Do You Believe This Gut Health Myth?

Do you believe this Gut Health Myth? It's crucial that you read this--for your health--and for the health of those you love!

Gut health is so crucial to overall health. When your gut isn’t doing well due to candida, autoimmune diseases of the gut, or other digestive issues, your overall health will suffer.

Today I am continuing my series on gut health and candida.

I honestly didn’t even plan for this to be a series.  I just started writing about something that I’m passionate about–and here’s where I ended up.

In What is Candida? and Why I Went Sugar Free and 5 Causes of Gut Dysbiosis and My Childhood, I talked about how the following affect gut health:

1.  Insufficient Breastfeeding

2.  Fake Food

3.  Toxins

4.  Stress 

5.  Antibiotics 

Today I am sharing one more cause of dysbiosis, and am also busting a common myth about gut health.

The other cause that I forgot to mention in my other post is–The Pill.

Yes, it’s true.  Birth control pills cause irritation of the gut lining and can set one up for digestive ailments, including leaky gut and even Chron’s Disease. According to US News,  “If you took oral contraceptives for more than five years, you have a threefold increased risk of Crohn’s Disease.”

That’s a big increase.

I’m not a fan of drugs when you can do things naturally.

Looking at the above list, I think the overall lesson here is this:  Why mess with what God gave us?

Mess with food–and you get problems.

Mess with your hormones–and you get problems.

Mess with too many pharmaceuticals–and you get problems.

Don’t feed your baby naturally–and you get problems.

Now, don’t get me wrong–I know that there are some unavoidable circumstances, and we all need grace for making bad decisions, but I think that, overall, we live in an “I want it now” and “I want it easy” society.  People want a pill to fix them and they don’t want to work hard for things, including their health.

I think God set it up so that we have to work hard for some things and we need to learn to rest, and let things work naturally before jumping the gun and getting involved with things that damage our health in the long run.

Now–for the Big Myth About Gut Health:

I always cringe when I hear people say, “I ate Oreos and bologna my whole life and I turned out just fine.

This typically comes in response to someone saying that it is important to feed kids whole food.

Yes, that adult may have turned out fine.

At least, it seems so.

But hold on for one more cause of dysbiosis:

6.  Time.

Problems don’t always show up right away.

And they are passed down through generations.

Those Oreos and Ho Ho’s may not hurt you, but they will likely affect your children.

My grandparents ate some processed foods, but they had a long family history of eating high quality, whole foods to build on.

Then my parents ate more processed food.

A lot more.

Health issues different than what their parents had faced started to surface.

My generation ate TONS of processed foods.  White breads, toaster pastries, boxed crackers.

More and more toxins filled our environment.

Our fast-paced society got even faster.

Folks leaned more and more on antibiotics, and “quick fix” meds.

More health issues started showing up.  I had horrible allergies, and later, candida and adrenal fatigue.

My sons’ generation faces a whole new challenge.  Autism, cancer, and auto-immune diseases are rampant.

With each generation, the onslaughts have been greater and greater.

When a mother gives birth, she can only pass on what she has to give.  You can’t give what you don’t have, right?

Moms try to eat healthier when pregnant, right?  But you can’t reverse all the damage with 9 months of good eating.

And the weaknesses of the mother are passed on to the children.

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Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, brought this “home” for me. McBride talks about how our weaknesses are passed down through generations and prescribes dietary helps.  

If you haven’t read her book yet, it’s a real keeper.

Gut and Psychology Syndrome
I grew up in my mother’s weakened womb.

I passed my weaknesses on to my son.

Sadly, I suspect that the next generation is going to be much worse.

 What are your thoughts? Have you seen generations worsen in your family?

This post is not meant to diagnose or give medical advise, but it strictly for entertainment.  Contact your medical provider before making any changes to your health routine.  

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  1. Very interesting article! I am going to go back and read all your others. I am coming here from Far Above Rubies linkup.

  2. It does take patience and time to heal ailments that take years to develop. You are right, we want a quick fix, which isn’t realistic. Support is such an important aspect too. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  3. Wow, this is news to me! I’ve been taking the Pill for about 13 years now with no break. My doctor has NEVER made any mention of side effects like this. I should have known. I know you can’t give medical advice, but are you aware if it’s safe to stop taking cold turkey? I’m cringing at the thought of taking my daily dose now!

    • I can’t give advice :). I think, from what I’ve seen on the internet, that it depends on the person. I just talked w/ someone today who went off cold turkey and she said it didn’t bother her at all. I hope to hear back from you. Take care!

  4. Hi, boy I wish I could invite you over for lunch sometime! We would have a great time talking about tons of things spiritual and health! I agree that gut health is critical to our overall health and will be writing about on my blog in the next few months! I hope you read it and can’t wait to hear your opinions about what I write on how to heal the gut, especially since much of what I will be writing is from the point of view of a Nutritional Microscopist and contradicts a lot of “natural remedy” information out there!

  5. I’ve read the first 3 in this series and it seems like you’re just trying to sling product. I love your story and am interested, but it would be nice to see some tips I don’t have to pay for, to get started anyway. I’ll keep searching your blog though – I am sucked in – but some free resources here would be great.

    • Hi Janine. Thanks for commenting. I would like to know why you think I am just trying to “sling product.” I started writing this just b/c of my history and ended up talking about a book I think is fabulous. What products do you think I am “slinging”? All of the information in the posts are free and I, like many other bloggers, add resources to the posts. That’s called monetizing and it’s how we can keep blogging. They are products that our readers might purchase anyway and this way we can pay for our hosting (which is getting to be a small fortune these days) and other expenses. As my blog grows, it is getting more and more expensive to run and takes more and more time. I would think anyone would agree that my getting paid for the amount of work I spend here is totally understandable.

      I am puzzled about your saying “some tips that I don’t have to pay for.” What does that mean? My whole blog is a free resource. As with any blog, if you go off the blog to buy something it isn’t free (except for free resources that I promote). What kind of free resources are you looking for? If you subscribe to my blog and read on Saturday, you will see that every Saturday (or Sunday, occasionally, and of course sometimes I miss) I promote great free Ebooks for my readers.

      I sincerely would like to hear what you are thinking. Thanks in advance.

  6. I’m so glad I subscribed to your blog! I learned from you from “delicious obsession”. I have three young children ages 9, 4, & 2; and I’m JUST learning how to change my eating habits and those of my family. The information I’m learning is truly an eye opener and often times overwhelming! Thank you for sharing your information it is very much appreciated and I agree, God created us So intricately and when we meddle with it trouble is sure to follow!

  7. The pill is something I have to take for a couple reasons, but I hate it. I have stomach problems, but so does my mom and she didn’t take The Pill. Also we didn’t grow up on a lot if processed goods, yet five of us siblings got dystonia. I am way more aware now of what I eat as a result of it, tho. I can’t have children so that wont be an issue. We were miraculously able to adopt, and I’m much more picky about what she eats than I ever thought I would be. We grind our own flour, make our own bread, have our own chickens and goats. Although there is no cure for dystonia, changing my diet and using herbal remedies has changed my life. Yes, probiotics help! :) I hope to rear a daughter who feels the same. Thanks for the great article.

  8. This makes so much sense! We are seeing this play out. It is not a myth! How much sicker do we need to become as a society before we get it? Thanks for sharing this important information. I will be sure to share it.

  9. Oh what a relief to be reading this!! I know it’s a year after you posted this but I had to comment. I am on the road back to health now and it’s just not easy. Candida like no body’s business, adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues. I’m happy to say today is day 72 of NO SUGAR!! (Why didn’t my doctor tell me to stop eating sugar 2 years ago??) I occasionally have to have a banana but all processed crap is out of my diet. I am feeling so much better but I know it’s going to be a long road before this candida is out of my system. Had I known 20 years ago what I know today….. and doctor’s are absolutely of no help. I went on my own regimen of healthy food, radical lifestyle shift, supplements etc and I am doing much better now than I did while on prescription medication. Our bodies know how to heal themselves we just have to give it what it needs to support it while it does so. Thank you for your wonderful post. I will be coming back!
    Bea

  10. this article was very intriguing, Adrienne. I grew up in the 80’s as well, eating lots of processed foods, as well as constantly being on antibiotics for chronic sinus infections. Fast forward many years later, and I am now in my early 40’s with severe allergies and a leaky gut. I’ve been trying to go completely Paleo, but haven’t made the full switch yet. I did the Whole30, which cuts out all grains and refined sugars for 30 days and I couldn’t believe how good I felt! I know now that grains and sugar are both my enemy! However, I did want to ask about the Pill. I haven been on the pill for a few years now, but not for birth control reasons, because my husband had a vasectomy. However, right before I hit 40, I began to have major premenopause symptoms, which included periods that were so heavy that I couldn’t leave home for the first three days I was on it. Not to mention, it would sometimes last up to 14-20 days. I would like to get off of it to see how I feel, but I’m afraid to go back to how I was before, period-wise. I’d love your thoughts, and look forward to reading more of your posts.