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
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:
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.
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.