12 Best Tips For Improving Digestive And Bowel Function

I’m going to do an article now. This is based
on material from my book, Candida Crusher. I think you’re going to find this quite a
useful article. It’s going to be a comprehensive article, and it’s basically on the 12 best
tips on how to improve digestive and bowel function. There are many different ways you
can improve how your gut works, but these are probably 12 of the best ways. Again, I’m
going to read a little bit from my book, and I’m going to give you a few illustrations
and examples along the way. My book contains many of these different hints and tips.
The first one. Add fermented and cultured foods to your diet. I just wrote in my book
about fermented and cultured foods, but now I’m elaborating a little bit more on it. It
makes sense to incorporate these foods into your diet for many different reasons. I’ve
been recommending people eat these sort of foods for over 20 years, long before books
came out on body ecology and different styles of diet, whether it’s tempeh or kim chee.
I was recommending people eat sauerkraut not long after I started practicing more than
25 years ago. I’ve made sauerkraut up for a long, long time, over half my life. It’s
a fantastic food to eat. I’ve eaten yogurt. Sour yogurt. Even when yogurt wasn’t in fashion.
I started to eat yogurt when I was quite young. Yogurt was once very hard to find in supermarkets
and was considered like a foreign food. I can remember one of my teachers, quite a
well-known naturopath in Australia, who taught me naturopathy a long time ago mentioned that
when she first started to look for yogurt in the 1950s in the supermarket, she was told
they don’t sell that foreign muck here. They considered these foods quite strange and unusual.
They were considered European foods, and they weren’t really available in the US that much
in the 1950s. They were very hard to get. The same with sauerkraut. The only people
who ate sauerkraut were really people from Germany or Switzerland who moved over to other
countries, particularly post war and brought these foods with them. These kinds of foods
include yogurt, kefir, Kombucha, tempeh and fermented coconut water, miso, soy, kumis,
and there are many other kinds of cultured foods as well.
Besides containing beneficial bacteria like lactobacillus and bifida bacteria, fermented
and cultured foods provide your body with lactic acid, and this is what basically feeds
the bacteria is the lactic acid rich environment that you’re providing the body. A good way
to begin to incorporate these foods into your diet is small amounts. This is a key thing.
If you haven’t really been taking cultured or fermented foods, don’t just go crazy on
it. In my book, you’ll hear me say over and again, always make change slowly but surely.
Don’t go nuts with any kind of change you make. Whether it’s exercise or a diet change.
You’re only going to pay the price and feel terrible for it. Start maybe with two or three
tablespoons of yogurt per day if you’re not accustomed to eating yogurt. Start with a
small amount of kefir. Don’t start with huge amounts straight away. You’re going to get
sick. It’s just really going to affect your gut too much.
Be very careful with yogurt, in particular, because many brands are laden with artificial
sugars. I’ve seen lots of yogurt containing aspartame and even cane sugar. That’s not
what you want to do. You don’t want to eat fruit and sugar with your yogurt with Candida.
Just have a sour acidophilus yogurt to start with in a small amount. Many people can tolerate
yogurt, even people with dairy problems. If you’ve got a lactose intolerance and you get
bad diarrhea, you want to avoid yogurt, but not a lot of people have got lactose intolerance.
It’s not as common as you think. The people who tend to have a big problem with cow’s
milk, can often tolerate small amounts of yogurt, but then make sure it’s a good yogurt.
Always read the labels and if in doubt, avoid buying yogurt from your supermarket and purchase
from organic whole food suppliers. These kind of folks are less motivated to make purely
a profit and many of them are focused on providing you the consumer with foods that are actually
healthy. That’s often why they run good health food shops, especially the organic whole food
shops. Farmer’s markets are another good source. Point number two. Slowly begin adding soluble
and insoluble fiber to your diet. It never ceases to amaze me how many patients I’ve
seen over the years who simply don’t eat much fruit at all. In fact, in England, about 30
percent of the population doesn’t eat any fruit at all. No apples. No oranges. Nothing.
No fruit. Isn’t that crazy? Three out of ten people. If you’re British, I hope you’re one
of the seven out of ten. And as the saying goes, probably for people in America, they
don’t eat fruit. They’ll eat takeaway food, but they won’t eat fruit, and then they wonder
why they have digestive problems. They might eat a piece every six months or so, but generally
they won’t eat. Vegetables they consume are either bought frozen and consumed after having
been boiled or microwaved. Fruits and vegetables contain some of the best levels of soluble
and insoluble fibers you can get. I say here be sure to read what I’ve written further
ahead in this section on fiber in your diet. There are many ways you can increase the amount
of fiber you can take in, but once again, go easy. Don’t start going crazy because too
much fiber can bind you up. It can bloat you. It can create a lot of gas if your body is
not used to it because the bacteria have to break the fiber down. Go low and go slow is
my motto when it comes to making any changes in diet and digestion. It is a fact that most
people eat a small amount of fiber, about 20 to 40 grams, when compared to people who
live in undeveloped nations who eat anywhere from 80 to 120 grams. You’ve heard me say
before, small stools, big hospitals. Big stools, small hospitals. Think about it.
Start by including a small amount of beans, lentils, fruits, but wait until Candida improves
before you eat fruit, especially too much fruit. I find lots of veggies tearing into
vegan patients, in particular, the ones with bad vaginal yeast infections or yeast infection
because they like dates and figs and dried fruits and too much fruit, and that can cause
a lot of problems. Don’t believe the bologna you see on YouTube about eating all the bananas
you want and crap like this because eating lots of fruit for most people is not a good
way to fight Candida. It might help some skinny 20-year-old girl with a good YouTube presence,
but as I said, I’d like to see what she looks like when she’s like 50. She’s going to look
terrible. Vegetables, raw or partially cooked are best.
Seeds, whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, and millet are, I think, the best grains.
And continue to add these foods slowly over about a 14- to 21-day period until over half
of what you eat are these kind of foods. If you want to eat less and lose weight, feel
full, and improve your bowel tone, then eat more soluble fiber. These foods include pears,
oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, carrots, psyllium hulls, slippery elm bark power, lentils,
rolled oats and cucumber. Soluble fiber fills you up and it swells in your stomach because
it holds quite a lot of water. You’ll feel full. Your brain will get signaled that you
don’t want to eat a lot of food. Some of these foods, obviously, you’re not going to eat
in large amounts or right away with bad Candida. Oranges are not a good idea if you’ve got
Candida. But when your yeast infection improves, you can incorporate fruit; believe me you
can. It will take time, but you’ll be able to.
You want to bulk up your bowel motions or perhaps clean out that lazy bowel. Then try
including insoluble fiber to your diet, so the body can’t break this down. This is what
you’re going to pass out. These foods include brown rice, onions, leafy green vegetables
like broccoli, spinach, celery and cracked wheat, bulgur, chia seeds, various nuts and
seeds and whole grains. So you want to reduce the amount of gas and
bloating you have and feed up the good bacteria. Then I recommend you consume a combination
of fermented and cultured foods, as well as foods containing prebiotics. Basically, these
are beneficial sugars that feed the friendly bacteria. The prebiotic feed the probiotic.
And these foods include Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, onions, shallots, scallions and spring
onions. I’m not a fan at all of prebiotics in a dietary supplement. I think it’s a load
of bologna. In fact, the probiotic enzyme I’m creating
right now, the new Canxida product that’s due to be launched very soon is exciting because
I’ve kept all the prebiotics out of it. I think it’s crap. I’ve used prebiotics now
for a long time with patients. Some patients respond to prebiotics, but I can tell you
now, the bulk of people don’t. These are the people that just don’t get a result with a
prebiotic. Products like ThreeLac and Syntol. There are many of them on the market and they
contain false fructooligosaccharides. Research I’ve done and experience tells me it is not
a good idea to have false in your diet if you’ve got Candida because Candida patients
often have bad bacteria as well. And these sorts of sugars in theory sound good, but
they create a problem with people. I much prefer that you get these kind of sugars from
foods like onions and shallots and also the Jerusalem artichoke that contains a high amount
of natural inulin. Why would you want to take inulin in from a factory source? You don’t
really want to do that. Cut back on sugar and fat in your diet is
point number three. This is quite a simple achievement. Just reduce the amount of foods
you buy and eat that contain sugar and fat. Be sure to read the labels of processed foods
you buy to see how much sugar and fat they contain. It won’t be difficult for you to
do this if you prepare most of your own meals. I cook all my own food. I rarely eat out.
And if I do eat out, it’s going to be something like sashimi like raw fish, maybe some seaweed.
I’m quite fussy with what I eat like a lot of people are. I don’t like eating crappy
foods. I hate processed foods. Sure, I go to parties like you do and I’ll eat potato
chips and have a beer or something like that, but this is not really a regular thing with
me. This is something I do every now and then. The problems with foods containing sugars
and fats is that they will also contain all manner of chemicals like artificial colors,
flavors and preservatives that you may not be aware of, especially if they’re highly
processed foods. The less of these foods you consume, the better your digestion will work
and the more likely you’ll be able to build good levels of beneficial bacteria. And this
will make it easier for you to crush your Candida infection. Eat natural foods, not
processed foods. Drink water, point number four. Basic stuff.
This sounds like a simple tip, but again, I’ve not seen many people achieve good levels
of water for prolonged periods of time. Your digestive system will work so much better
when you do and you’ll be quite surprised how much better you’ll feel overall when you’re
more hydrated. Especially your stomach, pancreas and intestines will work better. And although
no proof exists that water actually aids digestion, I’ve certainly noticed that those with a yeast
infection who drink water and not much coffee, tea and especially no alcohol, appear to have
much less bother with many kinds of digestive problems. Remember also that when you slowly
add more fiber to your diet, it really pays off to drink more water.
The best approach to improving our digestion is to cut back on sugary, salty and fatty
foods. Increase vegetables and some fruits as you improve, whole gains you consume, fiber,
and drink water every day. Try this for 21 days and watch what happens. You’re going
to be blown away. Basic stuff. Folks, it’s all basic stuff, but no one does the basic
stuff right. They follow all these stupid, hair brain schemes, weird diets and they get
no results, and eventually they come and talk to me. Common sense isn’t common. I use that
phrase quite a lot. Five. Avoid three large meals a day and eat
smaller meals. Don’t have large meals. I just had some lunch. I had an avocado and about
seven Brazil nuts. That’s just a snack for me, so I don’t tend to eat big meals anymore.
I tend to eat smaller meals every now and then. I find it better. The whole idea of
three major meals is not really a good idea for a lot of people. Keep your digestion a
bit on the lean and hungry side, occasionally skip a meal, and just have something very
light. Did you know that one of the best-kept secrets
for crushing Candida permanently is to improve the ability of your digestive system to produce
enzymes? Many high quality Candida supplements contain enzymes. Now why would that be? Think
about it. Why would enzymes improve Candida? It’s because enzymes can help to bust open
the walls of yeast, bad bacteria and nasty bugs that can invade your digestive system.
By eating smaller meals more frequently, you avoid overloading your gut. And because your
body is better at digesting smaller quantities in one sitting, you’ll be improving the way
your digestive organs perform. First, you’ll have to figure out how much
food you need to eat at a meal, and then try to keep a regular schedule that your body
can adjust to. This could take about two or three weeks before you get used to eating
like this. The more keen your digestion, the better it’s going to work. And the better
your digestion works, the more likely you’re going to be able to crush Candida.
Six. Eat small amounts of lean protein. Look at the palm of your hand. And if you’re a
meat eater, that’s the size of the piece of meat you should be eating every day. Many
adults simply eat too much meat and the portion sizes are too big. While protein is essential
for good health, you’ll find that smaller amounts of protein are less likely to cause
digestive discomfort like heartburn, bloating or gas. And they’re much quicker to digest
as well. In general, high fat meats will take longer to digest than low fat, lean protein
meats. Number seven. Chew food well. You will have
heard this said many times, but do you actually take your time to chew food properly and slowly
or are you checking your iPhone when you’re eating? Are you texting people and chewing
food? Are you doing that? That’s a very bad habit. Spending time on the computer eating.
Bad habit. Looking at your iPad eating. Bad habit. Not a good idea.
The way you prepare your digestive system for what’s about to come promotes the release
of digestive enzymes and acids in your stomach and small intestine. Make sure you chew all
foods well, but especially protein foods. That way you’ll help to reduce them to smaller
particles and allow your digestive power to more easily render these foods to their components.
What I’m trying to say is proper chewing and relaxing when you’re eating will be easier
for you to bust open these foods to allow your body to extract all the maximum nutrition
from them. Lots of people are like the pets they have like cats and dogs; they just swallow
food down without even chewing it properly. Number eight. Thirty minutes of exercise a
day is brilliant for the digestive system. You’ll find that bowel motions will improve
significantly when you walk every day. The sitting disease is common with people. Sitting
on their butt working on their computer and not getting up and walking around. Constipation
is a huge problem because so many people have constipation. Walking regularly every day
for 20 to 30 minutes will stop constipation. Did you know that those who walk daily have
a significantly better digestive system than those who don’t? Are you creating sitting
disease or have been chained to your PC? Walking stimulates digestion is one of the best things
you can do to improve the tone of your small and large bowel. Just get up and out of your
chair and start moving. Don’t take the escalator. Take the stairs instead. When I go to the
airport “I fly regularly” I find the stairs always empty and people are on the escalator.
Not many people take the stairs anymore. Regular movement like walking, swimming and dancing
will help food to move through your digestive system, stimulate your metabolism, and also
aid in weight loss. Alcohol and tobacco are the two biggest enemies
of the digestive system. You’ll never beat a yeast infection if you can’t give up drinking
alcohol entirely for at least four months. End of story. If you can’t stop drinking,
switch this darn video off now and just go away and leave my channel alone because I’m
not interested in you coming to me in time complaining that you can’t beat Candida because
you can’t darn well stop drinking booze. Don’t complain to me. Don’t complain to your partner.
Just shut up and just keep it to yourself. If you can’t stop drinking, then you’ve stopped
thinking. Simple as that. I’m pretty tough on people, and that’s because I like getting
results for people. Listen up. If you can’t stop drinking, don’t complain to me about
it. Those who are serious about their health will
know that cigarette smoking is crazy. It’s like pointing a gun to your head. But I’m
very surprised I’ve seen people with yeast infections who want to continue both smoking
cigarettes and drinking alcohol, and they still want to beat their Candida. It is not
likely to happen. And the day you’re prepared to become disciplined and say “no” to these
destructive habits is the day your health will change. Once your Candida has significantly
improved, you should be able to drink socially again. But you may soon realize that heavier
drinking may lead you down the path of another yeast infection.
Number ten. Learn the art of relaxation. Your digestive system is very much affected by
stress, especially any acute or ongoing low-grade stress. I talk a lot more about stress in
other parts of the book, and it’s one of the missing links when it comes to beating a yeast
infection. When you learn how to account for the effects of stress in your body, you’ll
be amazed at how much better your digestion works. In fact, it’s another one of those
best kept and totally understated health secrets. Stress has the ability to impair your stomach
and digestion in general. It’s been shown to cause weight gain, constipation, diarrhea,
and a lowered immune system. For example, I see many guys in my clinic who complain
of heartburn and indigestion related distress. A few methods you can do right now to reduce
stress in your life would be to do things like yoga, meditation and have regular massages.
There are many other relaxation techniques that can help you handle stress, and in my
book, I expand on heaps of those different things.
Number eleven. Understand your digestive habits. If you’ve got recurring digestive problems
and can’t get a handle on them, then try to use a diary or a daily journal to find out
what’s happening. Write down what you eat along with any increased or reduction of digestive
systems you experience. Sometimes it is the simplest thing in your diet or lifestyle you
have to change in order to get significant improvements in your health. It may be a combination
of a few dietary indiscretions you’re consuming simultaneously or you may be eating too late
or too fast. Either way, by keeping a diary, you’ll be in a more powerful position to establish
cause and effect. The last one, number twelve. Don’t treat yourself.
Go and see somebody. Okay, so you’ve made all the changes. You’re exercising. You’re
learning to relax. You’re drinking more water. Eating plenty of vegetables. You’re chewing
slowly. You’re taking your time. You’re understanding technology can screw you up. You’ve stopped
drinking booze. You’re eating lean meats, but you still don’t feel quite right. What
the heck is going on? Maybe you should go contact someone. Go and see someone and see
what’s wrong. You might need testing. There might be some underlying problem. It could
be staring you right in the face. It could be something you’re doing right now and you
don’t really see the link between cause and effect.
I’m always open to seeing new patients. You can always see me. I’m one of the few people
I know that has a significant profile on YouTube with my writing and my work, and I still see
clients and I still don’t rip people off. I charge a very reasonable fee for my consultation,
so you can always contact me through EricBakker.com. You can also find my “book now” consultation
button on yeastinfection.org on the home page. I’m always happy to work with you. Otherwise,
I’m happy to give an expert opinion alongside your medical doctor or naturopathic doctor
or chiropractor. I have consultations with many clients in now about 70 countries around
the world on a regular basis, so I’m happy to see you.
The other thing I’d like you to do is if you haven’t already done it, is to please complete
my survey. If you go to CandidaCrusher.com, you’ll find one of the boxes is “take the
quiz.” Please take the quiz. It’s a fantastic quiz. It’s going to show you if you’ve got
a mild, moderate or severe yeast infection and give you a score then it’s up to you to
really do something about it. Also, a reminder is to make sure you check
out my Canxida range of dietary supplements at Canxida.com. I believe that these products
are some of the best you can ever find anywhere to help you overcome Candida or a bacterial
infection. The result of nearly 30 years of practice, tens of thousands of patients now.
I’ve used every product on the market and I’ve decided a lot of these products are mediocre
or crap, so I decided to make my own things. This is not a commercial to promote my product
at all. This is to show you that I spent a lot of time in the clinic with people, and
it was time I developed something that actually kicks butt that really does work. Because
I got sick and tired of using products that were very average to having no effect on people
at all. And that’s also why I wrote my book to give
you lots of hints and tips and understanding that you can beat this thing called yeast
if you apply the right kind of principles. You don’t need a whole lot of money either.
You just need a bit of discipline and a bit of common sense. And that’s what a lot of
things boil to in life. Never giving up. Using correctly defined principles and implementing
them long enough to get outstanding results. And if you apply those principles to your
relationship, making money, improving your health, whatever it is you do in life. If
you do that, you’re going to become a winner. It will work for you.
I hope this video was of use for you today and that you gained some good understanding
of how you can improve your digestive system. I don’t care what’s wrong with your gut. Whether
you’ve got colitis, whether you’ve got Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea,
constipation, even bowel cancer. I don’t give a darn what you’ve got, you can always improve
your digestive system to a huge degree by following those principles.
Thanks for tuning in.

20 Replies to “12 Best Tips For Improving Digestive And Bowel Function”

  1. Are lemons ok? I've been eating around 3-4 of them a day, i love them and eat in the same manner as most people eat oranges (weird i know!). i read they are ok, but i guess they do contain fructose, are they ok?

  2. At what time should one take the enzymes? One hour before the meal, or right before the meal or after? Thanks Eric.

  3. I spoke with a functional Medical Doctor today they said they charge £300 ( NZ $613) for a consultation. Doesn't seems to be a lot for someone to just tell me I need my stool testing (for another £300)! ? Or maybe that's the going rate?

  4. I ate a lot of Prebiotic Foods my one favorite food to eat is onions I always do a lemon water everyday about 16 ounces of water. I love eating my grapes my whole grains and I also take a probiotic everyday this is great information to have you're awesome

  5. Hey, this hepls me! thx, but I have some tip yet. Sometimes I separated meals, I mean: I dont eat protein with carbohydrates. I eat fat with proteins and just alone carbohydrates. or I eat less carbohydrates than previously – its helping me also. Another thing is ginger, but I have to be careful, because it can cause drop bile into the stomach. Recently I started to eat horseradish – I feel it's good also for me.

  6. Can you just write here again what food is good for easily absorbed fiber…not to heavy fiber for liver in bad condition and gallstones?

  7. If someone suffering from IBS problem which test he or she should follow ? and Does IBS cause brain fog and depression? plz answe my question

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