My name is Dr. Steven Gundry, and my thirst for medical knowledge began over 30 years ago, when I was a student at Yale University. I'm currently the Founder and Director of the Center for Restorative Medicine, with locations in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, California. I was Professor and Chairman of heart surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medical, and was chosen to join a group of 20 surgeons picked to implant the first implantable left ventricular assist device or what is now known as, "the artificial heart". I also serve as the personal physician to self-improvement guru Tony Robbins, Oscar-winning actor Alan Arkin, and I'm also famous for operating on people who no other doctor wants to.
Over the last 30 years of research, and performing over 10,000 surgeries, I've discovered some shocking things about the human body, things that hold the key to helping you feel smarter, enjoy easier digestion, have better looking skin, control cravings for unhealthy foods, more energy without caffeine, Live longer and feel decades younger than you actually are! If you've found yourself not feeling your best lately, I'm also going to reveal 4 foods, it may startle you to hear, could be robbing you of your energy and ruining your digestion.
Today I'm going to share with you my #1 Super Food for total body health. I'm also going to show you 3 foods you may have heard are bad for you that I recommend you consume daily and one of them is a candy! Another is so delicious my wife and I enjoy it with every meal and the last will pump your body with energy.
But first, let me tell you about 4 "fake" health foods that you thought were benefitting your health.
Now, I know you may be thinking, "But Doctor Gundry... tomatoes? Really? Tomatoes are good for you, right?" Well, not quite. You see tomatoes contain a high amount of what are called "Lectins". Lectins are plant proteins that are incredibly bad for humans. Where do they come from? Well, what a lot of people don't realize, is that not all plants like to be eaten! And since they can't get up and run away, they have had to come up with other ways to defend themselves. Lectins are plant proteins that wreak havoc on the stomachs of the animals and bugs. What happens when a cricket eats a plant that contains strong lectins? Instant death. For humans, it's not quite as bad but it's not good, either. Lectins can actually penetrate the wall of your stomach causing what is called, "Leaky Gut". Leaky gut can lead to indigestion, skin problems, and joint aches.
We doctors and scientists are just now discovering how bad lectins really are for the human body. I was among the first to conduct a human clinical trial to prove my findings which I presented at the American Heart Association's 2013 conference We took 200 adults - 120 men and 80 women - ages 51 to 86, each of whom had vascular risk factors for heart disease and asked them to replace high-lectin foods like tomatoes, with leafy greens, fish, olive oil, and animal protein.
Here is what we discovered:
"Simple removal of 'healthy' lectin-containing foods, and taking a few inexpensive supplements, may restore endothelial function to normal, which in turn can reverse high blood pressure and diabetes" Tomatoes contain an extremely high number of lectins as do eggplants, potatoes, and peppers - which are all members of the "nightshade" family. Most of the lectins in tomatoes are found in the seeds, or in the peel This is why it is tradition in Italy, to only eat the inside pulp of a tomato! And, why farmers created the Roma Tomato... which contains a very high amount of pulp. They peel the tomato, cut it in half, squeeze out the seeds, and presto, now you have safe tomato sauce!
Did you know that 20% of all food poisoning cases come from eating undercooked beans? Amazing, right? And the reason why is because beans contain a very high number of lectins. The cooking process makes the lectins a bit more manageable for us humans. However, that does NOT mean we should eat them I recommend my patients avoid beans
Cashews are not nuts! They are actually a bean! Cashews contain lectins that are particularly effective in making your skin break out. I've seen patients get clear skin simply by cutting this one snack from their diet. No joke.
Peanuts are not great for you either. 94% of humans have a pre-formed antibody to the peanut lectin. Not to mention a lectin contained in peanuts has been found to cause male patients to develop colon cancer. So, if you are male, it is even more critical that you cut peanuts from your diet. If you want to snack on a nut, I recommend walnuts, pistachios, or macadamia nuts.
Particularly those found in brown bread. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but brown bread is no better for you than white bread; in fact, it's worse!
As my friend Mark Sisson says, "Our digestive processes didn't evolve to maximize the effectiveness of grain consumption. Just because you can tolerate grains to a certain degree, as just about all of us can, doesn't mean your body was designed for them or that they're truly healthy for you."
Now that you know all of the foods that you should stay away from, let's look at the ones that are great for you.
Dark chocolate is made from the seed of the cocoa tree, and the darker you go, the better. I recommend at least 70% cocoa.
Dark chocolate is good for your heart. A recent study found it helps restore flexibility to the arteries, while preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of your blood vessels not to mention consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of "good" cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
We enjoy it with every meal we eat.
It's one of the healthiest fats on the planet, and contains oleic acid and oleocanthal, nutrients that can fight inflammation
There has been much debate lately around whether or not coffee is good for you. Here's my take: Coffee is good for you as long as you don't fill it up with stuff that is BAD for you, like sugars, sweeteners, or dairy products.
If you insist on a creamer, be sure to use hemp milk or coconut milk, that has no sugar added. And if you insist on a sweetener, Stevia is the only way to go.
Nod your head if you have had a Splenda in your coffee in the last 6 months. If so, I have some unfortunate news:
Duke University showed in 2008, that one pack of Splenda kills off 50% of the microbes in your gut.
If you're like most people then you're probably asking yourself, "What is a microbe". Every cell in your body has 9 Microbes that are not human and in total almost 25 trillion. These microbes help us fight off infections, airborne diseases and help us digest the things we eat.
Microbes communicate with your brain using your body's own hormones to tell the brain what's happening in your stomach which in turn causes your cravings.
There are good microbes and bad microbes. When you kill off the good microbes with things like Splenda the bad microbes take over and tell your brain to start eating more bad foods that they like including Sugars Refined Carbohydrates Processed foods and Saturated fats. And this is not just a theory. We now have real, scientific proof. So, if you've ever told yourself you would eat good one day... then you caved and ate something you shouldn't... Now you know why.
Although, you don't necessarily have to kill off the bad bugs, you just need to nourish your good microbes. In fact, it's amazing how just giving your good microbes the proper support can make the bad bugs go away!
I found a way to do this and the best part is you don't have to stop eating your favorite foods. Do you remember the Super Food I mentioned to you earlier? Here it is.
Although, this Super Food is not actually for you, It's for your good gut microbes!
Prebiotics are a SUPER FOOD for your good microbes. Once you start giving your good microbes the food they need THEY start sending the messages to your brain and they want you to eat more GOOD foods. This is when your cravings for junk food can begin to disappear
It's incredible just how effective feeding your good microbes can be... and how great it can make you feel. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that one of my favorite prebiotic ingredients, Bimuno, significantly increased levels of bifidobacteria in humans within just 7 days! Bifidobacteria are the most important type of good microbes we have in our bodies. They specifically stimulate the immune system, increase resistance to infection and diarrheal disease, reduce markers of chronic gut problems, and enhance overall gut health. It's been shown that most folks who suffer from IBS also have low numbers of Bifidobacteria. I recommend boosting your Bifidobacteria levels if you're having even minor digestive issues.
You see, feeding your good microbes what they want can help to correct a lot of what the bad microbes are destroying.
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