Commercial production of yogurt involves brief-as-possible fermentation time, addition of blending/emulsifying ingredients to generate smoothness and better mouthfeel, as well as manipulations to suit consumer preference, no matter how misguided such as low- or non-fat and the addition of high-fructose corn syrup- or sugar-sweetened sweeteners and fruits. Fermentation time is a major chokehold on commercial … Read moreSuper yogurt that’s a lot better than products sold in groceries
There are three common reasons for feeling inappropriately cold, even when the ambient temperature is warm: Hypothyroidism–exceptionally common. Anemia–especially iron and B12 deficiency caused by wheat/grain consumption Lack of prebiotic fibers—that your microbiome needs to generate heat Identify, then address these three causes to obtain relief from this unpleasant feeling. The post Do you always … Read moreDo you always feel cold?
In the Wheat Belly lifestyle, we do not take calcium supplements for a variety of reasons. First, calcium supplementation does NOT increase bone density nor prevent fractures. In addition, several Wheat Belly strategies increase calcium absorption from the diet: Removing the gliadin protein reduces urinary calcium loss, calciuria Cultivating Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria bowel flora species … Read moreWhy we do NOT take calcium supplements
In my Wheat Belly and Undoctored programs, we add prebiotic fibers to help cultivate healthy bowel flora. But if you experience an adverse effect upon adding prebiotic fibers, such as excessive gas, bloating, diarrhea, emotional effects, joint pain, skin rash, etc., this is an extremely reliable sign that you have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or … Read moreWhat does it mean if you are intolerant to prebiotic fibers?
A growing number of people are developing intolerances to common foods. They are often advised to eliminate, say, FODMAP-containing foods, lectins, or nightshades that can reduce symptoms. But none of this addresses the CAUSE of food intolerances. Failing to address the cause can lead to long-term health problems even if you continue to avoid the … Read moreWhat do food intolerances mean?
We’re all just back from our 2019 Wheat Belly/Undoctored Cruise that proved to be the best ever. Food was the standout item on this year’s cruise. In the four years since we started this cruise with Celebrity, the food on this cruise was nothing short of outstanding. Chief Executive sous chef Ricardo and pastry chef … Read moreWheat Belly/Undoctored Cruise 2019: The best ever!
Many people have come to believe that the only problem with wheat is gluten. But there are many other issues with wheat that impair health. The amylopectin A carbohydrate of wheat is unique in its digestibility, making it worse than table sugar in its capacity to raise blood sugar, cause insulin resistance, and contribute to … Read moreWheat is sugar
We are witnessing dramatic fluctuations in mood with identification/eradication of small intestinal bacterial and fungal overgrowth (SIBO, SIFO) a process followed by dramatic restoration of optimism, well-being, and happiness with efforts to rebuild a healthy microbiome. While there are many factors that influence mood, the microbiome is proving to be a MAJOR player, one that … Read moreMicrobe-Being: Microbes and Mood
Put it off no longer: We are planning our next Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox Challenge that starts on Wednesday, April 10th. This is your opportunity to seize control over health and weight, maybe even turn the clock back 10 or 20 years, look and feel better, be freed of numerous, if not all, prescription … Read moreThe next Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox Challenge begins Wed April 10th!
It’s a peculiar, though not entirely unexpected phenomenon: You’d expect endocrinologists, specialists in glandular health, to be the champions of restoring optimal thyroid status. Instead, they are the most misinformed and neglectful. Much of this is due to their ignorance of the emerging science that has emerged over the past two decades on the impact … Read moreThe Informed Thyroid: Address Your T3
There is widely-held misconception that dietary fat causes fatty liver or that nothing can be done to reverse it. Doctors often say that there is nothing you can do and that cirrhosis and liver failure may be in your future. This is all wrong. Fatty liver is caused by diet and can be easily and … Read moreDoes fat cause fatty liver?
Managing triglycerides is crucial if you want to not have a heart attack or other forms of heart disease. This is because triglycerides occur in the bloodstream as something called VLDL particles that interact with LDL particles, causing them to become triglyceride-enriched, a process that causes small LDL particles to form. Recall that small LDL … Read moreWhy we keep triglycerides at 60 mg/dl or less
There has been a boom in food intolerances that typically result in having to avoid various foods to reduce symptoms of asthma, skin rashes, joint pains, and gastrointestinal upset or diarrhea. But avoiding various foods does nothing to address the CAUSE of food intolerances. Identify, then manage, the cause and you not only have the … Read moreDo you have food intolerances?
The headlines are once again filled with advice to reduce egg and cholesterol consumption based on a study that found an association of egg and cholesterol consumption with increased risk for cardiovascular events. Sounds scary and persuasive, doesn’t it? After all, nearly 30,000 people were tracked over 17 years and the authors authoritatively declare that … Read moreEat more eggs
In the Wheat Belly lifestyle, we avoid all wheat and grains. But the hazards of grain consumption lie on a spectrum. Products made from modern high-yield semi-dwarf wheat are at the worst end of the spectrum, while rice is at the least harmful end. But should we interpret this to mean that rice is benign … Read moreRice: Healthy or toxic?
People often misinterpret difficulty ingesting fats after gallbladder surgery as a lack of bile, but that is usually not the case: You have the same quantity of bile after as you did before. The real problem is SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, that causes bile and fat malabsorption. The solution is to address the SIBO, … Read moreI don’t have a gallbladder–Can I still follow the Wheat Belly high-fat lifestyle?
Answer: No—unless you do it for more than a few months. After a few months, the upfront metabolic and weight benefits will begin to reverse and new health problems arise. We know this with confidence. I raise this question once again because more and more people are coming to me reporting problems. It may … Read moreIs the ketogenic diet dangerous?
All wheat and grains are the seeds of grass plants and humans are not equipped to digest them. This is why consumption of grains is associated with so many health problems from rheumatoid arthritis to cerebellar ataxia. The solution: Eat no wheat or grains, just as we do in the Wheat Belly lifestyle, and watch … Read moreAre you still eating the seeds of grasses?
Followers of the Wheat Belly lifestyle often ask: “If I need to buy higher quality food—organic, grass-fed, minimally processed—won’t my grocery budget explode? I can’t afford that on my limited food budget.” We do indeed seek out higher quality foods on the Wheat Belly lifestyle, foods that recreate the high nutrient density of foods that … Read moreCan Wheat Belly save you money?
Let’s cut through the garbage advice on weight loss: cutting fat does not work, limiting calories ensures long-term failure. The Wheat Belly and Undoctored lifestyles get you off to a powerful start, but you can take it further. Here, I discuss seven additional strategies. The post Why can’t I lose weight? appeared first on Dr. … Read moreWhy can’t I lose weight?
You won’t hear silly, ineffective nonsense like “cut your saturated fat,” or “move more, eat less,” “everything in moderation,” or “take a statin drug” around here—you know, the advice that keeps heart disease the #1 killer of Americans and keeps doctors and hospital busy making plenty of money. Here are the strategies that I used … Read moreTen ways to reduce or eliminate heart disease risk
A CT heart scan is a crucial test to have done at low cost, relatively modest radiation exposure, that tells you whether or not you have coronary heart disease. It’s the only test that tells you with confidence whether or not you have atherosclerotic plaque in your heart’s arteries. It is quantitative and can be … Read moreWhy you should get a CT heart scan
People lose oodles of weight on the Wheat Belly lifestyle. Weight loss results rapidly on this lifestyle because we 1) remove gliadin-derived opioid peptides that previously stimulated appetite, 2) remove amylopectin A that previously raised blood sugar and thereby insulin to high levels, 3) remove other factors that add to inflammation such as wheat germ … Read moreThe Yo-Yo Dieter’s Dilemma
Can you stop—-genuinely stop-—the progress, the ravages, of aging? Is it possible to arrest skin thinning and sagging, bone loss, muscle atrophy, impaired healing, hormonal depletion, i.e., all the trappings of aging and stay somewhere around 40 until you reach 100? Can you continue to ride a bicycle, dance the samba, remain slender, vigorous, energetic, … Read moreUnwrinkled
No question: I have made some huge nutritional blunders over the past 25 years since I began to become seriously involved in nutritional issues. My mistakes, however, have provided powerful feedback on how to get diet right, how to get diet wrong. The impact of diet is profound. Among the huge mistakes I’ve made: 1) … Read moreFive big nutritional mistakes I’ve made over the years
An astounding number of people now have thyroid disease in some form sufficient to cause weight gain or block weight loss, cause feelings of being inappropriately cold, fatigue, and add to heart disease risk. But why? Unfortunately, it is from the combined effect of several trends in the modern human diet and exposures to industrial … Read moreWhy do so many Americans now have thyroid disease?
There is a simple reason why doctors typically refuse to prescribe the T3 thyroid hormone and it has nothing to do with science, side-effects, or potential dangers. As with so many things in healthcare, it boils down to Big Pharma and money. The solution is to find a better-informed doctor. The post Why Your Doctor … Read moreWhy Your Doctor Won’t Prescribe the T3 Thyroid Hormone
Put it off no longer: We are planning our next Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox Challenge that starts on Wednesday, March 13th. This is your opportunity to seize control over health and weight, maybe even turn the clock back 10 or 20 years, look and feel better, be freed of numerous, if not all, prescription … Read moreThe next Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox Challenge begins Wed March 13th!
Abnormal breast enlargement in a male, gynecomastia, is a common sign of distorted hormonal status triggered by visceral fat, i.e., inflammatory fat housed in the abdomen that converts a male’s testosterone to estrogen. “Love handles” therefore nearly always accompany man breasts. In addition, consumption of wheat and related grains yields something called the A5 pentapeptide … Read moreThe REAL Story Behind Man Breasts (And How to Get Rid of Them)