The Fiber Myth – Belly Fat versus Intestinal Bloating

The Fiber Myth – Belly Fat versus Intestinal Bloating


Let’s talk about the fiber myth. This may occur with you, or a friend or a
family member that you know, where their stomach is sticking out and they have belly fat, but
it looks like a basketball belly. One of the causes of this bloating belly is
not necessarily always fat, it could just be bloating from your intestines. Why? Because they’re consuming way, way too much
fiber. Now I know this fiber myth has been around
for about 30 years, but it is absolutely not true that consuming more fiber will decrease
the risk of colon cancer. That is a myth. There is no association between the two. I’ve created some links down below to show
you that. In fact, it might increase your chance of
colon cancer. I know now you’re confused even more, but
just hang with me, okay? Now, when you are constipated, sometimes doctors
tell you to eat more fiber, Metamucil, whatever, and the reason why that does work is because
it irritates and it stimulates the colon more than anything else, to dump the waste. It’s not necessarily something that is forming
the bulk of your stool. Here’s what really happens as far as this
fiber, especially from the whole grains and the bran, like the Metamucils and the different
fibers that people take. It creates a lot of inflammation in the colon. It creates a lot of mechanical damage as these
fibers go through and this undigested fiber is basically food for your microbes. And when you take too much fiber, it creates
gas because there’s a process called fermentation. Just like if you’re making bread or beer or
alcohol, you get this gas that comes off. Well, too much fiber can create an over gas
situation where you’re getting too much fermentation because the bacteria are going crazy and you’re
just bloating up like a balloon, and your stomach looks all swollen. This could be very, very damaging over a period
of time. It’s not necessarily always just the grains,
too. It could be some healthy vegetables that you
eat. The notorious ones are the cruciferous, unfortunately,
because these are the good ones. That would be like kale, broccoli, brussel
sprouts, cabbage, and even avocados. Those can create a lot of bloating when you
eat them. If you bloat from those vegetables, all that
means is that you have not established all the good bacteria in your gut to be able to
digest this yet. You don’t have the microbes to balance these
out. Some people can do it, some people can’t. Personally, in the past, I had the biggest
problem with broccoli. If I consumed broccoli, I would have so much
abdominal pain, I would just double over. It would be very, very painful. And even in traces, in certain foods, if there’s
broccoli in there, even broccoli soup will do that. What I did to do an experiment is I juiced
the broccoli and I drank the juice. I had no reaction at all, so I knew it was
the fiber. That would be something I probably want to
bring up right now. What’s more important? Is it okay to juice? Should I blend my vegetables? Well, it really depends on if you can digest
some of these vegetables. If you can’t digest certain vegetable fibers,
if you react to brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, then I’m gonna recommend juicing
those, but don’t juice the carrot and the fruits along with it. I don’t recommend that. Just juice the green drinks and drink that
if you want to get the nutrition, because there’s a lot of nutrition in those vegetables,
okay? But if you’re okay with blending, then go
ahead and do that. I recommend a kale shake. Some people might even bloat with kale, which
is the least of all … easiest to digest of all the cruciferous. If you’re finding that you continue to bloat
more than a half hour with the kale shake, then I recommend that you blend it before
you go to bed, keep it in the fridge, and drink it in the morning. It’s much easier to digest that, okay? And if you still have a problem, I’m gonna
recommend that you switch from kale to spinach because we can’t have you bloating when you’re
trying to lose weight. That’s not going to work. A lot of people bloat unknowingly from cereals. They think cereal is good for the colon because
it’s a bunch of fiber. Not good. It’s going to cause a lot of distention in
your gut. Since there’s more nerve endings in your gut
than in your spinal column — there’s like a hundred million nerve endings — this is
like your second brain, so if this is not right — your small intestine — your head’s
not going to be right. You’re going to have a lot of headaches. You’re going to have a lot of brain fog, ADD,
a lot of attention issues. So very important to help your digestive system
by making sure that the culprit is not too much fiber. Cruciferous vegetables can also irritate you. Keep a log on what you eat and how it reacts
to your gut, because we really cannot have you eat anything that is irritating the colon
or gassing you out. So what vegetables should you eat? Well, number one, definitely avoid the grains
and the bran and the cereal and all that, that’s a given. But you might want to switch your vegetables
to zucchini, spinach, lettuce, romaine lettuce, celery seems to be fine. What else? String beans, squash, tomatoes, beets are
fine, asparagus is really good, cucumbers. All those are usually, they don’t create reactions. But in some people they might, so you’re just
going to have to personally go through and find the vegetables that don’t bloat you and
consume that. I just wanted to touch on this because there’s
so many people that they think the fiber is really helping them when it’s really destroying
their gut. Go ahead and make this change and watch how
much better your colon is with inflammation and gas, and consistency, and you might want
to seriously consider doing a good probiotic to start to enhance the flora, so you could
eventually have some of these vegetables. All right? Hope you enjoyed the video, I’ll see you in
the next one.