I first became familiar with the brilliant Dr. William Davis and his impressive body of work when I interviewed him for an episode about heart attacks way back in 2009.
Later, he joined me for a podcast about his book “Wheat Belly,” in which we discussed why you’re not eating the same kind of wheat your ancestors ate, whether wheat bread is really better than white bread, if wheat is ever OK to eat and if so, when, and good substitutes and alternatives for wheat.
Today, Dr. William Davis is back to discuss his new book Super Gut: A Four-Week Plan to Reprogram Your Microbiome, Restore Health, and Lose Weight. In Super Gut, Dr. Davis takes his research and findings a step further and shows that because of highly-processed diets, pesticides, and overuse of antibiotics, it’s likely that your gut is missing many good bacteria required to be healthy. The result is a loss of control over health, weight, mood, and even behavior.
The ancient bacteria that keep your gut in alignment and your digestion easy have been dying off, replaced by harmful microbes that don’t serve to keep you physically healthy and mentally fit. With cutting-edge research, Dr. Davis has connected the dots between gut health and modern ailments and complaints. There are entire species of microbes that have disappeared, creating health issues that were uncommon one hundred, or even fifty, years ago. A major consequence is SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). This silent and profound epidemic affects one out of three people and is responsible for an astounding range of human health conditions.
Super Gut teaches you how to eliminate bad bacteria and bring back the missing “good” bacteria with a four-week plan to reprogram your microbiome. The program is based on research and techniques that not only get to the root of many diseases but improve levels of oxytocin (the bonding/happy hormone), brain health, and promote anti-aging, weight loss, mental clarity, and more restful sleep. Super Gut explains the science clearly and includes more than forty recipes, a diet plan, and resources so you can pinpoint your gut issues, correct them, and maintain your long-term health and well-being. Dr. Davis provides solutions to health problems by addressing the microbiome, massively disrupted in modern people. He shows readers in his Super Gut book, for instance, how to restore important lost microbes such as Lactobacillus reuteri, restored by using a unique method of yogurt fermentation that smooths skin and reduces wrinkles, restores youthful muscle and strength, deepens sleep, reduces appetite, and provides many other youth-preserving and anti-aging effects. He also provides do-it-yourself-at-home strategies for benefits such as improved mood, improved athletic performance, better sleep, heightened immunity, and improved body composition.
Dr. William Davis is responsible for exposing the incredible nutritional blunder made by “official” health agencies: Eat more “healthy whole grains.” Today’s wheat is different from the wheat of 1960, thanks to extensive genetic manipulations introduced to increase yield-per-acre. Eliminating wheat yields results beyond everyone’s expectations: substantial weight loss, correction of cholesterol abnormalities, relief from inflammatory diseases like arthritis, better mood, and reduced blood sugar, with many type 2 diabetics being freed of insulin and other drugs. Dr. Davis articulates his theories and solutions in his Wheat Belly series of books. He is also a champion of individual self-directed health, as discussed in his Undoctored book.
In this episode, you’ll discover:
-The key to healthy bacteria and how Dr. Davis assesses and repairs gut issues…6:30
- Conventional medicine ignores the negative effects of antibiotics (amoxicillin and penicillin, etc.) affecting the microbiome and says nothing about how to rebuild
- How different biotics impact the gut, brain health, and cognitive performance
- Stanford study by Justin and Erica Sonnenburg:
- Fermented foods like fermented vegetables, kefir, kombucha, and yogurt contain microbes that restore other healthy microbes
- Microbes like Pediococcus Pentosaceus sets the stage to allow other healthy microbes to persist
- Fermentation of foods (controlled rotting process) that is good for human health was sidelined with the invention of home refrigeration
-What is L. reuteri and why focus on it?…11:12
- The lost microbe, L. reuteri
- L. reuteri is susceptible to antibiotics; mass kill-off of our healthy microbes
- Effects of modern-day antibacterial
- Indigenous diets vs. modern diets; indigenous populations and wild animals still have the microbe, while most western populations have lost L. reuteri
- L. reuteri promotes a surge of oxytocin production, which positively affects:
- Mood and REM sleep
- Restoration of muscle and skin
- Bone density and acceleration of healing
- Suppression of appetite for snacking
- Increased drive and testosterone production
- L. reuteri and cancer
-Dr. Davis’ reaction when told he cannot make yogurt with L. reuteri…16:15
- L. reuteri’s effects on infants:
- Commercial yogurt production is typically a 4-hr process
- Microbes undergo asexual reproduction; 1 becomes 2, 2 becomes 4…
- L. reuteri doubles itself in 3 hours
- Flow cytometry shows 250-260 billion bacteria in a half-cup serving
- Yogurt increases drive
- Ben puts prunes and stevia into his yogurt
- MIT study on testosterone increase with probiotic microbes
- Microbiome technology could surpass pharmaceuticals
- Fantastic Fungi
-How do you make yogurt?…24:55
- Started with 2 BioGaia strains (DSM 17938 and ATCC PTA 6475)
- The only strain not used is the 30242 (UAL-RE16)
- L. reuteri resides in the entire GI tract and produces bacteriocins, natural antibiotics effective against stool microbes like E. coli and Klebsiella (SIBO)
- AIRE SIBO device breath tester registers hydrogen gas; works for testing SIBO
- Dr. Aonghus Shortt – developer of AIRE
- SIBO yogurt recipe
- Tests in clinical labs capture breath in a vial and tested maybe hours later leads to false negatives
- Are there ways to combine microbiome to apply effects?
- BioGaia strains still available on Amazon
- Only 5 strains are tested at a time because of the cost ($70,000 per batch)
- Cutting Edge Cultures LR Superfood is also a good source
-What to do once you get the strains?…35:30
-How you ferment yogurt?…39:40
- Sous Vide slow cooker
- Reuteri and most lactobacilli are adapted to mammalian temperatures – 97-98°F
- Can also use a dehydrator, yogurt maker, or instant pot
- 36-hour fermentation
- Different microbes prefer different temperatures, but most Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria prefer human body temperature
- Spore formers like Bacillus Coagulans prefer 115-122°F to produce yogurt
- Dr. Davis also makes sparkling juices with the fungus Saccharomyces boulardii
- Empty a capsule of Florastor probiotic put into a juice without preservatives (which are anti-microbials), set aside for 48 hours
- Saccharomyces boulardii helps rebuild a healthy microbiome and helps correct the adverse effects of antibiotics
- Pre-heating milk to 180°F for 20-30 minutes and allow to cool down then adding inulin gets a better texture
- Use a thickener like guar gum when using coconut milk
-When is the best time to consume yogurt?…45:25
-Using an older batch to seed a newer batch…52:45
- Use curds or the whey
- A few hurdles:
- If you use dairy (whole milk), preheat
- Half and half, you do not need to preheat
- Devices with preset temperatures need to be run for 2 hours to verify the temperature
- Reuteri dies at 108-109°F
-For someone with SIBO, what is a sample daily diet and supplements? Besides the yogurt, what should they be doing and avoiding?…55:20
- Microbiome is like a garden
- Do not use chlorinated drinking water
- Buy organic foods whenever possible; no herbicides and pesticides – glyphosate is an antibiotic
- Get off all prescription drugs like stomach acid blockers, statin and cholesterol drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs
- Eat fermented foods
- Do not use chlorinated drinking water
- Sugar Shift – a collection of microbes that collaborate to consume glucose, fructose, and sucrose in the GI tract
- Sugar Shift reduced blood sugar by 10mg/dL in nondiabetics
- Martha Carlin of BiotiQuest
- The microbes (like Leuconostoc mesenteroides and Lactobacillus plantarum) consumes the sugars and produces another sugar, mannitol
- Mannitol can consumed but cannot be digested
- Pendulum Glucose Control and Pendulum Akkermansia
- Break the outer capsules of probiotics to populate the upper GI tract
- SIBO – the world’s worst epidemic
- Pendulum targets type 2 diabetics
- 95% of people already have Akkermansia
- Akkermansia can be substantially increased with Inulin FOS, Oligosaccharides, oleic acid in olive oil
- Podcasts with Joel Greene:
- The Immunity Code by Joel Greene
-Big wins with probiotics…1:02:05
- Probiotics are helpful, but most only help a little
- Importance of fermented foods; consume fermented foods with every meal
-And much more…
Resources from this episode:
- Lactobacillus Gasseri BNR 17 – colonizes the small intestine and produces up to 7 bacteriocins, a virtual bacteriocin powerhouse
- Lactobacillus Reuteri DSM 17938 and ATCC PTA 6475 – also colonizes the small intestine and produce up to four bacteriocins, including the powerful Reuterin. (L. reuteri is such an effective antibacterial that a microbiologist with 40 years experience told me that they sometimes clean their bacterial production vats with this microbe. I was skeptical and checked with my friend, Raul Cano, PhD, also with 40 years of academic microbiology experience–yup, he confirmed: L. reuteri can clean vats of unhealthy microbes.)
- Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30,6086 – produces a bacteriocin. It does not colonize the upper GI tract but has been shown to substantially reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome that is virtually synonymous with SIBO.
– Other Resources:
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