Dietary Fiber – Are You Getting Too Much?

What?  Too much fiber?  How is that even possible?  We hear everyday from the “experts” that we need to increase our dietary fiber.  We are led to believe that there is no such thing as too much fiber – but guess what… there is.

Let me preface this discussion with some food for thought.  In most instances whatever it is that the masses are doing – is wrong.  We live in a society of followers – the sheep mentality.  Look around you.  Those who are the most successful in whatever they are doing, they are NOT doing what everyone else is.  The pharmaceutical,  food and diet industries have been lying to us for years – in the name of profits.  I am not saying that they set out to do us harm – that was probably not their intention.  They set out to make money at any cost.  The cost is our health – and the health of our children.  They can do this because most of us will swallow (no pun intended) their propaganda.

To further illustrate the sheeple mentality consider what happens in the global economy and the stock market.  Very recently the Associated Press’s twitter account was hacked into and it was reported that the White House had been bombed.  Rather than check the story, people passed on the false report and as a result the Dow Jones took a serious plunge.  In another example an economic report authored by two of the world’s “best” economists was used to justify policy and budget decisions in world governments.  However, it was recently discovered by a young economics student, Thomas Herndon, that there was a serious flaw in their findings – that flaw was a blatant excel spreadsheet error!  Again – the sheeple didn’t look beyond what they were told and accepted the false findings. (See the story here – and high fives to you Mr. Herndon!)

Two of my favorite diet and nutrition myths that most people (including nutritionists) believe are:

  1. Canola oil is healthy – huge lie.  Canola oil is not healthy – it is a GMO plant created from rapeseed – yes the same stuff that is in your paint thinner. Canola is short for Canadian Oil Low Acid… read more on Natural News
  2. Whole grains are good for you.  I won’t deny that whole grains are better than processed, but since processed grains have no nutritional value the difference is moot.  Whole grain wheat spikes your insulin levels just as much as processed.  There are far better alternatives that won’t land on your waist.#3 is not a widely recognized myth, but it is on the rise with the sheeple:
  3. If it’s Dr. Oz approved, it is healthy… I will admit that Dr. Oz is getting better at providing a more rounded holistic show, but he does spread myths.  I am not suggesting that you stop watching Dr. Oz, but I am suggesting that you do your own research and do not buy products online that say they are Dr. Oz approved.  They probably aren’t Oz approved at all, and even if they are, that doesn’t necessarily mean healthy!

This article is about an even bigger myth – one that is hugely widespread and misunderstood.  The myth that says we need to increase our intake of dietary fiber… please continue…

Gut Bacteria – Healthy Flora balance

You may have heard it said that disease begins in the gut – or in the colon.  If you consider the role of the gut and your digestive system, you may well agree that keeping a healthy gut is paramount to good health.  It is the foundation of health – or lack thereof.

To illustrate the point, consider a newborn baby.  They don’t do much and their care consists primarily of feeding, sleeping, changing diapers.  They are all about digestion.  When a baby has indigestion or gas – everyone in the house is aware that there is a problem.  It is quite possible that the infant’s psychological health is also tied to the digestive system, but that is for another blog post.

A baby is not born with a healthy gut – a baby is born with what was provided in the womb.  If the mother has an unhealthy gut, or leaky gut syndrome, it is quite likely that her unborn baby, whose very body is an extension of her’s, does too. You cannot assume that your infant is starting out with a healthy gut.   Further compromising an infant’s gut health is the overuse of antibiotics.  Most babies will be put on antibiotics at least once before their first birthday.  Antibiotics kill all bacteria – not just the bacteria making the baby sick, but the healthy stuff too.  The bacteria that is there to protect the baby from disease is effectively killed off… and the cycle begins…

You have surely heard about probiotics.  Pro is the opposite of Anti… we take probiotic supplements to increase the number of healthy bacteria in our gut.  What you may not realize is that your food choices feed the bacteria in your gut – not only the good, but more often, the bad.  Do some more research on this so that you understand how bacteria grows in your gut, but basically there are negative and positive charges – some foods feed bad bacteria, some feed good and some do not discriminate.  In our pesticide, herbicide, antibiotic, antibacterial world, most of us have an imbalance of bad bacteria over good.  If you look at it as a battle of the bacteria (and it is), the bad guys are winning.  As you might expect, sugar and starch feeds the bad stuff, but guess what… so does fiber!

Fiber in fact feeds both good and bad bacteria.  If you have an abundance of bad bacteria in your gut and you eat a high fiber diet (usually in efforts to improve health), your bad bacteria is multiplying at an alarming rate.  What to do?

3 Things to Help Decrease Bad Bacteria

  1. First, work on cleaning up your gut.  Stop using Splenda (sucralose), which is a form of chlorine (yes like bleach), and guess what it does?  Exactly what bleach does – kills bacteria – including the good stuff.
  2. DECREASE your fiber intake.  At least temporarily while you increase your healthy flora.  Otherwise you are defeating your efforts by continuing to feed and multiply the bad stuff.
  3. Eat organic as much as possible.  I know this is not as easy as it sounds, and that you cannot be 100% certain that your organic food is in fact organic but do the best you can.  If you can reduce the garbage that goes into your gut, you are doing good.  Grass fed meat is better than grain fed, but may not be 100% organic as the grass the animals are eating may have been contaminated.  By contrast, if you eat grain fed, mass produced meat you are 100% certain that the animals are digesting herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics.  Just do the best you can… that’s the best you can do!

I highly recommend The Fiber Menace – a fascinating eye opening read:

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