Today’s fake foods destroy your gut.
As a matter of fact, our modern diet is downright hostile to it.
Especially for women…
It starts with eating a diet that’s high in fake fats, chemical additives and carbage — the starchy, processed and over-industrialized junk that passes for food today.
Your body is host to millions of microbes. Your gut is teeming with them. You get them at birth, and they stay with you your whole life.
We call this sprawling community of bugs your gut flora. Sure, some can cause disease, just as microbiologist Robert Koch found out. But many of them are on your side. They help activate your immune system and keep you from getting infections. They help you digest your food and turn it into vitamins.
In other words, your gut flora is a delicate balance of good and bad.
And our toxic food supply feeds bad bacteria and kill off the good ones.
On top of that, antibiotics, steroids and other drugs wipe out the good bugs you need to crowd out the bad bugs.
And when good bugs are swamped by the bad ones, it’s a perfect setup for disease. Often it starts with GI symptoms. You get gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Over time, that can lead to very serious conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
IBD includes things like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These long-term conditions cause inflammation in the gut. And people with IBD also have a higher risk of colorectal cancer.
Just in the U.S. some three million people suffer with IBD.1 And the disease hits women harder than men.2
But modern medicine is stumped by it. They attack the digestive tract with drugs and even surgery. They just don’t understand the important role of diet and gut flora.
For decades, I’ve been saying that IBD can be reversed with good food and good bacteria. And research is finally catching up with what I’ve been saying all along. In fact, it can be as easy as eating a handful of strawberries every day.
A new study from the University of Massachusetts looked at a group of mice with IBD. Some were given a regular diet. Others ate the same diet but added whole strawberry powder. The amount of powder the mice ate was equivalent to about just three-quarters of a cup of fresh strawberries for a human. The results were amazing…
Mice eating the strawberry powder saw their IBD symptoms improve significantly. They stopped losing weight. Their bloody diarrhea improved. Inflammation in their colon cooled. But that wasn’t all…
The bad balance of gut bacteria in the mice was reversed.3 In other words, strawberries restored a healthy balance of gut flora!
An easy way to get your daily dose of this miraculous fruit is simply to eat a small bowl of fresh strawberries with a couple of tablespoons of grass-fed heavy whipping cream for dessert.
But be sure you choose organic strawberries.
This little berry is one of the most contaminated foods in the world. According to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide, 98% of conventionally grown strawberry samples had detectable levels of pesticide. And 40% of all strawberries had traces of 10 or more pesticides.
Make Your Own Gut-Pleasing Strawberry Popsicle
Here in Florida where I live, the strawberry season doesn’t start until December. But for a lot of the country, the summer growing season is coming to an end. If you’re looking for a fresh way to serve strawberries, I recommend giving these popsicles a try. They taste great on a hot summer day.
Strawberry popsicles are a healthy, refreshing dessert.
- 1 cup strawberries, frozen
- 1 banana, frozen
- ½ cup full fat plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup whole milk
- 1 tsp. honey
- Add all of your ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Pour mixture into popsicle mold. Place in freezer for about six hours.
- Run popsicle mold under warm water and pop out of mold and serve.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data and Statistics. Inflammatory bowel disease prevalence (IBD) in the United States. [https://www.cdc.gov/ibd/data-statistics.htm] March 21, 2019.
2. Loftus EV Jr. “Clinical epidemiology of inflammatory bowel disease: Incidence, prevalence, and environmental influences.” Gastroenterology. 2004;126:1504-1517.
3. American Chemical Society. (2018, August 20.) Strawberries could help reduce harmful inflammation in the colon [Press release]. Retrieved from https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2018/august/strawberries-could-help-reduce-harmful-inflammation-in-the-colon.html