Processed and refined foods in general will destroy healthy microflora and feed bad bacteria and yeasts. Therefore, limiting or eliminating them from your diet should be high on your list.
Following my recently revised nutritional plan is an easy way to automatically reduce your sugar intake from all sources. Processed foods wreak havoc in your gut in a number of ways:
â¢ First, they are usually loaded with sugar, and avoiding sugar (especially fructose) is in my opinion, based on the evidence, a key aspect of the prevention and / or treatment of depression. Not only will sugar compromise your beneficial gut bacteria by providing the preferred fuel for pathogenic bacteria, it will also contribute to chronic inflammation throughout your body, including your brain.
â¢ Many contain artificial sweeteners and other synthetic additives that can adversely affect brain health. In fact, depression and panic attacks are two of the reported side effects of aspartame. Preliminary results presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology also indicate that consumption of sugary drinks, whether sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners, is associated with an increased risk of depression.
â¢ Processed foods are also usually loaded with refined grains, which turn into sugar in your body. Wheat in particular has also been implicated in psychiatric problems, from depression to schizophrenia, due to wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), which has neurotoxic activity.
â¢ The majority of processed foods also contain genetically modified (GE) ingredients (mainly corn and soybeans), which have been shown to be particularly harmful to beneficial bacteria. There are several mechanisms of harm at work here.
â¢ Eating genetically modified Bt corn can turn your gut flora into a kind of âliving pesticide factoryâ, essentially producing Bt toxin from your digestive system on an ongoing basis.
â¢ Beneficial gut bacteria are very sensitive to residual glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup). Due to increasing resistance, GE Roundup Ready crops are drenched with increasing amounts of this toxic herbicide. Studies have already confirmed that glyphosate alters and destroys beneficial gut flora in animals, as evidenced by increasing cases of fatal botulism in cattle
â¢ Recent research also reveals that your gut bacteria are a key part of the harmful mechanism of glyphosate, because your gut microbes have the same path that glyphosate uses to kill weeds!
Your gut bacteria are also very sensitive and can be damaged by:
1.- Antibiotics, unless absolutely necessary (and when you do, be sure to reseed your gut with fermented foods and / or a probiotic supplement)
2.- Meats and other animal products raised in a conventional manner, as CAFO animals are regularly fed low dose antibiotics, as well as genetically modified cereals, which have also been implicated in the destruction of the intestinal flora
3.- Chlorinated and / or fluorinated water
4.- Antibacterial soap