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TV Programme about 'Gut Health Diets'

Hi everyone,

On ITV tonight in the UK (Tuesday 24th October 2017) from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, there is a programme about 'Gut Health Diets' called "Save Money: Good Diet" and the information is as follows:

"Sian Williams and Dr Ranj Singh explore the popularity of gut health diets. Can feeding the bacteria in your stomach really be the answer to weight loss and staying healthy?"

I am going to hopefully watch this, as it's a topic I am very interesting in.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Zest :-)

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Hi Zest,

I am interested in this topic! I am in the US and don’t have cable tv anyway so I will miss this. After you watch please share! Karen

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Hi Karen,

I will try to do a summary after I watch it. Thanks for your interest. :-)

Zest :-)

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Take a look at Chris kresser's website. There are several links to gut health & diet.

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Hi Karen80273,

Just to let you know that I've done a summary - so look further down this post for details of that. I hope it's helpful.

Zest :-)

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YAY!

Thanks Zest!

Mx

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Hi Mel,

It was quite a good programme, but unfortunately Sian Williams wasn't as much a fan of Kefir as you and I - in that she found it difficult to tolerate it, but she is going to persevere. She tried making Coconut Kefir too - but went back to Milk Kefir in the end.

Zest :-)

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Thanks Zest!

I'm pleased this type of advice is becoming mainstream!

Mel x

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Hi everyone,

Summary of Notes from : Save Money: Good Diets hosted by Dr Ranj Singh and Sian Williams. (link to programme is at the bottom of my notes):

A couple of people asked me if I’d summarise this programme – so I’ve tried to do so – but I am notoriously bad at being ‘short’ with my notes, so apologies for the length of this:

Dr Gareth Parks (Consultant at The Royal London Hospital) spoke of Pre and Probiotic products and explained the process in terms of the gut being like a ‘lawn’ – with the Pre-biotics acting as the ‘fertilizers’ and the Probiotics being the ‘New seed’. Examples of pre-biotics include ‘chicory and jerusalem artichokes and examples of probiotics include live cultures (e.g. live yoghurts and Kefir). He concluded that money is ‘better spent’ on Live Yoghurt rather than the expensive powders and sachets, and concluded that “Balanced healthy diet and regular exercise” is key.

On the programme, 3 dieters tried different Gut Diets and looked at how successful the diets were for helping them lose weight and change their gut micobes. This was on the basis of a University study in Copenhagen which had shown that the type and amount of bacteria a person has will impact on how successful a diet will be.

The dieters were studied for a 28 day period and before and after measures were taken of their gut microbes and symptomatology, as well as their weight.

Dieter 1 (Wendy) did the ‘G Plan Diet’ working out at £320 per month. She had acid reflux. She lost 28 pounds and her anaerobic organisms had reduced. Wendy felt it helped her acid reflux and symptoms were gone. She felt positive about this diet and said she would continue with it.

Dieter 2 (Keisha) did the 28 Day Gut Health Plan, working out at £360 per month. She lost 12 pounds. She reported that her constipation and bloating were better, and the anaerobes in her gut had shown a 1,000 fold decrease. It was felt she had a ‘healthier happier gut’.

Dieter 3 (Sonia) did The Gut Makeover Diet, working out at £319 per month. She was gluten and lactose intolerant. Sonia found it hard to stick to the rule of ‘no snacking’ and she did have the occasional snack. She lost 7 pounds in 28 days, and she reported that she no longer felt bloated, and that her gut “feels better”. The anaerobic bacteria had decreased.

Conclusion of all 3 diets: G-Plan Diet was considered preferable as it gave the most weight loss and was considered to be the best value for money.

Bone Broth:

Dr Ranj Singh tried Bone Broth for 3 days, which is a pre-biotic. Cost £4.82 to make ?3 to 4 litres (I’m not sure what amount he said). “Gives the bowel a rest and starves bacteria, and allows space for good stuff to come back”. He disliked the taste, infact he described feeling ‘repulsed’ by it – however he persevered and in the end recommended eating the broth cold in jelly cubes, to be slightly more tolerable!

He lost 1kg in 3 days, and lost half an inch on his waist measurement and he reported that it lowered his gas production. His stool sample showed a massive increase in Lactobassili (good bacteria) – they conclude that Bone Broth was acting as a Pre-biotic.

Pre- and Pro-biotics:

Ian Marber (Nutirtionist) talked about various pre- and pro-biotics:

Activated charcoal – he felt this wasn’t worth the money – and suggested Peppermint tea is a good alternative.

Kombucha (fermented tea) – this starts with a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) – provides a concentrated source of probiotics and helps flatulence. He felt this was A HIT, i.e. a good source.

Kefir (fermented milk drink) – it was suggested that lactose intolerant people can often tolerate this, and it’s easy to make at home. Considered a big GUT HIT, i.e. successful.

Sian Williams tried drinking Kefir each day– and she found it quite difficult to tolerate. She tried an alternative batch of Kefir made with Coconut – i.e. Coconut Kefir but said she then re-tried Milk kefir grain again. Results: No difference in her faeces – her breath tests showed sluggish transit – more bacterial and slightly increased transit. Sian however did say that she will continue.

I hope the above notes are helpful to those people who asked me to try to summarise the programme. But here is a link if you want to watch it yourself:

itv.com/hub/save-money-good...

Wishing everyone a great week!!!

Zest :-)

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What a star you are, going to that effort?

Did you take nites whilst the programme was on? I'd not be able to remember all that afterwards!

Thanks again, Zest!

Mx

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Hi Mel,

Yes, I had my notebook and pen with me throughout the programme - I knew a couple of people wanted me to summarise it - so I couldn't have done it easily without doing that - I've tried my best to accurately reflect the contents of the programme, but even with notes, I can't be sure I've summarised it accurately... But it's a valiant attempt :-)

Zest :-)

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Hi Zest,

It certainly looks right, & you'd know if there were any anomalies after reading MM's Gut book. :)

Mx

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Thank you for that Zest, I will watch it on catch up, sounds right up my street.

Alicia :)

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Great, I hope you enjoy it, Alicia. :-)

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Thanks Zest, haven't watched it yet but definitely will.

Alicia:)

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Thanks Zest!

Funny, I have a batch of Kombucha brewing right now and very interesting about the function of bone broth.

The gut must be the new popular topic. I watched a documentary on Amazon yesterday called, “The Gut, Our Second Brain”. It was really interesting.

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Hi Karen,

You are very welcome. :-)

Great to hear you have some Kombucha brewing - and thanks for mentioning the Amazon programme - I'll have a look for that. :-)

Zest :-)

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I watched this on catch up last night and the G diet looked the most promising I thought. I am going to look out for the book today all her food looked very fresh and healthy and she seemed very positive after the 28 days. When grocery shopping going to look at pro biotics and drink more peppermint tea.

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Hi kath50,

Wishing you success with it.

Have a lovely weekend.

Zest :-)

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