Hard to Stomach: Digestive Problems with Grains
January 4, 2017•26 min
Find out what may be causing your digestive issues with grains and how to improve your nutrition.Digestive problems are rampant. This has spurned a multi-billion dollar gluten-free industry.There are two reasons we have trouble digesting hard-to-digest foods: Processed foods designed to replace cholesterol in the 1960s are indigestible fats. They congest the liver and gallbladder, our kingpins of digestion. 400 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are dumped into the American environment every year. Toxins and pesticides are designed to kill bacteria. This is eliminating necessary participants in the gut microbiome and reducing the ability to digest wheat and other foods. If you can't digest well, you can't detoxify very well either. Grains and nuts require specific microbes to be broken down. These foods stimulate and irritate the intestinal tract to trigger an immune response. Eliminating hard-to-digest wheat and nuts can compromise the immune system.Are we sterilizing our environment by removing these components that stimulate the gut?Processed wheat has a higher glycemic index than whole wheat. It also contributes to abdominal fat, obesity, higher blood sugar, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Whole wheat can help you lose weight, reduce risk of diabetes and improve cognitive function.Gluten in bread was not intended to be digested exclusively in the stomach. A significant portion should be broken down in the large intestine. That is where it feeds microbes that stimulate fatty acids, boosting immunity and doing the heavy lifting for everything in the body.If the body can't process gluten properly from a weakened digestive system, the molecules are too big to enter the bloodstream and feed the body. These large gluten molecules get taken into the body via the intestinal wall, congesting the lymphatic system.One solution? Look for unbleached, organic, whole grain wheat that hasn't been fortified with anything.Also, eat foods that are tougher on the system in the middle of the day... not right away in the morning or at night. Relax while you eat. Save your heavy bread consumption for winter. The gut bacteria has seasonal changes for digestion. Eat seasonally. Be kind to your digestive system.Listen in as Dr. John Douillard shares how to aid your digestion. Sponsor: Real Salt - Is Your Salt Real?