Look, I’m not a fan of magic diets that promise weight loss, longer life, or any other get-healthy-quick-scheme.
To be clear, I avoid gluten, dairy, sugar and caffeine not because I believe doing so makes me turn into a superhero, but because I like to eat food that isn’t overly processed and I really like to be like this guy in restaurants.
The only diet that I’ve found to have overall proven benefits (and Harvard seems to agree) is the Mediterranean diet. Beyond that, they’re pretty faddy. Here’s a pro-tip - if weight loss is your goal, you need to eat fewer calories than your body is going to burn. But you also need to make sure you are eating the right calories (i.e. foods made up of the right nutrition, fiber, and carbs).
All that said, if you’re going on the Keto diet, you’re likely going to be constipated. So let me get this straight - you can’t eat a banana and you won’t be able to poop for a week. This sounds awesome. In any case, cutting back on carbs aggressively can put your GI tract into a distressed state, meaning fewer number 2s for starters. Also, when you eat fewer carbs, there is often a correlation with eating less fiber, which means less material for gut bacteria to eat, which means they are going to die and you are going to have an out-of-balance gut. And an out of balance gut yields all sorts of badness.
To get super nerdy (have I lost you yet? Here’s something to re-engage you), too little fiber will eventually change the PH of your gut for reasons that are too boring to explain here. As you probably remember from high school science class:
- Higher Ph = more alkaline
- More alkaline = bad bacteria (E. Coli, Vibrio, Helicobacter, and Salmonella to name a few) may bloom
Once that happens, and your gut gets out of balance (or enters a dysbiotic state), all sorts of issues can occur, from irritable bowel syndrome to autoimmune diseases to a range of metabolic disorders (for example diabetes).
This is one reason why I’m excited for Gut Prep (our prebiotic) and Fit (our summer probiotic) to be taken together. Both contain different proprietary pre and probiotics that encourage a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut.
Gut Prep, for example, has a key prebiotic that has more than 20 studies that confirm safety and efficacy. In-vitro and in-vivo tests have demonstrated the growth-promoting effect of PreforPro on a broad spectrum of beneficial bacterial strains, including Lactococcus, Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Bacillus subtilis when competing with undesirable bacterial strains (like those mentioned above). Check this out:
Yes, I know - WTF is that? Basically it says even in the presence of the potentially nasty E.coli bacteria, Gut Prep boosts the presence of good bacteria (B.subtilis and Lc. Lactis) by massive amounts. Net, net: this is good and IN YOUR FACE, E.coli!
Next up, Fit can regulate you if you are going to go on diets that make no sense. Check it:
Yes, another pretty chart with lots of numbers. In essence, people taking Fit have about 60% fewer bad poops and 20% more normal poops as those taking a placebo.
So, to summarize - please eat a more balanced diet, make sure you eat enough fiber and if you’re going to restrict certain foods (like carbs), we’d humbly encourage you to take Gut Prep and Fit this summer to get you back to where you belong. Namely, the bathroom at least once a day.