3 Gut Destroying Things
GUT HEALTH THREAT #1
Who would have thought yogurt of all things could be bad for you, right? After all, it’s marketed all over TV, radio and elsewhere as a healthy snack or breakfast substitute. But, just like I was, you’ll be SHOCKED once you look into yogurt a little more closely.
Take these two common store bought items:
A leading brand of yogurt produced by an international food company, is pitched on TV by a healthy, good-looking spokesperson.
A Twinkie. Delicious to almost everyone, but long known to be a not-so-healthy, dessert type of treat.
They might seem like total opposites, but you’ll never guess what they share.
A Twinkie is a soft, fluffy cake exterior with a artificial cream filled center containing a total of 16.5 grams of sugar.
Yogurt meanwhile, in a single serve 6 oz cup of Yoplait Original Strawberry Yogurt contains a WHOPPING 18 GRAMS OF SUGAR! That is nearly 5 full teaspoons of sugar!
And with the vital connection between sugar and bad bacteria buildup in the gut, its no wonder that with the popularity of Yogurt as a “health food” we have also seen a rise in gut health problems. Unfortunately, Yogurt isn’t the only sugar-filled product that is represented as a “healthy” item.
Energy bars (25 grams of sugar), sports drinks (12 grams of sugar), orange juice (11 grams of sugar), granola (16 grams of sugar) are all popular products that most do not second-guess as being harmful.
Unfortunately, this leads the average American to consume nearly 80 grams of sugar in a day. That’s nearly 3 TIMES the daily amount recommended by the American Heart Association!
This may be shocking and hard to hear that some of your favorite snacks are so high in sugar, but “Education is Key” and I urge you to read on as I have some good news to share…
GUT HEALTH HAZARD #2
According to a report by CBS News 80% of Americans are prescribed antibiotics every year. Initially a “wonder drug” when they were first put into use via Penicillin in the late 1920’s , antibiotics were a welcome advancement in medical science.
However, more and more antibiotics were created and their use soared by the 1950s. Now, over 60 years later we have had generations of people grow up on antibiotics to treat even minor illnesses and ailments. This has lead to several setbacks in our overall health.
First, antibiotics are often very effective. In fact, they are too effective in that they kill not only the bad bacteria, but the good bacteria as well.
So, while they may treat the symptoms of the ailment you are seeking treatment for, but by killing ALL bacteria both good and bad in your gut you are now vulnerable to new health risks.
This diminished presence of healthy bacteria can weaken immune systems, lead to decreased energy levels, affect your sleep patterns, and cause bloating and weight gain as your body cannot properly break down items you consume.
A secondary problem with antibiotics is the dangerous rise of so-called “nightmare bacteria”.
These are bacteria that have evolved overtime and become immune to traditional antibiotics. In fact, over 23,000 Americans die each year from infections caused by these drug resistant bacteria.
This is becoming a serious problem and it only highlights the importance for the proper balance of “good” bacteria in your gut.
GUT HEALTH HAZARD #3
Fruits and Vegetables
If you were surprised by yogurt, I’m sure this one FLOORED YOU! But it is true, fruits and vegetables containg extremely high amounts of sugars. Not to mention the pesticides and fertilizers used to grow them.
As well as the GMO seeds and other lab technology creeping its way into the agriculture and farming industry. These chemicals can trigger a number of digestive issues and other harmful reactions.
- 99% of apples sampled tested POSITIVE for at least one pesticide residue.
- 98% of peaches and nectarines were coated in harmful pesticides.
- Strawberries, Apples and Nectarines were the 3 fruits with the highest levels of pesticides found.
- The Environmental Working Group states that strawberries were "most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating.”
As you can see this is a SERIOUS problem.
It reminds me of the influx of antibiotics which so many years ago was such a great breakthrough in fighting diseases. But after overuse they turned out to be harmful in the long run.
Similar effect with agricultural technology as pesticides and hormones meant to make our fruit bigger, fresher, and juicier, is now harming us.
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