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Hard to Stomach: Digestive Problems with Grains

Summary: Find out what may be causing your digestive issues with grains and how to improve your nutrition.
Air Date: 1/4/17
Duration: 26:53
Host: Dr. Mike Fenster
Guest Bio: John Douillard, DC
Dr. John DouillardDr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine. He is the creator of, the leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web with over 4.5 million views on YouTube. is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with over 700 articles and videos proving ancient wisdom with modern science. Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of seven health books including his newest, Eat Wheat, a repeat guest on The Dr. Oz Show, and featured in Woman’s World Magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and dozens of other publications.

He has been helping patients repair their digestive system and eat wheat and dairy again for 30 years, has seen over 100,000 patients, and directs LifeSpa, the 2013 Holistic Wellness Center of the year in Boulder, CO.
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Hard to Stomach: Digestive Problems with Grains
Digestive problems are rampant. This has spurned a multi-billion dollar gluten-free industry.

There are two reasons we have trouble digesting hard-to-digest foods:

  1. Processed foods designed to replace cholesterol in the 1960s are indigestible fats. They congest the liver and gallbladder, our kingpins of digestion.
  2. 400 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are dumped into the American environment every year. Toxins and pesticides are designed to kill bacteria. This is eliminating necessary participants in the gut microbiome and reducing the ability to digest wheat and other foods.
If you can't digest well, you can't detoxify very well either. Grains and nuts require specific microbes to be broken down. These foods stimulate and irritate the intestinal tract to trigger an immune response. Eliminating hard-to-digest wheat and nuts can compromise the immune system.

Are we sterilizing our environment by removing these components that stimulate the gut?

Processed wheat has a higher glycemic index than whole wheat. It also contributes to abdominal fat, obesity, higher blood sugar, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Whole wheat can help you lose weight, reduce risk of diabetes and improve cognitive function.

Gluten in bread was not intended to be digested exclusively in the stomach. A significant portion should be broken down in the large intestine. That is where it feeds microbes that stimulate fatty acids, boosting immunity and doing the heavy lifting for everything in the body.

If the body can't process gluten properly from a weakened digestive system, the molecules are too big to enter the bloodstream and feed the body. These large gluten molecules get taken into the body via the intestinal wall, congesting the lymphatic system.

One solution? Look for unbleached, organic, whole grain wheat that hasn't been fortified with anything.

Also, eat foods that are tougher on the system in the middle of the day... not right away in the morning or at night. Relax while you eat. Save your heavy bread consumption for winter. The gut bacteria has seasonal changes for digestion. Eat seasonally. Be kind to your digestive system.

Listen in as Dr. John Douillard shares how to aid your digestion.


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