People say eating anything in moderation is ok for you. Well, maybe they are wrong.
Evidence is showing us we should avoid Wheat, Dairy and Sugar on a pretty consistent basis.
Sure, their nutrition labels might tell you that whole grain pasta is a great source of fibre; that standard milk is a great source of calcium and a complete protein and that sugar can replenish your glycogen stores.
But their nutrition labels don’t tell the whole story. These substances can be an issue – a big one – and possibly the reason you’re not achieving the results you want or are suffering constant digestive issues.
Why Is The Gut So Important?
If your gut is prevented from functioning properly due to consuming these food types, then you won’t be able to completely digest and absorb what you’re consuming. As a result, the food that enters our body can either be stored as fat or treated as an allergen, leading to low-grade inflammation and a host of metabolic issues.
What Should You Avoid?
Gluten is a divisive issue. Many believe that unless you have celiac disease, it’s nothing to worry about, and avoiding it is just a fad. But recent research has shown that most of us would be better off avoiding gluten and its wheat-protein cousin, gliadin.
Wheat contains both gluten and gliadin. More and more studies are showing how both contribute to the release of something called “zonulin,” a protein that modulates the permeability of tight junctions between cells of the wall of the digestive tract.
Researchers are finding that zonulin opens up the spaces between the cells of the intestinal lining, a problem associated with autoimmune diseases and cancer. These spaces are indeed supposed to open up naturally, but zonulin causes them to open up too much.
If you think about our intestinal lining as a pipeline, zonulin puts big holes in it, allowing substances into parts of our body they don’t belong, causing hosts of problems such as allergic reactions. This isn’t a good thing.
Overconsumption of sugar and other refined carbohydrates can lead to a whole host of issues from diabetes to bacterial overgrowth. A major epidemic right now is the prevalence of candidiasis, otherwise known as a yeast overgrowth.
When we take antibiotics, they wipe out our entire microbiome, leaving no good or bad bacteria. If we don’t replenish our microbiome with good bacteria from probiotics, then this leaves a breeding ground for yeast and other harmful bacteria to prosper.
This is why many people suffer from gastrointestinal issues after being prescribed antibiotics. The intake of sugar/refined carbohydrates feed these harmful bacteria, which, among other things, can lead to cravings for MORE sugar and refined carbs.
We need an abundance of good bacteria in our large intestine, and when we have more bad bacteria than good, we’ll have a difficult time using the food we eat. If this is the case, no matter how high of a quality of protein we eat, we won’t get the benefits that we would if our digestion was functioning properly. Poor digestion limits your response to training and therefore your results.
Unfermented dairy (regular milk for example) can also cause us a variety of problems due to the difficulty we have breaking down and digesting the sugar and protein, specifically lactose and casein. Research has linked excess dairy consumption to fat gain, insulin resistance, acne, osteoporosis, and diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
Most people don’t think of milk as being high in sugar, but it is. In just one cup of milk there can be 13 grams of sugar, which is one reason you may have a better time tolerating yogurt and kefir – the fermentation process breaks down these sugars into beneficial bacteria, making dairy much easier to digest.
Even though milk is a great source of whey and casein protein, if we aren’t able to digest and absorb these proteins properly then they’re of no use to us and can cause us more harm than good.
Struggling to see results? Mix up your diet and make some sensible choices to really help transform your body.