These "HEALTHY" Foods Are KILLING Your Energy | Dr. Steven Gundry on Healthy Theory

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is about Dr. Steven Gundry discussing his new book, "The Energy Paradox," and how certain "healthy" foods can actually be detrimental to gut health and energy levels.

The video features an interview with Dr. Steven Gundry, a world-renowned heart surgeon and best-selling author, discussing his new book "The Energy Paradox." The book is dedicated to people who are experiencing fatigue and malaise and provides solutions to restore energy levels. Dr. Gundry explains that gut wall integrity and the relationship with bacteria determine one's fate, and he emphasizes the importance of cellular energy and mitochondria in maintaining energy levels. He also discusses how removing certain foods from one's diet can restore energy levels, citing leaky gut as a common issue among autoimmune disease patients.

  • Certain "healthy" foods can be detrimental to gut health and energy levels.
  • Dr. Gundry realized that he was treating an energy problem and decided to write a book about it.
  • Leaky gut and intestinal permeability are caused by certain "healthy" foods.
  • Dr. Gundry recommends avoiding certain foods and instead eating a diet rich in polyphenols.
  • The immune system requires huge amounts of fuel to fight against troublemakers.
  • Inflammation in the gut can steal enough energy to make a person tired.
  • Leaky gut can lead to leaky brain in two ways.
  • Microglia can sense problems in the gut and cause neuroinflammation.
  • Identifying and avoiding foods that cause sensitivity can improve gut health and energy levels.

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Introduction

  • Dr. Steven Gundry discusses his new book, "The Energy Paradox."
  • Certain "healthy" foods can actually be detrimental to gut health and energy levels.
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Impetus for Writing the Book

  • Dr. Gundry was on his way to a PBS fundraiser when a young millennial called in and said she didn't have it in her to come in because she was exhausted and tired.
  • When Dr. Gundry first started his restorative medicine practice over 20 years ago, at least half the people he saw had a diagnostic code called fatigue and malaise.
  • Dr. Gundry realized that he was treating an energy problem and decided to write a book about it.
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Cellular Energy and Mitochondria

  • Dr. Gundry explains that cellular energy is generated at a cellular level and has to do with diet, exercise, and psychological energy.
  • Dr. Gundry has always been conscious about his diet and exercise, but during COVID, he started to get psychotically fatigued and had brain fog.
  • Dr. Gundry realized that the only thing he was eating a lot of was pecan pudding and decided to cut it out of his diet.
  • Within 48 hours of cutting out the pecan pudding, Dr. Gundry's energy levels were restored.
  • Dr. Gundry explains that about 80% of the patients he sees now are autoimmune disease patients who suffer from leaky gut and/or intestinal permeability.
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Leaky Gut and Intestinal Permeability

  • Dr. Gundry explains that leaky gut and intestinal permeability are caused by certain "healthy" foods that can actually be detrimental to gut health and energy levels.
  • These foods include lectins, which are found in grains, legumes, and nightshade vegetables.
  • Other foods that can cause leaky gut and intestinal permeability include dairy, sugar, and artificial sweeteners.
  • Dr. Gundry recommends avoiding these foods and instead eating a diet rich in polyphenols, which are found in fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
  • Dr. Gundry also recommends taking supplements like probiotics and prebiotics to improve gut health and energy levels.
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The Gut and Immune System

  • The intestines are only one cell thick and are stuck together with tight junctions.
  • Everything we eat, including bacteria, is only one cell away from our immune system.
  • 80% of our immune system's white blood cells are sitting right behind this wall.
  • Pecans have a lectin that can make the gut porous and sensitive to some people.
  • Lectins can make the immune system require huge amounts of energy to do battle with whatever is coming across the border.
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Energy Requirements and Inflammation

  • The book talks about the energy output of a sedentary person and a person who is constantly moving.
  • The immune system requires huge amounts of fuel to fight against troublemakers.
  • The flu virus doesn't cause the body to feel achy, but the immune system does.
  • The immune system takes all the fuel for the fight and rations it to energy-hungry muscles and the brain.
  • Sedentary workers burn the fuel of inflammation, which is the fire of inflammation.
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The Gut and Inflammation

  • The immune system is right there in the gut, and if the junction breaks, something gets in, and the body has to go crazy.
  • Inflammation in the gut can steal enough energy to make a person tired.
  • Foreign substances getting into the brain can cause brain fog.
  • Leaky brain and gut can cause fatigue and other symptoms.
  • The immune system can require huge amounts of energy to fight against foreign substances.
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Manifestation of Symptoms

  • Leaky brain and gut can cause fatigue and other symptoms.
  • Foreign substances getting into the brain can cause brain fog.
  • The immune system can require huge amounts of energy to fight against foreign substances.
  • Inflammation in the gut can steal enough energy to make a person tired.
  • The immune system is right there in the gut, and if the junction breaks, something gets in, and the body has to go crazy.
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Leaky Gut and Leaky Brain

  • Leaky gut can lead to leaky brain in two ways.
  • The blood-brain barrier is a single set of cells that keeps anything in the bloodstream away from the brain.
  • Disruption of the blood-brain barrier can be found through blood tests.
  • Inflammation in the brain can be caused by microglia, the immune system of the brain.
  • Microglia can sense problems in the gut and cause neuroinflammation.
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Microglia and Neural Inflammation

  • Microglia are the immune system of the brain and handlers for the neurons.
  • If microglia sense an attack is imminent, they cause neuroinflammation.
  • Dendrites are how we talk to another nerve, think, and create memory.
  • If microglia are actively popping dendrites, it can cause brain fog.
  • Neural inflammation can be measured through tests.
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Case Study: Parkinson's Disease

  • A 48-year-old woman with Parkinson's disease had leaky gut, markers for lupus, and leaky brain.
  • She had an attack on the movement center of her brain.
  • After six months of treatment, her leaky gut and autoimmune markers improved.
  • Her leaky brain was about half of what it was when she started.
  • Tracking leaky gut can help track improvements in brain health.
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Sensitivity to Healthy Foods

  • Some healthy foods can be detrimental to gut health and energy levels.
  • People with leaky gut can be sensitive to healthy foods.
  • Identifying and avoiding these foods can improve gut health and energy levels.
  • Even healthy foods can cause inflammation in people with leaky gut.
  • Tracking sensitivity to foods can help improve gut health and energy levels.
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What happens when we eat certain "healthy" foods

  • Even healthy foods can be detrimental to gut health and energy levels if they trigger an immune response.
  • When a food triggers an immune response, the immune system creates an antibody to that food.
  • Every time that food is eaten, the immune system responds, taking energy away from other bodily functions.
  • Lectins, plant proteins that protect plants from being eaten, can trigger an immune response.
  • Other foods, like pecans, can also trigger an immune response.
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What breaks down the gut junction

  • There are three major components that can break down the gut junction.
  • Lectins, which were discussed earlier, are one of these components.
  • The second component is a diet high in saturated fats and sugars, which can cause dysbiosis in the gut microbiome.
  • The third component is lipopolysaccharides (LPSs), which are pieces of bacteria that can ride through the gut and trigger an immune response.
  • American diets are often high in saturated fats and sugars, which can cause leaky gut and assault the immune system with LPSs.
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Factors that assault the gut

  • A non-diverse diet can cause dysbiosis in the gut microbiome.
  • Consuming too much sugar in various forms can cause havoc in the microbiome and elsewhere in the body.
  • Antibiotics and glyphosate can also assault the gut.
  • High fat, low carb diets have been successful for some individuals, but it is important to consider individual experiences and empirical data.
  • There are many factors that can assault the gut, and it is important to be aware of them in order to maintain gut health and energy levels.
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The importance of mitochondria

  • Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell and are responsible for producing energy.
  • When the gut is not functioning properly, it can affect the mitochondria and lead to decreased energy levels.
  • Factors that can affect the mitochondria include a diet high in sugar and saturated fats, as well as stress and lack of sleep.
  • It is important to maintain gut health in order to support the mitochondria and maintain energy levels.
  • Dr. Gundry's book, "The Energy Paradox," provides more information on how to support gut health and energy levels.
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