I’m grain-free, eat nutrient-dense food–why do I need nutritional supplements? | Dr. William Davis

by health and nutrition advice journalist

When you remove wheat and grains from your diet, you remove phytates that block gastrointestinal absorption of magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and other positively-charged minerals. You also remove the trigger for autoimmune destruction of stomach parietal cells that produce stomach acid and “intrinsic factor” necessary for vitamin B12 absorption. Wheat/grain elimination therefore preserve the stomach’s capacity to produce hydrochloric acid necessary for digestion and intrinsic factor for effective B12 absorption. So if you banish wheat and grains and thereby increase absorption of nutrients and make a habit of eating nutrient dense foods such as avocados, green vegetables, meats with the fat, nuts, and non-grain seeds, why do we need nutritional supplements?

There are definite benefits obtained by supplementing several crucial nutrients intrinsically necessary for health. But let’s be clear: nutritional supplements are not necessary to compensate for deficiencies that accompany the elimination of wheat and grains (except for the few grams of prebiotic fibers they provided, but easily replaced with other foods with none of the problems attached with grains). Nutritional supplementation is necessary to compensate for:

That sums up the rationale for the various components of the Wheat Belly Total Health and Undoctored programs. Each and every component meet an intrinsic, genetically-determined need. There are indeed additional nutritional supplements beyond those we put to use in the Wheat Belly and Undoctored lifestyles. You can, for instance, add gotu kola or ashwaghanda, but your expectations should be lower, as they do not correct any deficiency nor serve an intrinsic need.

For a more thorough discussion, see the Wheat Belly Total Health book of the Undoctored book

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