Welcome to day 5 of our paleo challenge. Today you will post points from 1/7. Here is some commentary from Dr. Jillian from metaboliceffect.com
There are several common digestive health misconceptions and misunderstandings, and I will do my best to clear the air about them. These chew on the edges of my mind like that feeling you get from drinking a frozen green smoothie on a really chilly day.
1. That the right combo of foods is 100% of the solution: This issue has a couple of different branches. Before I begin, let me say that the healing power of food is unquestionable. However, not all gastrointestinal issues have a nutritional origin OR nutritional cure. Nutrition should always be used to hasten cure and eradication of symptoms, but nutrition alone is not going to kill a pathogenic infection or heal leaky gut. In my experience, at least, that is not the case. Are there instances where just nutrition can cure? Absolutely. Often, however, other measures are required - lifestyle changes, vitamins, minerals, herbs, enzymes, probiotics, supplements and even medications. Nutrition can do a lot, but it cannot do it all, all of the time.
Next is the concept that if we avoid every food item that has shown to potentially be a problem, that we shall be good. We end up eating ourselves into a box and more than a little neurotic when we take on the idea that we must avoid all gluten, dairy, nightshades, FODMAPs, histamine containing foods, carrageenan, soy, corn, grains, guar gum, cassava, magnesium stearate and any other item that people can react to.
I've written before about the slippery slope that is taking what is true for the few and generalizing to the many. Not only is it impractical to be overly restrictive when you don't have to be, the truth is that unless you have a sensitivity to a food, you can tolerate a wide variety of things in small to moderate amounts.
That's the way us humans are built. We are flexible. We can deal with a whole lot of less-than-perfect.
2. That juicing and salads are the epitome of GI health: I pin this one on social media. I am here to tell you, loves, that if you've got chronic digestive complaints, dysbiosis, IBS or IBD, you want to run screaming from anyone who tells you to go on a juice fast. Salads, raw and cold, for those with the above complaints will be less helpful and comfortable than helpful. Cold, raw foods are not easier to digest or absorb than warm, cooked ones, no matter what guru says it.
3. That yeast grow in an acidic environment: Yeast overgrowth is perpetuated by a HIGH pH environment, a more alkaline one. Cases of candida overgrowth or SIBO with a yeast component are often contributed to by high stomach pH. The appropriate pH of the stomach is low - 1 or 2. A strongly acidic stomach not only is healthy, it is part of your defense and helps keep the rest of the GI tract at an appropriate pH. Acid kills yeast and creates an inhospitable environment for it. Repleting digestive fire is one of the first orders of business when dealing with yeast overgrowth.