Trying The Keto Diet? Use Your Gut Instinct!
Eric Bakker Naturopath from New Zealand.
Thanks for coming back to my channel.
I always appreciate people checking out these
We’re going to talk a bit about the paleo
diet today and its particular the keto diet.
So the paleo is very big in the ’90s.
People people really got into high protein
They realized it was a probably better way
for them to move into ’cause it made them
feel full, reduced their appetite a little
bit, stopped them snacking on a lot of crappy
foods between meals.
It seemed to be very popular.
But the last few years keto now has really
It’s a more extreme form of paleo.
So there are initially alarm bells ringing
when people started to eat paleo because they
were going more for high meat consumption
and a lot of people at that stage with paleo
diet people were still eating reasonable amount
of things like sweet potatoes or legumes.
Some carbs did creep in but carbs have become
very taboo now with keto which is definitely
a high fat and protein diet.
I’ve got a lot of concerns about the keto
diet, particularly what people’s health’s
going to be like short-term.
So keto’s a very extreme form of diet.
People check their urine for ketones, which
are produced as fat is being burned for energy.
So it definitely works for many people to
keep their weight off but at what cost?
To look sexy, to look great, to lose weight,
at what cost?
A recent study conducted in an Australian
university in Perth, Western Australia, found
that people that were going into particularly
the paleo diet, not to mention the keto which
will be even more extreme, we’ll talk about
in a minute, they were checking out participants
in a study that were looking basically at
what was happening to these people.
44 people on a paleo diet and 47 people on
an Australia standard diet, which is probably
meat, vegetables, potatoes, things like that.
So they compared it and they found quite a
lot of differences.
They found that the people eating paleo had
twice as much, if not more, TMAO, trimethylamine
So TMAO, it’s a compound that the body builds
A high meat diet pushes a person into a high
TMAO production in their body.
Now you can go and look for yourself online.
There are many studies that show that high
TMAO levels in the body are linked up with
cardiovascular disease in particular.
But I think they’re also linked up with cancers,
Many other illnesses are caused by this particular
Now your body makes a lot of organic compounds
but it deals with them naturally and normally
when you’ve got a natural, healthy gut, a
I read some interesting studies that show
that TMAO levels come right down with bifida
So the beneficial bacteria in your gut helps
pull it down, but from where I’m sitting,
and I’ve looked at a lot of stool test results
on keto diet people, on paleo diet people,
on people on vegan diets, on all kinds of
Thousands of studies I’ve looked at, thousands
of stool tests I’ve looked at.
I’ve gone to the conclusion that these keto
diets and paleo diets are really not healthy
for you to do longterm because it screws up
your beneficial bacteria.
You’re going to take a lot of these digestible
fibers and existing starches out of your diet
and then pile all the meat and bacon and fat
and sausages and all that junk in there.
It’s not really a good approach, not very
healthy for your gut.
Other studies have shown a huge spike in bowel
cancer in young people in western cultures
between 18 to 35, a significant spike.
Now we’re not quite sure where the spike comes
from yet but could it be things like eating
extreme kind of diets or eating foods with
chemicals which names you can’t pronounce
or eating foods your grandmother never heard
Could it be that?
This channel is about common sense.
It’s not about let’s quickly lose 50 pounds
to look sexy in a pair of bikinis.
It’s not about that at all.
If you’re coming to look at my videos to adopt
an extreme diet, extreme measures to get an
extreme outcome, you’re talking to the wrong
I’m a more steady, slow, reliable plodding
kind of person who likes to work with people
to get them in good health by common sense,
Not by extreme measures.
The jury is still out on keto longterm but
I don’t like people coming back to me years
down the track saying, Eric I went on a diet,
ABC diet, whatever it is, and I ended up with
kidney disease or ended up with gallbladder
problems or bowel congestion, things like
Now my suggestions on this channel will not
lead you down that path of kidney disease.
‘Cause if you look at my dietary recommendations,
So I totally agree with what a lot of other
people say regarding keto.
It is a concern.
It does work but we also know that many people
who lose weight end up gaining all that weight
back again and more and they yo yo their weight
all through their life.
The best way to keep weight off permanently
is by establishing a natural, healthy diet
that suits your needs, not the keto person’s
So that’s what I’m saying.
It’s the gut instinct you’ve got to think
Doe sit feel right for you?
Are your bowel motions okay?
Are you getting a lot of problems out of the
If you’re getting issues out of the keto,
you might want to modify it a bit.
But the problem with the keto diet is, you’re
checking in the urine all the time.
Whether you’re a good girl or a bad girl,
so then you’ve got to take more stuff out
of your diet, focus more on hardcore proteins,
particularly the meat proteins, so you can
pee out more ketones.
This is what it’s all about and I just don’t
like this kind of approach.
I really don’t.
I’m sorry about that but keto may be okay
for a few weeks or a month but then I think
you need to look at getting back into a normal
diet to balance your microbiome to get your
beneficial bacteria in there.
Which longterm you really want to cultivate
like a garden.
Get it in beautiful shape so the weeds don’t
Don’t let it overgrow.
Don’t cut off all the lawn by spraying glyphosate
on it, meaning don’t kill off the beneficial
bacteria by putting diet drinks on it.
But also just be careful about the high protein
I think the jury’s still out on that one.
Thanks for tuning in.