Why Healthy Eaters Can Still Have Broken Guts, and What You Can Do About It.

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Did you know low back pain is caused by gut issues?

Or that simply including lemon juice in your recipes can help fix your gut?

Or that the integrity of your gut lining can affect your mood and risk of depression?

In this interview with Dr. Alenjandro Junger, author of the book Clean Gut and the website CleanGut.com, you're going to learn all about this, and discover Dr. Junger's methods for eliminating the root cause of disease by fixing your gut.

During the podcast, we also discuss:

-“disguised gut dysfunction” issues…

-why the gut is your second brain…

-the four R's of gut repair…

-cleansing and detoxing…

-why healthy eaters can still have broken guts…

-one supplement that Dr. Junger says “flies under the radar” when it comes to fixing your gut…

-a sample day of eating…

-and much more!

Leave your questions, comments and feedback below, and grab the excellent book Clean Gut here!

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12 thoughts on “Why Healthy Eaters Can Still Have Broken Guts, and What You Can Do About It.

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  2. Johnnybravo2013 says:

    I think there is some confusion when it comes to repairing the gut: The GAPS diet calls for copious amounts of fermented and cultured dairy and then you got others like this that exclude dairy. I think that the GAPS diet has proven itself time and again although it is quite a daunting diet. So, one must take into mind that under the right circumstances, including dairy in your gut healing program may be quite beneficial if not be the key and this goes the other way around as well–excluding dairy may be the answer. I think genetics plays into this and it seems that some people are just sensitive and dairy may be stopping them from healing.

    What is the reason he says no coffee? SCD and GAPS say weak black coffee is ok and, again, these diets have proven themselves time and again.

    1. LOL. Most people do NOT drink weak black coffee. Especially not me. Love my aeropress and Bulletproof blend baby. That's probably why he recommends that. ;)

  3. cookin74 says:

    Super interesting podcast. I was a bit surprised to hear his response to your question about the best food for repairing the gut (kale). Everything that I know about roughage like kale would tear up an already compromised gut!!

    1. Yes, that's kinda what I thought too. Perhaps I caught him "on the spot"? Many health care practitioners resort to "kale" when struggling for a quick answer. How can you go wrong, after all? ;)

  4. cthompson01 says:

    Great podcast. I'm definitely feeling like I may need a detox. I've been doing a high fat / low carb diet without any good results. Plus, not having a gallbladder probably compounds the problem. I did buy Junger's book. The plan looks straightforward. I just have to budget for the supplements he recommends.

  5. ijparadis says:

    Hi Ben,
    Is there a 'perfect' digestive enzyme supplement that is ideal for really super-sensitive gut people? There was a time I tried Garden Of Life's Men 50 & Wiser Raw enzyme but my gut suddenly inflamed. Was this due to excessive proteases irritating gut lining? Would it help if I took the supplement with a buffer?

    1. I doubt excessive proteases would have done that unless you were "overdosing". I have all my clients use Caprazymes and it works well for everyone, so that is the one I recommend…

  6. girlwhos says:

    In regards to preservatives in organic packaged food – I assumed that if preservatives aren't on the ingredient list than the food does not contain any, as most other packaged food will list these ingredients. Is this correct? Do natural preservatives have the same 'antibacterial' effect that Dr Junger talks about?

    1. They do need to list preservatives, but I'd personally play it on the safe side and eat as little packaged foods as possible.

      "Food chemicals. Many seemingly harmless food additives that are in most prepared foods may upset digestion and kill off or damage the friendly or proper intestinal flora. This is especially the case when these are eaten regularly. They often irritate the intestine and alter its pH or other delicate chemical balances in the intestine.
      These chemicals include flavorings, preservatives, dough conditioners, artificial and natural sweeteners, MSG, aspartame and literally hundreds of others. One never knows how sensitive one’s digestive system is to a particular chemical, so reducing them to a minimum is the best policy for a healthy digestive tract."


  7. badmojonation says:

    So now I'm worried about chlorine in my ice-bath water… Yet most online sources say that chlorine is transmitted through vapors from *hot* baths and showers and open pores in the skin. So hot water and hot showers are now off-limits without a filter. But how about cold thermogenesis? Any reason to worry about chlorine there?

    1. I use a central whole house structured water filter, so chlorine is not as big of a deal for that issue. But you could also do a regular Vitamin C IV or liposomal treatment for chlorine toxicity, like this: http://www.kenworthywellness.com/chlorine-detox

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