How The Heck Can Healthy Food Make Somebody Feel Worse
Many of the patients that come to see us have worked with many practitioners, tried multiple supplements, and also multiple types of diets. One consistency in these patients is many feel worse when they try healthier diets.
So how the heck can healthy food make somebody feel worse? We’re going to explore that very deeply today. One of the specific nutrients that patients with digestive issues have real trouble with is fiber. We have all heard of fiber but rarely is it ever demystified. We don’t really know what it is.
To put it simply, fiber is something the human body does not digest. It’s a specific type of carbohydrate.It’s found in a lot of healthy foods, such as vegetables and fruits, and fiber is vital for our gut bacteria. This fiber is supposed to make it through our digestive tract completely undigested until it hits our bacteria. Our bacteria will then ferment this fiber to essentially feed themselves and increase gut diversity.
The problem is that if your gut has too many other organisms or an imbalance of certain bugs, they may start to ferment that same fiber. Ironically the thing you need to make your gut healthier, you’re actually going to pay for as it’s going to increase gas, bloating, and affect bowel movements. Some individuals will feel backed up, some people get irritated and it does make them go to the bathroom more.
To get more specific on fiber, there are different subtypes of fiber. These are called FODMAPs. FODMAPs is an acronym that stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols.
All of these selectively feed different parts of our gut. What happens with individuals that have any sort of gut imbalance or overgrowth is they eventually develop FODMAP intolerance. Whereas FODMAPs are supposed to go in and feed our healthy bacteria, they’re just going to flare an individual up as it can feed the wrong set of organisms.
Many patients that come to see me are already practicing a low fiber, low FODMAPs diets. This is a good short term intervention, especially if it provides relief but if you’re someone who’s been on a really restricted diet for too long, it can backfire. You may first feel better but by the end of it, you start to starve out your large intestine and your large intestine is where most of your microbial diversity resides. Once patients have starved out this vital area of the gastrointestinal tract, often patients will notice a lot of other symptoms: they become reactive to even more foods, gas and bloating takeover, and bowel movements are all over the place.
If you’re someone who has tried multiple diets, you have to realize that diet is only one part of the equation. I always say that a diet can either fuel a fire or not fuel a fire, but it’s not necessarily enough to put the fire out completely. This is why you want to dig deeper and uncover the real reasons why you are reacting in a certain way. Only then can you continue to eat a healthy diet containing vegetables, fruits, and these higher fiber foods which are absolutely vital for us.
The take-home point is you’re not what you eat, you’re what you and your gut eat and absorb.
Author: Dr. Ricky Brar
Dr. Brar understands how crippling poor health can be and the physical, mental, emotional, and financial burden of feeling unwell. His passion is to empower and guide as many patients as possible to get back their health and live the life they were meant to live.
Dr. Brar has worked with hundreds of patients, delivered many powerful talks, wrote a best-selling book, and has also mentored hundreds of practitioners in clinical protocols and outcomes.
In his spare time, Dr. Brar enjoys being outdoors in nature, playing hockey, and furthering his (average) guitar playing skills. He also loves to advance his own well-being by spending time researching the latest news in functional medicine, fitness, mindset, and nutrition.
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Dr. Ricky Brar
Dr. Ricky Brar is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, best-selling author, speaker, and clinical mentor. His passion for Functional Medicine began with his own journey at the Living Proof Institute.
After working with over 10 practitioners over his 14 year journey, he arrived at the doorsteps of Living Proof Institute exclusively as a patient. Within a short period of time, his health transformed and the chronic digestive challenges and mental health symptoms that plagued him resolved completely. What surprised Dr. Brar the most was the radical difference in the Living Proof approach – he was looked at like a human being and the goal was to make him healthy in all areas, not just the previously diagnosed ones.
Our Mission at The Living Proof Institute is to address the root cause of your health issues and restore your health and vitality. Through partnering and education, you will receive the tools and direction to live an extraordinary life.
Dr. Brar is an amazing and compassionate practitioner.
He has helped me overcome some serious chronic health issues that no one had any answers for.
He has taught me so much, and has truly changed my life.
I can not recommend him enough.
Thank you so much for all that you do!Ryan Cloutier – Windsor, Ontario