Do You Believe This Gut Health Myth?

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There’s a lot of good information available about why eating healthy is so important, so why don’t a lot of people eat better? You’d think it’s common sense that what you eat matters a lot, right?

There are lot of why so many people are not seeing the need to eat healthy, but one reason, I think, is due to the popularity of this healthy eating 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.

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…

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Things That Negatively Affect Gut Health

1.  Insufficient Breastfeeding

2.  Fake Food

3.  Toxins

4.  Stress 

5.  Antibiotics 


6. 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 Crohn’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.

Messing With Nature and God Causes Problems

I think the overall lesson here is this. Why mess with a good thing?

Mess with food–and you get problems.

Mess with your hormones–and you get problems.

Mess with too many pharmaceuticals–and you might 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.

A Really Bad Gut Health Myth

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 another “cau

7.  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.

New health issues that were different than what their parents had faced started to surface.

Then my generation ate TONS of processed foods.  White bread, 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.

Our sons’ generation faces a lot more health challenges.  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 years of poor eating in nine months.

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

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 prescribe dietary help.  

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

In Summary

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 even more ill than this one since we haven’t done much to change course.

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

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

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  1. I absolutely agree! I didn’t give it a thought growing up about what I ate as long as I maintained my weight. Now I have three kids of my own, one with life threatening food allergies and asthma… and my youngest seems to be on the same path as she was diagnosed allergic to eggs (through my milk) at 7 months. I wish my parents would have done more to teach me about whole foods, unfortunately they didn’t really give it much thought as they were trying to just put food on the table. My husband and I are trying to do the best we can with our family.. whole foods, nonGMO, organic, etc… but I feel bad that things will inevitably be passed through genetics from years of ignorance from my and previous generations. It’s funny how so many people cry foul on so many things these days… but they totally overlook “franken food” and pharmaceuticals and the impact it will have on future generations. Lord Jesus, come quickly! And not just because of food/health issues!!

    1. This has become epidemic – people all over are getting these issues. I just so wish that there were more awareness….and that we had more power to effect change. But then, I feel that way about so many things. The world is becoming less and less of a place that I feel is sane in any stretch of the imagination. Blessings to you and yours.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

    1. Yea!!! I look forward to seeing you again! Make sure to check out subscribing to updates and my newsletter 🙂 (right hand sidebar in orange). Freebies come with both.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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!