in the
world. I've had too many patients seen fully recovered,
have been trying to struggle along for years just with food alone, until they incorporate
an antimicrobial into their supplement regime, clean up the bad bacteria, put an enzyme or
probiotic in there which kick-started their gut and away they went. Supplements are just used to give you an end
result, they're not designed to stay on permanently. Let's get that clear. If your physician or naturopath has told you
to stay on these things, you need to get out of the office and walk the other way, because
long-term food is what you need, but sometimes short-term you need a bit of a helping hand. What's the next point? You will need to stay on this diet for the
rest of your life. What a load of crap. How many times I ever heard that one you know,
where a person has been taken off of food, and nine years later they're still off that
food. What the hell would you do that for? If you enjoy that food, maybe it's time to
incorporate it back in your diet or repair your leaky gut so you can tolerate that food. Right? Simple. I hope that was seven points, I think it was. Complain to me in the description or below
if it wasn't seven. By the way, while we're here, please click
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  1. Hi Eric, I love your videos but sometimes the volume is a bit quiet even when I have it turned up full.

  2. Hi, I’ve watched loads of your videos and I’m being treated for Candida overgrowth at the moment. I’ve had severe cfs for a year and a half, I’m housebound and cannot work. I’ve been looking at your supplements and my question to you is this: have you helped people with cfs as bad as mine fully recover via Candida cleansing? Thanks 🙏

  3. Thank you for your advice. I have a question. My health is doing much better now after healing my gut and changing to a healthier diet. I do take supplements, but I’d like to stop or decrease the supplements. What do you think about taking supplements maybe once a week, for a boost to the body’s nutritional intake?

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