If you are a patient of mine you probably have heard me mention Steven Gundry, M.D. He is a former cardiac surgeon who helped pioneer infant heart transplant surgery.
Gundry now runs his own clinic in Palm Springs, CA. There he helps patients improve their health through diet. He is also the author of The Plant Paradox, The Plant Paradox Cookbook, The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy, and The Longevity Paradox.
Dr. Gundry’s claims in The Plant Paradox that a type of plant protein called Lectins are a major source of gut wall deterioration which when eaten in large, consistent amounts (like the average American) leads to leaky gut, increased inflammation in the body, and therefore a potential for a host of autoimmune issues.
While some scientist state that Dr. Gundry’s claims are pseudoscience there is no denying the negative impact diets high in inflammation (grains, dairy, & sugar) have on our system. These studies were gaining traction back in the mid 2000s.
I myself have taken supplements regularly for the last 20 years. Back in the mid 2000s research supported the idea that our need to over harvest our land to support the growing population has left our food sources and soil (which our food ate or grew in) lacking the ideal nutrients for us. Because of this it was highly suggested that everyone supplement with these “Core 4”;
DHA - typically found in commercial Fish Oil or Omega 3 supplements
Vitamin D3 - sold commercially as Vitamin D3
All B Vitamins - usually found in a high quality multi-vitamin
Probiotics - commercially sold as Probiotics
I have used supplements in the past from Anabolic Labs, Standard Process, Nordic Naturals, & generics from Amazon or Walmart. I now get all my supplements from Dr. Gundry. All of his supplements are of the highest quality and are made without any lectin containing plants that are usually seen in most supplements such as wheat germ or rice bran.
Like I said above. Some feel that the fear of lectins has been overblown. What I can tell you is I’ve fluctuated by 40lbs over the last 25 years. I’ve educated myself on each new diet wave that comes through. Since eliminating lectins from my diet I’ve dropped 50 pounds, kept it off, and feel the best I have in my life.
If you are interested in Gundry’s supplements you can check them out HERE or in our office. The “Core 4” supplements listed above can be found in the following;
DHA - Omega Advanced
Vitamin D3 - Vitamin D 5000
All B Vitamins - Vital Red and/or Primal Greens
Probiotics - 24 Strain Probiotic
Concentrated Polyphenol Blend
This revolutionary formula combines the power of 34 polyphenol-rich superfruits with natural fat-burning ingredients and probiotics. Vital Reds helps your body maintain higher energy levels, better digestion, and healthier-looking skin.
This 25-ingredient formula combines polyphenol-rich green superfoods with cutting-edge digestive & metabolic support blends. Primal Plants is formulated to help promote better digestion, increase energy levels, and give you more youthful, healthier skin…from the inside out!
This cutting-edge formula combines five advanced prebiotic ingredients to help promote a probiotic-friendly environment in your gut. By helping the “good bacteria” in your gut to flourish, PrebioThrive supports healthy digestion, energy levels, and overall feelings of wellness.
24 STRAIN PROBIOTIC
Powerful Digestive Support
This formula is one of the most potent probiotic supplements on the market today, thanks to its combination of 24 unique probiotic strains – each designed to balance the bacteria in your gut, and to help your “good bugs” thrive.
Heart, Joint, and Brain Support Blend
Omega-3 is an essential component of healthy aging. But unfortunately, your body cannot create this vital nutrient. That’s why Omega Advanced is designed to supply your body with the most important omega-3 — DHA.
VITAMIN D 5000
Bone, Immune, and Intestinal Support
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for multiple aspects of your health — including immunity, digestion, mineral absorption, mobility, and more. And yet, most Americans are deficient in this crucial vitamin.1
That’s why I formulated Gundry MD™ Vitamin D 5000. It gives you a full 5,000 IU of fast-absorbing Vitamin D.